June 8, 2013. BillyFish Books wins best first book (nonfiction) for The Expedition, Dark Waters: True Story of the First Human-Powered Circumnavigation of the Earth, presented by Howard Fisher at the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) gala in New York last week.
Massive congratulations to managing editor Tammie Stevens for believing in the story and working tirelessly to bring it to publication. Two years ago no one wanted the manuscript. After turning down a six-figure advance from one of the big six for their crummy ghostwritten version, I’d been rubbished by mainstream publishers: “He’s too difficult to work with. Doesn’t do what he’s told.” Well, I’ve got news for you fatheads. Sometimes it takes a little time, love and effort to produce something with quality. Quality underpinned the expedition journey from the beginning: from Chris and Hugo’s attention to detail in Moksha, the boat that withstood the world’s biggest oceans; to hitting two pairs of antipodes en route, thereby completing a true circumnavigation as delineated by Explorers Web and Guinness World Records; to telling the story right.
A journey isn’t over until it’s told, and Tammie helped me do just that, and to do it right!
Check out the upcoming BillyFish Books title on Lazarus, the dog who came back from the dead. Sure to be another award winner.