Mazel Tov to the Finalists of the “Foreword Reviews”‘ 2017 Indies Book of the Year Awards!

Mazel Tov to the Finalists of the “Foreword Reviews”‘ 2017 Indies Book of the Year Awards

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I take issue with the use of the term “Indies” to categorize these finalists, since many were published by traditional publishing companies (university and other presses that are quite well-known).

I also strenuously object to the missing names of many authors for this list: where are the creators? Why do they get so good at listing the ISBN (which I deleted from the list, here, but you can find them on the original listings on the Foreword website) and publishers but not the writers? Very odd, that.

Finally, why are some finalists listed in more than one genre? Seems unnecessary.

Special congrats to:
Joy Passanante, older sister of Jean Passanante (classmate and lifelong friend of my older brother; also, an award-winning daytime dramas writer), for her first book’s being selected, and
William Least Heat Moon, author of a favorite nonfiction book of mine, Blue Highways, for his first novel’s being included.

As part of its mission to discover, review, and share the best books from university and independent publishers, Foreword Reviews is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2017 INDIES Book of the Year Awards.

More than 2,000 entries spread across 68 genres were submitted for consideration. The list of finalists was determined by Foreword’s editorial team. Winners are now being decided by a panel of judges across the country, reflecting Foreword’s readership of booksellers and librarians.

The complete list of finalists can be found, below, with live links and details at:

https://www.forewordreviews.com/awards/finalists/2017/

“Choosing finalists for the INDIES is always the highlight of our year, but the job is very difficult due to the high quality of submissions,” said Victoria Sutherland, founder/publisher of Foreword Reviews. “Each new book award season proves again how independent publishers are the real innovators in the industry.”

Winners in each genre—–along with Editor’s Choice Prize winners and Foreword’s INDIE Publisher of the Year—–will be announced June 15, 2018.

Foreword Reviews
March 20, 2018

FULL LIST OF 2017 FOREWORD INDIES FINALISTS

ADULT FICTION

Erotica
Covet, Riptide Publishing
Dangerous Affections, by Deanna Moore-Lopez, Sway Publishing Los Angeles
Her Best Friend’s Sister, by Meghan O’Brien, Bold Strokes Books
Snapdragon, by Kilby Blades, Luxe Publishing
The Master Will Appear, Self-Published

Fantasy
Falling, by Dawn Davis, FriesenPress
GODS’ Fool, GB Publishing.org
Kasper Mützenmacher’s Cursed Hat, by Keith R Fentonmiller and Eugene Teplitsky (illustrator), Curiosity Quills Press
Nite Fire, by C.L. Schneider, CreateSpace
Shadow Mountain, by Tess Collins, BearCat Press
The 53rd Card, by Virginia Weiss, Richard L. Goettling (illustrator), and James Monroe (designer), Beaver’s Pond Press
The Case of the Green-Dressed Ghost, by Lucy Banks, Amberjack Publishing
The Deeds of Pounce, by Benjamin Wachs, Beating Windward Press
The Infinite Now, by Mindy Tarquini, SparkPress
The Legend of the Albino Farm, by Steve Yates, Unbridled Books
The Mountain Goddess, by Shelley Schanfield, Lake House Books
The Rite of Wands, by Mackenzie Flohr, BHC Press
The Walmart Book of the Dead, Vine Leaves Press

General
Ash Falls, by Warren Read, Ig Publishing
Celestial Mechanics, by William Least Heat-Moon, Three Rooms Press
Grounds for Tenure, by Barbara Lalla, The University of the West Indies Press
Our Tiny Useless Hearts, by Toni Jordan, Text Publishing
Red River, iUniverse
Tangier, by Stephen Holgate, Amphorae Publishing Group
The Lemon Jell-O Syndrome, by Man Martin, Unbridled Books
The Runaway, by Claire Wong, Lion Fiction
The Sasquatch Murder, by Jeffery Viles, Beaver’s Pond Press
To the Stars through Difficulties, by Romalyn Tilghman, She Writes Press
You and I and Someone Else, by Anna Schachner, Mercer University Press

Historical
A Bit of Candy in Hard Times, by Blaine Beveridge, Promontory Press
Agrippa’s Wake, by Ralph Jackman, Knox Robinson Publishing
Amah & the Silk-Winged Pigeons, by Jocelyn Cullity, Inanna Publications
Botticelli’s Muse, Juiceboxartists Press
David and the Philistine Woman, by Paul Boorstin, Top Hat Books
Liar’s Winter, Kregel Publications
South California Purples, by Baron R. Birtcher, The Permanent Press
The Fairness of Beasts, by Gar LaSalle, Solipsis Publishing
The Indigo Girl, by Natasha Boyd, Blackstone Publishing
The Three Pleasures, Anvil Press
This Is How It Begins, by Joan Dempsey, She Writes Press
Tiger Pelt, by Annabelle Kim, Leaf~Land
What Is Forgiven, by C.F. Yetmen, Ypsilon & Co. Press
Where My Body Ends and the World Begins, by Tony Romano, Allium Press of Chicago
Windigo Moon, by Robert Downes, Blank Slate Press

Horror
A Debt of Survival, by L.F. Falconer, Outskirts Press
Blackwell, by Alexandrea Weis and Lucas Astor, Vesuvian Books
City of Ghosts, by J.H. Moncrieff, DeathZone Books
Habitat for Human Remains, by Scott A. Lerner, Camel Press
Shadows and Teeth, Volume 3, Darkwater Syndicate
The Muse, by Arjay Lewis, Arjay Entertainment

Humor
Don Quixote and Candide Seek Truth, Justice, and El Dorado in the Digital Age, by Stefan Soto, W & B Publishers
Fanny on Fire, by Edith G. Tolchin, Michelkin Publishing
Insomniac Dreams, Outskirts Press
Lala Pettibone’s Act Two, by Heidi Mastrogiovanni, Amberjack Publishing
Lying to Children, Fitzwilde LLC
MAD Librarian, Madison Press
Muir Woods or Bust, by Ian Woollen, Coffeetown Press
The Moskowitz Code, by Joel Bresler, Tasfil Publishing

