Wednesday, August 01, 2018

SPFBO 2018 - The Qwillery's Method

This year is the 3rd year in which The Qwillery is participating as an "agent" in The Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off. We have again made some changes to how we will be handling which books get full reviews and how we choose our finalist.

This year I (Qwill) am delighted to announce that we have a guest "agent" - author Paul Lavender (bio below).

The two of us (Qwill and Paul) are reading the beginning of every book assigned to The Qwillery to find books that we want to read fully and review. If you can't interest one of us in the those first few chapters then we will not read the full book. We hope to end up with at least 5 books and up to 7 books that get full reads. Those books will be reviewed and the book we put through to the final round will be chosen from those books.

Once our semi-finalists have been chosen, The Qwillery's reviewers will be on board to put fresh eyes on the novels and write reviews though I am not ruling out a full review by Qwill or Paul.

Good luck to all entrants!

The Qwillery's Slush Pile

Daniel AdornoThe Blade Heir
Kian N. ArdalanThe Dragon's Heir
C.C AuneThe Ill-Kept Oath
E.D.E BellDiamondsong
J.C. Boyd & Joshua RobertsonBlood and Bile
T.J BrownThe Unhappy Medium
Erik BundyMagic and Murder Among the Dwarves
Randal DoeringThe Necromancer of Peach Valley Orchard
Shakyra DunnThe Final Lesson
Sandy FredianiThe Binding
David GoweyKaschar's Quarter
Donna Maree HansonDragon Wine
S.J HironsScenes from 'The War on Magic'
Sharon JossBrothers of the Fang
Rosalyn KellyMelokai
Nicholas KotarThe Song of the Sirin
Matt LarkinDays of Endless Night
Gareth LewisGlyphpunk
Nicole MacDonaldThe Arrival
R. MedhurstMagically Bound
Mike MorrisNathaniel Rane: He Who Fights
David OliverThe Great Hearts
Carol A. ParkBanebringer
Benedict PatrickThose Brave, Foolish Souls from the City of Swords
M.M PerryEnchanted Legacy
Kevin PotterRise of the Overlord
James PyleMinding the Heavens
Bryan SchuderAin't a Hero
Mike ShelAching God
Aidan R. WalshThe Game Bird

About Paul

Paul Lavender has been lied to all his life. He thought he was born in Gateshead, England when really, he was born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. This may seem like a small thing (the two places are about 200 yards apart) but it means Paul is a true Geordie. Of course none of this matters as he now lives in Worcester with Sam, his very supportive wife, and Ryan their son.

When he was younger Paul was heavily influenced by the dark arts of comics, RPG’s, fantasy novels, power metal and computer games. It really is amazing that he’s turned out so well adjusted. He is the author of Tales from Ashen Falls, and The Eighth God. Currently he’s working on sequels to both books. You can find more about The Orcslayers at

About Qwill / Sally

I founded The Qwillery, on October 1, 2008 as a place to chat about things in general. By the middle of 2010 I realized what I like to talk about most is books - speculative fiction books! I've been reading genre fiction since my brother hooked me on The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction and H.P. Lovecraft when I was a pre-teen. With addition of reviewers, I've become the Editor in Chief of The Qwillery as well as a writer and reviewer.

I live in New England, with my two kids (one of whom is a Whovian), seven geckos, and more (print) books than I actually have room for.

You can find Qwill / Sally on Twitter @QQwill and Facebook at The Qwillery page.  You can also follow The Qwillery announcement list on Twitter: @Qwillery.


  1. Wishing all the authors good luck! I'll be checking out a few myself. :-)
    sherry @ fundinmental

  2. I just want to say a big thank you to Sally and The Qwillery for letting me loose on 30 unsuspecting authors. It’s a great honour for me and I hope I do everyone proud.

    1. We are thrilled to have you as part of The Qwillery's SPFBO team!

  3. As an author in the slush... The anticipation fills me with a speck of hope. But, the looming sword of Damocles sways and fans the impending rejection overhead. It will be a... Tense... wait.