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Improve Your Chances of Becoming An Award Winning Author

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6 Lessons (41m)
    • 1. Improve Your Chances of Becoming an Award Winning Author - Introduction

    • 2. Benefits of Entering Book Award Contests

    • 3. 8 Ways To Make Your Book Stand Out

    • 4. 5 Ways To Capture Positive Attention From the Judges

    • 5. 4 Ways to Help The Judges Enjoy Reading Your Work

    • 6. 6 Ways to Dramatically Increase Your Chances of Winning

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Entering book contests can be highly beneficial for you as an author.  But, if you want to improve your chances of winning an award, you need to be prepared.  In this class, we share 9 benefits of entering and 23 powerful keys to help you become an award-winning author.

You’ll learn the following:

9 Benefits to Entering Book Contests

8 Ways to Make Your Book Stand Out and Above the Rest

5 Ways to Capture Positive Attention from the Judges

4 Ways to Help Judges Enjoy Reading Your Work

6 Keys to Drastically Increase Your Chances of Winning

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Dr Rob Alex Alex, Ph.D.

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Dr. Rob Alex, Ph.D. is brilliant at coming up with outside-the-box ideas. He is currently creating fantastic courses available on around creative marketing and relationships. It's fascinating how the relationship skills he teaches to couples crosses over to authors and entrepreneurs with their relationships to clients and fans/readers. He had a spiritual awakening in 2010, which happened due to transcendent lovemaking experiences. This encouraged him to bring more spiritual perspectives into his work - metaphysical concepts alongside practical ideas. He teaches how to use ancient wisdom to expand your thinking while creating more personal life energy and how to direct that energy to develop amazing relationships (personally and professionally) and live the l... See full profile

