I’m hosting a guest post today for “Ionshaker Desperate” tour about why you should join book contests. Now I’ll leave the word to Felix Timothy, the author of “Ionshaker Desperate”.
WHY YOU SHOULD PARTICIPATE IN BOOK CONTESTS
Hellooooo everybody. It is great to be here for the guest post. My name is Felix Timothy and I am the author of a newly released fast-paced techno thriller called Ionshaker. Just in case you’re wondering what the book is about, it’s about a series of murders and cover-ups that happen when a sophisticated nuclear device called Ionshaker is stolen, and people with vital information on the theft start dying prompting the president to send two wanted men to steal it back. Otherwise, the alternative is a worldwide nuclear holocaust. Please read the blurb on Amazon or on my blog.
So much about that…
Now, as expected one of my many internet research obsessions is discovering ways to promote new books by new authors and I’m sure most of you (if not all) have heard of (ABNAC) Amazon’s Breakthrough Novel Award Contest right?
Many agree that for one to succeed in selling a lot of their books they need to employ a host of different book marketing avenues and that there’s no single way or magic formula to succeed, and book contest is just one of those avenues. Intriguingly, Amazon – arguably the leading online book market place, sponsors such a contest!
Now there are three reasons why every indie/ self published author needs to seriously consider ABNAC.
1. The publicity. As the saying goes – Any publicity is good publicity and this kind of publicity is not only good for you but its good for your book as well.
2. The Publishing contract from Penguin. Again, many will agree that Penguin is one of the world’s largest book publisher, seller and distributor so striking a publishing contract is something one might want to consider. But take note of my statement. I said; ”SOMETHING ONE MIGHT WANT TO CONSIDER,” and not ”SOMETHING ONE SHOULD CONSIDER.” This is so because firstly I respect all writers even those who are still writing their drafts and in addition many self published authors have rejected publishing contracts from big publishing houses simply because self publishing was doing wonder for them. If you doubt me read about John Locke here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Locke_(author). This dude is the first man to sell over ONE MILLION eBooks AS A SELF PUBLISHED AUTHOR and turned down all the big names(the likes of Penguin)…I mean why shouldn’t he?
3. The prize money. One Grand Prize winner receives a publishing contract with an advance of $50,000, and four First Prize winners will each receive a publishing contract with an advance of $15,000.
Just so you know the 2013 ABNAC is already underway, so if you’re interested you have to wait till next year around early January 2014. I can’t wait get my IONSHAKER THRILLER edited!!!
Below is a breakdown of the contest details.
Round 1 (Pitch) Amazon-selected editors read and rate an up to 300-word pitch from each entrant. The top 400 entries in each of the five categories advance to the second round.
Round 2 (Excerpt) Amazon Expert Reviewers read and rate the 3,000- to 5,000-word excerpts and provide feedback to the entrants. The top 100 entries in each of the five categories advance to the Quarter-Finals.
Quarter-Finals (Full Manuscript) Reviewers from Publishers Weekly read and rate the full manuscripts and provide feedback to the entrants. The top five entries in each of the five categories advance to the Semi-Finals.
Semi-Finals Editors with Amazon Publishing read the full manuscripts of the 25 Semi-Finalists and select five Finalists, one in each of the five categories.
Finals Amazon customers read the Finalists’ excerpts and vote for their favorite. The novel with the most votes wins the Grand Prize. All remaining Finalists receive a First Prize.
Hope this gets you interested. And also remember to drop by at http://feltim.blogspot.com