“Charms strike the sight, but merit wins the soul.” ~Alexander Pope
“Sue,” my sister said, peaking out of our guest room door yesterday morning, “what are you doing up at this hour?”
I was sitting on the sofa with the computer on my lap. “It’s 4:30 in the morning. I thought we had agreed that you’d wake me at 5:30 to leave by 6:00 am to go to the Denver airport. Go back to bed!” my sister said, not too pleased that she had been awoken when she heard the teapot whistling.
“I couldn’t wait any longer to check my email,” I said to my sister. “I want to see the results of the EVVY Book awards.” My twin sister was visiting from Maryland and we were spending our first birthday in more than 30 years together. Since family rates first in my book, I decided to give my twin sister the gift of not shortchanging her vacation by trekking into Denver for the EVVY book awards over the weekend. My publisher Joe McDaniel of http://www.bookcrafters.net had promised to email me after the book awards were over with the results.
“Did you win anything?” my sister asked, peaking over my shoulder, rubbing her sleepy eyes as she looked at my computer.
“Yep!” I said, as I read directly from Joe McDaniel’s email. ” Gift of a Lifetime: Finding Fulfilling Things in the Unexpected was awarded 2nd prize in the Audio book category and Merit Award in the Anthology category.” Of course, hugs followed.
“That’s so, so great, Sue, two prizes!” My sister said.
“I can’t believe it!” I replied, “I am so glad I decided to publish the story.” What started as recording just a few childhood memories to send to my family somehow became a full-fledged anthology of published stories contending among 274 other entries in the 20th annual Colorado Independent Publishers Association EVVY book award contest!
Although I wrote the story, I’d like to say “Congratulations to my twin sister Jan, and the rest of my family too” because in part, it’s their life story too! My life and the tale would not be nearly as fulfilling without all of them in it.
And then, there’s the real star – Fanny. What a character. She left an indelible mark on my life and is leaving the same kind of impression on the readers’ hearts. The voice in this award-winning memoir holds the real treasure. But I am more confident than ever that if you prefer to read the paperback or e-book format, you’ll still enjoy the story!
This blog is brought to you by the award-winning author Sue Batton Leonard. Please return tomorrow. I will be posting some information about people who were very instrumental in helping me to publish a high quality publication, worthy of merit and two awards. I wish to say thank you.
Finally! A birthday together after more than 30 years! (Jan on left, Sue on right).
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Congratulations on the recognition! The real reward is in sharing a beautiful story with so many readers, of course. Lovely story, lovely voice from the past!
Congratulations Sue! You deserve the awards, and how wonderful to receive the news during your sister’s visit! Thank you for continuing to share your stories and insights on this blog.
Thank you Marie – I am very pleased.
Congratulations Sue! Well done.
All the Best. Nancy
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Thanks so much Nancy! I am very pleased and look forward some opportunities to go East, back to my roots, for book presentations, signings etc.