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Enter the Authors Talk About It Book Award Contest Today!

You’ve worked hard and put a lot of blood, sweat and tears into writing your book. In fact, you may have invested a good deal of money into an editor, cover designer, online marketing and more.
Then, you come across a book award contest. Your pulse quickens with a touch of excitement mixed with a hint of fear. You sit pondering whether or not you should enter. What will it really do for you?
Every contest is different; therefore, it’s important to do some research and make sure that you’re entering a valid contest, especially if there’s an entry fee. However, free contests may not benefit you as much as those with an entry fee, so keep that in mind as well.
The question remains; should you enter one or more book award contests and how will they benefit you. Here are 9 reasons you should enter.
1. Discover If Your Book Has Merit 
 
Judging is subjective. There’s no way around that, but a credible and trustworthy contest will have judges who critique with a professional eye. They will help you truly know if your readers will likely find value in your book. You’ll know if, from their professional perspectives, your book is worthy of attention and praise. *Remember, it’s still a subjective opinion even as a professional one.
2. Improve Your Writing 
 
You’ll receive constructive criticism that can help you become a better writer. Take what resonates with you and the leave the rest behind. Mind you, if you hear the same critique repeatedly, you probably shouldn’t ignore it. When you’re open to supportive criticism, you open the door to not only enhance your skills as a writer but to experience personal growth.
3. Help You Set Goals 
 
Knowing you want to enter can help you establish and set goals. It can help you set goals such as taking writing workshops or courses to improve your writing skills, setting daily, weekly or monthly writing goals, finding and hiring a professional editor, and/or getting a professionally designed cover.
4. Get Motivated By the Deadline 
 
Once you’ve paid your entry fee, you’ll have a deadline to complete your manuscript – that is if you haven’t already completed your book. There is room for reasonable procrastination, but continually putting something off won’t benefit you. Therefore, an entry deadline can help you get in gear.
5. Receive a Critique of Your Book 
 
Not all contests write a critique or review and return it to you, but those that do can be invaluable to you. This offers more of an opportunity for praise as well as the constructive criticism that can help you improve your writing. And, you can select positive quotes from the critique or review to share on social media, your website, in the editorial review section on Amazon, etc.
6. Become an Award-Winning Author 
 
It’s super exciting to be able to say you’re an award-winning author. It gives you clout and credibility, and it lets other potential readers know they might very well like your book, too. It can also help you get media attention from podcast interviews to local television interviews to newspaper articles. You can say that you’re an award-winning author in your bio, on your website, in your social media profiles and banners, in your email signature, on the cover of your book, and more.
7. Win a Cash Award Or Other Prizes 
 
Some book award contests offer cash prizes. Obviously, winning that is a good reason to take the chance to enter. Other book award contests offer other prizes such as coaching VIP Days, mastermind access, book cover designs, publishing it, marketing it, a chance at turning it into a movie, and more.
8. Get You Out of Your Comfort Zone 
 
Entering a contest somewhat puts you on the line. It stretches you personally and professionally as you take the mild risk of allowing someone else to judge your work. You need to be prepared for feedback -positive as well as negative.
9. Can Create a Marketing Buzz 
 
Depending on the feedback you get, you may be able to sing it from the rooftops (or just post all over social media, your newsletter, your website, etc.) that you received 4 Stars, 5 Stars, Gold or Silver or whatnot. If you’re a finalist or a winner or get honorable mention, you can put that on your cover or any of the other places already mentioned. Again, this gives you a chance to get media attention and can help you get speaking engagements.
Don’t Hold Yourself or Your Book Back 
Don’t let fear stop you. Fear of rejection or criticism can hold you back and hold your book back. Don’t let that happen to you. Go for it. Look for online contests, local contests, genre specific contests…but do it. And, while you’re at it, enter more than one. You’ll get more feedback, create more buzz and have more opportunities that way.
Enter the Authors Talk About It Book Award Contest Today!
 
