Walking Through Walls Honored with the Children's Literary Classics Seal of Approval

As a 4RV Publishing author, I'm thrilled and honored to announce that Walking Through Walls has been awarded the Children's Literary Classics Seal of Approval! But, this post will also talk a bit about contests.

Literary Classics is an organization dedicated to promoting excellence in literature. Through AWARDS, BOOK REVIEWS, and SEAL OF APPROVAL PROGRAM, the committee helps you sort through the many books in circulation today. It is the CLC’s goal to help you select the finest books available. Additionally, the programs offer opportunities for publishers, authors and illustrators to receive recognition for providing excellence in literature.

This is the second award for my fantasy adventure based on and set in ancient China.In January 2012, Walking Through Walls won 1st Place in the Editors and Predators Readers Poll, in the Children's Novel category!

Walking Through Walls is a middle grade fantasy adventure set in 16th century China. Wang longs to be rich…and powerful. At twelve-years-old, he already knows more about the Eternals and their way of life than many of the adults in his village. Learning about these mystics takes his thoughts away from the possibility of working in the wheat fields all his life, like his father. Wang has far grander goals.

To check out the amazing illustrations done by Aidana WillowRaven, reviews and more information on Walking Through Walls go to: http://walkingthroughwalls.blogspot.com


If you'd like to get your own copy for home or in the classroom (ISBN: 978-0-9826594-7-2), click the link:

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You can view the Children's Literary Classics Review of Walking Through Walls at:

Contests and Exposure

I recently had a guest post on my site by award-winning and multi-published (80+) author Nancy Sanders. Working with her publicists and publishers, she learned a thing or two about generating exposure for her books, and one great way to do this is through contests.

Obviously, each author will need to determine their individual marketing budget and see if contests can have an allotted amount, but even if you’re on a tight budget, there are things you can do to generate visibility.

Nancy suggests first making a list of those award sites you’d like to submit to, keeping the free ones up first. Then, follow the guidelines of each and enter you book.

Try to keep in mind that it’s not necessarily about winning. Nancy advises that just getting your book “in the hands of judges” is important in itself. Many of the judges are important people in their own literary circles.

To find out more of what Nancy has to say on entering contests go to:

You can also check out Nancy’s site for even more information:

Since, I think contests are an important promotional and visibility tool, I allotted as much as I could to enter those contests I thought would make a difference. Contests I entered the end of last year include:

Boston Globe Horn Books Award (No fee, 3 books)

SCBWI Golden Kite Awards (No fee, 4 books)

Newbery Medal (No fee, 2 books)

IRA Children’s and Young Adult’s Book Awards (No fee, 1 book)
International Reading Association

The Eric Hoffer Award ($50, 1 book)

USA 2012 Book Awards ($69, 1 book)

Children’s Literary Classics ($95, 3 books)

Notice that the first four award contests have NO fee. You can definitely be a cost-conscious marketer. And, again, whether you win no awards, one, two, or three awards, it’s the exposure and having the book seen by influential people that’s as important as winning.

Just a side note: I recently spoke with a librarian and she mentioned that the Newbery award is one of the ‘biggies.’ After that would come the state awards. So, take a bit of time and look into these awards . . . you never know.

Additional Reading:

Writing Children’s Books – Genre Differences
Keep Your Writing Goals Front and Center 
Children’s Writing and Publishing: The Traditional Path PART 1
Writing a Fiction Story: Walking Through Walls Backstory

Until next time,

Karen Cioffi
Award Winning Author, Freelance/Ghostwriter, Editor, Marketer

Check out Karen’s eBooks at:

Karen Cioffi Writing and Marketing
DKV Writing 4 U
http://KarenCioffi.com (children’s author site)



Mary Jo Guglielmo said...

A great reminder, thanks.

Karen Cioffi said...

Hi, Mary Jo,

I really liked Nancy's advice that it's just as important to get your book into some influential hands as it is to win.

Anne Duguid Knol said...

First, so many congrats on the award for Walking Through Walls.
The contest list is so useful as is the advice. I shall certainly be sharing it with all the authors I know. Thanks, Karen

Kathleen Moulton said...

As always, this is vital information. Thanks for adding to my education!

And, congratulations on your award!


Anonymous said...

CONGRATS on the award! Thank you for sharing the information about contests.


Heidiwriter said...

Congratulations and thanks for the contest info.

Karen Cioffi said...

Annie, Thank you so much. I'm glad the contest info is helpful. And, thanks so much for sharing it!

Kathleen, Thank you! And, I'm thrilled to be able to help you learn some of the writing ropes.

Karen Cioffi said...

Susanne, Thanks for your support and glad the info is worth sharing!

Heidi, Thank you. It's great that there are contests that are valid and free.

Magdalena Ball said...

Congratulations Karen on a well deserved award! This is a great list - it's always difficult to find good contests and an excellent prompt to go and submit.

T. Forehand said...

Congratulations, well deserved. This is a list to keep close at hand with good resources for helping to market our work and get noticed. Thanks for sharing.

Karen Cioffi said...

Maggie, Thanks so much. Nothing ventured, nothing gained!

Terri, Thank you so much. Contests are a good marketing strategy, if you win great, if not your book is circulating.

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