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About the IPPYs

The "IPPY" Awards, launched in 1996, are designed to bring increased recognition to the deserving but often unsung titles published by independent authors and publishers. Established as the first awards program open exclusively to independents, over 3,300 "IPPYs" have been awarded to authors and publishers around the world. 

Independent publishers are extremely diverse, in both style and geography. This year’s IPPY competition attracted 3,700 entries in the national categories, 1,300 regional entries and 600 e-book entries. So, 5,600 total entries and 400 total medals to be presented. The medalists represented 45 U.S. states plus the District of Columbia, five Canadian provinces, and ten countries overseas.Where do the most IPPY winners live? For 2013, the most medal-winning books came from California, with a whopping 49 winners! New York is next with 27 winners, and then a very even distribution between Texas, Massachusetts and Colorado with 12 each; Michigan has 11 winners; Minnesota, North Carolina and Washington have 10 each; Illinois, Arizona, and Ontario each garnered 9 winners.


“Independent publishers are growing in number, and the quality of their work is increasing,” said awards director Jim Barnes. “One element driving the high rate of excellence is participation from university presses. This year, 29 medalists came from university presses and 9 came from museums. Their elevated level of writing, editing, design and production raises the bar and inspires us all.”


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2014 Independent Publisher Book Awards Results

Regional and E-Book Medalists

Here are the results of the 2014 Independent Publisher Regional and Ebook Awards, presented to the year's best titles published in these important and growing divisions of independent publishing.

Listed below are the 79 Regional fiction and non-fiction medalists, chosen from nearly 1,400 entries, and the 38 Ebook fiction and non-fiction medalists, chosen from nearly 600 entries. Congratulations to all!


Regional Categories

These regional “IPPYs” were designed to spotlight the best regional titles from around North America and Australia/New Zealand. Books were judged alongside those for and about their regions only, based on their quality and regional significance.


U.S. North-East - Best Regional Fiction

Gold: The Biology of Luck, by Jacob M. Appel (Elephant Rocks Books)

Silver: Puritan Witch: The Redemption of Rebecca Eames, by Peni Jo Renner (iUniverse)

Bronze: The Cost of Living, by M.L. Pressman (Digital Jam)



U.S. North-East - Best Regional Non-Fiction 

Gold: A Lifetime of Vermont People, by Peter Miller (Silver Print Press)

Silver: Bill Moss: Fabric Artist & Designer, by Marilyn Moss (Chawezi)

Bronze (tie): Never a Dull Moment: A Tapestry of Scenes & Stories from an Adirondack Medical Practice, by Daniel Way, M.D. (Indian Lake Press)

Hidden Gardens of Beacon Hill: Creating Green Spaces in Urban Places (Beacon Hill Garden Club)

Mid-Atlantic – Best Regional Fiction

Gold: A Waste of Shame and Other Sad Tales of the Appalachian Foothills, by Geoffrey Smagacz (Wiseblood Books)

Silver: Elizabeth's Field, by Barbara Lockhart (CreateSpace)

Bronze: Tiffany Blues: A Martini Munrow Mystery, by J.C. Vogard (Self-Published)



Mid-Atlantic – Best Regional Non-Fiction

Gold: Cass Gilbert’s West Virginia State Capitol, by Ann Thomas Wilkins and David G. Wilkins (West Virginia University Press)

Silver (tie): E Block, by Mark Perrott (Woods Run Press)

Bruce Springsteen: In Focus 1980-2012, by Debra L. Rothenberg (Turn the Page Publishing)

Bronze: Stuart’s Finest Hour: The Ride Around McClellan, June 1862, by John J. Fox III (Angle Valley Press)

South-East – Best Regional Fiction

Gold: Long Gone Daddies, by David Wesley Williams (John F. Blair, Publisher)

Silver: Shorter's Way, by Grace Hawthorne (Deeds Publishing)

Bronze: Chimes: from a Cracked Southern Belle, by Susan Reinhardt (Grateful Steps Publishing House)



South-East – Best Regional Non-Fiction

Gold:  Down Bohicket Road: An Artist’s Journey, by Mary Whyte (University of South Carolina Press)

Silver: Mud Creek Medicine: The Life of Eula Hall and the Fight for Appalachia, by Kiran Bhatraju (Butler Books)

