14th Annual Sponsor's Prizes

These awards honor books that demonstrate "synergy of form and content" in a superior presentation. Winners work directly with the experienced professional sponsors to help promote, distribute, gather feedback and share their works with the world.


1. Talk Radio Campaign - News & Experts
$3,750.00 value

News & Experts (formerly EMSI), an industry leader in the promotion of books, is looking forward to providing the prize of a comprehensive national talk-radio publicity campaign valued at $3,750.00.  This incredible package includes 10 talk-radio interviews on the local and national level.

​News & Experts have been arranging talk radio interviews for 25 years, scheduling 40 to 50 interviews every week. As a result, talk show hosts and producers around the country consider News & Experts to be one of their primary sources of guests, topics and experts.

Talk radio campaigns are a favorite for clients who enjoy the conversational format and appreciate the flexibility of radio – show guests are interviewed by telephone from the comfort of their homes. In

fact, we have several clients who’ve been doing back-to-back talk radio campaigns for years!

Interviews on radio shows allow you to speak directly to large, dedicated audiences, many of whom are giving you their full attention because they’re captive listeners – the commuters and truckers looking to be entertained. And they’re fans of the show host, which gives you instant credibility. If their favorite host thinks you’re great, you must be!

At News and Experts, we have several former and current talk show hosts on staff, including CEO Marsha Friedman, so we understand what hosts and producers need and want.

Talk radio campaigns include 15 interviews guaranteed to be scheduled within a six-month period. In the unlikely event we’re unable to meet our guarantee, clients get their money back for any unscheduled interviews.

Our media veterans craft compelling, customized talk show segments for each client based on news, trends and issues relevant to his or her message. Clients are positioned as experts and pitched to radio shows across the country as potential guests.

We work with AM, FM and satellite shows that are broadcast nationally, in syndication and/or on local stations in the top 100 U.S. markets. We do not reach out to stations with less than 5,000 watts of power or internet shows.

We encourage clients to share their interviews on their websites and on social media, which increases the visibility and credibility they provide.

2. DartFrog Books 
2 - Evaluation/Review/Distribution Prizes ($449. value each)

DartFrog Books ( evaluates, selects and distributes exceptional self-published books to independent bookstores. We also evaluate and distribute exceptional books from small publishers who produce less than five books per year.

In honor of the wonderful and dedicated work of so many indie authors, we are pleased to present two NIEA award winners with the DartFrog NIEA Award Package, which includes an evaluation from DartFrog for potential distribution to independent bookstores, and a book review from our partner, Foreward Reviews.

We can help you get into stores and into distribution as a self-publisher. 

DartFrog Books wishes you all the best of luck in the awards process and looks forward to learning this year's results. Congratulations on producing award worthy books!

3. The Book Cover Whisperer -
2 - NIEA Winner Announcement Bookselling Media Package (Valued at $840)

The Book Cover Whisperer offers "Big 5" quality book covers, promotional products, and websites your readers will love. We are your one-stop marketing village. Visually stunning, researched, yet half the price of other providers, we ensure every author has a book cover worthy of your favorite bookseller's display table.

Two winners receive an Author Media Kit and Bookselling Promo Pack featuring their new NIEA awards beautifully designed to coordinate as a cohesive branding package. Your Author Media Kit will include 1 author bio sheet; 1 book sellsheet; 1 press release; 2 cover images (internet/print); 1

author headshot resized/retouched.  Files are print-ready bundled as pdf media kit. Your Bookselling Promo Pack will contain 1,000 custom-designed business cards, 500 postcards, and 500 bookmarks shipped directly to you. 

Congratulations on your win!

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