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INDIE EXCELLENCE® Kudos from 10th Annual Winners and Finalists

Ellen & Jackie,

I just want to say thank you and share an example of the messaging and sharing YOU both helped me create. This show on BBS 1 Radio – Conscious Thought With Leo – Magdalena Winkler aired live last night. It takes a quiet hour to listen but its wonderful as it gets going because Magdalena read the entire book and really connected with the story. Just sharing and saying thank you!

Kevin Hancock

Dear Ms. Reid,

Thank you so much for the great news! I am very happy that my book RIKIS was chosen as Finalist in category - Children's Books Non- Fiction.

Sincerely,

Aleksandra Kuburovic

Dear Ellen,

Thank you so much for selecting 'Cocoon of Love for Cancer Caregivers: Get Through the Tough Times' as a winner of the National Indie Excellence Awards in the Caregiving Category. This is very exciting and I truly appreciate it!

As a heart-centered indie author, you put everything you have into your writing, design, and book production to make it the best that it can be. You strive to create a memorable book that touches people and changes lives for the better. To receive this award for all of the effort means a great deal. I appreciate your support of indie authors so that book-lovers on all levels can recognize the contributions made by indie authors. I am sure it takes a great deal of effort to evaluate and judge such a contest. Please extend my thanks to the judges and staff for all they do. These awards are certain to be a source of inspiration and encouragement to many authors.

I am humbled by this wonderful honor.

Thanks again for The National Indie Excellence Award!

Sincerely, Susan Brownell Award-winning Author

http://www.SusanBrownell.com

Dear Ellen,

Thanks for the rich opportunity you are providing us. We are passionate about our work. One thing for certain, no authors could have been more elated by the win. So thrilled and excited to learn what EMSI Public Relations can teach us.

When I spoke to you over the phone a few days ago, I really had no idea what this all meant. Even now, there aren't enough words to describe how fortunate we feel.

Wow...is about all I can say.

I am sure this opportunity will be a game-changer for us!

Thank YOU so much again.

Sincerely,
Sharon

Wow!

This is really cool that my picture book won as a winner and also placed as a finalist -- I'm in shock.

I just saw this email even though you sent it to me on May 6. I somehow missed the email, but I am so excited and appreciative that you let me know.

Very cool.

Cathey Nickell (Arthur Zarr's Amazing Art Car)

Ellen and Dawn,

Thank you for following up.

Yes, I received the FINALIST stickers yesterday. I have two book signing and author engagements coming up and will place these FINALIST stickers (both the Beverly Hills and National Indie ones) on my "Everlasting Love" books. :-) I will post the graphic on my website as well. Everything helps. I'm grateful for the wonderful opportunity your contests are.

Thanks again. Have a great Fourth of July holiday!

Sincerely, * * * * * Jennifer Anne F. Messing
Award-winning Author & Poet, Columnist, Speaker
"EVERLASTING LOVE: Romantic Vignettes for a Woman's Heart"

Hi. Thank you so much! I’m very excited to learn that Dark Surf is a finalist in the 10th Annual National Indie Excellence Awards! I am truly honored to receive this recognition for my first novel. Thank you for providing a forum for indie authors and books, and for championing self-published authors and small & independent presses.

I’ve started to share the great news on my blog and social media. The more people that know about awards programs like yours, the better! Best wishes for next year's program. I’m currently finishing my second novel, the sequel to Dark Surf, so will likely have another book to enter before the next deadline. Cheers to you!

Best,

T.C. Zmak
Author of Dark Surf & the Dark Surf Nightly
http://www.darksurf.com

Dear Ellen,

I am so honored that my novel, Do Not Assume, has been named as the 2016 National Indie Excellence Award Winner for best Political Thriller. I sincerely want to thank you and the NIEA Staff for providing an opportunity and a forum for indie authors and small and independent presses to have our work reviewed, recognized, and showcased. It means so much to have a champion and I extend my very best wishes for NIEA's continuing success.

Elaine Williams Crockett,
Author of Do Not Assume
elainewilliamscrockett.com

Thank you so much, it's a real honor!

Hilary Emberton



Thank you Ellen,

I am thrilled to have THE LOBBY recognized as 2016 NIEA Fiction-General Winner.

