3 ways winning an award for your novel can help you

Learn more about TimWord is spreading quickly, so by now you’ve probably heard about the 10K Novel Writing Challenge that starts on October 1st, a few short days from now.

I’m guessing you’ve already made the bold decision to get going on your novel, and realized that this kick in the pants to write 10,000 words and make solid progress on your book is the best way you could spend the next month.

And I’m sure you know that several awards are up for grabs, all going to the most promising works-in-progress.

Since there’s no cash prize, what’s so great about winning an award? Simple: it’s a great career booster, and here are 3 reasons why.

1. You’re taken more seriously. Being an award-winning author (instead of just a “writer”) gives you instant credibility. It means your work was recognized as being top-notch—a distinction that few novelists ever get—and catapults you from hobbyist to serious career author.

2. People are more likely to buy your book. Hey, winning an award is an impressive feat, and readers know this. Seeing “Award-winning” on the cover of any book can quickly tip a reader from “Hmmm, sounds interesting…” to “Add to cart.” And that’s exactly what you want!

3. You’ll be featured in our literary magazine. As an award winner, you can give your blossoming career a jump start with a feature article about you in Books & Buzz Magazine. The name of the game is—I’m so sorry to keep rhyming—fame. Getting your work in front of as many people as possible is very important…and even more so before your book is published.

Ready to take your writing to the next level? Join us in the Challenge—it starts soon! Writers of all skill levels welcome.

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