I’ve read an article from the Society of Children’s Writer’s and Book Illustrators, of which I’m a member, that voiced opinion about some awards for indie authors, and steered indie authors away from indie awards.
The SCWBI is an organization that has many traditionally and indie published authors as members and as influencers. The SCWBI is a strong organization. I think it helps children’s writers like no other organization.
However, I did read some advice posted in their periodical that steered indie authors away from most awards for indie authors using criteria that seemed general at best. The article seemed to lump the majority of awards for indie authors into one pile that Predators and Editors would label as scammers for this reason or that. But, I did not find the National Indie Excellence Awards flagged by any site on the internet.
My experience with the National Indie Excellence Awards has nothing but improved my credibility as an author and helped my sales for Jack’s Tales, as it was a Finalist in the Children’s Chapter Book Category in 2015.
If you are an Indie Author, certainly enter award competitions only after some research and comparative analysis. As an Indie Author, don’t let anyone put you in a category without reading your book objectively first. I think this happens to authors and competitions alike.