Book Awards Matter

Standing out from the competition is a problem every author faces. Gaining exposure and recognition for your book is tough. One avenue to earn your book additional notice is to enter it into book award contests.

award winning author

As an award-winning author, myself, I can attest to the following five reasons to enter your book into book award contests:

  1. A book award gives you another opportunity to receive media coverage.
  2. Awards create interest in your book, which can lead to more sales.
  3. A book award can give your book an edge over other books in your genre / subject matter.
  4. If you win a book award, you get to bill yourself as an award-winning author.
  5. Entering award is a low cost marketing endeavor.

If you have written or published a book for the Christian marketplace, I encourage you to enter the 2016 Christian Small Publisher Book of the Year Award. Nominations for this award are open through November 15, 2015.

Nominations are accepted in 14 categories: General Fiction, Historical Fiction, Romance, Bible Study/Theology, Biography/Memoir, Christian Education, Christian Living, Devotional, Relationships/Family, Children’s Book 4-8 years, Children’s Book 8-12 years, Young Adult (12+ years), Gift Books, and eBook Exclusive.

To be eligible for this award, books must be published in 2014 or 2015 by an author or publisher with annual revenues of $400,000 or less. Nominated books must be Christian in nature and intended for the Christian marketplace. All nominated books must be printed in English and for sale in the United States.

Any small publisher can nominate books for the award. Nominations are accepted in the following categories: General Fiction, Romance, Bible Study/Theology, Biography, Christian Living, Devotional, Relationships/Family, Children’s Book 4-8 years, Children’s Book 8-12 years, Young Adult (12+ years), Gift Books, and eBook Exclusive.

Christian retailers and book readers will be invited to vote on the nominated titles in February and March 2016. The winners of the award will be the books that receive the most votes.

Complete guidelines, eligibility, and the nomination form can be found on the Christian Small Publisher Book of the Year Award’s website at http://www.bookoftheyear.net.

P.S. The Award Winning Author stickers (as pictured above) can be purchased on the Autographed by the Author website. They are a smart marketing idea. Any author who has had one book win an award can place these stickers on all the other books he or she has published.

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