Discussions with friends and strangers have often led me to ponder on the idea of re-visiting my work. No, not to change the plot but to make it clearer and richer in content. It's also good to know that things I had excluded before publishing it, might have been better if had included it. It is the feedback that tells me all of these and I'm grateful for them.
I might end up deciding to leave the books be but I have to edit them again. There are typos that have sneaked past the watchful eyes of skillful editors. There are areas that I would love to improve the grammar. So, I have created a big project for myself. I will slow down on working on my fifth book and focus on cleaning up the ones you already have. This will be a huge, time-consuming task, but it is necessary and will be rewarding.
Why now? I have thought about this for a while but the time wasn't right. I had to work on my skill and learn more. I had to make sure I had the right resources available. And lastly, I needed to get great feedback that pointed at the sore spots that needed work and I did. I got a helpful feedback from judges of the 2018 Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards. Some authors won't want to make their result public if they don't win, but I have decided to do it. It isn't a bad result. I left the commentary part just because there were lots of spoilers and it would do a disservice to those who haven't read the book yet. Just know that the commentary was very entertaining for me as the writer. In fact, I liked the mind of the person who wrote it because he or she came up with many conspiracies that made laugh. A follow-up book was requested and I have to say that I am thinking about it.
I'm all ears for advice, feedback, and suggestions if you've read any of my books. Please leave a comment below and thank you in advance.
Judge, 25th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awa
Entry Title: Notice Me
Author: Emem Uko
Judge Number: 55
Entry Category: Mainstream/Literary Fiction
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Structure, Organization, and Pacing: 4
Spelling, Punctuation, and Grammar: 3
Production Quality and Cover Design: 5
Plot and Story Appeal: 4
Character Appeal and Development: 5
Voice and Writing Style: 4
It’s a super-cool idea. In the world Emem Uko has created, teenage talents are discovered and whisked away by a giant corporate agency to their headquarters in a faraway country. Teams of experts costume, groom, and train them to make audiences happy — and control every aspect of their lives...