Testimonials for the Next Generation
Indie Book Awards
Thank you for the beautiful medal and glossy stickers, not to mention the $100 prize. These tangible items of writing success are wonderful, but more important is realizing the lives touched and moments shared in writing groups and critique sessions with people who love literature around the country. As evidenced by your program and all the authors helped by your diligent efforts, Next Generation Indie Book Awards is creating a legacy of hope and excellence for a choir of voices. Your commitment and sacrifice of many, many hours is appreciated.
Tracy S. Deitz, Author and Winner - Religious Non-Fiction of the 2012 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.
Employed by God: Benefits Packaged with Faith (Freedom Writing)
The Next Generation Indie Book Awards has given our books a boost in sales and more importantly, a boost for each author's confidence who has been named either a Winner or a Finalist. Authors work very hard not only to write, but to promote their books. A prestigious award like this offers author and publisher many new opportunities to publicly acknowledge the success of their books and that, in turn, will increase sales. A very knowledgeable librarian once told me that if a customer, librarian, or teacher is in the market to purchase books, they will always choose the book with the awards...and I can attest this is true! Kudos to the Indie Book Awards for all they do and we love going to the Plaza for the Awards Reception!
Cathy Teets, President, Headline Books, Inc., representing:
Rick Robinson , Author, Winner -Suspense/Thriller and Finalist - General Fiction over 80,000 Words, Writ of Mandamus. 2012 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.
Michael A. Arnzen and Heidi Ruby Miller, Authors and Winner - Education/Academic, Many Genres One Craft, Lessons in Writing Popular Fiction 2012 Next Generation Indie Book Awards
and Debra Benedetti, Author and Finalist - Children's/Juvenile Non-Fiction, Season of Play, 2012 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.
It's such an essential award and coming to New York all the way from Saudi Arabia to attend the awards reception and seeing all the positivity, energy and commitment was a breath of fresh air.
Daniel Watkins, Author and Finalist - First Novel (Over 80,000 words) of the 2012 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.
Thank you for believing in indie authors and publishers. The event was wonderful and it certainly was an honor to be in the presence of such a passionate and talented group. It is difficult for an indie writer to be recognized. To be a finalist in the 2012 Next Generation Indie Book Awards put the wind in my sails.
Lucia Cascioli, Author and Finalist - General Fiction/Novel (under 80,000 words) of the 2012 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.
I cannot express how significant and impressive the Award Ceremony at the Plaza Hotel Rose Club was for me. I have received a total of 16 Book Awards to date and your ceremony and the beautiful gold medal was simply outstanding and first-class. The venue was spectacular: the hotel, the Rose Club, the hors d’oeuvres, the wine, the Next Generation Indie photo area, the presentation speeches and opportunity to meet the gifted, dedicated organizers. You provided the winners and finalists the perfect, intimate environment to meet and bond with each other. The friendships I formed will last for a very long time. All in all, it was one of the most exciting experiences in my life and I will cherish it in my heart. Blessings to you all for this wonderful gift. I hope to meet you again in the future.
Judith Anne Desjardins, Author and Winner - Relationships of the 2011 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.
Creating A Healthy Life and Marriage; A Holistic Approach: Body, Mind, Emotions and Spirit (Spirit House Publishing)
Kuddos to the Indie Book Awards experience. My book, The Enoch Factor: The Sacred Art of Knowing God was named a Finalist in the "Inspirational" book category and, of course, I was honored and pleased with the recognition and the boost of sales of the book is terrific. The recognition and response to the book by those who've read it has been overwhelming. I highly recommend the Next Generation Indie Book Awards experience.
Steve McSwain, Author and Finalist - Inspirational of the 2011 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.
The Enoch Factor: The Sacred Art of Knowing God (Smyth & Helwys Publishing, Inc.)
This is the second time I have won a Next Generation Indie Book Award, so I have some experience in what a great marketing tool this award can be.
Jessica James, Author and Winner - Regional Fiction, Finalist - Romance, Finalist - Historical Fiction of the 2011 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.