LGBT
Back to You, by Chris Scully, Riptide Publishing
Bend, by Nancy J. Hedin, Rachel Haimowitz (editor), and May Peterson (editor), Anglerfish Press
Beulah Land,by Nancy Stewart, Duet Books
Earth as It Is, by Jan Maher, Indiana University Press
Heart Stop, by Radclyffe, Bold Strokes Books
Large Animals, Catapult
Olympia Knife, by Alysia Constantine, Interlude Press
Postcards from the Canyon, by Lisa Gitlin, Bywater Books
Sappho’s Bar and Grill, by Bonnie J. Morris, Bywater Books
Stealing Home, by Tom Mendicino, Kensington Books
The Ada Decades, by Paula Martinac, Bywater Books
The Infinite Now, by Mindy Tarquini, SparkPress
The Night Language, by David Rocklin, Rare Bird Books
The Winter Loon, by Lori Henriksen, Book Savvy Studio (editor), and Maggie McLaughlin (designer), Cougar Creek Books

Literary
A Loving, Faithful Animal, Catapult
Cages, by Sylvia Torti, Schaffner Press
Glory Days, by Melissa Fraterrigo, University of Nebraska Press
Near Haven, by Matthew Stephen Sirois, Belle Lutte Press
Olympia Knife, by Alysia Constantine, Interlude Press
Once in a Blue Moon, John F. Blair, Publisher
Purchase, by Christopher K. Doyle, Blank Slate Press
Queen of Spades, by Michael Shou-Yung Shum, Forest Avenue Press
Show Her a Flower, a Bird, a Shadow, by Peg Alford Pursell, WTAW Press
The End We Start From, by Megan Hunter, Grove Press
The Lost Daughter Collective, by Lindsey Drager, Dzanc
The Silence of the Spirits, by Wilfried N’Sondé and Karen Lindo (translator), Indiana University Press

Multicultural
Amah & the Silk-Winged Pigeons, by Jocelyn Cullity, Inanna Publications
Kill the Ámpaya, by Dick Cluster (translator, editor), Mandel Vilar Press
Lucia Zárate, by Cecilia Velástegui, Libros Publishing
Mary Poser, by Angel A and Lori Draft (editor), Angel’s Leap
Moon Goddess, Loose Moose Publishing
Murder under the Fig Tree, by Kate Jessica Raphael, She Writes Press
So Many Olympic Exertions, Kaya Press
The Coyote Hunter of Aquidneck Island, by James Conroy, The Permanent Press
The Hour of Daydreams, by Renee Macalino Rutledge, Forest Avenue Press
The Shores of Our Souls, by Kathryn Brown Ramsperger and Estella Vukovic (designer), TouchPoint Press
The Wrong Kind of Indian, by Jey Tehya, Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing
Yasmeen Haddad Loves Joanasi Maqaittik, by Carolyn Marie Souaid, Baraka Books

Mystery
A Negro and an Ofay, by Danny Gardner, Down & Out Books
Deadbomb Bingo Ray, by Jeff Johnson, Turner Publishing Company
Full Service Blonde, by Megan Edwards, Imbrifex Books
Getting off on Frank Sinatra, by Megan Edwards, Imbrifex Books
Gumshoe for Two, by Rob Leininger, Oceanview Publishing
Heaven’s Crooked Finger, by Hank Early, Crooked Lane Books
Murder under the Fig Tree, by Kate Jessica Raphael, She Writes Press
My Darling Detective, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Operation Light Switch, by John Wemlinger, Mission Point Press
Red Earth, by Lisa Canfield (editor) and A.J. Canfield (illustrator), joined at the hip inc.
Sing for the Dead, by Cynthia Drew, Water Street Press Books
THE RULES OF BACKYARD CRICKET, by Jock Serong, Text Publishing
Tune Up, by Joe Klingler, Cartosi

Religious
David and the Philistine Woman, by Paul Boorstin, Top Hat Books
Foy, Material Media
If We Make It Home, Kregel Publications
Last Things, Montemayor Press
Love Big, Be Well, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
Papa Luna, Friesen Press
Pistaco, In Extenso Press
Tethered, CrossLink Publishing
The Believers In The Crucible Nauvoo, Myfourleggedstool Publishers
The Elusive Miss Ellison, Kregel Publications
The Transmigrant, Kristi Saare Duarte
Waiting for Butterflies, by Karen Sargent, Amphorae Publishing Group

Romance
All That Makes Life Bright, by Josi S. Kilpack, Shadow Mountain
Chasing Mercury, by Kimberly Cooper Griffin, Night River Press
Eyes like Those, by Melissa Brayden, Bold Strokes Books
Heart Stop, by Radclyffe, Bold Strokes Books
In The Land of Eternal Spring, by Alan Howard, Harvard Square Editions
Lickety Split, by Damon Suede, Dreamspinner Press
Love Is Heartless, by Kim Fielding, Dreamspinner Press
New Hand, Riptide Publishing
Roxie & Fred, by Richard Alther, Regent Press
Set the Stage, by Karis Walsh, Bold Strokes Books
Shelter My Heart, by L.G. O’Connor, Collins-Young Publishing
Strings, by Megan Edwards, Imbrifex Books
The Curse of the Braddock Brides, by Erica Obey, Walrus Publishing
The Dog Walker’s Diary, by Kathryn Donahue, North Star Editions
The Nobleman’s Daughter, by Jen Geigle Johnson, Covenant Communications
The Truth about Goodbye, by Russell Ricard, Wise Ink Creative Publishing

Science-Fiction
Age of Order, Plebeian Media
Alvar’s Spear, by Charles Freedom Long, Silver Star Press
Ardulum: First Don, Ninestar Press
Caveman at the End of the World, by Brad Rau, SmallPub
Dog Logic, by Tom Strelich, Owl Canyon Press
Escape, by Gun Brooke, Bold Strokes Books
Fata Morgana, Blackstone Publishing
Hell Divers II: Ghosts, Blackstone Publishing
Near Haven, by Matthew Stephen Sirois, Belle Lutte Press
Skeet Love, by Craig Francis Power, Breakwater Books
Space Fandango, by Henry Mosquera, Oddity Media
The Punch Escrow, by Tal M. Klein, Geek & Sundry
The Stargazer’s Embassy, by Eleanor Lerman, Mayapple Press

