Saturday, 15 May 2021

SPFBO 7 - the Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off 2021 - PHASE 1

This page is for phase 1 of SPFBO 7  -  read more about the contest here.




This year the gender info is self-reported, with 12 authors choosing not to answer.

A list of most of the entries is on Goodreads thanks to Hiu Gregg.
From the list I discovered that:
40 entries ~13% have 100+ ratings on Goodreads.
 97 of the entries have 25+ ratings.
 0 of the books were published 10 or more years ago - the oldest is 9 years old.
 0 of the books have more than 1,000 pages. The longest is 986 pages.
 5 of the books have over a 1,000 ratings, the most ratings is 3,769.


Here's the traditional wordle made from the titles of this year's entries:
Fantasy Book Critic picks its final semi-finalist!
Lynn's Books review Book of Secrets.
Before We Go Blog reviews The Trials of the Core.
Ten titles cut on FanFiAddict.
Becky M reviews Path of Darkness.
Becky M reviews Defiant.
Stone Magus is reviewed on Lynn's Books.
Final round 1 cuts from Team Weatherwax.
Team Weatherwax give us a semi-finalist review.
3 more books cut by Becky M.
The Fantasy Inn review Red Harvest Moon.
Team Weatherwax give us a semi-finalist review.
More cuts from The Weatherwax Report.
A third semi-finalist is chosen on The Weatherwax Report.
Breakaway is reviewed on The Fantasy Inn
Berserker is reviewed on Lynn's Books.
Fantasy Book Critic choose a third semi-finalist.
Fantasy-Faction cut five in one blow.
The Gatekeeper's Staff is reviewed by The Weatherwax team.
More cuts on The Weatherwax Report.
The Weatherwax team review Thunder Heist.
Bitter Sky is reviewed on Booknest.
A 2nd semi-finalist for The Weatherwax Report.
More Weather, more Wax, more cuts.
Fool's Proof is reviewed on The Weatherwax Report.
Cuts from the Lynn's Books/Critiquing Chemist team.
Team Weatherwax review The Truth And Other Lies.
Becky M reviews Daughter Of No Worlds.
The Weatherwax Report delivers more cuts (wax off).
Fantasy Book Critic name a 2nd semi-finalist.
Saint Dorian And The Witch is reviewed on The Weatherwax Report.
Before We Go Blog chooses a semi-finalist.
The Weatherwax team review Ye Olde Robin Hood.
The Weatherwax Report chooses a semi-finalist.
First cuts on The Weatherwax Report.
The Weatherwax Report reviews Cold From The North.
Three books cut on Lynn's Books.
The Tryphon Odyssey is reviewed on Before We Go Blog.
Becky M reviews Casting in Stone.
Lynn's Books review One of Us.
Three books cut by Becky M.
A Time of Ashes is reviewed on Before We Go Blog.
Fantasy Book Critic culls some titles and picks a semifinalist!
Becky M reviews James: Witch-Hunter.
Lynn's Books reviews Deathborn.
Beware Greeks Bearing Gifts is reviewed on Before We Go Blog.
Graves Robbed, Heirlooms Returned is reviewed on Lynn's Books.
Before We Go Blog reviews I Kill Monsters.
The Lady of the Kingdoms is reviewed on Booknest.
Flesh Eater is reviewed on The Weatherwax Report.
Booknest reviews Birthright.
The Weatherwax Report reviews Kings & Daemons.
The Stars Within & Shimmerdark are reviewed on Booknest.
Booknest review The Mortal Blade.
Stranded is reviewed on Lynn's Books.
Booknest review Emergency Shift.
Ryswyck is reviewed and cut on Before We Go Blog.
We Men of Ash and Shadow is reviewed on The Weatherwax Report.
Before We Go Blog reviews Unstoppable Shadow.
Becky M reviews Oh Wretched Moon.
The Lords of the Summer Season is reviewed on The Weatherwax Report.
The Child of Chaos is reviewed on The Weatherwax Report.
Booknest review Blood Spells.
Bound Fairy is reviewed on Booknest.
The Weatherwax Report reviews The God Game.
A Dragon's Chains is reviewed on The Weatherwax Report.
The Wayward Wizard is reviewed on The Weatherwax Report.
The Weatherwax Report reviews The Other Magic.
Booknest review Flames of rebellion.
The Weatherwax Report reviews This Quest Is Bullshit.



