New Author Challenge 2013

New Authors Challenge 2013Welcome back to the New Authors reading challenge! I’m hoping everyone is still enjoying this reading challenge as we head into our fifth year. The past couple of years I’ve tried doing little mini-challenges, but haven’t been real successful with them. For 2013, since it will be the fifth anniversary/birthday of the challenge, I want to do something, but that’s still in the works.

For those new to the New Author Challenge, the whole idea started when I first started reviewing and 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 that first year. I loved finding these new characters, worlds and cultures, so I want to help others find new ones as well. Since 2006, I’ve tried over 150 different authors I may not have tried otherwise and I have found some really great authors.

The idea behind this is to find new authors that you’ve never tried before, not necessarily ones that are debuting. 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, 2010, 2011 and 2012 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, 2013 through December 31, 2013.
  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.  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. You don’t have to have a site to participate. You can link up via Facebook, GoodReads or even Amazon if you’d like.

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?

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: Artwork used (with permission) for the button is Anglerfish by Vlad Gerasimov. Please be sure to post a link to the artist when using the button – thanks!

Reviews & Participants:


  1. I am joining this challenge late, but I’ve already read a number of new authors this year so this challenge is really going to be fun. It also challenged me to start a book review blog again, but I’m starting out slow in hopes I will be able to keep it running!

  2. Hello Jackie & All!
    Yes, you can tell I sit down to a bunch of links at once. I surpassed the 25 I promised in my first year with this group, en route to the full 50. Funny story Jackie; I’ve never actually conversed with you. I’d love it if you graced with a ‘comment from the hostess’, the page I made for y’all this year. :-) Carolyn

  3. Jackie, the review button didn’t appear yesterday nor today (at least for me, connecting through rural dial-up internet). I made it past my 50-book goal to 53 books! Should the linky be gone, would you please add these? Happy new 2014. Perhaps you and others will be my guests in a triad of themes, débuting February 1st! Sincerely, Carolyn.

    “Borrower Of The Night” Elizabeth Peters, 1973
    “No Hiding Place” Rae Foley, 1969
    50) “Flight From Riversedge” Mary Kay Simmons, 1975
    “A Dream Of Unicorns” Marion Naismith, 1968
    “The Sandalwood Fan” Jane Wigmore Eyre, 1968
    “The Tower Treasure” Leslie McFarlane, 1927

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