Reader’s Favorite Award and others

Wanted to let you know you have until June 1st to enter the Readers’ Favorite Book Award Contest – Enter Today!  It’s one of a few legitimate book awards that independent authors can enter and one that is respected in the book world. The nice thing about this award is you can use an ebook to enter, you don’t have to use print (or was it a pdf – I forget). IPPY is another contest, but you need print for that. And I just learned about is the Eric Hoffer Award for small, academic and Independent Presses.

Eric Hoffer Book Award - for Small, Academic, & Independent Books

I have listed other contest and helpful links in my Helpful Links tab on this website, so take a look there as well. (note: some of these links are affiliate links, so if you use that link to enter the contest, I get a small commission.)

Awards are a great way to show readers that your book is worth a second look, so look at the various contests and enter!

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Midwest Book Award Winner – 2017!


I don’t feel comfortable tooting my own horn too much, but I did let you all know Intrigue in Istanbul: An Agnes Kelly Mystery Adventure was a Midwest Book Award finalist in the children’s book category, so I thought I should share that it WON!

How exciting is that. It was kind of funny. I didn’t actually expect it to win (not that I think it’s a bad story or anything – it did win a Moonbeam Children’s Book Award last year) but I had been a finalist before for Will the Real Carolyn Keene Please Stand Up, which did not win, so I guess I expected the same.

For an FYI Intrigue in Istanbul is what I call a family story – it’s written for middle grade readers and up. I’ve had many adults who have enjoyed it, which is what I was going for, so I…

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Book Distribution For Self-Published Authors Beyond Createspace & Kindle 

I agree with Steven Spatz in this post – putting books (ebook or print) is a must for Amazon, but don’t stop there. The other company that has made it very doable is IngramSpark. They are not as user friendly or free (as compared to Amazon), but their distribution options, known name and quality of product make it worth the small investment and time needed to set your book(s) there as well. Though I would not use IngramS. for your ebook – there are many more and less expensive options – my favorite being Smashwords, since they put you ebook on ibooks, B&N, Kobo, library distributors and more.

The #1 mistake made by self-published authors! Here is a list of book distributors for worldwide book sales in addition to Amazon and Amazon Kindle.

Source: Book Distribution For Self-Published Authors Beyond Amazon & Kindle | BookBaby Blog

Setting up an Author Facebook Page

facebookMarketing Tip for Selling Books on Facebook With No Personal Information Shared

Great blow by blow setup of a Facebook Author Page. I’d recommend naming it by your author page not your book title, since, hopefully, you’ll be writing multiple books.
Thanks Vicki!

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I wanted to share with you a few options for marketing on Facebook even if you do not want to have an active Facebook account for yourself.

Facebook is a huge opportunity for authors that are looking for just one more book sale, one more reader and that elusive one more fan. Many people do not trust Facebook as a platform where they want to spend their time and do not enjoy sharing their personal information with the powers that be like Zuckerburg and other corporate entities. I have the perfect solution for you as an author.

Create a Facebook account. A master account as it were. You do not need to have friends, photos, locations or any of the other more intrusive information listed. It is enough to say Your name or Pen name and your occupation as Author.

Once you have that created you are able to build pages. These…

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Midwest Book Award – finalist!


Wanted to share with all my blog friends that Intrigue in Istanbul: An Agnes Kelly Mystery Adventure is a finalist for a Midwest Book Award!

As I probably already told you, it received a Moonbeam Children’s Book Award, so a Midwest Book Award would be icing on the cake, as they say.

The “Gala” – aka the event where they announce the awards – is set for Friday, May 12th, in St. Paul, so I’ll keep you posted how it does.
Keep you fingers crossed for me 🙂

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Your Author Bio–Does it Help Sales or Stop them Dead?

If you’re like me, the first time you write your author bio, you’re in a hurry so you don’t really take the time to scrutinize it carefully. And then there is the point about making sure it’s up to date. I’ve been forced to do this on a few different occasion because of events I’ve been speaking at, where they always ask for your picture and bio.

If you haven’t looked at your book bio in a while, Anne R. Allen has some good things to think about.


No matter how great a book’s cover and blurb, one thing can stop me from buying yet another ebook for my Kindle: an author bio on the buy page that screams “amateur.” I spent some time as an editor, so when I pick up a book for relaxation, I want to […]

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