Some really good news about "Cryo Kid - Drawing a New Map" (www.cryokid.com). It's been named Finalist in the Women's Issues category of the Indie Next Generation 2009 Book Awards. I feel truly honored by this recognition for an independently produced book. I suppose it would have been even better to have placed as a Winner, but coming in a little lower on the Awards scale tends to keep a writer humble. No swelled head here -- I realize that someone else's book was judged to be even better than mine. Did you know that the Hebrew bible (the Torah) starts with the letter "B" for "bereishit," which means "in the beginning." That's to show that "B" is just as needed as the letter "A," aleph. So evety finalist should appreciate the winner, and vice versa. They both have something valuable to offer.
Being a Finalist means that my book will be listed in Indie's catalogue of Winners and Finalists to be distributed widely at the New York Book Expo as well as on the Indie Next Generation website. I also get a Finalist's Certificate and some groovy gold stickers to place on my book's cover. So thank you, Indie Next Generation, Book Awards. You have made me very happy this May, 2009.