How wonderful.

Thank you, Randi M. Sherman
www.randimshermanbooks.com



Hello Ellen,

Thank you
Thank you
Thank you for this honor!

I cannot tell you how much it means - what a boost!

My very best wishes,
Alicia

Hi Team

My apologies for sending another email but I really wanted to express my gratitude. Too many times we equate success with money and since my book was not selling I felt it was not good and decided not to publish any more of my work. Now one year after I wrote this book I saw your email and it truly blessed my heart and reminded me how wrong I was and how I should never give up. So thank you so very much and I thank God for your work and organization, keep it up!!

God bless
Cheryl

Dear Ellen,

Thank you so much once again for this great honor. My book is the winner! I am still pinching myself:) Just wrote a blog post about it, mentioning the Awards. Thank you once again!

Best wishes,

Feride Buyuran

Thank you so, so much Ellen! I am so honored and thrilled that The Spirit Collectors won in Fantasy!

- Matt

 

 

 

Dear Ellen,

I am honored to have my book, The Yomy Tales, an American Experience chosen as a finalist in the 10th Annual Indie Excellence Awards in the Juvenile Fiction category.

It is very rewarding to know that the story of the African American experience, as narrated by the twin Yomy dolls in my book will reach a wider audience.

Thank you for making this possible.

Carol Marie Davis
carolmariedavis.com

Thank you,

I so appreciate your consideration of my poetry book, WILD SOLITUDE, as a finalist in your 10th annual awards competition!

Sincerely, Lorraine Lipani

 

 

Ellen,

I'm not sure if you are the right person to thank, so please pass this along if needed. I want to thank you all so much for awarding my debut novel, Fate Ball, as a FINALIST for this year. Fate Ball was in the new adult fiction category and I am honored to receive this recognition. Learn more at www.adamwjones.com .

Thanks so much!

Adam W. Jones, GM/BIC/GRI

I just wanted to say thank you for the amazing work that you do in helping the world unearth the piles of great undiscovered indie stories out there. Less than a week out since the award announcement and there's already new reader buzz about my book all over social media. With the publishing world changing so swiftly, and authors (indie and traditional alike), increasingly being pushed to become their own marketers, it's refreshing to see groups like the National Indie Excellence Awards step up and shine a spotlight on the books that people never knew they'd love.

Thank you and keep up the great work.

All the best, Russel Lazega,
Author of Managing Bubbie

Ellen...

Thank you so much. I'm very excited about winning a Finalist award for 2015 in the Steam Punk category for 'The Antikythera and The Source'. I'll be sending for the award certificate, stickers, etc. in the next few days! What a wonderful surprise! I'm very grateful to you and the whole team at Indie excellence for supporting me in this way. Once again, I'm just blown away by this! Have a great week and thanks again.

Howard Lipman (pen name PanOrpheus)

Oh thank you so much...this truly means a lot to me.

Thank you!!! Cheryl

I just returned from NYC and saw this email.

Thanks so much, Ellen!

I really appreciate it!

Best, Elaine Fogel
Compass Press

 


INDIE EXCELLENCE® Kudos from 2015 Winners and Finalists

I am so pleased that The Cowgirl Jumped Over the Moon is a finalist in the 2015 Indie Excellence Awards. It was quite a leap of faith for me to publish this story. Writing it was part of my own healing process when I had to give up riding do to an injury. For it to receive this recognition is quite on honor. Thank you.

Linda Ballou

Thanks so much for honoring My Fingerpaint Masterpiece with an Indie Excellence Finalist award in Children's Picture Book!

My heart is smiling...

Thanks for all the effort!!! I shall be submitting my newest book for next year's 2016 contest ASAP! Sherrill PS - My very first Indie Excellence award was in 2009 for Santa's Birthday Gift. It was the best marketing investment I've made - with Santa now over 5K sales! I have since won 33 awards for my seven books, including this one. I now have a link on my publisher's site, where I advise new authors on entering contests. Your Indie Excellence Awards are highly recommended!!!

Sherrill S. Cannon, Award-Winning Author

Dear Ellen,

I was completely stunned when I received your email informing me that my book, Less Stress Business, was a finalist in the NIEA book awards business category. It's been months since I submitted my application and the thought of being acknowledged was clearly out of my mind.

