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127 Authors' Testimonials

'The Wishing Shelf Book Awards has been an unbelievable experience. Edward and the faculty provide wonderful feedback for your book and they go out of their way to answer your questions in a concise and timely manner. My book won the Bronze medal and I could not be more pleased with the process. I would recommend this award process t any independent author who wants an honest feedback and insight into their book.'

Kevin Poplawski, author of Eli's Magic Moment

‘The Wishing Shelf Book Awards has been such a tremendous wonderful experience for me! Not only have I been given the honor of receiving the Bronze medal for my 1st children’s book, but I am totally overwhelmed by the valuable feedback that has been provided by the students and teachers! The reviews are so informative and will help me a great deal in the future since I am a brand-new author. I am extremely grateful for the knowledge and advice obtained from the students, the teachers and The Wishing Shelf Book Award staff.’

Leea Baltes, author of Goodnight Wishes!

'Entering The Wishing Shelf Book Awards has been an extremely rewarding experience. The submission process was clear and easy, the updates timely, and the feedback and tips were fair and relevant. Knowing that actual children, parents, and teachers were involved in the judging process of the children's book categories gives a real-world authenticity to the valuable information each author receives. The Wishing Shelf Book Awards was proposed to me by a fellow author. I'm so pleased I followed through, moved out of my comfort zone, and entered my first children's book. All my communication with Mr. Edward Thayer, founder of The Wishing Shelf Book Awards, has been professional as well as pleasant. I highly recommend The Wishing Shelf Book Awards!'

Sheri Wall, author of An Omelet for Evan

'The awards have boosted my confidence and helped me further understand my target audience. The feedback and comments are a such a valuable marketing tool.'

Judith Jenkinson, author of The little Bee Bong Book of Poems

'I can't say enough good things about the Wishing Shelf Awards. I can't imagine the hours it must take to keep it running at such a high level, but you have always managed to do so with flying colors. It is a beacon of light in a somewhat darkened world of words.'

Stephen Wagner, author of To Dance with Death Beneath the Falling Stars

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