The first book in the series, The Body on the Barstool, took one of the three Bronze awards in 2016. Even if Whiskey doesn't do that well, I'm still VERY happy about making the finals. Winners will be announced on or around April 1.
The Wishing Shelf Independent Book Awards is an interesting contest. The man who started it is a teacher and a children's book author who writes as Billy Bob Buttons. He's British, but he now lives in Sweden. There are six categories: one each for adult fiction and non-fiction, and the other four for books targeted to children and teens according to different age groups. The books for children and teens are read by students in six schools in the U.K. With the help of their teachers, they rate the books based on editing, theme, style, and cover/illustrations. From that, they choose the finalists and the winners based on which books they like the best.
Two reading groups, one in London and one in Stockholm, read and rate the adult books according to editing, theme, style, and cover. The top overall score is 40, and to make the finals, a book must have a score of 30 or above.
The best thing about the judging is that these are not professional editors or people in the publishing world, but regular people who simply enjoy books. And after all, isn't that who we write for? Thank you, Billy Bob Buttons, and all the readers who gift us with their time and attention.