|Devon holding her book at the TSGS2015 Conference|
I submitted my book and wondered how things would play out and what the other entrants would be discussing. When I saw the table of entries, I was definitely of a different sort. Would that be an advantage or disadvantage?
During the conference, I spoke with several individuals about self-publishing through Amazon and CreateSpace. I love that I can have a professional looking quality book for relatively inexpensive upfront costs. Additionally, those companies handle all the sales, borrows, and returns for me. It's a great deal for a budding author.
|Writing Competition Entries. My little book is on the front row, nearly middle.|
While looking for my book on the writing competition table, I noticed that many folks publish their entries through the comb bound method. For a little bit more time and perhaps an equivalent cost, they could have a soft or hard bound book from Lulu.com that begs to be read. After talking with other conference goers, I might need to develop a workshop on self-publishing (or at least a series of blog posts).
My book was submitted in the Books by Non-Professional Historians - Reference category, as the only other non-professional option was 'Family History".
In my category were:
- 1st Place: Forgotten Chapters of the American Revolution: Spain, Galvez, and Islenos by Rueben M. Perez
- 2nd Place: Houston, Harris County, Texas: Mayors During the Republic of Texas, 1836-1846 and the Co-Founders, A Collection of Biographical, Death & Burial Information by Lynna Kay Shuffield.
- 3rd Place: 21st Century Family Historian by Devon Lee
The overall grand prize winner was: Red River County in 1890: The Year of the Missing Census by Johnnie Lee.
Thank you TSGS judges. I'm honored to be in this group of writers. I'm really glad that I entered this competition. I learned a lot and plan on submitting other projects in the future.
Pick up your copy of my award winning book 21st Century Family Historian through Amazon today!