If you have been keeping abreast of the third running of the Self-Published Fantasy Blog Off that gets under way in July, you should be aware that my debut fantasy novel, The Exercise Of Vital Powers, is among the pool of thirty novels due to be reviewed by popular BookTuber, Kitty G. If you’re wondering what a BookTuber is, it refers to a book reviewer who uploads filmed book reviews to their YouTube channel.

A little over a week ago, Kitty posted a short video outlining her role as a judge for this years #SPFBO contest, which you can watch below. Yes, Kitty butchers my name; but hey, when you have a non-Anglo sounding name (as I do) you get used to having it mispronounced. 😉

As the contest gets closer to officially getting under way, I’m actually starting to feel excited about being a part of it. Obviously, I have no illusions that I have any chance of winning, of course. Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been making an effort to check out the other entrants; and subsequently discovering that there are a number of established indie authors in the field, who already have followings, has re-inforced my belief that a first time author is unlikely to walk away with the prize.

Fortunately, winning was never my motivation for entering my book. Like most of the other participants, I suspect, I view the contest as an opportunity to increase the likelihood that readers will discover, and maybe even be interested in reading my novel. And in that regard, being involved in #SPFBO 3 is beginning to have the desired effect; not to mention that I myself am now interested in reading some of the other books in the competition.