October 19th, 2013

Beyond the Ocean's Edge

Judge's Commentary

A few months ago I entered Beyond the Ocean's Edge: A Stone Island Sea Story in the Annual Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards.  Judging ended recently, and I understand winners were notified.

Alas I (or the book) did not win.  However, all entrants do receive a commentary from the judge(s), and here is a portion of what was said about my efforts.

"The writing enthralls with its imaginative ingenuity, and tells a fascinating story that lends itself well to the fantasy adventure genre.  The crosscutting of scenes and shifting between viewpoints is cinematic in nature, and so this book would lend itself quite well to being filmed commercially.  The cast of characters, especially Pierce as he emerges to become the primary protagonist, are, individually and collectively, certainly strong enough to command center stage throughout the novel, and will successfully engage the reader’s interest in wanting to know what will happen next.  This is a really entertaining plot that could easily appeal to a wide audience."
Judge, Writer’s Digest 21st Annual Self-Published Book Awards

The book was also scored in five categories, on a scale of one to five, with five being the best. Beyond the Ocean's Edge ended up with two categories being given a "five" and the others a "four."  I think winners will be announced in the magazine in the early part of next year.