Posted by Claire Eamer
An unexpected package arrived in the mail recently — a heavy package. It was from the Next Generation Indie Book Awards organization, which hands out awards in a wide range of categories at BookExpo America, the largest annual book trade show in the United States.
I knew that my book, The World in Your Lunch Box, The Wacky History and Weird Science of Everyday Foods, had won in the Children/Youth Non-fiction category, but I didn’t realize what that meant.
A medal. A honkin’ big, heavy, gold medal! Also some good publicity, a letter of congratulations, and (soon) a modest cheque. But… a medal!
Now, it’s not real gold (I assume), but it’s very flashy and substantial and definitely impressive. I have, of course, put a picture of it up on my website and my Facebook page and Twitter, as all good little authors do these days.
And that’s when I discovered something interesting. My books have won awards before, but this award — or the medal, really — seems to have impressed people much more than mere news of an award. Several days later, the Likes and Comments and Retweets are still piling up.
I guess the Next Generation Indie Book Awards people know something the International Olympic Committee learned long ago – nothing beats a big gold medal!
So here you go! I’m sharing it with you, too.