Attention Authors, Publicists, Book Lovers: Small Business Book Awards Now Open

Nominations are now open for the Small Business Book Awards.  Go on over and nominate your favorite business book.  It’s easy and doesn’t take long.

Small Business Book Awards 2012This is the 4th year we are holding the Awards.  They recognize business books of special interest to small businesses and entrepreneurs.  Last year there were 106 books nominated and 41,000 votes cast by the community.

This year, over 100 books have already been nominated with over 2 weeks to go.

Books published between November 1, 2010 and December 31, 2011 are eligible.

You can nominate one book – or as many books as you like. Anyone can nominate. Authors, you are encouraged to nominate your own book. Publishers and publicists can also nominate books.

Or if you just happen to be a fan of a book and would like to recommend it to the world, please nominate it and make some author happy.

There are no fees to nominate — it’s completely free.  See Official Rules.

Click on the “Nominate a Book” button and fill out the form. It’s short and takes just 2 or 3 minutes. You’ll need a link from Amazon or some other Web page dedicated to the book, along with a couple of sentences’ description (just look it up in Google to find the Amazon page).  That’s all you need.  If you have more information fine, but it’s not necessary.

We will be reviewing all nominations to make sure that they are eligible. We may also edit book descriptions to make sure they are informational in nature and to eliminate obvious sales hype.

Nominations first, then voting later

Right now we’re in the nominations phase. You have through January 31, 2012 to nominate small business books.

The second phase is voting. Voting will be from February 1, 2012 through February 16, 2012.

Picking the winners

Winners will be picked by popular vote. The top ten vote getters overall will be the Best Business Books of 2012. In addition, the top five vote-getters in each category will be the Category Winners.  And what do the winners get?  Lots of recognition!

The Book Awards are an outgrowth of the weekend business book reviews we do.  

Each weekend we review at least one small business book.  We’ve been doing in-depth book reviews regularly since 2007, and have over 250 in-depth reviews in the site.  We started the book reviews because most small business books don’t get the recognition they deserve and get lost among the popular best sellers or the “Wall Street type” business and finance books. Our goal is to bring to the attention of small business owners those books that provide practical information to help them run their businesses  better.

Follow #BizBookAwards on Twitter

Want to know which books are being nominated? Be sure to follow the Small Business Book Awards hashtag on Twitter #BizBookAwards.

Anita Campbell Anita Campbell is the Founder, CEO and Publisher of Small Business Trends and has been following trends in small businesses since 2003. She is the owner of BizSugar, a social media site for small businesses.