CHARLOTTE, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Andy Dinkin’s “Going Pro in Life,” the foreword for which was written by UNC football coach Mack Brown, is an award-winning finalist in the “College Guides” category of the 2020 Best Book Awards sponsored by American Book Fest. The nearly 400 winners and finalists were selected from over 2,000 entries from traditional and independent publishers.
SPARK Publications published and nominated Dinkin’s book.
Dinkin, a former University of North Carolina offensive lineman during Coach Brown’s first stint with the Tar Heels, has launched “Going Pro in Life” (a book and a virtual training seminar) to college student-athletes to create a strategy on how to land a viable job after college. Surprisingly, it is the first book ever written on this topic.
“Andy Dinkin has done a great service to young athletes everywhere,” Coach Brown said. “Although they don’t think of it now, in a few years most of them will no longer be playing in stadiums and arenas for thousands of people; they will be earning a living some other way. It is my fervent hope that you read and implement the ideas in this book and share them with others.”
Going Pro in Life ranked higher than 75 percent of the more than 2,000 entries in the 2020 Best Book Awards category. The 18th annual American Book Fest recognized more than 400 winners and finalists in more than 90 categories. Awards were presented for titles published in 2018-2020.
American Book Fest is an online publication providing coverage for books from mainstream and independent publishers to the world online community, with an active social media presence, including more than 135,000 current Facebook fans.
AmericanBookFest.com was launched in 2014 with the intention of becoming not only an online presence but eventually offering workshops and live events throughout the United States. American Book Fest is now the main sponsor of the company’s family of book award contests and publishing related websites.
“I am passionate about helping college student-athletes reach their full potential after their playing career ends,” Dinkin said. “The exposure the book gained from this award is helping me reach a broader audience, and that is what excites me the most.”