One of the things I’m busy doing right now is sending my new book, Frederick Douglass for Kids in for awards.
It’s a very tight window of time that your book has to be submitted for awards.
Most awards require a copy of your book sent to them the year it was published. Many places even have deadlines of June or August even if you book wasn’t released until October!
The key to staying on top of which awards have which deadlines is to make yourself a little calendar and then double check your book is submitted on time.
To help you with this process, I have included links to some of the bigger children’s awards on my site. Just click on the Awards tab at the top of my blog, then click the link for “Places to Submit.”
Also check in with your publisher to see which awards they’re submitting your book to. Then you can create a budget to send to the others.
My publisher is submitting my book for nearly a dozen big awards for nonfiction children’s books. So I’m going through that list on my blog for any names my publisher isn’t submitting to, and shipping out copies of my book to the ones that fit in my budget.
Just to let you know an actual breakdown of what that budget looks like, here’s some numbers:
* I ordered 20 copies of my book with my author’s discount for around $200.
* I get the priority mail cardboard envelopes for free at my post office. One book fits inside each envelope. (I can fit 3 of my books inside a legal sized priority mail envelope.)
* It costs about $6 to mail each book.
* Some awards don’t require anything except the book. Some require marketing materials. So I designed a promotional flyer to include with these books, plus tuck in one of the full-color bookmarks my publisher designed for me to hand out. (Click here to see the promotional flyer as an example of one you can make. Just scroll to the bottom to download the flyer.)
* Some awards are free to submit to. Many cost $50. Some such as Teacher’s Choice cost $195 or $300 if your publisher isn’t a member of their organization.
* Some awards require one copy of the book mailed to them. Others require multiple copies of the book mailed to each chairperson helping with the event. And still other awards, such as state reading lists, don’t require a book at all…just the name of the book’s title and they’ll get it to read themselves.
Hope this helps as you’re thinking about submitting your book for an award! If you don’t have any budget for submitting your children’s book for awards, don’t despair! Just go over the list of state reading awards that I posted on my award site here on my blog and submit yours for those.
Here’s a picture of some of my books packaged and ready to take to the post office!