Noble Cause: A Novel of Love and War (Patriot Press)
My deepest thanks to everyone involved in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards. What a remarkable experience. I am grateful for the recognition, which has helped my book gain attention, and has allowed me to meet experts in the publishing field I would otherwise never know. The awards reception was lovely. Everyone I met was tremendously enthusiastic and clearly believed in what the awards are all about. The seals are beautiful -- it feels wonderful to place them on the cover. I cannot thank you enough, and I firmly believe I've met people I will keep in touch with for many years to come.
Barbara Vance, Author and Finalist - Children's Picture Book of the 2011 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.
Suzie Bitner Was Afraid of the Drain (Copperplate Publishing)
It was a true honor to receive and experience such an AMAZING evening at the Plaza Hotel in New York! Thank you to all the coordinators and judges for taking time to organize such an event honoring independent authors! Being able to post pictures from this FIRST CLASS event has created excitement for The Girlfriend Book fans! A major motion picture company was already interested in producing a movie based off of the book, this award has helped increase their interest! Networking, exchanging ideas and concepts with other devoted authors was PRICELESS! Certainly planning to enter The Girlfriend Book Series next release MGFL...Much Girlfriend Love for 2012 Next Generation Indie Book Awards!
Jo Ann Darby, Author and Finalist - Women’s Issues of the 2011 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.
The Girlfriend Book (Warren Publishing)
Writing The Peacemaker Parent was a labor of love and I wrote not knowing what to expect. I submitted my book for consideration to the Next Generation Indie Book Awards thinking that at the least one or two people who might not otherwise read my book would be exposed to my message. What a thrill to have been chosen a Finalist—and to be invited to the party at the Plaza Hotel! It seems surreal except that I have pictures! Thank you Indie, this prize has given me the boost I needed to write my second book. I’ll submit next year and maybe I'll see you at the Plaza for a reunion.
Lorraine Esposito, Author and Finalist - Self Help of the 2011 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.
The Peacemaker Parent (EME Press)
One great thing about the Next Generation Indie Book Awards is the timing. The organizers knew what they were doing when scheduling the awards to coincide with BookExpo America in New York City. Just being able to display those two shiny medals from the Next Generation Indie Book Awards helped me connect with some potential publishers at BookExpo. The medals meant a great deal to them. Thank you for helping to set my book apart. www.johnpaulgodges.com/news110601.html (link opens in new window)
John Paul Godges, Author and Finalist - Memoirs (Historical/Legacy/Career) and Finalist - Memoirs (Other) of the 2011 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.
Oh, Beautiful: An American Family in the 20th Century (CreateSpace)
Many thanks to the 2011 Next Generation Indie Book Awards organizers and judges. I am appreciative for this honor and the additional audience it will make possible for my book.
James M. Strock, Author, Publisher and Third Place $500 Grand Prize Winner—Non-Fiction; Winner - Business of the 2011 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.
Serve to Lead®: Your Transformational 21st Century (Serve to Lead Press)
In May my wife and I attended the reception for winners and finalists in the 2011 Next Generation Indie Awards held at the Plaza Hotel in NYC. Except for an opening welcome, the reception was informal, which gave us all a chance to network with other authors, publishers and agents.
I was personally rewarded with two medals, one for winning the category of best general fiction under 80,000 words and another for the Grand Prize in Fiction. For an author who has published his or her work with a small, independent publisher, this is just about the highest award possible. I feel very lucky to have won.
Once again I wish to thank you and your staff for all the kindness you showed me and all the other authors in attendance. I had a great time meeting and sharing stories with so many wonderful people. The reception itself was beautifully handled, and the entire evening, while very professional, possessed an intimate feel.
Jim Hitt, Author and First Place $1,500 Grand Prize Winner - Fiction of the 2011 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.
Carny: A Novel in Stories (Aberdeen Bay Press)
I would like to thank the judges and everyone who put the awards event together. I was very excited to be notified that my book was awarded a Finalist medal in the 2011 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. This award has given me great recognition and credibility. In addition, I had a wonderful time attending the award ceremony at the impressive Plaza Hotel in New York City! It was a beautiful day and I enjoyed the laughter, the food and the fun networking with fellow authors. Thanks again for the honor.
