The IndieReader Discovery Awards — Welcome!

What do you get when you cross a bunch of great self-published books with extraordinary publishing industry professionals?

IndieReader’s third annual “Discovery Awards” (IRDAs), where undiscovered talent meets people with the power to make a difference.

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.

What makes the IRDA’s so unique is their extraordinary panel of judges, including top agents, traditional publishers, PR people, bloggers, and book reviewers–virtually a who’s who of some of the most important people in publishing today (click on “The Judges” tab to your right for the list).

Why have all these important people agreed to read a pile of indie books?  For the simple reason that they’re interested in finding talented writers who might otherwise be overlooked.

Everyone entering the IRDA’s receives a guaranteed book review from one of IR’s professional reviewers (right now the only way an author can get a review is for IR to select their book from among the many they receive every week).

The fact is, the only way to be featured on IR’s site (and by extension, our publishing partners’, the Huffington Post and USA Today) is for us to read and love your book. If your book gets a 4-5 star review—whether you win the IRDAs or not—it will be considered “IndieReader Approved” and we’ll give you a sticker so that booksellers and book buyers can identify it as such.

The IRDA’s are open to all self-published books with a valid ISBN.  Judging will be based on the quality of writing and the originality of the story with the goal of finding talented writers and great books.  Entries are being accepted now for the 2014 IRDAs through March 15, 2014 and winners will be announced at the 2014 Book Expo America (BEA) in New York City.

So feel free to take a look around, check out our impressive list of judges [NOTE: the judges listed are for the 2013 IRDAs; the 2014 panel will be posted end of summer 2013] and–if you have an indie book you feel is worthy of discovering–sign up and send it along.  Because here at IR, we know that the difference between a successful book and a non-successful book (self or traditionally pubbed) is the exposure it gets to people who can help make it a success.


What indie authors are saying…

This was the only competition I entered where I felt more like a human being than just another entry. – Delin Colón, author of Rasputin and the Jews


So happy to see the publicity the IRDAs are getting.  It shines such an important light on indie books and the mission of IndieReader. – Joanne DeMaio, author of Whole Latte Life


Thanks again for all the press you and Indie Reader have been generating for my book! – June Sherwin, author of Red, Right, Return


Thank you so much for the opportunity to have my book read by your panel! -  Sanjiv Behera, author of Vikram and The Enchanted Seals


You guys have been so wonderful to me.  I truly appreciate you and what you do for indie authors. – Jamie Balthazar, author of The Unsimple Truth


You have made the Discovery Awards an AMAZING experience. Thanks for all you do to promote indie reading (and indie authors!). – Amber Carter, author of Holiday Chick


I love the professional and courteous effort that you and your staff display. Does my heart good knowing I went with Indie Reader. – Zachary E. Lewis, author of The Burly Man