Do Competitions Necessarily Show the Cream of the Book Crop?

Success as an author seems to depend on how much money you can spend on promoting yourself. EVEN ENTRY TO BOOK COMPETITIONS REQUIRES A FEE.
In the first book competition I’ve ever entered, I was given a date for my book’s cover to appear so others could vote on it. The organisers also sent me an invitation to accept a price reduced service. When I didn’t take up the reduced offer, my book’s cover was no longer eligible for the competition.
I have very limited funds. I’m over 70 and don’t even have my own pension (I receive a basic amount from the state which is deducted from my husband’s state pension. Therefore, most competitions and other publicity opportunities open to authors are unavailable to me.
So Readers, please be aware that books which do not carry a coveted ‘WINNER OF – SOME COMPETITION’ banner, aren’t necessarily inferior to those that do carry those banners. It may just be that the author can’t afford to promote their books in that way. it would be wonderful if you could give all indie authors a fair chance regardless of them having no awards. True indie authors who have to do everything themselves because they can’t afford to pay someone else to do it, probably work twice as hard as an author who uses author services, especially if they are striving to make their books the best.
You can read the first few chapters of my psychological thriller ‘TISSUE OF LIES’ FREE on my Amazon book page. Just click on the ‘LOOK INSIDE’ feature at the top of the book image.
You can also read the first few chapters of my co-authored dark thriller ‘YOUR LAST BREATH’ FREE by clicking on the ‘LOOK INSIDE’ feature.

About caroleparkes

My husband calls me a butterfly because I flit from one hobby to another. Apart from being a wife for 52 years, a mother of three sons, and a grandmother, I'm also an author, genealogist, amateur artist, a lover of most needlecrafts, and occasional poet. Of the above, my most enduring interest has been writing and I hope to be doing it well into old age.
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9 Responses to Do Competitions Necessarily Show the Cream of the Book Crop?

  1. marianbeaman says:

    I agree with all of the above. Generally I choose books in my genre, memoir, and rely on reliable sources, including my writer friends to guide me. Whether a book has won an award or not seldom matters to me.


  2. Rainne says:

    I choose books based on their blurb. If it sounds interesting I’ll give it a whirl, whether or not it’s won an award.

    I think some competitions are more like popularity contests and have little to do with the quality of the writing

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  3. Long ago I worked out that many writing competitions are just another way to get you to spend money. There are some good ones out there, but you have to be very choosy…

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  4. Rebecca's Comments on Life says:

    Read pages of your new book on line…captivating. I wish you success with it.


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