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Our National Academy of Best-Selling Authors™ Quilly® – A Vanity Award?

There’s been a little buzz on the internet lately targeting so-called “Vanity Best-Selling Author Awards” – with a not-so-subtle dig at our own National Academy of Best-Selling Authors™ and our annual Quilly® Awards ceremony

The claim is that these authors paid to receive their awards – called vanity awards by critics – and that’s the only reason for this event happening…

The new Neiman-Marcus Christmas catalog came out recently, which always makes for a fun guessing game: Which unbelievable super-expensive exclusive gift are they going to offer their customers this time around? Well, this year’s star attraction seems to be a trip for you and a loved one to the Academy Awards. Okay, you don’t actually get to go to the Oscar ceremony itself…but you do gain entry to the exclusive Vanity Fair Oscar Party, where you can mix and mingle with the likes of George Clooney and Gwyneth Paltrow…

…all for a mere $425,000. A bargain, right?

We bring this up because there’s been a little buzz on the internet lately targeting so-called “Vanity Awards” or “Vanity Best-Selling Author Awards” – with a not-so-subtle dig at our own National Academy of Best-Selling Authors™ and our annual Quilly® Awards ceremony (which was just held again this past September). The claim is that these authors paid to receive their awards – awards that critics call vanity awards or vanity press awards – and that’s the only reason for this event happening. Well, yes, we do charge our authors to come to the awards ceremony. That’s not a secret. Of course, we don’t charge anybody $425,000 – we’re not sure anybody would show up! – but we do have a lot of costs to cover for the awards ceremony, as well as for the actual award itself, which is made by the same exclusive awards manufacturer which creates the Emmy and Oscar statuettes.

Having attended (and been fortunate enough to be winners at) the Emmys and Grammys on multiple occasions, we know that these esteemed organizations also charge their members for the privilege of attending these amazing events – as well as for submitting entries for the award in the first place. And they ask for those fees for the same reason as we ask for ours – to cover costs and make the event as prestigious and special as possible. As we all know, there’s no such thing as a free lunch – or a free award, for that matter.

We also want to make it clear that our authors have genuinely earned their awards – because their books have made the cut on one or more legitimate best-seller lists, including the ones generated by Amazon.com, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. The Quilly® was designed to commemorate that special status (one that few writers actually get to achieve) – and the awards ceremony, which we call the Golden GalaTM, was created to give those authors not only a unique and exciting Hollywood-esque experience, but also to provide an awesome networking opportunity.

Make no mistake about it, the authors of the National Academy of Best-Selling Authors are all respected entrepreneurs and professionals in their fields, some nationally, some globally. That’s why we think it’s so important to capture their esteemed expertise in book form, allowing others to instantly access their hard-won knowledge, experience and outside-the-box philosophies. It’s also what makes our entire Best-Selling Authors SummitTM, the highlight of which is the Golden Gala™, such a fantastic opportunity – we get to gather all these incredible people together for a few days and watch the sparks fly as they make new and inspiring connections that often last a lifetime.

This year was our biggest Golden Gala™ gathering for our authors in the National Academy of Best-Selling Authors to date. We had close to 300 authors in attendance, as well as legendary futurist and entrepreneur Peter Diamandis, creator of the famous X Prize Space Race competition (and, yes, best-selling author of Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think). In the past, we’ve had such great thought leaders as Brian Tracy and Jack Canfield in attendance as well – and we’re excited about who might show up at our Summit in the years to come.

No, you won’t find George and Gwyneth in attendance on our red carpet – well, at least not yet. But you will find more than a few million dollars’ worth of interesting, knowledgeable innovators and business leaders – all at a cost of well below $425,000!

Sorry, Neiman-Marcus – you’re missing out on what’s really the hottest ticket in town!