This is the third year running for the IndieReader Discovery Awards, which is devoted specifically to self-published authors (though small-press authors can also enter). Some authors have complained about the hefty price tag for entering ($150), which on face value, that entry fee does look steep compared to other competitions that range between $50 and $100 tops.
But one thing you’re missing is that every book submitted is guaranteed a book review. No other book awards competition that I’ve found offers anything like that. And when you look around at prices for book reviews, $150 is more than fair. So really you’re getting a bonus entry into their awards just for buying a review (you must receive 4 stars or better to qualify for their award competition)! That’s how I looked at it when I submitted Amidst Traffic to the Discovery Awards, which scored a 4-star review.
Still waiting to hear the results… Fingers crossed!
Plus, if you score 4 stars or better, you get a cool IndieReader Stamp of Approval logo to put on your book. I just wish that their awards medal logo looked as cool. Unfortunatley, it’s a tad on the cheesy side.
Another reason I like to promote this award competition is that, unlike many other award competitions or book review companies, this website is TRULY devoted to indies. They’re not in it just because there’s an established market to make money from self-published authors.
Additionally, the IndieReader staff is phenomenal. Every time I send them a question, they were really quick to respond and very generous in providing general support and encouragement. They get mad points from me for their PR & image.
If didn’t enter your book for the 2013 awards, definitely consider them for every year moving forward! And if there’s still time left before the deadline, you should enter now!
Also, for a larger list of award competitions that allow self-published authors to enter, check out this great list compiled by The Book Designer.
What about you?
Do you know of any other award competition worth entering? Provide your links below!