Recently I started a new lesbian literature awards site. I put up the information that I have worked on for months on the site www.lesficbardawards.com. In order to make us look bigger, one of my people ‘bought’ likes and followers on Twitter and Facebook, I apologize for that as we wish to present a legitimate awards company to all of you, authors and publishers alike.
A friend of mine agreed to run it as I wanted to enter the awards. At this time I am stating I will NEVER enter these awards since I AM affiliated with them. The Triple-Blind Judging WAS my idea and they went forth with it.
I wished to REMAIN anonymous and merely help out with my advertising experience. At NO TIME was there any intention to defraud anyone. As it states on the website, the triple blind judging will be done. I will NOT be reading or judging ANY of the entries. I merely wished to stay anonymous but have found I cannot do so.
I apologize if anyone didn’t like the cloak of this, my friend generously offered to run it, put up her name, but she doesn’t deserve to be called a fraud. We’ve checked on this for months, even had MY lawyers go over it. Their only stipulation was that I do NOT enter it. As I stated before, I will NOT be entering it or judging it. Other people agreed to post about it and advertise it, some were paid. They too do not need to defend me or my award company.
For several years I saw the various awards, I will NOT be naming them here, but I saw practices I DIDN’T like or didn’t approve of. I spent hundreds of dollars in entering these awards. I thought perhaps I could do better, and I am attempting that here.
I am coming clean here as those who have helped to promote the site, the award, and the judging are already being attacked. Good for those who did due diligence…I applaud it. I hope that people realize my good intentions, no malice or deception was meant. I merely thought that by adding MY name to it would have people thinking that only MY authors would enter or win, that won’t be the case as the judges do not know who is entering. Again, I state, I will NOT be entering, EVER.
Enter, or don’t. That IS your choice. I put a lot of money behind this in advertising, buying the mock up award (those things aren’t cheap), and researching it as well as paying for my lawyer to go over the wording, paying an editor to go over the wording, as well as time and effort. I hope you accept my apology to the Lesbian Fiction community, this was meant well.