The 2014 Readers’ Favorites Awards ceremony just ended in Miami, Florida. I was lucky to step on stage to receive the “Gold” medal for my memoir,
Apart from the typical book exposure, recognition, a medal, bragging rights, PR, networking and potential book sales, I believe the most important thing you get, is the unexpected. It’s up to you to find out what that is for you.
Sonia’s Summary of the Awards ceremony
What do you get from your Award?
- Your book is displayed at the Readers’ Favorite Booth at the Miami Book Festival
- PR- Readers’ Favorites promoted the event and listed all the winners online
- The media was at the Awards ceremony, and randomly selected authors to interview. I tried to “push” my way in front of a journalist, but arrived too late
- Why I believe it’s important to enter Book Award Contests
What do you get from networking during the awards?
- Meeting other authors from around the world and making new friends.
- Brainstorming about ways to promote, ideas on what to focus on, helping one another.
- What’s your next book?
- Unexpected epiphanies? ( I got one related to what’s going on in my life right now. One author said, “You will figure something out while you are here. Something you are not expecting.”)
Sonia’s Conclusion (from her perspective)
All of us face the same problems as indie authors.
- The # 1 question I kept hearing was, “How do I sell more books?
I have written about this topic (click link above) and know that book marketing and promotion is a full-time job. Many authors don’t have enough time as they also have day-jobs, so I believe we have to be realistic about our book sales, and what we are able to accomplish on a small budget.
- Find Your Readers
One lesson I learned from my author friend, Linda Kovic-Skow, whom I really enjoyed spending time with sight-seeing as well as networking is the following:
We need to find our readers, and not just focus on our writer friends, (which I believe many of us, including myself, tend to do.)
The perfect example is Susan Jackson, a huge fan of memoirs, who made T-Shirts for all of us Memoir writers, and stayed with us, to show her support as a memoir reader.
Thank you Susan for your kindness. I love my turquoise T-Shirt.