A THEORY OF EXPANDED LOVE by Robert’s Creek resident Caitlin Hicks has been named by the Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group as one of the best indie books of 2016. Hicks’s book is the winner of Best Inspirational Fiction category in the 2016 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, the world’s largest not-for-profit book awards program for independent publishers and self-published authors.
The awards are judged by leaders of the indie book publishing industry, including many coming from long-standing careers with major publishing houses, to identify books that deserve to reach a wide audience.
“Our awards program is known as the ‘Sundance’ of the book publishing world,” says Catherine Goulet, Chair of the 2016 Next Generation Indie Book Awards program. “Like other independent artists,” Goulet states, “many indie book publishers face challenges that the industry giants don’t experience. The indies have to work much harder to get their best books into readers’ hands.” Independent book publishing companies are independent of the major conglomerates that dominate the book publishing industry. The indies include small presses, larger independent publishers, university presses, e-book publishers, and self-published authors.
The awards were presented on May 11 in a ceremony at Chicago’s Newberry Library, in connection with Book Expo America.
Other Winners In addition to the grand prize winner, top indie books were named as winners in 70 publishing categories ranging from Action/Adventure to Young Adult. A complete list of 2016 winners and finalists is available at the Next Generation Indie Book Awards website at www.indiebookawards.com.
Literary Agent Marilyn Allen (final judge in competition) has over 25 years of sales and marketing experience, including serving as Senior Vice President, Associate Publisher, and Director of Marketing for Harper Collins and directing sales and marketing teams for Simon & Schuster, Penguin Books and Avon Books. Ms. Allen has worked with many best-selling authors including Stephen King, Ken Follett, Barbara Kingsolver, John Gray, Mary Higgins Clark, and many more.
About IBPPG Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group promotes professional standards in independent book publishing, and provides support and recognition for the independent book publishing profession.
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