WakeUpCelebrityAuthor.com Announces BarnesandNoble.com Best-seller Book Contest

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To help authors generate more interest in their books, WakeUpCelebrityAuthor.com has launched a Social Media-style book contest where fans vote for the next BarnesandNoble.com best-seller.

We have created a contest that is unique and fun and we selected awards that help move the author's book to the next level. To become a celebrity author, aspiring authors need to get out and connect with their target audience. This contest is one way authors can really engage their fans.

As the publishing industry continues to change, authors are taking the job of promoting their books in their own hands. The good news for authors today is the emergence of social media and that they can use Web 2.0 tools to connect directly with their target audiences. WakeUpCelebrityAuthor.com seeks to give recognition to authors who enthusiastically promote their books and will make the author with the most votes by September 25, 2009 the next BarnesandNoble.com best-seller.

Traditional book contests call for authors to submit their books for evaluation based on writing style, content, relevance and other criteria. But having a well-written book at the right time and for the right audience is only half the challenge of creating a best-seller. The other half of the challenge is getting recognized in an over-crowded marketplace and getting people to talk about your book.

"Writing and publishing a book takes one set of skills," said Phil Davis, co-founder of WakeUpCelebrityAuthor.com. "Promoting a book requires a completely different set of skills. Authors today are using Web 2.0 technology like Blogs, Amazon, Facebook, Twitter and Blog Talk Radio to connect directly with their target audience. We want to recognize these efforts and also put a little fun into an activity many authors find to be a bit overwhelming."

As an unconventional contest, WakeUpCelebrityAuthor.com has chosen some unconventional awards. The grand prize-winner (the author with the most votes) will have his or her book submitted to the BarnesandNoble.com best-seller list in the author's genre. The second place winner will have his or her book appear in 40 book fairs from September to November 2009, and the third place winner receives an online coaching program that teaches authors how to use Web 2.0 tools to effectively market their books.

"We're starting a movement and breaking the status quo," said WakeUpCelebrityAuthor.com co-founder Steven E. "We have created a contest that is unique and fun and we selected awards that help move the author's book to the next level. To become a celebrity author, aspiring authors need to get out and connect with their target audience. This contest is one way authors can really engage their fans."

Many authors write a book as a way of establishing themselves as experts in their field. A book is one of the best ways to communicate which problem you help people solve - to lose weight, make more money and so forth. However, once an author has written a book, he or she needs to become recognized as the expert. In the old paradigm, authors needed to get booked on radio shows, publish articles in magazines, appear on local TV shows and get on Oprah. The major hurdle for authors in the old paradigm is usually getting through the gatekeepers who control the media.

This need no longer be the case. The Internet, and more specifically the social media, has changed the way in which the game is played. Now, authors can seek out and connect with popular bloggers to reach a focused audience. Authors can appear on various Blog Talk Radio shows, write e-zine articles, get a following on Twitter, start a Facebook group and hundreds of other online tactics that have no gatekeepers. Authors control their own destiny and can become celebrities within their own specific niche.

"We set out to make this contest as easy as 1-2-3," said Steven E. "Step 1, authors go to Wake Up Celebrity Author. Step 2, authors submit their books and Step 3; authors invite their friends to vote for their books. It really is that simple and the contest gives authors a good reason to reach out to their audiences."

In summary, the WakeUpCelebrityAuthor.com book contest:
Offers authors a fun way to engage and grow their audience
Encourages authors to focus on the other half of the publishing business - promoting the book
Increases exposure for the book
Offers an easy way for new fans to purchase the book

About WakeUpCelebrityAuthor.com:
Founded by Steven E and Lee Beard publishers of the Wake Up . . . Live The Life You Love book series (Wake Up Live The Life You Love) and Phil Davis, founder of the author community, Authors On The Net (http://www.AuthorsOnTheNet.com [Authors On The Net).Contact:
Philip Davis, Director of Public Relations
Authors On The Net
866-669-3627
http://www.authorsonthenet.com [Authors On The Net

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