Categorizing Your Title in a Literary Awards Contest

Categorizing Your Title in a Literary Awards Contest

SusanCasual
Susan Violante Managing Editor

With the autumn season approaching, the deadline for our annual literary awards gets closer and closer.  As the submissions roll in, I thought it would be the perfect time to share some awards wisdom with our authors!

  • Each literary awards contest has different guidelines, categories, and submission requirements. When submitting to various contests, it is always a good idea to keep a log that not only keeps track of when you sent each one but also shows the guidelines, fees, categories submitted to, etc. Doing this will help to keep track of the current submissions, and it will also create a chart with information about each contest, which will be helpful for your next books.
  • The genre of the title should be the main category to enter in the contest. Does this mean that it must be the only one? The answer is no. A literary novel, for example, could also be historical fiction, mystery, thriller, or all of the above! Consider submitting the title in a few categories, or even submitting the title in different categories for different contests to improve the chances of scoring an award!
  • Choosing which category to enter in an awards contest is important mostly because the category selected will determine the judge who will read the book. If the author chooses to enter their Christian fiction title in the general fiction category, it will be reviewed by a judge who prefers to read general fiction. A better fit for the title would be the judge that reads Christian fiction titles. It is essential to choose the category that is the best fit for the book’s topic.
  • As some categories are more generalized, they will have more submissions than the more specific ones. In other words, the fewer the number of titles in a category, and the number of categories entered improves the chances of being picked as a finalist or winner.

In the end, all authors want their title to make a good show. When shooting to win, competitors need to make sure they give their submission the best possible chance. In my opinion, the key is to categorize the book correctly and even submitting in different categories applicable to the book’s topic. Keeping all this information straight and organized will also help when strategizing submissions and make the process easier for your next title. For more information about the Reader Views Literary Awards, click here.

What Are Other Authors Selling? Why Should I Know…

What Are Other Authors Selling? Why Should I Know…

SusanCasual
Susan Violante Managing Editor

Last week I spoke about the benefits of going to the library. As I mentioned I have committed to visit the library once a week, so I did! This time I focused on checking out what other authors have written about on my topic in the age group I write for. The experience was enlightening and inspiring, to say the least, even though this was not the first time I had done research on what other authors were doing. What made this experience different was my focus. Continue reading “What Are Other Authors Selling? Why Should I Know…”

Feeding your Writing and Library Field Trips

Feeding your Writing and Library Field Trips

SusanCasual
Susan Violante Managing Editor

Recently, I decided to visit our new Central Library downtown in Austin. It had been a while since I had been to one since I spend most of my time in my home office or should I say ‘Cave.’  But after spending half a day in the library something clicked within, in such a way that I can no longer live as a recluse. Continue reading “Feeding your Writing and Library Field Trips”

Does Size Matter When It Comes to Books?

Does Size Matter When It Comes to Books?

SusanCasual
Susan Violante Managing Editor

I think it does, but let’s consider all the angles.

As a passionate reader myself, when it comes to books I’d rather read in installments. Let me explain myself. I take books with me everywhere, on my e-Reader and printed books as well, so big heavy books don’t often make it on my book shopping sprees.  Granted, there are long stories that are epic works of art, yet, I bet most of the libraries of regular readers have only a few of them! Continue reading “Does Size Matter When It Comes to Books?”

Finding Time to Write

Finding Time to Write

SusanCasual
Susan Violante Managing Editor

Many people have great ideas for books. But most people never actually write their books. The most common reason people use as their inability to write is time. But it’s not the lack of time that holds people back from writing; it is their idea of time.

“I will write a book when I retire”

How often have we heard that, or even said it ourselves? Continue reading “Finding Time to Write”

The Right Attitude – Agents and Editors Conference

The Right Attitude – Agents and Editors Conference

SusanCasual
Susan Violante Managing Editor

It had been 8 years since I attended the Writers’ League of Texas annual Agents and Editors Conference, so I signed up this year. I have been stuck on a couple of writing projects and looked forward to attending the sessions, as well as get the latest information on the industry and publicity. I also decided to take a pitching shot in a one-on-one with an editor and an agent, or at least pick their brains and get their opinions about what I was working on. Continue reading “The Right Attitude – Agents and Editors Conference”