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Thank you to everyone who submitted books for the 2014 National Indie Excellence Awards

The judging is underway!

Winners & Finalists and the Sponsor's Choice Prizes  will be announced May 15, 2014

The 2015 contest will open for submissions on June 1st, 2015

Congratulations to the 2013 National Indie Excellence® Award
Winners and Finalists!

View the Sponsor Choice Award Winners, 2013 Winners and 2013 Finalists

Celebrating Self-Publishing Excellence!

The National Indie Excellence® Awards (NIEA) was created to help establish self-publishing as a proud, legitimate, and strong facet of the publishing industry.

NIEA is proud to be a champion of self-publishers and small & independent presses that go the extra mile to produce books of excellence in every aspect.

The National Indie Excellence® Awards is open to all English language books available for sale, including small presses, mid-size independent publishers, university presses, and self-published authors.

Entries are Welcome for the 2014 Contest!

Self-published books are getting better and better and our judges are working harder and harder.

You are the ones putting your hearts and souls on the line by getting your books into print. And that’s just the beginning. Marketing is a key and we know it can be a bear. An NIEA Winner or Finalist sticker on a book cover can help your book stand out.

Submissions for the 2014 National Indie Excellence® Awards are now open. See the Submit Your Book page for details. We look forward to receiving your books  and celebrating how far our industry has come in 2014 and the years to come.

Hello everyone!

We are pleased to announce that the National Indie Excellence® Awards Is Now Accepting Submissions for our 9th year; the 2015 Awards!

Following our most successful awards year yet, we are finding new ways to support you even better. NIEA celebrates overall excellence, including design and promotional text, so that discerning readers know an NIEA winner or finalist is something special. To enter, please send one copy of your book per category entered. Books with publication dates of 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013, 2014 & 2015 are eligible. Books may be submitted as long as they are in English and can be purchased in the United States .

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Praise for Indie Excellence® Awards!

Hello Ellen,

I am happy to report that my book is doing very well thanks to the credibility added by winning the Indie Excellence Award as well as three other book awards!

Will be doing another print run this week and as a part of this updating the book cover with the awards received. Can you please send me a high res. version of
Indie Excellence Winner seal that I can use on the cover. I will also be ordering another 100 gold seals for the remaining books in the publisher’s warehouse.

Thank you!
J. R.

P.S. Here is a photo that I had taken recently showing the awards received. This is also now on my Facebook and Twitter pages as well as on the review page of my web site.

She's a winner!

Hello to everyone at NIEA,

I am truly privileged that my first novel, The Untold Legend: The Warrior Queen was selected as a winner. Thanks so much for this recognition! I could never put into words how gratifying it is to be a 2013 winner.

I want to thank you all for the time, dedication, and work that you have put in to this 2013 year. I am looking forward to entering my second novel into the 2014 program.

It has been an honor,

"It takes skill to win a battle, but brains to win a war."
Amy I Long

Praise from Alice Inoue

Dear Ellen and the Indie Excellence team,

"After the edit of my third book, my editor suggested that I might want to take look at entering my self-published book in your awards. The last thing on my mind was to enter an award competition, but it sounded like a good opportunity and I decided to submit my last two books. It was such a confirmation of my work when one of my books won, and the other was selected as a finalist in the body, mind, spirit category.

"Just like everyone else, I proudly affixed the stickers to the front of my book. This was in May of 2011. In September of 2011 I received an invitation from Lifetime Television to appear as a guest author/expert on their morning show, "The Balancing Act." It is a highly-rated morning show with hundreds of thousands of viewers reaching 220 markets across the US. They wanted me to share the concepts from my books with their viewers.

"When I asked how they found my book the producer said, "There are hundreds of thousands of books published each year, and we don't have time to screen all of them. We go straight to the award winners and start our screening process from there." So...I just wanted to say thank you as I credit you for creating this opportunity for me and for all others.

"I just finished my fourth book and will be submitting it for the next awards round. Thank you for all you do! I am most appreciative."

Alice Inoue
Alice Inoue Life Guidance, LLC

Sylvia Cary has won three awards for The Therapist Writer -- the "Gold" in the 2013 Global Ebook Awards (for the digital version of the book); "Winner" in the 2013 Beverly Hills Book Awards, and "Finalist" in the 2013 National Indie Excellence Awards (NIEA).

"There are so many perks to being 'the author of' a published book," she says. "It's the quickest way for a therapist or any other professional to be seen as an expert. It's instant credibility. It can help your career or business, help others, and you may even make money!"

- Sylvia Cary


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  • will be listed on the official Web site of the IndieExcellence.com site.
  • will be included in a news release announcing the winners.
  • will have the right to highlight their award on their Web sites, book covers, book proposals, and marketing materials. Gold oval stickers and Winner & Finalist Certificates will be available for purchase.

Congratulations to Everyone who submitted
their books to the 2013 National Indie Excellence® Book Awards!

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Praise for NIEA

"Awards that recognize excellence support more than sales for the independent and self-publishing authors and small presses who win them; they make our entire industry look good. The National Indie Excellence® Awards® does us all a great service."

- Dan Poynter, author of The Self Publishing Manual and 100 other books

Honoring Excellence

We are very pleased to advise that the National Indie Excellence® Book Awards was nominated by our members to receive our Honoring Excellence award/seal, which recognizes consultants, businesses and organizations that offer exceptional products and services for independent authors. Congratulations!

Barnaby Conrad, author

"I think contests - and awards - are great, especially for writers. I only won one in my life - but it changed the course of my life. When I was 21 I won a creative writing contest at college. Wow! I was a writer and never looked back."

Barnaby Conrad is the author of over 35 books. A New York Times Best- Selling Author, his novel Matador sold over 3 million copies and was on the Best-Seller list for 53 weeks! Artist-author Barnaby Conrad was born in San Francisco, California. Barnaby Conrad passed on at age 90 and we are very honored to have his testimonial here about the contest.

Kudo's from the 2013 Contest Winners & Finalists

Dear Ms. Reid,

I want to thank you and everyone who was involved in the process of choosing my book for an award in this year's National Indie Excellence® Awards competition.

It is nice to know that the result of one's work and efforts invested in creating a book is appreciated by respected professionals of the book publishing industry.

Again I would like to extend my gratitude to you and your team for all you do in your earnest commitment to support authors and publishers who join you in doing their best to help keep the independent spirit alive in contemporary literature.

Best always,

Carroll Blair

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More information, category listings, and entry forms are available HERE.

*Indie Excellence® is open to all English language books that are available for sale online and off, books in print, including small presses, mid-size independent publishers, university presses, and self-published authors.

Please send one copy of the book per category entered. 2010, 2011 and 2012, 2013 and 2014 publication dates are eligible. All titles must have an ISBN and be published books.available for sale.


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Testimonials from 2013 Winners and Finalists!

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Congratulations to the 2013 National Indie Excellence® Award
Winners and Finalists!

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