Penelope’s Dan Poynter’s Global Ebook Award Giveaway



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:

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  1. Cindy Meester says:

    Congratulations!!! I have a signed copy of the book and your app. Love them and so do my kids in speech therapy sessions.

  2. CONGRATULATIONS! I am so thrilled that Penelope the Purple Pirate won and for you to be recognized as a wonderful children’s author (and person)! You do so much with giveaways for your fans that I wish there was a way to say thank you aside from just sharing a comment on your blog! I appreciate everything you do and I’m thrilled that my daughter is a “Penelope” fan! Hearing her aarrggghhh matey’s around the house with her Penelope eye patch and other booty is such a treat :-) you have brought imagination and fun into a world that was once dominated by ‘male’ pirates only and little girls are able to play now and aspire to still be anything that they wish/want to be with such a great little role model in your book penned by yet a great role model live and in-person! Thank you for everything! :-)

  3. Kelly Maxwell says:

    My best memory is realizing I was finally a mother right after my daughter was born.

  4. One of my best memories is snorkeling in Hawaii with my husband during our honeymoon.

  5. Congrats! My most favorit memory is actually three… when each of my children were born… for the couple of hours in the hospital that it was just me and them enjoying each others company. When it was nice and quiet and we would just stare at each other for hours. I enjoyed watching them sleep.

  6. Hmmm….my best memory was when they laid my son on me. It was such a relief it was over then the joy of seeing him the first time. Pretty overwhelming

  7. Congratulations Melissa! Wow what an accomplishment! My favorite memory…Vacation in Bali with my husband.

  8. Tammy Harris says:

    My favorite moment was on August 2nd, 1996 when I gave birth to my first child!

  9. Helen Wagner says:

    Best memory…wedding day with my best friend! We have been married 30 yrs.

  10. Jeannette Solimine says:

    Congrats! My daughter loves her Penelope app. Memories are hard because there are so many good… and bad… ones in my life. Leaving aside my wedding day and my kids, my favorite memory is the day I was ordained as a minister in the United Church of Christ.

  11. One of my best memories was getting engaged! It was a wonderful day!

  12. Among my best memories is being in labor. I felt such closeness with husband during those times. He did such a wonderful job just whispering loving things in my ear at every contraction, letting me hold him when I needed to, giving me gentle kisses and gentle touches, and never leaving my side. The birth of each of our babies were the icing on the cake!

  13. Congratulations! Getting married at sunset in the Carribbean followed by giving birth to my two daughters years later.

    • and helping a child who came into my classroom with no English background, leave my class at the end of the year my biggest talker in the classroom who read almost on grade level! =)

  14. Diane Bode says:

    I was recalling my wedding day today, so I guess I’ll mention that as a favorite memory. I can’t believe it’s been almost 19 years.

  15. Having my kids..

  16. Caren Sue Evans says:

    My best memory is when my son with autism first called me mommy!!

  17. Kailey Bump Bowser says:

    Congratulations!!! How flipping cool is that award!!

    My favorite memories are my son being born, my wedding day, and my daughter being born (happened in that order). I wouldnt change it for the world. I’m hoping we can make amazing memories in the future 😀

  18. I would say first would be getting married and then having all 4 kids!

  19. stephanie morris says:

    hearing ‘love you’ for the 1st time from my kids!

  20. My best memory would be having my two children.

  21. Wendy J Sanders says:

    My best memory is vacationing with my mom in Curaçao!

  22. katrina conrad says:

    Remembering when I found out I was going to be a mom…and now she is away at college and I miss her terribly.

  23. Amy V. Taylor says:

    Two special memories among my favorites- my first son’s smile melted my heart. My second son’s birth- my first birth was traumatic so it was very healing as I realized I could do it after all. Thanks for the giveaways! We have enjoyed Penelope- she is a great role model!

  24. Cassandra says:

    My year as a foreign exchange student is among my best memories.

  25. One of my very best memories is that of the day I first met my husband. We had met as pen pals and wrote and talked by phone for over a year before meeting for the first time. We really got to know each other well! We were married a year after our first “date”!

  26. Ontoinette says:

    Family trip to Disney!

  27. Meeting my husband for the first time.

  28. My greatest memory is when my three special needs kids were born. I almost lost my oldest twice and he turns 11 years old on Thursday, Aug. 30th. I can’t believe he will be 11! :)

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