The Selfies - what it means to win

News - Prizes Thursday, 12th December 2019

As the deadline looms, we ask former winner Jane Davis what success in our awards for self-publishing meant to them

With only just over two weeks to go for authors who have self-published an adult fiction or children’s book in 2019 to submit their work for the next Selfies Awards, we contacted the 2019 winner, Jane Davis, whose exceptional novel Smash all the Windows recounts the emotional fall out after a miscarriage of justice is corrected.

"I am a great advocate of entering competitions", said Davis. "Ten years ago, a competition win enabled me to give up full-time work to dedicate more time to writing, and prize money has paid for all of my self-publishing endeavours to date. My books may not be huge sellers compared with genre fiction, but the pressure of not having to worry about making individual books 'pay for themselves' means that I can focus on quality and produce a legacy of work that I am proud of."

As a result of winning the inaugural Selfies Award Davis received welcome coverage for her work in the US book market via Publishers Weekly and the Australian market via Books and Publishing, as well as mention of the Award by book bloggers in the UK. In addition, she was invited to take part in a podcast with Joanna Penn of the Creative Penn and was interviewed by Howard Lovy of the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi) for the Inspirational Indie Authors Podcast, as well as appearing as ALLi’s cover girl for the Indie Author Q2 magazine. She was also invited to write the introduction for Bloomsbury's first Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook for self-publishers, which will be released next year.

The cut-off date for this year's Selfies submissions is 27 December, and anyone living in the UK who has self-published a work of adult fiction or a children’s book between January and December 2019 in the UK is eligible. The Award, sponsored by IngramSpark and run in association with the London Book Fair, has a prize of £1,000 for the winners, who will be announced at the London Book Fair in March 2020.

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