Drum roll: And the winners are…
I’m told my book was one of the “more than 2,300” book submissions for the 26th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards program.
Here’s how it worked: Submit book, completed form, and entry fee by May 2018 deadline. All winners are announced in the March/April 2019 issue of Writer’s Digest. (For more details visit this link: https://www.writersdigest.com/writing-competitions-preparing-your-entry)
Judging results for The Straight Spouse: A Memoir by Vivian Fransen (Open Door Publications, 2017):
- Structure, Organization, and Pacing: “OUTSTANDING”
- Spelling, Punctuation, and Grammar: “OUTSTANDING”
- Production Quality and Cover Design: “OUTSTANDING”
- Plot and Story Appeal: “OUTSTANDING”
- Character Appeal and Development: “OUTSTANDING”
- Voice and Writing Style: “OUTSTANDING”
Judge commentary (abbreviated): “A well-written and interesting glimpse into how massively a heterosexual spouse can be impacted by an emerging gay spouse. While Victor showed concern and love for his wife, his liberation was her trauma, (and) she suffered a crisis of identity that was almost fatal….This book should find a wide readership.”—Judge, 26th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards
It turns out my book is not an award-winning book this time. But it’s clear my book did “win” some respect, empathy, and accolades during the judging process. I love Writer’s Digest!