July 24th, 2008



 This was an “Oh my God” day.....the day my editor sent me the following message. 

Excellent news--Bookspan has negotiatied for A DANCE WITH THE DEVIL to be a Featured Alternate in Doubleday Book Club, Literary Guild, Mystery Guild, Book of the Month and BOMC2. Congratulations!

I screamed with excitement as I read the email and the contractors working in my house thought I had fallen out a window, I was so loud.  I’m still bouncing off the walls.  We’re three months away and the exposure is beginning to snowball.   Breathe, Barbara, breathe.  Thank you God for all you have provided during my journey to help others.



 My editor sent me the following information and guess what?  I’m going to enter my first book competition.  Of course I’ll have to wait until November when I can send along the six copies that the rules require.  Wish me luck!  But remember....luck is the result of planning and hard work.  And remember, achieving begins with believing.  I believed my book would be published at the right time.  Now I’m believe I can win a California Book Award.  My editor must think so too.


I just heard about the California Book Awards, and I thought of you—apparently the books can be submitted by authors (for free!) and even online. Here’s the little blurb about it:

Since 1931, the California Book Awards have honored the exceptional literary merit of California writers and publishers. Each year a select jury considers hundreds of books in search of the very best in literary achievement. Eligible books must be written while the author is a resident of California, and they must be published during the year under consideration. Awards are presented in the categories of Fiction, Nonfiction, First Work of Fiction, Poetry, Californiana, Notable Contribution to Publishing, Juvenile Literature and Young Adult Literature.

And here’s the link: http://www.commonwealthclub.org/features/caBookAwards/about.php#guidelines


Can’t hurt, right?!