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How to Garner Awards as an Author

Danielle A Vann

How to Garner Awards as an Author



Award-winning author—it has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? Readers are inundated with choices. It’s imperative to stand out! Research shows that awards and award seals on front covers not only give a writer/book merit, but it gives the book a 75% greater chance of being purchased by new readers! 75%! We’ll narrow the focus on how to make your book stand out and how to start gathering those coveted awards.


We examine the best way to get started garnering awards. Throw a dart in any direction, and there is a writing award for it, but does that mean it will help gain you exposure or readership—probably not. Together we’ll craft an award-winning plan.

Understand the requirements for most awards and the process of submission. Crafting an award budget—yes, you’ll need one!

Considering the value of local, state verse national awards. A tried and true strategy for gathering a scale of awards.

Receive a list of awards the general public recognizes and organization every author should consider being a part of and active within.

Learn which awards to create a press release for and which ones get placed on your social media/website.

Turning awards into marketing pieces for airtime on news affiliates, newspapers, and magazines.

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Danielle A. Vann is a 16-times international award-winning author, including landing on the prestigious Texas Library Association’s Bluebonnet/Master consideration list for 2018-2019. Danielle is best known for her Young Adult series, The Whizbang Series. She has worked extensively as a marketing specialist for a traditional press and is a former reporter/news anchor.


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