And the Winners of the Reader Views 2017-2018 Literary Awards Are…

Susan Violante Managing Editor

Susan Violante
Managing Editor

It’s that time of the year again! Can’t believe how fast time went by! Maybe it is because of all the awesome books we’ve been busy reading…

Winners, congratulations! It was a hard decision in many cases; in all honesty, the competition was fierce. I was humbled and amazed with the quality of books, as I saw the stigma of the Independent Authors vanish almost in its entirety this year. I am truly honored to have been a part of reading and judging your work…to me all participants are winners. Yet only few could be selected and thus, without further ado, the winners are here!  Click here for the full list of 2017-2018 Literary Award Winners!!

Award Winners, this is the time to take your book for a ride online! Make sure you shout about your winnings everywhere. You can order stickers by clicking here. Be sure to check out all our promotional services - See a complete list of our publicity options here!

Congratulations and thank you to all who participated in our 2017-2018 Literary Awards.  It has been our honor to work with you and help promote your books!

Book Contests, Literary Awards and New Authors

Susan Violante Managing Editor

Susan Violante
Managing Editor

The best way for new authors to get credibility is to get some kind of placement for their books on literary awards and book contests. But they might find it overwhelming to pick the right one for their titles as they try to manage the type of book, budget allowance, and the parade of different contest currently available. Below are a few tips and points to consider when navigating the world of literary awards programs.

·         National:  National contests are hard, but the greater the competition, the more important the award. So if your budget allows it, don’t be intimidated, give it a try! Yet, do not disregard the smaller contests. Actually the more the merrier, as they all help to put your book out there, and the more you enter the more opportunity for placement.

·         Regional:  Local contests have greater chance for placement and some have funding so entry fees are minimal.

·         Independent:  For self-published authors, these contests are great, as being an Independent becomes a requirement and not a handicap. IPPY (Independent Publishers Association Awards), Reader Favorites, Feather Quill, and our own Reader Views Literary Awards, among many others are a great place to start for getting recognition.

Some awards are so well known by readers and the industry in general that placing in them will most likely increase book sales. However, other contests receive little attention. Some of them are free, and again other ones require a fee (sometimes a high one). Yet, placing in any of them will always provide the book credibility on a higher level than the usual book review. This fact always makes entering awards programs worth it. Entry Fees:  When there is no entry fee, you have nothing to lose in terms of budget, so by all means enter the contest! If there is an entry fee (in most cases there is to cover the cost of processing and judges time) so make sure you build the cost into your budget. The important thing is to make the most of the judges’ critiques and keep trying when not winning, and make the most of the placement when winning through publicizing the achievement.

For more information on how we help authors visit us at www.readerviews.com. To check out our Awards submission Guidelines visit http://readerviews.com/literaryawards/.

 

2016-2017 Reader Views Literary Awards Contest is Closed!

Susan Violante Managing Editor

It is that time of the year again when Reader Views reviewers go into their dens to hibernate and read, and read - and score and score! This is a favorite time of the year as we look forward to time off during the holidays to enjoy the last books that came in, as the weather gets cooler and our hearts get warmer. But for authors, the excitement of the holidays mixes with the anticipation of the results, so to help reduce the anxiety, below is what to expect in the coming few months:

  1. A lot of reviews will be posted through the month of December and January as they come in and the first scores get logged. That happens for the most part in the order that they are received by reviewers.
     
  2. We do close during the week between Christmas and New Years to make the most of our reviewing time but will check emails once in a while during that week.
     
  3. We do not tabulate scores until all the reviews and score sheets are in, so we really don’t have any idea about which books are doing better in the contest until the finalists are announced.
     
  4. All participants should subscribe to our newsletter as we do send out announcements through it. To subscribe click here.
     
  5. If you have any questions about the process and timing, you can also check the guidelines of the awards at http://readerviews.com/literaryawards.

In reality, all books have something to offer to readers and writing them is a huge accomplishment. Our awards program celebrates all books as we truly enjoy reading them. Our judging is based on the book itself as a product, cover art, inside design, and of course, the content. It is our wish that all of the participants could win; but since this is impossible, please know that we are proud of all of you for daring to share a piece of you with an audience-this is something most people won’t dare to do. Good luck to all!