The table below shows how they did in the contest and how the public have judged them.
My conclusion is that in its first year the SPFBO certainly wasn't a king-maker. Whatever effect is has had has been swallowed by the larger currents such as how well the author promoted their work and how well it fitted the current market.
Some of the books our ten blogs judged to be top 5 out of the ~300 entries have sold (or given away) just a few hundred copies. This is by no means an indication of their quality. With insufficient marketing a brilliant book can fail to sell more than a few tens of copies, and then, with the right push can go on to sell many thousands. We've seen it happen in this year's SPFBO. So maybe try a few of these!
Note - the formula I use for sales estimate is pretty accurate for traditional published fantasy with >1000 ratings. It may be more variable here. I have rounded to the nearest 500.
Note - the fewer ratings on Goodreads (sales) a book has the easier it is to get a high average score.
Note - some of these books were published a number of years before the contest, giving them longer to sell.
|Finalists (with average score)||Goodreads Average||Estimated Sales||Year of Publication|
|The Thief Who Pulled on Trouble's Braids (8.00)||3.98||4500||2012|
|The Weight of a Crown (7.30)||3.59||500||2011|
|City of Burning Shadows (7.15)||4.07||500||2014|
|Sins of a Sovereignty (7.15)||3.57||250||2014|
|What Remains of Heroes (7.00)||3.82||3000||2015|
|Shattered Sands (6.70)||3.78||250||2015|
|Under a Colder Sun (6.60)||3.21||1000||2014|
|A Soul for Trouble (6.25)||3.77||9500||2012|