Friday, November 11, 2011

Surprises in My Email

Wednesday I was busy working on an article I promised a friend and didn't check all of my emails until the afternoon. I usually scan them to see if family, close friends, or my editor has emailed, but I didn't see that they had, so I continued to work. By mid-afternoon I needed a break, so I checked my emails more thoroughly. You'll never guess what I found.

I had an email from the Whitney Awards Committee informing me that River Whispers has had five nominations, which means that it is now eligible to become one of the finalists. 


This is huge! I was so excited that I tried to call Hubby, but he wasn't at his desk. All my kids were at work, so the next person I thought to let know was my editor. She was just as thrilled as I was.

Okay, so you would think I would have learned to check my email more thoroughly, but no. Today after editing, I checked my email again and found something that made me sad and very concerned. Oh, it's not about me. It's about the person who founded the Whitney Awards, Rob Wells. His new YA, dystopian-sh book, Variant, was just named in Publisher's Weekly as one of the best books of 2011. That's not what has me sad because I'm extremely happy for him. No, I learned that he recently developed a severe panic disorder and the doctors have been unable to treat it effectively. In fact, its become so bad that he was laid off from work.

Now you're probably thinking, so. He has a book out. Well, let me enlighten you on the workings of book sales and how authors are paid. Most writers only get paid twice a year from royalties. Many times those checks don't come until the end of January or the end of July.

And hey, Christmas is coming. Rob has a wife and little kids. Many bloggers are trying to do their part in spreading the word about Rob and how great his book is in hopes of helping him through a tough time. I want to be one of them.

Okay, in all honesty, I haven't read Variant yet. BUT I plan to buy this book, read it, and post a review, all in the hopes of helping a fellow author.

Many have said the book is full of hope, romance, and intrigue. And that there is something for everyone within its pages.

So, please add Variant to your Christmas list, buy a couple, and spread the joy. 

Have you ever found surprises in your email?



  1. Congratulations on the Whitney nominations! That's awesome!

    And I love finding happy surprises in my email, which is part of the reason I'm such an email addict--you never know when you might find a new fun email, so I'll just check again . . .

  2. Thanks, Stephanie! Coming from a two-time Whitney winner, that means a lot.

  3. Stephanie,
    Forgive me. I mean three-time Whitney winner. Glad I caught that before you did. :)

  4. Congratulations! these are the kinds of surprises that we want more of!

  5. Tracy,
    Thank you! It sure made my day. Thanks for stopping by.

  6. Congrats Kathi!
    Have a great weekend :)

  7. Congratulations Kathi; way to go. I don't check my e-mails that well either; but one day there was this e-mail from the Bewildering Stories publisher that my story had been accepted, and I just screamed. No little squeeeee, just screaming.

    I'm sorry to hear about Rob; I've seen Variant around the blogs, but haven't checked it out much. Its a YA? Maybe . .

    Have a great weekend Kathi.


  8. Donna,
    It's a thrill to find surprises in your email? Love it!

    Yes, Rob's book is a YA. I haven't read it as yet either, but I plan to. Might buy several copies to give away. Thanks for stopping by.

    And congrats on your story. That's awesome!!!

  9. Congratulations, Kathi! Wonderful news.

    Sad about Rob. It is good to help other authors.

    If it helps I can add the book to New Book Blogger
    for more exposure. It gets tweeted and facebooked out to my followers and friends. Find all the instructions on the blog. :D



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