Entry Title: Today is the Day
Author: Deborah Curtin
Judge Number: 65
Category: Mainstream/Literary Fiction

  • Structure, Organization, and Pacing: 4
  • Spelling, Punctuation, and Grammar: 4
  • Production Quality and Cover Design: 4
  • Plot and Story Appeal: 4
  • Character Appeal and Development: 4
  • Voice and Writing Style: 4

Judge’s Commentary:  

Production Quality and Cover Design

The cover is eye catching, conveys a bit about the story and its theme, and translates well to online retailers. The flap copy is well written and gives readers the information they need about the book. The author photo and bio are good. The interior layout is nicely done.


Entry Title: Today is the Day
Author: Deborah Curtin
Judge Number: 65
Category: Mainstream/Literary Fiction

  • Structure, Organization, and Pacing: 3
  • Spelling, Punctuation, and Grammar: 3
  • Production Quality and Cover Design: 4
  • Plot and Story Appeal: 3
  • Character Appeal and Development: 3
  • Voice and Writing Style: 3

Judge’s Commentary:  Congratulations on writing and publishing your book!  The packaging is polished and professional. The front cover is haunting and drew my attention right away. The copy on the inside flaps is good,  but I would like to see the back cover used as well with some information about the book’s content and potential audience. You have an interesting story to tell, one that should appeal to a wide range of fiction readers. The strongest parts of your novel are where you focus on “showing” us the story in action and dialogue; watch out for places where you rely more on “telling” us the story in narration. In general the pacing is good, but sometimes the very short chapters make the writing seem a bit choppy. Overall, you have done a good job with grammar and proofreading, though I did spot some errors. The formatting and layout of the pages is excellent.  You have a great web site; I would like to see the book have a bit more presence on it. Perhaps adding a sample chapter? I would also love to see your blog expanded and updated more often. I would also try to have some friendly readers post reviews on Amazon.com.