Deliah Lawrence, Author and Finalist - Multicultural Fiction of the 2011 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.
Gotta Let It Go (Xlibris)
The Next Generation Indie Book Awards are important. They provide recognition for authors following in the footsteps of James Joyce, Upton Sinclair, Anaïs Nin, Mark Twain, Walt Whitman, W.E.B. DuBois, e.e. cummings, and Virginia Woolf, all of whom were originally independently published. The editors of TOUCHING: Poems of Love, Longing, and Desire extend heartfelt thanks to the Next Generation Indie Book Awards for their support of independent voices in contemporary literature. We are so thrilled to have placed in the Grand Prize, to have won in the Anthology category, to have met all you wonderful, generous, hardworking and discerning professionals, and to have been a part of the Indie Book Award experience. It's so difficult to stay afloat and maintain integrity as an author, and it is contests like yours that help make this possible. Big, big respect for you, appreciation, and thanks.
Sari Friedman, Co-editor and Second Place $750 Grand Prize Winner - Non-Fiction of the 2011 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.
TOUCHING: Poems of Love, Longing, and Desire (Fearless Books)
The credibility of the Next Generation Indie Book Award is its asset. This is a professionally run competition, anchored by judges recognized for their publishing expertise, and supported by a team committed to showcase its awardees. All capped by a classy gala awards ceremony (and a splendid trophy).
Michel Bruneau, Author and Second Place $750 Grand Prize Winner - Fiction of the 2010 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.
Shaken Allegiances (CePages Press)
I would truly like to thank the 2010 Next Generation Indie Book Awards organizers and judges. This award has certainly provided me with a great deal of exposure, and I have no doubt that winning the awards helped me secure a two-book deal with a big six publisher just a few days after results were announced. I am very grateful for the honor.
K.L. Brady, Author and Third Place $500 Grand Prize Winner - Fiction of the 2010 Next Generation Indie Book Awards
The Bum Magnet (LadyLit Press)
I was very honored to win the 2010 Next Generation Indie Book Award for Fiction. Winning brought much needed attention to my novel. As a result of the award, I was selected as Author of the Month on two influential web sites. I think the greatest thrill for me was being able to put the winner stickers on the front covers of my novel.
Keith Remer, Author and First Place $1,500 Grand Prize Winner - Fiction of the 2010 Next Generation Indie Book Awards
The Hiding Place of Thunder (Enlightened Press)
Of course it's an incredible and empowering experience to receive an indie award. We're encouraged to slog on into the next book. The award gives one something real to say when we go about marketing!
George Stranahan and Nicole Beinstein Strait, Authors and Second Place $750 Grand Prize Winner - Non-Fiction of the 2010 Next Generation Indie Book Awards
Phlogs: Journey to the Heart of the Human Predicament (People's Press)
I wanted to take a moment and thank you for the award once again. Shelley and the rest of the people that I met that work with your company were outstanding. This award has created more interest, exposure, contacts and more. The reception was wonderful and a highlight in my life, I was inspired to keep pushing...You have been a true joy...
Barbara A. Berg, Author and Finalist - How To of the 2010 Next Generation Indie Book Awards
Ring Shui: Move your rings CHANGE your life (Ganesha Hills Press)
Please convey my sincere thanks to everyone who organized and promoted the 2010 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Their courtesy and professionalism is much appreciated. Moreover, for this self-published, first-time book writer with a small-market product, your objective, industry-standard evaluation is a rare and wonderful opportunity. Since being recognized as a Cover Design Finalist for Non-fiction, Man on the Move: The Pete Friesen Story has attracted increased attention from readers and potential readers alike. More valuable than any possible increase in sales, the book's new-found credibility warms the hearts of all who participated in its creation. Thanks again.
