I received the email last week. I saw who it was from, clicked on it with trepidation, and there it was: I am writing with some fabulous news! Your book has been named the Winner in the Novella category of the 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Congratulations!
After I realized that my mouth was hanging open at an alarming angle, I got up, bolted around the house a couple of times, and sat down again...then sent several gleeful text messages to various friends and family members.
Anyway, the winners will all be listed on the Indie Book Awards website by the end of May, and meanwhile I get to revel in the nice, cozy lap of validation for a while...there's also a nice little check coming in the mail, and a gold medal, which I'm guessing is not really "gold" so much as "gold-colored" but which I shall treasure nonetheless.
So I'm sending out a huge thank you to the lovely judges and everyone else involved with the Indie Book Awards. You made my year.
In other news, By Water and Blood is on the home stretch. I'm hoping to finish the first draft by July sometime. Then on to editing, rewriting, formatting, and, if all goes well, publishing in the fall. My fabulous mother (those of you who have read our children's book, An Amazing Alphabetic Anthology, will be familiar with her work) has agreed to do the cover illustration, as well as sketches for the chapter headings. I am really enjoying the prospect of working with her again. I hope to release a bit of a teaser for By Water and Blood within the next several weeks, so be looking for that.
That's all I have time for now, but I will try to post more regularly...and yes, I know I've said that before.