Announcing: The 2018 Christian Indie Award Winners

The votes are in and counted. The winners of the 2018 Christian Indie Awards have been determined!

Christian book lovers and retailers voted on 189 nominated titles in 13 categories. The winners in each of the 13 categories are:

Fiction:
Waiting for Butterflies, Karen Sargent, Walrus Publishing

Historical Fiction:
Solve by Christmas, Amber Schamel, Vision Writer Publications

Romance:
An Improper Proposal, Davalynn Spencer

Christian Living:
Pizza With Jesus (No Black Olives), P.J. Frick, Lighthouse Christian Publishing

Bible Study / Theology:
The Supremacy of Christ, Dr. William McCarrell and Rev. Richard McCarrell, Grace Acres Press

Devotional:
Delight Thyself Also In The Lord, Delight Thyself Design Ministries, Delight In Him Publications

Biography / Memoir:
Go West: 10 Principles that Guided My Cowboy Journey, Jeremy Sparks, Elevate Publishing

Relationships / Family:
Helicopter Mom, Bethany L. Douglas

Children’s (age 4 to 8):
Made for a Purpose, Kristie Wilde, Wilde Art Press

Children’s (age 8 to 12):
The Kool Kids & The Land Of The Giants, James Tate, author, Jay Reed, illustrator, Beyond W8 Loss, LLC

Young Adult (age 12+):
Huntress (Life After Book 1), Julie Hall

Gift Book:
Fear Not: You are in Partnership with God To Manage His Creation, Jose Bonilla

Christian Education:
Leading by Example: A Parental Guide To Teaching and Modeling Christian Faith At Home, Rev. Dr. Tim Tooten, Sr.

Congratulations to all the winners! The Christian Indie Awards are sponsored by Christian Small Publishers Association (CSPA).

Are you looking for a great book to read? Try one of the winners of the Christian Indie Awards!

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Nominations Open for the 2017 Book of the Year Award

Buyers gravitate to books that have won awards. An award signals a reader that the book has risen above its competition to stand out.

Each year, the number of books published independently in the United States grows exponentially. In one year, between 2012 and 2013, the number of independently published titles increased to 458,000 titles, which amounted to a 17% growth rate for that year. However, between 2008 and 2014, the growth rate for independently published titles was 437%. Additionally, independently published ebooks accounted for 31% of all sales in the Kindle Store in 2014.

As the number of independently published Christian books grows, vehicles are needed to bring awareness and give recognition to these books. Christian Small Publishers Book of the Year Award is one tool striving to do just that.

Christian Small Publishers Association (CSPA) created the Christian Small Publisher Book of the Year Award eight years ago to recognize outstanding Christian books by small presses and independently published authors.

Christian Small Publisher Book of the Year Award is now open for nominations for the 2017 Book of the Year Award. To be eligible to nominate a title, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Books must be Christian in nature, promote the Christian faith, and intended for the Christian marketplace. The Christian marketplace is defined as the marketplace that is served by CBA member retail stores (mainly individuals who maintain Catholic or Protestant beliefs and doctrines).
  • Books must be published with a 2015 or 2016 copyright and released for sale in 2015 or 2016. New editions of previously published books are eligible. Reissued editions are not.
  • Books submitted in previous years for the award may not be submitted again, unless they are a new edition with a new ISBN number.
  • Books must be printed in English and available for sale in the United States.
  • The nomination of a title must be made by the publisher or author of the book.
  • Eligible publishers must be small presses or independently published authors with revenues of $400,000 or less per year.

The award is offered in 14 categories. To nominate your title or to learn more about the Christian Small Publisher Book of the Year Award visit the Award’s website at www.bookoftheyear.net.

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The 2016 Book of the Year Award Winners

The votes are in and counted. The winners of the 2016 Christian Small Publisher Book of the Year Award have been determined!

Book Award 1Christian book lovers and retailers voted on 123 nominated titles in 14 categories. The winners in each of the 14 categories are:

Fiction
489: A Short Story About Forgiveness, Beyr Reyes, ShadeTree Publishing

Historical Fiction
Wilted Dandelions, Catherine Ulrich Brakefield, CrossRiver Media Group

Romance
His Last Hope: A Contemporary Christian Romance, M. A. Malcolm

Christian Living
Despite Your Circumstances, Candida Sullivan, ShadeTree Publishing

Bible Study / Theology
Songs from the Heart: Meeting with God in the Psalms, Tim Riordan, GreenTree Publishers

