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One of the best things that has happened to me in my career as an author was winning a national book award in 2017. 

After years of struggling to get any kind of recognition, it felt amazing to be acknowledged as one of the best suspense writers, at least in the indie community. Receiving that award was like validation for all the hard work and all the tears I cried along the way as I tried to make my mark in the book world. 

And it paid off. 

I remember when being a bestseller and/or award-winning author felt like a pipe dream – something that only happened to the likes of Stephen King, Margaret Atwood, or JK Rowlings. And I’m sure many of you feel the same way. 

But I’m here to tell you that it’s not all THAT difficult to win an award. ALMOST any author can do it. 

So, how exactly can YOU find and apply for awards of your own?

  1. Make sure your book is well-written and that you submit your absolute best work. 
  2. Have your novel professionally edited, if you haven’t already. 
  3. Be certain you have a top-quality, professional looking cover made for your novel. 
  4. Once published, search online for indie fiction awards you can apply for. 
  5. Pay attention to the entry deadlines. 
  6. Create a spreadsheet to keep track of all your award submissions. 
  7. Remember that most do require a fee. 

And, finally, here are some of the top award programs I’m aware of for fiction novels in the indie book industry:

Indie Excellence Awards –

Author Academy Awards –

Indie Book Awards – 

Best Indie Book Awards –

Nautilus Book Awards –

Readers Favorite Award –

Also, keep in mind that some awards services determine winners based on a panel of judges who read and evaluate the entries, while others are based on reader nominations/votes. 

If you don’t win an award this time around, don’t give up. Keep honing your craft. Work with an editor or coach (like me). Practice writing every day. And try, try again. 

And that, my friends, is my best advice on how you can become an award-winning author.

Talk soon,

Christina Kaye

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