I love Christie's stories and jumped at the chance to interview her for our blog series leading up to the deadline of the Gayle Wilson Award. Here's the Q & A:
You were already a NYT bestselling author so why did you enter the contest?
CC: I always feel as if a contest win will help promote your book. However, contests also offer you a chance to get in front of some readers. Those judges were readers before they were judges. And they are readers who might not have picked up your book. I have snagged lots of fans through contest—judges who read and enjoyed me. Oh, and being from the south, I love participating in your contest.
Woot! So glad to hear that...and we love you! Now, what benefit did you gain from entering the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence?
CC: Being a finalist always gives you something to promote. A reason to post something on the social medias. I think a lot of readers look to this as a sign of quality. Even my publisher promoted the contest win. They use these wins to in the information they send out to buyers. Then there is the promotion you get from the chapter as they send out the lists of the winners. It doesn’t hurt having your name out there in as many places as possible.
Very true! What are you working on now?
Yay! Can't wait to read it :) And Christie has generously offered to giveaway a copy of Born at Midnight to one lucky reader who leaves a comment and his/her email address on the blog! So comment away! I'll let random.org pick a winner on Sunday!
And if you're a published author, consider entering Southern Magic's Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence Contest. Here's the info below:
The Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, sponsored by the RWA chapter Southern Magic, was conceived in honor of multi-RITA Winner Gayle Wilson to award excellence in published romantic fiction.
Fee: $30 first book; $25 subsequent books
Deadline: January 15, 2014
Eligibility: All published authors of novel-length or novella-length romance fiction
Entry: Books must have a copyright of 2013. Electronic books may be entered when not available in print. Must provide a copyright page produced by the publisher. Non-subsidy/non-vanity/no self-pub.
Categories: Historical; Romantic Suspense; FF&P; Contemporary; YA; Inspirational; and Novella (20,000 – 40,000 Words)
Judges: Avid readers of romance, booksellers, and/or librarians
For More Information and to Enter: www.southernmagic.org/gaylewilsoncontest.html
Contest Coordinator: Heather Cover, GWContest@southernmagic.org