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.