Kidding aside, I acted as judge last year when I didn't have any of my entries in the running for BoB (sniff...sniff...). It was so much fun because every entry was wonderful - truly enjoyable reading!
The hard part was that because
they were all so good, it was difficult to pick the winner. This is where the judging score sheets are invaluable. By focusing on the categories to judge, it helps you to see where the technical strengths and weaknesses are in each piece instead of just going by your emotional connection.
I'm glad I have a couple in the running this year but I would have loved to judge again. I definitely came away blessed by reading such great work. Every one of those forty #1 authors are winners in my book.
So volunteer for the job! You'll be glad you did.