I've been slacking lately in the blogging arena, but I'm still here.
Today I went to the LDS Booksellers convention in Sandy, Utah, to help run a booth for the Whitney Awards.
As a member of LDStorymakers, I wanted to do my part in promoting the brainchild of Rob Wells. He wants to recognize the literary achievements of LDS authors everywhere.
Anyone, age 12 and up can nominate a favorite book published in 2007 by an LDS author. This includes national books by LDS authors, locally published books . . . anything in the following seven categories:
Speculative (Fantasy, Science Fiction)
Best new author of the year
Novel of the year
If a book is to make it to the second round, it must receive at least five nominations. Then a committee comprised of seven authors will narrow it down to five books per category. The books are placed on a ballot and send to an academy of voters. If you are a bookstore owner, book distributor, or literary critic, you can sign up to be a member of the voting academy. In January, the votes will be cast and compiled.
Then on March 22nd, an award banquet will be held at the CottonTree Inn in Sandy, Utah.
Three things will make the Whitney Awards a success:
1. Nominate your favorite books by LDS authors here: www.whitneyawards.com
2. Consider becoming a sponsor. The Whitney Awards is currently sponsored by the non-profit LDStorymakers, and several other organizations.
3. If you qualify, join the Academy and take the opportunity to cast your vote.
Together, we can recognize literary achievement among LDS authors and bring awareness and prestige the craft of writing.