IPPY Awards: A Closer Look

The Independent Book Awards (IPPY) have been announced, and this evening I had a chance to look a little closer at the many categories and medal winners. While I have a great deal of time for the IPPY’s, and it has an important role to play in celebrating independent publishing and self-published books – I would feel far better about these awards if there were less categories, or there was some form of long list followed by a short list and an eventual list of overall winners of say six to ten books, regardless of category.
Here is my own pick of medal winners which caught my eye this year. As in previous years – again – iUniverse had some notable titles, but on the whole, the impact of author solutions services was far less this year. It does suggest what my own experience is underlines; that self-published authors are becoming more savvy and are prepared to set up their own imprints to publish their books.

I was delighted to see Henry Baum, editor of selfpublishingreview.com achieve a gold for his novel, The American Book of The Dead.

Visionary Fiction
Gold: The American Book of the Dead, by Henry Baum (Backword Books)
Gold: A Memoir of Creativity: Abstract Painting, Politics, and the Media, 1956-2008, by Piri Halasz (iUniverse)
Great Lakes – Best Regional Fiction
Gold: The Voice of the Turtle, by Mary Mills Ulrich (iUniverse)
Silver: House of Cards, by Pamela Frost (CreateSpace)
Silver: Death of a Bronx Cop, by Tom Walker (iUniverse)
Performing Arts
Silver: Inspired to Dance: Everything You Need to Know about Becoming a Professional Dancer Without Breaking a Leg, by Mande Dagenais (iUniverse)
Travel Essay
Silver: Edge Effects: The Border-Name Places, by Robert D. Temple (iUniverse)
Popular Fiction
Bronze: We All Hear Voices, by Sam Taggart (iUniverse)
Bronze: Vargulf, by Tim Garrity (Booksurge Publishing, LLC.)
Bronze: Irreconcilable Differences: The Battle for the Heart and Soul of America’s Animal Shelters, by Nathan J. Winograd (Create Space)
Bronze: Flipside Erotica: Both Sides of the Story, by Darren Michaels (Flipside Erotica)
Bronze: The Chemical Carousel: What Science Tells Us About Beating Addiction, by Dirk Hanson (BookSurge)
Mid-Atlantic – Best Regional Fiction
Bronze: The Gettysburg Conspiracy, by Will Hutchison (Infinity Publishing)
Mid-West – Best Regional Fiction
Bronze: The Heartache Holders, by Alex Strong (AuthorHouse)

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