Friday, March 18, 2011

Indie Lit Awards

This button for the Indie Lit Awards will now appear on the right hand side for the next year or so.  It was such an honor to be asked to serve as a Voting Member for these awards. I'm serving in the mystery category.

The Independent Literary Awards is at The home page says, "Independent Literary Awards are given to books that have been recommended and voted on by independent literary bloggers. Nominations are open to independent literary bloggers only, and are then voted upon by a panel of bloggers who are proficient in the genre they represent. Each panel is led by a judge who oversees the integrity of the process."  This is the second year for these awards. The About page says, "The Independent Literary Awards are book awards given by literary bloggers. Lit bloggers write about books and literary related items. They are the fastest growing form of publicity in the literary world, though most are still independently run and do not receive compensation for their reviews or recommendations."

Thanks to Twitter and their blogs, I "know" all of the Voting Members in my category, and I have Jen Forbus to thank for submitting my name.  I hadn't known our Mystery Director, but this looks like it's going to be a terrific job, even if it is a great deal of work. From January to March next year, we'll be reading and discussing the nominated mysteries.

Here's the information about the Mystery Group.

Tina (Reader for Life)
TinaTina is a lifelong book lover and has been blogging about books since 2008. In real life, she is an academic librarian in the Midwest. Unfortunately, being a librarian doesn’t mean she has all the time in the world to read. Tina blogs about all kinds of books, but has a particular soft spot for mysteries. You can read her book thoughts at Reader for Life or follow her on Twitter @iubookgirl.

Here are the Voting Members for Mystery.

Voting Members

Elizabeth (Musings of an All Purpose Monkey)
ElizabethElizabeth is a lifelong avid reader who has channeled her love of reading, especially crime fiction, into her book review blog Musings of an All Purpose Monkey. In addition to on her website, Elizabeth’s reviews have also appeared in Spinetingler Magazine, The Savannah Morning News, The Florida Times-Union, St. Augustine Record, been quoted on numerous authors’ websites, and used as blurbs for two novels. When she’s not reading or reviewing books, she’s the Content Manager for the official website of musician Bruce Kulick (KISS, Grand Funk Railroad), a position she’s held for 14 years. Elizabeth is also a licensed attorney, but please don’t hold that against her. You can catch up with Elizabeth on Twitter (@APMonkey) or via email beth(at)

Jen (Jen’s Book Thoughts)
JenJen Forbus has spent the better part of her life not knowing what she wanted to be when she grew up. After graduating from Baldwin-Wallace College with degrees in English and sports medicine, she went right back to school to accumulate more debut and a certificate to teach high school English. Since then she’s taught, written specs for accounting software and tech manuals, and built software programs. These days she’s back in the education realm, coordinating adult professional development at the National Association of College Stores.

Through her career changes, the one constant in Jen’s life was a love of reading and a well-earned knack for writing. When she was no longer talking about books in the classroom, she discovered blogging, and in 2007, Jen’s Book Thoughts was born. Her love of crime fiction was ignited by Linda Fairstein and Robert Crais, who hooked her on their respective series, and Jen quickly took her place among the pantheon of preeminent book bloggers. Ask any crime fiction author – from those just starting out to those inhabiting bestseller lists week after week – and each will tell you a fond and often funny story about Jen. Readers worldwide trust her reviews and look to her for their next reading recommendation. In addition to her blog, Jen shares her love of crime fiction with fellow fans on Twitter and Facebook, and is also a regular contributor to CRIMESPREE MAGAZINE.

Lesa (Lesa’s Book Critiques)
LesaLesa Holstine has been a public librarian for over thirty years.  She is a contributing Book Reviewer for Library Journal, Mystery Readers Journal, The Strand Magazine, and various websites. She is the Winner of the 2009 and 2010 Spinetingler Awards for Best Reviewer. She was the First Fan Guest of Honor for Desert Sleuths Chapter of Sisters in Crime, Write Now! Conference. She wrote the chapter about mysteries for the forthcoming edition of Genreflecting: A Guide to Reading Interests in Genre Fiction. Lesa is passionate about books, and hosts authors at the library in a series called Authors @ The Teague. Her interests, and her book programs, emphasize crime fiction.

Wendy (Musings of a Bookish Kitty)
WendyWhile she is an eclectic reader who enjoys a wide variety of books, Wendy always finds herself drawn most often to the mystery genre, whether a cozy mystery, a suspenseful thriller or a hard boiled crime fiction novel.  Perhaps it has to do with her love for solving puzzles,  gaining insight into human behavior or seeing justice served (or not).  Wendy began her blog, Musings of a Bookish Kitty, in July of 2006 as a way to journal her reading experiences.  She especially likes sharing her love for reading with others.

Reading and discussing mysteries with other mystery lovers. Great unpaid job, if you can get it!


kathy d. said...

Congratulations on your new assignment: reading and discussing nominated mysteries--and then voting. It sounds like a challenging and fun task.

Is this something that can be discussed on the blog, or is it all privileged and then we all find out the results after the voting?

Whatever, it sounds like you will have a lot of interesting conversations with others who share this passion.

And, now, this post has just added more websites for me to check regularly, with more book lovers.

Man of la Book said...

Congratulations, I'm looking forward to more of your posts about you new role.

I tweeted this post to my following.

Lesa said...


I know that some of it can be posted because we were encouraged to post information about our roles. So, I'll keep readers updated. I don't know that there is really going to be much to talk about for a while. Once the nomination process gets underway, there may be more. You're right. It's going to be fun to read and discuss more mysteries. And, I'm glad you found more sites to follow.

Lesa said...

Thank you, Man of La Book. I'm looking forward to it.

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

Congratulations! That sounds like such an amazing group. :)

Lesa said...

I agree, Elizabeth. That's a group of my favorite mystery bloggers, so it should be fun.

le0pard13 said...

With some of my all-time favorite people, that's one impressive group! Congrats on the new assignment, Lesa. Thanks.

LSUReader said...

Congratulations--It couldn't happen to a more deserving book blogger!

Lesa said...

Isn't that a great group, Michael? It's going to be work, but the conversations may be lively. I'm sure we're all a little opinionated. (grin)

Lesa said...

Thank you, LSUReader. I appreciate it!

Avery Aames said...

Congratulations, Lesa. What a super panel of judges. Have fun!!! Opinionated? No, not you. :) Or anyone I know, for that matter.


Lesa said...

Isn't that a great panel, Avery? I'm so honored to be in their company. See you next week in Santa Fe, and we'll see what opinions you have!

Kris said...

Congratulations! What an honor to be on the panel..I bet you'll have a lot of fun.

Lesa said...

I think it's going to be a lot of fun, and a lot of work, Kris. Thank you! I'm looking forward to it.