It’s been almost two weeks, now, since I posted about the opening of the #SPFBO 2017 book contest, with author, Mark Lawrence’s call for 300 new submissions to participate in this year’s competition. Though still in its infancy, the contest (only now in its third year) has already made enough of an impact that 300 entries were received in a matter of days; far sooner than the July 1st deadline. I am pleased to say that my debut novel, The Exercise Of Vital Powers, is one of the lucky entrants, though I am well aware that I have no chance of winning.
If you are unfamiliar with the Self Published Fantasy Blog Off, this is a brief rundown of how the contest is run. Ten book blogs volunteer their time to read and judge the 300 entrants. During the initial round of the competition each book blog is assigned 30 books to read in order to choose one title to progress to the second phase. So this first phase of SPFBO whittles down the field of 300 to just 10 books.
The second phase of the contest sees the ten bloggers write a review of the book they put through to the final (and possibly others if they wish) then reading the other nine books put through to the final. The bloggers subsequently award each of the ten finalists a score out of 10; those scores are then tallied to determine the overall winner. After the winning author has been “crowned” each blog will write a book review of their book.
For the full list of this year’s entrants, and the book bloggers they have been assigned to, please visit Mark Lawrence’s official blog by clicking THIS LINK.