Peter Rowlands, Author and Finalist - Best Cover Design Non-Fiction of the 2010 Next Generation Indie Book Awards
Man on the Move: The Pete Friesen Story (iUniverse)
I had a wonderful time at the awards ceremony! I deeply appreciate my Finalist award, and the memories of that oh-so-special event in the fantastic Plaza Hotel will stay with me forever. I went there to receive a Finalist award for my Historical Romance novel, Corrigans' Pool, but the minute I stepped into the room, the welcoming party treated me as if I had won the entire roster of categories! What an evening it was! I met so many wonderful authors, many of whom I will remain in contact. Thank you Next Generation Indie Book Awards not only for honoring me with the Finalist award but for a marvelous time in New York City.
Dot Ryan, Author and Finalist - Romance of the 2010 Next Generation Indie Book Awards
Corrigans' Pool (iUniverse)
I just want to thank you and all of the Next Generation Indie Book Award judges and organizers for putting on such a lovely event [the Awards Ceremony] at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. It was just such a joyful day for all involved!
Mary Collins, Author and First Place $1,500 Grand Prize Winner - Non-Fiction of the 2010 Next Generation Indie Book Awards
American Idle: A Journey Through Our Sedentary Culture (Capital Books)
Thank you to you and the judges so very much for awarding my book "Tree Spirits: Tales and Encounters" a Finalist Medal in the 2010 Next Generation Indie Book Awards: Science/Nature Environment, I am honored and elated! It is deeply gratifying that my 15 years of researching, writing, and creating the 173 illustrations, was acknowledged worthy of your recognition. And thanks for the work you do on behalf of all the winners.
Aside from the good that I hoped would come of my endeavor in furthering others' appreciation for Nature, this award helps make that enormous effort all the more satisfying and worthwhile.
Heather Preston, Author and Finalist - Science/Nature/Environment of the 2010 Next Generation Indie Book Awards
Tree Spirits: Tales and Encounters (Sweet Olive Press)
It was so lovely to meet you at the Plaza reception last week, and what an amazing experience to be validated as an author in such legendary surroundings! Thank you to the Next Generation Indie Book Awards and the other judges for making this possible. I appreciate your help more than you know.
Leonie Albani-Tremaine, Author and Finalist - First Novel (under 80,000 words) of the 2010 Next Generation Indie Book Awards
Adios, Aries (AuthorHouse)
I am delighted that my book, "Smoking: 201 Reasons to Quit," won an award in the 2010 Next Generation Indie Book Awards contest. Recognition such as this is sure to help my book sales. But, even more importantly for me, is that more people will be motivated to quit smoking because they read the book. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Muriel L. Crawford, Author and Finalist - General Non-Fiction of the 2010 Next Generation Indie Book Awards
Smoking: 201 Reasons to Quit (Dillon & Parker Publishing LLC)
My tale of a Norwegian immigrant's struggle to make her way in the early American West was selected as First Place Grand Prize Winner for fiction in the 2009 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. I must admit that I was stunned when I received the news and astounded when I received the cash award. Yes! The honor of this Indie prize set me off on a wonderful year and gave me confidence to pursue my writing with enthusiasm. Thank you for putting together such a fine competition that promotes the spirit of independent publishing.
Fairlee Winfield, Author and First Place $1,000 Grand Prize Winner - Fiction of the 2009 Next Generation Indie Book Awards
As a first-time author and publisher, I was thrilled to receive a handful of Next Generation Indie Book Awards, including the Grand Prize for cover design. The grand prize trophy made for an impressive display at the Pacific Northwest Booksellers' Association trade show last fall and undoubtedly contributed to the selection of Hands at Work as the show's "Buzz Book." I knew how important a stunning cover would be to entice potential readers to pick up the book, and these awards indicate we got it right with design and content. Now with an Indie Award sticker to add to the cover (as well as the website and press releases), people are taking even more notice. Thanks to all of the staff for your support, enthusiasm, and management of this valuable award program for us independents.
Iris Graville, Author, Publisher and Grand Prize Winner - Best Cover Design of the 2009 Next Generation Indie Book Awards
Hands at Work: Portraits and Profiles of People Who Work with Their Hands (Heron Moon Press)
We were delighted with our experience in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards. The entry fees are affordable, the staff helpful, and the grand prizes generous. Having our book, Great Peacemakers, place so well was very encouraging and we are truly grateful for this honor. We would highly recommend the contest to other authors as well.
