Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Beginning with a Bang!

I've been away - Madeira called, so I went.

Now I'm back I've been having a few thoughts about literary life in 2011 (my first full year as a published author).

What have I enjoyed about it most? The interviews, participating in contests, blogging and trying to build a social network (as all authors must) have been interesting. Receiving book reviews has been nail-biting at times but heartening on the whole. I think what I've enjoyed most are, apart from receiving comments from readers, the awards.

I actively went out and sought book reviews but I'm not sure I'm going to be doing that with my new novel that is coming out in April from Etopia Press, a publisher that is proving to be lovely to work with. No, I won't be spending so much time seeking reviews. This time I'll be investigating Literary Awards. 

My novel, Perfect Score, has received a few: it's a finalist in the EPIC Awards , it has an honorary mention in The Rainbow Awards, and it's one of the Top Picks from JesseWave Reviews (Felix Faber).

What do you think? What promotes a book more - reviews or awards?

If you share my interest, take a look at this site: Literary Awards and we might meet at the 2013 Pulitzer Prizes (just joking LOL)

And now onto the BIG news...take a deep breath all you Alex Ninjas...the King of Author Bloggers is coming to this blog on January 20th! Yes, Alex Cavanaugh will be giving us some hints on how to be successful bloggers. In addition (yes, there's more!), he's going to give us an insight into his new book CassaFire. January 20th - it'll be a good day.


  1. Aw, thanks for the wonderful announcement.
    Don't know if my publisher sent my book out to any contests. I do know reviews sell books, because I've watched it happen with my own.
    I'll have to do a big shout out for you when your next book is released! It falls during the A to Z Challenge, but I'll make it fit.

  2. Welcome back! :)

    I think both book reviews and awards have their sway; I tend to check out reviews more often, but that's just me. I know a lot of people do follow awards.

    Looking forward to Alex's posts!

  3. Thanks Alex!
    I'll re-think review, GE. Thanks for commenting!


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