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DA BWAHA Tournament Has Begun

sidebarlogoIt’s time for the Dear Author Bitchery Writing Award for Hellagood Authors or DA BWAHA. For newcomers, this is a tournament of books that mimics the March Madness tournament of basketball. We’ve picked a slate of 64 books in 8 different categories to compete against each other through the next few weeks. We welcome all participants regardless of whether you are an author, reader, reviewer or someone who doesn’t even have an interest in romance books. We encourage authors who have books in the tournament to fill out a bracket and pick yourself to win. There’s no hubris here. Only fun.

From today through Wednesday, March 18, 2009, you will be able to fill out your bracket. You can change your bracket selection at anytime prior to the end of March 18, 2009, 11:00 PM EST.

We will not be able to accept any late brackets because of the software limitations (i.e., we put in a deadline in the software program and that controls the entry of brackets). If you have already pre registered, you will be able to pick your name from the dropdown box.

There is always going to be a slight delay in the appearance of your bracket sheet because we download the results and then upload them.

The goal in picking up the bracket is to guess which book will beat the other in a head to head matchup. You never know who will win. Last year’s championship match was between Colleen Gleason’s The Rest Falls Away and Nora Roberts’ High Noon. Laura D won with a pick percentage of 68% correct and a total of 6 points separated Laura D from the runner up, Amy R. Nora, one of the few authors that participated last year, tied for 15 with a pick percentage of 63%.

On March 19, 2009, you’ll need to go to the voting site and vote for your winners and encourage others to vote for the books you’ve chosen.

redreaderfrontfThere are going to be prizes for all rounds this year. The top scoring bracket sheet at each round will win a prize. These are listed in the sidebar at the voting site. The major prize is a Sony Reader which will be given to both the top scoring bracket sheet of the tournament and the winning author.

Harlequin has set up a special page for the series books. You can select individual books or just “add all” to the cart. You’ll get a cool 30% off whatever you put in the cart from this selection. Fictionwise is generously donating a $100 Gift Certificate and will be providing a special purchase page for all the DA BWAHA books that are in ebook format. Samhain is offering a $50 GC to any online bookstore to promote ebook reading.

But this contest is not really about the prizes. No, it’s about pride. If you’ve got a question, want to crack on our picks, do some trash talking, harangue us for the seedings, have at it in the comments.

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Jayne
    Mar 15, 2009 @ 07:09:26

    I’d like to thank our sponsors and everyone who’s had a hand in bringing the tournament to life for a second year. It’s bigger, it’s better, it’s badder and it’s going to be a whole lot of fun.

    For those who don’t know what we’re talking about when we say “March Madness,” here’s a rundown on the NCAA Men’s Division I basketball tournament that we’re basing our tournament on.

  2. Keishon
    Mar 15, 2009 @ 09:06:05

    I’m feeling competitive already…..

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  4. Sherry Thomas
    Mar 15, 2009 @ 10:31:46

    Okay, I filled out a bracket, first time in my life I’ve ever done such a thing.

    The beginning of the first round I was still thinking, but at the lower end of the first round I just started clicking, and just clicked and clicked and clicked after that.

    It’s a fairly worthless entry, is what I’m saying. :-)

  5. Shannon Stacey
    Mar 15, 2009 @ 10:50:31

    Ack! I picked my initial brackets from the categories based on this: We're pitting book against book within the categories, and then, as the tournament advances, books will face off against one another across genre and subgenre until we reach the Book of the Year.. But when I went to fill in the chart, the subgenres are already mixed up (Demon Bound vs Blame it on Paris, Flat Out Sexy vs Mine to Possess) so now I have to restrategize.

    Husband: Whaddya wanna do today?
    Me: Leave me alone. I gotta get my brackets done.
    Husband: I hope you’re not betting money, cause you don’t know s–t about college basketball.
    Me: Oh crap, I screwed it all up.
    Husband: There’s a surprise.

    Back to the bracket drawing board. (This is fun, btw. You guys must put a buttload of work into this.)

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  7. LindaR (likari)
    Mar 15, 2009 @ 11:20:12


    I was shying away from it, feeling incompetent.

    Now I see that is no obstacle. I am off to do my brackets!!

    [edit] OOPS — looks like I missed the deadline, sigh. Next year!

  8. Janine
    Mar 15, 2009 @ 11:42:20

    Ah…. I know this is going to sound woefully ignorant, but where in the DABWAHA site do I enter my username and email?

  9. Jayne
    Mar 15, 2009 @ 12:00:15

    You have until the end of March 18th to fill in (or redo) your brackets. Tally-ho!

  10. Jayne
    Mar 15, 2009 @ 12:09:26

    I can’t recall if we mention this anywhere else but the contest IS open to non-US contestants.

  11. Jaci Burton
    Mar 15, 2009 @ 12:15:16

    How do you redo your brackets if you want to make changes? I can’t find the magic fixit button.

    Jaci…one of the woefully incompetent.

  12. Angela James
    Mar 15, 2009 @ 12:18:20

    Okay, my picks are officially made. I declared a #dabwaha hashtag on Twitter for the duration of the tourney. Let the trash talking commence!

  13. LindaR (likari)
    Mar 15, 2009 @ 12:21:53

    Okay. I made my choices — twice, because I’m a nitwit!

