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2014 East Midlands Book Award – UK

East Midland Reflections

East Midland Reflections (Photo credit: Gerry Balding)

The East Midlands Book Award (EMBA) is accepting nominations from local, national and international publishers of East Midlands Writers (this covers Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire and Rutland). The writer needs to have lived in the East Midlands during the period of publication.

The categories are Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction and Poetry and the work can be aimed at children and young people. There is a panel of judges who will put together a short list which is then promoted through book shops, libraries and reading groups.

To find out more about this award, such as who the judges are, its history as well as previous short listed books and winners, please follow the link: http://writingeastmidlands.co.uk/awards/

To go straight to the section on rules and how to enter follow this link: http://writingeastmidlands.co.uk/awards/emba_rules/

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Why you should market your book

Marketing MixI realise that this should have probably been the first post on this blog, but there’s always the old adage – “Better late than never”.

Some people simply don’t like the idea of marketing or even worse sales, it smacks of greasy haired used car salesmen trying to talk you into buying something you don’t need and don’t even want and paying too much for it in the process.

Marketing, done right, however, is the best way to let people know your book exists, and if they want to buy it, they can. Of course you want to talk it up and make it look pretty and desirable, but we do that to ourselves as well when we go for a job interview or on a first date, so why not do it for your book as well. Yes, we might as well face it, books do get judged by their covers, even if we’re told from a young age not to do it.

An attractive cover, a great blurb on the back, some super reviews and the right outlets and channels to sell your book will all help to give your book a great start towards being bought by readers. All this is part of marketing, as is talking about your book on Social Media, going for awards and doing book readings and signings. You’re letting people know who you are, that you’ve written a book and that it’s there to be bought and enjoyed.

If you’re lucky enough to be taken on by a large publisher they will do a lot of the work for you, but it is still up to you, the author to do some marketing yourself. It’s simply part of the job description. At a minimum have a Twitter account and a Facebook page  and talk about your book, connect with other authors and create a community.

Over to you: what’s your opinion on the subject?

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US Literary Awards 2013

Assam Valley Literary Award Trophy

Assam Valley Literary Award Trophy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

After posting the other day about entering your book into contest to go for prestigious awards, I received a comment from the lovely Dana Lynn Smith of The Savvy Book Marketer. (Please make sure you stop by, her blog is excellent!)

Dana shared a link which I simply had to repost herewith and share with everyone who is interested in book awards. It’s an article by the book publicist Scott Lorenz entitled 32 Book Awards Authors Should Pursue for 2013 and you can find it by clicking here. He not only lists the awards but also talks about why it is important for authors to enter. The list is for the US American market, but many of the awards take foreign books also.



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Enter your book for awards


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Have you ever thought about increasing your visibility by entering literary contests? There are many contests writers can enter into in all kinds of different fields with very different reaches and audiences. Some contest are regional, others national or international. There are contests for short stories, poetry, fiction, non-fiction and pretty much any genre within those categories. Just do a Google search for what’s available and you will be quite amazed.

Being nominated or short listed for any award is a big deal and you can use that information in your PR and marketing activities. If you win the prize then even better. More publicity, and depending on the award, some of that will be even done for you. You might walk away with a book deal, a worth while promotion or a cash prize, or whatever the winner gets for that particular award. Book stores are more likely to carry your book if it has won an award and you will find your book generally a bit easier to sell.

I’m not saying it’ll solve all your problems and your book will fly off the shelves, but it will definitely do better than if you hadn’t bothered. And it’s exciting, of course. And who doesn’t want a bit of excitement in their life. 😉 So go on, what have you got to lose?



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