Because I won’t.
26. Don’t enter awards competitions.
Just don’t. It’s not good for you.
First of all, if your book wasn’t already nominated by a legitimate reader (not your mom) the likelihood is that the legitimate readers voted for something else. Something that sold a bunch of copies over the last year, probably.
I totally respect authors like Colleen Hoover being all like YAY UGLY LOVE WAS NOMINATED so that their readers KNOW and can vote if they LIKED THE BOOK and/or ACTUALLY READ IT, but going on Facebook and your personal groups and Twitter incessantly asking for people to vote for your book in every round…just stop, please.
They say you need to write and publish five novels before anyone knows your name; focus on that. Focus on becoming a better writer. Your query letter. Something other than begging your friends and family and colleagues and everyone you ever met in your life to vote that your book get best romance of the year or whatever. It’s the same as asking people to buy your book all the time; it’s annoying and ineffective.
Some of the somewhat-original independent authors that made it – Colleen Hoover, Abbi Glines, Courtney Cole, Tiffany King – made it because they made connections. For real. Do that, and someday someone – who believes you should win the award because your book is a really good book – will enter you in the competition.
Don’t enter yourself. It’s narcissistic and kind of sad. If you have to ask, you don’t deserve to win. Not yet.