My Odd Life as a Writer

Finally, I thought, after all those years I can finally just write books. Oh, if that were only true.

  • E. A. Fournier


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.




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You know every once in awhile you get a surprising email that you probably should have expected but you just plumb forgot about it. On Monday, 4/29/2019, that happened to me. Here's the text of that email from the President of an organization called IndieBRAG, LLC.


president@bragmedallion.com


Dear E. A. Fournier,

We have completed the review process for your book “Still Breathing” and I am pleased to inform you that it has been selected to receive a B.R.A.G. Medallion. We would now like to assist you in gaining recognition of your fine work.


In return, we ask that you permit us to add your book to the listing of Medallion honorees on our website www.bragmedallion.com.


Kind regards,

Geraldine J. Clouston President and CEO indieBRAG, LLC




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I was pleased as punch to receive an email from Marin Bookworks that the cover design for STILL BREATHING had won a gold star award in The Book Designer’s November eBook cover competition. There was one winner in the fiction category and three gold star winners.



When I went to the website and checked it out, the founder of the contest, Joel Friedlander, had written this kind comment: “A beautiful yet quiet cover that pulls us effortlessly into the story”


Here’s the email.


Hi Eugene,

Just letting you know that your submission, Still Breathing, has received a gold star in TheBookDesigner.com's November e-Book Cover Design Awards.

Please accept our congratulations! I've attached a badge that you might want to display on your website with a hyperlink to the post (https://www.thebookdesigner.com/2018/12/e-book-cover-design-awards-november-2018/) which features your submission.

You may want to forward the badge and link to the e-book cover designer to display on his own website.


Have a great day!



Here’s the award sticker:



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