Devotional
For You My Husband, Melissa Moxley, CrossLink Publishing

Biography / Memoir
Out of the Darkroom, Into the Light, Tracey Casciano

Relationships / Family
The Talks, Barrett Johnson, INFO for Families Resources

 Children’s (age 4 to 8)
What do you see? What does God see?, Denise D. Brown, db Word Gallery

Children’s (age 8 to 12)
Picture Imperfect, Susan Thogerson Maas, Ashberry Lane

Young Adult (age 12+)
Edging Through the Darkness, D.L. Koontz, Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas

Gift Book
Hungry for God … Starving for Time, 5-Minute Devotions for Busy Women, Lori Hatcher, Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas

Christian Education
Dreams Revealed: Handbook for Biblical Dream Interpretation, Terri Meredith, ShadeTree Publishing

eBook Exclusive
The Royal Couple, Nicole Taylor

Congratulations to the winners! Thank you to everyone who voted!

Book Award 2The Christian Small Publisher Book of the Year Award is sponsored by Christian Small Publishers Association (CSPA).

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The 2014 Book of the Year Award Winners!

The votes are in and counted. The winners of the 2014 Christian Small Publisher Book of the Year Award have been determined!

Over 3,100 Christian book lovers and retailers voted on 108 nominated titles in 12 categories. This year the voting was very competitive. Two categories had ties for first place—a first for the Book of the Year Award.

Award 1The winners in each of the 12 categories are:

FictionThirty Days to Glory, Kathy Nickerson, CrossRiver Media Group

RomanceShenandoah Nights, Lisa Belcastro, OakTara

Christian Living (tie)A Bead and a Prayer, Kristen E. Vincent, Upper Room Books &
Life’s A Pain: Journeying By Faith When Every Step Hurts, Todd Rettberg, CrossLink Publishing

Bible Study / Theology: The Epic of God, Michael Whitworth, Start2Finish Books

Devotional:  This I Know, Toby Holsinger, CrossRiver Media Group

Biography (tie):  SuperGal vs. GOD, Lori Hynson, Broken Shoe Press &
Crossfire: The Life of Chuck Svoboda, a Foot-Soldier in God’s Army, David J. Bauer, Grace Acres Press

Relationships / Family:  25 Ways to Communicate Respect to Your Husband, Jennifer L Flanders, Prescott Publishing

Children’s (age 4 to 8):  The Potter, Cindy Starr Stewart, Carpenter’s Son

Children’s (age 8 to 12):  Where the River Rises, Rosie Boom, Boom Tree Publishing

Young Adult (age 12+):  A Cry From Egypt, Hope Auer, Great Waters Press

Gift Book:  101 Surprises! Sayings with Scriptures You Didn’t See Coming, Wilma Shepard Caraway, Fruitbearer Publishing LLC

eBook Exclusive:  Subject Your Flesh, Beyr Reyes, ShadeTree Publishing

Award 2

Congratulations to the winners!

The Christian Small Publisher Book of the Year Award is sponsored by Christian Small Publishers Association (CSPA).

Looking for a great book to read next? Try one of the winners of the CSP Book of the Year Award listed here.

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Can’t Never Did

I often tell my children, “Can’t never did.” The “can’t” mindset keeps many people from achieving their dreams. After I tell my kids “Can’t never did,” I add, “It never hurts to try.”

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The same is true for book awards. You can’t win an award unless you try. The way to try is to nominate your book for awards.

Book awards bring exposure to books. Exposure generates sales. Sales mean more money in your pocket. So, try for some book awards.

One award you can try for is the Christian Small Publisher Book of the Year Award. This award is designed to highlight excellent books by small publishers and independently published authors. The goal is to show the Christian community that small publishers and independently published authors have a valuable message to share.

The nomination period for the 2014 Christian Small Publisher Book of the Year Award is coming to a close. Publishers and authors have until November 15, 2013 (just two weeks) to nominate books. For this year’s award:

  1. Books must be published by a small publisher with annual revenues of $400,000 or less.
  2. Nominated books must be Christian in nature and intended for the Christian marketplace.
  3. All nominated books must be printed in English and for sale in the United States.
  4. Any small publisher or independently published author can nominate titles for the Christian Small Publisher Book of the Year Award.
  5. Each book can only be nominated for one category.
  6. Nominated books must be published in 2012 or 2013.

The useful thing about Christian Small Publishers Book of the Year Award is that this award is designed to benefit even those books that don’t win an award. Every book entered into the award gets exposure with Christian readers and retailers. The exposure the nominated books receive during the award’s voting period is valuable in and of itself.

If you have not yet nominated your qualified book for the 2014 Christian Small Publisher Book of the Year Award, remember, “Can’t never did.” Head on over to www.christianbookaward.com and nominate your book today.

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