May 21st, 2011
As anyone viewing this site has noted, I’m just learning how to blog. And I’m a slow learner. So I’m hoping this will appear under the Contest title which has been blank ever since I inadvertently hit the control key instead of the shift key to submit a rather lengthy blog describing my stay in Chicago. The award dinner was part of the Maintenance and Reliability Technology Symposium (MARTS).
The RGVA (Reliability Gives Voice to Autism) book awards were conceived in 2010 as a topic specific awards program open to all writers and publishers worldwide who produce books written in English and intended for the reliability & maintenance and autism genres with proceeds being donated to the Autism Society of Illinois.
I had a great time and was thrilled to find out I won first place in the Autism part of the contest.
May 3rd, 2011
l spent a couple days gathering names and addresses for the 140 different chapters of the Autism Society of America chapters. There were 156 listed.
Not all had e-mail addresses. I sent the information to each individually. That takes a while. Before I had even finished sending them, I started getting that discouraging message that the address didn’t exist and/or that I wasn’t recognized as a legitimate sender. Discouraging. So I printed 140 oversized postcards to the chapters with street addresses, stamped them with first class stamps so they would be returned if the address was wrong or if the chapter no longer existed, hand addressed them and sent them. Four came back. I got replies from two.The Illinois Chapter told me about a contest to be held in April as part of Autism Awareness month. They were going to select the best Autism book of 2009, 2010 and early 2011. So I sent them the required 4 books and the entrance fee and waited to hear if I made the cut.