Here's one more excerpt from Carolyn Howard-Johnson -- this time on what to do if you win an award for your book.
A list of things authors should do with their awards once they’ve won
them appeared in the first edition of The Frugal Book Promoter and,
because that information is so important, it appears in the just-released second edition
too. Here is the list authors (or folks in any business, really!) will
want to keep for the day when they have an award they can use to help
with their branding.
- Add your new honor to the Awards page of your media kit. If it’s
your first award, center it on a page of its own. Oh! And celebrate!
- Write your media release announcing this coup. (See Chapter Eleven of the second edition of The Frugal Book Promoter to learn to build a targeted media list and Chapter Twelve to learn to write a professional media release.)
- Post your news on media release distribution sites. Find a list of these sites here.
- Notify your professional organizations.
- Notify bookstores where you hope to have a signing and those where you have had a signing.
- Notify your college and high school. Some have press offices. Most publish magazines for alumni and their current students.
- Add this information to the signature feature (see Chapter Twenty) of your e-mail program.
- Add this honor to the biography template you use in future media
releases—the part that gives an editor background information on you.
- Use this information when you pitch TV or radio producers, editors
of newsletters and newspapers. and bloggers. It sets you apart from
others and defines you as an expert.
- If your book wins an award, order embossed gold labels from a company like http://labels-usa.com/embossed-labels.htm.
You or your distributor can apply them to your books’ covers. If you
win an important award, ask your publisher to redesign your bookcover or
dustcover to feature it a la the Caldecott medal given for
beautifully illustrated children’s books. If you don’t know this medal,
visit your local bookstore and ask to see books given this award. It’s
one of the most famous and most beautifully designed.
- If your book is published as an e-book only, ask for the contest’s
official badge or banner to use. If they don’t have one, make one of
your own using http://bannerfans.com/banner_maker.php.
- Be sure your award is front and center on your blog, your Web site, your Twitter wallpaper, and your social network pages.
- Your award should be evident on everything from your business card
to your checks and invoices. I use the footer of my stationery to tout
my major awards.
- Don’t forget to put your award in your e-mail signature.
- Frame your award certificate and hang it in your office to impress visitors and to inspire yourself to soar even higher!