Monday, 7 September 2015

And the Winner is… Awards Programs for Fiction Writers

Getting recognition for your writing in the form of an award is not only a boost in confidence but it’s
also a great marketing and PR opportunity. Having an industry stamp of approval from an unbiased judging process is a great endorsement of the quality of your writing and gives you fodder to help rise
2013 IPPY Awards in NY
above the noise of the competition.

One of the most highly regarded awards programs for indie authors is the IPPY Awards, which was started by Independent Publisher Magazine 20 years ago. My first novel, Mental Pause, was a bronze award-winner in the best adult fiction ebook category in 2013. I was both shocked and pleased, as it was the first awards program I had ever entered. The publicity alone was well worth it, not to mention a great party in New York!

The point is, including awards programs in your book launch marketing plan is a solid strategy. It’s great exposure for both you as an author and for your books.

Here are the awards programs I’m submitting or have already submitted my latest novel, Deep Deceit, to (fingers crossed). They all have different submission guidelines and some charge entry fees so click on each to visit the website for more details. This is certainly not a comprehensive list so if there are others you know of please feel free to add them below in the comments section…

IPPYAwards, deadline Feb. 27, 2016
EricHoffer Book Award, deadline Jan. 1, 2016
IndieFab Book Awards (Foreward Reviews), deadline Jan. 15, 2016
IndieReader Discovery Awards (Alliance of Independent Authors), deadline March 2, 2016
InternationalBook Awards, deadline Feb. 2016
NationalIndie Excellence Book Awards, deadline April 5, 2016
NextGeneration Indie Book Awards, deadline Feb. 12, 2016
Reader'sFavorites, deadline March 30, 2016
Writer'sDigest Self-Publishing Awards, closed now, opens in Nov. for next year's competition
Writer'sDigest Self-Published ebook Awards, closed now but keep on the list for next year
Writers& Editors, March 15, 2016
eLitBook Awards - Jenkins Group, January 31, 2016
BestKindle book awards - Next Gate Press, closed for 2015, watch for next year!

Feel free to share what your awards program experience has been. 


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Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Meet 'n Greet Fellow Bloggers!

This is me in Peggy's Cove Nova Scotia :)
It gives me great pleasure to re-blog this post from Danny at Dream Big, Dream Often. I'm always looking for great blogs to follow and highlight. Looking forward to meeting everyone :)

What day is it??!!  Meet and Greet Day!
Ok so here are the rules:
  1. Leave a link to your page or post in the comments of this post.
  2. Reblog this post.  It helps you, it helps me, it helps everyone!  So don’t be selfish, hit the reblog button.
  3. Edit your reblog post and add tags (i.e. reblogging, reblog, meet n greet, link party, etc.), it helps, trust me on this one.
  4. Share this post on social media.  Many of my non-blogger friends love that I put the Meet n Greet on Facebook and Twitter because they find new bloggers to follow.  This helps also, trust me.
  5. And if you leave a link and don’t follow me, how about ya show ole Danny some love?
Now that all the rules have been clearly explained get out there and meet n greet your butts off!
The Social Media post will publish at 7:00am est
The Reblog post will publish at 8:00 am est.
See ya Monday!
Danny