IPPY Awards?

I recently had someone email me and ask whether I thought the IPPY awards were, I quote, “worth looking into”.  I’ve heard of them before, and glanced through the pages once, but as they seem to concentrate on more “literary” works than I write, I haven’t bothered doing any research. I wondered if anyone else had, and whether they thought they were a good investment (depending on when you enter, the entry fee can be $95) or not? The site has success stories on it, of course, and I’ve found an equal number of independent sites saying “yes! fantastic!” and “no, not really”, so any input would be appreciated.

8 thoughts on “IPPY Awards?

  1. David Knight October 23, 2010 / 1:01 pm

    Hi Joleene… i dont really know any thing about them… ive posted your link on Facebook so might get some info back ., have a great weekend dave

  2. Ruth Ann Nordin October 23, 2010 / 2:46 pm

    I never heard of this, but from the look through I did, it looks like any other contest out there, except it looks at indie authors instead of traditionally published ones. I’ll probably get some people up in arms over this, but I don’t think contests are worth it. The reason I say this is because I don’t think contests help you sell books. I have two friends who have won contests and have the awards listed on their website, and they only sell a fraction of what I do. So to me, a contest is a waste of time. I won’t bother entering. The judges aren’t my readers, and since judging is subjective (all judging is subjective, no matter how objective they try to be), it’s not a true relection on what your target audience will think of your book.

    So I guess whether the IPPY Awards are worth it or not all boils down to your goal as a writer. Do you want to have awards attached to your name? If so, IPPY Awards (from all appearances) looks legit. But if you don’t care about the awards, then I wouldn’t even bother. I’d be more concerned about putting “bestselling author” by my name than “winner of such and such award”. Why? Because bestselling means that enough people in my target audience thought my books were worth buying.

    That’s my opinion, for what it’s worth. 😀

    • Joleene Naylor October 27, 2010 / 5:49 am

      Yeah, that’s always kind of what i think, too. I mean I could start an award and hand it out and what does that do except an author could say “award winning”? That’s why I wondered if these were really a big enough deal to actually do anything, short of look nice in a query letter.

  3. Stephannie Beman October 24, 2010 / 3:37 pm

    I agree with Ruth about the contest. It looks legit and if that is one’s goal as an author to be attached to an award, then by all means they should go for it. But the only good reason I see about entering contest is to put it in a query letter when you query an agent or publisher about adding your book to their line-up. Otherwise, for people who aren’t looking to tradionally publish, the contest probably won’t do much good. It might give them more exposure to anyone who pays attention to the contest, but in that case they would do better to enter a genre specific contest.

    • Ruth Ann Nordin October 24, 2010 / 4:09 pm

      Good point on genre-specific contests. I do think those would do better if a self-published author wants to enter one. And I agree that contests are best used to prove to an agent/publisher that your work stands out from the crowd.

      So it’s really what your goals are. 😀

      • Stephannie Beman October 24, 2010 / 4:37 pm

        Very much so. A writer’s goals should influence how they do something.

    • Joleene Naylor October 27, 2010 / 5:50 am

      Thanks! That’s a really good point about genre specific contests! You’d be more likely to attract the right kind of readers that way! thanks.

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