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So you’ve finally published your book and now you want some affirmation of your skills. Why not enter a contest for self-published authors? You have a chance to promote your book, get some positive feedback, and best of all, you might win!
When you submit a book to a self-publishing contest, there are a couple of important things to remember.
1. Make sure your book is edited well and error-free. These contests are very competitive. Don’t waste your money submitting a book that isn’t ready.
2. Be careful where you submit your manuscript. There are many contests out there – not all are legitimate. Contests sponsored by major, well-known organizations, major academic institutions and not-for-profits tend to be legitimate. Some states even have good self-publishing contests. If the contest requires huge fees, is offered by a marketing agency, or requires extensive personal information, back out.
3. Find the contest that's right for you and your book. Here are some great places to submit your work:
Writers Digest has a prestigious contest with many categories for self-published authors, though they specifically require hard copies. The best part of this contest is even if you don’t win, you’ll get a thorough reviewer evaluation.
The Next Generation Indie Book Awards are available for self-published authors to enter. This Not-For-Profit program has over 60 categories available, including e-book fiction and e-book nonfiction. To enter go to their website and review the rules carefully.
The Eric Hoffer Award honors “the independent spirit of small publishers,” including self-publishers. This organization encourages self-published authors to submit within two years of publication.
Remember, winning or even placing in these contests is great promotion for your book!