One Year Later: Do Awards Matter?

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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 that Never Too Late is 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.

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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?

Woo-hoo or Trying to Make it REAL

 

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Never Too Late

CONGRATULATIONS!

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.

Warmly,

The Team at the National Indie Excellence® Awards

4-18 Contests

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.

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My husband, a major player in Never Too Late, says, “You don’t lose until you quit trying.” Good statement!