I just heard the exciting news that my editorial baby (the inspiration for this blog), The New Writer’s Handbook 2007, took the Gold (for Careers category) at the ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year Award ceremonies at BEA (Book Expo America) in Los Angeles this afternoon.
All hail to my publisher, Scarletta Press, led by the indomitable and visionary ex-Brit (and ex-rugby player) literary maven Ian Leask.
And thanks to the rest of the crew at Scarletta Press, especially artistic director Nancy Tuminelly of Mighty Media and her ace designers, Chris Long and Tracy Kompelien. Yes, you can tell a book by its cover. And by its outstanding typography throughout. Thanks also to editorial expert Alexei Esikoff for her many hours of wordsmith polishing.
Terrific people to work with.
And kudos and cartwheels to the 60-plus contributors, from Jane Yolen as lead-off batter to the closer by Mary Pipher. I could mention a lot of the others by name, but I’ll just say that a piece by Bruce Holland Rogers is one I read the most often to other writers at signings.
But enough of the praise. As I say, the proof is in the pudding. Does this book help you in some fashion? You’re the one that counts.
More than awards, I love comments like this one posted on Amazon.com by Verne Wheelwright of Harlingen, Texas, for the Handbook 2007:
I needed something to get my enthusiasm for writing up, and this book did that. I was writing with motivation again before I finished the first section.
Music to my ears. Thanks, Verne.