The Excitement of Winning
I was going to post about something else today, but feel I have to write about winning the Cinnamon Press novel award with my novel The Piano Player’s Son. I am filled with joy at the affirmation of my writing.
Publication isn’t until October 2013, and I hardly know how I shall contain my impatience until then, but I shall have to spend the time writing, rewriting, writing, rewriting in order to keep the momentum going.
I’m happy I made the decision to self-publish Unravelling. The rewards and satisfaction have been enormous. For a self-published novel from a first-time novelist, it has done very well, and as I’ve boasted before, it has won awards – first prize in the Chapter One Promotions book award and second in the Rubery Book Award – but my goal has always been to have a novel published by a ‘proper’ publisher. It feels strange to fulfil a goal held for so long.
I am grateful to Jan Fortune of Cinnamon Press for her belief in me and her recognition of my novel. I value her judgement, and it means a lot that she – with her team – has judged The Piano Player’s Son to be worthy of publication.
As I’m in danger of sentimentality, I’d better stop there!