So this is happening (#SPSFC)

So a while ago, I threw Bad Cow into the #SPFBO, the Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off. In it, 10 book reviewers / book blogs read 300 fantasy books between them to decide the best self-published fantasy book of the crop.

We’re not really in with a realistic shot, team Oræl, but what the hey. I might just get some reviews and publicity out of it, as well as some contacts with the writing and reviewing world.

The question was raised: what about sci-fi books?

And so the Self-Published Science Fiction Competition was created.

The SPSFC begins!

You’d think that this would be a good thing for me to enter Eejit into, right? Stand-alone or first in a series, no anthologies, it fits.

But we just don’t roll that way here! Oh no.

Instead, in a moment of what I can only assume was caffeine-, alcohol-, sleep-deprivation- and undiagnosed-depression-fuelled overconfidence, Edpool volunteered to be a reviewer.

So, starting in a month or so (because it couldn’t start while we were on vacation, precious, could it?), you can expect a whole lot of book reviews to be dropping on this blog that has abruptly decided to hide its soap box and movie couch and pretend its handful of book reviews are the main point and that this is in fact a book blog now.

Well, 30 books in round 1 and 27 books in the semifinal round will make this a book blog before Christmas.

So stay tuned for that.

*uncomfortable, sweaty laughter*

About Hatboy

I’m not often driven to introspection or reflection, but the question does come up sometimes. The big question. So big, there’s just no containing it within the puny boundaries of a single set of punctuationary bookends. Who are these mysterious and unsung heroes of obscurity and shadow? What is their origin story? Do they have a prequel trilogy? What are their secret identities? What are their public identities, for that matter? What are their powers? Their abilities? Their haunted pasts and troubled futures? Their modus operandi? Where do they live anyway, and when? What do they do for a living? Do they really have these fantastical adventures, or is it a dazzlingly intellectual and overwrought metaphor? Or is it perhaps a smug and post-modern sort of metaphor? Is it a plain stupid metaphor, hedged around with thick wads of plausible deniability, a soap bubble of illusory plot dependent upon readers who don’t dare question it for fear of looking foolish? A flight of fancy, having dozed off in front of the television during an episode of something suitably spaceship-oriented? Do they have a quest, a handler, a mission statement, a department-level development objective in five stages? I am Hatboy.
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8 Responses to So this is happening (#SPSFC)

  1. Damon says:

    Can you farm some of the books out to us and take credit for our reviews?

    • Hatboy says:

      Various book blogs do have multiple contributors but I’ll have a look at the page counts and let you know. Might be a good idea, as it’s not as if I haven’t had guest reviewers before.

      BRKN alone could do all 57 books in a month…

    • Hatboy says:

      Also I’m expecting various peers from the book blogging and author twitter world to start sniffing around the Hatstand soon (I’ve already found ten lovely new Twitter followers) so I need to be respectable, lest Edpool hiss about how I’m embarrassing him.

      Still, more as this kicks off in a while!

  2. dreameling says:

    Surely, if Edpool is a reviewer, Andrew Hindle can be a contestant? Two different persons. Personas. Whatever.

    Any news on the SPFBO? Oh, wait, I guess I could just google for myself…

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