    Ended up with the same winner, but I think my internals are inconsistent.

    This was a little nerve-wracking!

  14. Jane
    Mar 15, 2009 @ 12:22:07

    @Jaci Burton: You just pick your name from the drop down box and reenter the entire bracket sheet.

  15. Jaci Burton
    Mar 15, 2009 @ 12:28:47

    Thank you Jane!

    I’m so excited! I always play the NCAA Tourney pics games too. Always a fun time of year.

  16. joanne
    Mar 15, 2009 @ 13:11:53

    As sure as I am about another dismal attempt on my part at winning I never noticed the prizes until just now.

    WOW… I mean, that’s a bucketful of wonderfulness!

    Huge props to the sponsors and to DA & SBs.

  17. Jaci Burton
    Mar 15, 2009 @ 13:16:56

    Yes. Mad love to DA, to the SB’s and to all the sponsors. This rocks!

  18. liz...
    Mar 15, 2009 @ 13:43:52

    This is my 1st year, so how do i register to begin with?Do i need to set up an account? :0)

  19. Bridget Locke
    Mar 15, 2009 @ 14:33:25

    I’m a first timer! It’s all set up now! Whoot! I hope mine wins. I LOVED the book I chose as the final winner. *crossing fingers*

  20. Jane
    Mar 15, 2009 @ 15:12:00

    @liz…: There is a link in the post that leads to the tournament pick sheet. There you enter your online ID and your email address. You click on the books that you think will advance through the tournament and press “submit” at the bottom of the page.

    From today through Wednesday, March 18, 2009, you will be able to fill out your bracket. You can change your bracket selection at anytime prior to the end of March 18, 2009, 11:00 PM EST.

  21. liz...
    Mar 15, 2009 @ 17:26:18

    thanks! I will work on this now! :0)

  22. Janine
    Mar 15, 2009 @ 17:26:23


    I had to email Jane to figure out the registration myself. On the bracket page, near the User ID menu, there’s a button that says “New.” You have to click that “New” button and then you will get a pop-up that lets you enter your user ID. Once that’s entered you can enter your email address and click on the book to fill the bracket, then press submit.

    I just filled out mine. I’m confident I won’t win anything but it’s a lot of fun regardless.

  23. Jane
    Mar 15, 2009 @ 17:33:01

    @Janine technically you can’t win any of the prizes.

  24. orannia
    Mar 15, 2009 @ 19:17:27

    I caught the tail end of the inaugural DA BWAHA Tournament last year so I’ve been looking forward to this! Thank you to all the organizers and the sponsors!

  25. library addict
    Mar 15, 2009 @ 19:50:10

    Hmm, I clicked on submit. But when I go back to current standings my choices do not appear, it still shows “none.” So, I filled it out again, same thing.

    Is there a time delay or am I doing it wrong?

  26. Jane
    Mar 15, 2009 @ 19:52:29

    @library addict: Yep, as stated in the post, there is a delay because we download the results, add them to the database and then upload the results. We aren’t able to automate it yet. Maybe next year.

  27. library addict
    Mar 15, 2009 @ 20:16:44

    Geez, just shoot me. Guess I missed that sentence, but I see it now. Sorry.

    Thanks for all of your guys’ hard work and patience.

  28. Keri M
    Mar 15, 2009 @ 20:24:25

    *sigh*….my first brackets!!!! I am so excited. I had to get my hubby to help me out, he had a hard time first holding his laughter in and then typing through the eye-rolling. He is such a wiener! lol

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  30. Shannon C.
    Mar 15, 2009 @ 22:38:15

    I’m excited. I played last year, but lost very hard. I changed my strategy, though, so maybe that means I will lose less hard.

  31. liz...
    Mar 16, 2009 @ 00:29:59

    I would like to know if the books are ranked, or just randomly listed in 1-16 order?

  32. Janine
    Mar 16, 2009 @ 01:28:55

    @Janine technically you can't win any of the prizes.

    Thanks for claryfing but it make no difference to me since I am in it for the fun. I fill out an Oscar ballot when I watch the Academy Awards too even though I don’t get any prizes for that either — it makes the show more interesting.

    But even if I weren’t affiliated with DA and if I were therefore eligible to win something in DABWAHA, I’m certain I still wouldn’t win a thing…

  33. Gennita Low
    Mar 16, 2009 @ 04:49:46

    Shannon C.,
    There’s a strategy to this???! Darnit. All I did was look at the covers.

  34. Jayne
    Mar 16, 2009 @ 05:21:14

    Just a note, you don’t have to type in your selections. Just click on the title of the book you think will make it into the next round and it automatically fills in the brackets.

  35. Jana J. Hanson
    Mar 16, 2009 @ 07:07:57


    Thank you, Jayne!!! That just made my Monday morning SO much simpler!

  36. orannia
    Mar 16, 2009 @ 14:55:27

    OK, so I’ve made my selections. Maybe made isn’t quite the right word…some of the books I’ve never heard of :) Guesstimation is such fun :)

  37. jmc
    Mar 18, 2009 @ 09:30:05

    Are the books on the brackets supposed to all be (c) 2008? There’s a 2007 book on the list, so I was wondering…

  38. Jane
    Mar 18, 2009 @ 20:27:04

    @jmc err, they are supposed to be all 2008 releases.

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