It means so much to have my hard work validated in this way - and by someone who is not a family member or client (of course they all love my book).

Thank you for sponsoring this great opportunity to acknowledge writers, like myself, who have an important contribution to make to the vast numbers of welcoming readers out there.

With gratitude and joy, Jamie Sussel Turner

Dear Ellen,

I would like to personally thank you, your staff, and the judges for selecting Unbroken Circles for Schools as a finalist in the Social/Political Change category.

Children today have so may struggles. And, the impact that it has on them, our society, and our future as a nation is both complex and oft times not sufficiently articulated. After all, we know bullying is bad but we never think of it being a 24/7 proposition in today's times thanks to social media. Nor, do we think of how bullying can act as a catalyst for suicide. Along similar lines, we know dropping out of school is bad but sources rarely point to the $209,000 per dropout cost to the taxpayers or how dropouts are more likely to suffer crime victimization, disease, and even death at greater rates than their counterparts who finished high school.

Unbroken Circles for Schools is my first published book. When writing it, my hope, as both a culturalist and a conflict specialist, was to give communities a voice to take back their schools while articulating these complex issues at play. In essence, Unbroken Circles for Schools is a better way of handling conflict in the schools using research-based Restorative Justice and Conflict Resolution strategies. To this end, my publisher devoted a great deal of time and resources to ensure each concept I brought up was well represented with full color charts and graphics throughout. No expense was spared because we both knew what was at stake – our future, the children!

Already, one professional reviewer said Unbroken Circles for Schools is the most important book she has ever read. This is a tremendous accolade! However, there is a segment of readers who don't pay much attention to reviews anymore. Instead, they prefer to read books which placed in local, state, or national book award contests. So, in addition to the great reviews received, Unbroken Circles for Schools being named a finalist in the National Indie Excellence Awards gives an added sense of accomplishment that the time dedicated to crafting such a high quality book is not only acknowledged but also appreciated.

Since being named a finalist, I recently served as a guest panelist at the 2015 National Association of Restorative Justice conference in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. It was the NACRJ's largest conference to date. While at the conference, a number of professionals and educators congratulated me on Unbroken Circles for Schools being named a finalist in the National Indie Excellence Awards.

It's funny to me now watching local people's heads do a double take when they see my book as having placed in a national contest of this caliber. Sometimes your toughest critics are in your own hometown.

Whether staying local, or traveling abroad, I am finding more and more people notice the National Indie Excellence Awards. It really resonates with readers and serves as a benchmark for many professionals that the book is of a certain caliber when it places.

Thanks again for everything!

Regards,
Ken Johnson

Dear Ellen Reid,

I started screaming when I saw my book on the finalist page last night! It's such a thrill to win an award! Especially after I was so disappointed to not win an IPPY. I'm braindead from lack of sleep right now, but I wanted to thank you for your great contest. Recognition is important in a world that does not favor the self-published book, as I'm sure you understand!

It was a thrill too to see my book right up there with small-press books! Hopefully this will spur me on to continue writing my series and (maybe) seek out agents/publishers and enjoy the writing process again. (I've been feeling the pressure--mostly from myself--to write an equally-good sequel. I need to just relax and let it flow.) I was scrolling down the finalists page, not knowing what category I'd entered under, reaching the bottom of the page, telling myself, "Don't be upset. Don't be upset. Don't be upset," and then, there was my book, a finalist under Visionary Fiction! (Darn the alphabet, putting V at the bottom!!)

And I started screaming. I'm not on FB so can't post there. But I hope to spend today telling everyone I know that I actually won! Oh my goodness. This is a real thrill, and you seem like a genuinely nice person. I've been doing a lot of online promotion lately, particularly on onlinebookclub.org, where my book was Book of the Month for March. I can't wait to tell them all that I won a contest!! Anyway, listen to me go on. Today should be a good day. I hope you're having a nice day in California!

Thanks again!

Meg Kimball

Ms. Reid,

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.

Thanks again,

Taneeka Bourgeois-daSilva, MA, MS, Award-Winning Author
http://buildingvoices.com/

Thanks so much for sharing the wonderful news with me!

