From: [Gayle Peebles’ email address, Feb 2, 2017, 6:02 PM]
to me [ValSer27@gmail.com]
“Val, See the attached below…You are an amazing teacher!!”
Sent: 1/25/2017 7:21:10 A.M. Pacific Standard Time
Subj: As promised: Enclosed is a brief judges commentary for your WD Self Published eBook Awards Entry~
Below is a brief commentary for your entry in the 4th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published e-Book Awards.
Books are evaluated on a sliding scale of 1 to 5, with 1 meaning “needs improvement” and 5 meaning “outstanding”.
Below are the scores from the Writer’s Digest commentary:
Judge of the 4th Annual Self-Published e-Book Awards, 2017
Entry Title: Best Friends, Worlds Apart
Author: Gayle Peebles
Entry Category: Life Stories
Structure, Organization, and Pacing: 5
Spelling, Punctuation, and Grammar: 5
Production Quality and Cover Design: 4 [Please Note: Gayle chose to create the book’s cover without my assistance.]
Plot and Story Appeal: 5
Character Appeal and Development: 5
Voice and Writing Style: 5
Below is Judge’s Commentary, 4th Annual Self-Published e-Book Awards, 2017
A fascinating pairing of these two women with such different backgrounds and life experiences. I enjoyed how their adventure in San Francisco…focused on intricate and fresh experiences like Stassya not being able to choose between lunch meats because there are so many choices. Author excels at showing us the depth of their lifestyles in such experiences as this. I loved it that Stassya wanted to stop and admire the shapes of all of the salad dressing bottles. Author brings her to life in these marveling moments. We feel an affinity to each woman, and we feel how much they miss each other when they are apart. Author has expertly guided us through rich writing to fill in the emotions between them even over the miles. It’s fascinating how the author questions the wording in Stassya’s letters, and gets us to question it as well. This makes the story very experiential for the reader. Well done.
Pace is stellar, and author writes dialogue with exceptional skill. We get plenty of setting and sensory details to immerse us in the story, and the writer’s voice is welcoming as if we too might be considered for her friendship circle. Very well done.
~ Judge, 4th Annual Self-Published e-Book Awards, 2017
[Nice job, Gayle! Your hard work while following most of my suggestions paid off. :- ) ~Val]