I recently got some wonderful news: Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group has named my novel, Full Cycle, its winner of the Inspirational Fiction category in the 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. (The Novels page of this blog has much more information about the book, which tells the story of a young boy who challenges himself and his father to tackle the 200-mile Seattle to Portland one-day ride.)
The Next Generation Indie Book Awards is the largest not-for-profit book awards program for independent publishers and self-published authors. The awards are judged by leaders of the indie book publishing industry, including many coming from long careers with major publishing houses, to identify books that deserve to reach a wide audience. Catherine Goulet, Co-Chair of the 2017 awards explained, “Our program has become known as the Sundance of the book publishing world.”
The award ceremony was this week in New York City, and I was very pleased to be able to attend. I flew out early Wednesday morning, and spent much of the day seeing the City and meeting with clients (I hope to say more about the trip itself in another post). The ceremony was that evening at the Harvard Club in Manhattan. I thoroughly enjoyed spending a few hours with other writers and literary professionals, talking about our books and the writing process, and sharing stories.
The highlight of the evening was receiving the award itself in person …
and being able to meet the judges, who are professional literary agents.
As honored (and, quite honestly, also somewhat stunned) as I am to have won this award, what pleases me most is the additional exposure and credibility this will get for the novel. It’s a wonderful story, and one that I’d like to see read and enjoyed by a wider audience.