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INDIE EXCELLENCE® Comments from 2013 Winners and Finalists

Hello to everyone at NIEA,

I am truly privileged that my first novel, The Untold Legend: The Warrior Queen was selected as a winner. Thanks so much for this recognition! I could never put into words how gratifying it is to be a 2013 winner.

I want to thank you all for the time, dedication, and work that you have put in to this 2013 year. I am looking forward to entering my second novel into the 2014 program.

It has been an honor,

"It takes skill to win a battle, but brains to win a war."
Amy I Long

"I sincerely appreciate the recognition given to my book by your group. I am passionate about doing what I can to help bring industry and jobs back to the USA. This award along with the 3 others received is helping me build momentum and support."

Thank you,
J. R. Martin
Author / Selling U.S. Out

Dear National Indie Excellence Awards,

Thank you for generously for awarding Thumperino Superbunny and the Christmas Star Caper as a finalist in the 2013 National Indie Excellence® Book Awards. I am honored. Your support and recognition of indie authors and publishers is a pillar of the writing community.

Best Regards,
Amber L. Spradlin
Author | Publisher

Hi Ellen, thanks again for running the Indie Excellence® awards; having that gold sticker on my book all big difference! It immediately elevates first impressions of the book and my credibility as an author.

I just got a new shipment of books and am about to order more 'Winner' stickers; my book looks naked without it!

All the best with the 2013 contest!

Sara Brown Crowder
Award-Winning Author of HouseHeal: Transform Your Life through the Power of Home

Jane Birdsell is thrilled to receive a Finalist Award in the Relationship Category of the 2013 National Indie Excellence® Book Awards contest. Indie Excellence Awards recognize books demonstrating "an indefinable synergy of elements that make for overall excellence."

Having recognized the need for many people to have more information about expressing feelings to enhance self-awareness and understanding of others, Jane Birdsell was motivated to write Emotional Enlightenment: Managing Feelings for Success. She wanted to help readers become their own expert on emotions. In the book, she dissects emotions to show what they really are, where they come from and how to manage them when they are negative.

Hi Dawn, Ellen and NIEA team,

I am still in disbelief; I had a friend read this to ensure I wasn't reading this in error. Then, I just broke down and cried tears of joy; Real Dogs Don't Whisper I wrote to help raise awareness for special needs pets and with this prestigious award, this will only help with this cause.

I can't even begin to say thank you enough, just know from the bottom of my heart how I am ever so grateful for this award.

Best Kelly Preston and Mr MaGoo
Real Dogs Don't Whisper

Dear Dawn, Ellen, and other members of the NIEA family,

"I'd like to thank you for all you do to support the professionalism of the Independent publishing industry. I chose to enter Leave of Absence into your contest because of your reputation for high standards. Therefore, when I learned today that my novel was selected as a finalist in the faction category, I was overjoyed (after I recovered from the initial shock and disbelief!). It is truly an honor, and it's important to me that I express to you my gratitude for all that you do. "



Dear Ellen:

"It was a tremendous honor and a privilege to be named as a Finalist in this year's competition for Servant Hearts: The Legacy of the Dimmitt Automotive Group. You and your organization accomplish a good beyond measure for our country by recognizing the efforts of independent publishers and self-published authors. You and your staff will always be in my prayers and I look forward to sending you another book next year.

"I appreciate you."

Tom McQueen
Executive Coach, Author, Speaker

"Wow! Thanks so much! Please convey my deepest thanks to all who were involved in this process. I am humbled and elated.

"You provide a great service to all of us who love books, great writing, and independent publishing! Thank you!!!!!"

Warmest regards,

Jaymie Simmon, author of The God Gene

Dear Ellen,

"Thank you for the notification. We are so pleased and proud. You may not know that Jason turned down a 6 figure book advance from a major publishing house in order to write this book himself rather than use a rushed ghost written version. We will begin to promote it immediately. Is there anything you might like from me on this end that will help you in your efforts?

"In the meantime, I thought you might enjoy seeing a very short list of the recent PR we enjoyed while in the UK for three months promoting the book. We are so privileged and grateful to to add this award, to those already garnered by Dark Waters. It means so very much to Jason and to BillyFish Books. We are headed to one of the largest film festivals in the US this weekend in Telluride Colorado where Jason will be doing a talk and a book signing, so it will be a privilege to share the news with everyone there!"

Tammie Stevens
Managing Editor
BillyFish Books

"Just wanted to say thank you again for this wonderful honour! I think I'm still in shock! This is such a great platform you've provided for independent writers and publishers, thank you from the bottom of my writing heart. Such great validation.

"Again, many, many thanks! "


Dear Ellen,

"Thank you for the wonderful news, and for your hard work in supporting the independent book publishing industry! "

Best wishes,
Andrea The Eternal Law: Ancient Greek Philosophy, Modern Physics, and Ultimate Reality has been selected as a Winner in the Science category of the 2013 National Indie Excellence Awards.

Dear Ellen,

"I am so excited to receive the news that my novel, Abandon Not My Soul, was selected as a finalist in the 2013 Indie Excellence® Awards program. How very honored and humbled I am! Thank you for your encouragement of my writing. "

Best regards, Sherye Green

Dear Ellen, Dawn, and the entire NIEA Family,

"Thank you for the wonderful news that my memoir, Never Give in to Fear: Laughing All the Way Up from Rock Bottom, has been selected as a finalist in the Addiction and Recovery category. I am elated, honored, and inspired!

"Thank you for your professionalism, attention to detail, and devotion to high standards in the independent publishing industry. And thank you for your strong support of independent authors.

"Never Give in to Fear is the first in a series of three memoirs, and I look forward to entering future books with NIEA. I will recommend your contest to other authors. "

Marti MacGibbon
Never Give in to Fear: Laughing All the Way Up from Rock Bottom

Dear Ellen, Dawn and all at NIEA,

"Thank you so much for honoring my book, Feathered: being a fairy tale, by making it the winner of the Young Adult Fiction Category, as well as a finalist in the Fantasy Category.

"When a Quarter-Back wins the Super Bowl, he announces that next he is going to Disney World. As luck would have it, I was already at Disney World when I received the news of this award, in the Magic Kingdom no less. Thanks for helping a fairy tale come true."


Tom Weston

"Thank you for the finalist award and notice. It is indeed a great honor for my first book to receive this status so soon. I have two new books awaiting release in the future. This will assist me in my goal to one day become the Arizona Poet Laureate."

With warm regards,

Darrin Kramer
Author of "Fall Leaves Float"

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