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Historical Novel Places 2nd in William Faulkner Competition

November 9th, 2017 • by Karen A. Chase • No Comments

I am thrilled to announce that two of my novels have placed in the 2017 William Faulkner – William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition. Dedicated to promoting unpublished works, the competition received a total of over 3000 entries in 8 categories.

In the Unpublished Novel category, which amassed 502 entries, my historical novel, CARRYING INDEPENDENCE (about the signing of the Declaration of Independence), was short-listed to the top 12, and secured the 2nd-place position as runner-up.

I also entered the contest’s Novel-in-Progress category, which produced 313 entries. My women’s fiction novel, DECOYS, set in North Carolina and and still in development, was selected as one of 76 finalists.

I believe a big thank you for this goes to James River Writers (JRW). Through my membership, the opportunity to learn about the craft and the publishing industry has been phenomenal, and I found a writing tribe. Kris Spisak, helped me edit both novels. Kristi Tuck Austin and Katharine Herndon, among many, many other JRW members, have encouraged me to keep writing and editing when I needed it most.

For more information on the contest, JRW, my literary agent, and the books I submitted, a formal press release is here.

Oh La La. Bonjour 40 is now an International Award Winning Book

May 20th, 2013 • by Karen A. Chase • No Comments

In addition to the three awards for Independent Book Publishing, Bonjour 40: A Paris Travel Log has also garnered a 2013 International Book Award. In all competitions, her self-published book competed against small- to mid-sized independent publishers, university and museum presses, and corporations that publish fewer than 50 titles a year.

Jeffrey Keen, president of USA Book News who hosts the international competition says of the awards, “The 2013 results represent a phenomenal mix of books from a wide array of publishers throughout the world.” Over 1000 entrants submitted not only books but marketing materials. Chase’s self-published book was among those selected by a “distinguished panel of industry judges who bring to the table their extensive editorial, PR, marketing, and design expertise.”

Bonjour 40 also won an IPPY Silver Medal for best Travel Essay in the Independent Book Publishers Award, and in the 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards it won a Winners Medal for Best Design Non-fiction, and a Finalist Medal for Best Travel/Travel Guide.

“Needless to say, I’m simply thrilled, and it shows me, once again, that I’m helping to change the stigma for independent authors. Self-publishing doesn’t have to mean unfit to publish.”

While this award doesn’t include a swanky event gala in New York, Chase will be flying high knowing Bonjour 40 is heading into the Book Expo in New York touted by three award companies for both writing and design.

The newest press release about the award can be downloaded here.

Bonjour 40 is available with over 100 original photos on Amazon.

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BONJOUR 40 Print Wins Three Book Publishing Awards

May 7th, 2013 • by Karen A. Chase • 3 Comments

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I am THRILLED to announce that my first print book, Bonjour 40: A Paris Travel Log, has won three (yes, three) independent book publisher awards.

Bonjour 40 won an IPPY Silver Medal for best Travel Essay in the Independent Book Publishers Award, and in the 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards it won a Winners Medal for Best Design Non-fiction, and a Finalist Medal for Best Travel/Travel Guide.

What does this mean? It means a trip to New York City at the end of the month to attend the awards ceremonies (both of them if I can swing it, as they are on the same night). More importantly, I think it shows me that self-publishing is changing. In just the IPPY awards, the book went up against over 5000 participants from small- to mid-sized traditional publishers and university presses. Self-published used to mean unpublishable, but that stigma is changing as we are judged and win among the professionals.

Everything about this book (writing, design, photography, editing, production) was self-published, but I didn’t do it alone. So, a great shout out for those who helped me proof the book, and thank you to Kristen Weber and April Michelle Davis who helped me professionally edit the manuscript. Stay tuned for news and pictures from the trip to New York, and if you haven’t yet read it, I hope you’ll skip on over to Amazon and say Bonjour 40!

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