What we are going to examine is not his winning speech, but the thank you note he published on Facebook to all who contributed to his win and learn some lessons on ‘inspirational’ writing. With permission from Anthony I have reproduced his post and accompanying photo.
Many authors are also bloggers. We live in a world of Instagram and Pinterest. The media regards photos as important as a great story. A picture speaks a thousand words.
When I was a journalist, to bag a cover page story, the PHOTOS were crucial. When I ran Agape magazine, the PHOTOs were crucial. And when you are a blogger the most effective way to draw a crowd is to make sure you have the perfect photo to complement what you are saying. It doesn’t have to be the MOST BEAUTIFUL photo. It only needs bring home the message the story purports to send.
As an author of novels, this translates for me into a first class book cover. Of course, if the content is rubbish, the book cover won’t help, but to get someone to look at your first class content you need to have a first class presentation. Anthony Padilla’s post and photo below:
“I am extremely honoured to be winning this national public speaking event. I am earnestly grateful for the recognition I have received for my work, because I am very sure that every other nominee for this award was as capable if not more, of winning this award.
I have faced several challenges on my way here, but each one of them has only strengthened me to make me the person who I am today. Winning this award would not have been possible without the inspiration I have received from my loved ones and my teachers, for whom I have the deepest respect, and from whom I have derived the strength to challenge myself and perform better at each stage.
I sincerely thank each and every one of you for helping me reach a stage where I can proudlyhold up this award as a mark of my achievement. I also promise to only get better at my work so that you can see me here for such awards.