Along with the CWA Daggers and other associated crime/thriller writing (including for film and TV) shortlists announced yesterday in preparation for the upcoming 2009 Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards, there is also a "people's choice" bestseller award, so to speak.
The shortlist of five 'bestselling writers' for the ITV3 Bestseller Dagger, which can be voted for by the public, consists of Harlan Coben, Martina Cole, Dick Francis, Nicci French, and Alexander McCall Smith.
It is unclear how these five authors were chosen over other bestselling crime/thriller writers (James Patterson? Stieg Larsson? Michael Connelly?), but no one could argue that they each sell massive quantities of their books, and are bonafide 'bestsellers'. The blurb from the organisers says: "The reward for consistently good writing is the ability to sell books by name alone, then comes bestsellerdom and commercial success. The five authors on this shortlist all have many bestsellers to their name but who is your favourite and who should win the ITV3 Bestsellers Dagger?"
I've already voted. You can vote for your favourite at: http://www.itv.com/drama/copsandcrime/itv3crimethrillerawards/vote/default.html
The 2009 Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards will be held in association with the Crime Writers Association (CWA) and Cactus TV - the culmination of a six-week season of ITV3 crime and drama programming. The 2009 Awards take place on 21st October 2009, and will be broadcast on ITV3 later that month. Thoughts? Favourites? Agree or disagree with the shortlist?