Ken Beller, Author, Heather Chase Co-Author and Second Place $500 Grand Prize Winner - Non-Fiction of the 2009 Next Generation Indie Book Awards
Great Peacemakers (LTS Press)
Winning a grand prize in the 2009 Next Generation Indie Book Awards for Call Me Okaasan was such a great honor. Not only did it validate the work that went into the book, but also it helped to kickstart promotion efforts. Thank you so much.
Suzanne Kamata, Editor and Third Place $250 Grand Prize Winner of the 2009 Next Generation Indie Book Awards
Call Me Okaasan: Adventures in Multicultural Mothering (Wyatt-Mackenzie Publishing, Inc.)
I was very happy to be informed that I was a winner of the 2009 Next Generation Indie Book Awards for my book, The Misadventures of Oliver Booth: Life in the Lap of Luxury. Writing is a challenging profession, and it's nice to have received recognition for all of my hard work from such a professional organization.
David Desmond, Author and Third Place $250 Grand Prize Winner - Fiction of the 2009 Next Generation Indie Book Awards
The Misadventures of Oliver Booth: Life in the Lap of Luxury (Greenleaf Book Group)
Receiving this award was the highlight of my year. It is great that there are awards out there for independent authors who don't have the power, privilege and push of a major publishing house behind them. Winning the award boosted sales of 'Hunter' and resulted in more publicity, but it is the recognition that I savor the most.
Campbell Jefferys, Author and Second Place $500 Grand Prize Winner - Fiction of the 2009 Next Generation Indie Book Awards
Hunter: A Novel (Arima Publishing)
I'd like to express my happiness at being selected a Finalist in the 2009 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. I am a first-time author so this has been a huge boost to my confidence and I find that people respond better to my book once they hear the news. I recently had increased newspaper publicity because of this mention. I also found that once the winners were announced there was a positive surge on my book site, an increase of over 1000 hits in just a few days. My daily hits have also increased. It was also a pleasure dealing with the organizers of this book awards program who kept in touch with me - I live in South Africa so I was not sure if/when my book would arrive. I received positive help and feedback from all concerned. Once again, many thanks for the opportunity to participate.
Fiona Ingram, Author and 2009 Next Generation Indie Book Awards Finalist - Children's Juvenile Fiction
The Secret of the Sacred Scarab (iUniverse)
Within hours of KnorraSky The Deception being announced as a Finalist, my authors website had a 500% increase in visitors. KnorraSky has also jumped high in the rankings on Amazon Kindle. I recommend the Next Generation Indie Book Awards to all indie authors! This award gets your book noticed. I will be entering my next novel in 2010! I want to thank everyone involved with the 2009 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. It is truly a privilege and honor to be counted among such a select group of quality authors!
R.A. Knowlton, Author and 2009 Next Generation Indie Book Awards Finalist - Fantasy
KnorraSky, Volume 1: The Deception (Outskirts Press)
Within hours of the announcement that Sniper Bid had been named one of the years top novels of 2009 by the Next Generation Indie Book Awards, its ranking had shot up on Amazon, my publisher had a major sale to one of the large national chains and stores were calling to request appearances.
Richard L. Robinson, Author and 2009 Next Generation Indie Book Awards Finalist - General Fiction/Novel
Sniper Bid (Headline Books, Inc.)
We are thrilled to have received this prestigious honor of being a finalist in the 2009 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. We look forward to ordering the stickers and certificate to help with our marketing efforts, which in this industry are so competitive. Achieving this honor will surely help!
Suzan Jaffe, Author and 2009 Next Generation Indie Book Awards Finalist - Young Adult Fiction
The Fake Birthday (BookSurge)
I was a finalist in the 2009 Awards and just wanted to say what a great outlet this is for Indie authors. Thanks for everything!
Kelly Moran, Author and 2009 Next Generation Indie Book Awards Finalist - Short Story - Fiction
Idle Thursday (Lulu Inc.)
