It’s the Grim Tidings Podcast Grim Panel: SPFBO 2016! What happens when top book bloggers read and review the best self-published fantasy novels of the year? It’s the Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off, an annual contest hosted by author Mark Lawrence. Hundreds of books and manuscripts were read and reviewed, and we’re joined by the top 3 finalists, Jonathan French, Phil Tucker, and Dyrk Ashton. We’re also joined by Laura M. Hughes, a blogger and reviewer for Fantasy Faction. We discuss what sort of impact an awesome contest like SPFBO can have for an author and what they learned along the way, we highlight what set the finalists apart from the other entries, how to get readers to put your book at the top of their TBR pile, and more!  If you’ve wanted to read more self-published authors, you’ve ever thought about self-publishing, or if you currently self-publish, you won’t want to miss this panel episode!

Mark Lawrence hosts SPFBO 2016

Jonathan French Website Amazon

Phil Tucker Website Amazon

Dyrk Ashton Website Amazon

Laura M. Hughes Website Amazon

Past epsiodes you'll want to check out:

Grim Panel: Keeping it Indie

Interview with Chris Fox


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