Here is a portion of the press release:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers)
LOCAL WRITER FINALS IN PRESTIGIOUS INDUSTRY FICTION WRITING CONTEST
June 2010, FLORIDA – Jenison, Michigan writer Lynda Schab received the honor of finalist in the prestigious Genesis Contest, American Christian Fiction Writers' respected contest for unpublished writers. Since its inception in 2002, the Genesis contest (originally named the Noble Theme) has been the leading fiction contest for unpublished Christian writers. “The Genesis is the premier contest in the Christian Booksellers Association for the unpublished. It's THE place to get noticed by a publisher.” – Colleen Coble, CEO of ACFW.
With nearly 500 entries in this year’s contest, making the finalists list is a noteworthy
accomplishment. Lynda Schab is a finalist in the Mystery/Suspense/Thriller category. Winners will be announced on September 19, 2010 during the awards event at the ACFW Annual Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Pretty cool, right?
I took it upon myself to submit this press release to another local newspaper, the Grand Valley Advance. This is a free weekly press, delivered every Tuesday, that focuses more on community news and events in my immediate area. I was excited when the news reporter contacted me a week or so later with some questions. Well, last weekend I went with my family on a two-day mini vacation to Mackinaw City and when we returned on Tuesday, there was a message on our answering machine from my enthusiastic sister-in-law, Sue, congratulating me on the article. I went outside and grabbed the newspaper off the porch. And there it was.
They did get two things wrong:
- My agent is not submitting my mystery (which is not complete), but my womens fiction manuscript.
- My age...I'm not REALLY 42. Cough.
But, hey, we all make mistakes, right?
I'm hoping this isn't my only 15 minutes of fame, of course. But for now, I'll take it.
What about you? Tell me about your 15 minutes (or more) of fame.