Thursday, April 19, 2012

Literary Competitions are Another Reason Why You Need to Have a Printed Book

Literary competitions are a great way to market your book. However, I'm starting to notice a change in the air. Some of these competitions are no longer accepting eBooks. In other words, you can't enter unless you have a print version of your book.

The problem with eBooks, I believe, it that it has become too easy to publish them. The once-dreaded gatekeepers, whose mission was to prevent most well-written and professionally edited manuscripts from ever being published, are now nearly extinct. They've been replaced by Amazon Kindle and Smashwords, who have no means of vetting the content of any of the eBooks they publish. This means anyone with a pulse who has Internet access can now publish an eBook. As a result, the market is rapidly filling up with poorly-written eBooks. I'm already seeing negative comments posted on on-line forums by frustrated and disappointed readers begging for some sort of quality control from ebook publishers and distributors. I'm afraid if the trend continues, eBooks could soon become stigmatized.

The solution is simple. First, have you manuscript edited by a professional editor. Second, publish a hard copy of your book. Printed books open the door for you to enter more literary competitions, and winning, or even placing in a competition is an invaluable marketing tool that gives you, and your book, the credibility it deserves.



elysabeth said...

The one downside is the entry fee for many of these contests, but I agree that having contest wins or placing in a number of them make you more credible as a writer/author. My forte is short stories. I have won 1st, 2nd, 3rd and runner up in various contests as well as have been selected for an anthology (blind judging and only a select number accepted; they usually want the best of the best). All of my stories are edited by my friend who is also an author and has worked in the publishing industry before as an editor. She doesn't let much slide on my stories.

Editing and professional looking covers and having the ability to have both print and ebooks helps. Thanks for sharing - E :)

Elysabeth Eldering
Author of Finally Home, a YA paranormal mystery
"The Proposal" (a 2nd place winning Aprl Fools Day story), a humorous romance ebook
"The Tulip Kiss" (a 1st place winning story), a paranormal romance ebook
"Bride-and-Seek" (a selected Petigru Review anthology story), a paranormal romance ebook

Sandy Nachlinger said...

Having a print copy of your book is good advice. I've seen badly written indie ebooks lately too, and I agree that authors should definitely have their works edited before releasing them. Otherwise, it makes all indie authors look bad!
FYI: I found you through LinkedIn's "Book Marketing" group. Here's my blog: Sandy's Blog.

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