Pros & Cons of Winning Awards

RONE & BTS Awards 2015First, let me say I feel like a princess. I’ve been honored–and humbled–to receive two awards for my debut novel, THURSDAYS AT COCONUTS. The first was a RONE (Reward of Novel Excellence) from InD’Tale Magazine which I received at the InD’Scribe Conference in Palm Springs last fall. And…just last week, I received First Place in the Debut Author category from BTS Book Awards. This was awarded at TNEE (The Novel Event Experience) in Atlanta. I’m still pinching myself. Authors dream of getting the call and the contract to have their work published. Receiving an award(s) from colleagues in the publishing industry is the cherry on top. How could there possibly be any “Cons” to winning awards? Well, there certainly aren’t many. Let’s start with the “Pros.”

Reasons Authors Love Receiving Awards

1. Awards make us feel good. REALLY good.
2. They let us know someone (other than our mothers, spouses or kids) appreciate our work.
3. Editors and agents like it when we receive awards.
4. Hopefully, sales will increase because of awards.
5. Authors who win big awards are able to note “Award-Winning Author” on their covers.
6. Bios and query letters are beefed up with these wins.
7. Awards are a good reason to send out a press release.
8. Often, badges are available highlighting our awards, which are nice to post on our blogs, websites, and social media.
9. Awards are motivational. On down days, writers merely need to pull out an award to realize they have what it takes to keep writing.
10. Authors are validated by wins. We can do this thing called novel writing!
11. Wins empower us to take control of our writing careers and view ourselves as the professionals we are.
12. Finally, they’re something nice to show our grandkids some day–right after they ask us to make macaroni and cheese.

Now, for the Cons. There are just a few.

1. Some authors are paralyzed by awards and feel they can’t possibly improve upon their work or continue writing at a high caliber. (Possibly why I still haven’t finished my sequel!)
2. A few are afraid of being One Book Wonders. (See #1, although I do have a new novel coming out this summer and had a holiday novelette published last December.)
3. Occasionally, a writer “friend” voices jealousy or envy and suddenly stops commenting on your posts. Sad but true.
4. We live in fear of breaking the crystal beauties so our awards are stashed in their plush boxes away from sticky doughnut fingers and clumsy folks.
5. It’s hard to troll for votes which is sometimes part of the process; I always vote for my writer friends because I now how good it feels.

2015 Headshot StandingI really had to struggle to come up with any negatives because, come on, we all want to receive awards. And, yes, I realize I switched from first person to third in this post via the bullet points. See, how I/we start critiquing ourselves?

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Raise a glass. Here’s to the next author who receives a RONE or a BTS Book Award! I’ll be cheering you on. Happy writing and reading, and if you’d like to take a peek at my award-winning debut, THURSDAYS AT COCONUTS, by all means, please do. The genre is romantic women’s fiction. Here’s the tagline:

Three BFFs, neurotic brides, sexy bad-boy cops, and hippies.
What could go wrong?
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About Beth Carter

Multiple award-winning novelist and children's book author. Former bank VP and hospital PR director turned pajama-wearing writer. Find me online or at Starbucks where I'll be writing while sipping a skinny vanilla latte. If I'm not there, it's possible I'm at T.J. Maxx. Happy reading! 2017 Raven Award Runner-Up for Favorite Contemporary - SLEEPING WITH ELVIS; 2015 RONE Winner and 2015 Best Debut Author - THURSDAYS AT COCONUTS.
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8 Responses to Pros & Cons of Winning Awards

  1. Congrats Beth! I enjoyed reading Thursdays At Coconuts and am so glad it has received all the honors it rightly deserves. 🙂

  2. Beth Carter says:

    Thank you, Joanne. You’re one of the most supportive, professional authors I know. I appreciate you. 🙂

  3. Cara Bristol says:

    Congratulations on your win!!! You deserve it. There is so much rejection in this business (rejection letters, drive-by reviews, lackluster sales, etc.). Awards provide great validation and motivation, like you said. I hope you got an physical ward that you can display on your desk (and rub for good luck!).

    • Beth Carter says:

      Thanks for stopping by, Cara. I appreciate your kind words since you’re such a prolific writer. You’re right. With all the rejection in this business, positive recognition of any sort is uplifting and much needed. It is nice having the awards as motivation, to kiss(!) and touch for good luck. 😉

  4. Congrats on your win and good luck with your book!

  5. Congratulations Beth! Very inspirational, thank you.
    Tema Merback
    Writing as Belle Ami

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