As of today, I am inventing a new blog award for two of my favorite bloggers, Rachna Chhabria and Lia Keyes. I am not a techie at all, and these are two people who have helped me immensely in several ways. So they get the Helping Hand Award.
Rachna has a blog that provides endlessly helpful writer advice at http://rachnachhabria.blogspot.com/ . She writes children's books, has one of the most interesting blogs on writing, and she teaches fiction writing as well. But somehow she has always found time to help me out -- finding publishers for me to submit to, interviewing me about an early book, writing a review of my book, guiding me through the intricacies of Facebook. You name it, she is always willing to lend a helping hand.
Lia is the creator and administrator of the fabulous Scribblerati, a site where you can meet writers with common interests, chat, exchange critiques, blog..., the variety of ways to interact are endless. In addition, Lia continues to write her new novel in a YA series, conducts interviews, blogs with a wealth of information for writers, and was kind enough to explain Steampunk to me. Somehow she still made time to help me with my blog, analyzing it and giving good advice regarding what would make it more effective. Like Rachna, Lia is always willing to lend a helping hand. http://liakeyes.ning.com/ will take you to the Scribblerati site. Her website/blog site is: http://www.liakeyes.com/
Recipients need to list five things about yourself (that you haven't listed when receiving other awards) and pass on the award to others you feel have given you a helping hand.
Meanwhile, thanks, Lia and Rachna for lending me your helping hands!