World’s best story?

Best story in the world?

That’s a difficult one. It’s hard enough to narrow those sort of lists down to ten or even twenty.

But Canadians Vincent Salera and Thomas Lefebvre have launched a competition to find the world’s best story.

It’s a well-thought through competition and looks at books by genre and analysis of plot, characters, and even spelling and grammar, to name just a few criteria.

There are a couple of qualifying rounds where readers vote for favourites, and the final round involves professional judges, ie authors, as well as readers.

I heard about this through iRead Book Tours and thought it was an interesting competition, so have agreed to promote it, and no, I’m not getting paid for doing so.

And being a nosy little journalist, as well as a very picky editor, I also agreed to interview Vincent and Thomas, as I wanted to dig beneath the PR.

But first, I asked Laura Fabiani of iRead Book Tours, why she became involved as a partner.

“Laura, what made you decide to partner with World’s best story? Why did you think it was such a good idea?”

I met Thomas, one of the creators at BookExpo America (BEA) last May, when he overheard me say that I was from Montreal. Both Thomas and Vincent are from Montreal too and we hit it off immediately when we started talking books, contests and publishing. Thomas and Vincent were happy to discover I was a book blogger and tour coordinator. They asked me my opinion on the subjects of book bloggers, publishing and the influence of readers on the success of a book. These guys were buzzing with energy and great ideas, it was infectious!
“When they asked if I wanted to be a partner and sponsor prizes for World’s best story, I was honoured. I was supporting a Canadian literary project and helping writers who may potentially never get discovered otherwise to have a chance at publication. And not only written publication but in other categories too, like television and film. I think this contest has a lot of potential and I’d like to say that I was there from the very beginning.

I should say here that I have signed up to review books/interview authors with iRead Book Tours. That’s mainly because as a reviewer I’m not restricted to writing a totally favourable review, I can write an honest one, so that to me, suggests integrity and is one of the main reasons I chose this company. Not that I’ve reviewed any books yet. And although largely North American based, Laura also has an Italian interest and promotes books about Italy, so there’s a nice European focus too. (Links to IRead Book Tours, and Italy Book Tours are at the bottom with World’s best story link)

But back to the search for the world’s best story.

The most important things to note are that it is open to residents of: Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, the UK and USA, the deadline is 12 August for submitting an entry, and your story needs to be between 50,000 and 125,000 words.

If you can tick those three boxes, then it might be worth ploughing through the rules and the small print and submitting an entry.

It’s free to enter and prizes include publishing contracts, celebrity master classes, trademark and IP protection, book tours, big box retail distribution, PR and marketing support.

And if you are a reader, all you need to do is send your name and email to register to read the entries.

I’ll post the answers from Vincent and Thomas when I get their replies.

In the meantime, here’s the link to their site:

World’s best story!


And the links to iRead Book Tours


And Italy Book Tours


Hung from a tree ~ happy birthday Snows

Snowy Snowy, how are we?

Little One, Little One

Cute as can be

Alternative version:

Snowy Snowy, how are we?

Little One, Little One

Hung from a tree

It’s a sad fact of life that the Spanish hunting breed of Podencos doesn’t have the best life expectancy.

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I’m reviewing…

If all bloggers are writers, and many writers are bloggers, how many of us are reviewers? I started reviewing 30 years ago and got paid for it. Just to add a little context.

Reviews are a thorny topic in the blogging authoring world.

I’ve been prowling around reading different views about reviews. And it’s not just authors. Book tour organisers have differing policies too.

It’s easy to see what an author wants. A great review, and if it’s star-rated, all five of them.

Good reviews, in theory, should sell books.

Let’s return to this later.

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Summer hours

I was dreading physio.

I felt as though another GA and op would be preferable.

The appointment was made. I counted off the days and decided each day would be an opportunity to practise a stagger/limp/hobble.

Except I didn’t. I decided every day was tomorrow and put off applying the splint, putting on a shoe, and attempting to take a step without falling over.

I wanted to enlist Partner’s help. He wanted to help in the morning. I wanted to practise in the evening when I’d had all day to psyche up to it.

But on the evening before the op/torture physio he obliged, so with one arm around his very strong shoulders supporting my operated leg, I took a few tentative steps.

The next day, around noon, we tried again. I stood up. OWWWW! and sat down immediately as the pain shot through my heel and up my leg.

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Saturday snippets from the sofa

Our government tells us that we have a huge surplus, said one of Partner’s construction workmates who he met in the street.

I looked up the budget speech (held 30 June). That’s actually a GDP surplus, not a cash surplus of govt funds, which are of course, in debt. A few hundred million as I vaguely remember. Not that much for a small country, but rather a lot for a city of 30,000 people. The most ingenious paradox of being Gibraltar.

The budget speech was full of self-congratulatory comments by our chief minister and much criticism of the previous government. Gibraltar party politics are very aggressive. I cringe when I read government press releases that are basically party political rather than information about government proposals or projects. The UK stopped that years ago.


I digress. The reason I was looking, was to find out about funding for future construction projects. Nada. The firm Partner works for is expecting to get another big refurb job on government housing. For the past two months, not just him, but a lot of other employees, have been laid off without pay. Not sacked, still on contract, but no wages or social contributions paid.

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Weekend post from the sofa

All bloggers are writers. Some good, some mediocre, some bad, and some truly abysmal.

This weekend’s post from the sofa is inspired by a couple of authors whose blogs I’ve commented on this week.

Counting up the number of bloggers who regularly read on here I was surprised how many published authors there are. Whether it is fiction, technical writing, corporate publications, travel books, there are a lot of you out there. I’m including me in that list too, not as a journalist, but under corporate.

And then there are all those of you who do have a tale to tell but haven’t got round to it. I include my idle self in that category too.

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Freedom come, freedom go

… Freedom moving along …

The sun shines on the righteous.

With which, Partner got a rare parking space outside our block, helped by our wonderful neighbour opposite who moved his car to let us into the tight space and I was all set to shuffle down the stairs on my backside.

As a kid, my mother had impressed upon me that shuffling across the floor led to tight cheeks. No idea where she got that from. Or why I needed to know it. Bit hard on our kitchen floor I must say.

Years later at university, I carried out the same manoeuvre in aerobics classes.

Much later still, in my fifties, I’m shuffling down the steps to hopefully escape to Spain for a few days.

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