Next Step: Apply for Book Awards

So now that you have published your book, what’s next? While we encourage our authors to take a well-deserved break to celebrate their accomplishments, the work is not finished. Next up, it’s time to start applying for book awards to gain more praise and recognition for your book. Here are few book award suggestions for self-published authors:

The Next Generation Indie Book Awards is the largest nonprofit awards program for independent publishers. Authors have over 70 different categories to choose from when applying and the top 70 books interested are given maximum exposure with a leading New York literary agent with possible representation. Look to increase your audience by submitting your book or e-book for entry as 2018 applications are now being accepted. Maybe you’ll find yourself at the Gala awards reception!

Another annual award that we recommend considering is the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) Benjamin Franklin Awards. What makes this competition unique is that all entrants receive direct feedback on their entries. For each category, one Gold winner and at least two Silver winners are selected. Now in its 30th year, the book awards program is considered one of the highest national honors for small and independent publishers to receive. Make sure to check your eligibility for the 2018 competition before applying.

It’s important to note that in the last few years there has been a rise in the quality of submissions. This has contributed to the growth in the overall competitiveness for award selections for self-published authors. Our advice to help increase your chances to win an accolade is to hire an editor to help review and perfect your book before its publishing date. This should include correcting any grammatical errors and getting help with design.

While we can’t guarantee that your book takes home first prize, the award stickers help to distinguish your book (or e-book) on a crowded shelf. Have a busy schedule or feeling overwhelmed? We can help, so contact us now!

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