I’m back from my blogging break, which to be honest was so busy that I need a break from my break.
But as you can see from the headline, I have big news to share. Between running errands, I learned that The Necromancer’s Daughter won the Next Generation Indie Book Award for Fantasy.
The Next Generation Indie Book Awards is the largest international awards program for indie authors and independent publishers. I’ll be traveling to Chicago in three weeks to accept the award, meet with agents, and hobnob with some industry professionals.
I feel like Dianderella headed to the ball.
My husband told me I can’t wear jeans or the ratty sneakers I bought at the grocery store. He said my attempt at cutting my own hair needs some professional editing too.
Speaking of editing, Anneli Purchase (our blogging buddy and the book’s editor) received an acknowledgment as part of the award. A huge thanks to Anneli, and also to authors Cathleen Townsend and Erik Tyler for their wonderful feedback as the book came to life.
And thank you to all the kind bloggers and readers who read and reviewed the book. This award is just a dollop of whipped cream on all your cherries.
Three Cheers to Jan Sikes for her Story Empire Post about the benefits of submitting our books to contests. It was great advice and something authors might consider when musing over marketing plans. The RONE Award, which I asked for voting help on, is in final judging now, and just to balance things out, I got nixed on the Hoffer Award.
But what did you accomplish on your break, Dianderella?
Well, here on the mountain, we had our share of unexpected emergencies, but I did manage to plant the garden, powerwash the moss off the deck, and get a new pump for our well. (We were without water for a week which meant hauling buckets from the rain tanks.)
There’s more to be done – always – but I couldn’t wait to get back to the blogosphere, and I look forward to visiting and catching up with you.
That’s the news. I’ll be disappearing at the end of the month again, but until then … I’ll see you at your place.