Short Stories
Annie Muktuk and Other Stories, by Norma Dunning, The University of Alberta Press
China Girl, by Ho Lin, Regent Press
Dolph the Unicorn Killer & Other Stories, by Martin Lastrapes, Cannibal Press
Magic for Unlucky Girls, by A.A. Balaskovits, Santa Fe Writers Project
States of Motion, by Laura Hulthen Thomas, Wayne State University Press
The Museum of Possibilities, by Barbara Sibbald, Porcupine’s Quill
The Things We Do That Make No Sense, Switchgrass Books, an imprint of NIU Press
The Truth about Me, by Louise Marburg and Peg Alford Pursell (editor), WTAW Press
The Widow’s Guide to Edible Mushrooms, by Chauna Craig, Press 53
There’s So Much They Haven’t Told You, by Michelle Ross, Moon City Press
These Are Our Demands, by Matthew Pitt, Engine Books
Things We Do When No One Is Watching, BkMk Press, University of Missouri-Kansas City
To Lay to Rest Our Ghosts, by Caitlin Hamilton Summie, Fomite Press
You Are Not Needed Now, Anvil Press

Thriller & Suspense
Blood Truth, by Matt Coyle, Oceanview Publishing
Cashed Out, by Michael H. Rubin, Fiery Seas
City of Ghosts, by J.H. Moncrieff, DeathZone Books
Come Home, by Patricia Gussin, Oceanview Publishing
Deadbomb Bingo Ray, by Jeff Johnson, Turner Publishing Company
Do Not Ask, by Elaine Williams Crockett, BookBaby
Give Up the Dead, by Joe Clifford, Oceanview Publishing
Hard Dog to Kill, WildBlue Press
Inside V, by Paula Priamos, Rare Bird Books
Naked We Came, by Robert Lane, Mason Alley Publishing
The Han Agent, by Amy Rogers, ScienceThrillers Media
The Killing Files, by Nikki Owen, Blackstone Publishing
The Point of a Gun, Edition Barenklau

War & Military
Altar of Resistance, by Samuel Marquis, Mount Sopris Publishing
Operation Light Switch, by John Wemlinger, Mission Point Press
Seven Wings to Glory, by Kathleen M. Rodgers, Camel Press
Sheppard and the French Rescue, Koehler Books (Battle Flag imprint)
Sins of the Fathers, Suspense Publishing
The Chords of War, White Whisker Books
The Fairness of Beasts, by Gar LaSalle, Solipsis Publishing
The General’s Women, by Susan Wittig Albert, Persevero Press
The Trumpets of Jericho, by J. Michael Dolan, Monochrome Books
War, Spies & Bobby Sox, by Libby Fischer Hellmann, The Red Herrings Press
Wickwythe Hall, by Judithe Little, Black Opal Books

ADULT NONFICTION

Adventure & Recreation
Base Camp Las Vegas, by Deborah Wall, Imbrifex Books
Brewed in Michigan, by William Rapai, Wayne State University Press
Sea Trials, by Wendy Hinman, Salsa Press
The Dragon Run, University of Alberta Press
True North, by Lou Marincovich, Bering Press

Architecture
100 Midcentury Chairs, by Lucy Rider Richardson, Gibbs Smith
Creating Biophilic Buildings, by Amanda Sturgeon, Ecotone Publishing
Designing Detroit, by Michael G. Smith, Wayne State University Press
Designing Your Perfect House 2nd Edition, Dalsimer Press
Mosques, Rizzoli
The Detroit Public Library, by Barbara Madgy Cohn and Patrice Rafail Merritt, Wayne State University Press

Art
Botanical Visions, by Julie Sasse and MF Cardamone (illustrator), Pomegranate
Cast, by Jen Townsend, Renée Zettle-Sterling, Smith Publicity (publicist), and Jamie Elfrank (marketer), Schiffer Publishing
Chip Kidd: Book Two, Rizzoli New York
Expanding Tradition: Selections from the Larry D. and Brenda A. Thompson Collection, by Shawnya Harris and David Driskell, Georgia Museum of Art
Golden Kingdoms, by Joanne Pillsbury (editor), Kim N. Richter (editor), and Timothy Potts (editor), Getty Publications
Kuniyoshi X Kunisada, MFA Publications, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Matisse in the Studio, MFA Publications, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Menage, SF Design / FrescoBooks
Michelangelo, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Monongraph by Chris Ware, Rizzoli New York
Primal Beauty, by Lawrence Stoller, Cameron + Company
Richard Diebenkorn, by Scott A. Shields and Richard Diebenkorn (illustrator), Pomegranate
The Art of Mondo, Insight Editions

Autobiography & Memoir
Derby Girl, by Sammi Jones, North Dakota State University Press
Doing Time Like A Spy, by John Kiriakou, Rare Bird Books
House Built on Ashes, by José Antonio Rodríguez, University of Oklahoma Press
How to Be an Indian in the 21st Century, by Louis V. Clark III (Two Shoes), Wisconsin Historical Society Press
Hummingbird, Rare Bird Books
Kill The Gringo, Rare Bird Books
Life Detonated, by Kathleen Murray Moran, Amberjack Publishing
Necessary to Life, by Louisa Leontiades, Thorntree Press
Of Bulletins and Booze, Texas Tech University Press
Open Midnight, Trinity University Press
Punk Avenue, by Phil Marcade, Three Rooms Press
Raven Walks around the World, by Thom Henley, Harbour Publishing
Self-Portrait with Dogwood, by Christopher Merrill, Trinity University Press
Siberian Exile, University of Nebraska Press
This Is Just My Face, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Biography
A Mother’s Tale, by Phillip Lopate, The Ohio State University Press
A Witness to History, Texas Tech University Press
Dream of a House, George F. Thompson Publishing
Eleanor, Westminster John Knox Press
Frank Little and the IWW, by Jane Little Botkin, University of Oklahoma Press
Hemingway’s Brain, University of South Carolina Press
Jackie Robinson, Westminster John Knox Press
Maximum Volume, by Kenneth Womack, Chicago Review Press
Say To These Mountains, Light Messages Publishing
The Rebel in the Red Jeep, West Virginia University Press
Through a Long Absence, by Joy Passanante, Mad Creek Books/The Ohio State University Press
Wilde’s Women, by Eleanor Fitzsimons, The Overlook Press

