|Ted Dekker, Gina Holmes, Tosca Lee-Christy Awards 2012|
|Gina Holmes and husband, Adam, at Christy Awards 2012|
|Gina Holmes and Ronie Kendig, Christy Awards, 2012|
|Ann Tatlock, Cindy Sproles, Gina Holmes Christy Awards 2012|
So, the Christy Awards if you haven't been are basically a bunch of writers dressed up sitting at big round tables paid for (usually) by their publisher. We listen to a usually really cool keynote and MC, get inspired and challenged and then the finalists are announced. We get to go on stage, one by one and have some of the judges comments read while a medal is placed over our head. It's the closest we'll ever get to feeling like we've brought home the gold in the Olympics I suspect. Jeane Wynn of Wynn-Wynn media (also a super nice lady) takes our picture on stage and sometimes while we're eating or milling about. (You can find those photos on the Christy facebook page).
|Gina Holmes & Rachel McRae Christy Awards, 2012|
After dinner, the winners are announced by the reading of their opening lines, which I think is a pretty cool way to do it and soften the blow to those of us who get a heads up that we're not about to hear our names.
It's a fun night. The coolest thing about it is that those who don't win, seem genuinely pleased for those who did. It's a small industry and many of us are pretty tight. (Tight enough thankfully, that we're willing to tell our friends they've got their medal on backwards...thanks Bonnie :)