Tuesday, January 01, 2008
But how many book awards do we need?
...said the grinch.
But seriously, not only is it Eppies [EPIC] and CAPA [Romance Studios] time but the preditors and editors readers poll is now open and every online bookreview site that I had never heard of is giving out their own. Oh, and these guys.
I find myself thinking: what award out there so impresses me that I would run out and buy the book that won it, or even make a point of having a look at it? How many of these awards have any clear function beyond free publicity given by the author to the awarding body? [If you can think of an award that is an endorsement you pay attention to as a reader, which one? Please tell!]
I know how to do well in the polls, you get a whole lot of friends, associates and fellow forum members to vote for you--most of whom have never read the book. But does promoting a website do the author any good, if the few who actually win the small colored digital image prize get no sales as a result? Even a little trophy is, what, a $10 payment to one person for the promotion efforts of every nominated author.
Don't get me wrong, awards are nice. If some one other than me nominates one of my books, I appreciate that a lot. If I win then that probably gives me a little happy feeling. But I am not chasing these things any more, or playing a game of voting for people reciprocally or based on some tenuous social connection. I will not be nominating my own books and I will be voting, should the opportunity arise, only for books I have actually read and liked.