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My Top Picks for the Summer Indie Book Awards

It is September and that means the polls are open for the Summer Indie Book Awards hosted by Metamorph Publishing. Readers can vote in flocks for all of their favourites from September 1st to September 11th, 2017. This is the event’s second year and so far it looks like the growing pains it experienced in 2016 have been eliminated.

Full List of Books Nominated for the Summer Indie Book Awards


It’s still early, but here are the categories and my personal picks for front-runners in each:

 

Anthology

There are so many great titles in the Anthology category, but I’m putting my money on Hugs and Kisses: A Writers’ Retreat Romance Anthology coming out on top.

Biography 

There are only three choices in this genre. It is also my first time hearing about any of them. Good luck to all three authors.

Children’s 

Even though my kids are now grown, I love children’s books. After checking out the choices I think Where’s the Frog? could be a front runner.

Contemporary

We have a competition in this one! It’s going to be a close call, but I expect ICE to lead the pack.

Crime 

Dead on Your Feet could take this away. I have, however, added A Few Simple Murders to my wish list.

Diversity 

I’m predicting Catch Me If I Fall, but with only four to choose from, this is anyone’s game.

Dystopian 

I’d be surprised if Untamed didn’t walk away with this.

Erotica

PanDora’s Destruction by Kitten Wallace has potential in this category. I will note there is a distinct absence of some of this year’s top indie erotica titles.

Fantasy 

This is the category to watch! It’s so tight, anyone could take this. I’m looking for Crown of Delusion or More Things on Heaven and Earth to place well. The competition is going to be tough, though, with the likes of Grant Leishman, Mark McQuillen and R.R. Virdi being among the authors to choose from.

Although one of my own books was nominated in this category, I don’t expect it to place in the top five.

Historical

This is a hard choice, but I’m betting on The Beekeeper’s Daughter doing well.

Horror 

Yolanda Olson has a couple titles listed and both are probably going to end up topping the list. I’m looking for Dawn of a New Breed to stake a claim in the top few as well.

Holiday 

Only two titles are listed. It could be exciting to see who comes out on top. I can see both being in the top two.

Humor 

This is another category with only a few choices. I expect to see Actually, Don’t Write a Book About Me come out on top.

Mystery 

I’m picking Agents of Shadow to rake in the votes on this one.

New Adult 

I can see Jenna’s Story doing well.

I’m not picking a clear winner as one of my own titles is in the mix and I have to keep my fingers crossed. Good luck to all the authors.

Novella 

Another tough fight. I’m looking at Snowed In to be near the top. Kiss of Vengeance should also place well.

This is another category one of my books is nominated in. As a sequel in a series, I don’t think it has the following needed to hit the top.  Good luck to all the authors nominated.

Paranormal

This genre is packed with choices! I expect to see Embellished by Karen Glista finish high on the list. I’m not counting out Jill by Rose Montague, either. This is going to be a tight race to the finish and one of the more exciting categories to follow.

Poetry

Wow! Talk about some great poets! I’m picking Transverse to edge out the competition and Look for Stained Glass to place near the top.

Romance

This is an impressive list! I’m expecting to see Refusing to Expire by Tricia Daniels and Advance by K.A Duggsy to take the top two spots.

Science Fiction 

I expected this genre to be slam packed with titles. As it turns out, it is a manageable size. I’ll be looking for Starstruck and The Riddle of the Gods at the top of the pack

Self-Help 

With only three titles listed, all will place well. I’m taking a pass on predictions on this one.

Short Story 

There are a lot of good short stories on this list. I’m taking a pass on picking the top spots as one of my own titles is in the running. Good luck to all the authors nominated.

Thriller 

I’m expecting Amanda Evans’ book Finding Forever to place at the top, but I can’t count out R.M. Gauthier’s two nominations either. This could be an exciting finish.

Time Travel 

An interesting category! This one is anyone’s game and I simply can’t pick a clear cut winner. I’ll be watching the results closely!

Young Adult

Again I see some familiar names I expect to do well, but I am predicting a surprise victory for an underdog title in this one!