I am honored that Twin Piques was chosen as a Finalist in the Chick Lit category this year. I'm absolutely thrilled! :)

Tracie Banister Author, Twin Piques, In Need of Therapy and Blame It on the Fame

Thank you so very much for the wonderful news, Ms. Reid!

Thank you also so very much for holding the contest!

Blessings, Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

Dear Ellen,

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

Hi Ellen,

Thank you very much for selecting my novel, Strong Convictions: An Emmett Strong Western, as a 2015 National Indie Excellence Awards® Winner. What an honor and what a thrill! Thank you also for everything you do to cultivate public appreciation of quality works produced by independent authors.

Best wishes and best regards, GP Hutchinson

Thank you!

I so appreciate being awarded the Winner in Visionary Fiction. Trusting the Currents has been a journey of faith, passion and vision! Thank you for the work you do to support us crazy Indie Authors. I am honored! Trusting the Currents has been truly blessed with 5 literary awards so far. Thank you for recognizing Trusting the Currents and loving Addie Mae as much as I do!

Take care, Lynnda

I opened my E-mail this morning and saw the word Congratulations!! I burst into happy tears, I couldn't believe my book was chosen as a finalist in the 2014 National Indie Excellence Awards! What an honor to be given this recognition as an author of an auto-biography. To be a part of so many exceptional authors is truly a humbling experience.

Thank you so much Indie for this amazing opportunity to say "I am an award winning author" this is a dream come true and one I am so proud of! Sharing one's painful true life story is not an easy task but one that my husband & I are happy to share with others in the hopes that we can make a difference in the world of alcoholism! I am more encouraged to finish my second book. Congratulations to everyone! Thank you Indie you Rock!!!

Sincerely, Harmony Rose Author of Married Under The Influence

Hi Ellen,

I just wanted to say thank you for choosing my book, Amani's River, as a finalist in the Historical Fiction category. What an honor. I have been tweeting about this an posting it to Facebook all day.

Kindest regards,

-- David Hartness, MBA

Dear Ellen,

I was so excited to receive the news about the Finalist Award for my book, "Your Fruit Sweet or Sour?" in the Young Adult/non-fiction category! It gives me such validation as a first-time author, that my work is compatible with other literary pieces on the market. That has been my goal all along, to show that an independently self-published book is just as noteworthy and influential as other published materials.

As a recipient of TWO book awards, I see the benefit of having submitted my work for such contests. It does catch the attention of a vendor and prospective client, it brings increased recognition, exposure and sales. My next goal is to make it a best-seller! I am over halfway there! Thanks again for this opportunity to promote my work and allow the public to see the solid work contributed by independent writers and publishers.

Karen Finn
Precept Publishing

Dear Ellen,

I am excited, grateful and humbled that my book, Triumph! A Battle Plan for Joy, won the prestigious National Indie Excellence Award for 2015, in the category of African American Non Fiction. It is a wonderful thing to have your hard work acknowledged in such a meaningful way. Thank you for this much-appreciated honor.

Gladys Simmons Carson

Ellen, What an honor!

I am honored once again by your award program and feel blessed, indeed! I will sleep very happily tonight, you can be sure!

Judith

Dear Ellen

What wonderful news!

Thank you for letting me know that my book is a finalist in Thriller category of the National Indie Excellence Awards 2015. I am absolutely delighted and of course very grateful indeed for the recognition. Heartfelt thanks to the judges, and congratulations and best wishes to all the other finalists and of course the winners of the various categories. Your Awards lead the way in showing that Indie Publishing is a growing force in the changing world of books.

Thanks again to National Indie Excellence!

Warmest regards Dinah Holman

Thank you!

What a wonderful way to begin the week! Thank you for the opportunity to share the wisdom of horses!

In gratitude, Sara Sara B. Willerson, LCSW

Thank you for recognizing the small guys in publishing.

Slowly but surely the book is getting attention! And in part to the words: "Award-winning." So thanks for making that happen. Now, if only it could get into the hands of some reputable reviewer and get some national attention.

