Thursday, May 26, 2016

2016 Summer Indie Book Awards - Have you nominated your favourite author?



2016 Summer Indie Book Awards!




Unlike Game of Throne's Castle Black, the cold of winter is finally breaking out into spring. We at Metamorph Publishing are already looking forward to a sizzling summer, and we’re here to announce our first annual Indie Book Awards! You heard that right, a summer book awards! The event officially begins on January 1st of each year, and nominations will be accepted through midnight CST on August 31st each year. Voting will begin on September 1st and end on September 10th each year.

“What’s the big deal,” you ask? “There are all kinds of contests out there.” And you’re right, there are hundreds, probably thousands of book awards. But many of them are only for unpublished authors, or authors who only write in certain narrow genres, or for authors who have never published before in a particular genre. Plus, there are plenty of them that charge an entry fee, some of which are prohibitive to authors who publish independently, without the backing of a large and powerful publishing house.

So, we’re hoping to do something different with the Summer Indie Book Awards! Entry is free, and nominations will be accepted from any indie or small-press author, regardless of their current published or non-published state, or what genre they write in. We are accepting donations of print or e-books, author swag or novelty items (bookmarks, pens, keychains, etc.), but donation is not required for nomination. We’re taking nominations from authors as well as from readers, and authors can nominate their own books; we only ask that authors who do so also nominate a fellow indie author. Nominations can be made using this form and donations can be made here.

Feel free to join up with the event on Facebook and like the official Facebook page of the Summer Indie Book Awards. You can also sign up for the newsletter so you can stay up to date with all the latest news! In the pinned post of the Facebook event, you’ll find these links, along with links to a Google Drive folder where you can look and see who’s already been nominated! And any author who is nominated will have access to an official contest nominee badge, that they can use on their book covers or any promotional media, if they so desire.

Winners in each genre will receive a prize (hopefully we’ll get enough donations for this), beginning with the 1st place winners. If we get enough prizes donated, we’ll go next to 2nd place winners, and then to 3rd place. Regardless of the prizes, winners will get a high-quality winner badge, stating their place and the genre of the book. These will be of high enough resolution for authors to use on their print books, if they want to!

But it’s not only the winners that will benefit from the Summer Indie Book Awards! All nominated authors will have the potential to reach hundreds, if not more, of new readers (readers often have a preferred genre, and while they’re voting for their favorite author, will come across others they may not have tried yet), and reach a huge new audience through the social media forums! And best of all, it’s meant to have fun, to reach out and network with other authors, potentially forming long-lasting relationships. And readers will benefit from having a wealth of new books in front of them, as well as a vast amount of new stories to immerse themselves in.

Though we’re using Facebook and other social media as a platform to reach more authors and readers, none of these social media outlets are affiliated with the awards. They are hosted strictly by Metamorph Publishing.

For more information, please visit Metamorph Publishing.

37 comments:

  1. I have a couple friends who are indie writers. You're right. I need to nominate them. Thinking....thank you.

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  2. Sounds like a really well thought out award - and love how authors can really get their name out there. Reaching out to hundreds more people is fabulous!
    Karen | GlamKaren.com

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  3. What a great program! It's always fun to read and vote for our favorite authors. I'm going to nominate now :)

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  4. My friend just published her 4th book. I will tell her about this.

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  5. What a great contest! It's too bad I don't know anyone to nominate. Good luck to all!

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  6. This is a great way to get more exposure for talented authors.

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  7. I enjoy "top" book lists and seeing the winners of book awards. Good luck to all the authors.

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  8. I think that's cool that any type of author can be nominated. My husband's mom is an author. She used to write for Harlequin, but now she has a book deal with another company!

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  9. I have a friend who just published and another one who has two books. Off to nominate.

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  10. This is great! I love recognizing talent and bringing attention to deserving authors, especially indie ones!

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  11. It's awesome that you have a contest that is so inclusionary. I can't wait to see who the winners are so I can add them to my goodreads list!

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  12. What an amazing contest! I love that it includes so many different genres! It sounds fantastic!

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  13. It's an amazing opportunity for the writers that have less exposure than most, and it's a great way to showcase talent as well. This is definitely a contest to take note of!

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  14. This sounds like a great idea and I can't wait to see those who won. I am a big fan of books and read almost all types.

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  15. Cheers to all aspiring young indie authors! This is a great chance to be known and share ideas and thoughts as well.

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  16. Wow, nice contest. It's great to know that you can nominate an author, hope that a deserving one deserved this award!

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  17. Such an inspiring for the authors. I have an author friend too

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  18. I don't know any authors personally, so I don't have anyone to nominate. But I am sure there are so many that are worthy!

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  19. I love to read, but I haven't been able to often lately. I think this is wonderful that they have awards like this. It's great to see that you can nominate an author.

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  20. I have author colleagues that love to write so I'm going to get to nominating right now!! Thanks for the heads up

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  21. This is a great way to honor Indie authors! I know many struggling writers who would love the encouragement of being nominated.

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  22. I love books! I enjoy what stories they hold between the covers.

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  23. Hands down, my favorite author is Jackie Collins. What can I say, I love novels with a lot of plot twists.

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  24. Oh wow, I know just whom I'd like to nominate. Thanks for the heads up.

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  25. Never heard of this before! I'll be sure to share with my writer friends!

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  26. wow! Hey TP mad respect for promoting this. I didn't even know! can't wait to go vote. thanks

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  27. I love that independent authors get a chance to get nominated (or nominate themselves). It's such an exciting opportunity!

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  28. I have never heard of this! I will have to look into this and share this!

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  29. I will have to let my publishing circles know about this! Great post!

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  30. what a great idea and a great way to get some authors some publicity - especially those who may not be that well known.

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  31. I love this and hope you publish a list of all the nominees. I'll be keeping an eye on this for sure! Thanks TP for all you do!

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  32. This is an awesome idea! I am going to check out some of these authors.

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  33. Such a great way to give chances to indie authors. We got a number of good writers only that they are hiding somewhere and prefer to work quietly.

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  34. This sounds like a great opportunity! I will get the word out among some writers I know

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  35. That sounds fun! Gives the chance for new up and coming authors to reach a lot of new readers!

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  36. What a great idea! I used to write a lot but now I just blog :P I guess you could call it writing ;)

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  37. That sounds like a great idea! I'm an avid reader and think it's great for Indie writers to have this opportunity

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