At the time I was on the German site Bookrix and my writing was taking a lot of flak by certain people.
The award, pre-empted a series of events which over the next week caused me to leave the site; at the time, friends were on about losing coverage and sales. Here I am a year later and going as strong, if not stronger than before.
I left the site at the end of the month-for various reasons-and within a week I was contacted by my wonderful editor, Julia, without a doubt leaving there was (!) my best decision.
As for sales- German site, German money backing the site and aiming for the German market-obviously-what chance of sales did I lose.