One Murder More nominated for three awards
My readers have been following the progress of my sibling’s first book:
I write about it in part because I support my family, sure, but I also think it’s informative about the publishing industry.
OMM has had a number of milestones, including appearing in Amazon’s tightly curated physical bookstore.
It has an average of 4.7 stars out of 5 with 89 customer reviews, which is very high.
An early enthusiastic blurb was from New York Times bestselling author, John Lescroart.
It’s currently ranked 459,158 in the USA Kindle store. That’s out of 4,717,502, which puts it ahead of about 90% of the titles.
Now, it’s been nominated for three (!) awards at the major mystery writers’ conference:
To give you a sense of the conference (which runs this Thursday, 8/18, through Sunday), the Guests of Honor include Janet Evanovich.
You can see the nominees for the 2016 “Silver Falchion” (a falchion is a type of sword) awards here:
The three categories in which One Murder More is nominated are:
- Best Fiction First Novel
- Best Mystery/Crime
- The Judges’ Choice
That’s impressive to me…especially the Judges’ Choice which has a different selection process.
Kris will also be part of Session 59, Turning Headline News into Fiction, on Sunday at 12:45 in the Sycamore room.
To celebrate these honors, I’m going to give away the Kindle edition of One Murder More (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*) to the first three (for the three awards) of my readers who comment on this post asking for one. You’ll need to be somewhere you can get a Kindle gift from the USA, and I’ll use the e-mail address you use when you post (which is not visible to the public) to send you your gift. As you may know, if you get a Kindle gift and already have that book, you can contact Amazon to change to a store credit instead.
If One Murder More does win any awards at the Killer Nashville conference this weekend (virtual fingers crossed), it will be interesting to see how that impacts the book’s progress. I think that “award-winning” can be an influential statement to make on a book’s product page, but if it happens, we’ll be able to see if the sales ranking changes (although we won’t know for sure that the award mattered, of course).
What do you think? Does it matter to you if a book is “award-winning”? Does it matter if you haven’t heard of the award before? Do you pay more attention to judge-selected or peer-nominated awards? What about reader-voted? Are you going to Killer Nashville, or have you been in the past? Feel free to let me and my readers know what you think by commenting on this post (and ask for a copy of OMM, if you like).
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* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. Shop ’til you help! By the way, it’s been interesting lately to see Amazon remind me to “start at AmazonSmile” if I check a link on the original Amazon site. I do buy from AmazonSmile, but I have a lot of stored links I use to check for things.
Note: other of my family members have published books, including another sibling. You can see more information at I know these authors!