Exciting News from the Ship!
This past weekend we were so happy to find out that Penelope the Purple Pirate was the Winner of the Children’s Picture Book category for a Dan Poynter’s Global Ebook Award! We actually tied for the win with a great book called Bella and the Year of the Dragon by Barbara Nick. The ceremony was held at the Santa Barbara University Club in downtown Santa Barbara. Actress Marilu Henner and Jim Cox, the Founder of the Midwest Book Review along with Patricia Bragg, of Bragg Health Products, were the featured guests along with the man of the hour - Dan Poynter. Mr. Poynter founded the Global Ebook Awards because he believes that Ebooks are the future for authors. He has written and published 133 books since 1969 and is strong advocate for indie authors and publishers.
My husband and I drove up from Orange County and unfortunately hit traffic so we missed Marilu Henner’s book signing at 2:00pm. But we quickly got ready at the Upham Inn that was built in the late 1800′s and we rushed over to the University Club for an hour of hors d’oeuvres which was much needed as we had no time to eat on the road (plus you know how road food is always bad!).
I had a chance to speak to Mr. Poynter and he even posed for a picture with me (see below). It was his idea to be goofy – which is nice to see in a man who has been featured on CNN and in The New York Times. He was extremely down-to-earth and told me about his over 1,000 parachute jumps during out conversation. He said he would be happy to be featured in our In the Spotlight section – so stay tuned for that interview!
Dan Poynter’s Global Ebook Awards
The Global Ebook Awards had over a 1,000 submissions from over 16 countries. I thought it was so great to be sitting in a room filled with other authors who made their dream of writing a book come true. In fact, Cary Snowden and his lovely wife Lynne, and their adorable twin boys attended as The Day I Became a Pirate was nominated for two categories and won best multimedia eBook!
It was wonderful to see a supportive group of writers and authors who understand that there are many opportunities to get published. With the technology available to us today, we don’t have to wait years in the hopes that a big publishing house will accept our story. I have been to a couple of writing events where this support is not given to self-published authors so this event was a breath of fresh air!
In celebration of Penelope’s exciting win – we are going to give out a $25 Gift Card from either iTunes or Amazon plus some signed books from our friends, J.H. Everett for his new middle grade book Haunted Histories and from Steve Bjorkman who has written over 90 children’s books as well as signed copies of Penelope and some promo codes for our newest story Gerry the Giraffe HD. Thank you for your support this past year. It has been challenging at times as there is so much that goes into writing and publishing children’s books and apps but the journey has been filled with wonderful people I have met along the way who have supported me and Penelope. Thank you! And hope you win some goodies!
To read more about the Global Ebook Awards and how to enter for next year go here: http://globalebookawards.com/2012-global-ebook-awards-winners/