Winner! Global Ebook Awards!

Wishful Wedding - Silver Winner!A.S Chung’s LGBT children’s picture book about marriage equality has won Silver in the annual Dan Poynter’s Global Ebook Award for 2016! Wishful Wedding, although a children’s book, was entered into the Fiction – Gay/Lesbian/LGBT category. Normally reserved for adult fiction, Chung wanted to be recognised in a category true to the message of the book.

Still a prevalent topic in Australia, marriage equality still continues to elude the Australian LGBT community. This accolade only further highlights the topic and Chung is beyond pleased!

More about Dan Poynter’s Global Ebook Award:
Dan Poynter believed in ebooks. He spoke about them since the early 90s. He sold them from his website since 1996. Dan knew ebooks better than anyone in the publishing business. He was an evangelist for ebooks, an ombudsman for ebook authors, an advocate for ebook publishing, and the godfather to thousands of successfully-published electronic books. Dan Poynter was the author of more than 130 books, has been a publisher since 1969 and was a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP).

His seminars were featured on CNN, his books have been pictured in The Wall Street Journal, and his story has been told in The New York Times.

The media came to Dan because he was the leading authority on ebook publishing. Often referred to as The Book Futurist (and ebooks are the future), he was the most-often quoted authority on book publishing today.

Pigeonhole Books is ever more grateful for the likes of Dan Poynter, who has created significant awareness in ebooks. Thank you for this wonderful win!

Winner! Readers’ Favorite Award!

Readers' Favourite Book AwardA Brand New Day, by self-published author A.S. Chung, has won a bronze award for the category of Children’s Concept books in the 2015 Readers’ Favorite Award contest! A Brand New Day is a children’s picture book about divorce using loving words and beautiful  illustrations. We are absolutely thrilled as contestants range from first-time authors to New York Times bestsellers and celebrities!

Here is more about the Reader’s Favorite Award Contest:
Readers’ Favorite is the fastest growing book review and award contest site on the Internet. They have earned the respect of renowned publishers like Random House, HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster, and have received the Best Websites for Authors and Honoring Excellence awards from the Association of Independent Authors.

“We receive thousands of entries from all over the world. As a result of these large submission numbers we are able to break down our contest into 100+ genres, where each genre is judged separately, ensuring you only compete against books of your particular genre for a more fair and accurate competition. We receive submissions from independent authors, small publishers, and publishing giants like Random House, HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster, with contestants that range from the first-time, self-published author to New York Times bestsellers like J.A. Jance, James Rollins, and #1 best-selling author Daniel Silva, as well as celebrity authors like Jim Carrey (Bruce Almighty), Henry Winkler (Happy Days), and Eriq La Salle (E.R., Coming to America). “

 

Importance of Book Contests For Self-Published Authors

A.S ChungPosted by A.S. Chung.
Award-wining author of children’s picture books A Brand New Day: about divorce and Wishful Wedding: about LGBT equality and same gender families. Creator of Pigeonhole Books and blogs about self-publishing, writing, online book marketing, peer bloggers and illustrators.

IMPORTANCE OF BOOK CONTESTS FOR SELF-PUBLISHED AUTHORS
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5 Star Trip (Caldecott Medal) – Worth the Travel! by Carol VanHook.

I don’t believe that self-published authors understand the true benefits of winning a book contest. Apart from the fact that someone is telling you that you have written a great book, the knock on effect from a marketing point of view is substantial. Let’s explore some of these advantages.

RECOGNITION AND CREDIBILITY
It is an excellent medium to gain some recognition for your work. Being an award winning author immediately improves the perception of you as an author and a reader’s willingness to read your book. Continual accolades lend credibility that can be hard to ignore. It naturally spikes curiosity and could lead to increase in sales.

A WELL WRITTEN BOOK
In the first instance, getting good reviews from family and friends about your book isn’t necessarily unbiased or valuable. Entering a book competition means you are confident your book is worthy of the contest whilst winning an award cements what you had always thought along, you’re a great writer! It is important to know you have in fact written a good book.

