Monday, March 2, 2015

A Nice Honorable Mention in the #LosAngelesBookFestival --Legit or a Scam? You Tell Me.

Spiritual book category, which is lovely.  However, this blogger claims it is a scam, but my publisher thinks it's just grand. And this blogger defends the award.  What do you think?

5 comments:

heynonnynonymous said...

It depends on what you want. If you have extra cash and you want your name listed on a website, or you want a shiny gold/silver/bronze sticker on your book, and you want to say that you are "award-winning" than you should spend the money. Is it a scam? They give some winner $1500 and a trip to wherever, so that's something. Do they make a boatload of money off of writers? They do. But who doesn't?

Anonymous said...

There;s a sucker born every second

Stephen Cing said...

“Perceived value”. LOL. You paid almost a hundred dollars to have your name drawn out of a hat. Like, “No Hormones Added” on chicken packages. Or air in the bottom of packages. Nice. So yes, if you’re looking to sell prose to those who cannot even read labels, and are instead distracted by shiny stickers, inflating value through illiterate means is the way to go. It’s not a scam, but it’s much like fraction-reserve banking, like a Ponzi scheme. The consumers are idiots greater than the schemer. Seriously, anyone who needs and seeks perceived value will never have enough dignity to make it as a literary author.

Writer, Rejected said...

Yay, Stephen Cing, Where have you been all these years? Let's juice up this hell hole with a little debate, shall we?

Marianne said...

ANY award is good publicity, and the value of good publicity for a book struggling to be heard is . . . priceless.