As indie author continue to make headway in an industry that only a few years ago shunned their very existence, more and more opportunities continue to open for them. However, recognizing some of the key players who’ve been their for small press publishers and self-published authors all this time is vital, as these entities have evolved along with the ever-changing industry.
One of these entities is IndieReader, an organization that has served the indie author community for years. Eight years ago, IR launched the IndieReader Discovery Awards to help highlight some of the top works in an increasingly crowded sea of titles. These awards encompass a wide variety of genres and categories within those genres, and are open to independently published titles published in the previous year.
According to Amy Edelman, founder and president of IndieReader, “IndieReader launched the the Discovery Awards eight years ago to help elevate the profile of books by self-published authors, via the stamp of approval by an extraordinary panel of judges, with the ultimate prize being submission to a top New York-based lit agency.”
The awards have been announced each year in conjunction with BookExpo, and this year’s announcement at BookCon included the following list of winners: