welcome to my blog

welcome to my blog

i'm Michelle Gregory, a 55-year-old wife, mom, Jesus-follower, beginning French learner, and Arizona native who moved to Montana 6 years ago (yeah--that was a huge change). i collect way too many craft supplies (and occasionally use them), spend way too much time on Instagram and Facebook, obsessively check my email, and own 2 horses, 2 dogs, and 1 very large black cat. i've been working on the sequel to my one fantasy novel for 9 years (don't you feel better now?). i haven't done anything here for a long time, but maybe jumping back into blogging will get the writer side of my brain humming again.

all of that may be more than you wanted to know, but anyway...

February 17, 2010

Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards

last year, i entered Eldala in Writer's Digest 17th Annual Self-Published Book Awards. i knew there would be a lot of entries, but i wanted to give it a shot. the judging was back in October, and although i was not among the winners, i did receive the judge's commentary... today.

when asked what he liked about my book, the first thing the judge said was: "Eldala by Michelle Gregory is a fascinating story populated with great characters who instantly draw the reader into their lives..."

on their scale of 1 to 5, the judge gave my novel 4 out 5 in all four categories: Plot, Grammar, Character Development, and Cover Design. not bad for my first attempt at writing.

i'm pleased with the results, especially since the comments come from someone objective - unlike, say, my mother (who thinks it's stellar). of course, it would have been better if i'd won, but still...


Jen said...

Congratulations! Even though you didn't win that is still quite an amazing accomplishment! Maybe next time!!

KM Wilsher said...

How exciting! Awesome, Michelle!

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Those comments and scores are fantastic, Michelle! I would be on cloud nine with results like that. :-)

Dangerous With a Pen said...

Wow, congratulations!!!! Coming from an objective and knowledgeable reader, those remarks are highly complimentary!