Sunday, January 08, 2006

Oh crap...got my days mixed up!

Hey gang -- I'm so sorry, I thought I was on for tomorrow! And to think, I was out shopping! LOL. I *did* score the most gorgeous dress for my emcee duties at the National Reader's Choice Awards in Atlanta this July tho! And on that note, here's my topic for today...contests and whether they work or not. As authors, most of us enter buttloads of contests to give us some creds when it comes to selling our next book and to build a resume. So my question for y'all (as readers) is...do you put any stock in books that have won or finaled in contests? And if so, which ones? I think there'd be quite a few authors who are interested in that question, and hey, may save us some money, too .

Thanks for blogging with me!

Keira
www.keiraramsay.com

11 Comments:

Blogger Tamara said...

I don't really notice about the awards. I mostly pick a book based on the summaries and excerpts. Especially the excerpts because it shows you the persons style of writing and storytelling ability. But I figure awards are good for exposure.

5:32 PM  
Blogger Paige Burns said...

Fancy dress babe! You's gonna be so HOT! ;)

Um, contests? I think contests are more for the authors than the readers, I don't think it would matter either which way unless it was a big contest, say like the Eppie's, that would make me look at a book just because it won an award.

*Paige, who's got an EPPIE nomination, but has never entered a book in a "writing for getting noticed" contest.*

6:05 PM  
Anonymous chibi-hentai said...

Books that have won awards... i read a book based on what the summary says and the first couple of pages. If i like it and it has won awards, that's shiny. If it hasn't... it doesn't matter. As long as i think it's good.

The award thing means that other people liked the book enough to give it an award. LOL, it doesn't necessarily mean that i'll like it.

That is a NICE dress. *strokes it* i like both views!

Many blessings,
chibi-hentai

7:02 PM  
Blogger Trista Ann Michaels said...

Very nice dress...:) You'll look great up there...:)

As for awards, I don't really pay attention to them. It's kind of like Hentai said, just because they liked it, doesn't mean I will.

Trista

7:07 PM  
Blogger Amy S. said...

I choose a book based on the blurb and the cover of the book. If it sounds really intersting, I will get it. I don't really notice if it has won an award or not.

8:40 PM  
Blogger Pam P. said...

I agree, I mainly buy a book because I read an excerpt that appealed to me. I may look at a list of award winners and check them out, but I still have to read something about the book that gets my attention to buy it. If anything, I look more at winners from NRCA and the annual one from AAR, because I get to see what appeals to other readers like myself.

It's great for writers to get recognition from their peers. However, that's limited to a panel of few, and many times, also, to just those who submitted an entry. Even with NRCA, I guess selected books are sent to readers for judging. At AAR, readers can submit any title they judge best, so it's a more accurate guideline for what might appeal to me, just a reader.

Love the dress!

Pam

8:42 PM  
Blogger snowflake said...

I find awards quite subjective and don't put much stock into it. It might make me find out more about the book but whether I buy it depends on whether I like the blurbs and excerpts.

10:09 PM  
Anonymous annalisa said...

I think awards are really nice and it might bring a book to my attention, but ultimately reading the excerpts and summaries help me to decide whether or not I might like/buy the book. I also try not to let the cover of a book influence me too much since some of the covers out there are not very appealing.

Your dress is sweet! Love the back with the rhinestones! :)

11:07 PM  
Blogger Nicole said...

I don't put much stock in awards, though I like to look at the lists for ideas of books I may have missed. I do put a bit more stock on reader awards, since they're usually picked by people like me.

8:11 AM  
Blogger Amie Stuart said...

As a reader I don't pay attention to them either. As a writer I enter(ed) contests for different reasons including industry prestige (of the contest---not me LOL)

12:14 PM  
Anonymous Rae Morgan said...

You get to go to the Reader's Choice Awards -- cool! You go, girl.

And as for contests -- nope, I just read what I like. I've started to ignore the star ratings in RT also since some of the 4 1/2s I've read aren't all that good. Some of the reviewers give BIG name authors 4 1/2 s for what I consider to be routine, boring stuff.

Rae Morgan

2:00 PM  

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