Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Cybils--Nominations are open!!!

What you need to know about Cybils nominations:

The links:
Nomination questions, Young Adult Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction Picture Books, Nonfiction MG/YA books, Graphic Novels, Fiction Picture Books, Middle Grade Fiction, Fantasy and Science Fiction.

Please remember to read ALL the nominations in the comments BEFORE you post your own nomination. Extra votes help no one. Also remember that there might be several pages of comments when you go to nominate, so keep hitting "next" (or "previous") until you've read them all.

The rules:

Oct. 1-15: Nominations are open.
Jan. 1: Finalists announced.
Feb. 14: Winners announced.

In between, we publish excerpts of book reviews from around the kidlitosphere of the titles you nominated.

Just a few rules:

1. One nomination per genre per person.
2. The book must be published between Jan. 1 - Oct. 15 this year.
3. English or bilingual books only (the second language doesn't matter).

Here's how you nominate:

On Oct. 1, we publish all nine genres* as separate posts. You leave your nomination in the comments section of each post.

*The genres: Easy Readers, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Fiction Picture Books, Graphic Novels, Middle Grade Novels, Non-Fiction Middle Grade/Young Adult Books, Non-Fiction Picture Books, Poetry, Young Adult Novels.

© Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews

2 comments:

Amanda 4:54 PM  

Hey Becky! If you nominate more by Sunday, just leave another comment and I'll count those towards entries.

Aren't you excited about the Cybils starting?! I needed a distraction in my life and this is definitely fulfilling that need! :-)

gail 6:40 PM  

Thank you so much for the Three Robbers nomination. I figured I'd hit up a relative to do it, and now I don't have to!

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Review Policy

I am interested in reviewing books and audio books. This blog focuses on books written for middle grade on up (essentially 10 to a 110). I review middle grade fiction and young adult fiction (aka tween and teen).

I also review adult books.

I read in a variety of genres including realistic fiction, historical fiction, mystery, romance, science fiction, fantasy, literary fiction, and chick lit. (I've read one western to date.)

I read a few poetry books, a few short story collections, a few graphic novels, a few nonfiction books.

I am especially fond of:

  • Regency romances (including Austen prequels/sequels)
  • Historical fiction set in the Tudor dynasty
  • Historical fiction and nonfiction set during World War II
  • Jewish fiction/nonfiction
  • dystopias
  • apocalyptic fiction
  • science fiction (especially if it involves time travel and alternate realities)
  • fantasy
  • multicultural books and international books

I am not a fan of:

  • sports books
  • horse books
  • dog books if the dog dies (same goes with most pets actually except maybe fish)
  • westerns (if it's a pioneer story with women and children, then maybe)
  • extremely violent books with blood, blood, and more blood

I am more interested in strong characters, well-written, fleshed-out, human characters. Plot is secondary to me in a way. I have to care about the characters in order to care about the plot. That being said, compelling storytelling is something that I love. I love to become absorbed in what I'm reading.

If you're interested in sending me a review copy of your book, I'm happy to hear from you. Email me at laney_po AT yahoo DOT com.

You should know several things before you contact me:

1) I do not guarantee a review of your book. I am just agreeing to consider it for review.
2) I give all books at least fifty pages.
3) I am not promising anyone (author or publisher) a positive review in exchange for a review copy. That's not how I work.
4) In all of my reviews I strive for honesty. My reviews are my opinions--so yes, they are subjective--you should know my blog will feature both negative and positive reviews.
5) I do not guarantee that I will get to your book immediately. I've got so many books I'm trying to read and review, I can't promise to get to any one book in a given time frame.
6) Emailing me every other week to see if I've read your book won't help me get to it any faster. Though if you want to email me to check and see if it arrived safely, then that's fine!

Authors, publishers. I am interested in interviewing authors and participating in blog tours. (All I ask is that I receive a review copy of the author's latest book beforehand so the interview will be productive. If the book is part of a series, I'd like to review the whole series.) Contact me if you're interested.

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