 
Byline:
Best Selling author, Janelle Alex is the co-founder of Authors Talk About It and founder of Passionate Women Writers on Purpose.
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**Cover Reveal ~ Love Always, by Sonya Loveday and Candace Knoebel**

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TITLE: Love Always,

Authors: Sonya Loveday & Candace Knoebel

COVER DESIGN: Najla Qamber Designs

GENRE: Contemporary Romance

RELEASE DATE: August 25th, 2015

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I’ve met boys like him before. Rich. Bored. Always wearing a silver-spooned smile. But there is something different about him that piques my curiosity. The way he looks at me, like he is staring through the bars of a gilded cage he’s never left. Like he is one breath away from suffocating beneath a mound of responsibilities. He is different from the rest because he doesn’t wear his money… his money wears him. I just don’t think he knows it yet.

She’s like nothing I’ve ever seen before. She’s everything I’ve never been able to be. Carefree. Whimsical. A dreamer. Her laugh is infectious. She is irresistible. I can’t help but be drawn to her with an intensity that steals my breath and muddles my senses. I want to know her, need to know her, but how can I allow myself that liberty when I don’t have the freedom to make my own choices?

Phillip and Maggie think they have it all. Even though they come from opposite backgrounds, they each have bright futures paved out, with no distractions holding them back.

Until the fateful day they meet each other.

After a brief, adventurous time together in The Hamptons, Maggie and Phillip find themselves saying goodbye just as the spark of love flashes intensely between them. Can their budding connection be enough to survive the pulling tides of change, or will they drift apart before they even have a chance to explore what could have been?

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Indie Bookfest 2014 Recap

I must confess…

I didn’t take many pictures.

For once, I chose to live in the moment. This is odd for me. I’m usually the one behind the camera, or phone, whichever is handiest.

My amazing husband picked up the slack for me. He, at random moments, snapped pictures, mostly at the most inopportune times, like when I’m making one of those ‘oh my God erase that’ faces. I think he does it on purpose, but he’ll never admit it. Between him and the bestest, Candace, I have pictures to go along with my post!

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Indie Bookfest was my second signing alongside a room full of authors, so to say that the ‘signing’ world is new to me would be a moot point. I’m still finding my comfort zone around new people, although meeting me, you’d probably never know that. I try really hard to just let it all go with the forceful reminder that they’re people too – and just like me, they too, might have the same sort of anxieties. I force myself out of my comfort zone, (mentally) hook my arm through Candace’s, and together, we brave the nerves, and wander by tables to chat with the other authors.

And ya know what?

We meet really cool people that way! This go ’round, Candace got to meet Chanda Hahn, who is one of her favorite authors! Chanda Hahn is cool peeps, if you get the chance to meet her…do it!

And now I’m getting ahead of myself…’cause that was day two, and I haven’t even told you about day one yet! *face-palm*

Okay, so before the event Peggy Sue Martinez came up with the idea to do a segment during the first day call Author Speed Dating. To say I had a moment of panic would be putting it mildly. I literally felt sick about it up until the morning of the first day of the event. When Peggy explained that we’d split up into groups at a table I almost melted on the floor in relief. Still anxious of the outcome, I put my imaginary armor on and stiffened my spine. It was only going to be an hour long – I could do that…right?

I’m not sure who drug their feet harder about it, me or Candace…we both don’t do well in those types of situations. Again, I (mentally) hooked my arm through Candace’s and we grabbed a table. Next thing I know, we were joined by Kristina Circelli, Juli Valenti and Ben Hale.

All was right in the world again.

