Can entering your nonfiction book or novel in a book contest be a sensible part of your overall book promotion campaign?
Yes, entering book contests can be a great way to garner recognition for your title. But entering book contests only makes sense if you know you have written (or published) a book that’s worthy of recognition.
That is definitely the case with Lynn R. Webster, M.D., author of The Painful Truth: What Chronic Pain Is Really Like and Why It Matters to Each of Us.
Dr. Webster’s book, The Painful Truth, tells the stories of patients with chronic pain who have struggled bravely with such challenges as legal issues related to getting the medication they need, workplace discrimination, and even a lack of compassion from their doctors, family members, colleagues, and friends. Dr. Webster is on a mission to create awareness of how many of us suffer from chronic pain so that, together, we can make changes in society and the law.
The Painful Truth, was selected as the Reader Views Literary Award Winner 2015-2016 in the category of Health/Fitness. The Painful Truth also earned a place as a Foreword Reviews‘ 2015 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award Finalist in Health.
In the spirit of full disclosure, yes — I am the proud book publicist of The Painful Truth, and I have been so excited to watch Dr. Webster’s book garner the recognition that it deserves in the world of book contests. Dr. Webster’s messages are important for all of us, because one day, we — or someone we love — will experience pain and will benefit greatly from the knowledge that we are not alone, and there is hope.
Congratulations to Dr. Webster, and I will look forward to the great exposure that gaining recognition in the Reader Views Literary Award and Foreword Reviews’ 2015 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award contests will provide!