The big day! The day we came all the way over from New Zealand for. We had been nervous about it hoping that the trip would have been worth the effort and expense.
However as we sat in a seminar prior to the award ceremony learning about making our content go further, getting so much out of the presentation, we knew that this was exactly where we needed to be. The seminar inspired us to think of the project in terms of 'thought leadership' - sharing our passion. The book is a fantastic start to this but perhaps not the only way to change perceptions and give hope to families.
The organisers and founders of the IPPY Awards were so lovely and greeted us with a big hello saying, "Yay the Kiwis are here!" We sat at a table with some fellow authors and became quick friends. There was a wonderful spirit in the room filled with proud authors clutching their books, none prouder than us.
The 19th Independent Publisher's Award announcements began with the Outstanding Books of the Year. Accepting the award and seeing the entire room of top authors applaud the Super Power Baby Project was pretty incredible. Following this we were approached throughout the evening by people wanting to see the book. Everybody LOVED it and many shared their connection to, and respect for, super power people in their lives. Business cards, dreams and hugs were shared throughout the evening.
The event was beyond what we could have hoped for in terms of celebration, collaboration and becoming part of an ever growing community. We are so glad we were able to make it. We don't know where the Super Power Baby Project is going next, but we know that this award and event has opened our eyes and connected us with a world of opportunity to continue what was started in New Zealand: to celebrate diversity, give hope to families, change the language and help people to see the beauty in others.
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