Body, Mind & Spirit
Aging with Wisdom, by Olivia Ames Hoblitzelle and Larry Rosenberg (contributor), Monkfish
Change the Story of Your Health, by Carl Greer, Findhorn Press
Claiming Anishinaabe, by Lynn Gehl, University of Regina Press
Healing Civilizations, by Nadim Shaath, Cameron and Company
Hidden Blessings: Midlife Crisis as a Spiritual Awakening, by Jett Psaris, Sacred River Press
I’ve Decided to Live 120 Years, by Ilchi Lee, Best Life Media
Right Here Right Now, by Amy G. Oden, Abingdon Press
Spirit of the Earth, by Joseph A. Fitzgerald and Michael O. Fitzgerald, World Wisdom
The Alchemy of Illuminated Poetry®, by Xianna Michaels (author, illustrator), Alcabal Press, LLC
The Ayurveda Way, by Ananta Ripa Ajmera, Storey Publishing
The Surrender Prayer, by Kristian Lynch, Surrendered Publishing
The Yogi Diet, by James Morgante and Richard Smoley (contributor)
Whispers in the Wilderness, by Erik Stensland (author, photographer), Janna Nyswander (editor), and Jerry Dorris (designer), Morning Light Photography

Business & Economics
Beyond Default, LID Publishing
Collaborating with the Enemy, Berrett-Koehler Publishers
Happier at Work, by Gayle Van Gils, She Writes Press
Humility Is the New Smart, Berrett-Koehler Publishers
Pacing for Growth, Berrett-Koehler Publishers
PLAN COMMIT WIN, QuestFusion Publishing
Raise Capital on Your Own Terms, Berrett-Koehler Publishers
Set for Life, by Scott Trench, BiggerPockets Publishing
Tax Guide for Short-Term Rentals, by Stephen Fishman, NOLO
The Clean Money Revolution, by Joel Solomon and Tyee Bridge, New Society Publishers
The Disabled Workforce, CreateSpace
The Millennial Myth, Berrett-Koehler Publishers
Wealth by Virtue, by Chad Gordon, 7209361606

Career
Always Eat Left-Handed, Ideapress Publishing
Ask Outrageously!, Berrett-Koehler Publishers
Crowdfunding Basics In 30 Minutes, i30 Media Corporation
Culture Infusion, Peaceful Daily
Get the Most Out of Retirement, American Bar Association
Great Jobs for Everyone 50+: Finding Work That Keeps You Happy and Health…and Pays the Bills Updated Edition, Wiley
SPIKE, LID Publishing
The Academic Gateway, by Timothy Sibbald (editor) and Victoria Handford (editor), University of Ottawa Press
The Workplace Writer’s Process, by Anne Janzer, Cuesta Park Consulting
Up Is Not the Only Way, Berrett-Koehler Publishers

Coloring Books
Color Your Way Content, HIC Books
Enchanting Mandala Mazes, Get Creative 6
Inkspirations Mindful Living, HCI Books
The Historical Heroines Coloring Book, White Wave Press
Twilight Garden, by Maria Trolle (illustrator), Gibbs Smith
Wonder Body, Got G’nads Press

Cooking
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner…Life!, Rizzoli New York
Cooking with the Wolfman, by David Wolfman and Marlene Finn, Douglas & McIntyre
Perfectly Aged, Taste of Texas
Recipes from the Herbalist’s Kitchen, by Brittany Wood Nickerson, Storey Publishing
Stock the Crock, by Phyllis Good, Time Inc. Books
The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen, by Sean Sherman and Beth Dooley, University of Minnesota Press
The Walking Dead: The Official Cookbook and Survival Guide, Insight Editions
What Can I Bring?, by Elizabeth Heiskell, Time Inc. Books
Wholefood Heaven in a Bowl, by David Bailey and Charlotte Bailey, Gibbs Smith
YumUniverse Pantry to Plate, by Heather Crosby, The Experiment

Crafts & Hobbies
Extreme Stickering Day of the Dead, by Any Puzzle Media, Printers Row Publishing Group
Journal Sparks, by Emily K. Neuburger, Storey Publishing
Mosaic & Lace Knits, Stackpole Books
Stitching Pathways, Landauer Publishing

Ecology & Environment
A Temporary Refuge, by Lee Spencer, Patagonia
Being the Change, by Peter Kalmus, New Society Publishers
Compact Farms, by Josh Volk, Storey Publishing
Dawn Again, by Doniga Markegard, Propriometrics Press
Grass Roots, by Nick Johnson, Oregon State University Press
Malama Honua, Patagonia
Megafire, HMH
One Man’s Maine, Green Writers Press
Rising Tides, by John R. Wennersten and Denise Robbins, Indiana University Press
The Green Amendment, by Maya K. van Rossum and Mark Ruffalo (contributor), Disruption Books
The Magnificent Nahanni, University of Regina Press

Education
Beyond Testing, Teachers College Press
Cultivating Mindfulness in the Classroom, Marzano Research
EMPOWER Your Students, Solution Tree Press
Infant-Toddler Social Studies, Redleaf Press
Messy Maths, Independent Thinking Press
Mr. Clark’s Big Band , by Meredith O’Brien, Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing
Realizing the Distinctive University, by Mark Roche, University of Notre Dame Press
Softening the Edges, Solution Tree Press
Teaching, Learning, Literacy in Our High-Risk High-Tech World, Teachers College Press
The Complete IEP Guide, by Lawrence M. Siegel, NOLO
The Lazy Teacher’s Handbook – New Edition, Independent Thinking Press
When the Adults Change, Everything Changes, Independent Thinking Press

