Wilber’s War was a finalist in three of the four competitions it entered and two of those became Silver Winners. Here is the rundown:
Silver Winner: Foreword Reviews’ INDIEFAB Awards: War & Military, Non-fiction
Silver Winner: Independent Book Publishers Association’s Benjamin Franklin Awards: Biography
Finalist: National Indie Excellence Awards: Military, Non-Fiction
I was at two of the conventions where the awards were announced (IBPA in Salt Lake City in April and American Library Association in Orlando in June) and was photographed at each award ceremony looking smug. There were lots of winners in each of the about 60 categories in each competition, so I had lots of smug company.
The one volume condensation of Wilber’s War is on schedule for release on Dec. 7 this year. I am very proud of it; it still contains much of Wilber’s writing while still telling the entire story quite effectively and smoothly (the deletion holes are not apparent). I think of the hardcover trilogy as the “publication” of Wilber’s letters, though they are only about 40% of his total extant output. This allowed me to delete lots of excellent material in order to get it down to one volume while keeping the story moving. Rest assured, the best of the best is still there in the single volume.
The single volume contains about 40,000 words of Wilber’s writing and 60,000 of mine in the 100,000-word book. There are 95 photos/facsimiles/maps and 358 pages altogether. It will be paperback only and print on demand, with list price $14.99 if all goes as planned. Its current title is the same, with “abridged” added. Wilber’s War (abridged): An American Family’s Journey through World War II.