I entered the 2015 Writer’s Digest contest. I did not win, but received the following Commentary from a Judge:
Judge, 23rd Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards 2015.
Gorgeous rhythm to the book, with a gentle cadence that pulls you along. The author has a wonderful voice, very engaging and relatable. Great choice to write non-rhyming prose, so that it never feels like forced rhymes, and the lessons within can shine through. Beautifully done with exceptional description, using elements of nature to connect to mindset, such as “the waves keep coming” on page 7.
Beautiful insertions, and wise choice to bold, inspirational messages like “I already am who I’m trying to be.” That is a great comfort for the reader. Beautifully done.
The weddings entry on page 35 is a standout, surprising the reader with what people are married to, from their habits to their belief systems. Excellent wordplay here, and one of the deepest, most heartfelt sections.
Author has made a wise choice to keep this book at its current size; reader appreciates the economy of words, and it’s always good to leave them wanting more. A lovely book. Author shows great devotion to the art of Living Joy, and has chosen topics well to create an experiential read, with relatable life experiences and levels. Ending is gentle and kind, inspiring, as well.
Everything Special, Living Joy won “Honorable Mention” from the New England Book Festival 2014.