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TLB coverI’ve spoken before about awards and why writers should be careful when entering their books. So many awards offer little more than the opportunity to purchase stickers announcing you were a runner up or silver award winner.

Last year, I entered Grumpy Old Menopause for The Wishing Shelf Awards. This is one of the few awards I would consider recommending as you receive excellent feedback from an independent team of judges as well as promotion, help and more. This year, I entered Three Little Birds and am delighted to say it has been shortlisted as a finalist and I wait to hear if it has made it.

I met Edward who runs the award at The People’s Book Prize award in 2014. where he won the award for his children’s book I Think I Murderd Miss. We discussed the merits of awards at leangth and he told me about his aim to provide an award that writers would be proud of and would gain from. (All money raised n entrance fees is piled back into advertising on Goodread and magazines on and promoting the finalists.)

Edward says:

“The Wishing Shelf Book Awards boasts 100% satisfaction from every publisher and author who has, so far, entered (42 in the first year, 104 in the second and 155 in the third) . The problem with other awards is, if you win, you win. Fantastic! But if you don’t, you get nothing. With our award, every entrant, finalist or not, gets all the feedback from the judging, a catchy quote for the back of their next book or reprint and a review on Amazon and Goodreads. Then, if you are a finalist, you also get a logo, a certificate, marketing on the web and their book advertised on Goodreads.com. In 2013, we even organised for the all finalists in the children’s category to have their book reviewed by The School Librarian. The authors were very happy.

With so many awards right now, particularly for self-published authors, the author is simply a ‘$’ or a ‘£’ sign. Even if they win, by then the organisers are concentrating on getting next year’s authors to enter. But we answer every email personally and we ask authors to send us the blurb of their book prior to entering; if we think it’s not the sort of thing our readers will enjoy, we urge them not to enter (we turn away approx. 10% at the moment; I often read the first chapter on Amazon (Look Inside) and if it’s full of errors and needs a good edit, I tell the author not to bother). There is even a Facebook page so the authors can make suggestions on how to improve the awards and how to best spend the entry fees to best market their books.

If you are interested in entering The Wishing Shelf Book Awards, everything you need to know is right here. I can promise you your work will be respected and the benefits will far out-weigh the cost. In fact, I’m so confident in how well the award is run, if you’re not happy at the end, I will refund you your entry fee.”

If you are considering entering your book for an award then have a look at the Wishing Shelf Award website and see what you think.

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