Winner, winner, New York chicken dinner

by Julie Frayn on June 2, 2015 in  Awards,Writing

MazieBaby-brighter2400x1600-100On a whim, I decided to go to Book Expo America this year in New York City. Ok, not so much a whim. I went because I won an award for Mazie Baby, and damn it, I wanted to pick up that little trophy in person. Especially since you don’t get the trophy if you don’t attend.

So I threw caution, and a couple thousand bucks, to the wind and said, fuck it, I’m going. It’s New York City, baby!

I attended the last day of BEA. After registering, and wandering aimlessly in the massive space trying to get my bearings and make sense of the map, I found the Createspace booth where the awards were being presented. An hour early….

with author, Melissa Foster and Amy Edelman of IndieReader

with author, Melissa Foster and Amy Edelman of IndieReader

So I wandered some more, met up with friend and fellow author, Laurie Boris (we’ve known each other online for 2 or 3 years, so meeting in person – priceless!).

We made our way back to the booth before 10:00, added the copy of Mazie Baby that I’d brought for Laurie to the shelf, and waited with other winners to have our amazing writing talent recognized (how’s THAT for humble?) and to get my grubby paws on that little gold cup. OK, little plastic cup painted gold. Whatever. Same difference.

I waiting patiently, applauded each winner as they were announced. Smelled the victory about to be bestowed upon me (an enticing mix of air conditioning, new books, and other people’s sweat), and sat without one iota of nervousness for my turn to arrive. No really. Those who know me are thinking that’s a lie, I was probably a puddle of fear, knees knocking like Axl Rose on Heaven’s door. I was steady as a rock. I tell ya, I’m changing.

Thank you to for bestowing the Indie Reader Discovery Award for Literary Fiction on Mazie Baby. Pride is only a sin if you aren’t an atheist. And I’m damned proud of this.

The cup, just a physical representation of my pride and joy

The cup, just a physical representation of my pride and joy

{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

Mary Smith June 2, 2015 at 11:32 am

A well-deserved award, Julie. Mazie Baby is a fantastic book. The cup looks posher than plastic!


Julie Frayn June 3, 2015 at 6:06 am

Thanks, Mary! In just the right light, it is pretty shiny :)

Carolyn Frayn June 2, 2015 at 12:05 pm

And so you should be proud! I’m proud of you… always.


Julie Frayn June 3, 2015 at 6:06 am

Aw, thank you. Right back at you. xo

Sandra June 2, 2015 at 2:23 pm

Way to shine bright Julie. Let your light continue to sparkle. Congratulations.


Julie Frayn June 3, 2015 at 6:07 am

Thanks friend. I’m trying!

Kathi June 2, 2015 at 4:28 pm

You earned it, sistah!


Julie Frayn June 3, 2015 at 6:08 am

Woot woot! Thanks, Kathi!

Darcy June 2, 2015 at 11:15 pm

Whoo hoooo. My friend, the award winning author!


Julie Frayn June 3, 2015 at 6:10 am

Yay! And Mazie was just short-listed for BookHippo’s SpaSpa (small press and self-published author) award in Psychological Fiction :)

Shannon Watz June 3, 2015 at 1:36 am

So happy for you! It is much deserved!! And you should be proud of your award! You earned it!


Julie Frayn June 3, 2015 at 6:10 am

Thank you so much, Shannon! I appreciate your kindness and support.

Laurie Boris June 3, 2015 at 6:54 am

Fabulous! Magnifique! Brava! So happy to be there with you!


Laurie Boris June 3, 2015 at 6:55 am

And SO well deserved!

Julie Frayn June 3, 2015 at 7:38 am

Thank you so much, Laurie! I’m happy you were there – what a sweet way to meet in person. 😀

Dale Furse June 3, 2015 at 4:01 pm

Huge congratulations, Julie. Must have bee so much fun accepting that award. :)


Julie Frayn June 7, 2015 at 7:45 am

It definitely was, Dale. Thanks!

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