Even as self-publishing experiences a greater degree than ever before of respect and acceptance within the publishing industry, there are a number of doors that are still closed to these worthy authors and their works. Many major news outlets refuse to review self-published books, even by authors who were traditionally published in the past or who have achieved a measure of “celebrity” status for one reason or another. Bookstores are the perennial walled-off community, many of whom will not stock indie titles without having a personal connection to the author and certain compensatory safeguards in place.
But one other chief area who still bars entry to self-published titles are major book awards, which has prompted a number of prominent entities to establish national excellence awards to offer recognition to these works and their creators. The Indie Excellence Awards, established in 2007 to honor not only the writers and their works but also contributors like cover designers, layout artists, and more, presented its 2014 list of winners in conjunction with this year’s BookExpo America event.
According to a release on this year’s competition, “Founder Ellen Reid, President & CEO of the National Indie Excellence Awards, announced the 2014 winners and finalists in categories that saw the greatest competition yet in an initiative that celebrates the best of books in print – which includes, covers, interior layouts, titles. in self-published or indie published books. The winners and finalists represent a diverse group of first-time authors and seasoned authors, major self-publishing groups as well as first-time publishing efforts.”
“This year the expert team of publishing insiders who serve as judges of the NIEA, were challenged because of the quality of entries. I would have to say this was the fiercest competition we’ve seen. It’s a new day in publishing in 2014,” said Reid.