@AuthorJTBuckley on Twitter) received when he entered Blood & Steel: A Love Story, in the prestigous 23rd Annual Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards. What I didn't share was he had entered 2 of his books in the competion. Terra Rising: By Right of Arms also received positive scores (again, all 3's & 4's).
To recap: scores are accumilated: Books are evaluated on a scale from 1 to 5, with 1 meaning “needs improvement” and 5 meaning “outstanding”.
As mentioned before, I always brag up my authors when they receive positive evaluations, and such, but this particular award includes a cover score, too, so I'll doubly excited.
Entry Title By Right of Arms
Author: J.T. Buckley
Judge Number: 26
Entry Category: Genre Fiction
Structure, Organization, and Pacing: 4
Spelling, Punctuation, and Grammar: 3
Production Quality and Cover Design: 4
Plot and Story Appeal: 3
Character Appeal and Development: 4
Voice and Writing Style: 3
My cover got a 4 out of 5!!! Same score I got on JT's other book. Isn't that groovy? :D
How I look at it, even the 3's are worthy of bragging rights. If 5 is equivalent to an A, then 4 is a B and 3 is a C. So all average or above average scores. To me, average doesn't been dull, it means you're not only passing but at the level most of the other competors are in that category. Another great thing about this competition is, even if authors don't win an award, they receive a review along with their scores. So you have something to refer to, here's the book's blurb:
The Confederated Nations of Terra receive a shocking distress signal from out of system. Captain Aaron Richardson and the crew of the TNS Intrepid are horrified at what they find after responding to the distress call from Earth’s closest celestial neighbor, Alpha Centauri. What they discover launches them into a new universe of political and military intrigue. Using ancient legends, they forge Earth’s position in the Principean Empire and discover the secrets of Earth’s distant past. Thwarted at every turn by pirates, they must fight a race of aliens who are intent on killing all humans and destroying the Earth. Unable to do it alone, they must seek assistance of new allies to save their home.
Abridged Judge’s Commentary*:
"I kinda like the cover. It’s creepy in a good way. I especially like the title typography. An intriguing synopsis, too. Good job!"
"I enjoy the fact that your scenes involve new tech but don’t make such a point of showing them off. So many sci-fi authors seem to forget how quickly new technologies become the norm. "
"You’ve done a fine job of including diplomacy and politics in the course of your narrative ... Excellent work."
"Queen Almathia is quite the vision!"
As before, I left out some of the more specific notes since they are more for the author than the public and would give away a few surprises I want to leave for the readers.
JT tells me plans for the sequel, Manifest Destiny, are in the works for 2016. We haven't made plans as to what what he wants me to do for that cover because he's busy with end-of-school stuff, but I'm sure it will be just as fun and challenging as By Right of Arms was.
Onto wrapping up the next book
Until next time ...
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