Lorraine Evanoff’s Book Excellence Awards Review

Lorraine Evanoff is an accomplished author and has over 20 years of experience in the film industry on both sides of the camera with multiple credits to her name. She also worked in Silicon Valley in corporate finance during the dot com era but made her way back to Hollywood as CFO of National Lampoon.

Lorraine is the author of The Louise Moscow Novels. Her debut novel, Foliage: An International Banking Spy Thriller, received a Book Excellence Award in the Thriller category in 2017. Inspired by true events while Lorraine was living in Paris, Foliage is a complex, intriguing thriller about a smart, new hero that uncovers one of the greatest banking scandals of the twentieth century. It is the first book in the series and is a fast-paced story that keeps readers on the edge of their seats.

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Challenges as an Author

Lorraine found that having to market her book all by herself made the process difficult.

“Marketing has been very challenging because I do everything myself.”

In an effort to market her book effectively, Lorraine tried a variety of different marketing methods including book contests, social media, websites and email newsletters.

“My marketing approach was to submit Foliage to…book contests…and to promote through social media, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, Bookbub, etc. In addition to social media, I developed a website and blog.”

Lorraine also scheduled several in person events such as book signing tours and book festivals.

Becoming a Book Excellence Award Finalist

When Lorraine discovered she was a Book Excellence Award Finalist, she was thrilled!

“The news of becoming a Book Excellence Awards Finalist was a thrill that got my heart racing! It felt unbelievable because it was not an easy award to get and was very unexpected.”

Becoming a Book Excellence Award Finalist helped Lorraine increase her visibility, credibility and stand out compared to other books in her genre.

“The Book Excellence Awards Program is one of the best honors Foliage has received because of their visibility and credibility…It was also a great boost to my confidence and encouragement for Book 2! This experience has led to speaking engagements, increased readership and social media growth, increased book sales and book signings and readings.”

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Lorraine’s Success

Lorraine’s success is a strong testament to her passion and dedication to her craft.

For her debut novel Foliage, Lorraine’s achievements exceeded her expectations. Foliage was recognized in the Discover Hollywood Magazine and NewCity Chicago.

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She had a book tour in her hometown of Chicago where her book was also showcased at several bookstores including Barnes and Noble, The Book Cellar, Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore, Chevalier Books.

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Her novel was also featured at the L.A. Times Festival of Books which attracts more that 150,000 book lovers each year. Lorraine has also been invited to speak at the Chicago Public Library in 2019.

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In addition to writing novels, the multifaceted author also has a screenplay in
pre-production with the start of principal photography expected in early 2019.

With her second book releasing soon, Lorraine has built a solid foundation from which she can continue to market the series which is sure to gain further traction and success.

Lorraine’s Advice

For authors who are interested in the Book Excellence Awards, Lorraine recommends applying.

“I have already urged several independent authors to submit their books to the Book Excellence Awards. As a highly respected and recognizable organization in independent publishing the Book Excellence Award is a great honor.”