So many things to say about this AMAZING evening and it all felt like a bit of a blur. I felt like I was in a whirlwind of bloggers, authors and publishers and when I stopped at the end of the evening I wanted to collapse completely.
To start with, I met Andrew (Pewterwolf) and his gang at a pub/bar around the corner from the venue for a calming drink and quick catch-up. After a brief change in location (to a pub even nearer to the venue) and meeting up with Natasha Desborough and Stevie (SableCaught) we made our way to Waterstones High Street Kensington for, what was to be, an amazing evening.
There were nibbles to snack on and soft drinks (from Chicken House) and proper drinks (for the grown-ups from Curious Fox) everyone and I was in a haze of hugs and hellos when I saw everyone. I handed out some books I’d promised to some other lovely bloggers and eventually the evening began and we all gathered round to see Andy Robb and Michael from Waterstones HSK kick off the night with some lovely words and laughter.
|Viv from Serendipity Reviews accepting her award|
The room was buzzing with excitement for the event and each other as, I think I’m right in saying this, none of us expected to win. We obviously knew there was a chance if we’d been shortlisted but I think we all turned up hoping to have a laugh and bit of chat with our friends more than anything else. I ended up talking to Jonathan Stroud for a while and couldn’t believe I kept it together enough when he was asking me about my life in general etc (IT’S JONATHAN STROUD ASKING ABOUT ME! WTF?).
|Jonathan Stroud presenting..errr…me.|
I can’t even remember the order of the awards but I will list the winners all below but I wanted to say was how bloody chuffed I was to be shortlisted in the first place and then to win was beyond amazing. I did get a bit emotional; I can’t lie, but I was just so shocked to hear my name. Everyone of the other bloggers on that list is amazing and I couldn’t believe I’d be picked. I want to thank so many people; from the writers that work so hard everyday and just “get” what we do, the publishers who see us as a real source of information and a format to share their new talent and the other bloggers that made me feel completely welcome from the very second my blog appeared on the scene.
|Group shot care of Sable Caught.|
Book bloggers do what they do for the love of books and the joy of spreading the news every time we pick up something great. I hope these awards carry on for years to come and that it could even change the way that bloggers are viewed by the mainstream press and the wider world too. Maybe these awards could be a game-changer.
I wish I’d had more time to talk to everyone there but I zoomed around as best I could to say hi and thank you to people etc but if I missed you; I’m sorry but I love ya!
So, er … thanks to all of you for reading my blog and making it a champion blog by an adult blogger. It was great to see all the love online with the hashtag #ukyaba and to see it trended for over 3 hours on Saturday night. It’s all just so amazing. Thanks to HSK Waterstones for hosting us all, thanks to all the publishers that sponsored an award and a special thanks to Andy Robb who was evil genius behind the whole event. That bloke is a good egg times a million. I’m going now before I start sobbing again.
Here’s a list of all the winners and a few links to other blog write-ups too:
Champion Vlogger (sponsored by Mira Ink)
Champion of Social Media (sponsored by Bloomsbury)
Champion Teen Blogger (sponsored by Egmont)
Champion Adult Blogger (sponsored by Penguin Random House)
Champion of Diversity in YA (sponsored by Hot Key)
Champion of Content (sponsored by Faber and Faber) –
Lunas Little Library
Mountains of Instead
Book Passion for Life
Champion of YA (sponsored by Hachette)
Blogger’s Blogger (sponsored by Catnip)
Blogger of the Year (sponsored by Walker)
Champion Newcomer (sponsored by Little Tiger Press)
Other blog posts about the event: