Love, Bill came in second in the Biography/Memoir category of the 2017 Sarton Women’s Book Awards. The organizers wrote: “This year’s competition attracted an exceptionally strong field of entries. Each entry gave us a different glimpse into women’s lives and offered a strong and unique woman’s voice. Every author deserves to be honored for her willingness to risk sharing her work.”
Each honor I have received up to this point has been an exciting validation of the book . I have been very humbled and encouraged. Who knows where this all goes next?!
Yeah! Love, Bill is a finalist in the Nonfiction category for the Sarton Women’s Book Award. The award is sponsored by Story Circle Network, an international non-profit community of women writers. The award is named in honor of May Sarton, a memoirist, novelist, and poet, and given annually to women authors writing chiefly about women and published in the United States and Canada. The winners will be announced in April. Apparently, this year’s competition was “the largest and strongest” in the history of the award. Fingers crossed!
Love, Bill just received another great review from the Writer’s Digest Self-Publishing Book Awards:
“Love, Bill starts out as woman’s search for information about the father who died when she was six, but it’s much more. The unexpected turns the book takes and the questions that are raised keep readers interested right up until the end. The author is a skilled, confident writer, who understands how to reel a story out. Just when a reader is thinking ‘Gee, it’s tough only seeing Bill’s letters and not seeing Dorothy’s,’ she addresses the issue. And while it is an issue – it gives us great empathy and compassion for Bill while 1940s Dorothy is a voiceless shadow figure at first – the author turns the tables. Her efforts to find out more about what happened and her mother’s first marriage make this a layered and intensely fascinating book. Credit also goes to Bill. His letters are well-written and poetic. His depiction of the train wheels in the Sept. 1, 1944, letter saying ‘no hope, no hope’ and ‘no more, no more’ are heart-rending. They stay in a reader’s mind and when the author mentions it later, the reader is delighted. That leads to another wonderful element in this book — the author goes forward, then comes back, instead of dumping everything she wants to say at once. The author uses communication, not only her father’s letters, but communications she has with people as she tries to uncover the mysteries of the book, well… The ending letter from the author to her father is an excellent frame for the story. When the author in the first chapter mentions sitting on the front stoop waiting for her father to come home, it’s heartbreaking. The photo at the end of the author as an adult on that stoop, as well the mention of it in her letter, give the story closure. The cover is beautifully done and the interior formatting is professional and readable, including the use of photos.” –Judge, 25th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards
Thanks to everyone for their “Congratulations” and “Good Wishes” upon receiving the news that Love, Bill was awarded the Silver Medal for Nonfiction in the 2017 Arizona Literary Awards. It came in second out of 72 entries in my category! Needless to say, I am very thrilled and honored. As I said when I received the award, one of the things that I learned in writing the book was that Dad’s dream was to be a writer. One of my dreams was to “find” him. I think that both of our dreams have now come true!
I have just been nominated for the 2017 Top Female Authors Award presented by “The Authors Show.” The award is given to self-published female authors. Winners will be announced June 30, 2017. Keep your fingers crossed!