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258 Comments from Authors/Publishers



Dear Edward and The Wishing Shelf gang,

You saw the potential in my memoir, The Mother of All Dilemmas, when you named it a finalist. Your thoughtful reviews helped it get it into the hands of readers.

Some of those readers were so moved, they recommended it to Katie Couric. And a few days ago, my book was included alongside classics by luminaries Maya Angelou, Barbara Kingsolver, and the Dalai Lama on “37 Life-Changing Books You Won’t Be Able to Put Down”.

You have supported me and my book, and I am so honored to have a place on The Wishing Shelf. We all win with this recognition.

Thank you.



Kathleen Guthrie Woods


"Thank you all for all the hard work you put into making this award a thing of real value to us authors. The regular updates via email and social media, the offers for bonus offerings (that authors actually want) at low or no extra cost, the feedback on entries, and the refusal to upcharge for things like certificates and high-res logos....these are things I'm not finding in many (maybe any?) of the other awards I've entered. What you guys are doing is really amazing - thank you! Keep up the great work!"

Devon Dial, author of Never A Mere Mortal


´Traditional publishing is one thing; independent publishing is another. A new indie author, l struggled finding my way—until collaborating with Edward and The Wishing Shelf Gang. Their professionalism, passion, and integrity is inspiring. Not only do they do what they say they’ll do when they say they’ll do it, but the outcome always exceeds my expectations (which is tough considering my pathological perfectionism). From their editorial reviews to their awards, The Wishing Shelf is a gift to the independent publishing community.´

Jeffrey Froh, author of Thrive: 10 Commandments for 20-Somethings to Live the Best-Life-Possible


"Thank you very much for the detailed reader feedback. It's fantastic! Yes, please do post any/all comments on the review sites you mentioned, that's a great help.
And thanks again for managing your book contest with transparency and integrity. I will continue to recommend Wishing Shelf to friends and I look forward to entering my future books."

Ryan Standley, author of To the Top of Greenfield Street


"Thank you! Keep doing what you’re doing, you’re one of the very few awards I recommend writers enter, largely because yours is professional and positive but also because feedback is very helpful no matter how you do!"

Melissa Addey, author of A String of Silver Beads


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