As we sipped cocktails tonight brainstorming work stuff, planning events for the fall (one we’re especially excited about), and discussing our wonderful Wise Ink readers, it crossed our mind we haven’t yet tackled one of our favorite resources for authors. Awards.
We’ve witnessed doors open for authors because they took the time to apply for awards. It’s quite simple: awards raise your cred.
A sticker on your book, “award-winning author” before your name, and a list of the awards your book has won all leave a powerful impression in your readers’ minds. Check out this impressive list of awards on indie author Ken Thurber’s website.
With all of the time that goes into marketing, applying for awards is something that should be added to your to-do list. Sure there are readers who won’t care either way. But there are booksellers, media, and conference organizers that do.
We know from experience that there are awards that you should steer clear of. Avoid awards that are brand new, where every entry is a “finalist” for instance. One award we researched and almost recommended didn’t make the list b/c it was clearly a funnel to attract authors for other services.
Here are our favorite awards for indie authors that have proved legit, with entry fees that aren’t ridiculous and that are respected in the publishing industry:
We’re digging the coolness of Joel Friendlander’s E-Book Cover Design Awards. Check it out here. He posts winners monthly and as it says on his site, it’s worth checking out just to check out the range of design and ideas other authors came up with.