Submissions are Closed.
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.
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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.