And the winner is…

I am still in a little disbelief. The Promise won a Goldie at this years G.C.L.S awards.

Months go by and you try to put it out of your head. Which is pretty simple when you’re a writer with a lot of work to do, but then one morning you wake up and theirs a list of potential books that might become finalists… and your name is on it!

The dream starts to become real…but you keep working, try and ignore the possibility, until one morning the finalists are announced…and you name is on it!!

I wanted to go to Pittsburgh and be there, but it was just not possible right now and so I had the anguish of having to go to bed, with the awards taking place during the night. My fellow author, Lise Gold, offered to bring it home for me if i were to be that lucky.

So, you can imagine how exciting it was, when I woke up needing the loo at 2am, to find I’d gone and bloody won!!

I am so grateful. To Michelle for editing. For the people who bought and reviewed it, loving it as much as i do… for the judging panel who saw a self-published book and went with it anyway! For my colleagues who no matter what, always lift each other up and push each other forward. Its been a blast these past two years. I can’t wait to see what the future brings from here, but no matter what, I can honestly say Award winning author sounds pretty damn good!

Realising, I am not a moron!

You ever try and do something and everyone around you is doing it, and you just cant get it? That was me… this past year, all i kept reading about was AMS ads… So, I looked at it and then closed the page. My brain just wasn’t built for that!

I kept coming back to it because I kept hearing people talking about it. But still, the old noggin was far from impressed and refused to even attempt to work it out. So, I listened and read when anyone brought it up, but it was always technical…or in some cases, downright vague, like they didn’t want to let you into the secret. Many people tried to be helpful and explain it, but because I felt stupid in asking what I thought was basic stuff, my questions went unanswered.
All these words that didn’t make any sense to me and in many ways, they still don’t, just floated about in threads between people that got it.

Sales were dropping and page reads were decreasing. I was pretty much in full panic mode thinking nobody likes my books, when I saw the topic come up again, this time I bit the bullet. So what if I am a thickie when it comes to techy stuff, I’m going to bloody learn if it kills me and my brain explodes!

So, I asked the questions, in as simple terms as I could and ya know what? I got the answers back in the same way! Without judgement, without feeling thick. I know now that most things are trial and error, but I also know where I was making those errors!

So people, ask those questions! Cos someone will help and YOU will discover, ya not thick!

A massive thank you to those authors out there who continually put themselves forward to help others… YOU are what makes this community so great!