IndieReader Announces the Winners of the 2015 “IndieReader Discovery Awards” at BEA

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Bestselling Indie Author Melissa Foster Announces the Winners of the Fourth Annual IRDAs

Today, Melissa Foster, New York Times and USA Today bestselling indie author of 32 books (which have together sold over 1 million copies) and founder of the World Literary Cafe and Fostering Success, and Amy Edelman, founder of IndieReader (, announced the winners of the 2015 “IndieReader Discovery Awards” (IRDA) at BEA in New York City.

IndieReader, the essential consumer guide to self-published books and the people who write them, created the IRDAs to give indie authors access to the people who can make a difference in their book’s success. With the rush by traditional publishers to sign them and their noteworthy bestselling status, there’s no longer much doubt that indie authors can be both commercially and creatively successful. All that was left to do was create a credible vehicle by which to find them. That’s where the IRDAs come in.

While writing a great book is the first step, getting it in front of the right people—be they readers or agents or traditional publishers—is also a critical part of making an indie book a success. To that end, judges on the IRDA panel regularly include publishers, PR professionals, top bloggers and more. IRDA winners will have their titles submitted to top New York lit agents Dystal & Goderich for representation consideration. Judging is based on the quality of writing and the originality of the story.

There is a first, second and third place winner in each of the fiction and non-fiction categories, in addition to 27 titles in 24 sub-categories. Each book has received at least a 4-5 star rating (out of 5 stars) to earn the IRDA win.

This year's sponsors, judges and winning authors, along with their contact information, is included in the attachment.

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