Nominations Now Open for the 2020 Christian Indie Awards

Winning a book award is one of the best promotional tools an author can have.

Not only does the book become an award-winning title worthy of media attention, the author also becomes an award-winning author. Authors who win a book award can bill themselves as an award-winning author on all their marketing materials, in their media kits, and on their subsequent books.

However, you can’t win a book award unless you enter a book contest.

Nominations are now OPEN for the 2020 Christian Indie Awards. Any independently published Christian author or small publisher can nominate a Christian book published in 2018 or 2019 for the award. Nominations can be made on the Awards’ website at

Check out these four great benefits of winning a book award!

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Sad, but True

eBooks have become a popular vehicle for authors to place their works into book form and make them available for sale. As the self-publishing trend has increased, services have sprung up to assist authors seeking to self-publish.

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One such service is BookBaby. BookBaby is the brainchild of the people who started CD Baby. CD Baby was developed to help independent musicians sell CDs and music downloads through distribution to music outlets as well as directly to consumers.

When the founders of CD Baby recognized this self-publishing trend, they opened BookBaby in 2011. BookBaby offers ebook conversion and ebook distribution services.

Since its inception, BookBaby has offered a variety of plans for authors, including plans that did not charge for distribution; instead, BookBaby received a commission on each sale made. These plans that provided free distribution are no more. BookBaby has recently dropped both of their lower–priced distribution service plans and raised the price of their premium plan.

BookBaby is now offering only one ebook conversion and distribution plan for $299. With this new plan, authors earn 100% of net sales, meaning that BookBaby is now charging all their fees upfront.

I find this change very interesting. It signals to me that BookBaby has been making very little (if any) money from commissions from ebook sales. Remember, historically, BookBaby’s lower-priced plans included a commission to BookBaby for each book sold. In other words, many of the independent authors using BookBaby’s service are selling very few books.

This does not surprise me. I have beaten the same drum for years—if you want to sell books, you have to engage in marketing and book promotion activities. Sadly, so many authors only put effort into publishing a book and not into promoting the book.

Don’t be like the average self-published author. Engage in marketing and promotional activities that connect people to your books. Make a goal to perform at least three to five activities a day that promote your book. Sales will follow.

If you are looking for ideas to better promote your Christian book, I suggest you read my book, Your Guide to Marketing Books in the Christian Marketplace. It is full of ideas you can use everyday!

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Final Call for Nominations

“What’s the big deal about book awards?”

I have heard this question on a number of occasions from authors. Here is my response:


Awards are big deals. Whether an award is being given for business success, athletic success, or literary success, the award signals recognition for something that is good or outstanding.

Here are a few more reasons why a book award is a big deal:

  1. Book awards are one of the most effective and affordable means of gaining recognition for independent publishers and authors.
  2. Winning an award elevates your status to an award-winning author or publisher.
  3. Earning a book award conveys a high level of credibility for your book and differentiates the title from among similar books.

Christian Small Publisher Book of the Year Award was created to bring recognition to quality Christian books by small publishers and independent authors. There are just two weeks left for you to nominate a title for this award.

The award is given in 14 categories this year. You can view a complete list on the award’s website.

To be eligible for nomination, a book must:

  • Be published by a small publisher with annual revenues of $400,000 or less.
  • Be Christian in nature and intended for the Christian marketplace.
  • Be printed in English and for sale in the United States.
  • Be nominated by the publisher of author.
  • Be nominated only for one category.
  • Be published in 2013 or 2014.

To nominate your book, head on over to Nominations must be received by November 15, 2014 for the 2015 award.

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