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How is it mid-November already?! We’re in the final two months of accepting submissions for the 2022-2023 Reader Views Literary Awards program and thought it prudent to send an update with some general information—and take the opportunity to brag a little bit about our marvelous sponsors!
Still on the fence about entering your book? Here are some things you should know:
ALL ENTRIES RECEIVE A BOOK REVIEW AND SOCIAL MEDIA COVERAGE
The review will be posted on The Reader Views Book Review Blog. It will also be posted on Goodreads, Google Books and BookBub if your book is listed with those organizations, as well as on our Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest sites.
TOTAL CASH PRIZES OF $2,500! TOTAL MARKETING PRIZES OF $5,000
Three fiction winners and three non-fiction winners will receive cash prizes. Various marketing prizes from our sponsors will be awarded to multiple winners. See our complete list of awards and prizes
OUR CURRENT CONTEST IS FOR BOOKS WITH COPYRIGHT DATES OF 2022 OR EARLIER
All books with a 2022 copyright date or earlier are eligible for our current program. Books with copyright dates are eligible for our “CLASSICS” category only.
We’ve also received several inquiries about books with a 2023 copyright date. Books with a 2023 copyright date are not eligible for the current program. The 2023 program opens May 1, 2023.
YOU WILL RECEIVE A REVIEW OF YOUR BOOK BEFORE THE FINALISTS AND WINNERS ARE ANNOUNCED
As soon as your book is read by one of our reviewers they will write a thorough review. You will receive a copy of your review once the review has been published on our book review blog.
SENDING PRINT COPIES?
If you plan to submit print copies of your book (as opposed to an ebook), plan to submit as early as you can. Our reviewers read your books in full and they need time to do this. Waiting on receipt of print copies
could will delay the final results in the spring. A good rule of thumb: if you plan to submit after December 15, 2022, please send us an electronic version of your book.
FINAL ENTRY DEADLINE IS DECEMBER 31, 2021.
ALREADY HAVE A REVIEW FOR YOUR TITLE?
If you previously submitted your book for a review with us through one of our publicity campaigns, YOUR BOOK IS NOT ENTERED IN THE CONTEST. The awards program is entirely separate from our publicity packages. If you would like to enter your book in the contest, you can do so here now.
A BIG ROUND OF THANKS OUR SPONSORS!
Of course, none of this would be possible without the support of this amazing group of writers, publicists, media, and other friends of indie authors. We are deeply grateful for their contributions to our awards program and the independent author world in general! Learn more about them below:
OUTSKIRTS PRESS – GOLD SPONSOR
For 20 years, Outskirts Press has helped thousands of authors just like you to develop, publish, and market high-quality, award-winning books. They take the work out of self-publishing and deliver outstanding customer service, affordable pricing, and industry-leading royalties to make you a successfully self-published author.
We welcome Outskirts Press as a new sponsor this year! Learn more about Outskirts Press
B.A. BELLEC’S PRODUCTION STUDIO – GOLD SPONSOR
B.A. Bellec’s Production Studio is where award-winning author B.A. Bellec posts his creative content. B.A. has been shocking readers everywhere with his emotional and inventive writing style. B.A. also produces original music to go with his books. This channel is home to his music, his other book promotional material, and his monthly book reviews.
A graduate of Lights Film School and a proud recipient of a grant from The Canada Council for Arts, B.A. has shown a knack for utilizing his skills and background to cast a wide net and attract talented partners. He has completed two very different novels and produced an eclectic mix of songs to accompany them.
B.A. Bellec’s debut novel, Someone’s Story is a Young Adult Coming of Age novel about teen depression and mental health. It won the Reader Views Young Adult Book of the Year in 2020. His second novel, Pulse is a Dystopian Sci-Fi Horror Thriller about a creature and a music festival in the year 2040. It is coming on December 1, 2021.
B.A. Bellec’s Production Studio is a returning sponsor. Learn more about B.A. Bellec and B.A. Bellec’s Production Studio.
