|And the winners in the Indie Fab book awards are. . .|
False modesty is a distasteful conceit. Humility may be overdone or touching. Self-promotion can be obnoxious.
I don’t think I fall into any of those categories. But clearly I have a problem. My great friend, Sharon Santoni, creator of the divine blog My French Country Home, gave me a lesson in tough love the other day. We were in the midst of one of our marathon conversations when I mentioned to her that my little book had won an award, but that I didn’t intend to write about it.
“Fine then,” she said. “I’ll write about it.” Then she asked me if I would have found it in any way obnoxious if she had won an award or any of my other blogging friends did and then shared their happy news with their readers. “Of course not,” I told her.
“Then what’s the matter with you?” she parried.
|And the gold goes to the First Place winner.|
Good question, I thought. I really, really wanted to tell you because I consider you my friends, but I hesitated, just the way I’ve not mentioned that Forever Chic has been bought by publishers in six countries and is in serious negotiations with others. I’m bursting with amazed excitement and want to tell the world. But I don’t. I tell My-Reason-for-Living-In-France and then call Andrea in Chicago. That’s it.
|Second place and the Silver Award.|
These types of situations make me delve into my past, my childhood to see why I have this intrinsic reserve. I can’t find the answer. And, I realize — apart from a Donald Trump, the Kardashians and probably others I’ve never heard of because their blatant bad taste and shameless self-promotion have yet to be acknowledged on these shores — that I actually admire people who simply state and share their successes.
|Third place and the Bronze Award.|
In fact, I’m happy for the successes of others whether by pure serendipity or hard work and creativity or a combination of all of those ingredients.
Last March, Rizzoli sent out an excited email internally and to its authors who were finalists in the Indie Fab Awards. (Scores of other publishing houses had books in the running for the many categories as well.) On June 27, the winners were announced at the 2014 Library Conference. Rizzoli had finalists in these categories: Art (3), Biography (1), Cooking (2), Ecology & Environment (1), History (1), Home & Garden (2), Popular Culture (1) and Self-help (1). I was self-help.
|The Honorable Mention Award.|
All I can say really is that it was totally and absolutely unexpected — my saying this is not false modesty, but honesty — and I couldn’t be happier.