We have been long listing the nominees for the Dagger in the Library today. We do it by email, having set a day when all the judges will be in the office and near email first. We all put a list of top 5, next 5 and bottom 5, and see where we overlap and where we differ. That usually creates a list of about 6-9 people we all agree should be on the long list, then we haggle to get the list down to a reasonable length.
We have a pretty long longlist this year, with 3 authors who were being strongly supported by one or more but hadn't had lots of initial votes. The list we have ended up with is very satisfying with a mix of long standing authors, fairly new authors, mixes of styles, and types of stories too. Something for everyone in this list I think.
The list with links is on Facebook on the CWA site, but here is is on this blog
If you like crime novels - dip in!