Today, I am announcing another winner of the Michael Patrick Leahy Recommended Author Award. Her name is Michelle Willingham, and she just signed her first book deal, Her Irish Warrior, a historical novel set in medieval Ireland. Michelle has been added because her website is an excellent example of marketing by an aspiring writer, and, the excerpts I have read of her work are outstanding.
Ms. Willingham is also recognized for her persistence and dedicated commitment to her craft. She sent the polished manuscript of her book to her now publisher in September, 2005. At the time, she was not represented. She secured an agent in August, 2006, and the publisher offered her a book contract in September, 2006. The anticipated publication date is May, 2007.
Keep your eye on Ms. Willingham. She has several more novels in the works. The combination of her excellent writing, her ambition, and her keen eye for 21st Century marketing suggest the beginning of a long and prolific writing career.