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List of 50 Book awards

50 Book Awards

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City of Calgary W. O. Mitchell Award


Deadline: December

“The City of Calgary established this prize, in honour of renowned Calgary writer W.O. Mitchell, to recognize literary achievement by Calgary authors.”

Fiction, poetry, non-fiction, children’s literature, and drama books are eligible. Self-published works, anthologies, cookbooks, guidebooks, textbooks, technical manuals, bibliographies, works of a purely academic or scholarly nature, books of less than 48 pages (except children’s literature), books written in other than English or French, multi-authored books if any one of the authors is not a Calgarian, and reprints or new editions of previously published books are not eligible.

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BOOK DESIGN: 3 Questions to Consider For Creating Artful Book Cover Designs

Book cover design is an art! The art of catching attention, enticing the viewer to pick up your book, buy it and ultimately read it! Taking the time and learning about this art can add to the impact your book will have whether you plan to go the self publishing route or are picked up by a major publisher. All of this equates out into perceived value and the know, like and trust factor your cover creates for its market banding.

Good book cover design helps sell books! This is why we go to such lengths to have them professionally designed. I’ve been asked many times my professional opinion on if I thought a book cover was good or bad… to which I respond, they are different. That good or bad is subjective to the viewer. However, there are elements, when used or not used, that can be considered good or bad.

Here are 3 Questions to ask yourself when considering what constitutes an artful book cover design?

  1. What is its eye appeal? Selecting the appropriate color, typeface and image for your audience will increase pick-up value.
  2. Who is your audience? By knowing what your audience likes, where their attention goes, you are able to write a title and sub-title that will fit their listening.
  3. Does your subject have ‘come-back-power’? An added value to your readers is if they can continue to learn from you over time.

So in the process of creating an artful book cover design, a professional book cover designer uses every bit of knowledge they can so that the cover has immediate appeal to the viewer. There are so many books out there today where the value of being transparent and available over time is considered a plus. More  information on book design.

Please take the time to contact Me about your self-publishing book design project.
Phone: 424-340-2000
Let’s see what we can do together to make it the best book possible…

If you don’t find the answer to your questions here, please Contact me and lets start your project today.


'82 Mystery by Richard Wood

82mystery_med3DRichards enthusiasm reflects his passion for writing and reading. His creativity has extended to a new concept that actually intends to get young adults to read and participate in the story…  ’82 Mystery “Nothing is more dangerous than the human mind.”

Based on a true experience, the novel, ’82 Mystery, recounts a story of life and death dealing with drugs, tragedy, and secrets that must be kept, taking place in Massachusetts during the ‘80’s.

The author, R.M. Wood, from a love of reading, has created a website that is geared to promote the novel and reward those who interact with the website with a cash prize.  Those who log on to the website score points for leaving comments, posting reviews, and taking part in many other activities.  On a given date, whoever has the most points wins a cash prize. —Richard Wood, Author

ISBN:  978-0-692-00454-8

Remember, do something everyday toward your book and promotion.
Karrie Ross Book Designer, Branding and Self-Publishing Consutling