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Greenwich Journalist Tells Story of Transgender Husband in "Truth Be Told: Adam Becomes Audrey"


"As a journalist, I've covered a lot of horrible things — homicides, suicides, crashes, courthouse shootings — but all of that paled in comparison to telling my own story," Bogdanovic said. Having returned to Greenwich from Virginia, Bogdanovic is completing her studies to become a paralegal.

"At the end of the day I had no choice but to pick myself up and dust myself off," she said, before looping back to the topic of transgender people. Bogdanovic recommends both National Center for Transgender Equality and Human Rights Campaign as resources for the LGBT community.

Visit Bogdanovic's author website for Truth be Told: Adam Becomes Audrey. The book is has won multiple awards, and most recently was a Beverly Hills Book Awards 2015 finalist.

Leveraging Book Awards

by Stephanie Barko

Book awards are one of the most effective and affordable means of gaining recognition for independent publishers and authors.  Entering competitions and having your title win an award instantly labels you an award winning author.  Whether the award increases book sales or not, it conveys a higher level of credibility for small presses and authors, and differentiates their title among others.

Here are some tips for leveraging book awards that you have won.

  • Buy and affix award stickers to your book’s cover. 
  • Upload the stickered version of the cover to Amazon, publisher’s catalogs, your website, blog & social media presences.
  • Announce the win in the trades, like Publishers Weekly, especially when a bulk buy could result.
  • Distribute keyworded press releases to consumer markets and journalists.
  • Display your award when exhibiting at book festivals and trade shows.
  • Hang a poster with your award on it where your book is on display, like at Book Expo.
  • Include award stickers on book flyers sent to bookstores.  Let retailers know when media is being done in their area and when the author will be touring there.
  • Prepare for attention from wholesalers and distributors who track award winning titles.
  • Mention the award to interest book clubs in previewing and selecting the title.
  • Use quotes from award judges in press materials, brochures, sell sheets, bookmarks and covers.

In the end, it may be difficult to evaluate what an award has done for you and your book, but that may be because it is hard to measure the value of an enhanced reputation. 

Good luck completing your award applications, and when you win, remember to leverage your award.

Stephanie Barko, Literary Publicist was interviewed in the September 2014 issue of Writer’s Digest. This spring, she was honored to present with John Kremer, Penny Sansevieri, and Joan Stewart in Denver at Author Extravaganza. Stephanie’s award winning clients include both traditionally and independently published nonfiction and historical fiction authors.  Visit Stephanie at

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Here’s more from The Huffington Post: “Given the explosive growth of ebook sales since the launch of the Kindle in 2007, with increases in the triple digits for several years, many expected the paper book industry to remain in retreat for the foreseeable future. Recently, however, ebook gains seem to have stabilized with hardcover and paperback books still comfortably dominant.”

Last month, horror novelist Stephen King sat for an interview and shared his opinion that physical books are here to stay. King does not feel that print books will meet the same end as CDs or records. What’s your prediction?

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