It’s official: Stylish Sheds and Elegant Hideaways is “Award-Winning”
March 23rd, 2009
The tan envelope arrives in today’s mail. I open it up, hardly able to focus on the letter from Denise Cowie, chair of the 2009 Garden Writers Association Media Awards program.
But, yes, it seems I read this right. “Your entry has received a Silver Award of Achievement,” the letter explains.
The work: Stylish Sheds and Elegant Hideaways
The category: Writing, book
After whooping it up with my husband, Bruce, I call Jennifer Gilbert at the GWA headquarters to ask whether a letter was sent to Clarkson Potter regarding the “Overall Product” category (which encompasses writing, photography, design and production).
Yes, she assures me, Stylish Sheds has also won a Silver Award for Overall Product. The letter went to our editor, Doris Cooper.
Then I call Bill Wright in Seattle. “Did you open your mail yet?” I ask. “Do you mean my e-mail?” he replies.
“No, your regular mail.”
“It hasn’t come yet today.”
“Oh, well, guess what? We won a Silver Award from Garden Writers for Overall Book Product and I won a Silver for Writing.”
His reply? “Yeah, I got the letter on Saturday saying I won a Silver for Photography.”
What? How could he not be as excited as I am?! He’s known for two days and he didn’t call to tell me!!!
Maybe I’m putting too much emphasis on this, but I love to win – and I love accolades. (Sorry, I know that statement reveals my desire for human affirmation. It often puts me in a bad position because sometimes my motivation to write is more for the accolades than a paycheck!)
Stylish Sheds and Elegant Hideaways, this labor of love, has been positively recognized by many reviewers, purchased by book buyers, and supported by our patient family and friends. That should be reward enough.
But just this once, it’s nice to win something. Even if it’s merely a “certificate” that you can take home and frame.
P.S. We’re eligible in all three categories (Writing, Photography and Overall Product) to be judged for a Gold Award. But we have to wait until the 2009 annual symposium in Raleigh, North Carolina (in September) to know the results.
March 23rd, 2009 at 11:52 pm
Congratulations. Well deserved.
March 23rd, 2009 at 11:57 pm
Congrats on your award and on the success of this book! Sheds are really hip now, probably a lot thanks to you!
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March 24th, 2009 at 6:01 am
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March 24th, 2009 at 9:53 am
Yippee! Congrats ~ Congrats ~ Congrats!
You deserve it.
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March 24th, 2009 at 10:54 am
Kudos! The award is well-deserved. Stylish Sheds makes me want to do the Walden thing in my backyard each time I open it.
March 24th, 2009 at 3:44 pm
Well done and truly deserved!
March 24th, 2009 at 6:05 pm
Bravo Debra! Accolades are way better than pay checks. And they’ll keep the pay checks coming. looking forward to tea next week.
March 24th, 2009 at 6:24 pm
You two deserve it. Completely and utterly.
It is a beautiful, complete thought,
a place to get lost,
a glimpse into the souls of each of the shed’s owners/creators,
and a peek into yours by the way you have shown and told them.
In your finding of, and offering of their stories, we are enriched.
March 24th, 2009 at 6:35 pm
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March 24th, 2009 at 11:23 pm
dearest friends and kind correspondents . . . thank you for your encouragement. it means volumes! xoxo Debra
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March 25th, 2009 at 7:18 am
How exciting! Congrats!
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March 25th, 2009 at 1:41 pm
Yes, it feels good to see an outward indication that our readers “get it”
I am so pleased and celebrate with you that you have been heard! You’ve got a message, and the world needs to hear it – NOW!
March 25th, 2009 at 3:03 pm
Congrats! Always feels good to know that others think highly of what you’ve done – and you done good. 🙂
March 25th, 2009 at 11:28 pm
Debra, I think some of us have become rather jaded and have lost our childlike appreciation of praise. It’s refreshing to see that you still get excited about recognition. It’s well deserved. The book is awesome.
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March 26th, 2009 at 10:26 pm
How utterly exciting! I’m so proud of you and Bill! I knew your lovely book was hitting a “high chord” in the garden world! May we have an encore? Congratulations….Bonnie
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March 28th, 2009 at 8:21 am
I am so happy for you and for Bill. It is a beautiful book, beautifully written.~~Dee
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April 1st, 2009 at 1:38 pm
Congrats! I’ll have my fingers crossed for you in September when we’re both sitting there at the GWA awards banquet!
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April 13th, 2009 at 3:23 pm
I LOVE your book. I purchased a copy in January (?) and have read it cover to cover. The inspiration is priceless.
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