‘If nobody speaks of remarkable things, how can they be called remarkable?’
An occasional series, in which I shine a spotlight on outstanding people, projects and places that deserve more attention
I’m kicking off this new series with a big cheer for a man called Billy Bob Buttons.
That’s not his real name, of course. He’s actually Edward Trayer, a successful children’s author, and he’s remarkable because every year he undertakes a ridiculous amount of hard work simply to help fellow writers.
Edward organises the Wishing Shelf Independent Book Awards, a rare opportunity for self-published writers like myself to enter a competition (most don’t accept self-published books) and get honest feedback from real readers. And by ‘real readers’, I mean people who read for pleasure rather than people who get paid for it. Children’s books are judged by schoolchildren and adult books are judged by reading groups in London and Stockholm.
The awards are affordable and EVERY SINGLE ENTRANT, finalist or not, gets honest feedback from people who have read their books thoroughly, plus a catchy quote and the option of a review on Amazon and GoodReads.
At this point I have to get out my own trumpet and give it a little toot because I was thrilled that Incredible! won a bronze medal in this year’s awards!
But now let me sound a much bigger blast of the trumpet for Edward. I’ve never met a writer who said they had SPARE TIME; in fact I’ve only met writers who wish they had MORE TIME TO WRITE. So for me Edward is truly remarkable because he is prepared to give so much time and energy to promoting other authors, particularly ones who might be overlooked by the mainstream.
It means a great deal to get recognition and honest feedback in an area that can, frankly, be pretty lonely
So thank you, Edward and may your own books continue to garner the kind of success you so richly deserve!
Some comments from the judges
‘What a sweet book. I loved every page. Fab cover and blurb too. Made me want to go out and plant carrots.’
‘This book offers a solution in a world of economic decline and climate change. Set in Todmorden, Yorkshire, the community there begins to plant vegetables in public spots. As a result, not only is the community spirit revived but it begins a world-wide, vegetable-growing REVOLUTION! I liked this book very much. It is well-written with a fun, witty undertone. There is help at the end of the book if you wish to get involved.’
‘A very inspiring read presented in an eye-catching cover. The tone is perfect for a book of this nature and the strong, environmental image is relevant to many of today’s problems.’
In celebration of our Bronze Award, we’re offering 25% off the cover price of Incredible! between now and Christmas Eve. Click here for the online shop. £1 from every book sold will go to Incredible Edible Todmorden Unlimited, which is run entirely by volunteers.