On Saturday I had the pleasure of attending the first ever UKYA Blogger awards. I was so exited to be going, not just because it was an excuse to drink wine and mingle with fellow book lovers, but also because it gave me a chance to thank some of the fantastic people that have been supporting and championing my book this year.
It can be so difficult being an author, never mind a debut one. You start to doubt whether people will enjoy your book, let alone talk about it. You worry that once published, it will disappear into the ether, never to be seen again.
And then wonderful things happen. A blogger will tweet that they've read it. They will talk about your cover. Share your reviews. Add you to their TBR list.
As time passed, I began to realise just what a supportive team the UKYA blogging community is. These guys love books and they love championing them.They are the foundations of what is a very happy and vibrant scene.
Saturday was a fantastic opportunity for me and others to thank these guys for their commitments and passion. There was a great collection of people there - authors such as James Dawson, Jonathan Stroud, Lisa Williamson, Abi Elphinstone and Keris Stainton, Publishers were also there, presenting and sponsoring awards - and of of course, so many bloggers were there - enthusiastic and welcoming as ever. I have to add that this whole event was arranged by the wonderful Andy Robb, who deserves congratulations on bringing this all together.
And the winners are,,,,,
Lots of awards were presented and each was greatly deserved. Winners included YA Yeah Yeah, Pewter Wolf, Dark Readers, Winged Reviews, Mile Long Bookshelf, Sister Spooky, Queen of Contemporary, Serendipity Reviews, Wondrous reviews and Tales of Yesterday.
But the best thing about the evening was having the opportunity to thank each blogger in person, because I had lots to thank them for.
I hope this night is the first of many more to come.