Oscars At The IPPY Awards

The IPPY Awards are considered by some to be the Oscars of POD, Independent and Self-Publishing books. I’m not entirely sure I agree with this view considering there is a small fee for entry and many of the small presses are often born out of an author’s own self-publishing imprint (not a bad thing mind), but what I do like about the IPPY’s is the wide amount of categories. Each category awards Gold, Silver and Bronze medals and there is reasonable opportunities for authors to get some modest acclaim and satisfaction. The awards program is open to all members of the independent publishing industry – authors and publishers alike worldwide – who produce books written in the English language and published for the North American market.

The full list of all categories and medal winners is available here.

So, without further ado, I thought I would highlight the authors and the author solution companies who featured this year. Top of the pile in Popular Fiction were authors James Doulgeris and V. Michael Santoro, Bradley Huff and Melissa Strangeway in Young adult Fiction, Jarel Gibson in SciFi, Mary Wagner in Humour, and Kat Tansey in Visionary Fiction. My own honorary mention this year goes to Mark Levine for his excellent ‘The Fine Print of Self-Publishing’ from Independent publisher Bascom Hill reviewed earlier in the year on this site, here.

Top featured author solution companies were iUniverse, Booksurge, and Authorhouse, with my own honorary mentions for Raider International Publishing, Synergy Books, Createspace and Wingspan.

5. Popular Fiction
Gold: The Dyodyne Experiment, by James Doulgeris and V. Michael Santoro (Synergy Books)
Silver Do The Math: A Novel of the Inevitable, by Philip B. Persinger (iUniverse)

9. Juvenile/Young Adult Fiction
Silver: Alone Boy, by Bradley Huff (Booksurge)
Bronze: 56 Water Street, by Melissa Strangeway (iUniverse Star)

10. Fantasy/Science Fiction
Bronze: Quondam, by Jayel Gibson (Synergy Books)

11. Historical/Military Fiction
Bronze: As the Eagle, Flies the King: Redemption Coming, Book 1, by Wendy M. McNeice (Tate Publishing and Enterprises)

14. Multicultural Fiction – Children’s
Bronze: The Forbidden Well, by Angela Lee (Booksurge)

16. Religious Fiction
Gold: The 6th Seal, by J.M. Emanuel (Booksurge)
Silver: (tie) The Happy Soul Industry, by Steffan Postaer (Inkwater Press) and Babylon’s Tablet of Destiny, by Jack Dun with Fletcher Poret (Raider Publishing International)
Bronze: One Fine Season, by Michael Sheehan (Authorhouse)

18. True Crime
Gold: The Predator Next Door, by Darlene Ellison (hta Books)
Silver: Luggage by Kroger, by Gary Taylor (iUniverse)

19. Visionary Fiction
Bronze: Lessons in Living from a Feline Zen Master, by Kat Tansey (iUniverse Star)

25. Multicultural Non-Fiction Adult
Bronze: The Fragile Mind: How It Has Produced and Unwittingly Perpetuates America’s Tragic Disparities, by Dr. Jarik E. Conrad (AuthorHouse)

45. Home & Garden
Silver: Scott Cohen’s Outdoor Kitchen Design Workbook, by Scott Cohen and Elizabeth Lexau (Booksurge)

47. Humor
Silver: Running with Stilettos: Living a Balanced Life in Dangerous Shoes, by Mary Wagner (iUniverse)
Bronze (tie): “Our Pal God” and Other Presumptions: A Book of Jewish Humor, by Jeffry V. Mallow (iUniverse)

56. Religion
Silver: The Third Basic Instinct: How Religion Doesn’t Get You, by Alex S. Key (BookSurge)

57. Science

Gold: Green Algae Strategy: End Oil Imports and Engineer Sustainable Food and Fuel, by Mark Edwards (CreateSpace)
Bronze (tie): The Thinking Person’s UFO Book, by Gordon Chism (BookSurge) and The Final Paradigm: Tragedy, Religion, Knowledge and Folly in our Neuro-Mechanical Life, by Prof Nikolai Eberhardt (BookSurge)

59. Sexuality/Relationships
Bronze (tie): Frog or Prince? The Smart Girl’s Guide to Boyfriends, by Kaycee Jane (Trafford Publishing)

64. Writing/Publishing
Gold: The Fine Print of Self Publishing: The Contracts & Services of 45 Self-Publishing Companies Analyzed Ranked & Exposed, by Mark Levine (Bascom Hill Publishing – not self-published but self-publishing help book)

U.S. North-East – Best Regional Non-Fiction
Bronze: Tiggie: The Lure and Lore of Commercial Fishing in New England, by Charles “Tiggie” Peluso and Sandy Macfarlane (iUniverse)

Mid-Atlantic – Best Regional Fiction
Bronze: The Elephant Hotel: Hedwig and the Tagebuch, by Marie Kobres Bone (AuthorHouse)

South-East – Best Regional Fiction
Bronze: Child of the Mountain, by Marjorie E. Dufault (iUniverse)

South-East – Best Regional Non-Fiction
Silver (tie): Sweetgum Slough: A 1930s Memoir, by Claire Karssiens (iUniverse) and It Was Never About a Hot Dog and a Coke, by Rodney L. Hurst, Sr. (WingSpan Press)

South – Best Regional Fiction
Bronze: The Power: A Novel of Voodoo, by Jim Duggins (BookSurge)

Mid-West – Best Regional Fiction
Gold: The Confederate War Bonnet: A Novel of Civil War in Indian Territory, by Jack Shakely (iUniverse)
Bronze: Beginnings, by Lorraine Theall (BookSurge)

West-Mountain – Best Regional Fiction
Gold: Vendetta Canyon, by Stan Lynde (iUniverse)

Canada–East – Best Regional Non-Fiction
Bronze: Marlowe’s Ghost, by Daryl Pinksen (iUniverse)

Canada-West – Best Regional Fiction
Gold: Altar and Throne, by Ed Zaruk (AuthorHouse)

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