At each five minute mark a new set of faces, readers, bloggers and aspiring authors, joined us at our table and the hour flew by.  I am, however, a little hearing impaired in my right ear now as Ben Hale’s voice is equivalent to a Bull Horn. SWITCH! Yep, Ben was the announcer of time until Peggy got her hands on a microphone. Thank you to whomever provided that to her! He he he…Just kidding, Ben – but seriously, for such a ‘quiet’ guy you can pretty loud. *snickers* Ben’s great, and an awesome table mate to keep the conversation flowing. He’s genuinely interested in learning about people, authors and readers alike. Ben has 7 books out and the best part is, ANYONE can pick them up and read them. From 7 to 700 (okay, that’s a little exaggerated, and a lot of 7’s, but you get what I mean). Ben plans on spanning out his time line of his books to cover 50,000 years. What?!?! Check out Ben Hale here.

Kristina Circelli, was the perfectly poised, wide eyed girl with a quick smile and boy is she carving a path for herself! A book in each genre is her goal, and she’s kicking some serious arse in doing it! I loved when she said “I have several books out – all different genres. My goal is to write a novel in each.”  Not only does Kristina write, but she edits too! That’s a lot of talent packed into one awesome person. Check out Kristina here!

Juli Valenti, with her hands going as she talked, provided the energy of our table. Between Juli and me, Ben got no slack – our table got jokes. But seriously, Juli for all her humor and quick com-backs writes some rip-your heart out books. She brings the ‘feels’ to her novels and smiles when she tells you ‘I write books that will make you cry’ – okay, so I’m adding my words to what she really said. Check out Juli here!

Candace, my partner in crime, well not really crime we can’t go to jail! We have books to write! Anyway….there aren’t enough adjectives for me to describe my bestest. So I’ll just use one…awesometastic! *BOOM* Mind blown right? I know! Candace has swept into the Paranormal genre, and she’s flourishing there. Building worlds is her calling – like seriously. I don’t know how she delves so deep into the worlds she’s created, but her imagination is boundless. I’m awed when I get to be the one who see’s it all first.  Check out Candace here!

 

And what kind of signing isn’t complete without an after party?

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Yep, 50’s themed, with Swing Dance lessons and everything. I left that to the people who don’t have two left feet. And like most 50’s parties, there always has to be that one rebel that smuggles alcohol in…yep we were ‘that’ group. With spiked drinks, we sat around the table cracking jokes with Heather Allen Casse NaRome, Rochelle Paige and Jacqueline Pynaert. This is what I know how to do. A small group of people, being a smart-ass and connecting to people who can zing ’em out on the fly.

The point to all of this is…I met some really awesome people and had a good time in the process.

Keep the rum silent, my friends!

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Book Signings!

Indie Girl Conn, Charleston, South Carolina Feb 21 & 22nd 2014

Indie Girl CONN 2014
Indie Girl CONN 2014

I’m a little late with this post ~ however I did do it, so that counts for something…right?

Anyway, Indie Girl CONN was fun. I met a lot of readers and bloggers and some authors!! Some of which I interact with online and was finally able to officially meet them!  Like…

Elizabeth James!
Elizabeth James!
Candace Knoebel & Stacey Brown!
Candace Knoebel & Stacey Brown!

Ok..You’ll have to excuse my weird pose, really don’t know what I was doing there. *scratches head*

I had a picture of me and Nadine Silber….for the life of me I can’t find it!! It’s like we walked right outta my phone and disappeared! Crap!

Candace Knoebel and Quinn Loftis!
Candace Knoebel and Quinn Loftis!

Yeah, so we had lots of fun and sold some books, but the best part is I got to take a mini vacation with my husband and my bestie!

We did a little sightseeing in Charleston before we headed back to Florida.

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Now that I’m home I’ve settled in and wrapped up Spelled, book 2 in the Casted Series, which means it is now officially in the hands of my Beta’s and they’ve all had nothing but GREAT things to say about it. I’m so excited to get it out to you! Only a few more weeks and I’ll have a second published title for sale. *takes deep breath* I still can’t believe it ~ life is good 🙂

How about you? What kind of upcoming awesome adventures do you have planed?