The Hidden Benefit of Winning a Book Award

Awards signal success to the world. Winning a book award provides numerous benefits including:

1. Increased visibility for the book and author.

All awards send out press releases announcing the winners. Having your book listed both in the press release and on the award’s website increases your visibility.

2. Increased opportunities for publicity.

Authors can also create press releases announcing that their book has won an award, garnering publicity. Media outlets are more likely to interview an award-winning author. In addition, announcing the award in your email newsletter, on your website, and on your social media sites brings you more exposure.

3. Increased perception of credibility of the book and author.

An award signals to book buyers, reviewers, and the media that your book is trustworthy and provides an excellent read.

4. Increased perception of the book’s value.

An award shows the public that your book is worth their time to read it and worth the money they will spend on purchasing it.

5. Increased sales.

Studies show that when presented with two similar books, book buyers will choose the one toting an award over the non-award winning book.

Book awards also carry hidden benefits. One big hidden benefit of winning a book award is increased author morale and confidence.

Winning a book award lifts an author’s spirit. It provides an author validation in a way that positive reviews cannot. It tells the author that their book stands out above others.
Increased author morale and confidence can have long-lasting effects:

  • It can spur an author to write more books.
  • It can provide an author the confidence he needs to launch a speaking career.
  • It can help the author persevere in marketing and promoting her book.

Of course, you cannot win an award unless you enter your book into awards. Only one month remains for you to nominate your book for the Christian Indie Awards. The deadline to nominate a book is November 15, 2018.

The Christian Indie Awards exist to recognize outstanding Christian books by Indie authors and small publishers. Books published in 2017 or 2018 are eligible for nomination. Books can be nominated by an author or a publisher.

To nominate your book for the Christian Indie Awards, CLICK HERE.

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The 2015 Book of the Year Award Winners!

The votes are in and counted. The winners of the 2015 Christian Small Publisher Book of the Year Award have been determined!

About 6,000 Christian book lovers and retailers voted on 126 nominated titles in 13 categories. This year the voting was again very competitive. For the second year in a row, two categories had ties for first place!

2015 Award 1The winners in each of the 13 categories are:

Fiction: The Redemption of Caralynne Hayman, Carole Brown, Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas

Historical Fiction (tie): Rebekah’s Treasure, Sylvia Bambola, Heritage Publishing House, & Chasing the Butterfly, Jayme H. Mansfield, Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas

Romance: Shenandoah Dreams, Lisa Belcastro, OakTara

Christian Living: The Gospel in Twenty Questions, Paul Ellis, KingsPress

Bible Study / Theology (tie): The Praying Church Handbook – Volume II: Personal and Family Prayer, P. Douglas Small, Editor, Alive Publications, & Paul’s Letters to the Early Church, Trina Bresser Matous, Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas

Devotional: My Resurrected Heart: A Codependent’s Journey to Healing, Diane M. Jellen

Biography: Bury Me with My Pearls, Jane Jenkins Herlong, Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas

Relationships / Family: My Beloved and My Friend: How To Be Married To Your Best Friend Without Changing Spouses, Hal and Melanie Young, Great Waters Press

Children’s (age 4 to 8): Nutshell Prayers for Kids, Sue Riger, Brush and Quill Productions

Children’s (age 8 to 12): Corrie ten Boom, Kaylena Radcliff, Christian History Institute

Young Adult (age 12+): Four Years, Two Roads: Finding Eternal Significance in High School, Derek Kim, Concerning Life Publishing

Gift Book: The Prayer Shawl: Wrapped in God’s Love, Susan Fitzsimonds–author, Mary Gregg Byrne– illustrator, Nelson Publishing and Marketing

Christian Education: Their Name is Today, Johann Christoph Arnold, Plough Publishing House

Congratulations to the winners!

2015 Award 2The 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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Updated!

As a small business owner, it is easy to get busy and just keep turning the wheel without stepping back and taking the time to reevaluate.

I was reminded of this recently when a winner of our 2013 Christian Small Publisher Book of the Year Award pointed out that the Book of the Year Award seal looked drastically different from the other book award seals currently being used in the publishing world. While I do not want the Christian Small Publisher Book of the Year Award emblem to be a cookie-cutter award, I also don’t want it to appear outdated or out-of-sync.

Award_Seal

I took the time to listen to the feedback given. Pausing, stepping back, and taking another look, I realized that the Christian Small Publisher Book of the Year Award seal had been created six years ago when we started the book award program, and it was truly in need of an updated look.

As a result, the seal has received a makeover. I am proud to announce a new updated emblem for the Christian Small Publisher Book of the Year Award.  I hope you think it is an improvement.

What about you? Where might your business benefit from your taking the time to step back and reevaluate?

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The 2013 Book of the Year Award Winners!

The votes are in and counted. The winners of the 2013 Christian Small Publisher Book of the Year Award have been determined!

Around 3,500 book lovers and retailers selling Christian products voted on 91 nominated titles in 12 categories.

Award 1The winners in each of the 12 categories are:

Fiction  –  Muted Grey, Dianna L Young, Wildflower Press

Romance  –  Sarah’s Gift, Skye Wieland, ShadeTree Publishing

Christian Living  –  Reasons for Hope in the Mosaic of Your Life, Carl Kerby, Genesis Publishing Group

Bible Study / Theology  –  God’s Wake-up Call, Dr. Rick Metrick, ShadeTree Publishing

Devotional  –  Daily Readings for Difficult Days, Jennifer Carter, Hope Books

Biography  –  If Today Is All I Have, Linda Nordyke Hambleton with Todd Hillard, Florida Hospital Publishing

Relationships / Family  –  Grandparenting Through Obstacles: Overcoming Family Challenges to Reach Your Grandchildren for Christ, Renee Gray-Wilburn and Dianne E. Butts, Pix-N-Pens Publishing

Children’s (age 4 to 8)  –  The Christian Alphabet Book: Teaching Children about Jesus, Prayer, and the Bible, Tracy Sands, Love the Dove Publishing

Children’s (age 8 to 12)  –  Where the Crickets Sing, Rosie Boom, Boom Tree Publishing

Young Adult (age 12+)  –  Is Your Fruit Sweet or Sour? A Teen Girl’s Guide to Christian Living, Karen Finn, Precept Publishing

Gift Book  –  Billy Tucci’s A Child is Born, Billy Tucci, Apostle Arts, LLC

eBook Exclusive  –  Equip Your Mind with the Word of God, Volume 1, Barney Browne, MindEquip

Award 2Congratulations to the winners!

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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