Special: Writer’s Digest Review of My Book

11/06/2014 § 17 Comments

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Dear Followers,

I entered my book, More Later: Lyle’s Letters from the University, 2nd edition, in the following competition.  It didn’t place in its category, but the judge’s commentary (which follows) is highly positive.  I DID gain a good “review excerpt”:

“The letters are a bit like Saturday Night Live Sketches.” — Judge, 22nd Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards

You can order the book at Amazon.com by clicking on the desired format: Paperback–$8.09, Kindle edition–$3.99

–John


From: WritersDigestSelfPublishingCompetition@fwmedia.com
To: jrobinson1@ohio.edu
Subject: As promised, your judges commentary for your entry in the 22nd Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards
Date: Wed, 5 Nov 2014 19:32:06 +0000

WD

 22nd Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards

 Entry Title More Later: Lyle’s Letters from the University, 2nd Edition
Author: John Arthur Robinson
Judge Number: 26
Entry Category: Genre Fiction

 Judge’s Commentary:

 I like the way the author has taken a centuries-old format and turned it into a sustained string of correspondences that stretched over 10 years. He has developed his tongue-in-cheek, country bumpkin persona well, and his use of exaggeration, hyperbole and occasional understatement does convey the style of humor sought for these letters. He applies a soft sort of satire to the academic world as well, although I like the fact that most of his targets in these letters are more universal than that: company lunchrooms, office picnics and birthdays, and dressing for the weather. The letters are a bit like Saturday Night Live sketches. Some hit the mark right away; some seem askew a bit due to the reader’s individual sense of humor. That sort of shotgun approach works overall. The reading is easy and light, and sometimes there’s a surprising laugh hidden inside each letter. The fact that the target of each letter is both an unidentified “E” as well as society makes for a more mature tone. The author’s liberal use of puns, alliteration, and imagery is also consistent and effective. . . .


I can add this to the OTHER good review the book has received:

“What a fantastically funny piece of writing, I absolutely loved it. . . . All I can say is brilliant, excellent and highly recommended.”–Julie Elizabeth Powell, author of “Julie’s Quick Picks,” The LL Book Review

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