Writing, as we all know, can be a lonely path. Often frustrating and filled with self-doubt, so it is particularly gratifying when something comes along which is completely unexpected and gives you a boost.

I was lucky enough to experience that feeling just before Christmas when I discovered first of all that my novel White Lies had been nominated for the best romance book of 2017 by the Rosie Amber Book Review Team and then to find out that I had won.

#RBRT Review Team

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White Lies by Ellie Holmes

Given the large number of romance books this dedicated team reads over the course of 12 months I was stunned and delighted to have even made it into the nominations so to win was totally extra icing on the cake and a wonderful lift to my confidence.

Whether it be a lovely review, a compliment from a reader or winning an award, to have your hard work recognised and appreciated is a tremendous feeling and one to hang on to and remember when the going gets tough.

Here’s to 2018 and all of the successes and the failures that are to come.

As Kipling said:-

‘If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster,

And treat those two impostors just the same;’


2 thoughts on “Validation

  1. deborahanndykeman 28/01/2018 / 12:46 pm

    Boy did I feel this one!!! All the reasons I turned to indie publishing. I wanted to write what I loved, what I needed to write, and share it with others. The pay for that was almost non-existent, but I have seven books that people are reading. The loss right now for me…I’m back to working full-time, a job I love, but it takes all of me. Not much left for writing. But this is just for a season. Kudos for picking yourself up, brushing off and heading back out there! It makes us more determined and stronger. And your books are on my to-read list, just taking me a while to get through it! I’ve been back-logged for a couple years now. Have a great Sunday!


    • ellieholmesauthor 31/01/2018 / 3:19 pm

      Thanks Deborah – sometimes we feel that we are very alone on our writing journey but we just have to reach out to realise so many of us are experiencing all the same struggles. Enjoying your writing is the key. Ellie x


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