Good luck to all the authors nominated. I can’t wait to find out the winners! Whether you agree or disagree with my picks, you can have your say by voting daily!

Until next time. Happy reading!


KEEP READING! ARTICLES ON BOOKS AND AUTHORS MENTIONED IN THIS ARTICLE: 

Q&A: E.A. Comiskey
Q&A: Karen Glista
Q&A: Amanda J. Evans
Review: Grave Beginnings by R.R. Virdi

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C. A. King

C.A. King was born and raised in Halton County. She currently resides in Ontario, Canada with her two sons.

After the loss of her loving parents and husband, Ms. King was devastated. Confronted with depression, she decided to do a bit of soul searching. It was during this time that writing became her passion. She found she was able to redirect her emotions through her writing and in 2014 decided to publish some of her works.

11 thoughts on “My Top Picks for the Summer Indie Book Awards”

  1. Renee Gauthier says:

    Thanks for the mention in my categories it’ll be exciting to see who takes home the prize in the Holiday one… LOL Plus my other too are up against some stiff competition. What a wonderful display of talent in this years awards.
    R.M. Gauthier

    1. Books & Quills Magazine
      Books & Quills Magazine says:

      Thank you for taking the time to reply! There is definitely a plethora of talented writers and worthy books nominated for the Summer Indie Book Awards. Really, all deserve an award!

      Best of luck!

  2. Karen Crowe says:

    How many of the nominees did you actually read?

    1. Carol Ann King says:

      Hi Karen,
      There are a lot of books nominated. It would be impossible for me to read every single one in ten days. I had, however, read quite a few already. I looked up others, read some, added some to my wish list and checked out samples. The list is my personal opinion based on that and as stated in the article:

      “Good luck to all the authors nominated. I can’t wait to find out the winners! Whether you agree or disagree with my picks, you can have your say by voting daily!”

      I will be posting reviews of books read during the ten day voting period in the coming weeks. Thanks for reading.

      1. Karen Crowe says:

        Hi Carol,

        The list might be your “personal opinion” but some of it is pretty misleading. For example:

        “Dystopian: I’d be surprised if Untamed didn’t walk away with this.”

        There are 8 books in this category. It may be your opinion that you’d be surprised if Untamed didn’t win, but it doesn’t really seem like you’re in any position to make such a declarative statement. You do the other nominees a disservice unless you’re really familiar with what you’re talking about.

        The article never really states that this is just your opinion. Only that we can vote if we agree or disagree. That distinction might not seem important, but you don’t really disclose that you haven’t read all the nominees. A person voting is likely to be persuaded by your declarative opinions, especially if they themselves have not read all the nominees.

        1. Books & Quills Magazine
          Books & Quills Magazine says:

          Hi Karen,

          Thanks for reading and commenting!

          We’re so sorry you didn’t notice it, but the article does actually state clearly that the books mentioned in this article are her personal picks. If you look above the genre lists and below the pictures of the book covers, you’ll read the following, in a large font (enlarged specifically so it would be clear): “It’s still early, but here are the categories and my personal picks for front-runners in each.” I’m including a screenshot below for your convenience:

          Excerpt: C.A. King's Picks for the Summer Indie Book Awards

          We’re sorry this article has given the impression that we’re doing a disservice to the other nominees. C.A. King is a prolific reader, widely familiar particularly with indie books–including those in the dystopian genre. Carol, the editors, and I have all ensured this article is well-informed and more than sufficiently researched, especially given the nature of this piece.

          Thank you for being so interested in our articles that you are trying to help us improve them! We love hearing feedback, and will of course act on any that requires it. Perhaps you could give us ideas on how to make it more clear to the readers in the future? We hope you enjoy some of our other articles.

          ~Editor-in-Chief

        2. Karen Crowe says:

          You’re still conflating what “personal picks” means in this context. This article was not fully presented as someone’s personal opinion on who “should” win, based on Carol’s own personal preferences. Many of these picks, including the example I provided in my last post, were not stated as really personal preferences for the winner, but analysis as to the frontrunners of the actual competition.