RE-VISITING REVIEW REQUESTS
With your increased credibility, it may assist you in gaining more reviews about your book. Requests which may have been ignored previously may be worthwhile exploring again. Reviewers may re-consider reading your award winning book.

CREATES PROMOTIONAL MATERIAL
Winning a contest gives you something to talk about and enables you to create promotional material for marketing purposes. You can send out press releases to various different mediums and also have fodder for your blogging, website and social media.

The creators of the competition would also be sending out their press releases and creating a marketing buzz on your behalf. A renowned competition can command a large audience that matters to you and your book. Award seals are also a great promotional tool for your books at the point of sale.

PRIZES AND CONTRACTS
Most book contests offer some lucrative prizes. Monetary rewards, no matter the amount, would at least cover the costs of the entering the competition in the first place. Additional funds may be utilised to enter further contests for newly published books for the following year or ease any other expenses you may incur in the future.

Some contests offer audience with literary agents or traditional publishing houses. This poses a great opportunity for all indie authors trying to get that publishing contract.

FEEDBACK
Some book competitions offer feedback. This is a most useful service that should be embraced. You would gain unbiased and productive comments about how to improve your book.

The next important step is to identify which book competitions are worth entering. There are many out there in the marketplace but only really a handful which will bring you good marketing dollars and wide spread recognition. Find ones that suit you best and be strategic about your selections. Competitions are spread out throughout the year so make a comprehensive list as you will no doubt need it all again for the next book. Good luck with your entries!

Winner! Purple Dragonfly Book Awards!

Purple Dragonfly Book AwardA Brand New Day, children’s picture book about divorce,  wins second place in the Purple Dragonfly Book Awards in Family Matters category! We are delighted to have selected! Please click here for full list of winners.

About Purple Dragonfly Book Awards:
Five Star Publications is proud to present the Purple Dragonfly Book Awards, which were conceived and designed with children in mind. Not only do we want to recognize and honor accomplished authors in the field of children’s literature, but we also want to highlight and reward up-and-coming, newly published authors and younger published writers.

The Purple Dragonfly Book Awards are geared toward stories that appeal to children of all ages. We are looking for stories that inspire, inform, teach or entertain. A Purple Dragonfly Book Awards seal on your book’s cover tells parents, grandparents, educators and caregivers they are giving children the very best in reading excellence.

Our judges are industry experts with specific knowledge about the categories over which they preside. Being honored with a Purple Dragonfly Book Award confers credibility upon the winner, as well as provides positive publicity to further their success. The goal of these awards is to give published authors the recognition they deserve and provide a helping hand to further their careers.

Winner! 9th Annual National Indie Excellence Awards

National Indie Excellence AwardsPigeonhole Books is absolutely thrilled to have recently won the 9th Annual National Indie Excellence Awards in its Divorce category! Here is the email  we received which marks the start of a truly amazing journey:

CONGRATULATIONS!

It is our great pleasure to inform you that you are a Winner in the 9th Annual National Indie Excellence Awards. Your book truly embodies the excellence that this award was created to celebrate, and we salute you and your fine work.
 
The lists of winners and finalists will be highlighted on our website. Please go to http://www.indieexcellence.com to see your name and book cover among those of the other proud winners and finalists.
 
The entire team at the National Indie Excellence Awards sincerely hope your participation in our contest will serve you well in your ongoing success. You have our deepest congratulations.
 
Warmly,
Ellen Reid
President & CEO
National Indie Excellence Awards

The National Indie Excellence® Book Awards contest is proudly sponsored by Smarketing LLC. a company established in 2007 by Ellen Reid, an entrepreneur who has guided countless authors in creating their own publishing companies and producing books of outstanding quality. With an eclectic background that spans business, advertising, sales, marketing and motion picture distribution, Ellen brings a remarkably broad view and depth of experience to her clients and her contests.

As the self-publishing industry flourishes over time, it is the likes of National Indie Excellence Awards that creates a platform of recognition so important to the industry.

Thank you once again!