A year ago I wanted to win as many awards as I could for Never Too Late: From Wannabe to Wife at 62. So I entered in a bunch of places, and won some First Places and some Honorable Mentions and some Finalists. As you can tell from the tone of that last sentence, it mattered more before I did it.
I love that I have won from 4 or 5 different organizations. The latest one is the Royal Dragonfly.
Having been a writing contest judge, I know it’s the repetition that counts more than any one prize. I know opinions vary, and the fact thatNever Too Lateis receiving so much recognition is rewarding, but it’s a little scary that I could not name the awards from memory.
Sometimes I wonder if I’ll look back on these days and wonder why I didn’t lean into this time more. Then I’ll remember how much Richard and I were both doing, and maybe I’ll remember these as some of the best years of our life together.
Be sure to check the mirror in the upper left-hand corner.
I believe this is the one-year anniversary of Never Too Late‘s publication, and I’m glad I said yes to my husband and my publisher.
I’d love to read your comments about publishing books and articles. Can you share?
Even if you’ve read the book, you can pay it forward to a friend, a library, a senior center, a book club, or anyone who claims she can’t find that right person. Maybe you can help your friend reinvent the meaning of “right person.”
And why is this a quiet giveaway? I haven’t acquired skills in promoting it. So if you see this, why not give it a try.
There is hope for anyone seeking a life partner. I am living proof of it.
Never Too Late: From Wannabe to Wife at 62 by B. Lynn Goodwin is a memoir of Lynn’s journey in her sixties as a single woman to getting married for the first time. Never Too Late starts with Lynn talking about her life and how she reached the age of 62, single, unmarried, and a virgin. After having told her dating history in brief up to this point, the rest of the book is devoted to her and Richard’s dating and relationship. Lynn was an established professional when she met Richard through Craigslist. He worked as an electrical contractor and was also a pastor at a church. Although their backgrounds and histories are very different—him being married twice before and with several adult children—they connect at some level and continue dating slowly but surely. This is the story of their relationship and how it evolves with its ups and downs.
Lynn is a very good writer and she has presented the story in Never Too Late: From Wannabe to Wife at 62 really well. The writing is candid and very engaging and she explains her thoughts and misgivings, especially regarding financial matters, every step of the way. I must admit that Richard’s character, although he does seem frank, is quite “traditionally Christian” where he truly believes he, being the head of household, ultimately has the final say in all decision-making after marriage. Although that idea would be impossible for me to stomach, Lynn appears to have made her peace with it and seems genuinely happy, so I was glad it worked out for her. In any case, whether one agrees with this couple’s specific beliefs or lifestyles or not, this is their mutual love story and makes for an interesting read.
I appreciate her balanced, genuine review, and of course I love any 5-star review. Any thoughts or opinions?
I was only going to New Orleans for the Next Generation Indie Book Awards if I won. I thought I had, but I had won the National Indie Excellence Awards in the category of Relationships, not the NGIBA.
Confused? I was.
On the other hand, finalists are considered award winners. They just aren’t first place. If I count everything up I was a WINNER in Relationships at the National Indie Excellence Awards and a finalist in Aging. I was a finalist in both Relationships and Women’s Issues at the Next Generation Indie Book Awards.
And this morning, I learned that because I had a five-star review from Reader’s Favorite Book Awards, I’m entered in their contest too.
Also available wherever books are sold. Just tell them to order from Ingram.
“A delightful read that will teach you much about the process of discerning what is right for you.” ~~Linda Marshall, author of A Long Awakening to Grace
“Instead of continuing to search for a mate who is a mirror of ourselves, who is the most intelligent, wealthy, successful, witty, etc., embrace the person who is authentic and trustworthy, with styles or attributes that we lack, who brings out the best in us.” ~~L. Kain
It is our great pleasure to inform you that you are a Winner in the 12th Annual National Indie Excellence® Awards. Your book truly embodies the excellence that this award was created to celebrate, and we salute you and your fine work.
The lists of winners and finalists are proudly displayed on our website, please log on to www.indieexcellence.com and click on the Winners & Finalists tab to see your name and book cover highlighted for all to see. Awards are available for download and purchase on our website including: cover stickers, certificates, and medals. The 12th Annual NIEA contest’s Press Release will go out to a wide array of news, media and industry outlets (it is also on our website as a download for your use).
The team at the National Indie Excellence® Awards sincerely hope your participation in our contest will serve you well in your ongoing success. You have our deepest congratulations.
The Team at the National Indie Excellence® Awards
Exciting news indeed. In third grade I came in second in the spelling bee. In high school speech contests I once got a third place, but nothing better. In 1976 I was named Teacher of the Year by an alternative, unsanctioned high school newspaper.
A couple years ago I won a Bronze Medal for Talent and later I was a finalist in the Sarton Writing Contest.
Today I actually won. Best in my category as they would say at horse races and county fairs. Everything changes.
My husband, a major player in Never Too Late, says, “You don’t lose until you quit trying.” Good statement!
My book was published far from California, where I live. The company, Koehler Books, is in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and my editor, Lynn Moon, pictured below, displayed top books, promoted the company, and answered the questions of those who’d like to publish with Koehler.
What does it matter?
One of the books she brought was mine. It’s the blue one on the far right side of the table. You can read Never Too Late on it.
She sent me that picture and this one:
It’s really hard to miss the book in that one.
She said there was a lot of interest in the book and she sent lots of people to Amazon People can get there as soon as they are sent, if they have a cell phone, and who doesn’t these days?
So my Amazon numbers were up.
You can keep them that way. Buy a copy for a friend, for a library, for a relative, for a group, or for your book club to look at. I’m happy to talk by phone with any book club, writing group, service organization, singles group, or Meet-Up group. There are face-to-face methods as well, and I’m happy to talk to you about it.
Please help me share my story with any group you are in. You can tell me how below.
Last week I had the honor of hosting B. Lynn Goodwin, author of Never Too Late: From Wannabe to Wife on this blog as a guest blogger. She wrote about how compromise and acceptance were important components in relationships. Her wisdom comes straight from the heart, as does her writing.
Lynn fills her memoir with humor, honesty and a growing, mature love that is often found in the lives of older adults. She pulls the reader in with her ability to mix just enough laughs with reality.
The reality that she met her future husband on Craiglist may cause some to gasp in shock. However, I was nonplussed by the fact that this was the vehicle for their paths to cross. Life has taught me that some of the most wonderful relationships come about through some of the most unusual circumstances. But, what I wanted to know about was how did they make it work. (I soon learned, but no spoilers here…you have to read the book!)
Also, as a minister, I loved the spiritual aspect of the story. Lynn’s talks with God were heartfelt and real. She very eloquently showed her readers that leaps of faith are never easy. (Again…no spoilers. You must read the book to see what happens!) I highly recommend this book to one and all! Never Too Late is one of those books that you can read cover to cover, because it is just too interesting to put down. Never Too Late is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.
Lynn Goodwin owns Writer Advice, www.writeradvice.com. Her memoir, Never Too Late: From Wannabe to Wife at 62was just released by Koehler Press.
She’s written You Want Me to Do WHAT? Journaling for Caregivers and Talent, which was short-listed for a Literary Lightbox Award, won a bronze medal in the Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards and was a finalist for a Sarton Women’s Book Award.
Goodwin’s work has appeared in Voices of Caregivers, Hip Mama, Dramatics Magazine, Inspire Me Today, The Sun, Good Housekeeping.com, Purple Clover.com and many other places. She is a reviewer and teacher at Story Circle Network, and she is an editor, writer and manuscript coach at Writer Advice.