Sumter native is finalist for 2017 Best Book Awards

BY IVY MOORE
Special to The Sumter Item
Posted 11/16/17

American Book Fest has named a nonfiction anthology published by author and editor Sandy Richardson a finalist in The 2017 Best Book Awards. Richardson, a Sumter native and resident, compiled and edited the anthology titled "His Mother: Women Write …

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American Book Fest has named a nonfiction anthology published by author and editor Sandy Richardson a finalist in The 2017 Best Book Awards. Richardson, a Sumter native and resident, compiled and edited the anthology titled "His Mother: Women Write About Their Mothers In Law with Humor, Frustration, And Love."

About 400 winners and finalists were announced in more than 90 categories for books published during the years 2015-17 by mainstream and independent publishers. There were more than 2,000 entries.

Richardson said she had submitted the book many months ago and had almost forgotten about the awards.

"There were about 12 or 13 categories," she said, "including children's books, fiction, nonfiction, etc., and there were a winner and five finalists in each category" announced Nov. 9.

While there is no monetary prize associated with the honor, Richardson said, "This offers great exposure. This is so valuable, especially for small publishers like Southern Sass Publishing Alliances. American Book Fest has four different websites and the promotion will go on for a full year. The exposure is wonderful."

The Best Book Awards are now in their 15th year, according to Jeffrey Keen, president and CEO of American Book Fest, who noted "The 2017 results represent a phenomenal mix of books from a wide array of publishers throughout the United States. Our success begins with the enthusiastic participation of authors and publishers and continues with our distinguished panel of industry judges who bring to the table their extensive editorial, PR, marketing and design expertise."

As a finalist, "His Mother" will benefit from American Book Fest's " full publicity and marketing campaign promoting the results of the Best Book Awards gaining additional media coverage for the upcoming holiday retail season," Keen said.

Richardson's anthology comprises true stories written by women about their mothers-in-law. As she writes on the book jacket, "According to recent studies, this person contributes tension to approximately 60 percent of all marriages. Some label her fearsome, loathsome, conniving, interfering, the monster-of-all-monsters. Others claim she is a sweet, second mother. But more realistically, she is most often just a person somewhere between the two extremes. She is - THE MOTHER."

Currently, Richardson and Susan Doherty Osteen are working on a nonfiction anthology that will be titled "Wild 'n Wacky, South Cackalacky," which will comprise "zany, crazy, funny, serious, weird stories" about South Carolina.

"I was really surprised - and thrilled for all the ladies who contributed to the anthology," Richardson said. "This is very good for all of us."

American Book Fest is an online publication providing coverage for books from mainstream and independent publishers to the world online community.

"His Mother" was published by Southern Sass Publishing Alliances. It can be purchased at www.amazon.com and at the Elephant Ear Gallery, 672 Bultman Drive. More information is available at www.SouthernSassPublishingAlliances.com.