Essays
A Man’s World: Portraits, by Steve Oney, Mercer University Press
Accidental Gravity, by Bernard Quetchenbach, Oregon State University Press
American English, Italian Chocolate, University of Nebraska Press
Don’t Come Back, by Lina María Ferreira Cabeza-Vanegas, Mad Creek Books / The Ohio State University Press
Flutterpoint, by Erik Anderson, Zone 3 Press
Most American, by Rilla Askew, University of Oklahoma Press
Ordinary Skin, Texas Tech University Press
Pain Woman Takes Your Keys and Other Essays from a Nervous System, by Sonya Huber, University of Nebraska Press
The Long Weeping, by Jessie van Eerden, Orison Books
Vintage Saints and Sinners, by Karen Wright Marsh, InterVarsity Press
Where the Tiny Things Are: Feathered Essays, Punctum Press
Woodland Manitou, by Heidi Barr, Homebound Publications

Family & Relationships
Come to Life! Your Guide to Self-Discovery, Porterville Press
Evolutionary Relationships, by Patricia Albere and Katherine Woodward Thomas (contributor), Oracle Institute Press
Filling Her Shoes, She Writes Press
Garden of the Lost and Abandoned, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Grow Together, by Josette Luvmour, Create Space Independent Publishing
I’m the One Who Got Away ,by Andrea Jarrell, She Writes Press
Lost in the Reflecting Pool, by Diane Pomerantz, She Writes Press
Motherprayer, by Barbara Mahany, Abingdon Press
Positive Parenting 101, Bayou Publishing
The Happiest Kids in the World, The Experiment Publishing
The Place of Peace and Crickets ,Twisted Road Publications
The Stuff of Family Life, by Michelle Janning, Rowman & Littlefield

Grief/Grieving
A Friend Indeed, by Amy Florian and Jessica Chipkin (contributor), Corgenius
At Death’s Door, by Sebastian Sepulveda and Gini Graham Scott (contributor), Rowman & Littlefield
Bearing the Unbearable, by Joanne Cacciatore, Wisdom Publications
Breaking Sad, by Shelly Fisher (editor) and Jennifer Jones (editor), She Writes Press
Expecting Sunshine, by Alexis Marie Chute, She Writes Press
I Know It in My Heart, by Mary E. Plouffe, She Writes Press
Resilient Grieving, The Experiment Publishing
Should I Still Wish ,University of Nebraska Press
The Greater Weight of Glory, by Robin Farnsworth, Create Space

Health
Back to Balance, by Halee Fischer-Wright, Disruption Books
Change the Story of Your Health, by Carl Greer, Findhorn Press
Don’t Eat This If You’re Taking That, Skyhorse
Medicare For Dummies, Wiley
Move Your DNA, by Katy Bowman, Propriometrics Press
Pain Woman Takes Your Keys and Other Essays from a Nervous System, by Sonya Huber, University of Nebraska Press
Second Chance, She Writes Press Inc.
The No-Meat Athlete Cookbook, The Experiment Publishing
The Secret Life of Your Microbiome, by Alan C. Logan and Susan L. Prescott, New Society Publishers
The Sweet Bloods of Eeyou Istchee, by Ruth DyckFehderau, Cree Board of Health& Social Services of James Bay
The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Breast Cancer, Jane Thomas Press
Yoga for Diabetes, by Rachel Zinman and David Young (photographer), Monkfish

History
A Hero for the Americas, by Robert Calder, University of Regina Press
Beauty in the City, by Robert A. Slayton, Excelsior Editions
Chief Seattle and the Town That Took His Name, Sasquatch Books
Detroit 1967, by Joel Stone (editor), Wayne State University Press
March 1917, by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, University of Notre Dame Press
Road Through Time, University of Regina Press
Spirit in the Rock, by Jim Compton and Bill Stafford (photographer), Washington State University Press
The Blue Shirts, by Hugues Théorêt and Ferdinanda Van Gennip (translator), University of Ottawa Press
The Burr Conspiracy, Princeton University Press
The Iaşi Pogrom, June–July 1941, Indiana University Press
The Truth of the Russian Revolution, by Konstantin Ivanovich Globachev, Sofia Nikolaevna Globacheva, and Vladimir G. Marinich (translator), SUNY Press
World War II and the Caribbean, by Karen E. Eccles and Debbie McCollin, The University of the West Indies Press

Home & Garden
Designing Your Perfect House 2nd Edition, Dalsimer Press
Don’t Repot That Plant!, by Will Creed, Button Street Press
Garden Wisdom 365 Days, by Cheryl Wilfong, Heart Path Press
Homegrown Pantry, by Barbara Pleasant, Storey Publishing
My Smart Home for Seniors, Pearson
The Grumpy Gardener, by Steve Bender, Time Inc. Books
Welcome to the Farm, Lyons Press

Humor
A Die Hard Christmas, Insight Editions
A Doorman’s Memoir, Dick Candy Productions
Fierce, Funny, and Female, by Marti MacGibbon, Stay Strong Publishing
Lexicon: American Style 2, Outskirts Press
The Full English, 220 Publishing
Uncle John’s OLD FAITHFUL 30th Anniversary Bathroom Reader, Printers Row Publishing Group
Vagabonding with Kids: Brazil, by AK Turner, Brown Books Publishing

LGBT
¡Cuéntamelo!, by Juliana Delgado Lopera (editor), Aunt Lute Books
2Brides 2Be, by Laura Leigh Abby, Archer
A Sinner in Mecca, by Parvez Sharma, BenBella Books
Accidental Activists, by David Collins, University of North Texas Press
Derby Girl, by Sammi Jones, North Dakota State University Press
Finally Out, by Loren A. Olson, Oak Lane Press
Gay Pioneers, by Jack Fritscher and Mark Hemry (editor), Palm Drive Publishing
Handbook of LGBT Tourism and Hospitality, by Jeff Guaracino and Ed Salvato, Columbia University Press
Lesbian Decadence, by Nicole Albert, Nancy Erber (translator), and William Peniston (translator), Harrington Park Press
LGBTQ-Inclusive Hospice and Palliative Care, by Kimberly D. Acquaviva, Harrington Park Press
Queer Threads, by John Chaich and Todd Oldham (editor), AMMO Books
Solace: Writing, Refuge, and LGBTQ Women of Color, by S. Andrea Allen (editor) and Lauren Cherelle (editor), BLF Press

