Gotcha Covered receives positive review from Writer's Digest
For the past 18 years, Writer’s Digest has sponsored a contest for self-published books in nine categories. One Grand Prize, nine category prizes, and 36 honorable mentions are awarded. Competition was especially fierce this year and unfortunately Gotcha Covered: A Legacy of Sercvice and Protection was not chosen as a winner, but the judge’s commentary was quite favorable.
The books are judged on a 1-5 scale, with 1 being poor and 5 being excellent. There are three categories: structure and organization; grammar; and production quality and cover design. Gotcha Covered received a 5 in structure and organization. “Well laid out, with clear distinction made between fiction and non-fiction sections.” It received a 4 in grammar, with some punctuation and grammar mistakes, and a 5 in production quality and cover design. “Beautiful cover—the art and text fit the subject well.”
The judge commented that what was best liked was: “What a wonderful premise! The discussion of feminism and nursing is fabulous and I loved the idea of the Venn diagram. Manley’s introductions to each section are thorough, informative and thought-provoking….This book is also attractive as a piece of art, from the fonts to the photos to the created artwork and texts.”
In addition the judge offered several constructive criticisms and suggestions for improvement, especially to the back cover, some of which were already done in the second printing of the book when it came out in soft cover. It would have been wonderful to have received a “Writer’s Digest Winner” seal to affix to our book, but these comments feel pretty darn good!