My Publishing Journey: Validation

Sally Field accepting her Best Actress Oscar for Places in the Heart.

Sally Field accepting her Best Actress Oscar for Places in the Heart.

If you’re of a certain age—and watch the Academy Awards—you might remember the year Sally Field won a Best Actress Oscar for her role in Places in the Heart. If not, you can watch the YouTube video where an enthusiastic Field proclaims, “I can’t deny the fact that you like me, right now, you like me.”

Sally Field received a lot of ribbing about that speech, something I always thought was more than a little unfair. She was caught up in a moment, having only recently won the Best Actress Oscar for Norma Rae, and was riding high on top of the Hollywood heap. Fortunately for her, it was in a time long before social media and 24/7 news. I can’t begin to imagine what the coverage would have been like in 2015.

Anyway, I get her euphoria. Right about now I’m feeling a lot like Sally Field must have felt in that moment, because The Hanged Man’s Noose has received such amazing acceptance. As of this writing, Noose has 11 5-star ratings on On Goodreads, it has an average rating of 4.54 and 359 people have it on their To-Read list. {If you’ve read it, liked it, and haven’t rated it, consider taking the time to do so. These things mean a lot when it comes to Amazon’s algorithms and the way they promote a book; many folks also look to Goodreads, Barnes & Noble, and Chapters.Indigo as a resource.}

Besides Amazon and Goodreads, The Hanged Man’s Noose has received praise from several fellow authors, including Vicki Delany, Elizabeth J. Duncan, Janet Bolin, Kaye George, James M. Jackson and Kathleen Kaska. And if that isn’t heady enough for you, it has garnered positive reviews in Jack Batten’s WHODUNIT in the Toronto Star, and in the bimonthly glossy magazine, Canadian Antiques & Vintage. [You can read all the reviews in their entirety here: REVIEWS.]

Beyond the accolades, I’ve also had the privilege to be interviewed in local media, and in the November issue of The Big Thrill, the monthly magazine of the International Thriller Writers.

There have also been numerous guest on many blogs over these past few months. There have been so many, in fact, that I’ve set up Blog Hopping pages devoted exclusively to these posts. Simply click on the photo associated with the entry to read the post in its entirety. [If you’ve only got time for one or two, my personal favorites are in Blog Hopping 2015: Cozy in Miami: Miami Interview #20, where I talk about alligators and igloos, and my visit to St. Louis Sisters in Crime where I answer questions about being a “regional” writer.

Last, but certainly not least, a special callout to those who continue to foster my Sally Field moments: my blog readers, newsletter subscribers, Facebook fans, Twitter and Pinterest followers. Your encouragement and support means the world to me. Thank you for the validation.

The Final Cover by Craig Jennion.

The Hanged Man’s Noose is available in print and eBook on Amazon, Chapters.Indigo, Barnes and Noble,, and all the usual suspects.

8 responses to “My Publishing Journey: Validation

  1. Judy Penz Sheluk

    Thank you Sheri!

  2. eightpawswriting

    So exciting Hanged Man’s Noose is doing so well. I loved the story and will look forward to your next. .

  3. Judy Penz Sheluk

    Thanks Kristina. It’s been fun, as you know — you’ve had a great ride yourself with 2 books out this year!

  4. Kristina Stanley

    What a wonderful journey you’ve had. Congrats!

  5. Judy Penz Sheluk

    Thanks Trish, so nice of you! But yes, hopefully the message is: Follow your dreams and dream big.

  6. You deserve it all! You are an inspiration to us all to follow our dreams and never give up.Thankyou for sharing your talent,hard work and giving us The Hanged Mans Noose.

  7. Judy Penz Sheluk

    Thanks Grace. It is nice and helps me to work on the next book!

  8. I know it must be comforting to receive acknowledgement that your book was worth all the hours you spent learning your craft, writing and rewriting, querying, marketing, and promoting. Congratulations, and enjoy the terrific reviews. They were well earned.

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