COMPETITION NOW CLOSED – SEE END OF POST FOR WINNERS
It’s hard to believe that this week sees the third anniversary of the Literary Sofa and it feels like something to celebrate. The blog continues to grow in popularity with more hits than ever in the last twelve months and this week’s post is, as much as anything, an opportunity for me to say thank you to everyone who reads, shares and comments on my posts, and especially to the stellar line-up of guest authors* who just keep coming, from talented newcomers to high-profile literary novelists. I’d also like to thank the publicists and editors who send me proofs/copies and invite me to events and the many other book bloggers whose posts I enjoy and who are so generous in their support of the Sofa.
Compiling my twice-yearly selections of new titles, Hot Picks in December and Summer Reads, continues to be my favourite part of running the blog and they are the most viewed – I’m currently gathering titles to consider for Hot Picks 2015 which will be posted in mid-December. The new Writers on Location slot I introduced earlier this year, bringing together my love of fiction and travel, has had a fantastic response and you can look forward to discovering lots more intriguing settings and places in the coming months.
It’s been flattering to receive a lot of requests for guest posts on blogging for other websites and to know that the Literary Sofa has been mentioned in workshops on the subject. This week it’s featured in the latest Good Blog Guide on New Writing South. I’ve said all I have to say about blogging for the moment, but you can find these and other external guest posts under the Elsewhere tab.
When I ran the Literary Lunch competition for the first anniversary of the Sofa in 2012, a friend doubted anyone would enter because they didn’t know me, to which I said, ‘well, you enter then, and if you’re right you’ll win’. (It was won by someone I didn’t know). Since then it’s become a bit of a thing – I’ve actually hosted more Literary Lunches than there have been anniversaries, and earlier this year, two very generous people even paid to eat lunch with me in aid of Authors for the Philippines, helping me to raise nearly £200! With my current novel deadline, daytime socialising is a rare treat, so I’m really looking forward to the next one!
If you love food and wine, chatting about books/writing/travel and meeting new people/catching up with a friend (delete as appropriate) enter this year’s competition to join me somewhere lovely in central London any time in the next year on a mutually convenient date.
There are also two book prizes – both superb and featured in recent guest posts – THE UNDERTAKER’S DAUGHTER by Kate Mayfield and STATION ELEVEN by Emily St John Mandel, which is my own personal favourite of 2014. Donors TBC.
**Announcing the winners!**
The three winners selected by random number generator at 5pm UK on Sunday 21 September are:
FIRST PRIZE: Mike Clarke
SECOND PRIZE: Fiona Kyle
THIRD PRIZE: Sara Williams
I’ll be in touch with the winners in order re. allocation of prizes depending on what the first prize winner chooses.
THANK YOU to everyone who entered, producing a remarkably diverse and interesting list of books many of which I’d never heard of, and to all who helped to spread word of the competition. Also thank you and welcome to the many new Twitter and blog followers who have discovered the Literary Sofa this week – I hope you’ll return often.
*The guest author slot is by invitation only.
Next week I’ll be joined by Paul Ewen in character as his outrageous alter ego, Francis Plug, author of How To Be A Famous Author. We’re collaborating on a piece about Author Events, and I must admit to being slightly nervous…