During one of my writing classes, a student asked me: “What is the equivalent of Sundance in the Indie Book Publishing industry?” Sundance is a huge film festival. Independent films that are accepted into Sundance almost always gain notoriety and often end up at your local theatre.
- Research showed that these might be good candidates:
- Independent Book Publishers Association (www.ibpa.com);
- Independent Publisher (www.independentpublisher.com);
- America’s Booksellers Association (www.bookweb.org);
- Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group (www.ibppg.org); and
- Next Generation Book Awards (www.indiebookawards.com).
Even after reading each of these Websites, it might be hard to know which of these organizations might get you to a comparable Indie Book place that Sundance gives to Indie Films. Are you getting excited? Okay, I won’t keep you in suspense. The Next Generation Book Awards, sponsored by Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group, is the book equivalent of Sundance. The question is why?
What sets the Next Generation Book Awards above other organizations? Is that it’s the largest book awards for Independent Authors and Independent Publishers or Small Presses not just in the US but around the world. It holds an International Book Award yearly. There are 60 categories. Cash awards run from $100 to $1500, trophies come with all but the lowest award. Finalists are also mentioned. Whether you win or are a finalist, you are allowed to promote that fact and even purchase stickers to apply to your books.
The fee is reasonable at $75 per title and only $50 extra to enter the same title into other categories. You need to submit two copies of your book. To read all the guidelines to register, download registration forms, and learn more about the Next Generation Awards, go to: http://www.indiebookawards.com