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17th 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.


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3. Smith Publicity Book Marketing Consultation
One winner with receive a consultation, guides/materials, and an action plan ($400. value)

During this one-hour consultation call, you and your book marketing expert will create a narrow roadmap focusing on what’s best for your book, including proven tactics that can range from organizing book signings with bookstores to keeping your readers engaged with blogging. You’ll receive course guides and materials to help you make the most of your consultation plus an actionable game plan following the call.

*Awardees must claim their award within one month and can have no more than two reschedule dates

What you'll learn

  • How to establish and expand your network.

  • The best ways to reach your target audience.

  • How to enhance your online presence, including your website, blog, and social media platforms.

2. NewPages
Two winners will receive a set of mailing lists for their personal, promotional use ($285. value each)

NewPages quality mailing lists are up-to-date and give you access to thousands of bookstores and libraries in the United States.  

Our indie bookstore list includes nearly 1,500 independent bookstores, our public library list includes over 1,700 libraries serving populations over 40,000, and our academic library list includes over 1,300 four-year colleges/universities. 

Each list includes the full postal address, and when available, a phone number, website link, and social media links. Our bookstore list also provides email addresses for a majority of the stores. is a free resource site featuring great lists of literary magazines, indie presses, calls for submissions, writing contests, and more – valuable information for independent authors, self-publishers, and small presses. 

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4. The Process
One winner will receive a six-month membership ($360. dollar value).

The Process helps its members build the habits, routines, and rituals that are required to finish big projects. Founded by award-winning author and mentor Paul Shirley, The Process is an amazing resource for anyone including writers. Team members have expertise in the craft and trade of writing, together they are "the Peleton of productivity and human performance. But instead of riding stationary bikes with like-minded people, you'll be working on your ability to focus, your connection to your long-term values, and your capacity for deep work...with like-minded people."  

1. DartFrog Books 
Two winners will receive a Dartfrog Award Package

DartFrog Books (, the exclusive gateway to for independently published books, is pleased to present two NIEA award winners with the DartFrog NIEA Award Package, which includes an evaluation from DartFrog for potential promotion through 

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!"

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