Best, Meera

Dear Ellen,

I could not believe it when I saw the e-mail last night. I almost wish I had waited until this morning. I was so ecstatic to see that I won the Fantasy National Indie Excellence Award for 2015 that I couldn't sleep! I think I got three hours last night. Compendium is my first novel, and I am amazed and incredibly honored to have it selected by the judges. Two years of writing, revising and editing (blood, sweat and tears respectively) was all worth it. I look forward to submitting Ocularum, Book Two in my Artifacts of Lumin series when it becomes available.

Best regards, Alia Luria Author of Compendium, Artifacts of Lumin Book One,
2015 Winner in Fantasy

Dear Ms. Reid and the NIEA judges:

Thank you for the honor bestowed upon me with this award. I am forever grateful.

Sincerely, Abbe Reichman

Dear Ellen,

Thank you for selecting my book, Back to Tonic as the winner in the GREIF category of the 2015 NIEA Awards. As a first time author this honor is very encouraging.

Best regards, Gene Kiepura

Hello Miss Reid,

Such wonderful news to be a winner in your book awards. I am humbled and elated at the same time. Thank you and your team for all the hard work you must have put in.

Kind Regards Lily Forbes

Dear Ms. Reid and the NIEA judges:

Thank you for the honor bestowed upon me with this award. I am forever grateful.

Sincerely, Abbe Reichman

Dear Ellen and The National Indie Excellence Team,

Hours after receiving the news of my book being chosen as a finalist in the Multi-Cultural Non-fiction category, I am still goose-bumpy and smiling!

I didn't take my teenage daughter trekking for a month with the Stone Age people of New Guinea to receive an award. Nor did I write a book about the challenges we faced crossing traditional female boundaries to gain such honored recognition with winning a book award. However, winning this award will go a long way in giving others a more positive feeling about the book.

I thought I had all the courage and motivation necessary to write this book and connect with others. Living in a snake infested jungle with men wearing only penis gourds, sleeping on dirt floors of grass huts and eating one bowl of rice a day does that to you. But winning a finalist award has given me, more now than ever, the incentive to prove the best is yet to come!

Ellen, you and your team have done an incredible job of inspiring and helping to promote writers and their wonderful words.

My heartfelt thanks for helping to make a dream come true.

Sincerely, Jackie Chase Walking to Woot
Finalist Multi-Cultural Non-Fiction

I am very excited, and honored.

Thank you so much! Mary Langer Thompson

Dear Ellen,

I was thrilled to receive the email telling me my pre-teen novel, Gabbie Flowers and the Key to the Universe, won a Finalist Award. I am so grateful and appreciative. This is my very first award and I can't be more excited!

Thank you again, Dianne Caplin

Thank you for selecting Method 15/33 as a winner in the 2015 National Indie Excellence Award for Suspense. Your announcement was the first email of my Monday morning, which certainly softened the blow of starting the work week--an understatement. Thanks!! I'm over the moon.

Shannon Capone Kirk

Good morning Ellen and Indie Excellence,

I wanted to thank you so much for choosing "The Harlot's Guide to Classy Cocktails" as the winner of the Comedy Category! It's exciting beyond words!!

Jeza
xo

Dear Ellen Reid,

I am so stoked to receive the 2015 National Indie Excellence Award for Crime Fiction for my debut novel, Deep Doo-Doo. Mine is a novel that doesn't easily fit into a stock genre, so I was not hopeful when I entered the competition. Thank you so much for selecting my book as a winner!

Sheri Graves

Dear Ellen,

Thank you and the Indie Excellence team so much for choosing my book Modern Brides & Modern Grooms as a finalist in two categories. I am thrilled to be part included with the great authors you have honored this year. I'll be sure to share the news on social media. Thanks again and for all you do.

With gratitude, Mark O'Connell, LCSW

To Ellen,

Thank you so much for the opportunity to share my work with you and everyone at NIEA. I was quite surprised to receive an email in being one of the 2015 Finalists in the General Fiction category for "Ayna Rayne: Girl Unusual. I wish you and the staff continuing success.

Sincerely, Steven Todd Fisher

To Ellen,

Thank you so much for the opportunity to share my work with you and everyone at NIEA. I was quite surprised to receive an email in being one of the 2015 Finalists in the General Fiction category for "Ayna Rayne: Girl Unusual. I wish you and the staff continuing success.

