A V-formation flock of geese seems to have one member of the group as the leader, but each member takes its turn at the point of the V, leading the way as the others in the formation honk in encouragement. The geese stay together, even when one becomes sick or injured; the group stays with it until it is well enough to continue the journey at its regular pace.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Think back.What was
the best book by an LDS author you read this year?Did you nominate it for a Whitney Award?Perhaps you read more than one book that made
a lasting impression on you.If you
haven't already done it, nominate them all for Whitney Awards.
For a novel to be nominated for a 2013 Whitney Award, it
must receive five nominations before the end of the current year and be
copyrighted in 2013.It must also be a
full length novel, not a short story or novella. The author must be LDS, but
anyone can nominate---except those who profit from the sale of the book.That means I can nominate books by other
writers, but I can't nominate my own book.You can also nominate more than one book per category. Every year there
are great books that don't get enough nominations because readers assume lots
of people already nominated them or because readers aren't aware they are the
ones who should be nominating.I
nominate lots of books and many other authors and reviewers do as well, which
is great, but for the awards to have real significance more nominations are
needed from the general reading public. It's kind of sad when nominations come
only from fellow writers. The book doesn't need tohave an LDS theme, only be written by an LDS
Award categories are General, Historical, Romance,
Mystery/Suspense, Speculative, Youth Speculative, Youth General Fiction, Best
Novel by a New Author, and Best Novel of the Year. Historical usually includes
Westerns and Speculative includes Horror.If you don't remember the titles or authors of the books you'd like to
nominate go to Meridian Magazine's book reviews or to any other LDS fiction
reviewer's web or blog page to refresh your memory.You can also go to a bookstore's online
catalog and scan the book jacket blurbs.
Nominating a favorite book is easy.Go here.A form will pop up.Fill in your name and email address, then add
the book or books you wish to nominate along with the name of the author(s) and
publisher(s), then submit.You'll get
back an acknowledgement that your nomination has been received by the contest
chairman.So get going! Nominate away!
This is the big award for LDS authors and I assure you it means a lot to all of
us to have our readers show their appreciation for our efforts to provide
quality, clean books by nominating your favorites for these awards.