March 15, 2007 |
What becomes of a serial blog? Why, it’s a blook. At least when it’s bound and has an ISBN attached to its rear. A horrible name, “blook” is. So is blog, but there are about a billion people around the world that are quite alright with that term, so why not the other? Anyway, the point of all this blog-blook stuff is to show how far the genre has come. How do we know it’s got legs? The top blook gets a prize.
The Lulu Blooker Prize hasn’t been around for a long while (two years now) but it’s gotten the attention of the international news media, so that’s something. Maybe it has to do with the $10,000 first prize. Well, maybe not.
The Blooker Prize is a wee little thing among the Nobels, the Whitbreads (now the Costa Book Awards) and the National Book Awards, but it’s quite different from all other annual nominations. The money isn’t what makes the entries (Nor is it that way for any other event); it’s Lulu that does. Literally.
Lulu, a small but growing self-publishing outfit, presents the annual award for Best Blook and the top pick from a trio of categories – non-fiction, fiction, comics – which will likely expand as new avenues emerge in the blook genre. Because of the strength of web-based social structures and the incredible effectiveness of word of mouth online, last year’s overall winner, Julie & Julia, went on to sell 100,000 copies.
The short list for 2007’s Blooker Prize is now published. From over 100 submissions, 15 were chosen to be in the running. The short list is as follows:
Crashing the Gate, by Jerome Armstrong and Markos Moulitsas
My Secret: A PostSecret Book, by Frank Warren
My War: Killing Time In Iraq, by Colby Buzzell
So Close: Infertile and Addicted to Hope, by Tertia Albertyn
Words in a French Life: Lessons in Love and Language From the South of France, by Kristin Espinasse
BreakupBabe: A Novel, by Rebecca Agiewich
The Doorbells of Florence, by Andrew Losowsky
Messages from the Lost Continent, conceived and edited by Horst Prillinger
Methuselah’s Daughter, by J.A. Eddy and Dean Esmay
Monster Island: A Zombie Novel, by David Wellington
Born of Nifty: Sluggy Freelance Megatome 01, by Pete Abrams
The Definition of Awesome: Another Joe and Monkey Collection, by Zach Miller
Mom’s Cancer, by Brian Fies