Sincerely, Steven Todd Fisher

Dear Ellen,

I would like to personally thank you, your staff, and the judges for selecting Unbroken Circles for Schools as a finalist in the Social/Political Change category.

Children today have so may struggles. And, the impact that it has on them, our society, and our future as a nation is both complex and oft times not sufficiently articulated. After all, we know bullying is bad but we never think of it being a 24/7 proposition in today's times thanks to social media. Nor, do we think of how bullying can act as a catalyst for suicide. Along similar lines, we know dropping out of school is bad but sources rarely point to the $209,000 per dropout cost to the taxpayers or how dropouts are more likely to suffer crime victimization, disease, and even death at greater rates than their counterparts who finished high school.

Unbroken Circles for Schools is my first published book. When writing it, my hope, as both a culturalist and a conflict specialist, was to give communities a voice to take back their schools while articulating these complex issues at play. In essence, Unbroken Circles for Schools is a better way of handling conflict in the schools using research-based Restorative Justice and Conflict Resolution strategies. To this end, my publisher devoted a great deal of time and resources to ensure each concept I brought up was well represented with full color charts and graphics throughout. No expense was spared because we both knew what was at stake � our future, the children!

Already, one professional reviewer said Unbroken Circles for Schools is the most important book she has ever read. This is a tremendous accolade! However, there is a segment of readers who don't pay much attention to reviews anymore. Instead, they prefer to read books which placed in local, state, or national book award contests. So, in addition to the great reviews received, Unbroken Circles for Schools being named a finalist in the National Indie Excellence Awards gives an added sense of accomplishment that the time dedicated to crafting such a high quality book is not only acknowledged but also appreciated.

Since being named a finalist, I recently served as a guest panelist at the 2015 National Association of Restorative Justice conference in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. It was the NACRJ's largest conference to date. While at the conference, a number of professionals and educators congratulated me on Unbroken Circles for Schools being named a finalist in the National Indie Excellence Awards.

It's funny to me now watching local people's heads do a double take when they see my book as having placed in a national contest of this caliber. Sometimes your toughest critics are in your own hometown.

Whether staying local, or traveling abroad, I am finding more and more people notice the National Indie Excellence Awards. It really resonates with readers and serves as a benchmark for many professionals that the book is of a certain caliber when it places.

Thanks again for everything!

Regards,
Ken Johnson

Hello Ellen,

I see I made it as a finalist I think you very much and you have a wonderful day god bless!!

Lee Ann Mancini

Dear Ellen and Indie Excellence Team,

There were tears of joy shed over my laptop this morning as I read your email! So honored that my novel American Gypsy Girl was chosen as a finalist in the Humor category. Your organization does so much to inspire authors to do their very best and to validate their hard work and efforts. That means so much to all of us! As indies, we face the constant challenge of getting noticed, and awards such as yours help us to stand out in a sea of books.

Thank you for all you do!

With sincere appreciation, Mary Zinda

Hi Ellen,

Thank you very much for selecting my book, The Reading Promise, as the winner of the 2015 NIEA Children's Picture Book (ages 4-8). It is truly an honor to have my book selected, and I am very grateful for the recognition. Hopefully I can write another book in the future that is also worthy of such an honor!

Troy Kent

Dear Ellen,

Thank you so very much for selecting A Brand New Day as the 2015 winner in the Divorce category!

I am absolutely thrilled that my little children's picture book may one day make a difference to families with young children, going through this difficult life challenge. Thank you for reading my book and finding it worthy of winning this accolade. Thank you also for creating such a wonderful medium for us indie authors!

Best Regards, A.S. Chung (Amy)
Pigeonhole Books

Thank you very much for selecting my book, The Reading Promise, as the 2015 winner of Children's Picture Books (ages 4-8). I am truly honored by this.

Troy Kent

Somewhat recovered from the surprise (shock, joy) of receiving your email, I am very happy to learn that my book, Hand in Paw, was selected as a Finalist in the 2015 NIEA competition. I appreciate the time and effort of judges in reading all the entries. This news is very encouraging!

