Did you know that there are over 1,200 books published every day in the United States. That is a lot of books! And, it means that your book has a lot of competition.
Sometimes I hear from authors who appear to think that book awards are a waste of time and money to pursue. If you are one of those people who like to just blend in with a crowd and not stand out, then entering book award contests may not be worth your investment. So, in honor of these type of individuals, I am providing a list of ten reasons to not enter your book in a book award contest.
Ten Reasons to Not Enter a Book Award
10. You are not a published author.
9. You dislike stickers.
8. You don’t want to have to redo your book’s cover to include an award emblem.
7. You are selling enough books already.
6. Your audience is big enough. Everyone you want to know about your book already does.
5. You don’t want to spend any more money marketing your book, even though the nomination fee is affordable.
4. You think your book doesn’t deserve recognition.
3. You think you are not a good enough writer to call yourself an award-winning author.
2. You prefer obscurity.
1. If God wants you to have an award, He will give you one.
If you find that this list does not exemplify your feelings on the issue, then I encourage you to take action.
If you are an independently published author or small publisher with a Christian book published in 2014 or 2015, written in English, and available for sale in the United States, then head on over to www.bookoftheyear.net and nominate your book for the Christian Small Publisher Book of the Year Award.
If you are looking for additional Christian book awards to enter, you can find a listing at www.christianbookaward.com. In addition, my book, Your Guide to Marketing Books in the Christian Marketplace, contains a lengthy section on general book awards for independently published books that include religious categories.