Hello, fellow book lovers. 💜 Today, I’m writing about my continuing experiences as a newbie panellist for the Book Bloggers’ Novel of the Year Award (BBNYA). It’s my BBNYA Semi-Final post. I’ve already written a few posts about my experiences and the competition to date. Feel free to check them out.
📚 Quick re-cap of the competition so far 📚
The deadline for authors to sign up one of their books 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! 😱 😲
During the last week of May, everyone on the panel was given the list to look through and decide which ones drew our attention. I was excited to see lots of new-to-me indie authors on the list. Each panellist indicated the books we’d be happy to read.
On 27th May, we received an email with the ten books that the admin team assigned to each of us, together with a 1,000-word excerpt. We had to read, score and send the results back to the admin team by 3rd July.
📚 What happened in the BBNYA Semi-Final? 📚
On 18th July, each panallist received an email with the three 10,000-word excerpts that the admin team assigned. We had to read, score and send the results back to the admin team by 20th September.
This round of judging was basically a further look at the entrants, building on the first round. We were asked to judge each of the 10,000-word excerpts on four aspects:
- writing style and quality
- our emotional response
Once again, each aspect was given a score from 1 to 5. We were also given the option of adding or deducting a point for “intangibles“. Intangibles are classed as 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 enabled the book’s score to be extra reflective of the panellist’s opinion.
I really enjoyed reading the 10k word excerpts that I was given. Now, I’m looking forward to finding out if any of the ones I’ve read have made it through to the final round. 😉
Honestly, I don’t really know. 🤷♀️ I know that as part of the final we will be expected to read a whole book. However, I don’t know how many books will be put through 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 final stage.
I’ll write another post to announce the finalist and included my experiences of that final round.
I’m not going to disclose which books I’ve read throughout this competition because that would be unethical. I’d also be breaking the confidentiality agreement that I signed on becoming a panellist. 🤭