Multicultural
Accomplice to Memory, by Q. M. Zhang, Kaya Press
Beyond Colorblind, by Sarah Shin, InterVarsity Press
Black Domers, by Don Wycliff (editor) and David Krashna (editor), University of Notre Dame Press
From the Kingdom of Kongo to Congo Square, University of Louisiana at Lafayette Press
Jacob Isaac Segal, by Pierre Anctil and Vivian Felsen (translator), University of Ottawa Press
Mestizos Come Home, University of Oklahoma Press
THE GOOD FIGHT, Against All Odds Productions
The Myth of Equality, by Ken Wytsma, InterVarsity Press
Wonder Girls, by Paola Gianturco, Alex Sangster, and Foreword by Musimbi Kanyoro, powerHouse Books

Nature
A Temporary Refuge, by Lee Spencer, Patagonia
Alaska’s Mendenhall Glacier, by Nick Jans and Mark Kelley (photographer), Mark Kelley Photography
Dawn Again, by Doniga Markegard, Propriometrics Press
Deep into Yellowstone, by Rick Lamplugh, Rick Lamplugh
Great Hiking Trails of the World, Rizzoli New York
How to Read Nature, The Experiment Publishing
Into Africa, Insight Editions
Leaves Surface Like Skin, by Michelle Menting, Terrapin Books
Nature, Love, Medicine, by Gary Paul Nabhan, Nalini Nadkarni, Elisabeth Tova Bailey, Stephen Trimble, Thich Nhat Hanh, Thomas Lowe Fleischner (editor, author), Jane Hirshfield, Alberto Búrquez, Gwen Annette Heistand, Brooke Williams, Laura Sewall, Edie Dillon, Sarah Juniper Rabkin, Mitchell Thomashow, Alison Hawthorne Deming, Judith Lydeamore, Saul Weisberg, Pablo Deustua Jochamowitz, Peter H. Kahn, Jr., Lauret Savoy, Jana Richman, Melanie Bishop, and Robin Wall Kimmerer, Torrey House Press
Spirit of the Earth, by Joseph A. Fitzgerald and Michael O. Fitzgerald, World Wisdom
Wild and Scenic Rivers, by Tim Palmer, Oregon State University Press

Performing Arts & Music
Blood on the Stage, 1800-1900, Rowman & Littlefield
Create!, by Ronald Rand, Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing
Dirty Windshields, by Grant Lawrence, Douglas & McIntyre
Dolly Parton, Gender, and Country Music, Indiana University Press
Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water, Insight Editions
Maximum Volume, by Kenneth Womack, Chicago Review Press
Totally Scripted, by Josh Chetwynd, Lyons Press

Pets & Animals
Dog as My Doctor, Cat as My Nurse, by Carlyn Montes De Oca, She Writes Press
How to Speak Chicken, by Melissa Caughey, Storey Publishing
Lina Unleashed, Beaver’s Pond Press

Philosophy
Alan Watts – In the Academy, by Alan Watts, Peter J. Columbus (editor), and Donadrian L. Rice (editor), SUNY Press
Edgar Allan Poe, Eureka, and Scientific Imagination, by David N. Stamos, SUNY Press
Heretics!, Princeton University Press
Mountains, Rivers, and the Great Earth, by Jason M. Wirth, SUNY Press
Your Evolving Soul, by Byron Belitsos, Origin Press

Photography
American Firefighter, Welcome Books
Arrête pas la musique!, University of Louisiana at Lafayette Press
Indiana Across the Land, Indiana University Press
Irving Penn, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
London Rock: The Unseen Archive, Insight Editions
Marfa and the Mystique of Far West Texas, University of Louisiana at Lafayette Press
On an Acre Shy of Eternity, by Robert Dash, Hyla Press
People of Yellowstone, Elm Grove Press
Raghubir Singh, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Straight Bourbon, Indiana University Press
Tending the Fire, by Christopher Felver (photographer), University of New Mexico Press
The Edge of the World, Falcon

Poetry
American Purgatory, Eyewear Publishing Ltd.
Body, in Good Light, by Erin Rodoni, Sixteen Rivers Press
Calling a Wolf a Wolf, by Alyssa Neptune (editor), Alice James Books
Matria, Black Lawrence Press
Please Bury Me in This, Four Way Books
Silencer, by Marcus Wicker, HMH
Street Calligraphy, by Jim Daniels, Steel Toe Books
The Bird-While, by Keith Taylor, Wayne State University Press
The Woods Are On Fire, by Fleda Brown, University of Nebraska Press
This House That, by Peter Grandbois, Brighthorse Books
Village Prodigies, by Rodney Jones, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
What It Done to Us, by Essy Stone, Lost Horse Press

Political Science
A Land without Borders, by Nir Baram, Text Publishing
Being Kurdish in a Hostile World, by Ayub Nuri, University of Regina Press
China’s Great Migration, Independent Institute
Flash Points, by Jade Wu, Excelsior Editions
Mediatized Political Campaigns, by Indrani Bachan-Persad, The University of the West Indies Press
The Capital Times, Wisconsin Historical Society Press
The Resistance Handbook, by Markos Moulitsas and Michael Huttner, Disruption Books
Toward Truth, Freedom, Fitness, and Decency, Greenleaf Book Group

Popular Culture
Gay Pioneers, by Jack Fritscher and Mark Hemry (editor), Palm Drive Publishing
Let’s Get Monster Smashed, by Jon Chaiet, Marc Chaiet, and Meghan Schaffer (marketer), Schiffer Publishing
Rei Kawakubo / Comme des Garcons, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The 100 Best Celebrity Photos, by Editors of PEOPLE magazine, Time Inc. Books
The Dark Crystal: The Ultimate Visual History, Insight Editions
UFOs, Chemtrails, and Aliens, by Donald R. Prothero and Timothy D. Callahan, Indiana University Press

