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Offline WilliamRay

Re: SPFBO 4 has started
« Reply #60 on: January 01, 2019, 05:02:22 AM »
Which book was it, @WilliamRay?

My second novel, The Great Restoration.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B075ZXQ4DG

I suspect that since the BookNest organizer wanted to put two books from his group forward and so I was chosen as collateral damage to the success of Devin Madson's We Ride The Storm... but it would have been nice to lose as a semi-finalist to the panel rather than by pocket veto.

Offline NedMarcus

Re: SPFBO 4 has started
« Reply #61 on: January 01, 2019, 11:17:31 AM »
You were declared the best of a bad lot, but I think it's more comfortable for me to be wallowing in the mud with the absolute baddest  8)

Offline WilliamRay

Re: SPFBO 4 has started
« Reply #62 on: January 05, 2019, 03:41:50 PM »
In that, as with the contest, I simply cannot compete. ;)

One thing that made me feel better recently was Esme's list of books from other blogs that didn't make finalist. She rated several from other groups higher than her own finalists.  I've read Kings of Paradise and Kingshold, and really enjoyed both, although neither made finals... but I've also read We Ride The Storm and despite liking Devin from social media and etc, and I just didn't connect with that book at all (I didn't even post a review, because I just didn't get it).

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Re: SPFBO 4 has started
« Reply #63 on: April 03, 2019, 08:03:06 AM »
Wow, you look at the scores that the FF judges have been giving and you wonder what the other bloggers were thinking when they chose these books to be their winners ???

I know that different people like different things, but usually in the past it was a lot closer.

I wonder if it's the difference between having experienced bloggers/readers, even writers, and having more novice bloggers for whom everything is great...
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Re: SPFBO 4 has started
« Reply #64 on: May 22, 2019, 07:52:57 AM »
Hey folks, SPFBO 5 has started, and since last years filled up in less than 48 hours, I'm afraid of missing it. Last year, when I first learned of SPFBO, I hadn't published yet, so didn't think to pay attention to the details. Now I'm wanting to prepare as best I can, which leads me to three questions:

1. Where is the opening call announced first (or first-ish)? I signed up for Mark's email list a while back, but I don't use Twitter, and am not on FB all that often. But I can change those facts, at least temporarily, if it will help.
2. Should I research the 10 review blogs, and apply to one, or will my book be assigned randomly, or will they choose their 10?
3. Do I need to prepare a cover letter or anything else to make the application process as fast as possible to get in?
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Re: SPFBO 4 has started
« Reply #65 on: May 22, 2019, 08:05:40 AM »
Hey folks, SPFBO 5 has started, and since last years filled up in less than 48 hours, I'm afraid of missing it. Last year, when I first learned of SPFBO, I hadn't published yet, so didn't think to pay attention to the details. Now I'm wanting to prepare as best I can, which leads me to three questions:

1. Where is the opening call announced first (or first-ish)? I signed up for Mark's email list a while back, but I don't use Twitter, and am not on FB all that often. But I can change those facts, at least temporarily, if it will help.
2. Should I research the 10 review blogs, and apply to one, or will my book be assigned randomly, or will they choose their 10?
3. Do I need to prepare a cover letter or anything else to make the application process as fast as possible to get in?
Gosh! I noticed Mark saying he was looking for another blogger for the next one, but I hadn't realised he was going to open number 5 before number 4 ended. Last year it started mid June...

As for your questions, as far as I know:
1. I suggest reading Mark's twitter and blog regularly, now apparently around May. You don't have to be on twitter to read it (I'm not and I do)
2. They're assigned randomly
3. I don't think so - guys who've entered before, can you help?


As for what I wrote 2 months ago about the finalist scores, I feel it's even more pronounced now. In previous years all the finalists were very close, now it feels there are a few that should never have been chosen as finalists.
Is this to do with the blogger, or there's a big pile of slush being included just because they were on time to submit?


