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Dispensing Justice - 20th Annual Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards - Honorable Mention
Excerpt from email from Writer's Digest (slightly wikified)
Congratulations! Your book, Dispensing Justice, was chosen as an Honorable Mention in the Middle-Grade/Young Adult books category of the 20th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards.
Competition was particularly fierce this year; your accomplishment is truly impressive. All winners have been notified, and will be formally announced in the March/April 2013 issue of Writer’s Digest and on WritersDigest.com.
We’re extremely pleased at the quality of the winning books, and indeed, at the level of self-publishing quality evidenced by a great many of our entrants. We wish you continued success in the publishing and marketing of your writing, and hope we’ll see you among the entrants in our 21st annual competition.
Books were evaluated on a scale of 1 to 5. This scale is strictly to provide a point of reference, it is not a cumulative score and does not reflect ranking.
- Structure and Organization: 4 (out of 5)
- Grammar: 4 (out of 5)
- Production Quality and Cover Design: 4 (out of 5)
- Plot (if applicable): 5 (out of 5)
- Character Development (if applicable): 5 (out of 5)
What did you like best about this book?
When I first started reading, I was a little turned off by the pretentious voice of the main character; however, I quickly discovered that Michael is far more intelligent than I am! By the end of the first chapter, we were friends, and I was completely invested in his story.
This writer has a very unique perspective and tone. I think the writing is excellent, and he has carried his creativity and commitment to the plot all the way to the glossy, beautifully illustrated cover. The most interesting thing about this book though is the honest emotion that is woven into a fun, smart, and extremely eventful science fiction adventure.
It's not easy trying to find something negative to say about this book. If I'm forced, I think the one thing that did stand out for me -- and clearly something more marketing related than about writing or production value -- is the back cover copy. It is far too long, and I just don't think your average reader will spend that long deciding if the story is something into which they want to invest precious time and money. The author would do well to pare his summary down to about a third of what he has now. Also, there's a bit of passive writing that could be addressed.
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