I had the absolute pleasure to win a national award for my debut novel. Now, awards are completely subjective and my novel might not ever win another award, but I don’t really care. After spending several years feeling like the orphan at the fiction party, it was nice to get that nod “good job.”
I arrived at the black tie gala in a 50s va-va-voom pink and black polkadot dress, and everyone else was wearing either a formal gown or something in a shade of black. I can’t even fit in even when I try to. lol
My awesome editor Sara Davison also received an award for her fantasy novel as well.
Ruth and I started pursuing publishing fiction at the same time in the same writing group. Ruth received an award for her third novel.
The Watched is an epic fantasy novel. It’s the story of a man named Edric who sees a chance at love and decides to take it, but there’s a war coming and he’s trained his whole life to lead his people’s army. If they lose this war, his people will be annihilated. What to do? Unfortunately, he’s waging a war on two fronts, physical and spiritual, and he’s brought a steel sword to a spiritual battle. You can guess how things go sideways for him pretty fast.
Thank you so much to The Word Guild for sponsoring the awards. I’m in the midst of planning an online conference for The Word Guild for October 21, 2017. Watch for more details about that.
You can see all my upcoming classes for fiction writers here as part of my Beyond Basics For Writers series.
Have you entered your fiction for an award? I find this is all kinds of great experience even if you don’t win because you often get feedback from judges, and it teaches you to meet deadlines. What benefits have you experienced?