Sunday, February 28, 2010

Nicole Izmaylov Nominated for GAYA Award

FutureWord is overwhelmed with excitement for Nicole Izmaylov who will be dining among other nominees for the 46th annual GAYA (Georgia Author of the Year Award) on June 19th at the Kennesaw State University.

Nicole received the notice by mail along with silver labels to distinguish her book, Ronnie and BB as a candidate for this prestigious award. Each year an author is presented with this honor by the Georgia Writers Association.

FutureWord has been flooded with email addresses requesting press releases and any details that can update magazines or media,as well as inquiries about the GAYA Award.

Nicole's first book is about Ronnie, a bumblebee who meets up with a mole named BB. These two characters, created by Nicole Izmaylov, share her message in an acrostic poem that reminds the readers that love and friendship are never to be taken lightly. Her twenty-four page children's book is perfect bound 8.25 by 8.25 with colorful illustrations by Valerie Bouthyette.

Nicole's first book sales were contributed to Lily's Run to help a young cancer patient with receiving the needed medical care.

Sales records reflect that she was able to match Amazon sales with her books signing sales over a 45-day period.

Cheryl Haynes, publisher at FutureWord gave the following account of her interview with Izmaylov before she agreed to a contract.

"Nicole interviewed with me by telephone prior to re-submitting an acrostic poem-story. I asked her if she was familiar with acrostic poetry. Publishers seek authors who can supply what the publishers believe the readers would enjoy. At the time I saw the need for acrostic poetry. It wasn't until after I spoke with Nicole that I truly realized how skilled she was in literature and poetry. I made an agreement to see what she could do with acrostics when she said she worked with acrostics in the past. Within an hour, I received the first draft of the poem-story converted into an acrostic. I was baffled by how versatile she was for a twelve-year-old. It's not every day that you meet someone so young with such great talent. That's when I decided on working out a contract."

Nicole was born in Atlanta and received national recognition for literary and musical compositions during her elementary school years, as well as various times throughout middle school. Her personal interests include: writing poems, playing violin and piano, and acting in the drama club at her school. She is now attending seventh grade at Webb Bridge in Alpharetta, Georgia.

A copy of the original press release can be found on this web site link at the FutureWord web site.

FutureWord also posted a copy of Nicole's nomination letter on the same headline page for everyone to reference for information about the award event.

FutureWord has seven more titles coming out this year from various authors across the United States, but Haynes says she believes she tapped into the best "Authors of the Future" right out of Georgia.

For more information about ordering books for Ronnie and BB, email the publisher at:

384 E Goodman Road, Southaven, Ms | Fax (901)-(672-6303)
901-217-8514 office