Brickbats and Bouquets

Last week I whinged on – with a certain amount of self-pity – about my failure to move from the shortlist to one of the winners of Fish Publishing flash fiction competition. People were kind and sympathetic and some even said they were glad I’d written about it, but really I think I was being self-indulgent. I should have been thrilled to make the shortlist rather than moaning about not getting any further!

So, today, I thought I’d write about some of the good things that have happened – which you might consider is even more self-indulgent!

As some of you know, my novel ‘Unravelling’ recently won the Wishing Shelf Independent Book Award (adult fiction category). I’m particularly pleased about this award as it was judged by readers’ groups, and so often the opinions of actual readers don’t seem to count.

The emblem doesn’t really reflect the type of novel ‘Unravelling’ is, but I really like this little chap with his cheeky wink. He makes me smile! I also got a great review on amazon from the award: The Wishing Shelf Book Awards. Unravelling was this year’s winner and I can highly recommend it. All our readers thought it was a wonderful read, richly written and, generally, very unputdownable.

Having said readers’ opinions aren’t heard, I’ve discovered that amazon reviews and likes DO count. One bookshop owner told me that a book has to have at least ten reviews for it to be significant. ‘Unravelling’ has JUST reached those dizzy heights!

I also had a review on facebook from Page Bookshelf Central which I love: This is a surprising novel that engages the reader without them realising it; I couldn’t believe how involved I got with the story. Throughout the book I wanted to grab Vanessa and give her a good shake for the decisions she kept making and even though she drove me mad I couldn’t put it down. I really liked Vanessa, she overcame a lot of issues, however it felt a similar situation to seeing a friend making the wrong decisions; you want to say or do something, but feel you can’t. Maybe I don’t know what true love is and that is why I got frustrated with her. Shows what a well written book it was if I felt that involved!

It’s wonderful when a reader feels as involved with a character as with a friend – and when they want to shake the character … Incredibly satisfying!

I’m also excited as I’ve been asked to write a column for The Self-Publishing magazine on my experience with Room 204 West Midlands Writing – writer development programme.

I’m going to put a link to this post on my FB page, so apologies to anyone who has to see all this self-congratulation again! But it’s lovely to have good things to write about.

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  1. Becky gethin says:

    Brilliant and congrats on the win and the short list. Sounds too lovely and wonderful to me!
    Liar Dice has 9 reviews. Will something nice happen if it gets10?

  2. Lindsay says:

    Thanks, Becky. As for something wonderful happening when you reach ten – that’s what the amazon review fairy says anyway!

  3. Euginia Herlihy says:

    Lindsay no more whinging, 2012 is your year is your time to shine. You are the captain of your boat now, you are untouchable & unshakable continue to do the great work. You are highly favoured & blessed; never be ashamed to congratulate yourself because is all about your determination, devotion, hard work; hard work brings a reward. You are such an inspirationnal Lindsay. CONGRATS to your hard work enjoy the fruits of your labour.

  4. All good stuff Lindsay 🙂

  5. Lindsay says:

    Thank you for those words, Euginia. Lovely of you to say so.

  6. Lindsay says:

    Thanks, Polly.

  7. Lindsay, just to let you know that I’ve created a new page on my blog called ‘Awards’ and that I’ve linked to you there – and nominated you for all of them – Polly x

  8. Lindsay says:

    Wow! Thanks, Polly. Do I need to do anything?

  9. Just go to my Awards page and do whatever you’d like to do. Some people take them immensely seriously and do all those things they’re asked to in the ‘rules’, you will see that I’ve done the linking to blogs I like bit but not the ’10 favourite things’. It’s up to the individual – just wanted to acknowledge your support and inspiration, so you get nominated for all of the awards you see at the top of my Awards page 🙂 Which means you could put all of them onto your blog if you wished to …

  10. Lindsay says:

    Thanks for that, Polly

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