And The Winner Is…

The results of the Writer’s Digest 21st Annual Self Published Book Awards are in and the winner is, drum roll please…not me.

After months of reading, there were over 2,800 entries, the judging phase has ended and as a courtesy, the people at Writer’s Digest wanted to let me know that all the winning entries, including the honorable mentions, were already notified by the editorial staff last week and their prizes have been distributed.

Funny, the phone didn’t ring last week and when the phone doesn’t ring and a judging date has passed, that should mean something.

Anyway, narrowing down the winners was extremely hard and the task very difficult because this year’s talent was truly impressive—so that means I lost to very good talent. I’m at that point of my book where Yalu’s world comes to a stretching halt when the father visiting the puppy room says he wanted a male and she thinks: they wanted a what?

The good news is that all participants will receive a brief judge’s commentary that will be emailed by the end of the year if not sooner. It will be interesting to see what my review will say.

It will also be interesting to find out who won as well as those who placed in the children’s category, and those who received an honorable mention. I do want to see their work and gain insights into their writing. The winners and honorable mentions will be posted in the March 2014 issue of Writer’s Digest.

I tried. I put my best effort into my writing and lost. Life does go on. It’s how people and puppies respond to setbacks in life that determines their true character.

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