Bronze (tie): The Blue Monk, by David Bricker (Essential Absurdities Press)

January in Slavery: An Oral Narrative of the South, by Calvin M. Logue (CreateSpace)


South – Best Regional Fiction

Gold: In the Garden of Stone, by Susan Tekulve (Hub City Press)

Silver: The Fog Machine, by Susan Follett (Lucky Sky Press)

Bronze: Visiting the Sins, by Melanie Denman (Word Association Publishers)



South – Best Regional Non-Fiction

Gold: Flood of Lies: The St. Rita’s Nursing Home Tragedy, by James A. Cobb, Jr. (Pelican Publishing)

Silver: The Blue Mountains Sing of Rivers, Old Men, Trails and Trout, by Ron H. Rader (Windswept Publishing)

Bronze (tie): A Boy Called Combustion: Growing Up in 1940s Mississippi, by Bill Keeton, MD (Hoorah Patch Press)

Lighthouses, Lightships, & Beacons of Texas: A Comprehensive Field Guide, by Richard S. Hall, Ph.D. (Pintail Publishing)

Great Lakes – Best Regional Fiction

Gold: Something that Feels like Truth, by Donald Lystra (Switchgrass Books)

Silver: Pepperland, by Barry Wightman (Running Meter Press)

Bronze: The Sandpiper, by Susan Lovell (KRisSCroSS Press)




Great Lakes – Best Regional Non-Fiction

Gold (tie): Layton’s Legacy: A Historic American Art Collection 1888-2013, by John C. Eastberg and Eric Vogel (The Layton Art Collection)

Tuesdays with Todd & Brad Reed: A Michigan Tribute, by Todd Reed and Brad Reed (Todd & Brad Reed Photography)

Silver: Fatal Crossing: The Mysterious Disappearance of NWA Flight 2501 and the Quest for Answers, by V.O. van Heest (In-Depth Editions)

Bronze: Revolution Detroit: Strategies for Urban Reinvention, by John Gallagher (Wayne State University Press)

Mid-West – Best Regional Fiction

Gold: The Stray Pitch, by Marilyn Bos (Winks Books)

Silver: The Bastard Trail, by James Duermeyer (Duermeyer Books)

Bronze: Che Guevara's Marijuana & Baseball Savings & Loan, by Jack Shakely (Xlibris)



Mid-West – Best Regional Non-Fiction

Gold: Riding Out the Storm: 19th Century Chickasaw Governors, Their Lives and Intellectual Legacy, by Phillip Carroll Morgan (Chickasaw Press)

Silver: The Architecture of Maritz & Young: Exceptional Historic Homes of St. Louis, by Kevin Amsler and L. John Schott, AIA (Missouri History Museum)

Bronze (tie): Fore! Gone: Minnesota’s Lost Golf Courses, by Joe Bissen; photography by Peter Wong (Five Star Publishing)

Spoke: A Mother. A Son. Civil Rights. Vietnam. by Coleman (Little Creek Press)

West-Mountain – Best Regional Fiction

Gold: Badlands: A Collection of Stories, by Thomas Biel (Three Towers Press)

Silver: Bone Horses, by Lesley Poling-Kempes (La Alameda Press)

Bronze: On Anvil, by Jim Herity (West Cornwall Publishing Company)


West-Mountain – Best Regional Non-Fiction

Gold: Snake River Discovered – Source to Confluence, by Kirk Anderson (Kirk Anderson Photography)

Silver: Brewing Arizona: A Century of Beer in the Grand Canyon State, by Ed Sipos (The University of Arizona Press)

Bronze (tie): Tasting Colorado: Favorite Recipes from the Centennial State, by Michele Morris (Farcountry Press)

A Mule Deer Retrospective, Edited by Julie L. Tripp (Boone and Crockett Club)

West-Pacific – Best Regional Fiction

Gold: Californios: A Surf Noir Collection, by Jeff McElroy (Self-Published)

Silver: Scary, Man, by Jeffrey Hickey (CreateSpace)

Bronze (tie): The Condor Song: A Novel of Suspense, by Darryl Nyznyk (Cross Dove Publishing)

Two Performance Artists Kidnap Their Boss and Do Things With Him, by Scotch Wichmann (Freakshow Books)


West-Pacific – Best Regional Non-Fiction

Gold: Overdrive: L.A. Constructs the Future 1940-1990, Edited by Wim de Wit and Christopher James Alexander (The Getty Research Institute)

