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141 Authors' Testimonials



'The Wishing Shelf Book Awards remains one of the last true award contests. Books are rated according to editing, theme, style, cover, and story and those that win should be very proud. It's refreshing to see a book contest, judged my actual readers who are in the target audience of each work. The critique and feedback proved helpful in refining my story, and I even saw some sales from the advertising that Billy Bob Buttons did on our behalf."

Thanks again for everything!'

Julie Hall, author of Huntress


'The Wishing Shelf competition is a unique awards process that provides helpful feedback that is real. It comes from readers who read a lot. They honed in on points that needed work, but also articulated the strengths of the novel. What they do is to create a constructive feedback and communication loop. When there are so many ways to get meaningless input and pointless response in the internet age, this award does much more than award. They make sure your book gets the traction of serious response. Very recommended.'

Michael Pronko, author of The Last Train


'Thank you so much for the feedback and for all the helpful comments and ratings readers have provided. It has helped me understand what I need to work on.

Winning this prestigious award has doubled sales for Night Eyes and brought new readers to a book (and a series) that might have otherwise gone unnoticed. I was deeply touched to find a shiny medal in the mail. Thank you for doing such a great job and for making a BIG difference to so many authors!'

Claire Stibbe, author of Night Eyes


'I’ve been laboring away on my First World War and 1920s trilogy for a couple of years now, with two down and one to go. When you’ve been that deep into a project for that long, it’s inevitable you begin to question your writing. Doubts creep in. Uncertainty bubbles up. Let me say that receiving the comprehensive and detailed feedback from the sixteen (!) readers who evaluated my finalist book, Truly Are the Free, was exactly what I needed—affirmation that I’d written a cracking good story that a broad spectrum of readers sincerely enjoyed. In addition, using the free ad with Fussy Librarian that came with my Bronze Medal, I sold 74 ebooks of my medal winner, None of Us the Same, in 72 hours. That was a pleasant surprise indeed.'

Jeff Walker, author of Truly are the Free


'Whirligig took many years to write. It is part one of a trilogy and I'm nearing the end of the 5th draft of the follow up book which is called, 'The Copper Road.' I work in a busy full-time job so there are days when I'm tired and ask myself if I should write less or wait until I retire. Competitions like the Wishing Shelf and the positive feedback and encouragement really help to keep me going. It It is greatly appreciated.'

Richard Buxton, author of Whirligig


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