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The 2017 Overall Winner

The Lizard in a Blizzard by Stephen Evans

After hundreds of entries, which were reviewed by a selected panel of judges, followed by almost three months of public voting, we have counted all the votes and selected the one book who receive the most votes overall across all genres!

This year’s overall winner of the

2017 McGrath House Independent Book Award

is the creative and colourful children’s story, The Lizard in a Blizzard by Stephen Evans, and illustrated by Mic Ru.

This is a lovely story that will delight young children and parents alike. A story of friendship, as a Lizard, caught in the extreme temperatures of a blizzard, and a kindly sheep-dog who forms a friendship and saves the day.

Stephen will receive our special glass award trophy in recognition of his achievement.  Please join us in congratulating Stephen and his book on this great success.

The McGrath House Independent Book Awards will be open again in early 2018 for nominations. If you would like to be first to know about these awards, please subscribe to this website.

 

Congratulations to the WINNERS

McGrath House is very pleased to be announcing the winners for each of the genre categories for the 2017 McGrath House Independent Book Awards!

Overall, we received hundreds of nominations across the genres, and our panel of judges were able to made a selection of four to five books per genre for the final round of voting. Over the past three months we have invited voting from readers and supports to select their favourite book in each genre category.

The Genre Winners are the books with the most votes in their respective categories. Each of the winners will receive by post an Award Certificate, as well as a logo which they can place on their books to celebrate their success and recognition as an award-winning book!

The voting was very close, and it was clear all books selected as finalists were popular with strong following. Therefore, we are very pleased to announce the following winners in each of the categories!

 

Fiction Children’s – The Lizard in the Blizzard by Stephen Evans

Fiction – Horror / Paranormal – The Good Teacher by Lorraine Carey

Fiction – Thriller / Suspense – Waypoint by C.F. Waller

Fiction – Romance – Timing is Everything by Sybil Shae

Fiction Historical – My Lonely Room by John A. Vikara

Fiction – Contemporary – The Maidstone Conspiracy by James Osborne

Fiction – Sci Fi / Fantasy – Souls Asunder by Miranda Brock

Fiction – Humour / Comedy – Ripped Tide by Lance Carney

Non-Fiction – Bedpans to Boardrooms by Sarah Jane Butfield

 

All winners will be contacted separately by McGrath House to confirm their winning status! We would like to again congratulate all the finalists and the winners for their great work within the independent author community!

But wait there’s more…

There will be ONE OVERALL WINNER announced in the coming days. This is the one book who has received the most votes overall across all genres. Please stay tuned to updates from McGrath House so we can celebrate the 2017 OVERALL McGRATH HOUSE INDEPENDENT BOOK AWARD WINNER!

Announcing the FINALISTS

This year we had a great response to the McGrath House Independent Book Awards!

With hundreds of entries across multiple categories, the panel of judges have now made the tough selection of our finalists. This year we have four to five finalists in each genre and we are now opening up the final stage selection to the public for voting!

You can help us decide on the overall winner for each genre!

Click here to vote for the FINALISTS

Voting closes 31 October 2017 and the winners for each genre will be announced in November. Winners will receive an official award certificate.

In addition, the one book who receives the most votes will be awarded the OVERALL 2017 McGRATH HOUSE INDEPENDENT BOOK AWARD WINNER receiving an official glass trophy to commemorate their success!

Congratulations to all the finalists and Good Luck!

Fiction – Children’s

 

 

 

Fiction – Thriller / Suspense

 

 

 

Fiction – Historical

 

 

 

Fiction – Comedy

 

 

 

 

Fiction – Contemporary

 

 

 

Fiction – Horror / Paranormal

 

 

 

Fiction – Sci Fi / Fantasy
Fiction – Romance

 

 

Non Fiction

McGrath House has a New Friend!

Many of you who have followed McGrath House and the books affiliated will appreciate how passionate we are about supporting new and independent authors.

The journey to become an author in the big wide world of online book sales can be lonely and unless you make author friends, it can be quite fruitless. The key to my success has been through the strong networks I’ve built across the author community.

Grant Leishman,  a fellow independent author and the recipient of the first McGrath House Independent Book Awards, is also passionate about this same quest.

So it therefore made sense that we join forces, and put our learnings, experiences and networks together in an effort to help other authors on their journey through publishing and promoting their work.

So we – Grant Leishman and Rachel McGrath – are very pleased to join together, using our expertise to help writers get published, and making that journey to become an author just a little bit easier.

For more information visit our pages, or contact us directly.  We are here for the independent author community.

Is your book an AWARD WINNER?

The McGrath House Indie Book Awards 2017 is now open for entries! For the second year running, these awards are focused on recognising excellence across the independent author community.

Sponsored by McGrath House, entrants will be accepted until 27th August 2017. All books entrants will be judged and up to three finalists will be selected and open to public voting to select the overall winners for each genre.
All genre winners will receive a certificate in the post and will be able to use the McGrath House Winner logo for use on their book covers and any marketing material.

In addition, an overall winner will be selected across all entries, and will receive a glass engraved trophy as the ultimate prize.

Why Enter?

Winning a book award demonstrates is a great opportunity to showcase your book as an ‘award winner’.

You and your book will also be featured across all social media activities by McGrath House.

Key Dates?

Deadline for entries – 27th August 2017 – $1.00 USD processing fee
Voting commences – 1st October 2017 – 30 November 2017
Winners announced – December 2017

How to Enter?

Simply click on the link to enter your book’s details.
Please note that a $1.00 USD processing fee applies for all entrants.

CLICK HERE TO ENTER

Good luck!

Want to Self Publish?

So you have written a book? Finished that manuscript? Or maybe you are thinking of writing a book?

Not sure where to start?

Firstly, I will say that there is no one clear path for authors today.

However, I’m often asked a lot of questions by new authors and aspiring authors, what did I do?

Sadly, there is no exact science to success, but there are certainly some things you can do to give your book the best chance possible.

I have heard and seen much criticism for self-published authors. Much of this has been because of the ease of getting your book now on kindle or paperback via Amazon, Smashwords or Ingram without any vetting via an agent or proven publishing body. The thing is, if your book is bad it won’t sell. Fact! So regardless of being backed by a publisher, agent or doing it alone; the book needs to be attractive to the general public.

Without a doubt, there are some pretty terrible books on the market. However, I have seen these books represented by publishers as well as self-published authors – both of which I would never touch. From my experience, self publishing is what you make of it. If you want to be successful and you put the effort into your work and marketing it – you have a much better chance of succeeding. Like anything, nothing is guaranteed. But if you don’t try, you don’t succeed.

My advice, is to take the plunge, get your book ready, do your homework and just go!

If you would like any advice, guidance or help on your self publishing journey please contact me at mcgrathhouseltd@gmail.com

Announcing the FINALISTS

Announcing the FINALISTS in each category for the McGrath House Independent Book Awards 2016.

Over the past two months we have collected your nominations for your favourite books. The most popular books and those who received the most nominations have been included in the list of finalists. mcgrath-house-finalist

Now its time to VOTE

Which of these books should be awarded the Category Winner?
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An overall WINNER will be announced as the McGrath House Independent Author Award.

Amazon gift card prizes will be awarded to all winners.

Voting closes 15 November 2016.

VOTE FOR YOUR FAVOURITE BOOK HERE