Foreword Reviews, a book review journal focusing on independently published books, announced the winners of its INDIES Book of the Year Awards today. The INDIES recognize the best books published in 2017 from small, indie, and university presses.
For a list of all winners, visit: https://www.forewordreviews.com/awards/winners/2017/
“Awarding the INDIES is an intense months long judging process and our editorial team and librarian/bookseller judges grow a bit emotional as the announcement date nears,” said Matt Sutherland, Foreword Reviews’ editor-in-chief. “Everyone involved finds it a great honor to recognize all these great books because so many of them have been overlooked by mainstream publications due to the low profile of their publishers and authors. While they don’t have major PR machine or corporate budgets, these indie publishers are passionate about what they do, take chances, and produce a wide range of thought-provoking books.”
“It’s such an honor to have Ms. Flohr’s debut novel recognized by Foreword Reviews. She’s an important voice in today’s YA fantasy genre,” said Joni Firestone, publisher and co-founder of BHC Press. “We’re looking forward to publishing book two in the series, THE RITE OF ABNEGATION, which releases in 2019.”
Over 2,000 entries were submitted in 68 categories, with Foreword’s editors choosing the finalists, and a panel of over 150 librarians and booksellers acting as judges to pick the winners.
THE RITE OF WANDS tells the tale of Mierta McKinnon. When a horrible fate reveals itself during his Rite of Wands ceremony, he must find a way to change not only his destiny but also the land of Iverna’s. Published by BHC Press/Indigo. Available in hardcover (978-1-946848-86-4, $25.95, 264 pages) trade softcover (978-1-946006-43-1, $14.95, 252 pages) and ebook ($5.99).
About Mackenzie Flohr: Mackenzie Flohr is the award-winning author of the popular young adult fantasy series The Rite of Wands. A storyteller at heart, she loves to inspire the imagination. Mackenzie makes her home in Michigan, where she is currently penning her next adventure.
About BHC Press: BHC Press is an award-winning independent publisher of general fiction and nonfiction hardcover, softcover, and ebooks for both YA and adults. To learn more about Mackenzie Flohr and BHC Press, visit the publisher’s website.
About Foreword: Founded in 1998, Foreword Magazine, Inc. is the only media company completely devoted to independent publishing. Publishers of a Folio: award-winning bi-monthly print review journal, special interest products, and daily online content feeds, Foreword exclusively covers university and independent (non “Big 5”) publishers, the books they publish, and their authors. Foreword is based in Traverse City, Michigan, USA, with staff based around the world.