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1. Improve Your Chances of Becoming an Award Winning Author - Introduction: everybody. I'm Rob Alex and I am General Alex and welcome to our class improve your chances of becoming an award winning author. Rob and I are both bestselling others and self published authors, and we have been podcasters since 2000 and nine. We're also the co founders of all their stock about it and others talk about a podcast where we've interviewed over 300 authors and we have our very own annual book award contest . Because of that, we decided to help you increase your chances of becoming an award winning author as well. 2. Benefits of Entering Book Award Contests: All right, let's get started. Improve your chances of becoming and a war winning author. We're gonna talk to you in this section about nine benefits of entering book award contests . So get ready. Number one, discover if your book has married Now you have to understand that when you enter a book contest, judging is subjective. Creativity is not something that is easy to judge, not and depending on the judge's mood, for that matter, even when you're bringing in the technical pieces and those things you're looking for, still, it is subjective. So deciding and having a judge tell you whether or not your book has married. If there's value to your book, if others will get something out of your book if it's worthy of attention or praise, just remember. I mean, it could help you understand that and make you feel better. Like, Wow, this really works. If they come back with some negative things, take that into account and at least it helps you understand if there's really some good value within your book, okay, number to improve your writing. Absolutely no rush when you are getting critique and feedback from a professional reviewer critique er judge that can absolutely help you improve your writing skills, your basic writing skills as well as going much further beyond that. Taking that constructive criticism truly can help you. But one of the things I think is important, Rob, is that you have to take what resonates with you, right and leave the rest behind. We just talked about it being subjective. Yeah, just because you know that constructive criticism says something doesn't mean you have to immediately change it, you know? But it's something for you to think about. And also this goes beyond just a writing. It improves your writing and increases. You enhances you as a writer, but it also helps you experience personal growth when you can learn to accept that constructive criticism, whether or not you like it around your writing. Number three, it helps you set goals. Oh my gosh, absolutely. Yeah, so many people. Are you procrastinate or we have There's excuses. We have a lot of jobs going on her lives, a lot of projects, a lot of things, and it stops us maybe from achieving our goal of getting our book finished or the next one finished. So this is a great thing when you have a contest deadline approaching. You know, you've got to get a completed. You've got to get all the editing done. You have to get the book design cover done. You have to all these different pieces. Another goals that it could help you set, though Not just a deadline, but of Hey, wait a minute. I got some negative feedback. I've got some constructive criticism. I don't know how to improve on this area. So this is where perhaps you find a good writing workshop. You work with a writing coach, whatever the case may be, Or take some class online here, skill share, I, but something that can help you improve. And Eveready various. Yeah. And another thing is, you know, go ahead and pay the entry fee even if your books not done, because it will help you. Even Mawr set that goal of getting it in by the entry deadline. Okay. Number for get motivated by the deadline. Yes, Absolutely. Because again, that's something that can be a motivator. Well, and just as I was talking about, you know, pay the entry fee if there is one and and use that as as fuel for getting it done, because if you don't, if you don't have that skin in the game. But that money in the game, you're kind of be like you could procrastinate even towards the end there now, some of our team members here, others talk about it. Um, they talk about reasonable procrastination. I think it's quite funny. There are times that we need to set something off to the side. We need to take a break or whatever. So if it's reasonable and you want to set something off, that makes sense. But when you continually put things off, or if you really have nothing to push you to motivate you, that's that's a bigger issue. So having a book contest, whether it's ours or a different one, because we encourage you to do more than one, then there are absolutely those motivational aspects to it. Number. I receive a critique of your book. Most book award contests will either give you a review or a critique, And these air not typically not in depth, huge critiques their shorter maybe 250 to 350 words. Something in that range it kind of varies, uh, you do have to pay attention and really, we'll talk about that in a bit. Research the book contest because not all of them do this, we dio. But not everyone does. I think it's a very important thing to get those to get that critique of some kind back from your book award contest so that you have that invaluable feedback number six and become an award winning author. That seems obvious, but that's invaluable tohave because you can put that all over the place. You can add that behind your name, you can put it in your bio. You can put it on your website. You can put it on the back of your book or on the front of your book. It just is an amazing piece. If that works out for you, yeah, and a lot of people will look at that. And that might be a deciding factor, whether they pick your book or somebody else's book as far as purchasing, uh, as well as even and we'll talk about media attention, but it does help you gain more attention or speaking possibilities. It just gives you clout and credibility it so number seven, cash reward and other prizes. Well, the cash rewards a given. We don't need to explain the huge benefit of that, right. Go ahead something. Use it wisely when it comes to the cash reward. Maybe you have busted your behind to work hard. Get all of this done. Get