Announcing the Winners of the 2017 IndieReader Discovery Awards

Announcing the Winners of the 2017 IndieReader Discovery Awards
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Today at BookCon in New York City, CJ Lyons, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over thirty novels and two-time winner of the International Thriller Writers’ coveted Thriller Award, and Amy Edelman, founder of IndieReader, announced the winners of the 2017 “IndieReader Discovery Awards” (IRDAs).

IndieReader, the essential consumer guide to self-published books and the people who write them, created the IRDAs to give indie authors access to people who can make a difference in their book’s success. With the rush by traditional publishers to sign them and their noteworthy bestselling status, there’s no longer much doubt that indie authors can be both commercially and creatively successful. While writing a great book is the first step, getting it in front of the right people—be they readers or agents or traditional publishers—is also a critical part of making an indie book a success.

To that end, judges on the IRDA panel include PR and publishing professionals, top industry bloggers, professional reviewers and more. Top winners will have their titles submitted to top New York literary agents Dystal, Goderich & Bourret for representation consideration. Judging is based on the quality of writing and the originality of the story.

First Place/Fiction

Mary Maddox/DARKROOM

Categories: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller

Second Place/Fiction

Categories: Romance and Literary Fiction

Third Place/Fiction


Categories: Short Stories and Literary Fiction

First Place/Non-Fiction

Karima Cammell + Clint Marsh/THE TROLL COOKBOOK

Category: Cooking

Second Place/Non-Fiction

James Manning + Nicola Ridgeway/A JOURNEY WITH PANIC

Categories: Psychology/Mental Health

Third Place/Non-Fiction


Category: Self-Help

Following find the list of category winners.

Aging/Death & Dying - Anna Hodges Oginsky/MY NEW FRIEND, GRIEF

Children Board Book - Carole P. Roman/ROCKET BYE

Children's (Early to intermediate readers) - Sandra Richards/RICE & ROCKS

Graphic Novel - Howard Shapiro/HOCKEY KARMA

Health/Medicine/Nutrition - Romy Block/THE VITAMIN SOLUTION

Humor - C.L. Lynch/CHEMISTRY

Inspirational/Spiritual - Robert J. Slothower, James R. Harman/PLAINS TO THE PACIFIC

Lit Fiction - George Crowder/THE BOOK OF MOON

Memoir - JoAnne Blackwelder/HUSBAND: MY 40-YEAR MARRIAGE TO A GAY MAN

Mystery/Suspense/Thriller - Geoffrey Visgilio/SWITCH


Parenting (Child Care/Family) - LeeAndra M. Chergey/MAKE A WISH FOR ME

Poetry (TIE) - Thom Kudla/COMMENCEMENT

Poetry (TIE) - Thom Kudla/OUT OF CONTEXT

Popular Fiction (TIE) - Brenna Marie Gautam/BLACK WATER

Popular Fiction (TIE) – Harry Groome/THE BEST OF FAMILIES


Religion (TIE) - Sarah Bowen/VOID IF DETACHED

Science Fiction (TIE) - Henry Mosquera/SPACE FANDANGO

Science Fiction (TIE) - Scott McDermott/ELECTION 2064

Women's Issues - Alexis Marie Chute/EXPECTING SUNSHINE

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