Silver (tie): Seed of the Future: Yosemite and the Evolution of the National Park Idea, by Dayton Duncan (Yosemite Conservancy)

Aleutian Freighter: A History of Shipping in the Aleutian Islands, by James Mackovjak (Documentary Media)

Bronze (tie): Wild Steelhead: The Lure and Lore of a Pacific Northwest Icon, by Sean M. Gallagher (Wild River Press)

Hawaiki Rising: Hōkūle’a, Nainoa Thompson, and the Hawaiian Renaissance, by Sam Low (Island Heritage Publishing)

Canada–East – Best Regional Fiction

Gold: An Absent Mind, by Eric Rill (Avante Press)

Silver: Strum, by Nancy Young (Inkwater Press)

Bronze: Brock's Traitor: A Novel of Honor in the War of 1812, by Tom Taylor (Hancock and Dean)


Canada–East – Best Regional Non-Fiction

Gold: Banned on the Hill: A True Story about Dirty Oil and Government Censorship, by Franke James (The James Gang)

Silver (tie): Fear of a Black Nation: Race, Sex, and Security in Sixties Montreal, by David Austin (Between the Lines)

Recollections of a Neighbourhood: Huron-Sussex from UTS to Stop Spadina, Edited by Nancy Williams and Marie Scott-Baron (Words Indeed Publishing)

Bronze: Light Bulb Baking: A History of the Easy-Bake Oven, by Todd Coopee (Sonderho Press)

Canada-West – Best Regional Fiction

Gold: The Playing Card, by Michael Hetherington (Passfield Press)

Silver: Satan's Last Whisper, by Will Hutchison (Infinity Publishing)

Bronze: Wounded, by Barbara Joyce-Hawryluk (Southern Prairie Book Publications Inc.)


Canada-West – Best Regional Non-Fiction

Gold: The Peace-Athabasca Delta: Portrait of a Dynamic Ecosystem, by Kevin P. Timoney (The University of Alberta Press)

Silver (tie): Life of the Trail 8: Historic Hikes Around Lake Louise, Lake O’Hara & the Rockwall, by Emerson Sanford and Janice Sanford Beck (Alpine Vista Publishers)

Main Street: Towns, Villages, and Hamlets of the Great Plains, by Danny Singer (George F. Thompson Publishing)

Bronze: Paddling to Winter, by Julie Buckles (Raven Productions)

Australia/New Zealand – Best Regional Fiction

Gold: Strands of Flax, by Raewyn Gregory (Self-Published)

Silver: The Freeing of Jonathon Mark, by Nathan Gross (Self-Published)

Bronze: Paddy's People, by Gerry Burke (iUniverse)



Australia / New Zealand – Best Regional Non-Fiction


Gold: The Art of Being Melbourne, by Maree Coote (Melbournestyle Books)

Silver: Learning Journeys: 30 Years of International Grammar School (International Grammar School)

Bronze (tie): On the Edge: Wairarapa’s Coastal Communities, by Jim Graydon(Wairarapa Archive / Fraser Books)

Permanent Impressions: A Salute to Contemporary Heroines, portraits by Jana Vodesil-Baruffi; text by Carmen Jenner (Carina Hoang Communications)

E-Book Categories


E1. Best Adult Fiction E-Book

Gold: A History of Stone and Steel, by Christopher Fisher (Resurgent Books)

Silver: The Gondola Maker, by Laura Morelli (Self-Published)

Bronze (tie): From Finland with Love, by Ellie Alanko (Libra Publications)

The Voices of Heaven, by Maija Rhee Devine (Seoul Selection)

E2. Best Romance/Erotica E-Book

Gold: Rebel Obsession, All the King's Men Series, by Donya Lynne (Phoenix Press)

Silver: Aloha Also Means Goodbye, by Jessica Rosenberg (Sand Hill Review Press)

Bronze: The Daring Heart: The Highland Heather and Hearts Scottish Romance Series, by Carmen Caine (McAzadi Services)

E3. Best Mystery / Thriller E-Book

Gold: Long Gone Man: A Singer Brown Mystery, by Phyllis Smallman (TouchWood Editions)

Silver (tie): Death of a Clown, by Heather Haven (The Wives of Bath Press)

