Last night was the Georgia Author of the Year banquet and awards ceremony. The Georgia Writers Association put on a lovely event with a record entry and record turnout.
And my book has now hit a triple – last night The Original MBA – Succeed in Business Using Mom’s Best Advice won Finalist in the Essay category. Before going to the banquet, I looked up the other three authors in the Essay category and the tummy-butterfly contingent quadrupled: each of them has written several books, one is a long-time columnist for a prominent Georgia newspaper, and all teach English and/or writing at a high level. I was proud to have landed in such august company and looked forward to a nice evening with friends and hubby.
I say it hit a triple because it’s already been given the Finalist award at the International Book Awards and the Indy Excellence Awards. I wasn’t able to be at either of those ceremonies, so it was wonderful to be only twenty minutes away from last night’s.
When will your book be done? I thought about writing this book for nearly a decade before finally doing it. How did I do it? I gave myself a deadline, and I promised my nieces that they would get a copy as part of their Christmas gifts in 2011. I don’t lie to my nieces, so I had to write!
This is my first book, but not my last. My e-book, Create a Revenue River, should be out by the end of this month, and another life-lessons book is cooking around in my head.
Two things I was told while writing this book are true – it’s both harder and easier to do than you think, and people will look at you differently once you’ve published a book. Most people don’t even read a book all the way through, much less write one. When you have a book with your name on the cover, people automatically assume you are a leader, a take-charge person and an authority. An expert.
So, when will your book be done? I found great people to work with in doing mine, so if you need a fabulous writing coach or a fabulous layout and cover design artist or a fabulous publishing house to work with, just follow those links and tell them Sandy sent you.
I’m looking forward to reading your book and cheering you on at awards ceremonies, so get to writing!
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Sandy Weaver Carman
CEO, Voicework on Demand, Inc.
I partner with writers, speakers, trainers and coaches, taking work they’ve already done and turning it into a new revenue river. Ready to get your feet wet?