I am delighted to let you know that "Business Writing With Heart: How to Build Great Work Relationships One Message at a Time" has been named as a finalist for Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) awards in two categories. It is a finalist for the Benjamin Franklin Award in the categories Self-Help and Business & Economics.
I congratulate and thank you, my readers, because many of the good ideas that fill the book came through conversations with you on this business writing blog. You asked great questions: You wanted to know whether to use ladies, girls, or women in your emails. You asked how to address letters to same-sex couples. You wanted to know how to write sympathy cards for people whose lives were damaged in natural disasters, and you asked whether you had to respond to sympathy cards.
Your questions made me think creatively about how to communicate with grace, building business relationships. They were the inspiration for the book.
In the book, I acknowledge the specific contributions of blog commenters Claudia Amaya, Anne Boardman, Jeff Chamberlain, Matt Charles, Ben Curnett, Alfredo Deambrosi, Paula Diaco, Nancy Doerhoff, Roger Green, Robert Hickey, Josh Hinds, Cornelia Luethi, Cyndy McCollough, Jeannette Paladino, Mary K. Parker, and Neil Wheatley. Thanks to you all!
I will learn on May 28 whether we won the silver or the gold in each category. I will be sure to let you know.
In celebration, I am offering a 30 percent ($8) discount on "Business Writing With Heart" through May 1. Use the coupon code "winner" (without the quotation marks) when you add the book to our shopping cart. You can get the electronic version for the Kindle and other devices from Amazon, and for the Nook from Barnes & Noble.
Again, thank you for your questions, comments, ideas, and inspiration!