Last Sunday I experienced one of the most emotional evenings of my life as a writer. Well, let’s say that September is going to be a pretty emotional month since I am getting married to my best friend, better half, and fellow award-winning author Mark Stone. So emotions were quite close to the skin, as we say in Spain, last Sunday. Mark and I had gone to watch a movie and then to have dinner to the restaurant where he proposed; you can say that I was already feeling a bit emotional. But then we arrived back home, I decided to check my emails, and saw I had two new messages: one from Readers’ Favorite, and another one from Wind Dancer Films. I started shaking when I saw they were announcing the winners of the 2014 Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards, and I kind of forgot about the second email.
I opened the email, read that they had had a hard time to choose the winners because they had received thousands of books and most of them were really good. I clicked on the link to the page where they were listing the winners and… this is what I found:
I had won the Gold Medal!! Not only that, but in my category there weren’t Silver or Bronze, only Gold!! And it was my book!! I squealed, I screamed, I jumped off my chair, I hugged my fiancé, and I started crying like a baby. It was an unbelievably emotional moment. After two years of struggling to market my book, of trying to get new readers, of trying to make people know about my book in every possible way and failing. After two years of thinking that maybe my book wasn’t good enough and that maybe, just maybe, I should quit publishing because obviously people weren’t interested in my writing. After two years of all that, I got this. And you know what? It felt good. It felt great. This was the kind of validation I needed to make me believe in myself again. For more than a year now I have been writing the second book in the Little Nani series until I stopped because I didn’t think it was good enough. Now I feel strong and I know I can finish that book. And a third one. And a fourth one. The sky is the limit, baby!
But, wait a minute… what about the second email? Oh yes, let me explain it. This year, everybody entering books for the contest would be also eligible for a possible TV or movie deal with a film producer company called Wind Dancer Films. From all the books entered, they would choose only 10 to have a final look and offer them a deal. From those 10 final books, they would ask authors to send a synopsis and then they would choose only ONE book to get the filming deal.
Well, guess what? Little Nani made it to those 10 final books! I am both thrilled and panicking. Now I need to write a badass synopsis to make them think that Little Nani is interesting enough as to be turned either into a movie or a TV show. Wouldn’t it be cool to see Little Nani’s adventures on the screen?
So those are my latest news. News that have me like this all day long…