This is a great honor, since there are more than 1,000 books entered each year for this contest. Last year, my first book (and first book in the series) The Dying of the Light: End, was a finalist in the contest, reaching the Top 5 in the Suspense/Horror category.
I even got a cool badge for it.
They don’t list what the prizes are this year, for some reason, but last year, if I remember correctly, it was a bit of cash and — vastly more important — about $500 in advertising. Various sites will show the book on their banners, sidebars, widgets, etc. Lots of exposure, and we all know that’s what ultimately sells books.
I just wish I didn’t have to wait around until October to find out who wins!
Congratulations also to my friend and fellow Gecko Leon Berger, whose non-fiction memoir Lunch With Charlotte is also a semi-finalist. This book deserves to win every award it possibly can; it’s the most powerful and moving story I’ve ever read, and what makes it even more impactful is that it’s true. I never had the honor of meeting Charlotte, but I did get to meet and speak with many of her friends and some of her family and, of course, her ‘adopted’ son Leon.