I can’t believe a year has gone by from the last deadline already. Here at Reader Views the excitement has taken over as all our reviewers and judges are busy reading away and scoring titles! Many awesome books have come our way and as we get buried by the December entries, we will welcome the Holidays to enjoy them as well! It is not too late to enter your title so hurry up and make sure you meet the postmark deadline of December 31, 2017! Below are some tips on submitting to any literary awards programs:
· Read the Guidelines! All awards programs post submission guidelines on their websites and/or submission forms. These guidelines and rules are there for a reason. No program will make exceptions and the result of most of them is disqualification – sometimes without even a notice. So make sure you understand guidelines and follow them. After all, if you don’t compete, you went through the trouble for nothing!
· Send the final version of your book! This is just common sense, however due to time limitations or budget constraints – I have seen authors submit galleys or Advance uncorrected copies. This is a big mistake. Judges will penalize you for it even if they liked your story! This is really bad if the contest also provides and posts a review, so it is best not to submit if you can’t send in the final product.
· Listen to your Audience! If your book reviews are not good; or they are good but mention editing issues, it might just be a good idea not to send it to a contest. It would be best to publish a revised edition and send that one instead. Or cut your losses and do a better job with the next one. Chances are that if your audience found many flaws in your book, or didn’t find the book interesting; the judges will find those issues as well. So let your audience guide you when considering investing time and money in awards programs.
It is never too late to become an award winning author. It doesn’t need to happen with your first publication, so don’t push it – strategize instead. This will allow you to submit with a better chance to win! For more information on how we help authors, visit bookbybookpublicity.com.