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Monday
May242010

'The Spanish Verb Conjugator' is a 2010 Next Generation Indie Book Awards Finalist

What are the Next Generation Indie Book Awards?

The following excerpt from the Indie Book Awards web site (www.indiebookawards.com) explains the awards:

"The Next Generation Indie Book Awards" (the “Indie Book Awards”) is an awards program for independent publishers and authors worldwide. The Indie Book Awards was established to recognize and honor the most exceptional independently published books in 60 different categories, for the year, and is presented by the Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group (www.IBPPG.com) in cooperation with Marilyn Allen of Allen O’Shea Literary Agency. It is the only awards program of its kind because cash prizes and/or awards and maximum exposure are given to the top 60 books selected."

Why is exposure so important to Indie Books?

With breakthroughs in computer technology in the past decade, it is possible for Indie publishers and authors to publish their work without a major publishing house. Although this by no means makes it easy with the standards of professional publication firmly in place. It almost makes the publishing market more challenging with the competition growing exponentially.

Many quality books never get the attention they deserve because there are hundreds of thousands of books released each year in the United States alone. According to Bowkers’s Books in Print database, more than one million new titles were projected to be published in 2009, of these 764,448 were “non-traditionally” published books including self-published titles. Publishing professionals don’t have the time or resources to review all of them. This makes it nearly impossible to get your book in front of the right people for exposure in the publishing industry and in front of the consumer.

How do the “Indie Book Awards” operate?

All books are judged for their content in 60 different categories; such as, Children’s, Business, Education, Fiction, Health, Multicultural, Self-Help, etc. The judges include expert editors, writers, and publishers in the book publishing industry. This is the first year, after much consideration, that the number of finalists was reduced from up to 10 in each category down to 3 (in some cases there appears to be a tie for a finalist placement). As a result, the winners and finalists named in “The Next Generation Indie Book Awards” truly are considered to be “the cream of the crop.” The following link includes the roster of winners and finalists of the 2010 Next Generation Indie Book Awards:

Winners and Finalists of the 2010 Next Generation Indie Book Awards

What does this Indie Book award mean to “The Spanish Verb Conjugator”?

In very good company, “The Spanish Verb Conjugator: The Beginner’s Guide to Mastering Spanish Verbs” has been selected as a finalist in the Education/Academic category. As a title in the education/reference genre with a first-time author and independent publisher, it made the cut. Now, it literally has a seal of approval as a sign of a quality educational product. Along with other promotional efforts, it’s that extra “something” that provides confidence to the consumer in a crowded marketplace. This nod will undoubtedly strengthen publicity efforts in the future.

What does this Indie Book award mean to me?

For me personally and professionally, I consider it to be one of my greatest accomplishments. I embarked on this endeavor so many years ago. Had I known what I know now about publishing, I’m not sure I would have done it on my own. But maybe like a lot of things in life where we are full of blind hope in the beginning, we may not experience the journey knowing full well what lies ahead. Many times when I considered giving up, I felt I had invested too much time and energy to turn back. Here’s an excerpt from Steve Weber’s “Plug Your Book: Online Book Marketing for Authors” that sums up perfectly what I discovered:

“Imagine spending months or years putting everything you know into a book, polishing every page to get it just right, and just when you thought you were finished–surprise! Now you have to learn everything you never wanted to know about book publishing and marketing.”

Whether a book is self-published or backed by another publishing house, unless you are famous, book promotion weighs heavily on the shoulders of the author.

For the record, my verb guide manuscript and book proposal made it through the doors of a major publishing company that I won’t name; they were very interested, but in the end they pulled out. After searching for about a year for another publisher without any “luck,” I decided to dive in and do it myself. I established Roche Publishing as a sole proprietor in order to publish my book.

Now I truly understand why bigger publishers have to be so selective. You take a calculated risk investing so much into one book. It really is an orchestration of many factors and human resources. Now I also understand why major publishers, or big businesses, depend on market research. Unfortunately, smaller outfits don’t have the budget to conduct accurate market research. Maybe that’s why a lot of them end up folding.

Looking back, I guess I was very naive. I know for certain that I’m not alone because there are countless book production and marketing outfits out there waiting to pounce and exploit the new author’s blind hope to self-publish. That’s what took me so long, researching every step so I didn’t waste money or get bamboozled. Needless to say, I learned a lot and I gave birth to my verb guide despite it all. In the process I have developed multiple skills that I wouldn’t have otherwise.

The biggest lesson I learned was following my heart even though it lead me to some tough spots. Despite multiple personal hardships, the inspiration to finish my book was a beacon that pulled me through to the other side. When I would share my vision with others, they would smile politely not really grasping the concept or the unimaginable amount of time and work involved that was based ultimately on faith. So this recognition means a lot to me on many levels.

It's been said that writing a book is like having a child, it becomes “your baby.” I do agree, and if this is the case I feel like a single parent as the independent publisher and author of my Spanish verb guide. It came to be against all odds when other publishers chose not to commit, and I eventually matured along with the responsibility.

So, after more than a decade of preparation, I feel like the certificate above is a diploma (finalist medal and gold book stickers are in the mail); I've made it to graduation knowing that I did it all on my own, I did my best with what I was given, and I hope my baby does some good in the world to improve the lives of others.

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