Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Shooting Star Award

This past Sunday, I received the Shooting Star Award from the Barbara Burnett Smith Mentoring Authors Foundation.


But the coolest part is I received it for doing something fun and interesting.

I served as a mentor to an aspiring writer. It wasn’t some huge task and it didn’t take long. She and I are going to keep in touch and she’s going to send me more pages to read.

If you’re a published author and live in the Austin area, you can become a Mentoring Author next year. It doesn’t take a long time and you’re giving back to your writing community. Just contact the Heart of Texas chapter of Sisters in Crime and let them know you’re interested in participating next year.

And if you don’t live in central Texas, consider starting this kind of program in your community. Make connections with other writers. Reach out and lend a hand. And better yet, reach out and learn. Writers can learn from each other.

From my experience, writers are some of the most giving people. A lot of writers made a difference in my life when I first started out - and are still making a difference. I urge you to be one of those writers for someone you know.
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  1. How totally cool! What a neat thing to have and to participate in. Good for you, Helen. I wish we had something like that here in Michigan I'd sign up for sure.

    The Old Silly from Free Spirit Blog

  2. Congratulations on the award. I haven't heard of this program but I know I have been helped so much by the local writing groups I belong to.

    Jane Kennedy Sutton

  3. This is awesome! Congratulations!

  4. Congrats! It's nice to know someone noticed your efforts. I should find myself a mentor!

  5. Congratulations, Helen. How wonderful for you and for your mentee (is that a word?)

    Karen Walker

  6. Karen, "mentee" does sound like a creature from the deep sea, doesn't it?

    Alexis - you'd be surprised by how much you can learn by becoming a mentor yourself - and by how much you already know!

  7. Congratulations on the award. I'm going to pass this idea on to our Rocky Mountain Chapter of Sisters in Crime. Mentors then turn into head cheerleaders and reap great emotional rewards when the "mentee" wins an award or gets published. Definitely a worthy project.


  8. Congratulations, Helen. I can't think of anyone who could be better at mentoring.

  9. Congratulations and thanks for sharing of yourself here in the blogosphere, too.

  10. Congratulations, Helen!!!

    L. Diane Wolfe

  11. Wow, that's so awesome! Congratulations on being a shooting star.


  12. Congrats, Helen! That sounds like a great program to be involved in!

  13. Congratulations, Helen! This is well-deserved recognition, not only for mentoring a specific aspiring writer but because you have been mentoring writers for years through your newsletter and your blog.

  14. Helen, this is no surprise! We all know how generous you are to your fellow writers. Congrats!--Joe


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