It May this year, I was fortunate enough to win Gold at the Independent Publishers Awards (or the ‘IPPY’s’) for the Best Adult Non-Fiction eBook version of Child Writes: Creating a Children’s Picture Book is Child’s Play. (Say that quickly after Friday night drinks!)
Anyway, it has been a glorious month following the award ceremony in New York. I have managed to convince a fabulous distributor to take my book and they used the awards logo on the front page of the August Catalogue. Jetstar have the children’s books (products of the Child Writes program) on their inflight entertainment offering via iPads and they generously acknowledged the award recognition in their July magazine. It certainly is easier to get the attention of a state newspaper like the Courier Mail when you mention the G.O.L.D word and subsequently, they ran the article ‘Authors gain new recognition with overseas gongs’ June 16th with a colour photo. For years, I have been reading the member news in the Queensland Writers Centre magazine and you can imagine how satisfying it was to read my words in the Member News section. And finally, on the wave of impetus, Style Magazine included a review in the July edition review section.
I urge you to consider competitions – the journey is outrageous getting there, and you know how hard you have worked. Competitions are a means of support, especially for self-published authors. It is just so encouraging to have someone else say the book is worth sharing, rather than beating your own drum!
Competitions and awards CAN make a difference