Greeting Gentle Reader,
I come to you today with an update concerning the eighth Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off, and Booknest's role in it. Fear not for we have again returned! We have, however, adjusted our process. Typically, we have had five or six reviewers review our first crop of thirty, completing and posting a review for all entrants while allowing for one DNF. Each reviewer would then submit a semi-finalist for the site's owner to read and then select our finalist. For the most part, this structure remains unchanged. We currently have a panel of five reviewers for the first phase: Admins John & Janelle as well reviewers Rai, Al, and Max with 1 more potential reviewer to be determined. Each of these reviewers will receive five or six titles (depending on how many reviewers we have) and they will select their favorite amongst the bunch. However, and this is the big change from previous years, they will only be obligated to post a review for their semi-finalist. For all of their other titles, we are asking reviewers to post a summary and micro-review in a single blog post. This doesn't prevent them from reviewing every one of the books, but it removes the obligation to do so.
I know that is a big change and a bit of a bummer, but there is some good news.
We will be instituting our own in-house version of the Senlin Safety Net. Meaning: any reviewer who has multiple books they believe are worthy of semi-finalist consideration can submit them to a fellow reviewer who might not resonate with their titles.
Our phase 2 (1b?) will continue as it always has: Petros will read the semi-finalists and submit our finalist to the other blogs for consideration.
Our phase 2 reviewers, Sue, Jordan, and Andrew will then review the other nine entrants as they always have.
I hope this clarifies how Booknest will participate in this year's SPFBO, and we look forward to seeing who submits this year!