Friday, December 4, 2009

Book Contest Rewards Excellence in Independent Publishing

The 4th Annual National Indie Excellence Awards (NIEA) announces a call for submissions.

The award program is coordinated by Beverly Hills, California based book shepherd Ellen Reid, who says "the goal is to recognize excellence in independent- and self-published books, a rapidly growing segment of a publishing industry that is going through constant growth and transformation."

Books published from 2007 to the present by self-published authors, small press, and independent publishers can be submitted for consideration in the categories of their choice.

Winners and Finalists will be announced nationally in mid May 2009.

All winners and finalists receive extensive media coverage and top award recipients are eligible to win prizes valued in excess of $12,000. These include sessions with outstanding media and PR consultants, marketing experts, and others in a position to assist authors and publishers in creating greater success with their books.

Last year's grand prize winner was the book Global Warming Is Good For Business, by Kimberley B. Keilbach.

For information about the contest including how to submit books, please visit The deadline for entries is March 31, 2010.

"Awards that recognize excellence support more than sales for the independent and self-publishing authors and small presses who win them; they make our entire industry look good. The National Indie Excellence Awards does us all a great service." - Dan Poynter, author of The Self Publishing Manual and 100 other books

"I think contests - and awards - are great, especially for writers. I only won one in my life - but it changed the course of my life. When I was 21 I won a creative writing contest at college. Wow! I was a writer and never looked back." - Barnaby Conrad, Author of 30 books, including Matador, La Fiesta Brava, The Encyclopedia of Bullfighting, and How to Fight a Bull.

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