While giving a school presentation just one week after Peanut Butter For Cupcakes: A True Story From The Great Depression was named a 2009 Next Generation Indie Book Award Finalist, I highlighted the award and the catalog exposure at BEA. Afterwards, the school librarian approached me and said she'd like to recommend my book at the next District Wide Librarian Meeting since it was now an award winning title. She assured me I would be hearing from many more schools who would be interested in having me come and speak!
Donna Nordmark Aviles, Author and 2009 Next Generation Indie Book Awards Finalist - Children's/Juvenile Fiction
Peanut Butter For Cupcakes: A True Story From The Great Depression (Wasteland Press)
The authors are doing an interview tomorrow with the most watched television station in St. Louis for a Cover Story feature about their research and book. The reporter was extremely impressed with the award and posed the story to her producer who said yes.
The award has allowed us to enter our book in the MOM's Choice Awards because it is already an award winning book. It is also helping us with our marketing of the authors in the Radio Television Interview Report. We have the feeling that this is just the beginning. I will let you know when the NBC Cover Story airs and give you the link. It should be quite nice. Our sincere thanks to the entire INDIE Book Award team.
Kristina Havenhill, Managing Editor, Briarcliff Publishing
Golden Anniversaries: The Seven Secrets of Successful Marriage
Winner (Relationship Category) of the 2008 Next Generation Indie Book Awards
I have worked up some promotional material for Saturday and it will show off my awards very nicely. One of our local Barnes & Nobles, in Clarendon, Arlington, VA [contacted me] for a book event, probably on July 18. I know that my awards had everything to do with my getting this date. That makes four events since I received the Indie. Many thanks to all of you.
Keith M. Donaldson, Author and 2008 Next Generation Indie Book Awards Finalist - Multicultural Fiction and Political Categories
The Hill People (iUniverse)
Just now I opened the package from Next Generation Indies. It's a beautiful trophy. I had no idea what to expect, but my many years of cheap and tawdry horse show trophies made me not expect much from a trophy. This one is really elegant, and I will display it!! And the medal!! and the check! (Well, I won't display the check. I'll tuck it into the bank.) Thank you so very much. Even the box for the trophy is a remarkable thing. Stylish. Elegant. Thank you, thank you.
Janey Bennett, Author and Second Place $500 Grand Prize Winner - Fiction of the 2008 Next Generation Indie Book Awards
The Pale Surface of Things (Hopeace Press)
Many thanks for this wonderful award. I am getting a good deal of press and can't wait to show off the winner stickers on my books.
Eli Davidson, Author and 2008 Next Generation Indie Book Awards Winner - Motivational Category
(Editorial Note: Congratulations to Eli who had her book featured on The Today Show on June 25, 2008!)
Funky to Fabulous (Oak Grove Publishing) www.EliDavidson.com
I am the author of Zublinka Among Women, published by KenArnoldBooks, LLC, the book your judges chose to award the first prize in fiction for 2008 - giving me (and my publisher) some cash, a certificate and the two items that reached me yesterday: a trophy (very tasteful) and an Olympic-style gold medal for being chosen first in the General Fiction/Novel category.
I am writing to thank you for your largesse and also the recognition you've afforded my work. I was - and still am - stunned. I wasn't even aware that my publisher had submitted the book, so perhaps you can imagine my surprise… gradually displaced by delight.
So, I want to express my gratitude to your organization for putting this competition together, the judges for their work and their good opinion of mine, and the promotion of an independent spirit and a progressive mode of publication.
Robert Wexelblatt, Author and First Place $1,000 Grand Prize Winner - Fiction of the 2008 Next Generation Indie Book Awards
Zublinka Among Women (KenArnoldBooks, LLC)
I continue to get good press from the [Next Generation Indie Book] award. I am doing the morning television news magazine here in town tomorrow morning to discuss the award.
Gaining recognition from the Next Generation Indie Book Awards has helped me cut through the clutter of other indie authors searching for their market. On the day it was announced that The Maximum Contribution was named as a Finalist in the 2008 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, it jumped into the Top Seller list for political books on Amazon.
Rick Robinson, Author and 2008 Next Generation Indie Book Awards Finalist - Political Category
The Maximum Contribution (Headline Books, Inc.)