Who can enter: Traditional and independent authors are welcome to enter the CAN Marketing Excellence Awards. Multiple unique submissions within a category are accepted as well as entering both categories. However, no single submission may be entered across multiple categories. Each individual entry is counted as a single submission. You may enter as many times as you like. Each entry must be fully complete with payment per category to be eligible.
Cost per entry:$40 CAN Member/$80 non-member, paid via Paypal. Once you’ve submitted your entry, please proceed to the Paypal buttons to pay for your entry. Verify the name on your entry is the same as the name on your payment. Please note which category (or categories, if more than one) you are paying. We must be able to match your payment to your entry.
Who may not enter: Current contest director and the CAN board (who may need to judge).
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Contest opens: August 1, 2021!
Last day of entry extended to: September 15, 2021.
Finalists announced in advance of the Excellence in Marketing Award Event.
Final Marketing in Excellence Awards presented in November (TBD pending travel restrictions, otherwise will be presented online.)
2 Categories—Fiction and Nonfiction:
Online Presentation: website, blog, newsletter, memes, social media and interactions.
Physical media: print materials such as postcards, posters, flyers, etc.
Broadcasting: television, radio, podcast, vlog, video, etc. Your entry may be a focused segment of a longer show or be the entire show. All must be specific to the author or their book, series, or brand via interview or themed presentation.
· 35% Engagement (real human interaction) · 35% Innovation (creativity) · 20% Investment (financial and time) · 10% ROI (Return on Investment)
Judges are independent and are not current CAN board or committee members or the conference director. Should an emergency occur, the CAN board may choose a replacement judge. All decisions are final.
Marketing campaign entries must focus on a book, book series, or brand.
The marketing campaign must have started between January 1, 2020 and July 30, 2021. (The campaign does not need to encompass the entire 18-month span, only begin within those dates to be eligible.)
Entrants will submit a description of the marketing campaign to include, but not limited to:
Goal of campaign with measurable outcomes. We are looking for results.
Calendar of campaign events.
Overview description of campaign expectation and results.
Links to campaign and/or promo videos/website/broadcast that represent well the full scale of marketing/promotion.
Meme(s) or meme campaign (submit as jpegs and include response numbers if you are cropping a screenshot.)
Bookmark (submit as pdf or jpeg).
Links to any online submissions must be included and be viewable at that link during competition judging.
We accept multiple submissions, as long as they are not the same campaign. Separate entry form and fee must be submitted for each unique entry.
Multiple unique submissions within a category are accepted. However, no single submission may be entered in multiple categories. Each individual entry is counted as a single submission. You may enter both categories. Each entry must be fully complete with payment per category to be eligible.
Any book/book series with multiple authors is eligible per the appropriate category. However, the award acts as a group award though a trophy or certificate and will be awarded to each individual representing the same award level.
Christian Authors Network board and contest director may, at their discretion, update the rules annually.
Depending on the number of entries, categories may be combined at the discretion of the Christian Authors Network board and contest director.
What makes an eligible campaign?
A marketing campaign is a marketing plan built for recognition and/or sales that integrates multi-faceted engaging, shareable, effective strategies to communicate the book, book series, or brand to readers, retailers, and/or librarians.
The CAN Marketing Excellence Awards recognize that each book, book series, and/or brand are individual. Submissions should portray the full scale of the marketing campaign. Eligible submissions could include, but are not limited to:
Website: WordPress, Blogger, etc. Stats independently verified by judges. Websites cannot be a static landing page, though a specialized landing page can be part of the media strategy in the campaign.
Newsletters: Authors must submit a pdf of the newsletter and/or series of newsletters that make up one marketing campaign.
Blogs: Blogs must be accessible through the author’s website. Judging will focus on the overall blog, not an individual blog post.
Social Media: Authors must submit jpgs of memes, screenshots of interaction with their audience, etc. that make up one marketing campaign. Interaction numbers should be visible as of the date of the screenshot. Do not cut them out of the cropped photo.
Physical media: Authors must submit pdfs of print materials: postcards, posters, flyers, etc., that make up one marketing campaign. Please be sure the images submitted are not blurry or pixelated.
Broadcast: Ongoing broadcast or single broadcast can be on any audio or audio/visual platform such as podcast/vlogcast, Facebook Live, Instagram TV, talk radio, iHeartRadio, YouTube, Vimeo, etc. It can also include audio and/or audio-visual media interviews of which the author must be the featured guest. If a broadcast is within a private group, judges must be able to access for the purpose of judging.
Other: Book tours, talks, etc. that make up one marketing campaign. Authors must submit pdfs, jpgs, etc. of events or other marketing campaign elements.
Additional options: Apps for smartphones and tablets created for the purpose of the campaign may also be submitted. CAN will need to utilize a generic login/password, if required for the app, so the judges can view without divulging their personal information in order to protect the anonymity and objectivity of the judging process.
Join us by watching this video of the CAN Crown Awards. Our winners share their success tips for book and brand marketing in the Christian publishing arena.
Great for readers to get to know these wonderful people and the books they write, authors to learn from successful marketing campaigns, and we all get to celebrate with them!
Congratulations to these winners:
Outstanding Broadcasting Gold: Susan Neal for her book series— The Healthy Living Series Silver: Bethany Jett and Michelle Medlock Adams for their book/brand—Platinum Faith Bronze: Dr. Craig von Buseck for his book — I Am Cyrus
Outstanding Web Presence: Gold: Carla Hoch for her brand— FightWrite.net Silver: Cynthia L. Simmons for her brand—Cynthia L. Simmons (clsimmons.com)
Outstanding Visual Media: Gold: Michelle Medlock Adams and Bethany Jett for their book—They Call Me Mom Silver Tie: Laine Craft for her book—Enjoy Today Own Tomorrow Silver Tie: Andrew Huff for his book—A Cross to Kill Bronze: Lynn Austin for her book—If I Were You Finalist with Distinction: Janice Hanna Thompson for her book launch of— Just Roll With It
We hope you’ll enjoy coming to the online Facebook Live event as we “crown” our winners. It’s always fun to know the results and share in the joy. Be sure to dress up (at least from the waist up!) And bring your notebooks! You’ll be getting a bird’s-eye view of the winning campaigns!
On the notification calls on Monday night, one of our finalists suggested the idea of holding a watch party. We strongly support that idea. Invite friends and family to share the event with you. Be sure to have fun snacks on hand to celebrate and enjoy the evening. Feel free to share the link below with anyone you think that might enjoy the CAN Crown Awards Gala.
Congratulations to our 2020 CAN Crown Award Finalists:
Michelle Medlock Adams
Craig von Buseck
Cynthia L. Simmons
To join the CAN Crown Awards Gala, please follow the link and information here:
Topic: 2020 CAN Crown Awards Gala
Date: Nov 7, 2020
Time: 5:00 PM Mountain/6PM Central/7PM Eastern (US and Canada)
We’re excited to see you on Nov. 7th to share special recognition and education about author marketing. New this year, all 3 categories will have special speakers, the winners, telling us about their marketing campaigns with the focus on how other authors can duplicate the concepts in their marketing efforts.
We expect quite a variety in short presentations, though our finalists have no idea yet whether they’ve placed. They have all been told of the possibility of a short sharing/teaching time on the successful elements of their campaigns.
Physical awards (certificates, trophies) will be mailed to winners and finalists after the event. The prize package of interviews and features will be forwarded to the winners and finalists throughout the year as we place them with media.
Linda Goldfarb is a bold communicator who’s frequently quoted by her readers, audiences, and clients that, “transparency transforms!” She’s an award-winning author, international speaker, certified personality consultant, professional actress, audiobook narrator, podcaster, and board-certified Christian life coach. When Linda’s relaxing, you’ll find her sipping frothed coffee on a comfy couch or photographing nature from odd angles while she and her hubby, Sam, play golf and hike their way across the USA.
Tell us about your award-winning book.
We, Kelly Harris and I, are blessed that two of our books won awards this year. Lovey Mouse in The Night Before Christmas and Lovey Mouse in An Easter Story intertwine common seasonal celebrations with biblical truth in a family friendly environment. These two early reader books share experiences from the life of Eliza Jean’s family and one of her favorite stuffed toys, Lovey Mouse. The pages are filled with beautiful illustrations, the words are easily understood, and the meaning of each story goes as spiritually deep as parents, grandparents or caregivers want to take them. One reviewer wrote, “This is the Christmas story that SHOULD be in every household.”
