Good Evening wonderful people! This blogger / author is swimming in good news tonight. This is going to be a long post so I hope you are ready! 🤗🤗🤗
My first novel series, The Chronicles of Neffie, was awarded the prestigious indieBRAG B.R.A.G. Medallion award for historical fiction this morning. Whether you are a published or self-published author, you know that the chances of your book being selected by them is pretty slim. Only 20-25% of books are actually selected from a multitude of entries! Grateful and thankful is all I can say because now, I’m officially an award winning author! 😍🙏🏾🙌🏾
When I quietly submitted my book several months ago, I had assumed that The Chronicles of Neffie wasn’t selected because I never heard back from anyone. Imagine my surprise when I opened my email and saw that my book was selected! I’ll go ahead and tell you that I had to read the email several times because I just couldn’t believe it. It seemed so unreal.
My happiness soon turned to tears because once again, I couldn’t share this good news with my father. My father, along with my amazing mother, told me not to stop at nothing when it comes to getting this book out there. Why? Because they both felt strongly that The Chronicles of Neffie is a literary jewel. As happy, honored, thrilled and grateful as I am, I’m a bit sad that I’m not going to get one of my father’s bear hugs 💔.
I can hear my father now, ‘Dad is very proud of his baby girl. I knew you could do it. You always had it in you.’ That is exactly what my father would’ve said because he would say that every time I achieved something when the odds were not in my favor.
I encourage all of you not to cave into your self-doubts, but to instead, face them head on. You never know what wonderful opportunities await you when you do. If you are an independent writer like myself, I urge you to do some research on indieBRAG. An award from them can open you up to a whole new world of readers, literary opportunities, exposure and so much more. It’s no wonder why they’ve appeared in Huffpost and the like.
My beloved family and close friends have said many times (since I started my writing journey in 2014) that one day my name is going to be known by many; I’m starting to see that they were right. I said it once and I’ll say it again, make your name shine where it really counts! Not only that, remain humble along the way. 😌👌🏾😉
If you can believe it, you can very well achieve it! 🙌🏾🙏🏾🤗
Until next time…