          There’s a fundamental difference between “Here’s who I want to win,” and “Here’s who I think will win.” This article mostly stuck to the latter category, which I think is wrong since Carol admittedly was not familiar with all the nominees.

          If you want to do a list of your personal picks for who should win, fine. This wasn’t that. This article was presented as analysis for who would win. You weren’t in a position to judge that. This article, and quite frankly this publication, did a great disservice to SIBA.

        3. JAC says:

          So I know this is beyond moot because the voting is past and what we’re talking about is well past history but personally I enjoyed the article.

          I see it in the same way as a Baseball writer speculating on who’s going to win the post season awards. Has that person seen all of the players in every game? No. Its not possible, but there are quantifiable ways to make a decision which can be supported by observation. The same is true here… Which books have the most sales? Are some of the titles generating lots of reviews and articles over others?

          Even the title says this is an opinion piece. “MY Top Picks….” Expecting every sentence, or even each section to disclose that this is the author’s opinion once again would be redundant, in my opinion.

          Speaking of which Books and Quills if you had a way to tag articles and could tag ones like this ‘opinion’ it might go some way to helping prevent confusion in the future. Just a random idea, which I’ve not thought through that much.

        4. Books & Quills Magazine
          Books & Quills Magazine says:

          Karen,

          The idea behind this article was to spark interest in the Summer Indie Book Awards and the authors nominated for them — all of them. I believe you’ve misconstrued our intentions, and I apologize if they were unclear, as well as any ill sentiment you’ve acquired toward our magazine or our writers.

          Your comments also raise the question: should anyone be allowed to vote if they haven’t read all the books?

          Of course we would avoid making declarative statements if they were not based on substantial research and familiarity with the authors and their works. C.A. King declined to make a pick in certain categories for that same reason; Yet, the example you’ve referenced, that of Untamed by Madeline Dyer, was founded on familiarity with all books in the dystopian genre (reviews coming soon), as well as the fact that Untamed was flirting on and off Amazon’s Best Seller Top Ten Lists in four or five countries all year, and it has a sound following. (All of these, by the way, facts and not assumptions.) It made sense they would take #1. In fact, it did.

          This was, indeed, a list of personal picks. Even the title of the article attests to that: “My Top Picks for the Summer Indie Awards.” Which, following the logic in your previous comment, shouldn’t be an issue.

          We have faith in our readers that they would not be blindly led to vote on a book based on another’s predictions, but as avid readers would be interested in thoughts of their colleagues while forming their own opinions. For this reason, we published the full list of nominated authors and books and placed the link at the very beginning of C.A. King’s article.

          We appreciate that you’ve taken the time to comment on our piece, and if you would like to continue the conversation, we invite you to email info@booksandquillsmag.com

          ~ Editor-in-Chief

        5. Books & Quills Magazine
          Books & Quills Magazine says:

          JAC,

          Thank you for reading our article and sharing your thoughts.

          We appreciate your suggestion and appreciate your willingness to share insight that may improve our magazine! I will be sure to forward your suggestion to the rest of our staff!

          ~Editor-in-Chief

  3. Miri Delaney says:

    Karen Crowe, (And Carol Ann King and all of Books and Quills),

    As much as I’m of the belief of everyone should have their own opinion, and I do believe that. It seems to me as if you (Karen) don’t see that the author here, C.A. King, has written this piece specifically in their own opinion. As they state in large type right beneath the images of the books, “It’s still early, but here are the categories and my personal picks for front-runners in each” And on top of all that, in each category, the author mentions that it’s THEIR choice, THEIR thoughts on the categories.

