The inspiration for this challenge was the simple volume of categories and audiobooks nominated each year by the APA for the Audie Awards. There are 5 or 6 audiobooks nominated in each of the nearly 30 categories. As audiobook lovers, we’re deeply interested in the awards. As I’ve yet to run into anyone who has listened to much more than a handful of of the nominees. There simply isn’t enough time to listen to each of the nominees to adequately judge and predict each category. In banding together, bloggers can cover much more territory. Thus the Armchair Audies were born and I’m thrilled it’s become an annual event.
We would love to have you join us in this most audiobookish cause.
How to Participate in the Armchair Audies
- Go to the Categories and Reviews Page (coming soon) or go to the APA page and take a look the finalists in each of the categories. While we’d love to cover as many categories as possible, it is okay to pick one already selected by another participant.
- If you don’t see a category that appeals to or if you aren’t able to participate as a judge and would like to help us spread the word, let us know by filling out the sign up sheet. We would love to have you on board.
- When a category catches your eye:
- Via tweet, email (firstname.lastname@example.org), or sign up sheet, let me know the category you’ve selected.
- Write a post about your category. Please feel free to review the posts below for inspiration. Please be sure to let me know so I can add a link to your post and category here. If you do not have a blog, please contact Jennifer Conner for other options. Don’t let a blog get in your way if you’d like to participate as a judge.
- Grab the Armchair Audies button for your blog. You can save the image in my sidebar or send me an email if you’d prefer to use the code (I have no idea how to add code within a post so that it can be copied and pasted). I would like to profusely thank Cassandra from Indie Reader Houston who so graciously created this wonderful button. She’s a first class doll!
- Pick up copies of the audiobooks you need. It is perfectly fine if you have already listened to some of the titles. It shows how Audies savvy you are to begin with.
- Listen to all of the audiobooks in the category you selected. When you review the titles is up to you. For tips on writing audiobook reviews, check out this post from Beth Fish Reads for tips. When you do, please send me a link so that I can add a link to them on the category page (2017 pages coming soon!)
- After listening to each of the nominees, make your prediction. Please post your prediction during the week of May 22nd, which is the week before the ceremony. When a category is judged by more than one person, the judges should get together to decide the winning audiobook. If you can’t come to a consensus, that’s okay. We’ll mark each audiobook as a winner on our ballot.
- Speaking of out ballot, I’ll compile one featuring each the Audie categories and finalists. Each Armchair Audies prediction will be highlighted within its category to set it apart as our winner. I’ll publish the ballot no later than May 29. If you’re new to Armchair Audies, here’s last year’s ballot.
- The Audies are being held on Thursday, June 1st. Have your tally sheet handy and catch the action on Twitter and Litsy. I won’t personally be at the ceremony, but I’ll be RTing the heck out of any of my tweeps who are in attendance. Let’s see how close our predictions are to the actual awards.