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Independent Publisher publishes new title listings of books released by self-publishers, independent, and university presses in order to bring increased recognition to the thousands of great — and often overlooked — independently published titles released each year. We sponsor the annual Independent Publisher Book Awards (aka The IPPYs) for the same reason.

Books will be accepted and evaluated in the following categories:

  • Aging/Death & Dying
  • Animals/Pets
  • Architecture
  • Business/Career/Sales
  • Children's Interactive
  • Children's Picture Books
  • Classical Studies
  • Coffee Table Books
  • Computer/Internet
  • Cookbooks
  • Current Events (Political/Social)
  • Education/Academic/Teaching
  • Environment/Ecology/Nature Fiction
  • Fine Art
  • Finance/Investment/Economics
  • Gay/Lesbian
  • Gift
  • Graphic Novel/Drawn Book
  • Health/Medicine/Nutrition
  • History
  • Holiday
  • How-To (Crafts/Hobby)
  • Humor
  • Inspirational/Spiritual
  • Multicultural
  • New Age
  • Parenting (Child Care/Family)
  • Performing Arts
  • Philosophy
  • Photography
  • Poetry
  • Popular Culture/Leisure
  • Psychology/Mental Health
  • Relationships/Sexuality
  • Sports/Fitness/Recreation
  • Reference
  • Religion
  • Science
  • Self Help
  • Travel Guidebook
  • Women's Issues
  • Writing/Publishing

INDEPENDENT PUBLISHER ONLINE submission requirements:

  1. Submit one copy of a bound galley, finished book, e-book, or audiobook.
  2. Send books prior to publication date, if possible, and within 90 days past the pub date at the latest.
  3. Submitted books must include a cover sheet with the following information: Title; Author; Publisher; Address; Phone; Website; Page Count; Cover Style; Price; ISBN #; Publication Month & Year.
  4. Follow Up: Please send a follow-up email to Jim Barnes at to confirm receipt of your title. Include a cover scan (72 dpi; 2” wide) and book synopsis (150-250 words) to make it easier to complete your listing.
  5. INDEPENDENT PUBLISHER ONLINE does not accept unbound galleys, periodicals, audio or videos.
  6. All books become the property of INDEPENDENT PUBLISHER ONLINE and are eventually donated to non-profit organizations.
  7. INDEPENDENT PUBLISHER ONLINE accepts no responsibility for lost or stolen submissions. We will make every attempt to notify you via email to confirm a book’s arrival, and whether or not the book has been selected as a Highlighted Title.

Thanks for your interest and best of luck.


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