As self-publishing a book has become more accepted and far more popular than it has ever been, book awards for self-published books have also multiplied.
These awards are popular and as regular as the seasons. For the less scrupulous, it looks like an excellent way to collect entry fees for books in dozens of categories in exchange for a few press releases and some stickers for the front of your book.
Others are very prestigious, and a gold medal in a major competition can sometimes be parlayed into a boost in sales.
Each publisher has to decide whether the benefits of possibly winning an award outweigh the time and expense of entering.
What You Need
But one thing that’s needed is a handy list of the awards open to self-published books. So that’s what we’ve done. With the assistance of Shelley Sturgeon of E-Vantage Business Services I’ve put together a clickable list of 30 book award programs.
However, I’ve finally learned the lesson of why you can do both posts and pages in WordPress. I learned this the hard way with 36 Great Blogs for Self-Publishers which became 52 Great Blogs for Self-Publishers and now needs another update.
And I also learned it with 52 Fantastic Twitter Follows for Self-Publishers, another useful list you’ll find here.
What I learned was that each of these lists should have been pages, with a permanent status and where they could easily be updated. By creating them as posts, they are much less accessible and almost impossible to keep updated. At some point they should all be moved to their own pages.
But for today, here’s a link to the brand new, just out of the box list of:
Please use the comments here to leave any corrections, additions or updates. I hope you find the new Book Awards Page useful.
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