your book completed. Get all the pieces in place so that you could enter and release it out into the world. So maybe you would choose to have taken vacation with your cash reward if it's big enough or whatever. But also, you could use it to improve your riding, take that workshop, take a different class, get a professional book cover for done for the next book or pay a better editor. So there's a lot of ways that I personally would encourage you as well as you could use this for your marketing of this particular book. If it's if you've gotten really good fry, I would set a percentage of any cash rewards that you get as to go back into the book to help you create the next one or whatever. So I would set a percentage and just stick with that. So yes, it, so it's a putting it back into your writing career. Number eight. Get out of your comfort zone, people. Come on. I like to always say on this is when I talk about a lot, but you don't have to go jump out of a plane out of your comfort zone someday. I still say that's going to happen. So I talk about all the time. I'm probably going to end up jumping out of a plane. I might be really old before I dio, but take the step out of your comfort zone and having the courage to have someone else give you constructive criticism on your book or on your manuscript. For most people, that could be a huge step, even out of the comfort zone. But let's look at it as an important step, whether it's a big one or small in yeah, and I think he's taking that step out of your comfort zone. The worst part is always taking the step. Once you take the step, you find out that it wasn't me 99% of the time, you find out it wasn't really that bad, and it leads you to start taking more steps out of your comfort zone. So So this really moving beyond a little bit of your comfort zone? Of course, that makes your comfort zone vigor, and then you can be beyond it again and makes it bigger again and so forth. But it really does stretch you personally as well as professionally. It stretches you, and it stretches that writing career that you are aspiring do already perhaps half, But that's an important important factor. Number nine can create a marketing buzz. Oh, yes, because the book contest should be promoting your cooks. All those contest entries. They're going to have them, at least on their website. I know for us we promote them. If they ranked three stores were higher, we promote them in various different places online. We're talking about them in videos a time, so there's a lot of different opportunities. And if you get really if you get an honorable mention or if you win or if you win your category or if you're a finalist, this could be huge. You can create a huge buzz around your book just by being able to say those things again. It gives more clout and credibility, but it gives you those opportunities to talk about it. Or even if you've just entered, you could say, Hey, I just entered the such and such book award contest. Perhaps it's all there's talking about it, but you can say that and you could start to talk about it even in in all over the place, but as well as online in your social media and so forth. So that's a mutual benefit, because then you're promoting whatever contest you're in as well as your own book at that point. Yeah, and this is so valuable. The marketing piece of contest is so valuable, it's worth. If there's an entry feed of the contest, it is worth it to get this marketing buzz that you get from it if you win or not to get the marketing is just crazy bag right, because most contests there are some that are quite expensive. Many are only in the 25 to $50 range, so that's really inexpensive marketing and that so take that into consideration. And I mentioned earlier that when you have received some level of an award from whatever contest you've entered honorary mention becoming a finalist winning your category being mia raising grand prize winner. Our gold or bronze or silver? I did those out of order, but you know it's gold silver bronze, depending on what you're in. There's different levels of awards in that sense, so that again it can help you get interviews, whether they're print, audio video. You can put that on a press release if you're doing speaking gigs than it actually can help you get a speaking situation where you could go and speak. And that does not have to just be nonfiction authors because fiction authors absolutely can speaker on topics or do a reading of their book. There's all kinds of speaking opportunities for fiction authors. A swell. All right, see you in the next glass next section, yes. 3. 8 Ways To Make Your Book Stand Out: Okay, we're back. Improve your chances of becoming an award winning author going to be sharing in this section eight ways to make your book stand out and above the rest. Yes, Number one, write what you know. You know, we hear this a lot. Write what you know, Write what you know. Write what you know wishes great and fantastic because it is easier to write about it. And usually, readers judges can really tell that you truly know your stuff. However, if you want to write about something that you don't know very well, then go experience it. I know in our on our podcast we've had people talk about that. We had an author that was writing about someone shooting a gun in the book. So she went and took. Um, I don't know what that we called off the top my head, but she took lessons. There's probably a particular phrase from Russia with the firing range, Yes, but I'm sure there's like a phrase, but anyway, But she learned how to fire a gun, that particular gun, and she did it many, many times that she could explain that experience so that it felt believable and realistic to readers and judges want to see that. So it doesn't matter when we're talking about right, But, you know, see, it's not always just nonfiction, which seems obvious, but it's also about fiction. So you want to research things thoroughly and experience them. If you don't already know number to craft an unusual story or approach. Come up with something different. Please, I tell you, I don't know how many times I have seen the vampire stories, and the Harry Potter idea tried to be repeated over and over. Some of them do really well with it, but we see those things just done over and over, or even the 50 shades of grey. People have tried to