The 15th Annual WD Self-Published Book Awards Winner

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Hi Writers,
A big congratulations to Norma Lehmeier Hartie, winner of our 15th annual Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards. She took home the prize (including $3,000 in cash) for her book Harmonious Environment: Beautify, Detoxify & Energize Your Life, Your Home & Your Planet, which was entered in the Inspirational category.

You can read an interview with Hartie on the Ecolibris blog, where she discusses the process of self-publishing her book, and how to be a "green" author. A fascinating read.

Here's what one of our judges wrote about the book:

"This is a beautiful looking, very well organized and thoughtfully written book. The author obviously has thoroughly done the necessary study/homework as she writes with an authentic voice, one of experience. The cover is especially lovely, evenly designed and inviting to the potential reader to open the book and go further. In reading we can only be inspired to beautify our lives, make the necessary changes that would make us happier, healthier, more at peace—on a personal, group, community or global level. I found myself drawn in to clean out my cluttered basement and give things away, as well as to get out my pendulum again for special use, and to be more conscientious about my cleaning products or home purchases. The benefits for clearing out, cleaning, and adjusting energy are explained succinctly and reasonably, and these tips are therefore encouraging and convincing. A lovely book to keep and refer to often. So many answers therein – if lots of people would accept this wonderful holistic approach."

Our interview with Hartie, along with the list of top winners in each category, will run in the April 2008 issue of Writer's Digest.

Keep Writing,
Maria

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