2010 Indie Book Award Winners Announced

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The Next Generation Indie Book Awards Has Named the Best Independently Published Books for 2010

“We like to think of our awards program as the ‘Sundance’ of the book publishing world,” says Catherine Goulet, chair of the 2010 Next Generation Indie Book Awards program.

Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group has named the best indie books of 2010.

The books are winners of the 2010 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, a non-profit awards program judged by leaders in the indie book publishing industry to identify indie books that deserve to reach a wider audience.

“We like to think of our awards program as the ‘Sundance’ of the book publishing world,” says Catherine Goulet, chair of the 2010 Indie Book Awards program.

In an article at CNN.com titled "If it's cool, creative, and different, it's indie," journalist Catherine Andrews wrote: "The term 'indie' traditionally refers to independent art -- music, film, literature or anything that fits under the broad banner of culture -- created outside of the mainstream and without corporate financing."

Independent book publishing companies are independent of the major conglomerates that dominate the book publishing industry. The indies include small presses, larger independent publishers, university presses, e-book publishers, and self-published authors.

According to Goulet, “Like other independent artists, many indie book publishers face challenges that the industry giants don't experience. They typically have to work a lot harder to get their best books into retail stores (or onto Oprah) and ultimately into the hands of readers.”

“Authors and publishers who compete in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards are serious about promoting their books,” adds Goulet. “They aim to stand out from the crowd of hundreds of thousands of new titles, and millions of other books currently in print.”

According to Bowker, publisher of the Books in Print database, preliminary data for 2009 shows more than one million new titles were published last year alone. Of these, 764,448 were "non-traditionally" published books, including print-on-demand and self-published titles – an increase of 181% over 2008.

To help Indie authors and publishers reach a wider audience, the top 60 books in the 2010 Indie Book Awards will be reviewed by New York literary agent Marilyn Allen of Allen O’Shea Literary Agency or one of Ms. Allen’s co-agents for possible representation in areas such as distribution, foreign rights, film rights, and other rights.

The top prize winning books in the 2010 Next Generation Indie Book Awards are:

Top Non-Fiction Books

First Place Winner ($1,500 Prize)
American Idle: A Journey Through Our Sedentary Culture, by Mary Collins (Capital Books)

Second Place Winner ($750 Prize)
Phlogs: Journey into the Heart of the Human Predicament, by George Stranahan and Nicole Beinstein Strait (People's Press)

Third Place Winner ($500 Prize)
Ophelia's Oracle: Discovering the Healthy, Happy, Self-Aware, and Confident Girl in the Mirror, by Donna DeNomme and Tina Proctor (Inlightened Source Publishing)    

Top Fiction Books

First Place Winner ($1,500 Prize)
The Hiding Place of Thunder, by Keith Remer (Enlighten Press)

Second Place Winner ($750 Prize)
Shaken Allegiances, by Michel Bruneau (CePages Press)

Third Place Winner ($500 Prize)
The Bum Magnet, by K.L. Brady (LadyLit Press)

About the Literary Agent

Marilyn Allen has over 25 years of sales and marketing experience, including serving as Senior Vice President, Associate Publisher, and Director of Marketing for Harper Collins and directing sales and marketing teams for Simon & Schuster, Penguin Books and Avon Books. Ms. Allen has worked with many best-selling authors including Stephen King, Ken Follett, Barbara Kingsolver, John Gray, Mary Higgins Clark, and many more.

About the IBPPG

The aim of the Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group is to promote professional standards in independent book publishing (also known as "indie" book publishing), and provide support and recognition for the independent book publishing profession.

2011 Next Generation Indie Book Awards

Entries are now being accepted for the 2011 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. The awards program is open to fiction and nonfiction books from independent authors and publishers worldwide released in 2010 or 2011 or with a copyright date of 2010 or 2011. Visit the Next Generation Indie Book Awards website at http://www.indiebookawards.com for more information.

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