2006 Writers Notes Book Awards Announced

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Writers Notes Magazine announces the winners of the 2006 Writers Notes Book Awards, defining eleven categories of independent publishing excellence.

Writers Notes Magazine announces the 2006 Writers Notes Book Award winners--exporing independent publishing excellence.

“Entries nearly doubled this year,” said senior editor Christopher Klim. “Authors saw the value in a truly independent judging committee, free of sponsorship entanglements and the lavish parties that threaten the integrity of the process.”

Klim is the author of the highly praised novels The Winners Circle and Jesus Lives in Trenton. He heads an imprint that restores critical works to print, such as, Truth Imagined, the memoir from the great American philosopher Eric Hoffer. Klim has recently been signed for two more novels as well as a collection of short stories.

MAGAZINE/BOOK AWARDS SEEN AS ANSWER NOT RIVAL

“Due to the economics, many publishers have simply given up on worthy books,” said Klim from the magazine’s New Jersey office. “An increasing number of great books are falling to independent presses. These presses are filling a void, no longer rivaling the larger presses.”

While there is little question that larger book releases have become generic, small press books are typically viewed on only a regional basis. Using its international distribution base, Writers Notes Magazine helps to introduce new titles to the reading public.

EXCITING CHANGES AHEAD

Klim shed light on the year ahead for the 2007 WNM Book Awards. “The award categories will remains,” he said, “but there will also be a $1,500 grand prize. In addition, there’ll be individual awards for micro, small, and academic presses, as well as self-publishers. Unique publishing efforts inspire unique talents.”

THE 2006 BOOK AWARD WINNERS IN DETAIL

Winning entries were awarded cash, prizes, and distinction on three levels in descending order: Winner, First Runner-Up, and Notables. (http://www.WritersNotes.com)

ART

Winner:

  • Our National Parks and Wildlife Refuge,, Jim Jamieson, ImageStream Press

1st Runner-Up:

  • Renata and other Poems, Renata Pallottini, Host Publications

Notables:

  • Abstract Painting: Concepts and Techniques, Vicky Perry, Watson Guphill
  • Poetic Voices Without Borders, Robert L. Giron, Gival Press
  • Treehouse Chronicles, S. Peter Lewis, TMC Books

GENERAL FICTION

Winner:

  • In the Ruins, Jean D. Minton, iUniverse

1st Runner-Up:

  • Money Shot, Brian Rouff, Hardway Press

Notables:

  • Blackbelly, Heather Sharfeddin, Bridge Works Publishing Co.
  • Losing Patience, Joyce Faulkner, Red Engine Press
  • The Discontinuity of Small Things, Kevin Haworth, Quality Words in Print
  • Beyond the Cayenne Wall, Shaila Abdullah, iUniverse
  • The Chinese Laundry, Robert B. Boeder, Old Mountain Press

COMMERCIAL FICTION

Winner:

  • All Shook Up, Mike Harrison, ECW Press

1st Runner-Up:

  • An Interlude in Dreamland, Alan Robbins, iUniverse

Notables:

  • Teeth in a Pickle Jar, H.B. Milligan, Hand-in-Hand Publishing
  • Phase One After Zero: Where 9/11 Never Happened, Vladimir Chernozemsky, Triumvirate Press

CHILDREN’S

Winner:

  • Winter's Gift, Jane Monroe Donovan, Sleeping Bear Press

1st Runner-Up:

  • Zoe's Good-Bye, Mary Schlangen, Beaver's Pond Press

Notables:

  • Lost in the Woods, Carl R. Sams II & Jean Stoick, Sams & Stoick
  • Someday Is Not a Day of the Week, Denise Brennan-Nelson, Sleeping Bear Press
  • America's White Table, Margot Theis Raven, Sleeping Bear Press

YOUNG ADULT

Winner:

  • Mr.Touchdown, Lyda Phillips, iUniverse

1st Runner-Up:

