I was a Bellwether finalist, had publishing creds in the Baltimore Sun, Tikkun, and other places in 2002-2004, and have been writing a lot since, but it’s been for the organization I work for, and for academic and other much lower profile publications. However, when I’m asked to submit author or speaker bios, I trundle out the old high profile credits; I’ve just stopped adding the dates that I received them.
I sometimes feel that my demographic is basically Mennonites who don’t get freaked out by the F word and secular people who don’t get freaked out by religious content. It’s an enthusiastic readership, but small.
My 2nd novel, was better than my first, according to everyone who read both, but ended up too short to submit for the Bellwether Prize this year—I was pretty depressed by that.
I'd use those credits, sure. Anything before 2000, maybe not. Then again, when you're a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, you are that for life, no matter what year you won it.
What do others think?
Waving goodbye to my Best Theological Reflection of the 1999 Associated Church Press Awards (which probably wouldn't have helped sell my novels anyway.)