The morning of April 20, I opened my email to find a lovely message about our ‘healing’ coffee table book, FOLLY BEACH DANCES –
“Congratulations! Your title has won the da Vinci Eye for the current Eric Hoffer Award season. The da Vinci Eye is given in honor of the Leonardo da Vinci and awarded to superior book covers artwork each year. This is a special distinction beneath the Eric Hoffer Award umbrella. (Your book is still being considered for category, press, and grand prizes.)”
Needless to say, I was overjoyed. I shared the news with my hubby, Russell Nielsen, who collaborated on this book, as well as my book designer Kristina Blank Makansi, who came up with the gorgeous font and design to showcase the photo I took of a Folly Beach dock near the ‘washout’ shortly after the tropical storm a few years ago.
The book would not have been possible without contributions from my writer colleagues and friends –
Marcia Gaye, Mary Horner, Patt Hollinger-Pickett, Tina Solomon, Pat Wahler, Russell Nielsen, and Debbie Kersting
And endorsements by the following friends, best-selling authors, photographers, media people, business owners –
Karen White, Sandra Carrington-Smith, Tracy Hoobyar, Max Gersh, Dianna Graveman, Craig Burhart, Deborah Marshall, and Joe Palazzolo
Thank you all so much! You made this book real! And for a debut book, in the words of Kristy Makansi, “We done good.”