Each book includes additional craft and interaction helps for parents.
Written by Linda Goldfarb and Kelly Harris
What inspired you to write it?
Kelly and I wrote these books as an extension product of my coaching business. We discovered a need; parents struggle with talking about different celebrations with their kids. These books help parents share and explain the true meanings behind both seasonal celebrations to their children without sounding preachy or disconnected from life.
How would you describe this book to someone in a 30-second blurb?
The Lovey Mouse children’s books depict seasonal family celebrations intertwined with biblical truth to help parents explain the deeper meanings of each season in a child-friendly format.
What genre do you focus on and why?
These children’s books are actually offshoot products to equip parents. I write mostly nonfiction.
Tell us about how you developed your marketing campaign.
When the vision came to produce these books, the Christmas one first, our window of marketing opportunity was very small, so we pulled out all the stops. Social media is key of course.
My platform and Kelly’s target different audiences and that’s a great thing, so we used the small posts on both and asked others to share.
We started with teasers, getting our contacts excited about what was coming. Then with only a few weeks before Christmas, we changed our teasers posts to ones of urgency. Get yours today! Be the first to…, We can deliver! Buy in bulk and save! Many of our buyers bought more than one and recommended the book to organizations, who bought them in bulk. We also had local book signings and offered autographed copies online.
We used meme’s, FB lives, and broadcast email.
What worked best?
Prayer. I know it sounds cliché but for Kelly and me, we never take prayer lightly. God must be in it or we don’t do it.
As far as social media, I can’t say for sure, but we received a lot of attention and shares with our FB live reading of the book—that was a winner. Anytime you give your potential buyers a taste of the product and they like what they hear or see, it’s a good thing.
For our second book, we had a sponsor who covered all the production costs. He and his wife purchased the first book, several of them in fact, and they were more than happy to get behind the Easter project in a way that made it possible for us to give hundreds away as well as sell them.
Moving several thousand books in a short amount of time was certainly a God thing.
What would you do differently?
Ha, ha! Start a lot earlier in the process to begin with.
Though we consider our campaign a success, we would get more people on board as part of our launch team.
What are you continuing to do to market your book long term?
Since these are seasonal books, we are creating seasonal promotions and bundling them for a lower cost to consumer. We are also speaking and doing interviews.
What is the hardest part of marketing? Why?
Choosing your first step. There are so many options available. I think we can get hung up on which direction to go because we don’t want to waste time or monies in the process. It’s a good thing to be aware of, but it can also shut down momentum before it has a chance to start.
Choose a plan, no matter what it is and see it through to the end.
What’s the best part of marketing? Why?
I like the challenge of making the marketing more streamline. It also moves me out of my comfort zone a bit, as I prefer full control, but yeah, it’s not all about me—God’s way, will, and timing are always active in our marketing efforts. I think that’s what makes it the best part, His involvement.
What’s one unusual fact about your marketing?
Our books are season specific, which means you experience an off-season where sales will be low. But the flip side is, they never go out of date – win, win.
Do you have other books? We’d love to know. I have the LINKED Quick Guide to Personalities series coauthored with Linda Gilden, Loving the ME God Sees– a Bible study on relational transparency and The Art of the Interview: Before, During , and After Interview Strategies for Leaders, Speakers, and Writers.
What are you working on now? LINKED for Couples, book four in the series and a YA Fiction fantasy piece.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Congratulations to our CAN Crown Awards Finalists
November – 2019 The Christian Authors Network Crown Awards recognize, educate, and encourage excellence in marketing and promotion skills of all Christian authors. We are pleased to announce the CAN Crown Award finalists:
Adria Wilkins for promotion of her book The Joy Box Journal.
Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith for promotion of her book Sacred Rest: Recover your life, renew your energy, restore your sanity.
Linda Goldfarb & Kelly Harris for promotion of their book Lovey Mouse Easter (double-finalist).
Linda Goldfarb & Kelly Harris for promotion of their book Lovey Mouse in The Night Before Christmas (double-finalist).
Susan Neal for her book 7 Steps to Get Off Sugar & Carbohydrates.
Carla Hoch for her Fight Write brand/web presence.
