The IndieReader Discovery Awards — The Winners

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

IndieReader Announces the Winners of

the 2013 “IndieReader Discovery Awards” at BEA

 6/3/13, Montclair, New Jersey—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.

Fiction

First Place

Amber Butler/The Burning of Cherry Hill

Science Fiction

Contact: amberbutler05@gmail.com

“One of the best and most haunting dystopian-future novels I have read in years. It is thought-provoking, emotionally powerful, disturbing and uplifting.”

Second Place

Robert C. Yeager/ The Romanov Stone

Mystery/Suspense

Contact: rcyeager@pacbell.net

THE ROMANOV STONE weaves together fact and fiction from the annals of Russian history into this deftly executed mystery thriller.

Third Place

Anne Pfeffer/ Girls Love Travis Walker

Popular/Lit Fiction

Contact: annetpfeffer@hotmail.com

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.

Non-Fiction

First Place

Kay Stephens/ Vinitha Nair - Cyberslammed

Self Help

Contact: kaystephenscontent@gmail.com

A useful resource that deserves to be read by anyone in regular contact with a tween or teenager.

Second Place

Romy Wyllie/Loving Andrew

Parenting/Memoir

Contact: romy@caltech.edu

Several parts of the book are absolutely heartrending but the emotional tone of the book in general is loving, gentle, and full of hope.

Third Place

Victoria Hopewell/Grade A Baby Eggs

Heath/Memoir

Contact: julieleclair1@gmail.com

A fascinating, often funny memoir chronicling author Victoria Hopewell’s three-year baby-making mission.

CATGEORY WINNERS/Fiction

Chick-Lit

Jackie Townsend/Imperfect Pairings

Contact: jackietownsend@gmail.com

Erotica

Sandra Deighan/Captured Hearts

Contact: Lysmata3@aol.com

Fantasy

Selina Fenech/Memory’s Wake

Contact: selinafenech@gmail.com

Gay/Lesbian/Bi/Trans Fiction

Wickedly Sisters/Margaret Hultz & Marie Davis/Spoon and the Moon

Contact: mjhults24@gmail.com

Graphic Novel

Mark V. Sroufe/2084

Contact: marksroufe@gmail.com

Historical Fiction

Brian Duncan/ The Settler

Contact: bhgduncan@hotmail.com

Humor

Mark A. Rayner/ The Fridgularity

Contact: markarayner@gmail.com

Kids/Tie

Elaine Russell/ Martin McMillan and the Secret of the Ruby Elephant

Contact: erussell48@comcast.net

Kids/Tie

Don M. Winn/ The Knighting of Sir Kaye

Contact: don.winn@gmail.com

Kids/Tie

R.S. Verne/ Haee: The cat with a crooked tail

Contact: middlingindustries@gmail.com

Literary Fiction/Tie

B. B. Shepherd/ Bronze (The Glister Journals)

Contact: karenpeterson@chinabluepublishing.com

Literary Fiction/Tie

Freddie Owens/ Then Like the Blind Man

Contact: iambic1@indra.com

Mystery/Suspense/Thriller

Ian Walkley/No Remorse

Contact: ianjwalkley@gmail.com

Paranormal/Tie

Aeryn Dougan/ Benajah’s Keeper

Contact: daniel.schill@gmail.com

Paranormal/Tie

Michael Weinberger/ Madman’s Monster

Contact: mhealthdoc@yahoo.com

Poetry

Peggy Troupin/A Poem Alights

Contact: classactinc@mindspring.com

Popular Fiction

Joanne DeMaio/ Blue Jeans and Coffee Beans

Romance

Marion Thomas/ Oxford Whispers

Contact: marion@marioncroslydon.com

Science Fiction

Mark Souza/Robyn’s Egg

Contact: souza.writes@gmail.com

Short Stories

John Isaac Jones/ Alabama Stories

Contact: johnijones@globalnook.com

Women’s Fiction

Sarah Cavallaro/Dogs Have Angels Too

Contact: emeraldfilmsnyc@aol.com

Young Adult

Jeanette Battista/ Long Black Veil

Contact: battista.jeanette@gmail.com

Non-Fiction

Anthology

Keren Taylor/ No Character Limit

Contact: info@writegirl.org

Business

Ryan Fisher/ Corporate Recruiter Tells All

Contact: ryan@corporaterecruitertellsall.com

Cooking/Baking

Joe Famularo/ Viva la Cucina Italiana

Contact: jjfamularo@cs.com

Gift/Holiday/Specialty

Jackie Hennessey/ How to Spread Sanity on a Cracker

Contact: jackie@ventingsessions.com

Health/Medicine/Nutrition

Lisa Tillinger Johansen/ Fast Food Vindication

Contact: ltjohansen@aol.com

How-To

Kirt Manecke/ Smile: Sell More with Amazing Customer Service

Contact: kirtm@comcast.net

Inspirational

Nita Whitaker LaFontaine/ Finding My Voice: My Journey through Grief to Grace

Contact: voicegirl@earthlink.net

Memoir

Julie Mannix von Zerneck & Kathy Hatfield/Secret Storms

Contact: mz@mzpr.com

Photography

Robert Flatt/Rice’s Owls

Contact: flattr@me.com

Religion

Jennifer Sharp/ A GENDER NEUTRAL GOD/ESS

Contact: jensharp@frontier.com

Self-Help

Ginny Callaway/ A Friend in Grief: Simple Ways to Help

Contact: highwindy@gmail.com

Sexuality/Relationships

Taylor Fulks/ My Prison Without Bars

Contact: Tfulks20@gmail.com

Travel

Jennifer Richardson/ Americashire: A Field Guide to a Marriage

Contact: jennifer.r.glen@gmail.com

Women’s Issues

Michelle L. Whitlock/How I Lost My Uterus and Found My Voice

Contact: michelleLwhitlock@gmail.com

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2013 PANEL OF JUDGES

Publishers

Elizabeth Keenan, Publicity Director, Penguin Group USA

Emily Graff, Simon & Schuster

Megan Reid, Simon & Schuster

Agents

Dan Kirschen, ICM

Nicole Tourtelot, Kuhn Projects 

Film Development

Thane Economou, 20th Century Fox

Publicists

Sandra (Sandy) Poirier-Diaz, Smith Publicity

Jessica Glenn, MindBuck Media

Reviewer

Karen Schechner, Senior Indie Editor, Kirkus Reviews