Greetings. Yes, it has been a long time, and real-life, as it likes to do, has been kicking my ass in about five different ways.
No matter. Good news brings me back. Back in May, I entered author Mark Lawrence’s 2017 contest Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off (SPFBO). Essentially, it’s three hundred books divided into ten thirty-book blocks, with one “best” book floating to the top of each block and the ten best going head-to-head.
Now, I didn’t (and still don’t) really expect to win this thing. That’s a real challenge, to overcome 299 other entries and no matter how good you are, those are long odds. I did hope to get a good review (thorough, not necessarily glowing) out of it and a little exposure.
I never expected the positive response I got.
Reviewing on behalf of Booknest.EU, Leona Henry (follow on twitter at @authorlrh) was very kind and indicated that she enjoyed Pilgrimage a great deal. She did–rightly–point out that I am lousy at copy editing (she didn’t say me specifically, but it was me) and that a bunch of those errors are still in the book. I agree and admit it’s a weakness.
Otherwise, she was quite complimentary and I am humbled. Here is a link to the review.
So thank you to Ms. Henry, to Booknest, and to Mr. Lawrence for giving me this chance.
I look forward to where things go from here. Regardless of whatever happens, this is a feather in the cap.
EDIT: I originally put the 2016 SPFBO, not 2017. I will chalk that up to my excitement.