I entered The Refusal for the prestigious Global Book Awards because I liked the idea that they would look at every aspect of the book, including what readers thought. Here's what they say about it:
In this modern age of self-publishing, books need to be appraised not only by their content and writing style, but also by the way they present and market themselves to the prospective buyer, whether that is in the good ratings it has on important stores like Amazon, its book cover and description, or the number of reviews it has collected. They must also appeal to new readers, so part of the evaluation included a survey asking avid readers to select the top 5 books they enjoyed the most.
For me, this focus on readers made this book award especially poignant. Readers matter most to me, so I was delighted that it got such a great reception and a Gold Award.
I found so many lovely ARC readers on Instagram who took a chance on this indie author and gave the book amazing reviews. Being an ARC reader is a labour of love, and I owe them all a great deal.
Thank you all so much for loving my nerdy couple.