Since I first started working on The Black Lens novel, my wife has always been my strongest supporter.
The invitation came after my debut novel won Grand Prize in the 2016 Writer’s Digest Self-Published e-Book Awards.
The Black Lens beat out more than 600 other books in this national contest, which “spotlights today’s self-published works and honors self-published authors.” The Grand Prize included books for sale at the actual conference and:
- A feature article about The Black Lens in the May/June 2017 issue of Writer’s Digest
- My name on the front cover of Writer’s Digest magazine
- A paid trip to the national Writer’s Digest Conference
My wife and I decided to arrive a few days early so we could tour the city, dine at some local restaurants and catch a show on Broadway.
This was the first time away from our kids for such an extended period of time (thanks to Natalie’s parents!), so we had a wonderful time experiencing the city together. We got to:
- Watch the hit Broadway show 1984
- Eat at famous local restaurants like Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer
- Enjoy some hand-crafted coffee at places like Ninth Street Espresso
My actual panel presentation took place on Saturday. The session was titled, “Is Self-Publishing the Path for You?” Here’s the description:
What makes a successful indie? For whom is this a viable choice? Let’s talk about the pros and cons with a diverse panel of writers who’ve blazed an indie trail.”
In case you haven’t read it yet, here is the official book review of The Black Lens from Writer’s Digest:
“Gritty, unforgiving and in some places downright shocking, THE BLACK LENS is nevertheless a stunning read, from the first page to the last … This book rivals — if not surpasses — its commercially published brethren. It may indeed raise awareness of human trafficking and exploitation of women in the same manner as UNCLE TOM’S CABIN and TWELVE YEARS A SLAVE did for slavery.”