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Book Bloggers’ Novel of the Year Award: Reflecting on my BBNYA experience

Hello, fellow book lovers. 💜 Happy New Year. I thought I should share my final thoughts about the Book Bloggers’ Novel of the Year Award. Therefore, today I’m reflecting on my BBNYA experience of being on the judging panel.

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ll know that I love supporting indie authors and small independent publishers. Most of my favourite authors would fall into this category. Therefore, when I first found out about this new venture, I knew BBNYA would be a perfect fit for my blog.

How did I feel about being a BBNYA panellist?

I want to start off by saying thank you to the behind-the-scenes organisers of this competition. My experience has been nothing but positive. I’m confident to be promoting the Book Bloggers’ Novel of the Year Award as something that people should get involved with.

This was my first time being a judge for an award.

I felt so proud to be one of the bloggers chosen to be on the panel of judges.

Throughout the year-long competition, I loved the camaraderie amongst the panellists – my team leader, Jodie, was the BEST!

As there were sooo many bloggers on the judging panel, we were split into teams. This made sure that no one missed any important information and if (when) we had any questions they always got answered. Of course, the DM chatter was fun too. 😉

I got to read some great stories and found some new-to-me authors. I was upset that a couple of my favourites didn’t get through to the final. However, that hasn’t stopped me from buying the books to read during 2021! My TBR pile has definitely grown because of the BBNYA. I’ll be sharing my thoughts about the three books I read in the final throughout January.

PLUS this competition has helped 80 indie authors get some publicity! As part of the winners’ package, I’ll be taking part in lots of fab blog tours. Spreading the word about great self-published authors is my raison de vivre!

I’ll definitely be putting my name forward to be on the judging panel again in 2021.

As part of the judging process, I read The Devil’s Apprentice, Specter, and The Lore of Prometheus. Find out what I thought about these books over the coming month when I post my reviews.

Don’t forget, you can visit the official BBNYA website for further information about this amazing competition. Or why not follow the official BBNYA Twitter account and get up-to-date information about 2021’s competition in your feed. 

The lovely Carol @ I’m A Voracious Reader send out a message a week ago asking for our experiences of being a BBNYA panellist. She decided to write a wrap-up post for her own blog. I sent her a condensed version of this post so go check it out!

Thanks for stopping by and for reading Reflecting on my BBNYA experience. Have you been a judge for any awards? Which ones would you love to be a part of? Drop me a comment and let’s chat.

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I’m proud to have been on the panel of judges. Before you go, you can find out about the competition and my experiences of each stage by reading my previous BBNYA posts.

Bye for now,

Flora x

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I'm in my late forties, my interests are varied but since menopause hit a few years ago, I find myself becoming a "grumpy old woman" all too frequently - where has my infinite patience gone!?! Lol!
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10 replies on “Book Bloggers’ Novel of the Year Award: Reflecting on my BBNYA experience”

That’s great, welcome to the panel! It’s a wonderful experience that I hope you’ll enjoy too.

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