Blogger: Rachel Kent
As many of you know, Monday night the 2012 Christy Award winners were announced at the International Christian Retail Show in Orlando. My clients, Anne Elisabeth Stengl and Melanie Dickerson were both finalists in different categories. I’m so proud of them both! Anne Elisabeth’s book won in the Visionary category.
I was reading on the Christy Awards webpage about the origin of the Christy Awards and noticed that one main reason the awards were started was to bring recognition to authors who might not have received bestseller status for a high quality Christian book. I love that! It also makes it more clear why I hadn’t heard of every book on the list before the finalists were announced. The publishers are submitting their best-written books to the awards instead of their bestselling books. Very cool.
Now it’s time for my confession. I have only read three of the books on the finalists list. I, someone who is submerged daily in the world of Christian fiction, have only read three books on the list of highly praised and recognized novels. I hope to change my statistic in the near future. There are lots of books on that list that sound appealing to me. My low count makes me want to support our CBA industry even more since these authors and others deserve sales figures that match their quality writing. I hope you’ll all join me in working to support this industry even more.
How many books off of the finalist list have you read? (CLICK HERE FOR THE LIST)
Also, are there any CBA books you’ve read in 2012 that you would highly recommend to us? Please list those here too.
I’m going to host a little giveaway today. The person who has read the most books off of the 2012 Christy Award finalists list will get a copy of Anne Elisabeth Stengl’s 2012 Christy winner, VEILED ROSE. Please be honest in your counts and I’ll email the winner tomorrow (Thursday) to get a mailing address. If we have a tie, I’ll enter those people in a drawing and randomly select one.