Tuesday, May 15, 2012

IPPY AWARDS, Theytus winners!

I received exciting news yesterday from my publisher Theytus Books. Over 2,400 independent authors and publishers participated in the 16th annual, 2012 Independent Publisher Book Awards contest. My suspense thriller BROKEN BUT NOT DEAD won the Silver Medal for Canada-West -- Best Regional Fiction.


WOO-HOO!


As authors, you write these stories because they have to be written, but you never think someone will actually give you an award for doing so. I'm beside myself with excitement.






Gold went to Angie Abdou for The Canterbury Trail, (Brindle & Glass Publishing Ltd.)
Bronze went to R. L. (Rod) Prendergast for Dinner with Lisa, (Dekko Publishing)


I'm proud to announce that two other Theytus Books also won:


Multicultural Fiction Adult
Gold: Midnight Sweatlodge, by Waubgeshig Rice




Canada-West – Best Regional Non-Fiction
Bronze: My Life with the Salmon, by Diane Jacobson 




Yesterday began with a gracious Random Act of Kindness by dear blogger and friend 
Carrie Butler. Carrie not only presented me with an act of kindness on her blog, she created my fabulous-looking new header, AND she even included links where readers could buy my books. Yes, Carrie rocks! Please stop by and check out her blog, which is full of tips, advice, knowledge and fun stuff.

Yesterday, after Carrie's Random Act of Kindness, things just kept getting better. 

The Independent Publisher Book Award ceremonies take place on June 4th during the annual BookExpo America publishing conventions in NYC.

Conducted each year to honor the year's best independently published books, the "IPPY" awards recognize excellence in a broad range of subjects and reward authors and publishers who "take chances and break new ground."

What an endorsement!
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Happy Birthday, Judi!

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  1. Congratulations Joylene! I am excited for you. We've known this before, but now it's official - you are an award winning author! :)

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    1. Karen, thanks! I keep reminding myself I'm a grown up, but geesh! This is awesome. I'm so happy, I'm off to bake cookies! Hope you're having a great day.

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  2. This is just wonderful news, Joylene. I'm thrilled for you..:)

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  3. Hooray! I came by to say congrats for the RAOK, but now I can add EXTRA congratulation! Way to go, you! *cheers*

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  4. That's fabulous news, Joylene!!! Huge congratulations to you on both fronts! I love it when good things happen to good people. :)

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  5. Absolutely delighted Joylene. Lovely to see you getting the recognition you deserve. So many congratulations.

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  6. Congratulations! Oh, that is absolutely wonderful! Nor surprising, as you're so incredibly talented. But WONDERFUL!!!

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    1. Carol, thank you so much for all your support. You are a blessing.

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  7. Congratulations, Joylene! I'm so happy for you. This is wonderful news! :D

    P.S. Thank you for the lovely shout-out. :)

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    1. Carrie, it was an honour. Thank you!

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  8. Well done, Joylene. BBND was clearly worth an award, so it makes the IPPYs credible to me. Lets hope the Global e-Book Awards are not a lemon.

    Chris.

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    1. I'm with you, Chris. A non-lemon would be a very nice thing. Thanks!

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  9. I wanted to say how proud I am of you!

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    1. Thank you, Carole! Hope all's well in the UK.

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  10. Very exciting, Joylene! Congratulations! And now I must read this one...loved Dead Witness!

    Hope you're going to celebrate!

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    1. Laurel, I baked my favourite cookies, oatmeal/raisins!

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  11. AAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Congrats, congrats, congrats!!!!!! What a huuuuuge honor, and I cannot think of a single person who deserves it more, Joylene!!!! :D :D :D :D Will you be making a trip down south to good ol' NYC in June?

    (BTW, Theytus does some gorgeous covers!)

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    1. Thanks, Adriana! And thanks for mentioning the covers. Julie Flett did mine. She's already won several awards for a children's bookcover she did in 2010. I was blown away when she was chosen to do my cover. Feeling very privileged these days.

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  12. Hello! I stumbled across your blog today and your books look so intriguing. I've been connecting with a lot of YA writers but your genre is more similar to my WIP. (I'm in the process of revising it right now). Congratulations on your award! That's fabulous. :)

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    1. Thank you, Honey. And best of luck on your query letter. They're never easy to write, but yours was very well done. Cheers.

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  13. Joylene, Wow! Congratulations!!!

    Karen

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  14. Are you going to the awards? Or is that a stupid question?? If you go, I may try to get up there - or you could come down here!! Take the Megabus, it's cheap and about as good as any other way one can get to and fro from NYC. It's about a 5 hour ride....

    I would swear to meet you, except for dealing with the dogs. And June 16th is my birthday, so what a present that would be!

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    1. It's not a stupid question, just the story of my life right now. I can't go because it's too far away from BC. Now, if I lived on the east coast...

      We're going to get together, but it may have to be after your birthday.

      Thanks, Vicki, for helping me make BBND shine!

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    1. Thank you, Jamie! I love that name so much, we called one of our sons Jamie. His dad called him Jamison when he was a kid.

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  16. Joylene! That is so way cool! Congratulations.
    Sheffe

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  17. Hello! I love the banner!
    So much great news. :)
    Congratulations!!!!!

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  18. Hey Joylene!
    You "IPPY" you! Wow, that is an amazing accomplishment and too see you recognised in such a manner, is truly outstanding and I can understand you being beside yourself with delight.
    Quite right you should be proud and I, your adoring fan, are also proud of you!
    With respect and happy writing and a nice new header.
    See ya later eh, Gary :)

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    1. Thanks, Gary. I'm pretty content right now. I didn't even know my publisher subbed my ms, so this came as a big surprise. Thanks for sharing my excitement!

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  19. CONGRATS Joylene! That is awesome.

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    1. Thank you, Susanne. And sorry I keep spelling your name with a z. It's my niece's fault. Actually, no, it's her mother's.

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  20. When it rains, it pours! Congratulations on your award! That is fantastic, and well-deserved, too! And isn't Carrie awesome? She made me a banner, too, and did a fabulous job. Love that gal!!

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    1. Thanks, Nancy. Yes, I agree. Carrie rocks!

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  21. Congratulations on your award! I love British Columbia. We've vacationed at the Whistler ski resort twice. Beautiful country!

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    1. Hi Shannon. It's so nice to meet you. Have you visited Waterton National Park in Alberta yet? You can actually see the United States from the beach. It's spectacular.

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    1. Ha, that's great. Thanks, Stephen. I'm saving it, for sure.

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  23. That's some great news! Congratulations.


    Lee
    An A to Z Co-Host
    Tossing It Out

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  24. A little late, but a huge congratulations to you Joylene!

    Sara

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  25. Congratulations!!! How exciting! I'm a little late stopping by, but I hope you're still celebrating this award! Cheers to you!

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  26. WOOHOO Joylene!! But please stop posting these major announcements when we're off on a trip and cut off from the internet. They're old news before I can find them. Kidding, of course. I'm thrilled for you and encouraged that the awards know a great thing when they see it. I know you don't mind my very late WooHoo! because it's felt just as strongly as if I'd been timely.

    WooHoo!
    Keith

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    1. I found this message in my spam box. Goodness, that was a close call. Thanks, Keith! I knew you were on holidays and didn't expect you'd be near a computer. You're never too late.

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