Actually, @IWFerguson, are you sure that 5 is fullSorry, my misunderstanding!
Mark's blog just says it's starting soon, and there's nothing on his Twitter.
I feel that you're jumping the gun a bit, and it will be mid June like last year.
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Offline NedMarcus

Re: SPFBO 4 has started
« Reply #66 on: May 22, 2019, 09:46:13 AM »
I only just caught it in time last year. I'd suggest looking on his blog and twitter. About question 3—you don't need a blurb from what I remember, just a book ready to send.

Offline isos81

Re: SPFBO 4 has started
« Reply #67 on: May 23, 2019, 12:16:41 PM »
I'm sorry to ask this but what is SBFBO?  :-[
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Re: SPFBO 4 has started
« Reply #68 on: May 23, 2019, 12:31:01 PM »
I'm sorry to ask this but what is SBFBO?  :-[
"Self-published Fantasy Blog Off"

It's a competition for fantasy writers organised by Mark Lawrence: each year 300 self-published books are distributed by 10 bloggers who review them and choose a finalist.
Then those finalists are read by everyone, and a winner is found :)

You can check last year's starting point here:
http://mark---lawrence.blogspot.com/2018/06/spfbo-2018-call-to-authors.html

The start of SPFBO 5
http://mark---lawrence.blogspot.com/2019/05/spfbo-5_20.html

At the moment they're finishing reading the finalists, these are the scores:
http://mark---lawrence.blogspot.com/2018/11/spfbo-2018-finals.html

And I realised that the last scores are in!
2018's winner is Zachary Pike with Orconomics :D
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Re: SPFBO 4 has started
« Reply #69 on: May 24, 2019, 11:45:41 AM »
Thank you very much @ScarletBea :) How many books will be in Orconomics? I googled but could not find.
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Re: SPFBO 4 has started
« Reply #70 on: May 24, 2019, 02:06:21 PM »
It's funny how the utter revulsion I feel for the title comes from the "-onomics" part and not the "orc" part.

Yup I know what the real dark lord is...

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Re: SPFBO 4 has started
« Reply #71 on: May 24, 2019, 04:05:59 PM »
It's funny how the utter revulsion I feel for the title comes from the "-onomics" part and not the "orc" part.

Yup I know what the real dark lord is...
;D
Funnily enough I feel exactly the same!!

And @isos81, I'm not sure.
I was the same as you, only wanting to read a book when I knew the series was finished.
But you know, since I started coming to the forum and learning more about writers, I realised that's not a good thing to do, especially with young/new writers: if there aren't enough sales of book 1 (because many people want the others to be published first), the publisher might actually cancel the contract and then the books aren't published at all!
So if you like the idea of a book, go ahead and buy it, regardless of the series being complete or not. Apart from a few people, they all get finished properly sooner or later :)
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Re: SPFBO 4 has started
« Reply #72 on: May 24, 2019, 04:09:00 PM »
It's funny how the utter revulsion I feel for the title comes from the "-onomics" part and not the "orc" part.

Yup I know what the real dark lord is...
;D
Funnily enough I feel exactly the same!!

And @isos81, I'm not sure.
I was the same as you, only wanting to read a book when I knew the series was finished.
But you know, since I started coming to the forum and learning more about writers, I realised that's not a good thing to do, especially with young/new writers: if there aren't enough sales of book 1 (because many people want the others to be published first), the publisher might actually cancel the contract and then the books aren't published at all!
So if you like the idea of a book, go ahead and buy it, regardless of the series being complete or not. Apart from a few people, they all get finished properly sooner or later :)

I never thought this way and you are right. But the thing is, I'm really obsessed and waiting is killing me. I didn't know the 5th book of Lightbringer is not out yet when I started reading it. Now I'm waiting for October eagerly.

I'm not sure if I can do it but maybe I should let go and enjoy :)
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Re: SPFBO 4 has started
« Reply #73 on: May 26, 2019, 07:24:41 PM »
@IWFerguson, it starts on 15th June :)

Instructions in Mark's blog:
https://mark---lawrence.blogspot.com/2019/05/spfbo-5_20.html
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