Just entered my first book contest! (IPPY Awards — deadline March 16th)

Just popping in to share some super exciting news — I’ve officially entered Imminent Danger into the 2013 IPPY Awards (Independent Publisher Book Awards). Preliminary research indicates that this is a legit contest — and if it isn’t, don’t tell me now, because I already entered and it’s a little too late for second guessing.

Because the deadline is in two days, the entry fee is $95. Yikes. But you know what, why not? I think I’ve produced a pretty darn cool book, and I’m hoping the IPPY peeps will think the same.

Anyway, if you’ve got $95 lying around and feel like entering your book in what is purportedly the “World’s largest international and regional book awards competition”, this is pretty much your last chance! Deadline is March 16th, so get over to their site and enter! For anyone interested, I used the online entry form, which just involves filling in a few fields, entering your credit card info, and then printing out the resulting page and sticking it in the front cover of your book and sending it off to the address they helpfully provide.

I predict great success and imminent victory for Imminent Danger. Should I not win this prestigious award, I shall do something JAW-DROPPINGLY TERRIBLE!!! — probably along the lines of drowning my sorrows in ice cream and then writhing on the floor in pain because I’m lactose intolerant. The future is bright, my friends. The future is bright.

Unrelated media of the day:

Some English guy in Japan moved into a new apartment and got this note from his neighbour:


Semi-related reminder of the day:

Enter my Goodreads giveaway so I can send you my book, dang it.

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45 thoughts on “Just entered my first book contest! (IPPY Awards — deadline March 16th)

  1. Good luck, Shelli! You’re definitely going to win! Or else!

  2. Devon Lynn

    Best of luck!

  3. Good luck!

  4. Good luck! I hope you win. 🙂

    • Thanks! I hope I do too, lol. I’m not exactly sure what the grand prize is, but supposedly there’s an award conference of some sort, and possibly there are award stickers you can put on the book. Or something. I’ll let you know when I’ve won 😀

      • That’s the spirit! Go get ’em. 🙂

        Personally, I hope you win an emu. Can you imagine how cool it would be to have your own emu? Particularly if he’s wearing a bowler hat. That would be a *brilliant* prize.

        • I like the idea in theory, but I’m not sure how practical it would be. For example, it’s an established fact that bowler hat-wearing emus — called bowlmus — have a taste for gold-covered strawberries. I could never afford that, and then my bowlmu would hate me and leave me forever. I’m not sure I’m ready for that sort of emotional trauma.

          • True, true – I’d entirely forgotten that. I do apologise. However, I’m sure if you raised it from an egg you could train it to eat only spinach instead. (Though that might lead to some nasty times when you hit the potty training period, of course.)

            Listen, you’re a bestselling multi-talented galactically famous author. I’m sure you can work out how to wean your bowlmu off gold-covered strawberries. Have a little faith in yourself, woman.

  5. I think that being lactose-intolerant is THE. SADDEST. THING. ;_; I wept a single tear for you.

  6. Best wishes!

  7. Good luck with your entry!

  8. Awesome! Good luck!

  9. Good luck Michelle! Kick ass!

  10. Oh, dear. 95$ entry fee, 75 categories, vague description of what you actually win–that’s three huge red flags right there. Also, it looks like the sponsor is a vanity press. Not good.

    Sorry, I know you said not to say that, but I call them like I see them.

    • Oh, Misha Burnett. *shakes head* The simplest instruction, and you can’t even follow it!!!

      Lol yeah, the entry fee was pretty high. However, I did Google it, and everything does seem to be on the up and up. In terms of indie book awards, this is one of the biggest — so if this one is a scam, they all are, and that just makes me sad.

      • Lots of indie’s enter this contest. It was too pricey for me, especially since I am on the getting ready to publish another book route, but it is on the up-and-up and is featured in several blogs and articles, and also listed as one of the top contests for indies. No, the prize is not great, its more bragging rights and the thought of not having to suffer through lactose intolerant wallowing if you win. Good luck. I’m routing for ya!

  11. HA! I’ve been on the wrong side of a Ben & Jerry’s pity party with lactose intolerant hang over. It still feels better than rejection 😦

  12. I’m always put off by entry fees but that’s probably just my natural skinflint coming out.
    Good luck to you! But once you’ve won you’ll have to redo your cover.

  13. iUniverse would be unusually swift on this occasion and reprint your cover immediately, surprising you and wowing all your followers to the extent that every one of us will immediately want to sign with them. 🙂

  14. Good luck with the comp!
    That letter from the Japanese neighbour worries me. Wants to know he child’s name? And what’s he talking about toilet paper and navy?

    • Haha yeah, if I got that letter, I’d be less amused, and more worried about this guy trying to steal my child or bombard my house with toilet-paper wielding navy seals or something.

  15. inkspeare

    I so want you to win, Best of luck, and I hope you bring us good news on your next blog post 🙂

    • I doubt I’ll hear back for at least a couple of months, but still, fingers crossed 😀 I’ll definitely report back when I hear word, be it good or bad.

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