Bringing home the GOLD!

When I clicked open my email, one subject line immediately caught my eye. It said YOU ARE A FINALIST!

Those four words meant I was heading to St. Paul for the 27th Annual Midwest Book awards. I’d be joining other hard-working, passionate, word-loving authors to celebrate independent book publishing and vie for some bling.

The celebration was last weekend and I’m thrilled to tell you that Out to Sea earned a GOLD seal of excellence for the Family/Parenting category. Yes, we won!


Midwest Book Awards Gala 2017 – Photo by Nancy Chakrin Photography

Notice I didn’t say I won. WE won. The WE I’m talking about is the amazing team of people who made this book possible. A few of them are in the above photo with me. Angie is my incredible (and very patient) editor. I call her “the queen.” She even has a tiara! Lily is publisher extraordinaire of Beaver’s Pond Press. And Kevin is the awesomely talented graphic artist who designed the cover image for Out to Sea. I’m honored to be in such fabulous company!

Of course there are many more people who are a part of the WE group. Too many to mention by name, in fact. But you know who you are. You’ve shared your stories, you’ve helped read and edit, you’ve answered my hundreds (thousands?!) of layout and publishing and distribution questions, you’ve assisted with marketing, you’ve offered kind words of support. YOU are the WE that makes this award so very sweet.

Thank you ALL for joining me on this journey. 




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