Deep Into Dusk, by Laurie Stevens (Follow Your Dreams Productions)

Bronze (tie): School of the Assassins, by W.K. Blais  (Self-Published)

Severed Threads, by Kaylin McFarren (CreateSpace)

E4. Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror E-Book

Gold: Wynde: Fireheart Series, Book One, by Tricia Barr (CreateSpace)

Silver: Mythborn: Rise of the Adepts, by V. Lakshman (CreateSpace)

Bronze: Bloom: Or, the unwritten memoir of Tennyson Middlebrook, by Martin Kee (CreateSpace)

E5. Best Adult Non-Fiction Personal E-Book

Gold (tie): Off My Rocker: One Man's Tasty, Twisted, Star-Studded Quest for Everlasting Music, by Kenny Weissberg (Sandra Jonas Publishing House)

Collapse of Dignity: The Story of a Mining Tragedy and the Fight Against Greed and Corruption in Mexico, by Napoleón Gómez (BenBella Books)

Silver: This Is How We Grow: A Psychologist's Memoir of Loss, Motherhood, & Discovering Self-Worth & Joy, One Season at a Time, by Christina G. Hibbert, Psy.D. (Oracle Folio Books)

Bronze (tie): After Action: The True Story of a Cobra Pilot's Journey, by Dan Sheehan (CreateSpace)

Complements of a Dying Man, by Amy Bol (Self-Published)

E6. Best Adult Non-Fiction Informational E-Book

Gold: Liber8 Your Business, by Laura Humphreys (Liber8me)

Silver (tie): The Mystery of the Undercover Clitoris: Orgasmic Fingertip Touching Every Woman Craves, by Dr. Sadie Allison (Tickle Kitty Press)

27 Things to Do When Your Parents Are Losing Their Independence: Caregiver's Cliff Notes, by Stella Nsong, RN, CMC, CDP, LTCP (Self-Published)

Bronze (tie): The Age of the Customer, by Jim Blasingame (SBN Books)

True Hollywood Noir: Filmland Mysteries and Murders, by Dina Di Mambro (Classic Hollywood Bios)

E7. Juvenile / Young Adult Fiction E-Book

Gold (tie): Secret for a Song, by S.K. Falls (CreateSpace)

Rewrite Redemption, by J.H. Walker (Self-Published)

Silver: Both Sides, by Paul E. Stawski (Russet & Kensington Press)

Bronze (tie): Supernatural Hero, by Eran Gadot (CreateSpace)

Shredded, by Karen Avivi (Self-Published)

E8. Best Children's Illustrated E-Book

Gold: Tales from the Playroom: Dolly Gets a New Name, by Edit L. Molnár; illustrated by Lídia Steiner (Webstar Works)

Silver: Pin & Gvïn, and the Star, by Julia Melnikova; illustrated by Jun Li (Artiizzan)

Bronze: Runaway Imagination, by Lori Dierig and Charlie Padgett (The 3Feet Factory)

E9. Best Regional E-Book – East of the Mississippi
      (includes Europe & Asia)

Gold: Dead Man Breathing: The Incredible True Story of One Man's Rise from the Flames, by Billy Jack and A'Leta McDaniel (Billy Jack McDaniel, Inc.)

Silver: The Aral, by Frank Wilem (Deep Blue Press)

Bronze: Birch Blackguards - A Sutton Mass. Mystery, Volume 2, by Lisa Shea (Minerva Webworks)

E10. Best Regional E-Book – West of the Mississippi
      (includes Australia & New Zealand)

Gold: Kahala: Growing Up in Hawaii, by Laurie Ames Birnsteel (McKenna Publishing)

Silver: Colorado Mandala, by Brain Francis Heffron (Little House Books)

Bronze: Puha: Master of the Wild, Volume 1, by J Bradley Van Tighem (Self-Published)


About the Independent Publisher Book Awards:
The "IPPY" Awards, launched in 1996, are designed to bring increased recognition to the deserving but often unsung titles published by independent authors and publishers. Since the inaugural contest nearly 5,000 books have received IPPY Awards, and all the recognition, credibility, and increased sales that a book award can bring. Independent spirit and expertise comes from publishers of all sizes and budgets, and books are judged with that in mind. The Awards are owned and operated by Jenkins Group, a publishing services company founded 1988 and located in Traverse City, Michigan.