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Accolades for Author of Memoir
Monday, March 14, 2011  6:48:00 PM

by Mary Terzian

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Writer's Digest Judge's comment on self-published book, "The Immigrants' Daughter."


Th following press release was issued on February 1, 2011
Whittier –  Mary Terzian of Hacienda Heights and member of the Writers’ Club of Whittier, scored an average of four and a half points out of a possible five for her first book, according to officials of the 18th Annual Writer’s Digest International Self-Published Book Awards.  Organizers said that this year's competition was “particularly fierce” thanks to the quality of books submitted by the entrants. It appears that self-published books are no longer the step-daughters of the publishing industry and are making a significant dent in the bestseller booklist.
The following is the judge’s commentary:
"THE IMMIGRANTS' DAUGHTER is a totally enjoyable read from start to finish. Ms. Terzian’s narrative is laced with the perfect mix of drama and humor, with some occasional sarcasm thrown in for good measure. She is also a master at sensory detail, knowing when and how much to add so that readers are engaged in the surroundings without ever being overwhelmed. Women of all nationalities will be amazed at her strength and character as she takes them through her struggles to overcome Middle Eastern ideas regarding 'a woman’s place' in society in the 1940’s. The book’s design is clean and easy to read. The snappy chapter titles brought a smile to my face."
Terzian’s memoir also won the Best Books 2006 Award in 2005, and placed finalist in the Indie Excellence 2007 Book Awards, both in the multicultural, nonfiction category. Asked about her reaction to the judge’s comments she states that she is gratified and hopes to reach the summit, “to prove that ESL (English as a second language) is no impediment to climbing up the ladder to success.” The book is available through


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