Just a quick update. The LIVE announcement of the winner is scheduled for 2pm Central today. I will be in attendance [along with local and national media] and hope to get some pictures and a post up immediately.
For more background on the Soon to be Famous Illinois Author Project, please click here.
But before the announcement, at 12:30, David Vinjamuri, author and adjunct professor, and branding expert will be speaking on the publishing world and how librarians have way more influence than we realize. Vinjamuri is the man who inspired the Soon to Be Famous committee to start the award and he has agreed to be a part of the marketing machine behind what is still to come.
For a taste of what Vinjamuri will be talking about check out this article from Forbes entitled, “How Public Libraries Are Solving America’s Reading Problem."
As I told a member of the committee last night, I can say in all honesty, even before the winner is announced, I am proud to have been a part of this process.
Look for the winner later today. And after the winner is announced, look for the real work to begin. I will be chronicling those next steps here on the blog as I know there is much interest all over the country in how we leverage this award into tangible currency with the publishing world.
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