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...