Hello fellow book lovers. 💜 Today, I’d like to write about my newbie experiences of being on the panel for the Book Bloggers’ Novel of the Year Award (BBNYA) during round 1. Read my previous posts about the award HERE.
The deadline for the authors to sign up was 10th May. The lovely admin team who are organising the BBNYA carried out all the pre-checks then made a list of all the entries on a 😵 mammoth spreadsheet! 😱 😲 To make things more user friendly, they kindly added the Goodreads link to each entry too. 💜
📚 Which Books Am I reading? 📚
During the last week of May everyone on the panel were given the list to look through and decide which ones drew our attention. There was only one book that I’d read before, all the rest were new-to-me authors. So I’m really excited about discovering some new indie authors to add to my favourites.
I decided which books I wanted to read based on genres, covers, and blurbs. However, I didn’t want to go too far outside my preferred genres because I didn’t want my pet peeves to cause any issues. 😉 Besides, there are still plenty of panellists left who enjoy reading those books that grate my nerves and rub me up the wrong way. 😉 My list ended up with five “yes please” titles and 22 “maybe” reads which I was happy about.
On 27th May, we all received an email with the ten books that the admin team assigned to each of us. I’m not going to disclose which books I read during this competition because that wouldn’t be fair. I’d also be breaking the confidentiality agreement that I signed on becoming a panellist. 🤭
What happens in BBNYA Round 1?
Round 1 is basically a quick round to see if the books capture our interest with a 1,000 word excerpt. We’ve been asked to judge them on four aspects:
- writing style and quality
- our emotional response
Each aspect is scored from 1 to 5. I had to double check with the admin team whether 5 was the good end of the scale or not. I didn’t want to get it wrong! We’ve also been given the option of adding or deducting a point for “intangibles” which I really like. Intangibles are anything that isn’t covered in the main sections. For example, if something felt really wrong, that bothered us or alternatively, if we loved or thought something was special. Adding this option, enables the book’s score to be extra reflective of the panellist’s opinion.
We’ve been asked to send back our opinions and scores by 3rd July. However, I can’t tell you how relieved I am, that I only have to read 1,000 words from ten books and not ten full books! Eek! 😉 😂
I’ve started reading some of my excerpts for round 1 and already submitted my scores for some. I hope to be done well before the due date.
Honestly, I don’t really know. 🤷♀️ I know that round 2 will consist of reading a 10k word excerpt. However I don’t know how many books will be put through to the next round or what aspects we’ll be asked to score them on. I’m curious what the other panellist think of their books though and I’m wondering which ones will advance to the second stage.
I’ll write another post in July about Round 2 and included my experiences.