FAQ

THERE ARE ALREADY A BUNCH OF BOOK AWARDS OUT THERE.  WHAT MAKES THE IRDAs DIFFERENT?

We believe that the best way to help an indie author make their book a success is to get them access to people who can make a difference.  That means PR professionals, journalists and media people, publishers, agents (because many indie authors still want to be traditionally pubbed), and book reviewers—all of whom are included on our panel of judges (you can find the full list by clicking “The Judges” link to your right).  Because while all the gold foil stars, cash prizes, trophies and awards ceremonies might be fun, the reality is that, in the end, they’ll do little to make your book a success.

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?

  • The “IndieReader Discovery Awards” are open to indie authors who have self-published books*
  • Books must have a valid ISBN or ASIN number
  • There are no restrictions on pub dates
  • Both eBooks and paper books can be submitted

* Sorry…if your book was originally traditionally published it is not eligible for entry

WHAT’S THE TIMING?

  • Entries for fifth annual IRDAs are being accepted from March 2nd, 2015 through March 2nd, 2016.
  • Payment must be received March 2nd, 2016 (you have another week to get the paper books to us).
  • Payment received after that date will be entered in next year’s Awards program.
  • Should the author choose not to enter for the following year, their submissions will not be returned, nor credited for the cost of entering.
  • Winners for the 2016 IRDAs will be announced at the end of may, 2016. Exact date TBD.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

The IRDA entry fee is $150 per title which includes the first category.  There is a $50 fee for each additional category entered. You will also need to submit two copies of each title for the first category entered and one each additional category thereafter.  Books will not be returned.

NEW FOR 2016: All books which receive a 3+ star rating will get a bonus PR-worthy blurb that can used for promotion purposes, written by one of IR’s reviewers.

If you wish to have your title evaluated beyond the IRDA rating, you will have to purchase a review. There will be a 10% discount should you sign up for the IRDA and a review at the same time.

 

HOW WILL MY BOOK BE USED BY INDIEREADER?

Following a thorough reading of your book by an IndieReader reviewer, it will be given a rating and verdict and added to the running list of titles vying for the Discovery Award’s top prize on the IndieReader magazine website (indiereader.com). 

Should you wish to use your verdict in a promotional manner, we ask that you credit IndieReader as the source.  If you want to purchase your review in its entirety, we’d be happy to offer it to you at a 10% discount.

To purchase your full review, please contact maya@indiereader.com

 

HOW DO I ENTER?

  • The IRDAs have two main categories (fiction and non-fiction) and 51 sub categories.
  • You can enter your book in more than one category, but an additional $50 fee is charged for each category entered.
  • When entering, please submit two copies of your book NO MATTER HOW MANY CATEGORIES YOU ENTER. Two ebooks are preferable.
  • At the end of the online entry process you’ll be instructed to print out an online registration receipt to send in along with your book(s).
  • Please include completed entry form and check/credit card info, or online registration receipt in the same package as your book(s).

HOW WILL THE WINNERS BE SELECTED?

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.

WILL ALL THOSE IMPRESSIVE JUDGES ACTUALLY BE READING SUBMITTED BOOKS?

Every one of our judges have agreed to read–and judge–submitted books.  Why?  For the simple reason that they’re interested in finding talented writers who might otherwise be overlooked.

WHAT IF I WRITE SCIENCE FICTION BUT THE JUDGE DOESN’T LIKE THE GENRE?

Have no fear.  We’re pairing types of books with reviewers who prefer that genre, so there won’t be someone reading science fiction (or chick-lit or memoir) who doesn’t like that particular genre.

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 only 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.
  • Winners for the 2016 IRDAs will be announced at end of May, 2016. Exact date and place TBD.

WHAT DO THE WINNERS GET?

There’s a hoppin’ award ceremony at the Amazon’s CreateSpace booth at BEA (Melissa Foster, New York Times and USA Today bestselling indie author will be announcing the 2015 winners) and gold trophies for the winners who are able to attend. There’s also a nifty sticker for all the winners. The main thing the winners get though is exposure to a panel of judges who can make a difference in your book’s success. In other words: what you win is priceless.

In addition, there’s also:

  • 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 publisher’s—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?

I’M IN!  HOW CAN I SIGN UP?

You can sign up by clicking here and pay by credit card (via Stripe) check, money order or Paypal.

WILL I RECEIVE CONFIRMATION THAT MY BOOK(S) HAVE BEEN RECEIVED?

Yes, we will email you upon receipt of your book(s).

WILL I BE NOTIFIED IF I DON’T WIN?

Sorry.  You will not.

WHAT IF I WIN? WHEN WOULD I BE NOTIFIED?

Winners and finalists of the 2016 IRDAs will be announced late May 2016. Date TBD.

WILL I BE NOTIFIED EVEN IF I DON’T WIN OR PLACE AS A FINALIST?

No. Only Winners and Finalists will be notified, however, a complete list of Winners and Finalists will be posted to the IndieReader site following the announcement in late May 2016.

IRDA Winners by Category