High Praise by Book Judge


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!james-patterson-wd-cover

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3 Responses to High Praise by Book Judge

  1. Nancy says:

    I am pleased to hear my sister received an “outstanding” response to her love story. With Hugs, nf


  2. Michelle says:

    Although you didn’t win an award (this time), congratulations are in order for receiving such wonderful praise for your book from the judge at the Writer’s Digest!


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