copy it in a sense, and we need to come up with new ideas. Think about it. Those are the ones that get the big attention because they're different idea really something unique and new. Yeah, you don't want your story to be predictable to the reader. You don't want it to be like, OK, this is probably gonna happen. You want a new approach to this book and make it stand out above everything else or that is the way that you write it so you can write in in a variety from for ways from a different point of view. So there's a lot of different things, but you want to catch. When it comes to competitions or contests, you wanna be catching the judges attention like, Ooh, this is different. This I want to know why. How, what's going to happen here. This stands out. I'm not reading this anything again. Number three. Creative, fascinating main character. Oh my gosh, absolutely. If your main character or main characters are boring, it's just over it for judges who are left feeling empty and they want to stop turning pages and often will when they're getting to the point of judging, Um, so make that character larger than life, give them a lot of depth and make them truly interesting. Really, really fascinating. So that may take some work, and you may have to go back and continually developed this particular character remain characters. But please, that's a huge factor that can help help you improve your chances. I'm telling you, number four get the reader emotionally involved. This really is an extension of the last year, making them fascinating. But by giving this is creating an emotional involvement for the judges and for your potential readers. It makes them feel passionate about it. They're excited about it, either. Absolutely fall in love with the character, feel like I know them or they may really hate them. But if they were like, Oh, just this character is driving me mad So that's okay if it's done in a way that you want to know what's going to happen to that character, so you're wrapped up in it. You feel very passionate about it as well as the scenes. It's not just the characters when you're bringing that emotional involvement in it is also about the scene. The environment are the readers and the judges really wrapped up. They love the way that you've described this experience or the current environment, let alone the landscape. In that sense, right, because most of the readers live through your writing. They are experiencing through your writing. So when they're emotionally evolved there into that story, for sure, you want to get it to this point where they want to go there. This farce, when you're they want to meet those characters even though they're not actually really right. So that's a very important piece of swell and that actually can work in nonfiction, too. It's done a little differently, but how can you get the readers or the judge or judges to feel emotionally involved, tell stories stories that are connected directly to whatever the topic is so again, really wrap in those emotions? Number five. Make the reader really stop and think you wanted to be an interesting puzzle, innocence or maize in a way or something that's so different and unique that it really takes them to that point of huh? Well, that's interesting. Or if it's more on that mysterious path we're talking about mystery or thriller. You're so curious about how these things can happen. But it makes judges as well as readers, questions, sometimes their own beliefs, whether it's I didn't think ghosts could exist await. Maybe they dio. So there's different things in different ways to do that again. This goes into really writing in a new way or writing something new that hasn't been heard before or read before. That's a tricky one. We get that, but that's a goal. See gold setting. That's a goal that you should be trying to set for yourself to make it stand out. Number six Show Don't just tell now. This is a common common piece of advice that is given. It can be very confusing, but what you want to do has really try your best to use your action words to share characters, thoughts and feelings you want. Express the scene through visual words, explaining things the way things smell not Oh, the daisy smelled nice but explain what it smelled like or the room smelled nice. It smelled like daisies. There's a lot of depth you can go into their. And if this is a struggle for you again, this is where you would need to find out whether you read about it or go to a class workshop. Really work on this and further develop your writing because this is a huge, huge piece instead of exempt for that thought. Even instead of telling a reader what the season is explain is explained through the environment. Is there ice dripping off the leaves? I stripping at this makes sense, but I'm winging it there. I'm not writing. Obviously, I'd be like, oh, that didn't make sense, so you can fix it, but it's You could get that point. The water's running down the icicles hanging off of the eaves so that you understand. Now it's cold out, but it's somewhat. There's some level of warmth coming on. You can get that sense of what's happening. Yeah, assumed the reader or the judge has never experienced this before. So it's not just you know what Daisy smells like. Think about a person that has never smelled a daisy and tried to explain that to them because that racks people up in the story again. We go back to getting them emotionally and passionately involved. It helps them feel connected. And it's not this dry, boring stuff that doesn't keep them turning pages. So really be cautious of that. Number seven give a solid surprise ending from a breadcrumb trail. Oh, yes, so we want a surprise ending. We want a unique twist at the end, but if you've gone completely off track and you had no clues leading up to that, readers judges what? It doesn't make any sense. It's out of context, and it kind of runs it. So you really want to plant those seeds or leave those breadcrumbs along the way, but without making it too obvious. So it is a challenge to do that. But that's what you want. This is part of the breadcrumbs. Each of those breadcrumbs helps the reader the judge think, gets the mind working. And then at the end, there still that Oh, I wasn't expecting it exactly that way. Yeah, At the end of the book, you want them saying I should have? I should have thought