Taking the Old West to the Miami International Book Fair
You find Old West fans and enthusiasts in the most unlikely places. Well, perhaps not so unlikely. Westerns are a whole lot more popular than a lot of folks realize.
It was my great privilege and pleasure to attend the 2016 Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards ceremony last weekend. The gala took place in conjunction with the Miami International Book Fair. At this year’s event, Readers’ Favorite honored Strong Suspicions (Emmett Strong Western #2) with their Gold Medal in the Fiction – Western category.
The 2016 Readers’ Favorite International Book Award Contest featured thousands of contestants from over a dozen countries. I personally enjoyed the chance to visit with authors from Israel, the UK, and Australia, as well as from across the US. Many were quite enthusiastic about Strong Suspicions.
How Big Is Readers’ Favorite?
Readers’ Favorite has become the fastest growing book review and award contest site on the Internet. They have earned the respect of renowned publishers like Random House, Simon & Schuster, and Harper Collins, and have received the “Best Websites for Authors” and “Honoring Excellence” awards from the Association of Independent Authors. They are also fully accredited by the BBB (A+ rating), which is a rarity among Book Review and Book Award Contest companies.
In addition to reviewing for some of the biggest names in the literary industry, as well as the first time independent author, they host a respected award contest which features entries from new authors to NYT best-sellers, including celebrities such as Jim Carrey and Henry Winkler.
The Ongoing Popularity of Westerns
So why are Westerns appealing to an organization such as Readers’ Favorite?Offering high action in a wild and rugged setting, Westerns plumb the depths of themes that are still front-page material in today’s news–ethnic tension, women’s struggles, and trying to make sense of life in a rapidly changing world. It’s no wonder that, even in tropical Miami, many folks attending such a huge book fair are still enthusiasts of the genre.