Catherine Fuller, Projects Manager, Society of Authors — "It was good to discover indie publishers I did not know about thanks to the 10x10 Tour."
A carnival of authors, poets, translators and publishers, under the banner of BookBlast® writing agency, travelled to major cities across the nine regions of England in Autumn 2018, showcasing some of the finest independent-spirited literature and poetry being published today.
An interview with Robert Elms at BBC Radio London is HERE
A selection of featured books have subsequently been longlisted for the EBRD International literary prize (No. 3 Shatila Stories translated by Nashwa Gowanlock, Peirene Press) and the Republic of Consciousness Prize for Small Presses 2019 (Lucia by Alex Pheby, Galley Beggar Press; and Doppelgänger by Daša Drndić, translated by Celia Hawkesworth & S. D. Curtis, Istros Books).
On 14 December 2018, The Bookseller news team announced a new prize category "Small Press of the Year" in the British Book Awards 2019 (aka The Nibbies). The shorlist announced by Natasha Onwuemezi on 22 February 2019 includes 6 of the 10 publishers on the inaugural 10x10 Tour.
Steven Cooper, Head of Events, Waterstones HQ — “The 10x10 Tour brought authors into our shops who would never normally have visited and, as such, brought new customers into our shops. It helped us to build relationships with indie publishers and hopefully showed them that Waterstones is open to collaboration. Georgia's vision and enthusiasm drove this project, both in terms of its conception and placing, and also in promotion and selling tickets.”
Our successful Kickstarter 10x10 Tour campaign raised funds for the podcasts.
A big thank you to Sue Amaradivakara at the PR Collective for her superb nationwide campaign promoting the 10x10 Tour.
We thank our sponsors at The Miles Morland Foundation, our nine anonymous donors, and Kickstarter campaign donors, along with our supporting partners, for their confidence in our work. Our vision here at BookBlast® would not have become a reality without their active contribution and commitment enabling us to make The BookBlast® 10×10 Tour happen.