Think back. What was the best book by an LDS author you read this year? Did you nominate it for a Whitney Award? Perhaps you read more than one book that made a lasting impression on you. If you haven't already done it, nominate them all for Whitney Awards.
For a novel to be nominated for a 2013 Whitney Award, it must receive five nominations before the end of the current year and be copyrighted in 2013. It must also be a full length novel, not a short story or novella. The author must be LDS, but anyone can nominate---except those who profit from the sale of the book. That means I can nominate books by other writers, but I can't nominate my own book. You can also nominate more than one book per category. Every year there are great books that don't get enough nominations because readers assume lots of people already nominated them or because readers aren't aware they are the ones who should be nominating. I nominate lots of books and many other authors and reviewers do as well, which is great, but for the awards to have real significance more nominations are needed from the general reading public. It's kind of sad when nominations come only from fellow writers. The book doesn't need to have an LDS theme, only be written by an LDS author.
Award categories are General, Historical, Romance, Mystery/Suspense, Speculative, Youth Speculative, Youth General Fiction, Best Novel by a New Author, and Best Novel of the Year. Historical usually includes Westerns and Speculative includes Horror. If you don't remember the titles or authors of the books you'd like to nominate go to Meridian Magazine's book reviews or to any other LDS fiction reviewer's web or blog page to refresh your memory. You can also go to a bookstore's online catalog and scan the book jacket blurbs.
Nominating a favorite book is easy. Go here. A form will pop up. Fill in your name and email address, then add the book or books you wish to nominate along with the name of the author(s) and publisher(s), then submit. You'll get back an acknowledgement that your nomination has been received by the contest chairman. So get going! Nominate away! This is the big award for LDS authors and I assure you it means a lot to all of us to have our readers show their appreciation for our efforts to provide quality, clean books by nominating your favorites for these awards.