Fight the (corporate book publishing) Man!

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BY JOHN COLEMAN

Indie authors unite! The Next Generation Indie Book Awards are accepting submissions until March 2, 2011 (so don’t fret, you have plenty of time to finish your books). The contest is presented by the Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group in cooperation with Marilyn Allen of Allen O’Shea Literary Agency, and works to promote the best of worldwide independent publications.

There are sixty categories including E-books, GLBT, Multicultural, and Novella from which winners are selected by a panel of expert editors, writers and publishers. The best overall fiction and non-fiction winners each receive $1,500, second place fiction and non-fiction winners receive $750, and third place fiction and non-fiction winners get $500. $250 goes to the Best Design Book entry, and individual winners of each category get $100. All finalists and winners will be listed in the 2011 Next Generation Indie Book Awards Catalogue for book buyers, and gain exposure on the Next Generation website for the following year. Check out the 2010 Winners and Finalists here. Furthermore, the best book of each category will be reviewed by top literary agent Marilyn Allen (Stephen King, Mary Higgins Clark) of Allen O’Shea Literary Agency for possible representation.

To enter, you must complete an online entry form and make sure your books arrive at the Next Generation Indie Book awards office by March 2, 2011. Entries require a fee of $75.00 per title for the first category entered, any other categories entered for that title require a $50.00 fee. Two copies of the book must be sent for the initial category entry, and one copy for each additional category. You can enter as many titles in as many categories as you wish. Finalists and winners will be notified by May 15, 2011, with an official announcement for the public following shortly after on the website.

If you are sceptical about the Indie Book Awards, check out past winners’ testimonials. Not only do top winners receive cash prizes, but having your book mentioned as a finalist and reviewed by Marilyn Allen may open a number of doors within the publishing world.

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