Honestly, I don't know where to start...the winners were announced weeks ago but until now, I still can't believe that we made it again. This is just surreal for me. Maybe it will always be...
I still remember the very first time I joined Judge A Book By Its Cover (JABBIC) with Marian Tee. That was in the year 2014 and during that time it was JABBIC 2013 since the covers that were part of the contest were books that were released in the previous year. That time, we have Nick & Lilac for the Sexiest Cover category and we were so blessed that we were able to make it to the 3rd place! Both Marian and I never expected that we'd win especially during that time, I was still new to this industry. When we made it to 3rd place, it made me want to be better at what I do. It gave me the push to work harder and learn more. I'm pretty sure that JABBIC helped me to get where I am now.
The reason why I posting about this is because I want other people to discover all these books that were written by my clients - who are also such great friends of mine. I know that their books deserve to be read a lot of people around the world. I'm not saying this just because they're my friends or clients. I'm saying this because I've read their books and personally, I do love them and I'm hoping you'll love them too. If you didn't, then that's fine. We all have our own preference and I respect that. The only thing I wanted was to reach people who haven't read these that liked the same type of books because I'm sure that they'll enjoy it as much as I did.
If you've seen my previous post about JABBIC 2016, you'll see that we entered 4 different books for 4 different categories. When the voting for the Reader's Choice started, I saw all the entries for the categories that we're part of. and to be honest, part of me thought that we won't make it. There were so many great covers out there and being in the same contest with the artists who created them - it's already an honor for me. Never in my entire life have I imagined to be doing what I'm doing now so how much more being in a contest with all these talented artists around the world?
"5 years ago, 10 years ago, none of these ever crossed my mind and I'm grateful to be here."
You're one of the reasons why we always strive to get better at what we do. We want you to look at better covers and read better stories. We enjoy what we do and we want you guys to feel the same whenever you see or read our works. If it weren't for you guys supporting our art, we wouldn't last.
Once again, thank you so, so, so much to each and every one of you! Until the next one!