Merit badge awards for authors

Being an author can be a thankless job. Not everyone appreciates how hard you work. So I made some “merit badge” style awards you can use as a visual reminder of your successes. I added in some common milestones, but you can white them out and replace them with your own goals. Remember that even negative experiences and failures are a normal part of the process – learn to accept and even celebrate them!


How to use these author awards

All you need is the award chart (PDF) and the awards icon set (PDF). These were meant to be printed out (in color) as 16″ x 20″ posters. Then, just cut out the badges and glue them to your poster when you’ve unlocked a milestone!



These make great gifts!

Print some out for your author friends as well to let them know you appreciate their efforts.


About Derek Murphy

Derek Murphy is a book editor turned book designer with a Ph.D. in Literature. He's been featured on CNN and spoken at dozens of writing conferences around the world. These days he mostly writes young adult fantasy and science fiction, while helping authors write and publish bestselling books. FREE GUIDE: Sell your work without selling out.