Thank you to the Catholic Writers Guild selection team. I'm honored to be one of only 29 books approved in 2016. Because Catholic school librarians are my main audience for setting up author visits, I'm thrilled that my book received this esteemed recognition.
Knowing that this book is meeting the requirements for acceptance encourages me to continue as I move forward with designing my Easter Book.
This Seal of Approval offers credibility that goes far beyond any advertising or letters of recommendation could offer.
Here's the full list of books accepted for the 2016 and 2017 year to date recipients. https://catholicwritersguild.org/seal-approval
Wanted to share what the executive director said about the book/video:
Judges from the Summit Emerging Media Awards 2015 agreed with the little boy. Out of more than 1,300 entries from numerous countries, only 7% earned recognition. Judges are creative professionals from all over the world.
"Recognition by the Summit International Awards (SIA) organization is a great honor," said Jocelyn Luciano, Executive Director of the SIA.“ and Ms. Gully should be proud. Her creative images, viewable from multiple points of view, demonstrate both creativity and keen talent, and make this book-video captivating and original.
"The soothing flow of narration melds perfectly for a younger audience, adding a sense of awe and wonder. This project was definitely a strong Innovative Winner in the Summit Emerging Media Award." added Ms. Luciano.
The Summit Emerging Media Award (Summit EMA) evolved through a need to recognize and celebrate creativity, innovation and artists who push the bounds of creative excellence in all forms of emerging media. The three levels of recognition are Visionary, Innovator and Leader. The SIA Awards offer validation of creative work and function as a respected industry-wide critique.
“Those involved in today's emerging media technologies are the leaders who are establishing tomorrow's avenues of advertising communications,” said Ms. Luciano.
Pictured are Amy Weis, voice talent for narration, and Beth Gully, author/illustration of "The Other Side of Christmas".
From a Book Recipient:
"I thought the attached photo might amuse you and perhaps your readers. My grandchildren had an innovative way to share in the reading of your wonderful book, THE OTHER SIDE OF CHRISTMAS: An Upside-Down Book. Both were very intrigued by the notion of an ambigram.
Thank you for putting your talent and creativity into such a worthy reminder of the original significance of Christmas."
testimonial December 09 2015, 1 Comment
"What an awesome talent Beth has been given and for her to use the talent to share the most important story ever told... the gift of God's love!!! Thanks"
- Beth Callahan
- Franklin Twp, OH Trustee and journalist.
A reader commented on Cincy Mom's Blog: “I absolutely love this book! I bought it last year and read it to my two little grand girls. Their look of wonder was priceless. I can’t wait til I can read it to them again this year as they will be 5 and 3 years old and will have a better understanding of the concept. Beth Gully has really brought the spirit of Christmas together in a meaningful way. I plan to buy more of these books this year to give to family and friends. I’m going to make sure this becomes our new Christmas tradition. – Bev
While visiting in Vermont and New Hampshire this past month I wandered into the Haskel Library. This is the library with a 'Border Line' down the middle of the hallway separating the United States from Canada. It was very cool to stand in both countries at one time.
Oh, and I mentioned my book, and they agreed to carry it! So now I'm an international author!
Traveling on up the road, I stopped in Biblairie CCG book store and they accepted 3 books into their collection. "As one of our only English written books, it will do very well here", the buyer said. "Usually we have to special order English versions for our customers, so they will be very happy."
I'm brushing up on my French so I can communicate more effectively with all their staff, not just the English speaking staff.
Thank you Biblairie CCG and Haskel Library for allowing me to go international! My dream came true a year early!
"The Other Side of Christmas" book reading presentation for the librarians and staff brought in the largest audience, above all the presentations offered at the conference last week. What a wonderful surprise and a blessing to know that this book is continuing to gain traction in all markets.
Great advice was offered from how to provide hard back cover books for libraries, and increasing book prices for future books by adding an illustrated book DVD inside the book cover.
So excited to see what all the next steps will be for "The Other Side of Christmas".
Spanish version will be coming soon.
"I bought the 'Worry-Prayer' wooden key chains.
They were going to be thank you gifts, but I ended up handing them to people when they asked for prayer!
A relatively inexpensive way to 'bless someone on the spot'."
(Facebook friend's comment)
Thank you Mary for your kind testimonial. I love hearing stories like these. And yes, it is so awesome to give them to strangers or just folks needing prayer. Your witness will go a long way to those that you share these with.