Awards seals for blogHi, guys!

I often hear this question, as awards season begins and people wonder if it’s worth it to spend their money on often pricey entry fees. Our clients win national awards every year and use the new status to actively renew their promotional efforts. It won’t hurt and can help, but be wise about the categories and competitions you choose. While winners usually get some sort of PR from the sponsoring organization, you must promote the book as an award winner to truly take advantage of the honor. Many of these will provide at least finalists and winners with judges’ comments, some provide them to all entries. These insights can be invaluable to your future publishing efforts. In the end, remember that you are simply asking professionals for their opinions — some are more objective than others. 😉

If you think that your book is honestly better than the vast majority of its competitors, you should consider entering a few of these competitions. This is a list of the main competitions for small, medium, and indy publishers, with the first three plus Mom’s Choice generally being the most prestigious. There are others out there for specific genres as well.

IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards:
(Deadline was Dec. 31.)

ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Awards:

Independent Publisher’s IPPY awards:

Midwest Independent Publishers Association (MIPA) Book Awards (regional competition):

Nautilus Book Awards:

Next Generation Indie Book Awards:

The National Indie Excellence Book Awards:

Eric Hoffer Award (along w/the Montagne Medal and da Vinci Eye also on their site):

Living Now Book Awards:

USA Best Book Awards:

International Book Awards:

Mom’s Choice Awards:

Do your research, produce the best books possible, and good luck! We’d love to know about your successes in the awards world! Share them here and practice your promotional bragging. 😉



This morning I found a wonderful message in my in-box from the owner of Atwood Publishing, Linda Babler. She’s the reason TLC Graphics formed, way back in the early ’90s. She believed in our ability to design beautiful books and gave me so many opportunities to learn and develop the craft.

Linda writes: “Harnessing won the 2009 AERA Outstanding Research Publication Award! I just found out. In case you aren’t familiar with AERA (American Education Research Association), it’s a huge international conference that ordinarily draws 16,000 attendees. It’s pretty exciting.”

Many congratulations to Linda and the authors. The book’s full title is Harnessing Innovative Technology in Higher Education: Access, Equity, Policy, and Instruction. You can learn more about it and see the cover at

It’s always exciting to be recognized for your hard work. Spring is the time for several of the major book awards to be announced and this year is proving to be very rewarding to our clients and us, in return.

Future Horizons wrote that two of their books have received National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA). They also have three books ranked as finalists for the Foreword Magazine Book of the Year Awards: Early Intervention and Autism, Education; Understanding Death, Family & Relationships; The Way I See It, Psychology. More clients with Foreword finalists this year are: Is it You, Me, or Adult ADD by Gina Pera, both Family & Relationships and Psychology categories; Straight Outta East Oakland by Harry Williams, Fiction – Multicultural; Self Marketing Power by Jeff Beals, Career, and Senior Days by Colleen and Brian Nicol, Family and Relationships.

WOW, guys! This is phenomenal. Along with these awards, the IPPY and Benjamin Franklin awards will be given during BEA (Book Expo America) the last week in May. We’re all waiting anxiously for those finalist announcements to be made, hoping to learn of more award nominations. We”ll be in NYC this year to cheer all of you on! Be proud of your award-winning efforts and hope you’ll go on to win your categories. Either way, you’re now award-winners and that can never be taken away from you. Now go out and get some great PR with this new honor.

Many more blessings,