Who Wins What, and Why
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 50+ sub categories, based on the scores given by the reviewers, raters and judges.
- Winners will be announced at the end of May, 2018.
WHAT DO THE WINNERS GET?
You Want an Agent?
IndieReader formed an alliance with New York-based Dystel, Goderich and Bourret 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.
You Want 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. Our press release, announcing the 2017 IRDA winners, has received close to 91,000 impressions and 1,000 reads.
Additionally, past IRDA winners have received exposure in major media outlets, including The Huffington Post and The Wall Street Journal, trade publications including Publisher’s Weekly, Shelf Awareness and GalleyCat/MediaBistro.
For the Top 2 winners (1 Fiction & 1 Non-Fiction):
- A one hour, tailored consultation session with a publicist from Smith Publicity (VALUE: $499 per session)
For the Top 6 winners (3 Fiction & 3 Non-Fiction):
- A Kindle Paperwhite (VALUE: $119.99)
- A custom author website and one year of hosting and management from Featherlight (VALUE: $1,347 per year)
- Print and eBook title setup with market access from IngramSpark (VALUE: $49)
- First look consideration with an eye to representation from Dystel, Goderich and Bourret Literary Management (as the folks at MasterCard, and most authors—indie or otherwise—would say, VALUE: “Priceless”)
The winners from each sub-category (anywhere from ad add’l 20 to 40 winners, in addition to the top 6 winners), will also receive the following:
- A professional IndieReader review (VALUE: $250-$275 per)
- Exposure to a panel of judges who can make a difference in your book’s success
- An IndieReader “All About the Book” feature
- Three stickers pronouncing your book an “IndieReader Discovery Awards” winner
Additonally, ALL entrants receive a verdict/blurb which they are free to post on the Amazon, GoodReads, websites.
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?