We went to a dinner at church and I was talking with a lady I have not met before. She was telling me she began a writing career after she retired, and has written numerous short stories and poetry, mostly with a patriotic theme. Which sounds charming to me, so I looked up her book, but it’s out of print. And the lowest price from one of the associate sellers on Amazon is $173, so I guess I would have to do some library searching first to read it. She was telling me that she set up at a book fair on one occasion, and her book was picked up by a program in English Language studies in Beijing. . .because she was the only author at the fair who had a book of short stories and poetry. Which is a terrific example of how the prize always goes to the person who bothers to show up.