2012 Indie Book Award Winners Announced
NEW YORK, June 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group has named the best indie books of 2012.
The books are winners of the 2012 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, a non-profit awards program judged by leaders in the indie book publishing industry to identify indie books that deserve to reach a wider audience.
"We like to think of our awards program as the 'Sundance' of the book publishing world," says Catherine Goulet, Chair of the 2012 Next Generation Indie Book Awards program.
Independent book publishing companies are independent of the major conglomerates that dominate the book publishing industry. The indies include small presses, larger independent publishers, university presses, e-book publishers, and self-published authors.
According to Goulet, "Like other independent artists, many indie book publishers face challenges that the industry giants don't experience. They typically have to work much harder to get their best books into the hands of readers."
"Authors and publishers who compete in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards are serious about promoting their books," adds Goulet. "They aim to stand out from the crowd of millions of books in print."
According to Bowker, publisher of the Books in Print database, more than three million new titles were published in 2010. Of these, over 2.7 million were "non-traditionally" published books, including print-on-demand and self-published titles. These statistics do not even take into account the number of e-books published.
To help Indie authors and publishers reach a wider audience, the top 60 books in the 2012 Next Generation Indie Book Awards will be reviewed by New York literary agent Marilyn Allen of Allen O'Shea Literary Agency or one of Ms. Allen's co-agents for possible representation in areas such as distribution, foreign rights, film rights, and other rights.
Marilyn Allen has worked as an executive and/or directed sales and marketing teams with Harper Collins, Simon & Schuster, Penguin Books and Avon Books. Ms. Allen has worked with many best-selling authors including Stephen King, Ken Follett, Barbara Kingsolver, John Gray, Mary Higgins Clark, and many more.