I'm on a book chat forum that gets spammed every now and then. Today the following post by a first-time poster appeared, in response to a question by another first-time poster:
The juxtaposition of the National Book Foundation and the Golden Book Award was amusing. It was a clear attempt at legitimacy-by-association, but comparing the two sites makes it painfully clear that one is legit and one isn't.I would suggest you do apply for awards. Winning can make your book sell much faster, as well as give you credibility, and leverage in negotiations with publishers.
The only 2010 awards left are the Golden Book Awards and the National Book Awards.
They are expensive, so maybe only apply for one. The national awards get pretty crowded with competition, if you need an easier win you are better off with the Golden Book Awards. Either way though you are going up against authors like me, so you are probably in trouble either way
Best of luck to you!
Golden Book Awards charges $125 to enter and if you win you get a TROPHY and STICKERS. Oh, and listed in a CATALOG, but apparently not on the website.
Apologies if this has been spotted before, but I couldn't find it with a quick search.