of that based on these little nuggets that I've been getting picking up through the book. But you don't want him to find that out too soon. You want him to wait till the end, right? So this is where you're creating the page turning experience. You've got the judges attention, and he or she is still wrapped up and curious because they can't quite figure it out. And they have read a kazillion books if they're judging. So they have a lot of experience and figuring things out along the way. So number eight wrap up masterfully with a cohesive twist. Well, when you get to the end, this is a really very beautiful piece that you can put into place, and I actually kind of laughed. And I think about if you watch a comedian skit, he or she will often pull in As they wrap up. They pull in some piece of some other jokes that they've already shared and move it into that last one, and that's it. And you know, they just wrapped things up. So when you do that with your stories, take something from the very, very, very, very beginning. The very first scene at the very start, take that piece and then change it just a little bit and make it into ah, you know, just molded into something slightly different. But yet it's very, very similar, right? As you wrap up, it is an example here something there could be. Perhaps in the beginning you have a character that is rushing to close a window against the freezing cold rain blowing in. And then when you wrap up, you have this ending. That might be some warm breeze brushing against the characters cheek as bright sunlight. Glenn soft the diamond on his new wedding band to see There's this like Oh my gosh, this is, you know, a two beginning it is not as happy. It feels cold and nerve racking. Something's going on, and at the end it has. And I say this lightly but kind of a warm, fuzzy, happy feeling. So it doesn't have to be that it doesn't have to be a happy ending, for that matter. But just find a way because those two components it does, it makes the whole book the whole story, feel whole. And that's important to judges and truthfully to readers. In my humble opinion, Mine, too. All right, you will catch you on the next section. 4. 5 Ways To Capture Positive Attention From the Judges: Okay. Are you ready for the next section? Improve your chances of becoming an award winning author. I'm gonna talk to you about five ways to capture positive attention from the judges. Number one. Have your book cover professionally designed, please. We know these. The old adage is you can't judge a book by the cover, But you do judge book by the cover even if it's an e book and only in a book. We still see that. And that's very, very important, not to everyone. And some contests might not judge it the same. So take that into consideration. I know for our contest that is a part of it. We believe that's for important. So have it professionally done. Number to use an eye catching and unique title. Absolutely. There are so many books out there. However, there's what millions of books at this point out there. So it's not always easy to come up with in a title that has never been shared before. But try try to come up with something twist to it or something different about it, because that I think is important and it has an impact on your marketing and from a judge's perspective, I believe that's just an important piece to take into consideration. So at that subjective. But that's my opinion. Yeah, because if it doesn't have that unique title and the judge gets his hands on it and it's a title that they've seen everywhere, they and they shouldn't have. But they might have a little preconceived notion of what the book's going to be about. Number three Create a fascinating manger now. We already talked about that. I touched. Yes, we did. But this is so important that we needed to reiterate so again, larger than life character really have. That main character does reach out and grab those potential judges readers. Do you really wanna have that? Make sure they have depth again. You want the judge to fall in love with your character? Number four. Make sure the first page is an attention grabber. This is huge when you're talking about being in contests as well as getting those readers to keep reading at first page is huge. If they are not interested in turning the page to the second page, then you've lost them. You'll have a few seconds, especially in this day and age where we want instant gratification at first page has got to be written really, really well. What All those, but really, really well and really take us straight into the action. Do not four people with on important details, especially on your first page. Okay, so really pull us right in and make us understand what the heck's going on. Number five keep judges turning pages by taking them on a compelling journey. And again, I feel like we've already talked to you about that and explain that. But once you have their attention, once you've got him in the front door with that first page, you got to keep them in the house. You gotta keep them. They're not in a creepy way, not necessarily your butt. You want Teoh, have them enjoy staying so that they continues. If you come upon these boring sections of unimportant sections in the story, you're losing the judges and you will lose potential readers, our current readers, whatever potential long term fans. So you've got to watch that and keep everything compelling. Keep every paragraph moving the story forward and the concept forward. If it's known fiction, you want to keep this moving forward as much as possible because everything in your story needs toe have purpose. Everything in the book needs to have purpose. If it doesn't, you gotta ditch it. Because if not, the ditch, the ditch is sure the judges might just ditch you from being a potential finalist. So we will see you in the next section. 5. 