Greetings from Atlanta!
I'm here for ICRS (International Christian Retail Show).
The last few days have been about all things bookish--fiction workshops, marketing, business planning, editing and more.
I’ve also had a chance to talk with a lot of writer-friends and get free copies of their new books, yeah! It’s great to be around a group of people that can talk deadlines, sales, marketing, etc.
I haven’t been outside yet much. So, currently “Atlanta” means the inside of the Hyatt and the Marriott. (Okay, I did cross the street to get from one hotel to the other.)
Over the weekend was the Christy Awards, and all I can say is AMAZING. The friends were wonderful. The keynote by Lauren Winner was FANTASTIC. And everything else from the prayers, introductions, and awards presentation really was well-done.
And the winners of the Christy Awards ...
Contemporary Stand Alone: Winter Birds by Jamie Langston Turner!
Contemporary Series, Sequels, and Novellas: The Brethren by Beverly Lewis!
Historical: Madman by Tracy Groot!
Lits: Sisterchickes in Gondolas by Robin Jones Gunn!
Romance: The Measure of a Lady: by Deeanne Gist!
Suspense: Plague Maker by Tim Downs!
First Novel: Where Mercy Flows by Karen Harter!
Young Adult: William Henry Is A Fine Name by Cathy Gohlke!
Congrats to all the winners!