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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

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!

Getting your Book Noticed!

What I have learned more than anything, is that the more credible your book becomes (via reviews and awards) the more likely it will spark the curiosity of your readers.

Reviews can be a little hit and miss. Firstly, you cannot force your readers to write a review after reading your book. Like most things, many people forget or will verbally acknowledge a good book, but your average reader will rarely sit down to write a one or two paragraph critique of your book. Most reviews come from professionals or even other authors, and trust me, sometimes it feels like you are pulling teeth to get a review written.

Another great way of getting visibility and credibility for your book, are book awards contests. Obviously, it counts on the quality of your book, but entering and winning an award can give your book a heightened accolade that will help get your book noticed.

The award contests below are just a few of the available opportunities for independent authors. Whilst there is an entry fee to submit your book nomination, these are certainly the contests that will create more hype around your book – if it is recognised as a winner!

Reader’s Favorite Awards – the deadline for the early bird entry is 1st April 2017!

Contestants for these awards range from new independent authors to New York Times best sellers. The awards have a range of prizes and an esteemed ceremony every year in Miami for its winners. They also have the attention from some publishing houses who have in effect picked up some of the winners to sign them to publishing contracts.

New Apple Literary Awards

Another great opportunity for recognition in excellence in independent publishing. The early bird entry deadline is 1st May 2017 with the final deadline 1st December 2017. Note, that the price increases so it’s best to get in early! The New Apple team will also provide a certificate and an award trophy (at your cost) and your book will be promoted for twelve months via their social media channels.

The Best Indie Book Awards

With only nine categories, and exclusive to only independent book authors, this is another great award contest to ensure you get the recognition you are seeking for your book. A trophy is awarded to the category winner, and your book is publicised across various social media channels – so in essence you get some free marketing with the accolade.

IPPY (Independent Publisher Book Awards)

Has been running for 21 years now and has a very strong reputation across the author and reader community. Entries are now closed (25 February) for 2017, but these awards are certainly one to put in your calendar reminders for entry in 2018.

For those authors who are a little more money conscious, or don’t have the funds to spare, there are some free awards contests available (many hosted by independent authors themselves) which are mostly reader nominated, but again anything that gets your book out there via different channels is certainly worth exploring!

Announcing the 2016 Winners…

After hundreds of nominations and thousands of votes, the WINNERS of the McGrath House Independent Book Awards 2016 have been finalised.

Competition was extremely close in all categories and I congratulate all finalists in their categories.

Children’s – The Bee Who Sneezed, by Stephen Evans61fjf8n8oql-_sx381_bo1204203200_

What would you do if you discovered you had a new talent. Well, Let me tell you, when this cute little Bee sneezed and fell he discovered not only a new way to fly, but a way to soar.

Fiction – Horror – Little Book of Horrors, by Lacey Lane41eqeg3tcl

Four chilling tales to mess with your mind. Karma’s a Psychopath Bloodlust The Monster Within The Revenge of the Pumpkins Warning. This book contains explicit content.

 

Fiction – Thriller/Mystery The Second Wife, by Kishan Paul51msbvjqmyl-_sx331_bo1204203200_

If you want to live, you must let go of the past… 

 

Fiction – Romance – White as Snow, by Jess James51jdtpyq-ml

A playful and steamy version of a fairy tale that is inventive and very amusing.

 

Fiction – Historical The Seven Year Dress, by Paulette Mahurin510k-mwo6l

One of the darkest times in human history was the insane design and execution to rid the world of Jews and “undesirables.”

 

Fiction – Young Adult Perfekt Order, by S.T.Bende51omqxag-il-_sx311_bo1204203200_

All’s fair when you’re in love with War. For seventeen-year-old Mia Ahlström, a world ruled by order is the only world she allows. 

 

Fiction – Sci Fi / Fantasy – Atlantis After Midnight, by Lisa Kulow513ybdwobl
This is not your average tale of Atlantis. Shape shifters, aliens, and time travelers.

 

Fiction – Paranormal – The Photograph, by Grant Leishman51sctpgcael

When Tony Logan discovers an undeveloped roll of film from the 1970’s, he is excited to see what it contains  magic, witchcraft, the underworld and supernatural happenings. 

Fiction – Comedy – Unhappily Ever After, by Lucinda E Clarke61nwkh6jnpl-2

Fairyland is in chaos. A non-politically correct tale much closer to the truth than anything you have ever seen on the movies.

 

Fiction – Other – What Once Went Wrong, by Tom E Hodden51ctpzdhybl

George has just six months to live, and no chance of a happy ever after. At least not for himself. 

 

Non Fiction  I am Cancer Free, by Brenda Mohammed51wvibaptl-_sx322_bo1204203200_

A most touching and emotional true story of the author’s battle with Ovarian cancer.

 

 

But… who is the overall winner with the most votes?

Watch this space for the announcement shortly….

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McGrath House Indie Book Awards

Launching the McGRATH HOUSE INDIE BOOK AWARDS 2016

Nominate your favourite author now for one of the book categories.McGrath House Award Logo

This is a great opportunity to recognise your favourite Independent Author and their work.

Nominations will be accepted until 30 September 2016.

Finalists will be announced 14th October and a voting process will decide the top in each category. The winner from each category will receive a $10 USD Amazon voucher.

An overall winner will also be announced across all Categories. The overall winner will be awarded a $50 USD Amazon voucher.

More than anything, this is a great way to showcase the work of some great writers and discover new books.

NOMINATE YOUR FAVOURITE AUTHOR – CLICK HERE

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