Well, the voting is over. I’ll be going to Seattle and getting to meet the other ABNA finalists, and we will see who the General Fiction and Young Adult winners are.
Meanwhile I’m grateful.
I’m grateful for having the chance to be part of ABNA, grateful to all the people at Amazon, CreatSpace, and Penguin who played a role in making it possible.
Grateful to everyone who was so kind and supportive during the contest period.
Looking back, I’m grateful to all the teachers who helped me become a better writer. I have taken numerous writing courses, mostly with Gotham both in New York City and on the web. Every one of them was useful.
Thanks to all the friends who read my work and critiqued it, some members of the Mumbles Writing Group and some not. A really long list.
Thanks to NovelPro, an online group that helped me along the way.
Thanks to Livia Drusilla (wherever she is) for living such an interesting life.
And okay, this may be corny, flag-waving, whatever. But I read a lot of history, enough to know that I really lucked out. Thanks to the United States of America for letting me write what I please.