Tuesday, February 25, 2014


Hi folks,

I just received the following email and am absolutely stoked!

Congratulations! Your book, The Rapist, is a nominee in BigAl’s Books and Pals 2014 Readers’ Choice Awards

In the twelve months ending February 28th, 2014, BigAl and the Pals will have received over 1,400 books to consider for review and published 368 book reviews. From those, we chose the books we felt stood out from the pack as exceptional examples of Indie (self-published and small press) writing and divided them into thirteen categories.

Your book The Rapist is nominated in the Thriller category. Congratulations!

For ten days, starting March 2nd at 10:00 Eastern Time and ending at Midnight Eastern Time on March 12th, we'll be asking readers to vote for the winner in each category. Winners will be announced the morning of Wednesday, March 15th. We'll also have a giveaway with various prizes for those who vote.

Winners and nominees of "BigAl's Books and Pals 2014 Readers' Choice Awards" will be featured on a special Readers' Choice page at Books and Pals for at least the next twelve months, with emphasis on the winner in each category.
A ‘Nominee decal’ is attached to this email. If your book wins its category, you will receive a ‘Winner’s decal’. Feel free to use the decals to help your marketing efforts.

As a nominee, you don't have to do anything further. However, if you choose to rally your fans and ask them to vote for your book, we won't object
. Here’s the link to the voting page : http://booksandpals.blogspot.com/2014/02/readers-choice.html. Remember, this link won’t go live until 10:00a.m. Eastern Time on March 2nd.

Finally, those who follow our Facebook page have probably seen the book-related quotes posted there. Among those are quotes from past Readers’ Choice nominees and winners. If you’re not familiar, scan the Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/BooksAndPals) or look at this page on the blog (http://booksandpals.blogspot.com/p/blog-page.html) for examples.

These quotes, as well as the blog page listing nominees and winners, will draw continued attention to your book. For some of the nominated books, the reviewer may have a pithy quote in mind that he or she thinks is especially good, but for most books they won’t. So, we’re inviting the author to suggest quotes they think would pique interest in potential readers. Feel free to reply to this email with two or three suggestions of your own. No more than fifty words, please. Short and succinct (20 words or less) is best. Shortly after the announcement of the winners, we’ll begin integrating the new quotes into the posting rotation on our Facebook page.

Good luck,
BigAl and the Pals

That was the first email I read when I woke up this morning. Voting will begin on March 2 and I hope you’ll consider voting for The Rapist at that time. I guess I’ll post this again on that day as a reminder and hope you guys won’t think I’m bugging you!


 Blue skies,


Sarah Faurote said...

You win! You win! Way to go.

Les Edgerton said...

Wait! I win? And the vote hasn't begun yet? Wondering how that works, Sarah... you have your crystal ball out, right? Hope you're right, girlfriend!