Book Trends Blog

July 15, 2011

Filed under: Book Industry,Book Publishers,Readers,Self-Publishers — bobspear @ 5:52 pm

I received a heads up from Dan Snow and who co-hosts a book industry newsletter with self-publishing guru Dan Poynter and is a past member of the Board of Directors for the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA).  At the annual awards presentations, he had noticed a young girl of about 16 years in front of him at the buffet line. In chatting with her and her mom, he was impressed by how well-spoken she was. Later on in the evening, her book, Grace: A Child’s Intimate Journey Through Cancer and Recovery, by Melinda Marchiano & published by Happy Quail,  won the  The Bill Fisher Award for Best First Book (Nonfiction). Here are some of her book’s endorsements: In her book, Grace: A Child’s Intimate Journey Through Cancer and Recovery, Melinda Marchiano offers an honest and inspiring portrayal of her cancer experience through the eyes of a teenager and proves there is medicinal value in love and laughter.  Melinda and I share a common bond.  We are survivors.  And we believe in the importance of empowering fellow survivors to live life on their own terms.  By sharing her story, Melinda is giving a voice to this global epidemic that needs immediate attention.  I am grateful to Melinda for having the courage to speak up and for her generosity in helping others fighting cancer.–Lance Armstrong  “I have often said God gives children with cancer something extra.  They are remarkable and inspiring people to be around.  Melinda tells her story with such honesty and openness that you can’t help but be touched and encouraged.  This is sure to be a blessing to all that read it!”-Jeff Foxworthy “What an extraordinary young girl Melinda is! Her story, though heartbreaking, pulsates with joy and faith and hope. God bless her!” –Kathie Lee Gifford If you like touchingly well-written books by young folks, you should find this author ideal. Dan told me when she received the award she was floored. He said it obviously mad her whole life, plus she was a very modest girl.


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