The British Book Awards. Now, what is the point of this? This awards list is stacked high with bestselling novelists, people who have had huge press; people who have had their books piled high in supermarkets anyway, and who are massively rich by authors' standards. Why do THEY need their books winning these awards? Why not authors who could do with the exposure? Why not give it to wonderfully gifted struggling writers, for the sake and sanity of publishing? I mean, it's not like John Grisham, Ian Rankin, Marian Keyes actually need more publicity is it?
All this is doing is streamlining the industry even more. It'll mean pushing their sales higher, forcing the mega-publisher to be only interested in getting sales of hundreds of thousands, dropping those talented midlisters. It'll mean supermarkets winning the high street battle of book selling, forcing independents and even bigger book chains to cut costs, cut quality. Vicious circle to follow.
Literary Awards: I'm all for. The Man Booker etc will often pick up a little, unknown author and plonk them in front of the world's eyes for everyone to see. Little artist gets money. Wonderful. That's the sort of thing you want. But the British Book Awards is turning into a stinking popularity contest.
Rant over. Haven't even had my coffee yet.
— Mark N