Rev. Nancy Schluntz
Pet Loss Bereavement Counselor

Dear Ms. Reid,

I am honored that my book was chosen as a Finalist in the Children's Chapter Book Category. Being an Indie title with a great small publisher, we are working to bring Jack's Tales to a wider audience. Certainly this will help. Thank you very much.

Sincerely, Jim Westcott

Dear Ellen and NIEA Team,

Thank you so much for choosing my book, Midnight at the Shelter of Hope, as a Finalist in the National Indie Excellence Awards for Children's Fiction. This is my first book and this is my first award as an author. I am very excited to have been given such an honor.

Thanks to all involved for their hard work and dedication to make these awards possible. And congratulations to everyone in both the Winner's and Finalist's categories.

Sincerely, Teresa Campbell

Good morning,

Ellen and all your team, What a pleasant surprise to receive this email with such great news! A writer puts her soul into a book as you know and never really knows its impact on others until people like you and your team give them such recognition as an award! Heartfelt thanks for what you do for all of us out there in the indie world. You truly make a difference and have a most powerful impact on readers' search for fine work.

Warm regards,

Diane Murdock

Dear Ellen and Committee,

Thank you for the recognition in two categories. I appreciate it greatly. Your continuous work helps to support and recognize indie authors.

Best, Marilyn JAX

Dear Ellen:

Thank you so much for the great news. I’m simply over the moon. I’m thrilled that two of my poetry collections have been selected in a winning tie for Poetry. This is a real honor, and I’m humbled the judges gave my books their time and insight. It’s lovely to receive this recognition after all the years of hard work. You have my deepest gratitude. Many thanks for organizing this annual event, and for promoting literature and reading.

Much Heart, Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé

Dear Ellen:

Thank-you for selecting my book as a Finalist in the NIEA awards Aging category. I am 85 and this is the first time I have entered a writing contest and my book has only 50 pages but I have a target audience who loves it. My hairstylist keeps copies and her clients under the hairdryer are reading my book instead of magazines! My daughter held a book signing in her home and her friends bought copies as gifts for parents and grandparents. Your award has encouraged me to continue writing but self promotion is difficult to avoid earning the epithet of "ego tripper.” Your stickers are validation.

Thanks Ellen.
Marguerite Bladen

Dear Ellen Reid,

Warmest gratitude for choosing my book, The Bezert, as a winner of the 2015 National Indie Excellence Awards winner in the Children's Inspirational/Motivational category. I am truly grateful and honored by this award and encouraged to continue on the author/illustrator journey. It is wonderful to have your hard work acknowledged in such a meaningful way.

All the best, Maria Knier, Author/Illustrator and Winner (Children's Inspirational/Motivational)

Dear Ellen,

I'd like to thank you and your team for selecting The Deception as a finalist in the Religious Fiction category this year. It's a tremendous honor and I'm so proud that the book was well-received by the judges. I could not be more grateful to have been apart of this wonderful competition, and truly appreciate all the good work National Indie Excellence does on behalf of writers. I highly recommend this contest...what a great way for aspiring authors to have a book evaluated by the literary experts and also get the word out to new readers at the same time!!! Please feel free to post this on your webpage so that others can know what a terrrific opportunity this is, and have a great day!

Tempus Fugit,
Doug Dorsey Author of the 'Never Alone' Series

Dear Ellen,

What a Thrill to see my first independently published mystery novel, The Alcatraz Rose, announced as a finalist in the National Indie Excellence Book Awards. I want to thank you all for bestowing me with this special honor. I'm ordering my certificate and stickers today.

With best wishes, Anthony Eglin

Ellen,

Thank you for recognizing Scaling Up with a National Indie Award - our team that helped create the book is very honored.&nbbsp; It’s actually one of our first book awards, making it especially meaningful.

And thank you for supporting the indie publishing world through these awards. Self-publishing our books has been both a challenge and very rewarding. The first book has over 250,000 copies in circulation and the latest book is close to 80,000 with hopes of having 200,000 in circulation by the end of this year with the help of awards like yours. We’re doing our part to help growth firms around the world.

Please let us know how we might support your efforts.

Keep scaling, Verne Harnish, CEO

Hi there,

I'm really thrilled to be a National Indie Excellence Award winner.

Many thanks, Annie Kaszina


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