iUniverse Book Receives Gold and Silver Awards in the 29th Annual IBPA Benjamin Franklin Book Competition

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“Iron O’Brian” is recognized in two categories for this prestigious award.

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iUniverse Publishing is pleased to announce that “Iron O’Brian” was named a Gold Winner in Fiction: Historical and a Silver Winner in Fiction: Romance by Independent Book Publishers Association prestigious Benjamin Franklin Book Awards.

“Iron O'Brian” is a historical tale of death and rebirth as a Civil War nurse journeys from the darkness of grief to the horrors of the battlefield and beyond as she learns about love and — most of all — herself.

This year’s esteemed indie book award program recognized excellence in books published during 2016. From close to 1,400 entries, one gold and one silver winner was named in each of fifty-five categories. Over 150 librarians, booksellers and design and editorial experts judge the books submitted to the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award. The judging process begins in September and goes to March each year.

“Becoming a Benjamin Franklin Award finalist showcases a publisher’s commitment to professional standards and high-quality book content and production," said Angela Bole, IBPA’s chief executive officer. “Winning can expand a book’s marketability and solidify a publisher’s credibility — two very powerful things in today’s crowded book market."

About iUniverse
iUniverse, an Author Solutions self-publishing imprint, is a leading book marketing, editorial services and supported self-publishing services provider. iUniverse recognizes excellence in book publishing through the Star Award, Rising Star and Editor’s Choice designations — self-publishing’s only such awards programs. For more information or to publish a book, please visit iUniverse.com or call 1-800-AUTHORS. (For the latest, follow @iuniversebooks on Twitter.)

About the Independent Book Publishers Association
Founded in 1983 to support independent publishers nationwide, the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) leads and serves the independent publishing community by providing advocacy, education, and tools for success. With over 3,000 members, IBPA is the largest independent publishing association in the U.S. Its vision is a world where every independent publisher has the tools and knowledge needed to professionally engage all aspects of the publishing industry. For more information, visit ibpa-online.org.

About the Benjamin Franklin Book Awards™
The Benjamin Franklin Book Awards are administered by the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) with help from over 150 publishing professionals, including librarians, bookstore owners, reviewers, designers and editors. All entrants receive direct feedback from the judges, which is sure to help guide future publications. For more information, visit ibpabenjaminfranklinawards.com.

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