Who Wins What And Why

NEW FOR 2016: Every book that receives a 3+ star rating will get a PR worthy book blurb from one of IR’s professional reviewers for promotional use.

Judging for the IRDAs will be based—first and foremost—on the quality of writing and the originality of the story.  While editing, production quality and cover and interior design will also be considered, the goal of the IRDAs is to find talented writers and great books.

HOW MANY WINNERS WILL THERE BE?

  • There will be a first, second and third prize winner in both the fiction and non-fiction categories.
  • There is the potential for there to be one winner in each of the 51 sub categories, but judges will only pick a winner if the book receives a 4-5 star rating. If a book receives this designation, it will go on to a second reviewer to be rated. If the rating is less than 4 stars then the book will not be a category winner.
  • If a book receives a 4-5 star rating, whether or not it wins, it will receive an “IR Approved” sticker to alert booksellers and book buyers of its merit.
  • 2016 Winners will be announced end of May.

WHAT DO THE WINNERS GET?

You Want an Agent?

IndieReader has formed an alliance Dystel & Goderich Literary Management, whose client list includes indie (and formerly indie) authors including Tracey Garvis Graves, Colleen Hoover, Abbi Glines and Samantha Young.

D&G has agreed to review the top winners of the IRDAs with an eye towards signing them for representation.

IndieReader has recently formed an alliance Dystel & Goderich Literary Management, whose client list includes indie (and formerly indie) authors including Tracey Garvis Graves, Colleen Hoover, Abbi Glines and Samantha Young.  D&G has agreed to review the top six winners of the IRDAs with an eye towards signing them for representation. – See more at: http://indiereader.com/the-indiereader-discovery-awards-info/#sthash.m3bfijKK.dpuf

You Want a Traditional Publisher?

We have judges from the “Big 5″, the top publishers IN THE WORLD.

You Want a Book Review?  Or Just Some Buzz?

Our panel of judges include top PR people, bloggers, and book reviewers. They will be reading your book. And if they love it they’ll be sure to spread the word. Winners will be announced at Book Expo America (BEA) in New York City–a major publishing event attended by thousands of industry influencers.

The top winners in the fiction and non-fiction categories will receive the following:

  • A Kindle Paperwhite 3G
  • First look consideration with an eye to representation from Dystel & Goderich Literary Management
  • Exposure to a panel of judges who can make a difference in your book’s success
  • A professional IndieReader review
  • An IndieReader “All About the Book” feature
  • A sticker pronouncing your book an “IndieReader Discovery Awards” winner
  • An IRDA Winner designation in IndieReader’s app

The first place winner in the Fiction and Non-Fiction categories will also get the following:

  • A review from Kirkus Reviews, a powerful resource for millions of readers, writers, librarians, media executives and the publishing industry.

The winners from each sub-category (in addition to the top winners), will also receive the following:

  • A professional IndieReader review
  • Exposure to a panel of judges who can make a difference in your book’s success
  • An IndieReader “All About the Book” feature
  • A sticker pronouncing your book an “IndieReader Discovery Awards” winner
  • An IRDA Winner designation in IndieReader’s app

CAN YOU GUARANTEE ANY TYPE OF PUBLISHING DEAL IF I WIN?

No, there is no guaranteed publishing deal. But publishers—along with very credible agents, publicists and reviewers—will be reading your work.  In fact, the whole reason the judges are participating is to try and find talented writers who might otherwise be overlooked. They are very busy people. Otherwise why would they bother?

IRDA Winners by Category