Losing is not a very good feeling. For some, it can be downright depressing. I for one do not like to lose, but there are sometimes in life when I do. A few months ago, my debut novel Poka City Blues was entered into the Writer’s Digest Ebook Awards. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Writer’s Digest, winning an award or receiving any type of accolades from them is a BIG deal. Writer’s Digest is almost like the Wall Street Journal of the literary world and it is a place that can seem daunting to an unknown author like myself. It is a good thing I am not intimidated easily.
When my book was entered back in November, I knew I had a small chance of winning. A small part of me had hoped that I would win, but that was not the case here. Poka City Blues has come close to winning quite a few awards, but it has yet to snag one. When I received the email from Writer’s Digest informing me that I did not win, I will admit that I was a little bummed out at first. For a moment I started to question if I had what it takes to be a writer. However all that changed once I read their review.
Just like any other book contest, everything is scaled. The higher the score the better. I had assumed that my scores must have been pretty low for me not to win. Oh how wrong was I! Seeing how I had to edit and format my book on my own (because I could not afford to pay a professional to do it), reading their review removed any doubt I had regarding my writing abilities.
Never in my life have I been so happy after losing! After reading a review such as that above, and that is just a small part of it, I have no doubt that Poka City Blues has a lot of merit. In the next coming weeks, I have an exciting announcement to make, but you will have to stay tuned to find out. Are you ready to order your own paperback copy? In a few more weeks you can. I recently encountered yet another setback, but I always find a way to get around them. Setbacks only motivate me to push harder. I was raised to smile in the face of obstacles.
Until next time…