I believe writers or books of merit should receive awards but I do also agree that maybe more needs to be done to recognise publishers. There are those taking risks, publishing poetry and emerging writers or even writers with an unusual concept and many of these publishers are independents. My own included.
Publishing requires a huge investment in both money and time. They receive truckloads of manuscripts every year and with the reliance on external manuscript assessments, the competition is getting fiercer, the standards even higher (or at least, that's what you'd expect).
I’m not a fan of self-publishing so the traditional route remains the best option, especially for the emerging. It shows someone has faith in your work. But one of the big struggles, particularly for the independents and smaller houses, is that they don’t have the funds to inject into the book that a bigger company may have. Distribution costs money, having your book up front in a shop costs money and the long haul of editing isn’t cheap.
Remember, it’s the publishers who are being asked to take the risks so perhaps awards that recognise both publisher and writer might be a fairer system. Just a thought.
As a writer, to make a living from it, you have to sometimes think outside the square, as I have done since I was in my 20s. I never wrote my book expecting to retire on the royalties but on seeing it published, I see the value of it as a marketing tool. It adds another skill to those I already have.
And the next book? Well, I can only tell you this: there won’t be any diet tips. Promise.