209 of 300 contestants are still in the running!

red = cut
+ indicates semi-finalist


Kerstin Espinosa Rosero
Burn Red Skies
 
Better Hero Army
Girlgoyle
 
A.J. Cerna & Derek Alan Siddoway
Djinn Tamer: Starter
 
A.F.E. Smith
Dawn Rising
 
Talulah J. Sullivan
Blood Indigo
 
A.R. Henle
The Museum of All Things Lost & Forgotten
 
S. Lynn Helton
Duplicity of Power
 
Carol A. Park
A World Broken
 
Jack Massa
The Mazes of Magic
 
Samuel Colbran
 
Raymond St. Elmo
As I Was on my Way to Strawberry Fair
 
Andrew Marc Rowe
 
C.M. Caplan
The Sword in the Street
 
Christopher Warman, Elan Marche
Seasons of Albadone
 
ML Spencer
Dragon Mage
 
Rohan M. Vider
Overworld, The Dragon Mage Sage
 
Melissa Wright
Seven Ways to Kill a King
 
T. Thorn Coyle
We Seek No Kings
 
Ryan Cahill
Of Blood and Fire
 
Matthew Travagline
 
Christopher Scott
Order of the Magi
 
Anthony Lowe
 
Mark Timmony
The Blood of the Spear
 
Chris A. Jackson
The Pirate's Scourge
 
Rune S. Nielsen
Doomsayer Prince
 
Alan Scott
Echoes of a Storm
 
Moud Adel
Twelve Jackals
 
Sean P. Valiente
The Lightning Knight
 
Alex Raizman
Wrath
 
Andrew Hindle
 


Benedict Patrick +
 
Michael R Fletcher & Clayton W. Snyder +
 
M. L. Farb
 
A.M. Obst
 
Kevin Wright
 
Ryan D. Meier
 
Alli Temple
 
Joy Demers
 
A.J Rettger
 
Rachel Ford
 
Edward Hargreaves
 
Thomas J Devens
 
Zamil Akhtar +
 
Damien Shillingford
 
Joshua Kern
 
Cat Hellisen
 
Kenneth Buff
 
J.J. Egosi
 
Luke R. J. Maynard
 
E A McLaren
 
Brian D. Anderson & Steven Savile

Alex S. Bradshaw +
 
Olga Werby
 
Monica Enderle Pierce
 
Anthea Sharp
 
K.R.R. Lockhaven
 
Rob Donovan
 
Morgan Stang
 
A.K.M. Beach
 
Sascha Kersken

 

C. E. Page
 
David Nelson
 
M. Warren Askins
Orphan's Rite
 
Phillip Blackwater
Rising Shadows
 
Alyson Tait
Carrion
 
Adam Digger Stolz
Squire George & The Dragon
 
Rosalind Tate
 
Christopher P. Walsh
As Fierce as Steel
 
Philip Dickens
Iarraindorn
 
M.A. Poole
Ghost Line
 
Joanna Maciejewska
By the Pact
 
Damon L. Wakes
 
Stephanie C. Marks
 
Sarah Lin
Blades Falling Softly
 
Mark Cushen
Little White Hands

Colleen Cowley
Subversive
 
Raina Nightingale
DragonBirth
 
Tristen Kozinski and Keegan Kozinski
The Darkness That Slept
 
Joe Coates
Out of the Dust
 
Jon Ford
The Ballad of the Songbird 
 
Ashley Capes
 
Bjørn Larssen
Children
 
J.D.L. Rosell
The Throne of Ice and Ash 
 
Olivia Atwater
Ten Thousand Stitches
 
Dimitrios Gkirgkiris
 
Kova Killian
 
Claudia Blood
 
Tim Hardie
Hall of Bones
 
M. L. Roberts
 
David Schratz
The Crown of Death
 


Virginia McClain
 
Viljami L.
Greed
 
S. R. Cronin
She's the One Who Thinks Too Much
 
Kim Fedyk
 
Marian L Thorpe
Empire's Daughter
 
Alex Knowles
The Bright Lord
 
Ceril N Domace
Haven
 
D.L. Gardner
Rise of the Tobian Princess
 
Lena Alison Knight
 
Tim Stretton
 
Alicia Ellis
 
Brent Miller
Cursed
 
Jacquelyn Benson
 
Lisa Cassidy
Heir to the Darkmage
 
Levi Jacobs
Daughter of Flood and Fury
 
Suzannah Rowntree
 
Marti Talbott
The Kings of the Seven Bells
 
Aaron S. Jones
 
Jeramy Goble
Eulogy for the Dawn
 
Alex Robins
The Broken Heart of Arelium
 
Tom Dumbrell
The Look of a King
 
Daniel Potter
Emergency Shift
 
Christopher Mitchell
 
Sarah Mensinga
 
Colin Adams
Eyes Last Seen Dying
 
L. D. Colter
While Gods Sleep
 
Lorain O'Neil
 
Stephen Rice
A Handful of Souls
 
Chris Behrsin
A Cat's Guide to Bonding with Dragons
 
Deborah Makarios
Restoration Day
 


Glen Dahlgren
 
Ryan Howse +
 
G.S Michaelson
 
D.K. Holmberg +
 
R.P. Lauer
 
Jimi Rodriguez
 
Kate Danley
 
Sara Jolene
 
Keith Deininger
 
JP Valentine
 
Ernesto San Giacomo
 
Jed Herne
 
Lyra Wolf
 
Robert Vane
 
Michael Raship
 
Derrick Smythe
 
Eva Sandor
 
Antoine Bandele +
 
Alesha Escobar
 
HL Tinsley +
 
D.W. Ross
 
Travis M. Riddle +
 
Paul Freeman
 
Paul J Bennett
 
A.L. Knorr
 
Craig Askham
 
Larema Dixon
 
Peter Blaisdell
 
Reeshi Ray
 
Marcus Lee +
 


T L Greylock / Bryce O'Connor
Shadows of Ivory
 
Liza Street
Blood Bounty
 
Jason A. Holt
The Klindrel Invasion
 
C. A. Lyness
Raiders
 
U. G. Gutman
Winds of Strife
 
Rebecca Mickley
Ghosts of the Nightmare Gods
 
Olga Gibbs
Heavenward
 
Cait Reynolds
Downcast
 
KE Wills
Faye in the City: With Her Dog Puffy
 
S. Kaeth
Windward
 
V.L. Kinnaman
Sasha of the Feral Sons: Adolescence
 
D. Wolfsbane
The Ninth Scripture: The Hunt
 
Chris Reign
Dive: Endless Skies
 
Emmanuel Akeyo
Tears of the old Gods
 
Val Neil
Dark Apprentice
 
Toby Bennett
The Spear of Akvaloon
 
Drew Montgomery
The Burial
 
Scott Kaelen
The Nameless And The Fallen 
 
Amy Maltman
A Journey Unveiled
 
Rebecca Bapaye
Legacy of Flame
 
Tim Marquitz
War God Rising
 
Israel Barbuzano
The Last of the Wicked
 
Scarlett Gale
His Secret Illuminations
 
Anela Deen
In the Jaded Grove
 
Douglas Lumsden
A Troll Walks Into A Bar
 
T.R. Preston
Wenworld: The World Inside the Crystal
 
Daniel T. Jackson
ILLBORN
 
A.E. Bennett
Gathering of the Four
 
Michael E. Thom
The Vanguards of Scion
 
Willow Woods
Where I Belong



Michael S. Jackson
Ringlander: The Path and the Way
 
Jen McIntosh
Blood of Ravens
 
Ryan Kirk
Last Sword in the West
 
Matthew Davis
Red Sky Blues
 
Farida Mestek
Almendra's Quest
 
G. P. Gabriel
A Change of Blood
 
Alex H. Singh
Lamp of Light
 
J.E.Mueller
By The Skies
 
D. A. Holley
Spirit of Shadow
 
Dezarea Dunn
 
Shannon Pemrick
Prophecy of Convergence
 
K R Gangi
Bloodlines
 
Billy Ketch Allen
Good Blood
 
Eve Koguce
Neglected Merge
 
Thiago d'Evecque
Burning Promise
 
Phil Williams
Kept From Cages
 
J. D. Evans
Reign & Ruin
 
Jordan Rivet
Curse Painter
 
Anat Eliraz
Jewels of Smoky Quartz
 
Ellie Raine
Willow of Ashes
 
Anton Le Roy
Coyote Chronicles
 
Miles Hurt
 
J.R. Traas
The Rave (The Aelfraver Trilogy Book 1)
 
