submissions for the
10th Annual National
Indie Excellence Book Awards.
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Celebrating Self and Independent Publishing Excellence!
The National Indie Excellence® Awards (NIEA) was created to help establish self-publishing as a proud, legitimate, and respectable part of the publishing industry.
NIEA is proud to be a champion of self-publishers and small & independent presses that go the extra mile to produce books of excellence in every aspect.
The National Indie Excellence® Awards is open to all English language books available for sale, including small presses, mid-size independent publishers, university presses, and self-published authors.
You Are Invited to enter the 2016 Contest!
Small press, self and independently published books are getting better and better and our judges are working harder and harder.
You are the ones putting your hearts and souls on the line by getting your books into print. And that's just the beginning. Marketing is a key and we know it can be a bear. An NIEA Winner or Finalist sticker on a book cover can help your book stand out.
Submissions for the 2016 National Indie Excellence® Awards are now open. It's our 10th year! See the Submit Your Book page for details. We look forward to receiving your books and celebrating how far our industry has come.
A Word About Our Award Designations
There are no hard and fast rules about how a contest is to designate its winners. Different contests have different designations. We have structured our contest so that only one book per category may be designated “Winner.”
However, often there is more than one book in a category that truly stands out, and we believe these deserve recognition also. While it makes the job of our judges harder in some ways, we are dedicated to celebrating excellence in independently published books. So we created the category of “Finalist.”
Books that are recognized as Finalists are in every way outstanding. The difference between the Winner and Finalist books are often so minute that the call might have gone either way.
The bottom line is that being recognized as a Finalist is a high honor and something about which any author can and should be justifiably proud.
Readers recognize that Finalist books are worthy of their attention and their book-buying dollars.
Submit to the 2016 Contest!
We Offer Three Methods
Kudo's from the 2015 Contest Winners & Finalists
I was so excited to learn from your e-mail that I am a winner in the 9th Annual National Indie Excellence Awards. For a debut novelist of Smoke in the Kitchen that recently won the Beverly Hills Finalist Award in Multicultural Fiction, and now National Indie Excellence Finalist Award in Contemporary Novels, I am overwhelmed with joy. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to believe in ourselves and our books. Good luck in everything you do as you continue to be a champion of self-publishers as well as small and independent presses.
Best regards, Gloria S. Allen
Praise from Alice Inoue
Dear Ellen and the Indie Excellence team,
"After the edit of my third book, my editor suggested that I might want to take look at entering my self-published book in your awards. The last thing on my mind was to enter an award competition, but it sounded like a good opportunity and I decided to submit my last two books. It was such a confirmation of my work when one of my books won, and the other was selected as a finalist in the body, mind, spirit category.
"Just like everyone else, I proudly affixed the stickers to the front of my book. This was in May of 2011. In September of 2011 I received an invitation from Lifetime Television to appear as a guest author/expert on their morning show, "The Balancing Act." It is a highly-rated morning show with hundreds of thousands of viewers reaching 220 markets across the US. They wanted me to share the concepts from my books with their viewers.
"When I asked how they found my book the producer said, "There are hundreds of thousands of books published each year, and we don't have time to screen all of them. We go straight to the award winners and start our screening process from there." So...I just wanted to say thank you as I credit you for creating this opportunity for me and for all others.
"I just finished my fourth book and will be submitting it for the next awards round. Thank you for all you do! I am most appreciative."
Alice Inoue Life Guidance, LLC
Another Testimonial for Indie Excellence!
Thank you so much, Julie and Marsha, for all you do for authors!
As an author, you must take charge of the promotion of your book by investing in key pieces of book publicity to spread the word and increase visibility for your work. This includes entering book award contests. The authors that we represent have found this contest to be a terrific way to bring attention to their books, garner more third party validation and provide another hook for promotion after the book has already been published and out for a while. Do your self a favor and enter today!
Julie Schoerke, founder JKS Communications, A Literary Publicity Firm
When a book wins a contest, it gives the book more credibility to the media, especially with so many books published every year. But I think the value may be even greater to consumers, (assuming the contest winner uses it in all their marketing) it's a great endorsement for readers. We all use a variety of different measures when considering what new book to read…. but having that stamp on it says loud and clear - this book is a winner! That stamp is a statement that weighs heavily in its favor to everyone from the media to consumers.
Chief Executive Officer
EMSI Public Relations
I just wanted to say thank you for choosing my book, Broccoli Chronicles, as a winner in the Children's Fiction category. I am so grateful.
Taneeka Bourgeois-daSilva, MA, MS, Award-Winning Author
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Self-Publishing Maturing, Up 17% Last Year in the U.S.
The number of ISBNs registered in 2013 rose nearly 17% from the previous year.
That growth comes not from ebooks, which actually dropped 1.6% during that period, but from print titles, which rose 29%.
Congratulations to Everyone who submitted
their books to the 2015 National Indie Excellence® Book Awards!
Praise for NIEA!
"Awards that recognize excellence support more than sales for the independent and self-publishing authors and small presses who win them; they make our entire industry look good. The National Indie Excellence® Awards® does us all a great service."
- Dan Poynter, author of The Self Publishing Manual and 100 other books
We are very pleased to advise that the National Indie Excellence® Book Awards was nominated by our members to receive our Honoring Excellence award/seal, which recognizes consultants, businesses and organizations that offer exceptional products and services for independent authors. Congratulations!
Barnaby Conrad, author
Barnaby Conrad is the author of over 35 books. A New York Times Best- Selling Author, his novel Matador sold over 3 million copies and was on the Best-Seller list for 53 weeks! Artist-author Barnaby Conrad was born in San Francisco, California. Barnaby Conrad passed on at age 90 and we are very honored to have his testimonial here about the contest.
Sylvia Cary has won three awards for The Therapist Writer -- the "Gold" in the 2013 Global Ebook Awards (for the digital version of the book); "Winner" in the 2013 Beverly Hills Book Awards, and "Finalist" in the 2013 National Indie Excellence Awards (NIEA).
"There are so many perks to being 'the author of' a published book," she says. "It's the quickest way for a therapist or any other professional to be seen as an expert. It's instant credibility. It can help your career or business, help others, and you may even make money!"
- Sylvia Cary