I recently received an email from the Oklahoma Romance Writers organization, letting me know that The Demon Always Wins is a finalist for Best First Book in their National Readers’ Choice Award contest.
I was thrilled. Although TDAW did well on the contest circuit back when it was just a manuscript, it hasn’t fared as well in more competitive contests against published books.
And then last night I got a call from the Greater Detroit RWA telling me that it’s also a double finalist for their Booksellers Best Award, both for Paranormal Romance/Fantasy/Urban Fantasy and Best First Book.
The great thing about this contest is that the final round judges are booksellers and librarians, so it’s a chance to get it in front of people who buy and sell/lend/recommend books.
In a particularly nice touch, the woman who called said she’d read it and loved it. I suppose if you’re Nora Roberts that doesn’t thrill you anymore, but when you’re an unknown newbie, those words are like nectar (or, if you’re not a bee, a hot fudge milkshake).
Winners of both of both contests will be announced at the RWA National Conference in New York in July.
Cross your fingers for me!
Congratulations! Hearing news like this makes me thrilled for all of us who are hooked on this writing gig. 🙂
Thanks! I read somewhere that writing is a hobby that’s long on satisfaction but short on affirmation. So true!
Congratulations, Jeanne, and fingers crossed for Nationals in July!
That’s awesome! Hope to hear the great results in July!
Thanks! I’ll definitely keep everyone posted.
How wonderful. Congratulations!
That’s fantastic, Jeanne! Congratulations on the nominations, and good luck with the final voting!
Yay! Congratulations. GDRWA awards ceremony will be during Nationals, but when will you get the news about the OK contest?
They announce the winner of the National Readers’ Choice Award on Thursday, July 25th. The ceremony begins at 9 a.m.
Excellent! No matter what the judges say, TDAW is a winner! If any of you haven’t read it yet, check out the inside when you next visit your favorite bookseller. Here’s the book’s page on Amazon (US) https://www.amazon.com/Demon-Always-Wins-Touched-Book-ebook/dp/B07G2RLLZP
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Many congratulations and awaiting you to be in the list of world best sellers