Lately, I’ve noticed more and more awards for indie authors cropping up here and there. Some are free to enter, while others have quite a hefty price-tag attached. Some seem well-established, while others… not so much.
The questions of awards and their corresponding benefit (should you be lucky enough to win) is one I grapple with. Does winning actually help sales? Is paying money to enter worth it? How can you tell a genuine, legitimate award process from one that’s not? And who actually judges these things? After all, I could create an award, charge money for entries, and pick winners at random.
As more people self-publish, I reckon more awards will start to appear addressing indie authors. Separating the wheat from the chaff when deciding what (and if) to enter will become critical.
I’d love to hear your experience when it comes to indie awards. Have you entered any? If so, how did you determine its legitimacy? And have you seen any benefits?