2017 Best Indie Book Award™ Entry

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$50 Entry Fee Per Category

Submissions will close midnight EST, Nov 1st, so don’t wait!

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Entries must be independently published and your own work. (In other words, you retain full rights to your book.) For example, if you are published through Amazon’s KDP, Nookpress, Smashwords, Createspace, or any vanity press, and you retain all rights to your book, then you are eligible to enter the contest. We have expanded our contest to also include books published by small, independent presses.

Books that are not accepted: Works under a publishing contract with a major publisher. (HarperCollins, Harlequin, etc.)

We will accept any indie book that has been published in 2012 or after. (The book must be in English and currently available to the public.)

Entries will be judged based on multiple writing skills, which include story-telling ability, author’s ability to engage the reader, transitions, pacing, movement of the story, author’s skill with voice, character, dialogue, and narrative. Grammar skills will also be taken into consideration.

*If you have any trouble uploading files, please submit the form without them and complete payment, then send the file(s) to this address: bestindiebookaward@gmail.com

Real Name *

For administrative purposes. Not made public.

Contact Email *

Best email if we need to contact you. (Please make sure it is correct.) *Use only lowercase letters.

Mailing Address

Address needed to ship award. Please type full mailing address.

Book Title *

Author Name *

Name the book was written under. (Real Name, Pen Name etc.)

Book Description *

(The Book Blurb) This is for promotional purposes only. *Tip: You can click and hold the bottom right corner of the text area and drag it down to make it bigger.

Genre *

Choose One or More Genres to Enter ($50 per category)

Publication Date *

(Enter Year. Must be 2012 or later.)

Book Cover

Upload book cover image. (Will be used for promotional purposes if you win.)

(max file size 8 MB)

Your Book File

(Mobi, Doc or Docx File) Please name your doc or mobi file with the author name and book title before uploading. (Example: CharlesDickens-OliverTwist.doc ) We only accept .mobi, .doc or .docx files. Please upload your full book for entry. If you have any problem uploading your file, please submit the form without it and then email the file, including the name of the book and author to bestindiebookaward@gmail.com

(max file size 8 MB)

Chapter-by-Chapter Upload

*Not Required but helpful* Providing us with a chapter-by-chapter outline may help improve your ranking in the contest, but it is not required. (If you are not already familiar with writing a chapter-by-chapter outline, it is a good idea to become adept at doing so as most agents and publishers still want these.) Doc, docx or PDF formats allowed. Do not submit a blurb or short synopsis in place of a chapter-by-chapter outline. (A chapter-by-chapter outline of your book means exactly that. Write a brief synopsis of every chapter that gives us the plot points and what the character is experiencing. Make sure you head each mini-synopsis with the Chapter number.)

(max file size 8 MB)

Amazon URL

Paste a link to where your book is for sale on Amazon. This will be used for promotional purposes should you win. (Not required.)

Barnes and Noble URL

Paste a link to where your book is for sale on Barnes and Noble/Nook. This will be used for promotional purposes should you win. (Not required.)

Google Play URL

Paste a link to where your book is for sale on Google Play. This will be used for promotional purposes should you win. (Not required.)

Smashwords URL

Paste a link to where your book is for sale on Smashwords. This will be used for promotional purposes should you win. (Not required.)

iTunes URL

Paste a link to where your book is for sale on iTunes/iBooks. This will be used for promotional purposes should you win. (Not required.)

Kobo URL

Paste a link to where your book is for sale on Kobo. This will be used for promotional purposes should you win. (Not required.)

Scribd URL

Paste a link to where your book is for sale on Scribd. This will be used for promotional purposes should you win. (Not required.)

Website Address

A link to your website. Must start with http:// or https:// (example: http://mywebsite.com ) If you don’t have a website, you can use your author profile page on Amazon.

**Only click Add To Cart once.** Your files will upload AFTER you click Add To Cart. Please wait while they upload. You will then be taken to the payment page.

*If you have any trouble uploading files, please submit the form without them and send the file(s) to this address: bestindiebookaward@gmail.com

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Description

The Best Indie Book Award™ is an annual literary award contest recognizing independent authors in ten major genres. Entries are limited to independently (indie) published books, including those from small presses, e-book publishers, and self-published authors.

The Best Indie Book Award™ has been mentioned by many best-selling authors and on many author related websites and blogs, including Alinka Rutkowska in her book HOW I SOLD 80,000 BOOKS: Book Marketing for Authors (Self Publishing through Amazon and Other Retailers). USA Today and New York Times best-selling author Kathy Clark is among previous winners, as well as Movie Producer Eran Gadot.

Books must be submitted in English, but submissions are not limited to authors in the United States. Previous winning entries have come from Japan, Israel, the United Kingdom and other countries.

How Do We Define Independently Published?

Anyone who retains the publishing rights to their book is eligible to enter the Best Indie Book Award contest. For example, if you are published through Amazon’s KDP, Nookpress, Smashwords, Createspace, or any vanity press, and you retain all rights to your book, then you are eligible to enter the contest. (Most authors fall under this and are eligible.) We have expanded our contest to include books published by small, independent presses. If you have a publishing contract with a major publisher for the book you are entering, the book would not be eligible.

Ten Categories Will Be Judged.

Romance
Science-Fiction/Dystopian
Fantasy/Paranormal
Action/Adventure
Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Young Adult
Literary/Mainstream
Non-Fiction
Novella
Childrens

There Will Be One Winner In Each Category.
Winners Will Receive:

  • The Best Indie Book Award™ Emblem to proudly display on their website and book cover. The emblem can be used to promote your book wherever you like.
  • A physical Best Indie Book Award™ trophy to display at book signings, in their office or home.
  • Their winning book featured in advertising, email, social networks and other means.
  • Their book displayed on the front page of the Best Indie Book Award website and listed on the permanent, archived “Winners” page of this site.
  • The winners will also be announced on this site and across multiple social networks. (Many tens of thousands of followers total.)
  • Winners can proudly mention their award everywhere, including in their book blurb and bio.