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Winning Book Awards: Tips from a four-time winner

Amy O’Brien, author of Stuck with Mr. Wrong: 10 Steps to Starring in Your Own Life Story has won four awards for this powerful, creative and fun book.  I asked Amy to share some of her secrets to winning awards:

Lisa: What process did you go through to identify the awards?

Amy: When a friend who works for a consulting firm told me that the firm’s owners wrote and published a book that won several awards–and that the award winning book gave the firm and authors such credibility–I realized I should enter Stuck with Mr. Wrong in some contests, prompting an online search for contests I could enter.

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Four Time Award Winner Stuck with Mr. Wrong

Lisa: How many contests did you enter?

Amy: Four:  International Book Awards, National Indie Excellence Awards, USA Best Books, and Next Generation Indie Book Awards.  I won two International book awards (Winner:  Best Self-Help Relationships, Finalist Best New Non-Fiction), one National Indie Excellence (Finalist:  Best Self-Help) and one USA Best Book (Finalist Best Self-Help:  Relationship).

Lisa:  Wow–four awards! What results have you seen? 

Amy: I was invited to speak at the What Women Want (now called Inner Woman) series and I have another lead to follow up on today.  Being a “Four-Time Award-Winning Author” has a nice ring to it.  Especially as a self-published author, it adds credibility to my work. I plan to use this to book additional speaking gigs.

Lisa:  Do you just enter the book or does one fill out questions about the book? 

Amy: All you have to do is complete the entry form and identify what categories you are entering.  I didn’t have to answer any questions.

Lisa: I know how fulfilling it’s been for you to hear back from readers whose lives have been transformed by your powerful book. I imagine that these contests and the speaking will help you have an impact on even more people. Congratulations.

Here are some links to writing contests:

Poets and Writers

Nonfiction Writing Contests

Indie Excellence Book Awards

Next Generation Indie Book Awards

USA Best Books

Feel free to share questions for Amy, share any awards your books have won, advice or contests you recommend.

Lisa Tener

Lisa Tener is an award-winning book writing coach who assists writers in all aspects of the writing process—from writing a book proposal and getting published to finding one’s creative voice. Her clients have appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, CBS Early Show, The Montel Williams Show, CNN, Fox News, New Morning and much more. They blog on sites like The Huffington Post, Psychology Today and WebMD.

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