Hi Folks, Thanks for stopping in! 
       You will find no advertising clutter to interrupt your reading.  I will continue to write free stories, and will, for the time being, publish the installments on Sunday mornings @ 4 am Pacific Coast Time.   
     Hopefully, if you enjoy the stories, you will purchase the "Ballad of Calypso."  That is the trade I hope to make with readers. 
                 Thank You for your Support,

                                                                                     Dennis McGuire

 
Please......Support Your Local bookstore!!

I will be at the Book Tree Bookstore in Kirkland on December 3rd @ 6:30 pm to chat about the Ballad, read a little bit and sign books.   C''mon by!

                                          Ballad of Calypso

              Did not win the 10 Grand...

           but the Judge liked the book!

 

Judge, 30th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards

11/21/2022

 

Structure, Organization, Pacing: Please choose the statement that best applies to this book:

          This book is exemplary in its structure, organization, and pacing. The structure of the chapters/parts aid in a compelling organization of the story or information. The pacing is even throughout and matches the tone/genre of the book.

 

Spelling, Punctuation, Grammar: Please choose the statement that best applies to this book:

           This book has spelling, punctuation, and grammar corresponding with the region of the world from which the author hails (ex. British English or American English) or with where the book is set (including slang, vernacular, or dialect). These choices are intentional and implemented consistently throughout with few, if any, errors.

 

Production Quality and Cover Design: Please choose the statement that best applies to this book:

           This book is exemplary in production quality and cover design. The physical materials, printing, and binding are of professional quality and traditional industry standards. The typesetting and page layout (including illustrations, images, or figures) are easy to follow, thoughtfully designed, and error free. The cover appears to be professionally designed and is compellingly related to the content/genre of the book.

 

Plot, Story, or Topic Appeal: Please choose the statement that best applies to this book:

          This book is exemplary in its choice of topic or theme of the story. It is unique but still has strong appeal for most readers in its intended genre. If the book is fiction or narrative nonfiction, the book is well plotted. If the book is poetry or prescriptive nonfiction, there is a cohesive theme or delivery of information.

 

Voice and Writing Style: Please choose the statement that best applies to this book:

          This book is exemplary in its voice and writing style. It has a unique voice, and the writing style is consistent throughout. The style and tone are also consistent with or will appeal to readers of the intended genre.

 

In a few explanatory sentences, please share with the entrant 1-3 things that you enjoyed or that readers will find compelling about this book and why:

          This book surprised me. I love the way it is paced and think it is really cool and smart to organize the writing by location. The formatting is excellent and I thought it was near professional level - especially to have each geographic section marked on the top of the pages, that was very helpful. I liked the pictures that were shared in each section as well and found them to enhance rather than detract from the adventures had in each place. Since I haven't been to many of these places it was wonderful to see visuals that made the descriptive narrative come to life even more. Fans of traveling, of personal memoir, of lessons learned through being outside and going on adventures will all love this book. It does a great job mixing personal reflections with travel and nature based inspirations and was, for me, a very calming, interesting, thought provoking read that felt cathartic and relatable. It also made me want to plan a trip, and bring this book with me, I think people will really enjoy it.

 

In a few explanatory sentences, please share with the entrant 1-3 of the most important aspects that need to be improved for this book to be more appealing/useful to readers and why:

 

          I loved this but think the cover design, though charming, is the wrong fit for the book. It gives much more of a middle grade tone. Readers who will like this will be more likely to pick this up if there was some type of photograph from the traveling and sailing that is discussed inside the book. Additionally, the photograph as a cover design will help to indicate that the book is a memoir of non-fiction whereas the illustration, though cute, does not demonstrate a real life narrative. Having the tone and expectations of the cover match the content of the book is going to help more readers love this read.