I wasn’t most popular. I was a theater geek. Oklahoma, Hello Dolly, Carousel, Cabaret, you know… those people. I didn’t know a single person who played sports.
I recently noticed that a bunch of writing contests are starting to get “outed”, fairly or unfairly, as popularity contests. PEARLS, Predators and Editors, EPPIES, CAPAs. Does that extend to Romantic Times picks?
Do you distinguish between contests in which people nominate themselves (EPPIES, for example) and contests in which reviewers nominate books? How about something like the CAPAs (don’t get me wrong, I’d love one), in which the luck might have it that your book wasn’t reviewed at The Romance Studio that year. Can we still call something the best e-para something then?
Are any of these contests “valid?” I’d love your opinion. Readers, do you notice the winners of such contests–and would a win or nomination influence you to buy a book?