Psychology
Anger anonymous, MSI Press
Beyond Bedlam’s Door, Thunder Lake Press
Change the Story of Your Health, by Carl Greer, Findhorn Press
Emotional Resiliency in the Era of Climate Change, Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Sabina Spielrein, by Angela M. Sells, SUNY Press
When It’s Never About You, Harte & Co

Reference
Blood on the Stage, 1600-1800, Rowman & Littlefield
Inside Story: Everyone’s Guide to Reporting and Writing Creative Nonfiction, by Julia Goldberg, Leaf Storm Press
Origins of a Story, by Jake Grogan, Cider Mill Press Book Publishers
Oscar’s Favorite Actors, McFarland
San Diego County Mammal Atlas, San Diego Natural History Museum
Social Security For Dummies, Wiley
The Essential Poet’s Glossary, by Edward Hirsch, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
The Legal English Manual, Second Edition, by Kathrin Weston Walsh (editor), Julian Cornelius (contributor), Jenna Bollag (contributor), Sandra Kuhn-Schulthess (contributor), Alison Wiebalck (contributor), Richard Norman (contributor), and Clemens von Zedtwitz (contributor), BarWrite Press

Regional
Baja’s Wild Side, Sunbelt Publications
Beauty in the City, by Robert A. Slayton, Excelsior Editions
Bodie, Sunbelt Publications
Campaign Crossroads, by Andrew Stoner, Indiana Historical Society Press
Greetings from Detroit, by Dan Austin, Wayne State University Press
Hauntings of the Underground Railroad, Indiana University Press
Mississippi and the Great Depression, The History Press
Natural Wonders of Assateague Island, by Mark Hendricks and Tracee Groff (marketer), Schiffer Publishing
Picturing Harrisonburg, George F. Thompson Publishing
The 1928 Bunion Derby, by James R. Powell, Seascape Publishers
The Adirondack Architecture Guide, Southern-Central Region, by Janet A. Null, Excelsior Editions
Yosemite People, by Jonas Kulikauskas, A Thousand Words Press

Religion
A Bigger Table, Westminster John Knox Press
Abducted in Iraq, by Saad Sirop Hanna, with Edward S. Aris, University of Notre Dame Press
Disarming Beauty, by Julián Carrón, University of Notre Dame Press
Image and Presence, Stanford University Press
Invisible Hosts, by Elizabeth Schleber Lowry, SUNY Press
My Jewish Year, by Abigail Pogrebin and A. J. Jacobs (contributor), Fig Tree Books
Religious Agrarianism and the Return of Place, by Todd LeVasseur, SUNY Press
Satan and Apocalypse, by Thomas J. J. Altizer, SUNY Press
Serving Others, by John E. Koenig and Fr. John F. Kamwendo, Outskirts Press
Single, Gay, Christian, by Gregory Coles, InterVarsity Press
The Great Re-imagining, by Theodore Richards, Homebound Publications
The Wisdom of Not Knowing, by Estelle Frankel, Shambhala
Vindicating the Vixens, Kregel Academic

Science
A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived, The Experiment Publishing
Angle of Attack, by Roger Rapoport and Shem Malmquist, Lexographic Press
Cerebrum, Dana Press
Move Your DNA, by Katy Bowman, Propriometrics Press
San Diego County Mammal Atlas, San Diego Natural History Museum
See It with a Small Telescope, by Will Kalif, Ulysses Press
Strange Science, Printers Row Publishing Group
The Driver in the Driverless Car, Berrett-Koehler Publishers
The Runaway Species, Catapult
This Phenomenal Life, Lyons Press
Tides, Trinity University Press

Self-Help
Bearing the Unbearable, by Joanne Cacciatore, Wisdom Publications
How You Learn Is How You Live, Berrett-Koehler Publishers
I’ve Decided to Live 120 Years, by Ilchi Lee, Best Life Media
Jeffrey Gitomer’s Little Gold Book of Yes! Attitude, updated new edition, Sound Wisdom
Prisoners of Our Thoughts, Berrett-Koehler Publishers
Rules For Mavericks, Crown House Publishing Ltd
The Body Image Blueprint, Jenny Eden Coaching
The Launch Book, LID Publishing
The Mindful Way to a Good Night’s Sleep, by Tzivia Gover, Storey Publishing
The Wisdom of Not Knowing, by Estelle Frankel, Shambhala
Treasure Hunt, Watkins Publishing
Wild Ideas, by Cathy Wild, Standing Place Press

Social Sciences
Back to Balance, by Halee Fischer-Wright, Disruption Books
Dig Where You Are, by Nan Alexander Doyal, Casper Press
Federal Prison Handbook, by Christopher Zoukis, Middle Street Publishing
Firsts, by Editors of TIME, Time Inc. Books
Lean Media, by Ian Lamont, Zach Gajewski (editor), and Monica Thomas, TLC Design (designer), i30 Media
Mean Men, by Mark Lipton, Voussoir Press
THE GOOD FIGHT, Against All Odds Productions
The Great Vanishing Act, Fulcrum
When Parents Are Incarcerated, American Psychological Association

Sports
A Mountaineer’s Life, Patagonia
Dynastic, Bombastic, Fantastic, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Hard To Grip, Schaffner Press
Sports Illustrated Football’s Greatest Revised and Updated, by Editors of Sports Illustrated, Time, Inc. Books
Stories from the Dirt, Falcon
The Streak, Hmh
The Year of the Pitcher, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Travel
Alaska’s Mendenhall Glacier, by Nick Jans and Mark Kelley (photographer), Mark Kelley Photography
Arlington, John F. Blair, Publisher
Beyond Mile Zero, by Lily Gontard and Mark Kelly (photographer), Harbour Publishing
Four Seasons in a Day, DJWorking Unlimited Inc.
Holy Rover, by Lori Erickson, Fortress Press
Ireland, by Matt Walker and Zeneba Bowers, Little Roads Publishing
Patagonian Road, by Kate McCahill, Santa Fe Writer’s Project
The 1928 Bunion Derby, by James R. Powell, Seascape Publishers
The Best Women’s Travel Writing, Volume 11, Travelers’ Tales
The World’s Most Travelled Man, by Mike Spencer Bown, Douglas & McIntyre
Trappist Beer Travels, by Caroline Wallace, Sarah Wood, Jessica Deahl, and Meghan Schaffer (marketer), Schiffer Publishing
Uncorked, Sea to Sky Books (self)
Yellowstone Treasures, Updated Fifth Edition, by Janet Chapple, Granite Peak Publications

