Monday, November 21, 2011

First Annual International Book Video Awards Sponsored By 'Authors Speaking'

'Authors Speaking' serves as a community of authors, teachers, librarians, teens and tweens, book clubs and bloggers. The site will serve to enable these groups to come together to talk about books. It will also serve as a hub to allow authors to virtually visit classrooms, libraries and bookclubs, and businesses. The awards program is open to book video creators and authors

Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein, nationally recognized author and positive psychologist recently announced the first annual Authors Speaking International Book Video Awards program. The awards program is open to book video creators and authors. The awards program is being sponsored by 'Authors Speaking'.

'Authors Speaking' encourages authors to make virtual visits to classrooms, libraries, bookclubs and bookstores through Skype and other forms of technology. 'Authors Speaking' gives authors and publishers the opportunity to upload photos, bios, book covers, video and book videos. The site also offers discussion forums, segmented special interest groups and allows for event listings. Each author can develop a personalized page. In addition the site allows for integration with Facebook and Twitter.

"The virtual world for authors, both fiction and non-fiction, and their audiences is not in the future," stated Dr. Holstein, "it is now. Technology, including video, via such systems as Skype, is the new way of learning and sharing. Now there is one place, where authors can meet the increasing public demand to be ready virtually. Authors post videos of themselves talking or teaching, videos of their books, and can keep the public informed about their upcoming engagements and activities."


Those who wish to enter a video in the Authors Speaking International Book Video Awards program can do so by filling out a simple form. Full contest details will be sent to those who express interest. Registration is limited to 250 videos. 25 finalists will be chosen by the judging committee. Five winners will be selected. Both finalists and winners will be provided with an attractive banner that can be used for promotional purposes.


Judging for the first level round will be accomplished through a judging panel. The panel includes:

Barbara Techel, Author of the 'Frankie the Walk ‘N Roll Dog' book series

Nadia Sahari - Author of 'Breakaway'

Pam Richard - CEO of Believe In You Modeling School

Jamieson Wolf - Author of 'Soylent Red'

In addition, Dr. Holstein will be interviewing Ezra Barany on her blog talk radio program. The interview will be available at the Authors Speaking site. Ezra Barany works with are authors who are having the challenge of getting site visitors to become loyal fans. He helps authors get more visibility and increase their credibility with compelling book videos to get more readers. Ezra also wrote and published the Amazon bestselling thriller 'The Torah Codes', a Jewish version of The Da Vinci Code.

More information is available by visiting the 'Authors Speaking' site at Questions about 'Authors Speaking' and/or the Authors Speaking International Book Video Awards program can be addressed to Dr. Holstein at The entry form can be accessed at Dr. Holstein is available for media interviews and can be reached using the information below.


Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein