I am so happy to have participated in the 3rd Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published eBook Awards with my submission, Secrets of a Nun: My Own Story! Although I did not win the award, I am thrilled to share the book received outstanding, 5 out of 5 ratings in every category! Please read on to see the full review from a judge at the 3rd Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published eBook Awards.
Entry Title: Secrets of a Nun: My Own Story
Books are evaluated on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 meaning “needs improvement” and 5 meaning “outstanding”.
Structure, Organization, and Pacing: 5
Spelling, Punctuation, and Grammar: 5
Production Quality and Cover Design: 5
Plot and Story Appeal: 5
Character Appeal and Development: 5
Voice and Writing Style: 5
The author has a beautiful writing voice, extremely engaging and friendly, a contrast to what some readers may hold as their personal experience with nuns. The author sounds more like a learned friend whose visits you always look forward to.
Stories are shared with excellent detail and well-rounded illustrations, containing multi-faceted action and emotion, and sensory details that bring scenes to life. It’s a beautiful thing when an author writes with apparent ease and talent, cloaking the tremendous work that went into such a story. Well done.
We’re invited into a world usually described as hidden in secrecy, and it’s eye-opening to see the kinds of personal politics and vendettas usually seen in sorority houses. The author has welcomed us into fascinating corners of this realm, creating a memorable story. Scenes of sexual attraction, especially Jonathan’s coming on to her, are written beautifully, again surprising us with the details.
Beautiful descriptions of settings, especially the ‘jewel like chapel’ that is given such detail in such a short phrase. Author masters a lovely economy of words, presenting us with nice imagery. Roseann keeps hitting up against her boundaries, creating a nice sense of tension in the beginning, and we observe and feel her growth throughout. Very well done. A beautiful read.
– Judge, 3rd Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published eBook Awards