Cast Your Vote for the Christian Indie Awards!

If you read Christian books, you are invited to VOTE for the 2020 Christian Indie Awards!

You can vote online right now at www.christianaward.com. Cast your vote for one book in each of the Awards’ 18 categories.

The Christian Indie Awards aims to recognize outstanding Christian books by small publishers and independent authors. Often smaller publishers and authors produce fresh, innovative books that inspire readers and fill niche needs. Yet, these books go without recognition in an industry that recognizes bestsellers and famous personalities.

The winners of the awards are determined solely by the votes of Christian book lovers and retailers alike. The winners of the 2020 Christian Indie Awards will be announced by May 1, 2020.

The Christian Indie Awards are sponsored by Christian Indie Publishing Association (CIPA).

What are you waiting for? Go Vote! And, invite your friends to vote also!

The 2019 Christian Indie Award Winners
The 2018 Christian Indie Award Winners
The 2017 Book of the Year Award Winners

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New Award for Christian Authors

The Christian Authors Network (CAN) is sponsoring a new award for Christian authors. The CAN Crown Awards celebrate excellence in Christian Media and Marketing by authors.

Crown Awards

The Crown Awards were first implemented in 1973 by ICVM (International Christian Visual Media) to honor the work of Christian film producers. The awards now recognize the best and highest achievement in video and film productions that are created to reflect Christian values. CAN is expanding these awards to media and marketing developed by Christian authors.

Open to both traditional and independent authors, the CAN Crown Awards purpose is to recognize, educate, and encourage excellence in marketing and promotion skills of all Christian authors.

This new award focuses on three categories of marketing excellence:

  1. Visual Campaign—includes memes, social media, and physical media (print materials: postcards, posters, flyers, etc.).
  2. Broadcasting —includes television, radio, podcast, or interview specific to the author or their book, series, or brand.
  3. Web Presence—includes website, blog, and newsletter.

Any campaign, broadcast, or web presence entered for the CAN Crown Awards must focus on a book, book series, or brand. The marketing campaign (visual, broadcasting, web presence) must have started between February 1, 2018 and August 27, 2019. The campaign does not need to encompass the entire 18-month span, only begin within those dates to be eligible.

Nominations for this award are open from August 28 through September 28, 2019. Finalists will be announced in advance of the Crown Award Banquet. The final Crown Awards will be presented November 16, 2019 during the awards banquet at the Marriott Cool Springs in Franklin TN.

For complete guidelines and elibigility or to nominate your marketing campaign, visit https://christianauthorsnetwork.com/can-crown-awards.

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The Christian Indie Awards is open and accepting nominations through November 15, 2019. These awards honor Christian books by small presses and independent authors.

Nominations are accepted in 18 categories for books published in 2018 or 2019. Books must be in English and available for sale in the United States.

For complete guidelines and eligibility or to nominate your book, visit https://www.christianaward.com.

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Are Awards Worth It?

I recently received the following email from an indie author:

I am emailing because I have a question. My book won a 2019 Christian Indie Award in April and I just wanted to know if you can tell me the benefits of winning?

Maybe you struggle with this same question. Maybe you wonder whether entering a book award is worth your effort and money.

Winning a book award provides a great many benefits to both the author and the book. The infographic below lists six of these benefits.

By the way, Nominations are Open for the 2020 Christian Indie Awards. You can nominate your indie published or small press book at https://www.christianaward.com.

Benefits of Winning a Book Award

 

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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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Book Awards Help Promote Books

We have so much information presented to us every day that we remember very little of what we encounter.

Hence, keeping your book in front of readers on a regular basis is required for readers to remember your book. Most authors find it challenging to consistently keep their books in front of prospective readers in a fresh new way. Book signings, author events, reviews, and readers’ testimonials all provide great fodder for putting out fresh news about books on your author website and social media accounts.

Fresh news about your book gives you a creative way to continually put your book in front of your target audience. Each time your audience hears something new about your book, their memory is refreshed and they are reminded that your book is worthy of an investment of their time and money—increasing the chances that they will make a purchase.

Did you know that nominating your book for a book award gives you a fresh piece of news about your book?

An independent author who recently nominated her book for the Christian Indie Awards included the following note with her nomination.

I would like to express my deep appreciation for providing me and other small Christian authors the wonderful opportunity to enter the Christian Indie Awards. You encourage by recognizing the gifts our Lord has given us. Just the chance to enter is a real honor.

I agree with this author. It is an honor to nominate your book. God has given you a message and now you have the opportunity to nominate it for further recognition. So, share this honor with your audience. After you nominate your book for an award, announce to your audience that your book has been nominated for the award.

Readers take notice of book awards. The mention that your book has been nominated for a book award is one way to raise the level of prestige for your book. You can use your nomination (even if you nominate the book yourself) in promoting your book. Of course, if you win the book award, your book’s reputation will rise to a new level and you will be handed more news and promotional opportunities for your book.

If you have published a book that promotes the Christian faith in 2017 or 2018, your book is eligible for nomination to the Christian Indie Awards. You can head on over to www.christianaward.com and nominate your book. Then announce to your audience via your website, newsletter, and social media that your book has been nominated for the Christian Indie Awards. It’s fresh news that allows you to keep your book in front of potential readers.

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