I didn't become a writer to chase glory and win a bunch of awards. What drives me is quality storytelling, learning something new today to be better at my craft tomorrow, evoking emotion from those who read my stuff, and my love for the written word.
But there is validation in winning awards – being recognized for what you do. It feels good, and it's proof that, as writers, we must be doing something right.
And we shouldn't be afraid to toot our own horn.
It's NOT bragging to say you're an award-winning writer
I love seeing writers get recognized for their hard work, whether it's a newer writer winning their first award or a veteran who has scooped up another well-deserved honor. I've been blessed to win a few local, state, and national awards during my nearly 24 years as a professional writer. The latest came last month as I was named Sportswriter of the Year by the Texas Girls Coaches Association.
It was an unbelievable honor and one that I was 100% humbled by. I could have easily slid that award under the rug, but I made sure to let people know about it and how appreciative I am.
It's certainly not to say I'm God's gift to writing.
I'm not saying, "Hey! Look at me! Tell me how awesome I am." But I won't deny that I'm honored and proud that people say I'm good at what I do.
Below is a small sampling of the individual recognition I have received:
* Best Writing & Editing Service (2015, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020)
* Best Blogger (2017, 2018, 2019, 2020)
* Sportswriter of the Year (2020-2021 Division I)
* Class A Sports Column Writing – 1st place (2017)
* Class A Sports Feature Writing – 1st place (2015, 2016)
Associated Press Sports Editors
* Explanatory Writing – Tied-3rd place (2017)
* Enterprise Feature Writing – 3rd place (2016)
* Breaking News Writing – 8th place (2016)
Working with an award-winning writer matters
There are plenty of professional writers you can outsource work to for blogs, press releases, your website, etc., and any one of them will do a great job and take a lot off your plate. But partnering with an award-winning writer and editor who can adapt to virtually any industry gives you peace of mind and gives your business a clear and authentic voice.
Call Edit This® for all your writing and editing needs
Like I wrote earlier, winning awards is not what I got into this business to do. But it is a perk, and I'm not afraid to let everyone know. I have a passion for what I do for a living, and I'm here to provide the best storytelling possible to help your small business stand out.
And if I win a few more awards along the way – well, THANK YOU!
Thanks for reading! For more tips on hiring the best writer for your business, check out this blog that I wrote: 7 questions to ask yourself before hiring a writer.
*STEVE GAMEL is the President & Owner of Edit This, a writing and editing services company located in Denton, TX. Steve handles anything involving the written word. Give him a call today to help give your business a clear voice.
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