In case you are curious about how Christy winners are chosen, the committee explains it this way: "Publishers submit novels copyrighted in the year preceding the award in one of nine categories. Each category is read by a panel of 7 judges who evaluate each novel against a 10 point criteria."
The Carols work about the same way, except that both authors and publishers may submit their work.
My congratulations to all my friends who made either (and in some cases, both) these lists. Authors don't necessarily write to win awards, but it's nice when they come along. I've been fortunate enough to receive some myself. Was I proud of the awards? Absolutely. Am I jealous that friends of mine received honors this year? Not at all. Because as Christian novelists, we write for one reasons--to glorify God. Doing that is reward enough.
What about you? Are there rewards for which you strive? Do awards matter?
(logo from American Christian Fiction Writers)