They'll tell you that awards mean nothing. No big sales surge. No extra attention from publishers and agents. No movie deals. Got it. Nevertheless, when I got word yesterday that I won Best Mystery of the Year with THE DEAD DETECTIVE AGENCY, I forgot all that and succumbed to joy. Somebody--whether several or dozens or hundreds or hordes of somebodies--thinks my book is worth reading, worth recommending, worth the term "Best". When I wrote the first Dead Detective mystery (now deemed "Award-winning"), it was sort of unconscious. No idea where the scenario came from, no intent to write paranormal (in fact that term sometimes makes me cringe.) When I found a publisher who liked my off-the-wall idea, I was pleased. It's fun to do something different, and while I love writing the historicals, change of pace is good. So the writing was fun. The publishing was fairly painless and very professional. The readers reacted well. It was all that a writer could hope for---and then it gets named Best Mystery of the Year. How's that for icing on the cake?

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Comment by Cammy May Hunnicutt on March 21, 2012 at 12:52am

So you won an Eppy?  That's great, Peg.  It's... epic/

Not to get in your business, but I don't understand why you didn't mention that up front.  Or why you'd play it down.   It's a nice kudo, flaunt it.

No point tooting your horn if you don't give it the full razzmatazz.

(I'm sure Susan Fleet would endorse that metaphor)


Comment by Peg Herring on March 20, 2012 at 9:08pm

EPIC is the electronically published industry coalition, a group that promotes quality e-books. I actually met the publisher for the Dead Detective Mysteries at one of their conferences a few years ago.

Thanks, Dana! You know how long I've been working toward this!

Comment by Cammy May Hunnicutt on March 20, 2012 at 3:03am

Wow, that's great, Peg.  What or who was it that did this naming?

Comment by Dana King on March 20, 2012 at 12:23am

Congratulations, Peg.

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