23rd Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards

Hello, Everyone! I just wanted to show you all what I received yesterday evening after I finished my internship. I sent a copy of  my poetry book to be judged for a self publishing book award at the beginning of the year and this is what I was sent back yesterday. I think the results are not bad for a first time author that I am, considering that I was contending with other self published authors sending there work and it was well over 2000 entrees. I am an amateur, a novice and yet received somewhat favourable results. (Although, for the grammar section I guess I was being marked using American English. I try to write in British English though I am not certain how much I achieve that, lol) So in a way, I am a little proud but it makes me realise that I still have a long way to go.

Being a writer means that you are always trying to improve your writing skills, your technique, your grammar and English, your characters, your story and the list goes on. As a writer you never come to the end of improving your skills. You always need to improve yourself. Even if you reach to Bestseller status, you will need improvement because people will also start having even higher expectations of you than a regular writer.

Entry Title I’m Only Human by Angie Ignacio

Author: Angie

Judge Number: 97

Entry Category: Poetry

Books are evaluated on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 meaning “needs improvement” and 5 meaning “outstanding”. This scale is strictly to provide a point of reference, it is not a cumulative score and does not reflect ranking. Our system only recognizes numerals during this portion of logging evaluations. As a result, a “0” is used in place of “N/A” when the particular portion of the evaluation simply does not apply to the particular entry, based on the entry genre. For example, a book of poetry or a how to manual, would not necessarily have a “Plot and Story Appeal and may therefore receive a “0”.

Structure, Organization, and Pacing: 2

Spelling, Punctuation, and Grammar: 3

Production Quality and Cover Design: 3

Plot and Story Appeal: 0

Character Appeal and Development: 0

Voice and Writing Style: 4

Judge’s Commentary*:

In I’m Only Human by Angie Ignacio, we are presented with a poetry collection that is grounded in the human, and the humane, a collection that reaches to the heights of experience and emotions all by standing firmly on the real ground in front of us all. The title seems to this reader to be appropriate but basically non descript. I would have preferred something evocative, that more properly conveyed the mood or tone of the collection overall. The book is structured inconsistently with no obvious organizing principle to the poems themselves. I might have preferred a grouping based on different themes or subjects.

The overall design of the book is professional, even as the volume itself is slight. I like the images interspersed with the poems and I think this gives some added weight here. Overall, the writing has a humble tone to it, a humility that is appealing and helps the reader to engage with the ideas being presented.  I think of a poem like “Come Hither” that rocks the reader through an epic roster of senses and sensations but ends with a simple and striking image that helps bring the poem home.

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