Book Awards Produce Winners!

Nominations are open for the 2018 Christian Indie Awards! The awards are sponsored by Christian Small Publishers Association (CSPA).

Christian Books published in 2016 and 2017 are eligible for nomination. For complete nomination guidelines and to nominate a book, visit www.ChristianAward.com.

Not sure if you should enter a book award? Check out these 10 reasons to do so.

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The 2017 Book of the Year Award Winners

The votes are in and counted. The winners of the 2017 Christian Small Publisher Book of the Year Award have been determined!

Christian book lovers and retailers voted on 120 nominated titles in 13 categories. The winners in each of the 13 categories are:

Fiction
Always With You, Elaine Stock, Elk Lake Publishing

Historical Fiction
Dawn of Liberty: Short Story Collection, Amber Schamel, Vision Writer Publications

Romance
Forgiveness, Marianne Evans, Pelican Book Group

Christian Living
Frankly Speaking, Janet Dash-Harris, CLM Publishing

Bible Study / Theology
Stuff Jesus Never Said, Paul Ellis, KingsPress

Devotional
Getting To Know Jesus: An Invitation to Walk With The Lord Day By Day, Eric Kampmann, Beaufort Books

Biography / Memoir
The Party’s Not Over Until God Says So, V.Lynn Whitfield, Professional Woman Publishing

Relationships / Family
Handing Out Life: The Simple Way to Rewarding Relationships in All of Life, Rev. Dr. Todd A. Biermann, Halo Publishing

Children’s (age 4 to 8)
Fireflies, Ginger Sanders (author), Tracy Applewhite Broom (illustrator)

Children’s (age 8 to 12)
Paul the Apostle: A Graphic Novel, Ben Avery (author), Mark Harmon (illustrator), Beartruth Collective, LLC

Young Adult (age 12+)
Healing Rain, Katy Newton Naas, Clean Reads

Gift Book
Jesus Loves You, Christine Topjian, Lighthouse Publishing

Christian Education
Examine Your Faith! Finding Truth in a World of Lies, Pamela Christian, Protocol, Ltd

Congratulations to the winners! Thank you to everyone who voted!

The Christian Small Publisher Book of the Year Award is sponsored by Christian Small Publishers Association (CSPA).

Looking for a great book to read next? Try one of the winners of the CSP Book of the Year Award listed here.

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Award to the Wise

As the Director of Christian Small Publishers Association (CSPA), the author of the award-winning Your Guide to Marketing Books in the Christian Marketplace, and the author of this blog on marketing Christian books, I try to follow my own marketing advice.

Now admittedly, I don’t follow my advice as well as I should. (Aren’t we all guilty of this? It is so much easier to give advice then to follow it.) I really should put more effort into marketing than I do. Sadly, it is primarily time constraints that keep me from doing more.

One area that I have taken my own advice seriously is in pursuing book awards. I am pleased to announce that my book, Your Guide to Marketing Books in the Christian Marketplace, has won another book award! It is the recipient of the Book Excellence Awards in the writing/publishing category.

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Now in its third edition, Your Guide to Marketing Books in the Christian Marketplace has now garnered five book awards. This book is truly a useful guide for authors and publishers producing Christian books.

I was surprised to discover that this most recent award program, Book Excellence Awards, charges a license fee of $149.99 to winners who want to use their award seal. This means that if I want to put the award seal on any marketing material or on the cover of my book, I must pay the licensing fee.

Now, licensing fees are not unheard of in book award programs. However, most book award programs geared toward small publishers and independently published authors do not charge a license fee to use their award seal. In fact, none of the other awards my book has won have charged a license fee.

What makes this more surprising to me is that the Book Excellence Award is brand-new. This means that this award is not yet well-known or well-recognized in the industry. Even widely known and prestigious awards like IBPA’s Benjamin Franklin Award or the IPPY Awards (Independent Publisher Awards) do not charge a licensing fee to use their award seal.

Additionally, Christian Small Publisher Association’s book award program, Christian Small Publisher Book of the Year Award, does not charge winners a fee to use the award seal in their marketing materials or on their book covers. That’s one more reason for you to nominate your Christian book for this award. Nominations are open through November 15, 2016, at www.bookoftheyear.net.

The Christian Small Publisher Book of the Year Award does charge for book stickers, but this is because book stickers are a physical commodity that cost money to produce.

If you have not yet pursued book awards for your book, I suggest that you do. Book awards are a great tool for additional exposure for your book and a boon to your marketing efforts when you win!

Update:  In 2017, the Book Excellence Awards decided to provide their book award seal free to the winners of the award.

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Do You Need an Excuse?

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2017 Christian Small Publishers Book of the Year Award! If you are an independently published author or a small publisher with a Christian book intended for the Christian market that promotes the Christian faith in some way, I encourage you to nominate your book. For complete nomination guidelines and to nominate a book, visit www.bookoftheyear.net.

Of course, you might not want to nominate your book. If you need an excuse to not enter a book award, here are 10 Reasons to Not Enter a Book Award.

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Opening Doors for Authors

I like it when someone is polite enough to hold a door open for me. It means that I don’t have to fumble with a door, and I can just be ushered into the building I am entering.

Sometimes as authors we knock on doors to get people to open them. Other times we try to heft the door open ourselves. Sometimes we are successful and sometimes the door remains closed to us. Each door represents another path to receive more exposure and sales for our books.

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Are you tired of grappling with doors? A book award can help. Book awards open doors for authors.

This summer at the International Christian Retail Show (ICRS) I met a literary agent who wanted to know more about Christian Small Publishers Association (CSPA). As we talked, one of the things I shared with her was that CSPA is the sponsor of the Christian Small Publisher Book of the Year Award.

This literary agent recognized the award. She told me that she has a client whose children’s book won this award a few years ago. She reported that she had been working with this particular client to secure a contract for a new line of children’s books with a large Christian publishing house. They had recently signed a deal.

I wondered aloud whether the book award had some influence in that decision. Her response was that a book award always shines favorable light on an author.

Whether you are looking to secure a contract with a traditional publishing house, or simply just want to sell more books, winning a book award helps open doors for you.

Of course, you can’t win a book award unless you enter a contest. The number of book award contests grows each year. There are plenty to choose from, including the list of Christian book awards you can find at www.christianbookaward.com. Allotting some of your marketing dollars for book award entry fees is a smart idea.

The Christian Small Publisher Book of the Year Award is currently open for nominations for the 2017 Book of the Year. The award is granted in 14 categories. If you are a small publisher or an independently published author with a book that promotes the Christian faith, you can nominate your book for the award.

To read the complete nomination eligibility and guidelines and to nominate your book, simply visit the Christian Small Publisher Book of the Year Award website at www.bookoftheyear.net.

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