Friday, May 18, 2007

Final Results for the IPPYs

Wow. Just plain wow. I won an IPPY.

Donovan’s Paradigm won an IPPY.

The IPPYs are the big kahuna of the independent publisher’s award competitions, and I won the Gold in my category of Visionary Fiction. I’m still in shock about it all. When I think of the journey this book and I have taken and the crap I took to get to this point, I get a little faint. From scam publisher, to fighting for my rights, to rewriting it, to republishing it, to an IPPY – this book has done it all. And it’s all Mom’s fault. She’s the one who told me I should write a book.
Ma, sorry it wasn’t the book you thought I’d write, but I think we did okay. J I’m drinkin’ to Kim and Erik tonight!

What the hell Visionary Fiction? “Visionary fiction” is fiction in which the expansion of the human mind drives the plot.

What’s really cool is that these guys throw the very best parties to boot – first class all the way. New York, here I come.


Bongi said...

well done. will have to buy your book and decide myself. really looking forward to it actually.

Lynn Price said...

Hey, thanks, bongi - hope you enjoy it. Trust me, this is not an agenda book. In fact, most of my readers have been docs - not exactly my intended demographics - and they loved it because of the strong characters and that both sides of this issue are fairly presented.

Just because I happen to think that integrative medicine is a smart idea doesn't mean that I'm a blind advocate. There's plenty room for problems, especially since these are modalities that can't be verified under a microscope. But that doesn't make it wrong or invalid, either.

This book was meant to be controversial and invite a lot of debate. Given this award, I think I've done this.

Sid Schwab said...


Medblog Addict said...

Congratulations. And consider yourself tagged.

#1 Dinosaur said...


I have no idea (nor excuse) why it's taken me so long to come visit your blog. Consider yourself blogrolled as well as congratulated.

Question: Does a patient have to believe in a given integrative/alternative (not really sure of the difference in your context) modality for it to work? You don't have to know anything about the Germ Theory -- much less "believe" in antibiotics -- for amoxicillin to make your strep throat better.

Also, post coming shortly on the two-edged sword problem of "positive thinking"-type treatments for things like cancer.

Lynn Price said...

Thanks so much, everyone.

Dino asks:
"Question: Does a patient have to believe in a given integrative/alternative modality for it to work?"

Absolutely not. I went into researching integrative medicine with my eyes shut tight because I was skeptical that anything not originating from a lab would work. When I had a Reiki treatment, it was for research purposes only. That I had physical changes happen to me came as a shock.

When I find the time, I'm planning on blogging about an article I read in the paper about her son who suffers from Type 2 Neurofibromatosis, and their experience. She didn't believe in integratives either, but her kid had some shockingly good results.

Just so you're not confused, I usually use the term 'integrative' rather than 'alternative' because I want to stress that I believe alternative modalities should be used in conjunction with medicine, not in place of medicine.

"Also, post coming shortly on the two-edged sword problem of "positive thinking"-type treatments for things like cancer."

Ooo..looking forward to it.

Thanks for blogrolling me. Heh, sounds like a jelly doughnut, doesn't it?