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The Selfies Awards

By The Bookollective Team, Feb 5 2019 03:35PM

Bookollective are thrilled to by sponsoring these awards. This impressive shortlist showcases the incredible talent of independent author's and we look forward to getting to know more of you!

Sponsored by IngramSpark, in association with the London Book Fair and Bookollective

#theselfiesaward / www.theselfies.co.uk

BookBrunch is delighted to announce the shortlist for the inaugural Selfies Award 2019, sponsored by IngramSpark and run in association with the London Book Fair and Bookollective. The 2019 award will recognise the best work of fiction self-published in 2018, not only in terms of the quality of the writing; the judges will be considering the cover design, blurb and sales and marketing campaigns too.

The Selfies have been established to recognise and reward the fantastic work being done by the many highly dedicated self-published authors working in the UK today. The sector is booming: Nielsen’s Books & Consumers survey reports that self-published books accounted for 6.2% of all consumer book sales in the 12 months to October 2018, up from 5.5% in the year to October 2016. And self-published titles take an even larger share of ebook sales: 18.4% at the latest count.

The winner of The Selfies 2019 will be awarded £1,500 plus a special self-publishing package from sponsors IngramSpark for their next book. BookBrunch are also delighted to announce that pr agency Bookollective have joined the roster of supporters, offering the winner a bespoke book cover design, created by award winning designer Aimee Coveney, and a book publicity campaign worth £1000 for their next book.

Selected from a very strong range of submissions, the shortlisted books are of exceptional quality. Jo Henry of BookBrunch said: “The judges who have drawn up this shortlist feel privileged to have read some exceptional works of self-published fiction from a very wide range of genres. The shortlist we’ve come up with contains works that can confidently stand against the very best fiction being published in the UK today. All eight of the shortlisted authors are women, hailing from all round the UK – with one author originally from Belgium and another from Holland – and their books range from chic lit to historical crime fiction. We’re now on tenterhooks to discover who will be crowned the inaugural Selfies 2019 author of the year at the London Book Fair!”

The judging panel to choose the winner will consist of literary agents Kate Barker and Annette Crossland, Ingram’s Robin Cutler and London Book Fair’s Emily Laidlaw, and will be chaired by BookBrunch md Jo Henry.

The Selfies 2019 winner will be announced in the Author HQ at the London Book Fair on Tuesday, 12th March. For further details please email theselfies@bookbrunch.co.uk.

The Selfies 2019 Shortlist

Anita Belli, Once Upon a Blue Moon

Jane Davis, Smash All the Windows

Caroline Goldsworthy, Tangent

Mel Gough, He Is Mine

Susan Grossey, Faith, Hope, and Trickery

Kathleen Jowitt, A Spoke in the Wheel

Heleen Kist, In Servitude

Jane Steen, Lady Helena Investigates

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Best tip for authors:

Good design is good business; it builds your brand and conveys professionalism. As an author, your book is your business; don't let your hard work down with poor presentation.


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Getting my first award for cover design! It's always an amazing feeling when you're acknowledged for doing something you love.




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You are unique and so is your book, so create a unique publicity campaign that suits you. Most importantly, don’t quit - I always tell my authors that writing their book is actually the ‘easy’ bit, promotion takes patience and determination.


Publishing career highlight:

I was proud to be selected as a finalist in the Publisher’s Publicity Circle Awards for one of my paperback non-fiction campaigns, but my career highlight has to be winning the title of Young Business Person of the Year at the Inspire Business Awards.

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