Posted on 02/22/2015. Filed under: Uncategorized |

While perusing  Posts from the past I came upon one describing rewards the book Pushback has received. It read as follows:
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More PushBack Awards:

In addition to being selected a finalist in the ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Awards, The PushBack book also received a second place in the Royal Dragonfly Book Awards and a honorable mention in the Readers Favorite Book Reviews and Award Contest.

These awards and three dollars will get you a cup of coffee at a Starbucks coffee shop and a good feeling that some reviewers must have liked the book.

What I wrote then is what I believe today. There is little correlation between run of the mill rewards and success. There are exceptions such as the Amazon Breakthrough Novel which provides real tangible benefits. However, I have never won any such awards with the exception of a years subscription to the sponsoring magazine. What is it that makes a book successful? Is it that it is better than books that are not successful? Not necessarily.  I have read books high on the  demand curve that seemed amateurish. There were better books  that haven’t seen the light of day. So other than being a good or decent book, other factors are necessary to make the book noticed and widely read. Among those are publicity, name recognition. Books written by or under the auspicious of a popular known author can be garbage and be popular. Some of it may be luck, the endorsement of a celebrity,an event, something that makes the authors name be known. My advise, to myself and others is, don’t worry about it too much. Just concentrate on writing the best book you can. That has to be the beginning.

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