Last Friday wound up being a truly awesome day.
Unfortunately for me, I also wound up coming down with a nasty bug on Friday and spent my entire weekend feeling like garbage, which is why I’m just getting around to writing this post now. But better late than never, right?
Here are three awesome things from last Friday:
Awesome thing #1: The Star and the Ocean won a Watty Award!
It’s already been a few days and I still haven’t found an eloquent way to express how unbelievably excited I am that The Star and the Ocean was chosen as a winning title in the 2017 Wattys in The Breakthroughs category! Over 250,000 titles were entered into this year’s contest and only 50 were named winners, so to say I’m flattered to have been selected is a huge understatement. Since the day I joined Wattpad I’ve hoped TSATO would one day win a Watty Award – the website’s version of the Oscars – and even though I know I shouldn’t let any award system speak to the value of my book but this one still means a lot to me.
The Breakthroughs: On the rise talent deserves to be discovered, and this award is for the up-and-comers in storytelling who delighted readers and caused a stir on Wattpad.
Awesome thing #2: Friday was May’s birthday!
That’s right! September 29th is canonically May’s birthday and, even though I was sick I insisted on celebrating in style.
Awesome thing #3: You could win May’s birthday print!
To celebrate May’s birthday – as well as TSATO’s Watty win – I’m giving away one signed print of May’s 2017 birthday artwork over on Twitter!
Time celebrate! You could win a signed copy of May’s birthday print! RT & follow to enter. Int’l welcome, no giveaway accounts. Closes 10/6 pic.twitter.com/BJOK8dvIT3
— Maggie Derrick (@MaggieDerrick) September 29, 2017
The contest is open internationally!
Thanks for the love and support, everyone! I always hesitate to admit just how much this story means to me because it makes me feel vulnerable, but it’s true: TSATO is incredibly close to my heart. To see it so well received by everyone is one of the greatest things I could have hoped for!