I am thrilled to be part of the 2011 Indie Lit Awards, which were founded by Wallace from Unputdownables as a way for literary bloggers to recognize the best recently released books in an assortment of categories. I am proud to be a voting member in the Poetry category, which was just added this year. The best of the best in Biography/Memoir, GLBTQ, Literary Fiction, Mystery, Non-Fiction, and Speculative Fiction also will be highlighted. To learn more about the Indie Lit Awards, click here. To view the complete list of Directors and Voting Members, click here.
Over the next several months, you will be hearing a lot about the Indie Lit Awards on Diary of an Eccentric, and I hope you will consider participating.
Nominations will run from September through December, with the winners to be announced in March 2012.
Wallace recently answered some questions about the nomination process on her blog. Here are some important points:
Can I nominate?
Nominations are open to book bloggers who do not make their income through the sales of books (i.e. not authors, publishers, or publicists) — hence “independent” from the publishing industry. You must provide a blog address when nominating to prove that you have a currently running book blog.
What if I’m not a book blogger?
Although you aren’t eligible to nominate, you can follow the pages of your favorite genres and the award’s site in general. There you will see which books are being nominated, so you can see great books that have been released in 2011. Also, stay tuned for the Shortlists (announced in January 2012), which we highly recommend printing out and running to the bookstore to get the titles — they will be the best of 2011 according to book bloggers!
How can I help support what you are doing?
If you are a book blogger, you can read, read, read books published in 2011 and then nominate in September. You can also (whether a book blogger or other type of blogger/ website) mention the ILAs on your site and/or put one of our buttons on your page.
Everyone (bloggers or not) can ask their favorite bookstores if they have heard of the ILAs. If not, fill them in on what we are doing. Suggest they offer Shortlist books at a discounted price — or at least make sure they have them on hand so readers can find them easily!
I am a book blogger and I want to participate in nominating. How do I get books that were published in 2011 (I don’t want to spend all of my money on hardcovers)?
There are several ways. First, you can purchase new books on your e-reader of choice… these are usually $10-$15 cheaper than print versions. Second, you can borrow them from your local libraries. Third, you can contact publishers and let them know you are interested in reviewing their books. Lastly, we are hoping to open a list on our site that shows which bloggers review in which genres so publishers can more easily find who to send their newest books to. (Keep your eye out for that — it’s not available right now, but should be coming soon.)
Stay tuned for more information!
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