4 Ways to Help The Judges Enjoy Reading Your Work: all right. Are you ready for more? Improve your chances of becoming an award winning author. Hard for, uh, so four ways to help judges enjoy reading your work. Number one. Give your characters depth. Oh, my gosh. Can we not say that enough to your eyes. But shallow characters make fresh, shallow story. Even nonfiction. If you don't have depth in stories in either case studies or your personal story, whatever the case is, if you don't have some depth in there, the whole book becomes shallow. So really, we I'm reiterating it. We're reiterating this because it's so important. Number two, Watch your pacing. Yeah, You've gotta watch the pacing, man cane banks use. We maintain control of the pace that you set because you should go through where the story picks up a little bit. It gets to a little faster pace, and then it will slow down a little and get back up. You wanna have this enjoyable piece to it, yet you don't want to rush through anything where the judges and readers just feel like you didn't give them enough information. We have to really, really watch that. And if you're struggling with that I know I tell you all the time, but it's OK because we're not self promoting cause we don't coach on this or anything, but get some advice. Go take a workshop, take a class. Whatever it is. Go studies of YouTube videos class online, but figure out how to improve your pacing and what that actually means. Number three. Use proper grammar and punctuation. This is when I like the laugh it rob. It's He's a great writer. He has the fabulous ideas. It's an area he struggles with. So if you struggle with it, make sure that you're hiring a good editor. And there's different levels of editors. You have content Editors. You've copy line editors, and you have proof. Readers were talking about proper grammar and punctuation, typos and so forth. You've got to proof, read it yourself as many times as you possibly can, and then make sure that you have hired a really good proof reader. This is really, really, really formed. Yeah, with all the things that we're telling you today, you need to know your weaknesses and as general mention grammar. Punctuation is one of my weaknesses, so I have to ask for help on that because it doesn't flow naturally to me. So don't be afraid to ask for that Help if you need it, right? Because just because you have a weakness somewhere or something that you're not that you don't excel at doesn't mean that you don't have the capability of writing a phenomenal story or nonfiction book. You can. But if you need help in a certain area, go get it right. I mean, most people can't design their own cover either. So what do we do? We hire that out, So that's something to consider. But grammar and punctuation can, when it comes to judging, it can truly just kill the possibilities of you earning an award. Yes, we all know there are some books out there that are quite popular that have excelled and had hundreds of millions of purchases and had poor grammar and punctuation. But when you're talking about being in a book award contest, this is, in my opinion, it's vital. Number four proof, Read at it. Proof. Read at it, Proof free. When you're proof reading, I highly advise you to read it out loud when you read this out loud to yourself. you'll be able to tell if it flows. You'll catch those typos and those errors in your grammar that you recognize that you know you'll catch those a bit more quickly. And I think that's really, really important. Another thing when it comes to the proof eating is to what you've written it step back for a few days, or for some, it might need to be a week or so, but take a step back and then go proof. Read it again because our brain will start to go over those errors and just slide right over them because it knows what you're trying to say. So it'll slip over the man you missed. Um, so you want to take that time to step back from it? I really do your best to catch as much as you can, Then send it off to a proof reader or your editor on. Then once you make the corruptions again, here we go again for freed. So you're gonna proof, read it and edit it. You're gonna perforated, edited, and then you're gonna perforated and go through with a fine tooth comb. So don't just expect to hire it out and the proof reader to do all of it for you. Ah, lot of this falls on you first, but this again, I know we're repeating ourselves, but this is so, so important. It's really, really something that you need to put a lot of time, effort and perhaps investment into financial investments. What's the time? All right, One more section to go, You guys, hopefully you are going. Oh, wow. I have a much better idea now of how to improve my chances to become an award winning author. 6. 6 Ways to Dramatically Increase Your Chances of Winning: Okay. I'm so sad. This is our last session. Improve your chances of becoming an award winning author. But by now you've been a lot. So let's wrap it up here. So we're going to share six keys to drastically increase your chances of winning number one . Know your intent for entering? Yes. Why do you want to enter the contest to begin with? Yes, most of us want to weigh all wanna win. But why do you want to win? Does it have to do with what we talked about earlier and clout and credibility? Or that you can say you are potentially award winning author and an award winning author? So make sure that you understand that I know that we've had entries come into our book contest that authors talk about it that literally their whole intent was just because they wanted to get more eyes on their book. They wanted to use it as a marketing tool in that sense. So we've heard that as well. So that's something to consider as well. Is that yes. Maybe you could use this as creates a marketing buzz that we talked about. And then there's another purpose here they might not have thought of. If the judges happen to fall in love with your book, you have just created new fans, and then they are likely to sing your praises to others as well. The overall contest. If they love your work or if you rate at a certain level so you get an honor invention or become a category winner again, you're going to have heavier promotion. We and others talk about it four and five stores and actually three stars. We actually promote those heavier. So you do just have fans and you get more attention. So remember that is not all about winning and having an award winning author title behind your name or the cash prize or whatever the other prices might be. It's more than that, but you've got to know your intent number to research the contest. Is it a fit for your book? Yeah, there's so many contests. That's a lot of about. There's so many a lot of them. There's local contests. There are national and international contests, so you really