Not a winner, but…

I was graciously given the opportunity to submit From Shards to Sea Glass into the 27th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards competition.

No, it did not win.


I do not know how many judges read my book; however, each entry receives a commentary from a judge. Below is what I received today–cut and pasted in its entirety–from “Judge, 27th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards”.  (As noted to me, 1 mean[s] “needs improvement” and 5 mean[s] “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

Judge’s Commentary*:

FROM SHARDS TO SEA GLASS by Michele Wilder is a lovely and thoughtful inspirational novel sure to be valued and enjoyed by Christians everywhere. It’s helpful that the author tells potential readers on the back cover about the strong faith element because the copy will attract her target audience and beyond. Readers of any faith or no faith will be intrigued enough by wanting to solve the puzzle that they will stay with the author. The author’s choice of setting, unique premise, and mystery are all excellent. Nice work.

The cover photo is excellent and illustrates the story well. I found the different shapes interesting to study and I enjoyed the colors. The title stands out well and the overall effect makes the book a visual joy. The back cover copy is informative and I enjoyed learning about the author. I visited her website and found it to be lovely. Readers will appreciate getting to know the author in this way. This additional effort shows a serious, engaged author whose career readers will want to follow.

The story is compelling and well-paced. The dialogue moves along well and the spiritual elements are organic to the story.


I’m humbled and very grateful for the judge’s commentary and kind words. To God be the glory!

Now to keep writing…

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Mae Carr says:

    What wonderful encouragement! That is so great! Sometimes judges, just because they are judges put theirselves on a higher pedestal and can be very cruel. I am so happy they gave you a very good review which is very encouraging to anyone. God Bless & keep on writing!

    1. Michele Wilder says:

      Thanks, Mae! ; )

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