#SPFBO 7 Announcement and Cover Competition


If you follow this blog you’ll probably be aware that I take part in the Self Published Fantasy Blog Off (SPFBO) competition as a judge.   SPFBO 6 finished recently – my wrap up post is here and SPFBO 7 will begin on June 1st.

What’s SPFBO?  This is a competition for self published authors of fantasy fiction.  It’s the brainchild of Mark Lawrence and it’s mission (other than to boldly go….) is :

‘The SPFBO exists to shine a light on self-published fantasy. It exists to find excellent books that might otherwise have gone unnoticed. It exists to help readers select, from the enormous range of options, books that have a better chance of entertaining them than a random choice, thereby increasing reader faith in finding a quality self-published read.’

Check out Mark Lawrence’s post here to look at this year’s entrants, judges and allocations list. 

The first announcement : 

For the purposes of SPFBO 7 : The Critiquing Chemist and I will be teaming up.  Our judging team will be known as LB=TC2 (as displayed in the banner above).  Basically, we got to talking and before you could say ‘give our creation life’ – things had moved on and we were a team (woohoo):

it's alive

We will be posting again shortly to outline our process in terms of the competition.

The second announcement :

Is in relation to the Cover Competition. 

Every year, as part of SPFBO, there is a cover competition.  Each of the 10 judges chooses 3 covers from their selection of books and these are then voted on by both the judges and the public.  Go ahead and take a look at all the lovely covers and make sure to vote on your favourites once the link becomes available (keep your eyes peeled here).

Below are the covers from LB=TC2′s batch :

And, after deliberation, discussion and analysis, the three covers chosen for the competition by LB=TC2′ are:





wait for it….

Do you have a favourite??

Note to authors – if I’ve not displayed the most recent cover then please let me know.

#SPFBO Cover Competition


The cover competition for this year’s SPFBO is now live.  See here for all the details.  Each blogger will now pick four covers and place them in their order of first, second, etc.  Check out some of these covers – there are some absolute beauties here.  It’s going to be a real struggle to narrow this down to four – at the moment I have at least 10 very strong contenders!  Which ones are your favourites:


Fantasy Book Critic

Lynn’s Books

The Qwillery


Kitty G

Thoughts Stained With Ink


The Fantasy Hive
Rockstarlit Book Asylum

#SPFBO Cover Competition – Final Three

Posted On 28 June 2019

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As you may be aware if you read this blog the Self Published Fantasy Blog Off Competition is about to start.  The first stage is for all the blogs taking part to choose their three favourite covers from the batch of books they’ve been allocated.  The details and other entries can all be found here – take the time to go and check out the other covers.  There are some absolute stunners and my full list of books can be found here.

So, I needed to decide upon my three choices for the cover competition.  I can’t deny that I had a really difficult time choosing and had to narrow it down in the first instance to 7 possibilities before making that final choice.  Without further ado my three finalists are :

And the other covers that really stood out for me and made the first cut to semi finalist were:

Which are your favourites or do you agree with my choices?

And, finally, good luck to everyone in the cover competition and SPFBO5.

#SPFBO – Cover Competition


A part of the Self Published Fantasy Blog Off is the cover competition that is held before all the reading and judging commences.  This is a lovely way to get the ball rolling and gives all the entrants another shot at having their book highlighted in a really positive way.  All ten judges pick three favourite covers from their own batch of books.  There is then a vote to decide the favourite out of the 30 covers submitted.

I can’t tell you how difficult this was.  I definitely wanted more than three.  Now, being a sole blogger I can’t really vote on the books so I just have to go with my gut feeling.  No amount of humming and ahhing has helped.  I’ve been backwards and forwards deliberating and I can say for the record that you people (my authors) have made this almost impossible.  At the end of the day there are some quality covers – check them out here.  I eventually narrowed it down to about eight contenders but the three I’m entering into the competition are as follows:

My 3 cover contenders:

Sorry to all the others, I realise it’s not much consolation but I liked so many of your covers and the standard this year is fantastic.  To check out the other entries put forward this year look here.