If you’re a writer at all like me, you’ve imagined at one point or another seeing your book on The New York Times bestseller list. Or short listed for an award like the Man Booker prize, Hugo, Newberry, or National Book Award prizes, or any of countless others. As I aged and spent more time writing, reading, and educating myself, I found the actually writing was the most enjoyable aspect, while the urge to achieve recognition really took a back burner.
But still, as a self-published author, there is always value in being recognized. Perhaps even more so for self-published authors, who need every bit of publicity they can get. With that in mind, I’d like to draw your attention to the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) and their Benjamin Franklin Award. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Award, and as you might expect with IBPA, the contest is open to all publishers. Unlike some of the awards you might already be familiar with, IBPA emphasizes quality without discriminating based on the publishing method.