Michael R. Miller
Ascendant (Songs of Chaos #1
 
Nicolas Lietzau
Dreams of the Dying
 
Niamh Schmid and Rebecca Schmid
The Exiled: Of Shade and Shadow
 
Edward Nile
Old Bolts
 
Chandler Groover
Finnian's Fiddle
 
Meredith Hart
The Flame and The Blade
 
Jason J. Nugent
Sword of the Moon King



Allegra Pescatore & E. Sands
NACL: Eye of the Storm
 
Todd Herzman
Oathbound 
 
Natalie J. Holden
The Outworlder
 
M J McBride 
Nor Do the Stars Shine There
 
Matthew Samuels
Small Places
 
R. E. Fury
Lost in a Dream
 
Heide Goody and Iain Grant
The Only Wizard in Town
 
Hûw Steer
 
Nicholas Jean-Pierre
 
W. V. Fitz-Simon
Waking the Witch
 
C.D. Gallant-King
 
J. R. Snyder
A Season of Ravens
 
James Pyne
 
kim alexander
The Sand Prince
 
Mikkel Høst
Up Against Mooneye
 
Jeffrey L. Kohanek
 
G.A. Everett
 
Phillip Murrell
 
T.M. Baumgartner
Shift Happens
 
Karim Soliman
Army of the Cursed
 
Christopher Matson
 
Jace Kang
Quantum Cultivation
 
Shane Scott
The ALL - GOD OF NOTHING
 
Rick Dietrich
 
Randall P. Girdner
The Wizard of New York City
 
L. L. MacRae +
 
A. F. Stewart
Past Legends 
 
Neil Beynon
The Scarred God
 
Leonard & Ann Marie Wilson
Lethal Red Riding Hood



Richard Nell
Dark Sea's End
 
Dave Dobson
The Outcast Crown
 
C.M. Lackner
 
Krista Jain
A Rokian's Curse
 
Jane Glatt
 
K.S. Marsden
 
David Stephenson
 
Casey White
Survival's Edge
 
Matt Larkin
The Gifts of Pandora
 
Tim Beeden
Greed
 
A B Endacott
Deliverance of the Blessed
 
Morgan Smith
 
Anthony Mitchell
Wolfeater
 
Tomas K. Grizzly
Eternal Defenders
 
Alec Hutson
The Shadows of Dust
 
Mark Wells
College of Shadows
 
Bruce Pedersen
 
Bharat Krishnan
Privilege: A Trilogy
 
Kate Ramsey
 
V.A. Lewis
Bound and Broken (Melas Book 1)
 
Vista McDowall
The Lantern-Lit City
 
Gleneley Liesl Stander
 
Aaron Hodges
 
Avril Sabine
 
Eli Steele
Beneath a Brass Sky
 
Melissa Stone
Children of the Dragon
 
Krystle Matar
Legacy of the Brightwash
 
Carissa Broadbent
 
Rita A. Rubin
 
Lee H. Haywood
Fractured Throne - Part One



Ben Galley
The Forever King
 
P.L. Stuart 
A Drowned Kingdom
 
Rob J. Hayes
Along the Razor's Edge
 
John Ross Elliott
Mage Family
 
Dennis Liggio
 
Clayton Snyder +
 
S.D. Howarth
 
Devin Downing
The Dividing
 
Todd Maternowski
Old Cold Cannibal
 
S A Haycock
Elijah
 
Brad Carsten
Fableman
 
E.S. Barrison
The Mist Keeper's Apprentice
 
M. Sheehan
SkyView: Lord of The Wills
 
A.J. Austin
The Inner Lands: Something Stirs
 
W.J. Donovan
Journal of Resurrection
 
E.L. Haines
Stranger Back Home
 
Fowler Brown
Death by Miracle
 
Gareth Lush
 
A. A. Woods
Hooded
 
J. C. Duncan
A Song Of Steel
 
Krista D. Ball
The Demons We See
 
Evan L. Grove
To the North
 
Rachel Rener
The Girl Who Talks to Ashes
 
Niranjan
The Deathless Ones
 
Michael E. Thies
 
Alex Mead
 
L.D. Inman
 
Ru Pringle
 
Roland J O'Leary
The Hand of Fire
 
Jeffrey Hall
Sword of the Scarred

14 comments:

  1. Just curious - has the gender ratio changed over the years SPFBO has been running?

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    1. You can check them via the homepage - in the earlier ones they were guesses based on names - but I think it's been fairly stable in a 2/3rds 1/3 ratio.

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  2. Excellent! First time submitter here, very excited. Thanks again for all this hard work Mark - and to all the bloggers! Sincerely, Hatboy, aka. Edpool on Twitter, aka. Andrew "Bad Cow" Hindle ... too many nicknames.

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  3. Beware Greeks Bearing Gifts by Gareth Lush seems to appear twice in 4 and 10

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  4. Hi there, Mark!
    I’m a first time submitter and I think I’ve erred with my mobi and ePub files upon upload. Can I update with a more readable, coherent file before the June 1st competition start? I’d really like to put my best foot forward in terms of presentation.
    Kind regards and thank you for the solid work in assembling these bloggers for this fantastic opportunity.

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  5. First time submitter and delighted/terrified to be involved. A massive thank you to you Mark for creating this opportunity and to the bloggers for taking the time to consider our work.

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  6. Curious, how are the blogs selected?

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  7. Hi there, Mark! Looks like I missed the boat on this round. How can I find out when the next competition begins, and entries are being submitted?
    Thanks!
    K.C.Julius
    https://www.kcjulius.com/

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  8. Soulbound by Bethany Adams was in 2017's SPFBO.

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  9. Virginia McClain's entry also has AJ Rettger in the author column. Group six has a blank. Is it supposed to be AJ Rettger's book?

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    1. I think it's just a copy/paste error as A.J. Rettger has their book in group 2 and the blank in group 6 has been filled with a different author.

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  10. Was I ever in the running, or 1 of the first lucky 15 out?

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    1. A bizarre question, particularly since you don't identify yourself...

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  11. Apologies - I have spotted my contribution: 15 down - Before we go Blog. I had a minor panic attack, I want to die with honor with the 300 (299); just to be in the game is fab, thanks.

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