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Night Owl Choice
I have a question…
Today I wanted to ask you all a question that I don’t know the answer to myself. I mean, I know how I feel, but I don’t know if others feel the same way.
Lately, I’ve been chosen on many sites for one or another of my books to win a contest.
A good example is in the case of Predators and Editors; my name is up for best author for the year
Also, one of my books Together for Christmas is listed under romance books as best book of the year.
Last week, Together for Christmas was chosen on TBR as one of the best of the month and again there was a vote. (I came in 3rd.)
Going back to November, My Cheeky Angel was chosen on iBook Buzz and I put a lot of time and energy to win that contest. I asked all my personal friends, writing pals and followers from Goodreads and LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter to vote. Since I received 360 votes, I was stoked and didn’t let it worry me. I mean, obviously someone else had more links and put in more time. (I came in 2nd there I believe – stopped checking once I’d gotten too far behind 1st.)
So my question to you is – should a busy author spend time on garnering votes to win these kinds of contests? What importance should we put into these gratifying strokes to ones ego? Will it pay off in sales?
Before I end this blog, I just wanted to say that whenever I can help another by taking a few minutes and voting for them, I’m happy to do it. So, if you ever do need my vote, just ask.
Okay to get to my question. Have any of you experienced this and what was your decision?
Christina Carson says
I would ask yourself what need you think you're meeting with this activity and then determine if that's a need your want to nurture.
Mimi Barbour says
I think you're right Christina. I mean it's easy to get caught up in the moment, but when it comes down to it, what will really be beneficial in the end. To win some obscure contest, or work on another book. Hummm…I'm such a ditherer!
Thanks for your help. xo Mimi
Jean Skirt says
Honestly, as a reader, I've never really looked for which author won which contest. As a writer (not yet published, but headed that way!) I can see the appeal, and possible benefits, of self-promotion and spreading the word about these contests.
I agree with Christina and Mimi, though. It seems that you need to take stock of what you're hoping to accomplish, and ask yourself if going for these contests will help you reach your goals.
Lorhainne Eckhart says
As an Author myself, Winning a contest would great. But as an avid reader, which being an Author you have to be. I don't choose books based on the contest they've one. Frankly I don't even look for that. Once I discover an author I love, which is many, I search out all their backlist and read all their books. Then find a similar author. Hope that helps.