Michelle Medlock Adams & Bethany Jett for their book Platinum Faith (double-finalist).
Michelle Medlock Adams for her book Dinosaur Devotions (double-finalist).
Finalists receive a ticket to attend the CAN Crown Awards banquet, logos for websites/materials, and recognition via the Christian Authors Network. Winners (gold, silver, and bronze) will be awarded at the ICVM/CAN Conference Nov. 12-16, 2019 in Franklin, TN. The Crown Awards banquet includes an overview of each Gold winning campaign in three categories. Gold winners in each category receive promotion via the Christian Authors Network until the 2020 CAN Crown Awards, a trophy, and logo medallions for their websites/materials.
The Christian Authors Network is comprised of a large network of traditionally published authors who work together to grow the industry, their careers, and Christ. Learn more about the Christian Authors Network athttp://ChristianAuthorsNetwork.com.
The CAN Crown Awards Celebrate Excellence in Christian Media and Marketing by Authors.
Purpose of CAN Crown Awards: To recognize, educate, and encourage excellence in marketing and promotion skills of all Christian authors.
Why? One crucial career area for Christian authors is marketing. (I know, stop rolling your eyes. Marketing can be fun!) The problem is that an author now has to wear so many hats. So many hats that the marketing hat may cause the whole stack to tumble if you don’t know how to make and follow through with a marketing plan.
Yes, there’s a second problem. Marketing has been an elusive beast that’s been difficult to master. We’re building a bridge over that chasm of author OR marketer to help you become author entrepreneur. Being a professional author means you are a business owner. A business owner that needs marketing to reach readers, retailers, and librarians.
What if we had some excellent examples?
What if those examples could shine a light for other authors fumbling in the dark?
What if shining campaigns earned an award and even more promotion as part of that award?
Over the last few decades, the publishing industry has morphed into something completely unrecognizable. Authors have to be a Jack/Jill-of-all-trades from writing to design to marketing. Many authors self-publish while many are hybrids who do both traditional and indie arenas. The major need for any Christian author, regardless of publishing platform, is to learn and execute excellent marketing plans. The book of your heart can’t get into the hands of readers, retailers, or librarians without a great marketing plan. Though there’s some conference training, there hasn’t been a lot of examples of marketing campaigns that work. Campaigns may well be excellent, or not.
Who could know? There hasn’t been a recognition of those campaigns. Until now.
Introducing the inaugural #CANCrown Awards. The Christian Authors Network exists to help professional authors market their books. CAN is in the unique position in the industry to bring recognition to excellent marketing campaigns.
The benefit: Recognition nationally. Awards you can display on your website, book, book series, newsletter, social media, etc. Winning campaigns get more promotion via the CAN network of influence. Winners will be promoted in front of a large audience of publishing and film industry professionals during the Crown Awards during theICVM/CAN Conference.
What does that mean? Winning means that for the small entry fee, you’ll get a lot more promotion of your book, book series, or brand. You’ll be able to display your award forever. CAN will promote your winning entry through our channels and expand your reach. But, we’ll also be sure to recognize all finalists. Entering the #CANCrown Awards magnifies your marketing efforts. Feedback from judges will help all entrants gain insight into more effective marketing, may help tweak an ongoing plan, and encourages excellence in all we do as Christian authors.
With deep gratitude to our #CANCrown Awards Committee:Edie Melson, Karen Whiting, Dianne Barker, Linda Kozar. I had the distinct honor of working with these wonderful, wise, and thoughtful women in designing this opportunity for you, Christian authors, to help you get your books, book series, and brands into the hands of readers, retailers, and librarians. —Angela Breidenbach
Angela Breidenbach is the president of the Christian Authors Network, a bestselling author of 18 books, speaker, genealogist, and a techie enthusiast.
I Am Cyrus: Harry S. Truman and the Rebirth of Israel
About the book:
“Next year … in Jerusalem!”
A promise repeated by Jews since their banishment by the Romans in 70 A.D. Then, after nearly 2,000 years, the Jewish people began returning to their Promised Land in the late 1800’s. In May of 1948, as five Arab nations sat ready to invade, Jewish leader, David Ben-Gurion, declared the establishment of the State of Israel. Learn how “a nation was born in a day.”
I Am Cyrus: Harry S. Truman and the Rebirth of Israel