Training #294 – Book Awards with Keri Barnum

Who doesn’t like winning an award? For authors, the shiny seal of approval that comes with winning book awards and contests can be alluring and sometimes quite prestigious. But are they worth it?

Keri-Rae Barnum, Director of Marketing for New Shelves Books, came on today to help us explore the world of book awards.


  • which awards have the best reputation
  • which ones would be the best fit for you and your own book
  • which contests to avoid
  • and how – or if – book awards can actually help you reach your book sales and publishing goals.