I’m so pleased to welcome Pauline Barclay back to the blog today. I have seen the ‘Chill with a Book Awards’ mentioned in various Facebook Book groups and on Twitter but didn’t know a lot about them. Pauline set up the awards to support Indie authors and has written a guest post explaining more about the awards.
“I want Chill Awards to be the emblem of great books by great authors …”
Being an Indie author, with six books published, I understand the importance of making sure my work is polished to shine like a diamond. The use of an editor, proof reader, book cover designer are all part of the team in helping to prepare my books for publication. It’s tough out there with thousands of books competing for readers attention and as an Indie author, like everything else in the publishing process, promoting is part of the job!
Being passionate about supporting authors, in particular, Indie authors, I set up Chill with a Book Awards in September 2016. There are four Awards and all are designed to promote the best from Indie authors. In this short time interest in the Awards has been overwhelming. Indie authors from all over the world including USA, Australia, UK and Europe have submitted their books for consideration for an Award. Within weeks it became an international Award. I am amazed and excited as I want Chill Awards to be the emblem of great books by great authors and for authors to be proud to receive the accolade. Running the Awards is incredibly time consuming, but when the readers’ evaluations forms are returned and you see a great read has been discovered, it is a wonderful feeling. However, the Awards are not for everyone, only the best will be honoured.
The four Awards are…
Book of the Month Award – each book honoured with a Readers’ Award is automatically nominated for a Book of the Month Award.
Book of the Year Award – each book honoured with a Book of the Month Award is automatically nominated for Book of the Year Award.
PB Award – is a special Award given by me.
A brief outline on how the process works:
Once a title has been accepted for consideration it will be read by an equal number of Chill’s readers and checked against the following criteria…
Were the characters strong and engaging?
Was the book well written?
Did the plot have you turning the page to find out what happened next?
Was the ending satisfying?
Have you told your friends?
Awarded books will be promoted on Chill with a Book’s web site and splashed across Social Media.
A small fee of £16 is charged for each book accepted for consideration payable via Paypal (the fee is for the purchase of Kindle copies for readers and any balance left is used to maintain Chill’s Award programme)
There are limited places each month for books to be considered and if Indie authors are interested in submitting a title, please email Pauline at firstname.lastname@example.org in the first instance.
I hope you share with me that it is an exciting time for Indie authors and I look forward to seeing more great well written reads sporting one of the coveted Chill with a Book Award buttons on every book shelf.
For more about Chill with a Book Awards click on the link: www.chillwithabook.com
Thank you so much Joanne for giving me the opportunity to talk about this exciting venture on your fabulous Blog site.
My pleasure Pauline, it was great to learn more about the Chill With A Book Awards.