7 09 2017

September 2017 Newsletter

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Let the book awards season begin! Today we announce the Living Now Awards results, and next month it’s the Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards. Our Living Now Awards contest is for “life-changing books,” the ones that truly can make a difference in the way we think and act — and having spent the past month reading them – I have a refreshingly new outlook on life. Maybe taking a week’s vacation during the judging helped, especially since we traveled west to observe the total eclipse – a life-changing event in itself – and then spent a few days in the amazing topography of the Black Hills, watching the buffalo roam and the wild mustangs run free.

How could you not be inspired by books like these award-winning titles? The Positivity Kit. The Bravest You. Healing Spiritual Wounds. Becoming a Citizen Activist. Of course, it’s one thing to read the book – putting it to work in your life is the hard part. Especially that last one: Becoming a Citizen Activist, with the subtitle Stories, Strategies & Advice for Changing Our World, informs and inspires readers to get involved in grassroots politics and fight for positive change in their communities. We should all be doing that, right?

This is why our book award programs exist: we bring the world’s best books to the attention of the readers, buyers, teachers and librarians who can use these great books to learn, to inspire, and make the world a better place. This quote from the winner of our special Living Now “Spirit Award,” When Thought Turns to Light: A Practical Guide to Spiritual Transformation, by Patrick Paul Garlinger, exemplifies the life-changing aspect of these awards:

“To change how you feel about others, acknowledge your interdependence on them. This is the lesson that our mothers teach us. As has been said many times, we are not single, isolated, autonomous beings. Rather, we are interconnected to each other in innumerable ways. When you pause to think about how the positive events and good fortune of your life have always come through connections with other people, you come to the magnificent realization that your life is the sum total of the contributions of others.”

Congratulations to all of our Living Now Awards Medalists!

Jim “the IPPY Hippie” Barnes, Awards Director


Independent Publisher Book Awards


The 2018 Awards are NOW OPEN! Enter by September 23 to save on entry fees.

The 22nd annual Independent Publisher Book Awards are conducted to honor the year’s best independently published titles. Jenkins Group will present the medals for the 22nd annual Independent Publisher Book Awards in May 2018 in New York City in conjunction with the BookExpo America convention.

Click here to see the guidelines and entry form.
Click here to view the 2017 national winners.
Click here to view the 2017 regional and ebook winners.
Click here to view the 2017 outstanding winners.

Living Now Book Awards

The Living Now Awards have been announced. Congratulations to the medalists!

The Living Now Book Awards are designed to honor life-changing books, and to bring increased recognition to the year’s best lifestyle, homestyle, world-improvement and self-improvement books and their creators. We also present the Living Now Evergreen Book Medals, in five categories, to commemorate books published since the year 2000, for contributing to positive global change.

Click here to view the 2017 medalists.
Click here to view the Evergreen medalists.

Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards

The Moonbeam Awards are now closed for judging. Best of luck to the entrants!

The Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards contest is designed to honor the year’s best children’s books, authors and illustrators. This year’s eleventh annual Moonbeam Awards program is open to authors, illustrators, and publishers of children’s books written in English or Spanish and intended for the North American market.

Click here to view the 2016 medalists.
Click here to view the 2017 guidelines.





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