I was pleased and surprised to learn that Jamie Saloff, author and owner of the Polka Dot Banner, has nominated me for a Best Moment Award. Now I get to thank people who have helped me, and nominate others.

Here are the rules:
Winners re-post this completely with their acceptance speech. This could be written or video recorded. Winners have the privilege of awarding the next awardees! The re-post should include a NEW set of people/blogs worthy of the award with notification sent to them of the great news. Display the award's badge on your blog/website.

Resources: What makes a good acceptance speech?

Gratitude. Thank the people who helped you along the way.

Humor. Keep us entertained and smiling.

Inspiration. Make your story touch our lives.

Get an idea from the great acceptance speeches compiled in MomentMatters.com/Speech.

My Acceptance Speech:

     I first want to thank Jamie Saloff for her encouragement to go beyond my comfort zone, particularly with technology, and also for helping me to be brave enough to approach total strangers for author interviews. Because of this, I've met many new friends and expanded my author network.
     Another strong influence on my writing life is Tom Bird, known as the "Literary Midwife" and "Book Whisperer," and author of numerous books for writers. I credit his encouragement over the years with my persevering to publish my first novel, and to continue writing. Thanks, Tom!

The Nominees:
  1. Barbara Walton Mountjoy, author of A Cup of Comfort for Divorced Women, and prolific blogger, www.walkabout.wordpress.com
  2. Tom Bird, author of The Call of the Writer's Craft: Writing and Selling the Book Within, writenow.tombird.com
  3. Sharon D. Anderson, author of Finding Our Forever Families, www.angelic-communications.com
  4. Marie Fostino, author of Alzheimer's A Caretaker's Journal, www.mariefostino.weebly.com
  5. Johnny Tan, author of From My Mama's Kitchen - Food for the Soul, Recipes for Living, www.frommymamaskitchen.com
  6. Dixie Coskie, author of Unthinkable: A Mother's Tragedy. Terror and Triumph through a Child's Traumatic Brain Injury, www.DixieCoskie.com
  7. Sarah Tregay, author of Love and Leftovers, www.sarahtregay.com
  8. Walter Coffey, author of The Civil War Months, www.WalterCoffey.com
  9. Carol Silvis, author of 101 Ways to Make Yourself Indispensable at Work, www.carolsilvis.com
  10. Hugh Liddle, author of Selling for Fun and Profit, www.redcapsalescoaching.com