  • Firebelly, J.C. Michaels, Philograph

Notables:

  • Tina Springs into Summer, Teresa Bevin, Gival Press
  • Vocabulary Accelerator 01, Keith London & Rebecca Osleeb, Defined Mind, Inc.
  • Nothing Held Back, Keren Taylor, WriteGirl Publications

CULTURE

Winner:

  • My Second University, Stanciu Stroia with Dan L. Dusleag, iUniverse

1st Runner-Up:

  • Restless Tribes, Stephen Ausherman, Central Ave Press

Notables:

  • Power Politics: Primeval, Medieval, and Constant Evil, Leonard Smith, iUniverse
  • Where Will the Atheists Pray? Life and Laughter in Israel, William Louis Finn, Ruder Finn Press
  • The Emergency Teacher, Christina Asquith, West Parley Press
  • When Elephants Fly, Carol Batrus, Fulcrum Publishing

BUSINESS

Winner:

  • Interview Fitness Training, Carole Martin, Interview Publishing

1st Runner-Up:

  • For the Love of Money, Shannon K. Nash, iUniverse

Notables:

  • Estate Planning Success for Women, Professor Lynne Marie Kohm & Attorney Mark Jones, Barron Publishing Co.
  • Estate Planning Success for Business Owners, Attorney Mark Jones & ProfessorJames Bechtel, Barron Publishing Co.
  • Questions and Answers on Life Insurance, Anthony Steuer, iUniverse
  • 101 Tax Savings Ideas, Julie Welch & Randy Gardner, Wealth Builders Press

REFERENCE

Winner:

  • Into the Unknown, Susan E.B. Schwartz, iUniverse

1st Runner-Up:

  • How Do I Teach This Kid?, Kimberly A. Henry, Future Horizons, Inc.

Notables:

  • Alan J. Pakula, Jared Brown, Backstage Books
  • A Blacksmithing Primer, Randy McDaniel, Hobar Publications
  • Sallie Mae: How to Pay for College, Gen & Kelly Tanabe, SuperCollege
  • Devastation on the Delaware, Mary A. Shafer, Word Forge Books

HOME

Winner:

  • Mastering Marriage, Charlie Michaels & Mike Brown, Mastering LifeSkills Inc.

1st Runner-Up:

  • Homeschooling More Than One Child, Carren W. Joyce, iUniverse

Notables:

  • Defeating the Child Obesity Epidemic, Dr. Carolyn Ashworth, PSB Books
  • Secret Recipes from the Corner Market, Carol Ann Kates, Penny Lane Press
  • The Ebay Home Makeover, Alyssa Ettinger, Watson Guphill

HEALTH/SELF-HELP

Winner:

  • Altars of Power and Grace, Robin and Michael Mastro, Balanced Books

1st Runner-Up:

  • God without Religion, Sankara Saranam, The Pranayama Institute

Notables:

  • All Eyes/Deaf Women's Lives, Bainy Cyrus, Gallaudet University Press
  • The Leadership Integrity Challenge: How to Assess and Facilitate Emotional Maturity, Edward E. Morler, Sanai Publishing
  • Health Secrets of the Stone Age, Philip J. Goscienski, MD, Better Life Publishing
  • Remodel Your Reality, Kimberly Fulcher, River Rock Press

LEGACY

Winner:

  • Street Milk, Robert Swearingen, Central Ave Press

1st Runner-Up:

  • The Hasty Papers, Alfred Leslie, Host Publications

Notables:

  • Murder Yet to Come, Isabel Briggs Myers, Center for Applications of Pyschological Type
  • Under Pressure, John Sherman, Ph.D., New Found Therapies Publications
  • Vantha's Whisper, Sadran Pol LaTour & Vivian Kirkbride, Xlibris
  • First Come, First Served … In Savannah, St. Andrew's School PTO, Wimmer

Full coverage can be found at http://www.WritersNotes.com.

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