MONTCLAIR, N.J., June 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- On Saturday, 6/1, Hugh Howey, indie author of the bestselling WOOL, and Amy Edelman, founder of IndieReader (www.indiereader.com), announced the winners of the 2013 "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 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. And 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 included publishers, agents, PR professionals, top reviewers and more. Judging was 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 36 titles in 32 sub-categories, indicating that each book has received at least a 4-5 star review (out of 5 stars).
The winners, the genre and the authors contact information follows below.
Amber Butler/The Burning of Cherry Hill
"One of the best and most haunting dystopian-future novels I have read in years. It is thought-provoking, emotionally powerful, disturbing and uplifting."
Robert C. Yeager/ The Romanov Stone
THE ROMANOV STONE weaves together fact and fiction from the annals of Russian history into this deftly executed mystery thriller.
Anne Pfeffer/ Girls Love Travis Walker
GIRLS LOVE TRAVIS WALKER is an absorbing and enlightening story about a young adult struggling to lead a normal life as he teeters on edge of poverty and homelessness.
Kay Stephens/ Vinitha Nair - Cyberslammed
A useful resource that deserves to be read by anyone in regular contact with a tween or teenager.
Romy Wyllie/Loving Andrew
Several parts of the book are absolutely heartrending but the emotional tone of the book in general is loving, gentle, and full of hope.
Victoria Hopewell/Grade A Baby Eggs
A fascinating, often funny memoir chronicling author Victoria Hopewell's three-year baby-making mission.
Jackie Townsend/Imperfect Pairings
Sandra Deighan/Captured Hearts
Selina Fenech/Memory's Wake
Wickedly Sisters/Margaret Hultz/Spoon and the Moon
Mark V. Sroufe/2084
Brian Duncan/ The Settler
Mark A. Rayner/ The Fridgularity
Elaine Russell/ Martin McMillan and the Secret of the Ruby Elephant
Don M. Winn/ The Knighting of Sir Kaye
R.S. Verne/ Haee: The cat with a crooked tail
B. B. Shepherd/ Bronze (The Glister Journals)
Freddie Owens/ Then Like the Blind Man
Ian Walkley/No Remorse
Aeryn Dougan/ Benajah's Keeper
Michael Weinberger/ Madman's Monster
Peggy Troupin/A Poem Alights
Joanne DeMaio/ Blue Jeans and Coffee Beans
Marion Thomas/ Oxford Whispers
Mark Souza/Robyn's Egg
John Isaac Jones/ Alabama Stories
Sarah Caravello/Dogs Have Angels Too
Jeanette Battista/ Long Black Veil
Keren Taylor/ No Character Limit
Ryan Fisher/ Corporate Recruiter Tells All
Joe Famularo/ Viva la Cucina Italiana
Jackie Hennessey/ How to Spread Sanity on a Cracker
Lisa Tillinger Johansen/ Fast Food Vindication
Kirt Manecke/ Smile: Sell More with Amazing Customer Service
Nita Whitaker LaFontaine/ Finding My Voice: My Journey through Grief to Grace
Julie Mannix von Zerneck/Secret Storms
Robert Flatt/Rice's Owls
Jennifer Sharp/ A GENDER NEUTRAL GOD/ESS
Ginny Callaway/ A Friend in Grief: Simple Ways to Help
Taylor Fulks/ My Prison Without Bars
Jennifer Richardson/ Americashire: A Field Guide to a Marriage
Michelle L. Whitlock/How I Lost My Uterus and Found My Voice
2013 PANEL OF JUDGES
Elizabeth Keenan, Publicity Director, Penguin Group USA
Emily Graff, Simon & Schuster
Megan Reid, Simon & Schuster
Dan Kirschen, ICM
Nicole Tourtelot, Kuhn Projects
Thane Economou, 20th Century Fox
Sandra (Sandy) Poirier-Diaz, Smith Publicity
Jessica Glenn, MindBuck Media
Karen Schechner, Senior Indie Editor, Kirkus Reviews