Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Enter to Win in Shelf Unbound's Third Annual Writing Competition for Best Independently Published Book




Shelf Unbound book review magazine announces the Shelf Unbound Writing Competition for Best Independently Published Book, sponsored by Bowker and Blurb. Any independently published book in any genre is eligible for entry. Entry fee is $40 per book. The winning entry will be selected by the editors of Shelf Unbound magazine.

"Independently Published" books include self-published books and e-books (such as those published through, CreateSpace,, iUniverse, etc.) and/or books and e-books published through small presses releasing less than five titles per year. Books entered in last year's competition are eligible for re-submission in this year's competition. There is no limit to the number of books an individual can enter; each book is a separate entry. The competition is open to authors worldwide; books must be in English. Any length book is eligible. This year the competition will also introduce the Pete Delohery Award for Best Sports Book, open to fiction and non-fiction sports-related books, in honor of Pete Delohery, author of the novel Lamb to the Slaughter.

The official rules for the competition can be found at here. Entries are not divided into genre categories at the time of submission.

To submit an entry, email a PDF or Word Doc of your entire book, including the cover,, subject line Contest Entry (or mail a physical copy of your book to: Shelf Media Group, PO Box 852321, Richardson, Texas 75085-2321), and send a check for $40 made out to Shelf Media Group to Margaret Brown, Shelf Media Group, PO Box 852321, Richardson, Texas 75085-2321, or pay via PayPal (click on this link and select "Competition Entry Fee"). All entries received (and entry fee paid) will be considered. Please include your email and book title with your entry if sending by mail.

The top five books, as determined by the editors of Shelf Unbound, will receive editorial coverage in the December/January 2015 issue of Shelf Unbound. The author of the book named as the Best Independently Published book will receive editorial coverage as well as a year’s worth of full-page ads in Shelf Unbound (rate card value $6,000). More than 100 books deemed by the editors as "notable" entries in the competition will also be featured in the December/January 2015 issue of Shelf Unbound.
The overall winner will receive $1,000 of Blurb credit toward print copies of their book and book promotion through Blurb marketing campaign.* The five finalists will each receive $100 of Blurb credit plus book promotion through Blurb marketing campaign.*

* Note that Blurb prizing will be contingent upon the winner putting their book into a format that can be printed through Blurb.

The winner of the Pete Delohery Award for Best Sports Book will receive $1,000.

The deadline for entry is midnight on October 1, 2014. The winners will be notified by November 2, 2014. Additional information and rules can be found on our contest rules page at

For further information, please feel free to contact Margaret Brown, Publisher, via email:

Shelf Unbound book review magazine, a 2014 Maggie Award finalist for Best Digital-Only Publication, reaches more than 125,000 avid readers in the U.S. and in 65 other countries around the globe. Subscriptions to Shelf Unbound are free at

Friday, April 11, 2014

Act Now to Get the Best Prices of the Year for IndieReCon LIVE!

We want to encourage early enrollment for IndieReCon's first live conference, held this October in Sandy, Utah. These prices will make your jaw drop. But they'll go up on April 16th, and up again July 1st, so register today!

IndieReCon LIVE is for . . .

the Beginner Self-Publisher
You've written a book and decided to give self-publishing a go? 
You want to self-publish, but you're not sure where to start?

the Experienced Self-Publisher
You've written and self-published a book but . . . now what?
You figured out how to do a decent job of self-publishing, but you're ready to take it to the next level.

the Advanced Self-Publisher
You're making a decent income through your self-publishing business, but you know there's more out there.
You're ready to learn about foreign rights contracts, agents, media rights . . . it's time to learn how to play all those bells and whistles.

If you fit into any one of these experience tracks, IndieReCon LIVE is for you!

Plus, join us on Friday night for the Pajama-Rama book rave ~ the perfect party for pajama-lovin' self-publishers, their books and the fans who love them (or will come to love once they discover you at our rockin' party)!

Then go from pajamas to Prada at our Howeys award ceremony for the break-out stars of self-publishing.

So come on, Register Now and then . . . get excited!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

3/18 Self publishing in Children's and YA markets (Special Event - Hosted by ALLi)

YA and Children's Authors - Live Self-publishing Q&A Session (Hosted by ALLi - a IndieReCon sponsor)

Next Tues 18 March 3pm EST / 7pm GMT   - All Welcome! 

Are you a children's or YA author thinking about self-publishing, or already self-publishing? 

The Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi) is hosting a FREE live Q&A session on YouTube on Tuesday 18 March where ALLi Director, Orna Ross, will be fielding your questions to Shelli Johannes (AKA S.R Johannes) who writes for the YA/New Adult markets, and Karen Inglis who writes for pre-schoolers and up to age 10/11.

Send us your questions

If you'd like to ask Shelli or Karen about any aspect of self-publishing for their markets,please add your question on this form in advance and we'll try to include your question in the schedule.  

You'll also be able to comment during the session using the YouTube chat functionality.

We hope to see you there - just turn up to at 3pm EST / 1pm PST / 7pm GMT    

Note: You do not have to be a member to attend. But if you are interested in joining ALLI, you can do so through Shelli's web site for a 10$ discount (89$)

Shelli, based in Atlanta, is a YA writer, the award-winning author of Amazon bestselling thrillers, Untraceable and Uncontrollable After earning an MBA and working in corporate America for over 15 years, S.R. Johannes traded in her expensive suits, high heels, and corporate lingo for family, flip-flops, and her love of writing. She organizes the highly successful indie author online conference, IndieRecon, and is a founder member of author co-operative, The IndeliblesUnstoppable (book 3 in her YA thriller series) is scheduled for May 2014. Shelli is the YA advisor to The Alliance of Independent Authors.

Karen, who lives in London, was an early adopter of children's self-publishing in the UK and has successfully placed her three children's books The Secret Lake, Eeek! The Runaway Alien and Ferdinand Fox's Big Sleep in bricks and mortar stores in London and sold over 7,000 books across Kindle and print. She has also recently self-published a children's book app.       

Please tell your friends :)

Friday, February 28, 2014

Sad to See IndieReCon Go? Come See Us in October for Our First LIVE Conference!

Making Self-Publishing a Mission Possible 
Love IndieReCon? Then you'll love the live event, held in Sandy, Utah, October 2014.

Friday, October 10th, 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 11th, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Author/Reader Mix & Mingle, Saturday, 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. 

The Howeys Award Celebration, Saturday, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
*please note that exact schedule may yet be altered somewhat*

This conference focuses on self-publishing and features learning tracks for the beginner, intermediate and advanced self-publisher.

Come for awesome information from national and international best-selling indie authors, editors and cover designers, mingle with readers, sell your books, and compete to win an Honor in Excellence award (affectionately dubbed the Howeys).

 Register before April 15th, 2014 to receive Early Bird pricing!
($35.00! Can't get a better deal than that!)

Eventbrite - IRC Live! '14

Discounted Hotel Rooms Available from
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites
$85/night + free taxi service to and from our event.

Be sure to sign up for IndieReCon's Newsletter
so you can stay up-to-date on all things IRC
because still to to come:

*Speaker Reveals*
*Excellence in Publishing Contest Information*
*News & Updates*
*Surprises & Prizes!*

Hope to see you in October!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

IndieReCon 2014 Wrap Up!

Let your voice be heard! Fill out our Exit Poll below.
and then
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Individual Presenter's Giveaway Winners!

Contest Winners!

Grand Prize Winner!

Share the Love Winner!


IndieReCon LIVE!