Underground Book Reviews is proud to annouce the winners of the 2014 ILIAs. Each winner will be contacted in the coming days and will be given a their own UBR special feature!
Best Indie Publisher: Clean Teen Publishers
Best Indie Review Blog: Nerd Girl
Submissions are Closed.
Click here to vote for your favorite on Facebook!
How many times did your editor catch those mistakes that could have sunk your manuscript? Do you remember waiting for weeks or months for the artist to finish your book cover, or how it absolutely blew you away when you saw it for the first time? Maybe you can recall that moment a small, upstart publisher took a chance on your manuscript, or when that little book review blog that said “yes” when others said “no”.
We think of writing as a solitary endeavor. Perhaps it is, but publishing definitely isn’t. As an indie author, you may have started this journey alone, but you didn’t finish
alone. We at Underground Book Reviews think it’s time independent authors everywhere tip their hats to those that helped pave their way to success. Today, there are a host of non-traditional literary service providers catering to independent authors. Behind most indie novels you’ll often find dedicated professionals, from editors to book illustrators and cover artists, helping bring the book to the public. Once an indie book is published, the work isn’t done. There are marketing and advertising professionals, as well as book review blogs specializing in indie lit. Without these organizations and outlets, most readers would be unable find most indie books.
We at Underground Book Reviews want to recognize the hard-working industry professionals whose shoulders indie writers stand upon. This contest is an opportunity for authors to say "thanks" to those who helped them craft and sell their work. So lets go, writers, and show your editors, artists, publishers and favorite review blogs some love!
Any independently published fiction author can nominate. Literary service
providers can self-nominate. Authors cannot nominate themselves. To nominate, you must subscribe.
Contest categories and entry requirements.
1. Best Indie Editor: What would we do without our editors? This is a person who has
been acknowledged as editor (credited in the book) of a fiction novel independently published* in the last 12 months. It does not matter if they have also edited traditionally published fiction books.
2. Best Indie Book Cover: Authors hate to admit it, but a cover can make or break a
book. An eligible artist is one who has created a piece specifically for an indie book* published in the last 12 months. The art must have been commissioned specifically for that book. It does not matter if the artist has also created traditionally published book covers or illustrations.
3. Best Independent or non-traditional publishing house or guild: In the internet age,
small and nimble companies are rising to fill a demand the Big-5 cannot (or will not) meet. These are defined as companies or associations that have been listed as “publisher” on a book published in the last 12 months. These entities cannot be any of the following companies, their imprints, parent companies or subsidiaries: Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins Publishers, Macmillian U.S., Hachette Book Group, Harlequin, Kensington, John Wiley & Sons, Inc, W. W. Norton & Company, Hyperion, or The Perseus Books Group. *This definition also applies to the term “indie” or independent in other categories.
4. Best Independent Book Review Blog: These are online magazines, blogs or websites
who’s annual book reviews are composed of at least half independently published fiction novels.
How to enter: SUBMISSIONS ARE CLOSED.
1. Subscribe here.
2. Like us on Facebook here
3. Fill out and submit the nomination form at the bottom of the page.
4. If an entrant is eligible, they will be listed on a special UBR webpage as they are approved until nominations closed. If your entry isn’t listed by nomination closing date, it was deemed ineligible. In this regard UBR decisions are final. Do not contact us regarding this; due to time and staffing constraints we are unable to entertain eligibility disputes.
How to win:
1. Nominations begin now and run though 4pm EST, 18 Sept. After that, no more submission will be accepted.
2. Once nominations are closed, each entrant will be posted on UBR’s Facebook page and as well as our website. Until 30 Sept, UBR fans can vote on Facebook. On 1 Oct Facebook voting ends and the top 3 literary service providers in each category will advance to the finals.
3. Finals: From 1 Oct until 7 Oct, the finalists in each category will be featured in a UBR online poll for subscribers only. The highest votes in each category will be our winners.
4. Winners will be announced on 8 Oct on UBR.
1. All eligible nominees will be featured on a UBR web page.
2. Each category winner will be given a full feature on UBR, complete with interview and
marketing links for their services. If nominated by an author, we will highlight book(s) the winner contributed to from that author as examples of his or her work.
3. Each category winner will be given a UBR 2014 ILIA award icon they are authorized to use in advertising and marketing their services.
1. No current or past employees of Underground Book Reviews or their immediate
families can either nominate, nor are they eligible to win. This also includes current and past guest reviewers (paid or unpaid). Any literary service provider professionally associated with any UBR employee, guest reviewer (paid or unpaid) are also ineligible to nominate or win.
2. The contest is for work done on independent fiction novels only. Anything considered porn, erotica or is overly offensive will be deemed ineligible. UBR is the final authority on what is considered offensive.
