When a e book wins the Pulitzer Prize or Nationwide Ebook Award, or a youngsters’s e book wins the Newberry Medal, readers take discover. The e book and the writer then obtain an excessive amount of media consideration. Few different e book contests are family phrases, however in case you let individuals know your e book has received a contest, it would nonetheless persuade them to purchase your e book. And having an award sticker in your e book cowl or an announcement in your web site that your e book has received an award can solely provide help to to get media consideration and increase your e book’s gross sales.However authors beware. Everyone seems to be attempting to make a buck immediately, and sadly, that has resulted in some unscrupulous individuals preying upon authors who’re determined to get their books seen; these individuals have created phony e book contests whose solely actual goal is to place within the contest organizer’s pocket. Keep in mind, even in case you win a contest, it does you little good if it does not assist enhance gross sales and media consideration on your e book, so watch out what contests you enter. Following are some pointers for figuring out whether or not a e book contest is price getting into, only a waste of your cash, or maybe even a rip-off.Who’s conducting the competition?Be certain that the competition is being run by a good particular person, firm, or group. The competition ought to be listed on a good web site that has a full disclosure webpage itemizing all the competition guidelines, pointers, and different info. Merely an advert in or on Craigslist doesn’t make a contest reliable except it refers individuals to a full disclosure webpage.What’s the contest’s historical past?Contests have to start out someplace so if it is the competition’s first 12 months, that does not imply it is not reliable, but when the competition has a monitor file of some years, it is extra more likely to be price getting into. Moreover a contest historical past, it is best to have the ability to discover a listing of previous contest winners, which is nice not just for figuring out whether or not your e book has something in frequent with the previous winners so you identify what likelihood you will have of successful, nevertheless it enables you to decide the standard of the books which have received up to now to see whether or not it actually is a contest with essential judges, or simply a kind of contests the place everybody wins-yes, these are on the market.
What’s the price?Some individuals will inform you to keep away from contests with charges, however a contest with an affordable price is often as, or extra, reliable. In any case, individuals do not run contests for his or her well being. It takes quite a lot of effort and time to prepare a contest and to learn all these books. Charges often pay for promoting the competition, for the prizes, and typically for small gratuities given to thank the judges for his or her time. Simply ensure that as the competition entrant, you get a very powerful factor on your fee-someone who truly reads your e book. And likewise that the competition winner truly wins one thing (see “What is the prize?” beneath).Watch out for extra charges when you win the competition, reminiscent of receiving a reduction on e book teaching companies. It’s possible you’ll find yourself having to pay for additional award stickers-no contest goes to present you limitless stickers-but past that, there ought to be no additional charges.Together with charges, additionally be aware what number of copies of your e book are wanted. A reliable contest will often want a couple of e book as a result of there are a number of judges who might want to learn the e book. See additionally if an announcement is made about what occurs to the books-do the judges maintain them or donate them to a library? Both is ok. You simply do not need to enter a contest the place the objective is to gather books that won’t be learn however offered to earn extra cash.What’s the deadline?It does not matter what time of 12 months the deadline to enter is, nevertheless it ought to be sufficiently far sufficient away from the date when the winners are introduced. If a contest deadline is January 15th and winners are introduced on January 30th, it is seemingly that not quite a lot of books had been truly learn in a two-week interval. A minimum of a month ought to go between the deadline and the bulletins so the judges have time truly to learn the books.Who’s doing the judging?Not everyone seems to be certified to evaluate a e book contest. You do not need to enter a contest the place the judges are made up solely of the organizer’s household and pals. You need to win a contest the place well-known or a minimum of certified people-writers, publishers, publicists-are doing the judging. The competition ought to disclose who its judges are. Not “Judges may include” however truly itemizing the names of the judges, or telling you what group of individuals compile the judges. An inventory of well-known previous judges does not assist both if these individuals aren’t judging the 12 months you enter, though such a listing could present that the competition is respected.What’s the judging course of?Consider it or not, there are contests on the market the place nobody reads the e book and everybody will get an award. These contests are nugatory. They may idiot you and even a few of your readers, however do you actually need to win a contest like that the place there is no such thing as a actual winner?Additionally keep away from the “crowd sourcing” sorts of contests. These contests ask authors to rally everybody they know to return and vote for his or her e book and the e book with probably the most votes wins. A e book contest is not a democratic process, and people votes depend for nothing. You might get all 2,000 of your Fb pals to vote for you, however I guess most of them by no means learn your e book so who’re they to say whether or not your e book deserves to win over a e book by somebody with solely fifty Fb pals?You’ll be able to inform whether or not a contest has a dependable judging course of just by trying up a number of the books which have received. Do not be shocked in case you discover some “award-winning books” have main modifying or print high quality points. Avoid these contests.A reliable e book contest can have judges and a judging course of in place. There ought to be a minimum of two rounds of judging. Within the first spherical, all of the books are learn and scored or evaluated. Then in a second spherical, a listing of finalists is called (which can even be introduced) earlier than the ultimate winners are decided.
What’s the prize?Consider it or not, successful some e book contests might be pricey. Look fastidiously at what the prize shall be. Listed below are some prizes you don’t need: attending an awards dinner you need to pay for, together with journey bills; stickers, trophies, or certificates you need to pay for (it is best to obtain a set variety of stickers, and solely need to pay for stickers over that quantity); an digital certificates you need to print your self; additional companies, reminiscent of a press launch, that you need to buy in case you win.Be particularly cautious of contests that award you “representation.” If the award is e book shall be revealed by a writer, or serialized in , or represented by a literary company, that sounds nice, however learn the superb print. Will the agent truly symbolize you or simply take a look at your e book? Will the writer pay for the printing or count on you to pay partial or full manufacturing prices? Briefly, there ought to by no means be a price related to the prize.A prize of some kind ought to be awarded. It does not need to be something main like a gold trophy-what good is a gold trophy anyway if it sits in your workplace the place nobody can see it? A greater prize is one which helps you promote your e book, reminiscent of a professionally written press launch, a e book evaluate that’s promoted to the media, a set variety of award stickers to position in your books, or a particular (and free) media bundle of some kind.The Pay-OffBook contests stay a good way to get individuals to take discover of your book-both the media and your goal readers. However be sure to enter contests the place you are feeling you will have a superb likelihood of successful and the place getting into and successful doesn’t harm your advertising and marketing funds, however somewhat is more likely to repay in publicity and e book gross sales.