This past weekend, I was thrilled, surprised, and humbled to receive the 2015 Best Book Award from the Bay Area Independent Publishers Association for my first novel, Bones in the Wash: Politics is Tough. Family is Tougher.
As I joked with a few people, the last thing I remember winning was a bag of manure. (I was happy about that too — it was a home composting event and the chicken manure was high quality.)
Of course I imagined winning this award, but the web page with the submission rules said winners would be notified by mail, and I assumed that meant before any awards ceremony. I was at the monthly meeting on Saturday because I was moderating a panel on editing, which started right after the awards were presented.
I actually won two awards. A few minutes earlier, I received the award for best fiction (mystery and science fiction). That too, was a surprise, and, not knowing there was an overall best book award, I was happy to win, but figured I was done.
Now I have leverage this award into more readers and more book sales. I’ve added the award to my Amazon Author Central page, but that’s not going to make any difference unless I drive more visitors to that page.
The important thing about the award is the encouragement it gives me to keep on plugging on my next book.