    For example… (And though this isn’t one from each of them, it’s many of the categories, and taken copy/pasted from the author’s words)
    -There are so many great titles in the Anthology category, but I’m putting my money on
    -After checking out the choices I think Where’s the Frog? could be a front runner.
    -We have a competition in this one! It’s going to be a close call, but I expect ICE to lead the pack.
    -I’m predicting Catch Me If I Fall, but with only four to choose from, this is anyone’s game.
    -This is a hard choice, but I’m betting on The Beekeeper’s Daughter doing well.
    -I expect to see Actually, Don’t Write a Book About Me come out on top.
    -I’m picking Agents of Shadow to rake in the votes on this one.
    -I can see Jenna’s Story doing well. I’m not picking a clear winner as one of my own titles is in the mix and I have to keep my fingers crossed. Good luck to all the authors.
    -Another tough fight. I’m looking at Snowed In to be near the top. Kiss of Vengeance should also place well. This is another category one of my books is nominated in. As a sequel in a series, I don’t think it has the following needed to hit the top. Good luck to all the authors nominated.
    -I expect to see Embellished by Karen Glista finish high on the list. I’m not counting out Jill by Rose Montague, either. This is going to be a tight race to the finish and one of the more exciting categories to follow.
    -I’m picking Transverse to edge out the competition and Look for Stained Glass to place near the top.
    -I’m expecting to see Refusing to Expire by Tricia Daniels and Advance by K.A Duggsy to take the top two spots.
    -Good luck to all the authors nominated. I can’t wait to find out the winners! Whether you agree or disagree with my picks, you can have your say by voting daily!

    All of the above things show me, as a reader and a writer myself, that this article is written by someone giving THEIR opinions. And as I stated earlier, EVERYONE deserves their own opinions. You do, and so does the author of this piece. I’ve not read any of the stories that are in the running, but to me, EVERYONE deserves first place for putting themselves out there, for telling their story.

    And I too, wish EVERYONE nominated the best of luck.

    However, Karen, I wonder a few things…
    The article DEFINITELY states that it is of the author’s opinion. I stated how it does this above. So what I’m hoping is that you can see that this original article is just that, by the author, and that perhaps you can see how everyone’s opinions count and matter. Including yours, the author’s and the magazine in full.
    You state: “There are 8 books in this category. It may be your opinion that you’d be surprised if Untamed didn’t win, but it doesn’t really seem like you’re in any position to make such a declarative statement. You do the other nominees a disservice unless you’re really familiar with what you’re talking about.” The author didn’t say they KNEW what was going to happen, just (and as you even put it) that it was THEIR OPINION. And before you feel like this is an attack on you, this isn’t an attack on ANYONE, just me merely stating that everything is of the OPINIONS of the both of you. And neither of you is WRONG in your opinions, just that you believe different things, and that’s okay. Because that is what makes the world go around.
    You state: “The article never really states that this is just your opinion. Only that we can vote if we agree or disagree. That distinction might not seem important, but you don’t really disclose that you haven’t read all the nominees. “ (Whereas the author has stated they haven’t read everything and that it was just their opinions that they were writing about. And they also mention that they just were getting their words and thoughts out there. NOWHERE in what they said, was it that their decisions were final or that they were the final choices, just the author’s thoughts and opinions.)
    You say that “A person voting is likely to be persuaded by your declarative opinions, especially if they themselves have not read all the nominees.” It DOES state that it’s the author’s opinion, and so you saying that it didn’t state that, isn’t really true. And the idea of this whole thing is the author saying to vote for the books/stories/poems/etc in a vote that has now passed. And so if you were able to spend time with everything here, then maybe you can also have time in thinking and taking thoughts and ideas from this and other things. EVERYONE is allowed their own opinions. You, the author, each writer who has read and written anything for this magazine. Because C.A. King, to me, has just stated their thoughts, just as you could do if you were focused on it.

    And despite the fact that I’m new to Books and Quills, I feel as if I have truly found a home here, when it comes to the people who are a part of the site, http://booksandquillsmag.com I see that each thing is a part of the person’s thoughts and opinions and I trust and believe in each of you. Most importantly, I believe that we, as people and as writers, need to work together to show tolerance and kindness, especially to those who have different thoughts and beliefs to our own. Because THAT is what this world needs now, most of all. Tolerance and kindness.

    Once again, this is not an attack on you, or on anyone, it’s about being fair, kind and tolerant. Keep on being awesome people 🙂

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