The Living Now Book Awards celebrate the innovation and creativity of newly published books that enhance the quality of our lives, from cooking and entertaining to fitness and travel. The awards are open to all books written in English and intended for the North American market. Winning a Living Now Book Award will bring recipients the credibility and publicity they need to further their book marketing and sales success. The awards are presented by Jenkins Group of Traverse City, Michigan. Jenkins Group has been involved in book packaging, marketing and distribution since 1988, and is dedicated to promoting books that improve readers’ lives, bring families together, and make the world a safer, healthier place.

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Living Now Awards Press Page

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Contact:
Jim Barnes, Awards Director
Living Now Book Awards
www.LivingNowAwards.com
1-800-644-0133 x1011

First Annual Living Now Book Awards Promote Books for Better Living

Book publishing has come a long way, baby. Since Gutenberg’s Bible, authors and publishers have been producing books to help their readers live better, and now a book awards contest has been created to recognize and reward books that help readers attain healthier, more fulfilling, and productive lives. The first annual Living Now Book Awards were presented on Earth Day 2009.

People all over the planet are sensing the ever-quickening pace of technology and consumerism, and realizing the need to slow down and find a balance with the natural world around them. We need to work, play, and spend time with family and friends. We need good nutrition, exercise, and relaxation. We need to keep ourselves healthy, and need to keep the Earth healthy – today, and for future generations.

The gold, silver and bronze medalists in the first annual Living Now Book Awards offers a list of books that will help readers learn about enriching their lives in wholesome, Earth-friendly ways. The awards are presented by Jenkins Group of Traverse City, Michigan, where they’ve been involved in book packaging, marketing and distribution since 1988.

“Jenkins Group is dedicated to promoting books that enlighten readers, bring families together, and make the world a safer, healthier place,” said company founder Jerrold Jenkins. "Our book awards contests were created to bring recipients the credibility and publicity they need to further their book marketing and sales success."

The Living Now Book Awards celebrate the innovation and creativity of newly published books in lifestyle categories from cooking and entertaining to fitness and travel. The awards are open to all newly-published books written in English and intended for the North American market.

“Lifestyle publishing categories such as home, health, family and personal development are the fastest-growing segments of book publishing today,” said Jenkins Group Awards Director Jim Barnes. “These Living Now award winners make up a must-read list for gaining knowledge about the life improvement goals we’d all like to achieve.”

In all, 96 medals were awarded in 28 categories, chosen from 545 total entries. In addition, five books were named Living Now Books of the Year, deemed by the judges as best representing the spirit of the Awards and covering aspects of mind, body, spirit, home and community.

They are: The Urban Homestead: Your Guide to Self-Sufficient Living in the Heart of the City, by Kelly Coyne and Erik Knutzen (Process); Show Me How: 500 Things You Should Know, by Derek Fagerstrom, Lauren Smith & the Show Me Team (Collins); ...experiencing home...a guide to finding joy in your home, by Jon R. Rentfrow (Zajan Publishing); In Search of the Miraculous: Healing Into Consciousness, by Eliza Mada Dalian (Expanding Universe Publishing); Health Is Simple - Disease Is Complicated: A Systems Approach to Vibrant Health, by James Forleo, DC (North Atlantic Books)

See the entire listing of Living Now Book Awards medalists at http://www.independentpublisher.com/article.php?page=1290

To learn more about the Living Now Book Award winning books and their creators or about Jenkins Group, visit www.LivingNowAwards.com, www.BookPublishing.com, or contact Jim Barnes, Awards Director - jimb@bookpublishing.com; ph. 1-800-644-0133 x1011

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Helpful Links for Living Now Awards medalists:

We appreciate your participation in this year’s Awards, and hope it’s a big boost to your book marketing and sales efforts.

You may purchase extra seals, certificates, medals, and electronic versions of the medal artwork at the Living Now Awards merchandise page: http://www.jenkinsgroupinc.com/IXXO/index.php?p=catalog&parent=47&pg=1

• Seals are available in rolls of 250 and 1000

• You may order additional certificates with customized wording

• Hi-res versions of the seal artwork are available for reproducing on book covers and promotional materials

Here are some other helpful links:

Living Now results press release PDF:
http://www.independentpublisher.com/includes/Living_Now09_Results_PR.pdf

White paper entitled "Using Book Awards to Boost Your Book Sales": http://www.independentpublisher.com/includes/IPPY/WP1update.pdf

Targeted Media Release program:
a comprehensive media index and press release service offered by Jenkins Group to deliver maximum exposure to regional and national media contacts at a fraction of the cost of traditional publicity campaigns. http://www.targetedmediarelease.com

Living Now Awards blurbs:

“The Living Now Book Awards recognize books that help readers help themselves, to learn about enriching their lives in wholesome, Earth-friendly ways. Lifestyle publishing categories such as home, health, family and personal development are the fastest-growing segments of book publishing today, and the Living Now Book Awards help demonstrate the importance of these books to readers and their vitality in the marketplace.”

“Books are an important tool for gaining knowledge about life-improvement goals, and the Living Now Book Award results announcement is a must-read list for helping us achieve those goals.”

“Authors and publishers all over the planet are helping readers sense the need to slow down, see and feel the natural world around them, and to find balance in their lives. The Living Now Book Awards are intended to recognize and promote newly-published lifestyle books that help us keep ourselves, our families, and the Earth healthy – today, and for future generations.”

Thank you for your support of the Living Now Awards and congratulations on your great work!

Jim Barnes, Awards Director - jimb@bookpublishing.com


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