Ashton native receives Quilly Award for best-selling book collaboration
By Shiloh Appel
Ashton native, Laurie (Dvorak) Richards, daughter of Frank and Ruth Dvorak, of Redfield, who was featured in the Redfield Press last year for co-writing the best selling book "Ready, Set, Go!" recently received the prestigious Quilly Award along with Brian Tracy and a number of other collaborators for "Outstanding Collaboration" at the Best-Selling Authors and Thought Leaders Annual Golden Gala in Hollywood. The summit was held September 19-21 this year. The award, founded by the National Academy of Best-Selling Authors, was created to commemorate an author's achievement of being named to a nationally recognized Best-Seller list. According to creators,
"each Quilly Award is a 14- inch commemorative gold statue that has been crafted by the same artisans who sculpt the Oscars and Emmy Awards."
Richards said that she was very honored to receive the award along with Brian Tracy and the 28 other authors who collaborated on "Ready, Set, Go."
"I never dreamt that I would be an award-winning best-selling author," said Richards.
She stated that all of the authors who contributed to the book were notified early on that they might receive the Quilly Award. Richards made her reservations sometime in July.
"I knew to bring my best dress when I went," said Richards with a chuckle.
Going forward, Richards, who calls herself a "closeted children's book writer," would like to pursue the possibility of publishing her works for children.
In the meantime, her email has been filling up with more and more orders of "Ready, Set, Go!"
"In getting the award, I think that spurs more conversation and more interest in the book," said Richards. "It is a lifelong thing."
Richards' book can be found online at bit.ly:/RichardsReadySetGo.