Does winning a contest or an award make a difference in a writer’s career?
My basic answer is: Yes, it does make a difference because being a finalist or winning any award sets your book one notch higher than those books that didn’t win. Certain awards hold more pull than others, but all awards can make a difference.
Winning the Genesis contest or First Impressions contest might help you to find an agent. Winning the Christy Award might help you to get another contract with your publisher. Winning a RITA might increase your book sales. Winning a writers’ conference contest might land you an agency contract or publishing contract if one of the judges (an agent or an editor) loves your submission. It’s hard to predict what could happen, but there’s definitely some advantage to winning.
How do publishing houses weigh the merit of an award?
Publishers know how to weigh the various awards and which carry the greatest weight. Winning certain awards gives an author credibility as a writer. The awards that hold the most value to publishers, retailers, and book buyers are often displayed on the copies of the book with a sticker or an award logo printed on the cover. I bet all of you have seen these before. Many times the books with award stickers are displayed face out at the bookstore, which increases the chances they will be purchased.
As a customer which awards do you value?
When you go to the store, are you more likely to purchase an award-winning book?
Has winning an award made a tangible difference in your publishing journey?
Congratulations to all Christy Award finalists whose names were announced recently! I am proud to have 3 clients as finalists this year: Sarah Sundin, Lindsay Franklin, and Amanda Barratt.