MONTCLAIR, N.J., June 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- On Saturday, May 31, CJ Lyons, New York Times and USA Today bestselling indie author of twenty-one novels and the first indie named to the Authors Guild, and Amy Edelman, founder of IndieReader (www.indiereader.com), announced the winners of the 2014 "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, PR professionals, top reviewers and more. Top winners will have their titles submitted to agents Dystal & Goderich for representation consideration. 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 29 titles in 32 sub-categories, indicating that each book has received at least a 4-5 star review (out of 5 stars).
The winners, judges, the genre and the authors contact information follows below.
"The writing was superb, but also nailed the voice in a spot-on way that never faltered in consistency. I'm thrilled that this is a series, because it means there will be more of them." – Mercy Pilkington, The GoodeReader
"…the author handles every aspect with a very new take on a popular theme, along with stellar and highly descriptive writing." -- Mercy Pilkington, The GoodeReader
"Beautifully produced, delightful storyline delivered in rhyme about the life lessons of cleaning up. Love the diversity that Princess Cupcake is African American." –Sandra Poirier Diaz, President, SMITH PUBLICITY, INC.
"With an Ian Frazier-like sense of humor, general contractor and author Joe Cottonwood reveals a lot about human nature via the sometimes short-lived, sometimes years-long relationships he forms with those who hire him. Flooded with detail of Cottonwood's work (noting the durability of a spider web, getting a face full of sewage, falling off a roof), it's a well-written voyeur's delight." –Karen Schechner, Senior Indie Editor, Kirkus Reviews
"These quotes can be taken to mean many different things and offer a chance for reflection and thought that is hard to find in our modern, busy society." –Samantha Coville, Sammy the Bookworm
Marcia Riefer Johnston / Word Up! How to Write Powerful Sentences and Paragraphs
"Marcia's book promises what she says. 'How do you get people to want to read your words? Know your subject. Know your audience. And write powerfully.' She walks readers through real life writing exercises as she shows, rather than lectures, on techniques." -- Sandra Poirier Diaz, President, SMITH PUBLICITY, INC.
Cameron Stelzer/Pie Rats: Forgotten Map
Julian David Stone/ The Strange Birth, Short Life, and Sudden Death of Justice Girl
Mystery/Suspense/Thriller - Tie
Mystery/Suspense/Thriller - Tie
Aging/Death & Dying
Len Napolitano/ Nose, Legs, Body! Know Wine Like The Back of Your Hand
2014 PANEL OF JUDGES
All titles will be submitted to Dystal & Goderich for representation consideration
Mercy Pilkington, editor, GoodeReader
Samantha Coville, Sammy the Bookworm
Amy Pierpont, Executive Editor and Editor-in-Chief, Forever, Grand Central Publishing
Janteigh Kupihea, Editor at Atria Books, a division of Simon & Schuster
Lauren Plude, Associate Editor, Forever Romance, Grand Central Publishing
Leah Hultenschmidt, Editorial Director, Forever & Forever Yours, Grand Central Publishing
Sandra (Sandy) Poirier-Diaz, President, SMITH PUBLICITY
Jessica Glenn, owner, MindBuck Media
Karen Schechner, Senior Indie Editor, Kirkus Reviews
Ryan Leahey, Indie Editor, Kirkus Reviews