September 1, 2011

Not Without Risk is a Winner!

I can't possibly explain just how excited I am to make this announcement, but here goes...NOT WITHOUT RISK was awarded the Silver Medal in the 2011 Readers Favorite Awards!

Honestly, I never really believed I would make it to the finals, let alone place! I'm still trying to wrap my mind around it, but I've received the 'Official' notification so I need to get over my doubts, don't I?

It's like winning the lottery. Really. As writers we struggle against self-doubt every day.

Will my editor like this story?

Will the reader connect with my characters?

And on truly bad days, when the characters have stopped talking to us and no matter how hard we try, we can't seem to find the right words...

Why do I even try?

My fellow writers are out there nodding their heads right about now. We've all been in the position to ask ourselves these questions at one time or another. But as writers we plug on, stomp those doubts into dust (at least temporarily) and keep writing. Why? Because we can't NOT write. We're just wired that way.

So to discover that my editor did like it, a reader did connect with my characters - not just enough that I was awarded a 5 Star review, but enough that I was awarded a second place win...that's an incredible boost to this writer's self-confidence!

Interested in reading more about the award? You can do that HERE


Amy said...

Yes, we all struggle with those doubts. Sometimes I get up and think "that stinks" only to go back later (sometimes days later because I think I've "lost it"), and it's not as bad as I remember. Heck, sometimes it's even *good*! LOL But I can tell you first hand that you deserve every award you will win. Yes, I know I wrote that in future tense. It won't be long before you can say "multi-award winning author" Sarah Grimm, Goddess of the Keyboard! Congratulations, luv!!

AJ Nuest said...

Everytime I think about this, see the award or contemplate the effort you put into writing this story, I get all teary-eyed. I think I'm just so darn proud of you. This is an astounding achievement, Sarah! I am incredibly honored to call you my friend, and a deep sense of contentment washes over me to know you're amazing talent has finally been recognized. Well done, my friend. I can't wait to congratulate you in person!! Love ya!

Sarah Grimm said...

You guys are way too good to me. :-) I don't even have words to thank you for all you've done for me. Imagine it! ME, speechless. LMAO

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

Arial Burnz said...

CONGRATULATIONS MY FRIEND! OMG so proud of you!!!! Yes, we all have doubts. That damned dragon rears its ugly head every now and then, sometime too often for comfort, but slay that dragon we must!

You're a great writer and you deserve the award! WOOOT!!!

Arial, yer sexy bitch! ;)

Stephanie Burkhart said...

((Hugs)) Sweetie! I am so proud of you! I LOVED Not Without Risk when I read it and I know it's very deserving of the award given it. You are a great writer and the award reflects it.

I agree - we all struggle with doubts, but give yourself a big pat on the back, Sweetie. You've earned it.


Sarah Grimm said...

Steph -

Thanks! I just saw on your Facebook page that you received a Silver Medal also? So Awesome!!

Sarah Grimm said...


Thanks, my sexy bitch! Mwah!

Laura Kaye said...

So, so happy for you!

Sarah Grimm said...

Thanks Laura!