Every author especially self-publishing authors desire to win a book award. Some want the public validation that their book is a hit and others simply want to promote themselves as an award-winning author!
Winning a prestigious book award is now becoming a necessity for self-publishers who lack the celebrity status or backing from a traditional publisher. This can gain the media’s attention in addition to librarians and bookstores. Gaining the attention from these major players can be an asset to your writing career and/or publishing company.
Take some time out of your day to research a few of the competitions that are out there. Some of the most popular ones include: the IndieFab Award, the Benjamin Franklin Award, the NIEA Award, the IPPY Award, the Writers’ Digest Award, and many more. Each competition pretty much requires the same things – an entry fee, an application, and copies of your book. It usually takes around three to five months in order to determine whether you’ve won or not. If you win, it is one of the best feelings in the world to know that a panel of strangers actually adore your book.
After winning the award, it is now time for you to promote your award-winning status to the public. Make frequent posts on twitter, facebook, google plus, etc. Send out press releases and announcements to magazine and newspaper companies. Email friends and family members notifying them of your new milestone. Also, place the award-winning digital logo on your website and email headers in order to increase visibility.
See Foreword Reviews’ Tips to Promote Your Winner Status for more ideas.