Am I Good Enough? The Validation Of Awards For Writers

“This week, the International Thriller Writers announced the finalists for the 2017 awards. My novel, Destroyer of Worlds is a finalist for the Best Ebook Original category and I am over the moon!

So why does this mean so much to me?

(1) Validation

One of the amazing things about being an indie author is the fact that there are no barriers to publication. Anyone can write a book and put it out there. But that doesn’t mean that people will buy it or read it.

So, an indie author’s validation often comes from book sales and customer reviews, as well as the internal validation of the creative process. That’s certainly what it’s been for me and I have several thousand good reviews from readers, I make a six figure income with my books, and I continue to write in the genre I love.

But to be honest, I still crave validation that I can actually write a story.

I want someone to say, ‘You’re good enough. You deserve to be here.’ I want to be accepted by the industry and judged by my peers. ITW is primarily an organisation of traditionally published authors with some of the biggest thriller names as members and judges. That’s why I care so much about this.”

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