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Ask Daphne! Can I enter?

Brooks Brothers shoes (it’ll all make sense in a moment) for Julie, who writes:

As, I’m sure you already know, it’s almost time for Amazon’s breakout novel contest. In the rules it says:
Not open to employees or independent contractors, or immediate family members (spouses, domestic partners, parents, grandparents, siblings, children, and grandchildren) or those living in the same household of employees or independent contractors of Amazon Services LLC (“Amazon”), Penguin Group (USA) Inc. (“Penguin”), On-Demand Publishing LLC dba CreateSpace (“CreateSpace”)
So my question is, are authors independent contractors? My brother has two series with ROC and my sister in law just signed for a series with whatever imprint their paranormal romance is. I want to enter my novel, but I don’t want to upset anyone. Any suggestions?

Well, Julie, I went straight to the source for this one. Literary Agent Eric Simonoff, who sat on the panel of experts and judged last year’s top ten finalists, assuaged your fears. In very clear terms, he replies, “Authors do not count as independent contractors. [You are] is safe to enter.”
Good luck!

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