I was caught unawares yet again.
You know, you enter these contests and you put a note on your calendar for when they claim they'll notify winners but it's so far out there that, inevitably, you forget. Well, that's what happened to me with the Independent Authors Network Competition. I entered the contest months ago. And then, last week, I checked my emails and here is what I learned.
"Congratulations Mr. Fournier, your novel, STILL BREATHING, was just named a winner in the 2019 IAN Book of the Year Awards! When judging completed, STILL BREATHING was selected as a Finalist in the Women's Fiction category." IAN (Independent Author Network) was founded in 2010 as a resource for independent authors. The Book of the Year Competition is international in scope and open to all English language self-published authors and those published by small presses, mid-size independent publishers and university presses. Recommended by ALLi (Alliance of Independent Authors), the IAN Book of the Year Competition is rated as one of the ten best awards given to self-published books.
I'm excited to receive this award (even though I forgot about it) and I put the news out on Twitter and Instagram, and updated my own website, as well.
It just shows that you should check your email more often and never stop hoping that good things just might happen. You never know, once in awhile, something really magical does drop into your email.