Douglas L Perry, The Author blog

May 15, 2009

Indie Book Award Finalist

Filed under: Books,Writing — douglaslperry @ 6:37 pm
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I’m still snoopy dancing around my office. I got an email last night about 10pm and didn’t sleep much last night. It’s not like I got a bestseller nod in the NY Times, but Lost in the Sky is a finalist in the Indie Book Awards in the Mystery/Suspense/Thriller category. 

Wow, just wow. 

Writing is a solitary activity, and writers spend a lot of time in solitude trying to get their book just the way they want it. As a result there aren’t a lot of opportunities for accolades unless they have a writing group, or reviewers, and even then, the positives are so dependent on group tastes. Getting a third party endorsement with no connection or relationship to the writer is an important feedback to help the writer determine whether or not they are going down the right path. 

I’m not claiming that I am, but it sure does feel good to know that there are others out there that like what I have written. 

It’s going to take a couple of days before I don’t have to squeeze my head through doorways, and to wipe the smile off my face.

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6 Comments »

  1. Congratulations! I don’t know much about the award, but if you wanted to email me and give me the details that would be cool.

    Comment by Dave — May 31, 2009 @ 4:29 pm

  2. Hey Dave,

    Here is the website. It’s cool to be mentioned among thousands of entries.

    http://www.indiebookawards.com/

    I don’t know how the judging is done, but I assume there’s always politics involved. I’m just pleased to get some third party validation.

    Comment by douglaslperry — May 31, 2009 @ 5:13 pm

  3. I checked out their website. It’s good to see your book listed there.

    Did they send you a finalist icon that you can put up on your blog?

    How many people entered in your category?

    I’m just blasting away with questions here, but here’s some more. What if you had an agent that was interested in your book, but wanted you to make significant revisions? How would you go about that???

    I went to a conference once were a published author was seeking representation. By the way it was a person that was published with Penguin. I heard one of the agents comment that it was too bad that it was too late. I’m tempted to go into some details, but probably should not. Anyway, I read your first chapters and liked how you developed suspense. I was just curious about what you would do if an agent was interested, but wanted to write the typical letter that points out areas for improvement.

    Comment by Dave — June 1, 2009 @ 5:57 am

  4. Hey Dave,

    They sent me a word file which is a finalist certificate. I will probably be able to cut an icon from that. I think they mentioned they were going to send me one, I need to look back at the email. Been too busy editing trying to get ready for Thrillerfest in mid-July in NY.

    I don’t remember how many entries there were for my category, but it was well over a hundred early on.

    If there were an agent interested in the book, I would change whatever they wanted. I am not the type of writer that thinks I know all about how the story should be done. If they can explain the reasons for the change, all the better.

    If an agent wrote me a letter telling me to change this or that, I’d drop what I was doing on my current project, and do what they asked. I’d do it as quickly as humanly possible while still retaining a quality product. Fine line to balance, but I feel if you wait too long, the agent has moved on to other things.

    Comment by douglaslperry — June 1, 2009 @ 5:46 pm

  5. Cool!

    I didn’t know what the rules were regarding a self-published book. Sounds like there is plenty of room for flexibility.

    Once again, congratulations. It will be interesting to see if that helps you get an agent interested. Are you going to have an agent appointment at the thriller conference?

    Comment by Dave — June 1, 2009 @ 8:48 pm

  6. Thrillerfest has a 3 hour session called AgentFest where authors will get to meet agents. Apparently it is first come first serve. You line up in front of the agent you want to talk with and they listen to your pitch. So no appointments, but I will get to talk with a few of them, I hope.

    I doubt that just having an Indie Award will get an agent interested, but I can always hope.

    Comment by douglaslperry — June 1, 2009 @ 9:42 pm


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