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DOUBLE Book Contest Winner!!

PostPosted: Thu May 25, 2017 12:47 pm
by mikeyboy_esq
CAN'T BELIEVE my lucky stars! A few months ago, I entered my 2 non-fiction books in a contest and BOTH were selected. This book awards contest had over 1,500 entries this year and less than 20% were chosen as winners or finalists. Woo hoo! :D

My debut book about college teaching tips was chosen as the winner of the 2017 International Book Awards in the Education/Academic category, and my latest book (a self-publishing guide) was selected as a finalist of the 2017 International Book Awards in the Business: Writing & Publishing category. I feel blessed!

Re: DOUBLE Book Contest Winner!!

PostPosted: Thu May 25, 2017 1:03 pm
by williamadams
send me money
enter my contest

i guarantee you will win a top prize
and get a beautiful certificate

i entered a contest for free once
everybody won 2nd place except for the lone winner

if these contests are not the pulitzer or oscar equivalent then should you waste money entering them at all ?

will hyping your book won the joey blowe contest award help sales at all ?
would you buy a book because they claimed they won some no name they ever heard of contest award ?

Re: DOUBLE Book Contest Winner!!

PostPosted: Thu May 25, 2017 2:12 pm
by Brien Sz
Congrats!

Re: DOUBLE Book Contest Winner!!

PostPosted: Thu May 25, 2017 3:03 pm
by Oldtimer
Congratulations, mikeyboy. It's heartening to read such good news. Go win another contest! :D

Re: DOUBLE Book Contest Winner!!

PostPosted: Thu May 25, 2017 3:56 pm
by mikeyboy_esq
Brien & Oldtimer,
Thank you for the kind words of support! Some days, it is the little victories (like this book award) and the friendly words of my fellow authors that keep me going.

Oops, I did it again!

PostPosted: Sat Sep 02, 2017 4:20 pm
by mikeyboy_esq
Oops, I did it again! :D

I entered both of my books in the 2017 Readers' Favorite book award contest, and yesterday I discovered that both were selected! My debut book about college teaching tips won the Bronze Medal in the Non-fiction Education genre, and my second book (a self-publishing guide) was named Honorable Mention in the Non-fiction Writing/Publishing genre. As a newbie author, I welcome as much recognition and exposure as I can get. :P

Re: DOUBLE Book Contest Winner!!

PostPosted: Sat Sep 02, 2017 4:54 pm
by Brien Sz
Awesome! Way to go!

Re: Oops, I did it again!

PostPosted: Sat Sep 02, 2017 6:02 pm
by Pat James
[quote="mikeyboy_esq"]Oops, I did it again! :D

I entered both of my books in the 2017 Readers' Favorite book award contest, and yesterday I discovered that both were selected! My debut book about college teaching tips won the Bronze Medal in the Non-fiction Education genre, and my second book (a self-publishing guide) was named Honorable Mention in the Non-fiction Writing/Publishing genre. As a newbie author, I welcome as much recognition and exposure as I can get. :P[/quote]
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Did you have to pay to enter the contest?

I entered a free contest once.
There was one winner.
Everybody else was second place.

I wonder what value these awards would have if they are not a name like the Newbery Medal, Nobel Prize for Literature, PEN/Faulkner Award. Pulitzer Prize, or similar one with name recognition and publicity in national media for winners.

Re: DOUBLE Book Contest Winner!!

PostPosted: Sat Sep 02, 2017 9:21 pm
by ostarella
There are a lot of awards and prizes available via literary journals and university journals. Rightly or wrongly, I tend to view the "reputation" of the award to the prize awarded. But my go-to for contests is Poets & Writers, since they vet the submissions and has a good reputation itself. But it can definitely get expensive if you get too involved with them, so I would definitely look closely at prize versus cost.

Re: DOUBLE Book Contest Winner!!

PostPosted: Tue Sep 19, 2017 5:52 pm
by wdarcy
This article seems to be relevant.

Avoid Outskirts Press!

http://www.sfwa.org/2010/02/beware-of-fake-awards/

Warren