I am incredibly honored to learn that The Climbing Tree, my first children’s book, has been awarded First Place in the Writer’s Digest 28th Annual Self-Published Book Awards in the category of Early Readers / Children’s Picture Books. The 28th annual competition was open to all English-language self-published books and attracted more than 1,800 entries in eight categories.
I’ve been reading Writer’s Digest for decades and, when I noticed it had a competition for indie authors, I almost didn’t bother entering; I figured it would be such a long shot for a first-time children’s book author. When I set out to write and publish my books, it was because I wanted to create something special for each one of my granddaughters. Working with them on the stories and seeing them hold their stories in their little hands was reward enough.
So–THANK YOU! Writer’s Digest, and thank you to Eleanor, my muse, and Marrieta Gal (a pseudonym for the brilliant Marija Stojisavljevic), whose beautiful illustrations bring the story to life.