Bloody inspiration

Crime writing is a big book category in Britain and here are this year’s Dagger award winners. As always, I like to look to winners for inspiration.

Daggers crime writing awards presented to ‘the best of the best’ | Books | The Guardian.
http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/jul/01/daggers-crime-writing-awards-crime-writers-association

Some awards are not worth winning

At work, we just got the annual contest entry invitation from one of the journalism associations to which we belong. The first professional award I ever earned came from this group. While awards are nice, some are nicer than others. This post warns you about “awards profiteers.” One warning is about costs, but even the Pulitzer has entry fees. (This year’s book prize is still open.) Here are some other considerations.

Writer Beware®: The Blog: Awards Profiteers: How Writers Can Recognize and Avoid Them
http://accrispin.blogspot.com/2015/06/awards-profiteers-how-writers-can.html?m=1

ALA award winners

As a library fan, I like to know what books librarians are honoring. As a writer, I’m curious about what they’re buying. This is a list that tells me. (It is a list of books for kids, but I still read them.)

Small But Mighty Presses Prevail at ALA Awards
http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/childrens/childrens-industry-news/article/65507-small-but-mighty-presses-prevail-at-ala-awards.html#path/pw/by-topic/childrens/childrens-industry-news/article/65507-small-but-mighty-presses-prevail-at-ala-awards.html