As promised, today begins our Second Annual Battle of the Book Review Blogs. If you tuned in last year, you’ll see some familiar websites and a few new ones. Voting starts now and runs for the month of October.
If you haven’t been to all of these blogs, please click on the links below and visit them. In each, you’ll find insightful book reviews across a range of genres from both indie and traditional press. You’ll also find special features, interviews and give-aways. Once you’ve browsed to your heart’s content, come on back and vote.
If you already know who you want to vote for, please do so. While you’re at it, like Underground Book Reviews on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and subscribe to our newsletter.
Browse the Blogs ...
Please visit these excellent book review sites and show your support. Browse, read their reviews and special features, support their sponsors, and let them know UBR sent you.
Voting is now officially closed!
There are a lot of readers out there who would happily support indie authors if they just knew where to look to find a good read. The problem is, internet reviews are a dime a dozen and printed, reputable reviews are reserved for known authors and major presses. So where does that leave the independent, self-published and emerging authors? Swimming in a digital sea of unheard opinions while their would-be fans grab the nearest best-seller.
At Underground Book Reviews, we're here for both author and reader. We know how much work goes into quality book reviews and we're excited to know that there are others out there who put the effort into representing all authors fairly and honestly. The purpose of the Battle of the Book Review Blogs was to highlight those bloggers, and we weren't disappointed. After a month of voting, the Battle has come to a close and two outstanding blogs have risen to the top of the list.
Please support the winners by visiting their websites, subscribing and following them on Facebook. Check back next Friday (the 14th) for a guest post by our second place winner and the Friday after that (the 21st) for a feature by our first place winner. If you'd like to see the complete competition results, click here.
And the winners are...
Darlene Elizabeth Williams Historical Fiction Reviews
Darlene reviews historical fiction novels and is particularly interested in promotion of self-published and independent authors. Her goal is to share her love of historical fiction and discover authors who write excellent novels. Darlene's reviews are geared towards informing the reader, not just about the novel itself, but also about a bit of history surrounding the events in the novel to provide a fuller view for those new to a particular era or historical event. Most of Darlene's historical fiction reviews are author submissions, but she has been known to go begging after an author.
Writer on the Run
Writer on the Run is a blog dedicated to a weekly, fictional short story for the reading pleasure of the public, book reviews, and general snippets from life.
"The idea for this title actually spawned a number of years ago when I was attempting to step into the world of writing in a serious manner; however, it wasn't until recently that I have actually been able to run with my dream! I struggled for the first year, after setting up my blog, about what I would blog about. Suddenly, this past summer, I asked myself "what is it that I do best ... short story!" I sincerely hope that all those who are reading these stories, and my book reviews, continue to enjoy them. All the best to all bloggers out there ... may your pens be the most lethal weapon you ever wield. Gotta run now..."
- Mary M. Cushnie-Mansour, Writer on the Run
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Welcome to the Underground's first annual website competition! We've collected a list of stellar independent book review blogs, and now it's your job to vote on your favorite...
- Voting will close on Monday, September 3rd
- Winners will be announced Friday, September 7th
Vote carefully! You will NOT be able to vote again, or change your vote. Our poll server blocks multiple votes by screening for repeat IP addresses.
Bloggers, if you review books, we'd love to add you to the list! Check out our guidelines for instructions and to see if you qualify.
Voting is closed!
and the results are...
Calling all book review bloggers!
We want to meet our cyberspace peers and fellow bookworms. That’s why we’ve opened our doors to other bloggers who dedicate their time to writing quality book reviews for the everyday reader. We’re hosting our very own party. It’s called the Fall Website Competition, and here’s who’s invited:
- Dedicate their website to book reviews
- Produce at least two book reviews per month
- Are independent (not directly affiliated with a magazine, bookstore, or publishing company)
Want to join us?
If you or a blogger you know would like to participate, let us know via our contact form and we will add you to the list!
Winners will decided by popular vote. Voting will begin on Friday, August 3rd and close Monday, September 3rd. On Friday, September 7, winners will be showcased on the Underground.
Have you written a book? Submit your unpublished novel to our Spring Pitch Competition!
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Pitch Perfect Picks
A strange visitor reveals a secret that thrusts Daniel into a journey that tests his limits.
A must read thriller with secret societies, world travel and history.
A beautiful young medic becomes embroiled in a war over the human genome.
A girl's obsession with being thin, and the boy who cares for her.
Struggle and survival in a dystopian society built on fear and greed.
Reporter Jamie August has a talent for unearthing more than her editor wants
The love story behind Easter
Soldiers fight zombies across continents to get home
A look brought them together. A bullet tore them apart.
A race against time to save a world from ruin. And nothing is quite as it seems.
A wild world of humor, action, and romance.
"Fargo" on the Mexican Border
He'll claim the woman he left behind...or die trying.