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Next Generation Indie Book Awards®

  • Open to independent authors and publishers worldwide
  • The largest not-for-profit awards program for independent publishers
  • Enter books with a 2015, 2016 or 2017 copyright date
  • Over 70 categories to choose from
  • Cash prizes and fabulous awards
  • Exposure of top 70 books to leading New York literary agent
  • Gala awards reception held at a landmark location in New York City during BEA
  • Earn recognition and receive other benefits from having an award-winning book

2015 Indie Book Award Winners Announced

Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group has named the best indie books of 2015.

The books are winners of the 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, the largest not-for-profit book awards program for independent publishers and self-published authors.

The awards are judged by leaders of the indie book publishing industry, including many coming from long-standing careers with major publishing houses, to identify books that deserve to reach a wide audience.

"Our awards program is known as the 'Sundance' of the book publishing world," says Catherine Goulet, Chair of the 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards program.

In an article at CNN.com titled "If it's cool, creative, and different, it's indie," journalist Catherine Andrews wrote: "The term 'indie' traditionally refers to independent art - music, film, literature or anything that fits under the broad banner of culture - created outside of the mainstream and without corporate financing."

Independent book publishing companies are independent of the major conglomerates that dominate the book publishing industry. The indies include small presses, larger independent publishers, university presses, e-book publishers, and self-published authors.

According to Goulet, "Like other independent artists, many indie book publishers face challenges that the industry giants don't experience. The indies have to work much harder to get their best books into readers' hands."

"Authors and publishers who compete in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards are serious about promoting their books," adds Goulet. "They aim to stand out from the crowd of millions of books in print."

According to Bowker's Books in Print database, more than 2.3 million books were published or distributed in the United States alone in 2012, the most recent year for which figures are available. A majority of these (more than 2 million books) were "non-traditionally" published, including print on demand and self-published titles. The number of self-published titles produced annually in the U.S. has increased dramatically, growing 437% from 2008 to 2013.

To help Indie authors and publishers reach a wider audience, the top 70 books in the 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards will be reviewed by New York literary agent Marilyn Allen of Allen O'Shea Literary Agency or one of Ms. Allen's co-agents for possible representation in areas such as distribution, foreign rights, film rights, and other rights.  

The top prize winning books in the 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards are:

Top Non-Fiction Books

First Place Winner ($1,500 Prize)
Thrown, by Kerry Howley (Sarabande Books)

Second Place Winner ($750 Prize)
The Sky and Earth Touched Me, by Joseph Bharat Cornell (Crystal Clarity Publishers)

Third Place Winner ($500 Prize)
The Wild Horse Dilemma, by Bonnie U. Gruenberg (Quagga Press)

Honorable Mention ($250 Prize)
The Beatles Encyclopedia: Everything Fab Four, by Kenneth Womack (Greenwood Press)

Top Fiction Books

First Place Winner ($1,500 Prize)
Topeka, ma 'shuge, by Raymond Hutson (Gilliss Books)

Second Place Winner ($750 Prize)
The Magdalene Mystery, by Christine Sunderland (OakTara Publishing)

Third Place Winner ($500 Prize)
River Talk, CB Anderson (C&R Press)

Other Winners

In addition to the grand prize winners, top indie books were named as winners and finalists in 70 publishing categories ranging from Action/Adventure to Young Adult.

A complete list of 2015 winners and finalists is available at the Next Generation Indie Book Awards website at www.indiebookawards.com.

About The Grand Prize Winning Non-Fiction Books

In the brilliant and darkly comic Thrown by Kerry Howley (Sarabande Books), an excitable, obsessive philosophy student insinuates herself into the lives of two cage fighters - one a young prodigy, the other an aging journeyman. For two years she watches men starve themselves, break bones, fail their families and form new ones. With penetrating intelligence and wry humor, the author exposes the profundities and absurdities of a brutal American subculture.

The Sky and Earth Touched Me, by Joseph Bharat Cornell (Crystal Clarity Publishers) offers a guide for healing and well-being through nature. Through beautiful words and images, readers discover transformative exercises they can do alone or with others to awaken to the natural world. The author writes with a light step, warm laugh, and open heart to bring wonder, respect, and love of nature to readers throughout the world.

The Wild Horse Dilemma, by Bonnie U. Gruenberg (Quagga Press) explores the conflicts and controversies surrounding the wild horses of the Atlantic coast. The author breaks new ground as she exposes the roots of issues and separates fact from myth. Along the way, she tells an engaging story of ancient history and current events, cold evidence and fiery passion. The result is a comprehensive reference with stellar research.

The Beatles Encyclopedia: Everything Fab Four, by Kenneth Womack (Greenwood Press) provides casual fans and aficionados alike with a comprehensive study of the historical, cultural, and musical influence of the Beatles. Published in two volumes, it gives hundreds of insightful entries that address the people, places, events, and other details that have contributed to the band's status as a global phenomenon.

About The Grand Prize Winning Fiction Books

Topeka, ma 'shuge by Raymond Hutson (Gilliss Books) tells the story of a 15-year-old American girl traveling cross-country to elope with an Iranian doctor. Winding a path between politics and myth, humor and cultural miscalculation, the lovers' assumptions about each other ultimately lead to violence and tragedy. Atmospheric and haunting, disturbing and at times hilarious, it is a riveting coming-of-age tale that resonates long after the last page is turned.

The Magdalene Mystery by Christine Sunderland (OakTara Publishing) will delight readers who enjoy Dan Brown's historical/religious mysteries. In this gripping tale, a young single mother embarks on the journey of a lifetime with a theology professor to find a manuscript revealing the real Mary Magdalene. Compelling writing and engaging characters carry the reader on an adventure to Rome, racing against a cyber-predator who is willing to do anything to prevent being exposed as a fraud… even murder.

River Talk by CB Anderson (C&R Press) introduces an unforgettable array of characters. A woman reconsiders her decision to enter a polygamous marriage; an Iraq War veteran struggles to reclaim compromised relationships; a taxidermist plies his trade to woo the woman he loves; a Somali refugee takes a job at the local mill to support her family. In surefooted and emotionally deft prose, Anderson explores loss and desire, regret and hope. Everywhere we are reminded of all that a single life contains. 

About the Literary Agent

Marilyn Allen has over 25 years of sales and marketing experience, including serving as Senior Vice President, Associate Publisher, and Director of Marketing for Harper Collins and directing sales and marketing teams for Simon & Schuster, Penguin Books and Avon Books. Ms. Allen has worked with many best-selling authors including Stephen King, Ken Follett, Barbara Kingsolver, John Gray, Mary Higgins Clark, and many more.

About IBPPG

The aim of Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group is to promote professional standards in independent book publishing (also known as "indie" book publishing), and provide support and recognition for the independent book publishing profession.

2016 Next Generation Indie Book Awards

Entries are now being accepted for the 2016 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. The awards program is open to fiction and nonfiction books from independent authors and publishers worldwide released in 2014, 2015, or 2016 or with a copyright date of 2014, 2015, or 2016. Visit the Next Generation Indie Book Awards website at www.indiebookawards.com for more information.