CONVERSATIONS MEDIA GROUP – SILVER SPONSOR
Founder of the Conversations Media Group, Cyrus Webb (aka C. A. Webb) has been active in the arts since 1999, hosting art shows and poetry readings around the United States while also building the Conversations brand. Today Conversations includes a daily radio show, magazine and nationally-recognized book club.
Outside of the work Webb does for himself he is also a celebrated publicist for authors, entertainers and businesses who entrust him with the task of getting their message and product noticed.
For over a decade Cyrus Webb has given the world the conversations with the artists, authors and entertainment industry professions that the world can’t get enough of. Host Cyrus Webb introduces you to movers and shakers around the world who are living their dreams, overcoming challenges and showing others what is possible for them as well.
Conversations Media Group has been a sponsor of our event for many years! Learn more about Cyrus Webb and Conversations Media Group
MARQUETTE FICTION – SILVER SPONSOR
Marquette Fiction is home to the works of Tyler R. Tichelaar. Tyler has a PhD in Literature and owns Marquette Fiction, his own publishing company and Superior Book Productions, a professional editing, proofreading, and book layout company. He is also the former president of the Upper Peninsula Publishers and Authors Association. Tyler is especially proud to be a seventh generation Marquette, Michigan resident.
Tyler began writing his first novel at age sixteen. In 2006, he published his first book Iron Pioneers: The Marquette Trilogy, Book One. Numerous books have followed. While Tyler also writes on such diverse topics as nineteenth century Gothic fiction (The Gothic Wanderer) and historical fantasies about King Arthur (The Children of Arthur Series), he remains engrossed in writing about Marquette and Upper Michigan as microcosms for the greater American story. He has many more books in the works.
Tyler R. Tichelaar is the winner of the 2009 Reader Views Best Historical Fiction Award for his novel “Narrow Lives” and has been the award sponsor since 2010. Learn more about Tyler R. Tichelaar and Marquette Fiction.
AUTHOR MARKETING EXPERTS – BRONZE SPONSOR
Penny Sansevieri is the CEO and founder of Author Marketing Experts, Inc. (AME). She’s also an Adjunct Professor at NYU, a best-selling author and internationally recognized book marketing and media relations expert. Her company is one of the leaders in the publishing industry and has developed some of the most cutting-edge book marketing campaigns.
She started Author Marketing Experts because she’s an author too, and wants to give authors a book promotion company that truly understands their challenges and needs.
Author Marketing Experts is a returning sponsor. Learn more about Penny Sansevieri and Author Marketing Experts
BAREFOOT LIBRARIAN – FRIENDS SPONSOR
Eve Panzer, the Barefoot Librarian, is an experience retired school librarian for pre-K through sixth grade who has a passion for children’s literature. She enjoys working with educators, librarians, schools, parents, and grandparents to select engaging and enriching books that make a difference. She now also professionally reviews picture and middle-grade books, focusing on independent authors and small publishers. You can find her reviews at Blue Ink Review, First Chapter Plus, Reader Views Kids, GoodReads, Facebook, and on her website. Holding a graduate degree in Masters of Library Science from the University of Texas, Eve has been a professional in children’s literature since 1999.
Barefoot Librarian is a returning sponsor. Learn more about Eve Panzer the Barefoot Librarian
FEATHERED QUILL BOOK REVIEWS – FRIENDS SPONSOR
Feathered Quill Book Reviews publishes reviews of new and backlist books that we feel will be of interest to our readers. We reviews books in over twenty genres and consider books from all size publishers from the one book self-publisher to the large New York houses.
Feathered Quill is a long-time friend and sponsor of our awards program. They also host the Feathered Quill Book Awards. Learn More About Feathered Quill Book Reviews
We hope you’ll take the time to learn more about each one of our sponsors. They are essential to our program and we couldn’t be prouder to work with such a dedicated group.
Learn more about our awards program here and let us know if you have any questions/comments!