New Author Challenge 2011

New Author Challenge 2011It’s time to I’ve been doing this challenge for the past couple of years and have had a lot of fun.  However, this year, I’m going to try and be a little more consistent with doing monthly updates and what not. I don’t know about everyone else, but when I first started book blogging, I didn’t know that many authors in my favored genre, so I went looking.  I gave myself a goal of finding 50 new authors and ended up reading 56 the first year I did this.  I loved finding these new worlds and cultures, so I want to help others find new ones as well.  Since 2007, I’ve tried over 100 different authors I may not have tried otherwise and I have found some great new authors.

The idea behind this is to find new authors that you’ve never tried before.  They can be in your genre of choice or be brave and try something new.  You never know what you’re going to like until you try it.  If you’re looking for some suggestions, you can check out the Author page here at Literary Escapism or the 2009 and 2010 Challenge pages.  With over 1000 reviews posted, I’m sure there will be something there for everyone.

Here are the guidelines:

  1. The challenge will run from January 1, 2011 through December 31, 2011.
  2. Since this is an author challenge, there is no restriction on choosing your novels. They can definitely be from other challenges. However, the authors must be new to you and, preferably from novels.  Anthologies are a great way to try someone new, but only a third of your new authors can be from anthologies.
  3. I want this to be an easy challenge, so you can pick to do either 15, 25 or 50 new authors.  It all depends on how fast you read and how adventurous you want to be.  For me, I’m trying another 50 new authors.  If you reach your goal halfway through the year, don’t stop.  Any new author you try can be added to Mr. Linky.  We all want to know about your new experience.
  4. After reading your new author, write your review and then come back here and add your link to Mr. Linky.  Make sure you include your name and the author, but adding the title is completely up to you.
  5. Bloggers or Non-Bloggers alike are welcome

Once you reach your goal, you don’t have to stop.  Any new author you try, go ahead and head back here and add it to the list.  Introduce us all to whoever you find.  Afterall, there’s no reason to stop trying new authors, right?


NA Mini-Challenge: TBR Newbies

Reviews & Participants


  1. Jackie, I’m a dork. Could you please delete the link at #5? I’m duplicated, and the 2nd link has the actual I’m-participating-in-this-challenge post… Sorry for being such a bother… :(

  2. Dangit… the author didn’t come through on Number 7. I know I wrote it the first time I tried to get through. Anyway it’s Laurence Cosse (with an accent on the e, only I don’t know how to do those).

  3. Awesome idea. I already had made this a personal goal of mine (to read works by previously unpublished book authors) and launched my new book blog specifically for the vampire genre with that goal in mind.

    Anybody here wanting to review Ravena & The Resurrected (see: for reader feedback and more details) … it was just released in November 2010 … As the author, I’m brand new to the book publishing industry (have been published as a short story writer and news correspondent for years but this was my debut novel).

    Ravena & The Resurrected (R&R) features a likable but awkward young woman who follows her dreams for meeting vampires. When she becomes resurrected, Ravena learns being vampire is very different from what she had imagined. R&R takes the reader on a wild adventure as Ravena continually escapes a most motivated enemy & evolves into a wiser version of self. *There’s lots of Seattle (new and historic) in this book.

    To review, please send me your blog address, and state in what eBook format you’d most like to review.

  4. Not sure if here is the place to mention it, but all instances of reviews by Tea & Tomes are now under the blog name “Bibliotropic”. Changing blog names makes for annoying corrections of backlinks. :)

    • You can leave links to wrap-up posts in the comments if you like, but they are not necessary. The idea behind the challenge is to read someone new, and maybe introduce someone new to other readers, while being completely stress free. So as long as you include links to the individual reviews up top, you’re good. If you make your goal, fabulous….if you don’t, did you at least find someone new you like? That’s all that matters. *grin*

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