have to do your research. And yes, there are some that are absolutely scams, and they're not legitimate. So please be cautious. This is really, really important to take into consideration. I would highly recommend that you only enter contests that you do get some critique or actual feedback from, uh like we do At least like I said, 250 to 350 words in a mini critique. Make sure that you're getting something, because there are those out there that charge a fee and you get nothing. But just who won, so really be cautious of that. Of course, there are free contests as well, so you can look at all of those pieces. Understand what the contests intent is in regards to. Is it very, very focused on professional literature? Or they focused on helping the readers and getting readers to know more. Or they focused on self published an indie authors, which is the biggest. I mean, that's not all of our entries at this point, but that is our biggest Yes, it is so really pay attention to that and again, does the contest overall fit? Does it featured? Genre doesn't fit the length of your book is your book to short? Is it ridiculously too long and be careful of all those things, So do your research. Number three. Enter the correct category or genre, which we just mentioned in regards to the overall contest. But then you have to pick the correct genre for your book within the contest. Some contests have hundreds of categories. If it's a big enough contest, others have a handful, so it kind of depends on what's going on there. But you really want to look at that. And there are contest that will allow you to enter a second or third category, usually at a discounted entry fee. Then so you have the one entry fee. That's the main atrophy, and then your second category you can enter again and typically is a little bit less. It doesn't cost quite as much, and you don't necessarily always get a second critique or third critique. It just kind of depends on you and those air great for when your book kind of crosses genres, you know, if it's a romance paranormal romance, you know, where does it fit necessarily, So you could you can enter both those genres and see what what reviews you get, and then you might have a better idea which one, your book more leans towards right, and I know we saw that in our contest. And we see that often, actually, that some of the mystery thrillers don't they sometimes get entered into the horror contest or the whore category rather, and they don't really fit there. They fit better in mystery thriller or romance make it entered into a variety of them. Romance seems to be a theme in many books, so you've got to really think about that because it does play a role and whether or not you end up being a winner or have honorable experiencing, receiving rather honorable mention wolf on a tangent Number four. No, that judging a subjective, be appreciative winner lose. So we talked earlier at the very top of this class. In regards to judging being subjective, it absolutely is subjective. There are professional technical pieces that definitely come into play, but there's also still your own personal artistic license, so your creativity may not mesh with what the judge falls in love with and likes. So that's OK. But be appreciative, winner lose, be appreciative of the feedback, and if they don't like it, OK, next, enter another contest it's OK or Inter next, another book in the same contest. So it's just a matter of opinion, and that's something that I know. I'm always telling people there's personal opinion as well as professional opinion, and we're dealing with humans as judges, obviously. So those things come into play and they merge together. Number five. Submit your book already. Yeah, you've got to submit your book. If you don't submit your book than Helou. It's like saying I'm not gonna win the lottery and you never bought a lottery ticket. I'm not a big advocate lottery, but anyway, we'll fear plays a big part in this. And people are afraid of being judged a lot of times. And what I want to tell you guys out there is when your inner book contest go into it with the thought process of bettering your book and taking that critique or the information you gained from that contest and learning and growing your book, your writing skills, I think that's a great way to look at it. And then you won't have so not as much fear about submitting that book. And again, we've shared it so many times. It is subjective. Different contests are looking for different things, so submit your book to more than one. Of course, we would love to have your book and authors talk about its book award contest, but submit to more than one. Definitely do your research and reiterating again. But do your research find however many that you can afford set a budget mother their free, or you have to invest a little bit of entry fee and consider entering in more than one contest. Number six. Hey submitted again. Not initially the exact same book to the same contest. But submit again. So and this is basically what I just said, right? So you submit to more than one, but you inner, you learn. You get some feedback, right? Mawr, you enter again. You submit again, perhaps to the same contest, perhaps to others or both. So it's just that's that's the way you're going to increase. Your chances, obviously, is, if you just keep at it because there are so many amazing, fabulous, exciting books out there, However, there can only be one overall winner, and there could only be one category winner for each category as far as number one right. So you have to just keep at it. Keeps submitting, submit to others. This is a vital piece. Yes. Again, I repeat, we want you to be the authors. Talk about it. Book award contest. But it is four from the only one there. Tons and tons of contests out there. So go for it. Hopefully, you've gained some amazing insight from today's class or however long you've taken to take this class. Yeah, hopefully you've got some nuggets here today. Whenever you're listening to this of something that will help you get to that point where you're ready to submit your book to contest. So thank you. Thank you for joining us. We're going to get out of here. I'm do you know Alex and I'm Rob Alex. And again, we appreciate you and we appreciate your time. If you have questions, let us know and we'll see you in the contest.