True Crime
Gaslight Lawyers, by Richard H. Underwood, Shadelandhouse Modern Press
In Vino Duplicitas, by Peter Hellman, The Experiment
Sidetracked, by Richard T. Cahill Jr., Wildblue Press
The Pinks, by Chris Enss, TwoDot
Trial by Fire, by Kaia Anderson, Pyxis Press
When Normal Blew Up, by Joni Foster, Red Raku Press

War & Military
Canada’s Dream Shall Be of Them, by Eric McGeer and Steve Douglas (photographer), Wilfrid Laurier University Press
Compassionate Soldier, by Jerry Borrowman, Shadow Mountain
Dispatches from the Pacific, Indiana University Press
Foxtrot in Kandahar, by Duane Evans, Savas Beatie
Navigating a Life, BkMk Press, University of Missouri-Kansas City
Rebel Bulldog, by Jason Lantzer, Indiana Historical Society Press
The Last Veterans of World War II, by Richard Bell and Harrison Lutz (marketer), Schiffer Publishing
The World Turns to War, by Jay Wertz, Monroe Publications

Women’s Studies
Ask, by Kitty Stryker, Thorntree Press
Feminine Genius, by LiYana Silver, Sounds True
Fierce, Funny, and Female, by Marti MacGibbon, Stay Strong Publishing
Matria, Black Lawrence Press
Violence Against Indigenous Women, by Allison Hargreaves, Wilfrid Laurier University Press
Why They Stay, by Bonnie Britt (editor), C.J. Burton (photographer), Janet Michaud (designer), and Sara Morsey (narrator), Ogunquit Press
Wonder Girls, by Paola Gianturco, Alex Sangster, and Foreword by Musimbi Kanyoro, powerHouse Books

ANTHOLOGIES

Anthologies
Adam’s Ladder, by Michael Bailey (editor), Darren Speegle (editor), Jeffrey Thomas (contributor), Brian Evenson (contributor), B.E. Scully (contributor), Gene O’Neill (contributor), Ramsey Campbell (contributor), Tim Lebbon (contributor), Erinn L. Kemper (contributor), Roberta Lannes (contributor), Rena Mason (contributor), John Langan (contributor), Laird Barron (contributor), Lisa Morton (contributor), Damien Angelica Walters (contributor), Chaz Brenchley (contributor), Scott Edelman (contributor), Mark Morris (contributor), Paul Meloy (contributor), and Mark Samuels (contributor), Written Backwards
Ask, by Kitty Stryker, Thorntree Press
Challenges to the Dream , by Jim Daniels (editor), Carnegie Mellon University Press
Edge of Morning, by Jacqueline Keeler (editor), Torrey House Press
Forgotten Women, by Ginny Lowe Connors (editor), Grayson Books
Pie & Whiskey, by Samuel Ligon (editor) and Kate Lebo (editor), Sasquatch Books
Poetry of Presence, by Phyllis Cole-Dai (editor) and Ruby R. Wilson (editor), Grayson Books
Pope Francis and the Caring Society , Independent Institute
The Music of the Soul Lives On , by Henry Mackaman, Beaver’s Pond Press
The Obama Inheritance, by Gary Phillips (editor), Walter Mosley (contributor), and Nisi Shawl (contributor), Three Rooms Press
The Soul of a Great Traveler, Travelers’ Tales
The World Is Just A Book Away, USC Libraries Press

GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMICS

Graphic Novels & Comics

Daddy Hall, by Tony Miller, The Porcupine’s Quill
Diary of a Reluctant Dreamer, by Alberto Ledesma, Mad Creek Books/The Ohio State University Press
Encyclopedia of Black Comics, by Sheena C. Howard, Christopher Priest (contributor), and Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (contributor), Fulcrum
Flutter, Volume Three: Rid of Me, by Jennie Wood, Jeff McClelland (editor), Jeff McComsey (illustrator), and Chris Goodwin (contributor), 215 Ink
I, Parrot, by Deb Olin Unferth and Elizabeth Haidle (illustrator), Black Balloon Publishing
John Carpenter’s Tales for a HalloweeNight Volume 3, Storm King Productions, Inc.
Jurassic, RexTooth Studios
Knights of the Skull , by Wayne Vansant (author, illustrator) and Harrison Lutz (marketer), Schiffer Publishing
M.F.K., Insight Comics
Renegade, by Andrea Grosso Ciponte and Dacia Palmerino, Plough Publishing House

CHILDREN’S

Juvenile Fiction
Embers of Destruction, by J. Scott Savage, Shadow Mountain
Esme Dooley and the Kirkkomaki Circus, by Jane Donovan (author, illustrator) and Holly Trechter, Sky Candle Press
From Ant to Eagle, by Alex Lyttle, Central Avenue Publishing
If My Moon Was Your Sun, by Andreas Steinhöfel and Nele Palmtag (illustrator), Plough Publishing House
Mosquitoes Don’t Bite Me, by Pendred Noyce, Tumblehome Learning
Slug Days, by Sara Leach and Rebecca Bender (illustrator), Pajama Press
The Beginning, by M. J. Thomas, WorthyKids/Ideals
The Forbidden Temptation of Baseball, by Dori Jones Yang, SparkPress
The Magnificent Flying Baron Estate, by Eric Bower and Agnieszka Grochalska (illustrator), Amberjack Publishing
The Seasons of a Giant, by Pamela Hartley, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
The Splendid Baron Submarine, by Eric Bower and Agnieszka Grochalska (illustrator), Amberjack Publishing
The Strange Round Bird, Bancroft Press
Veronica and the Volcano, by Geoffrey Cook and Gabrielle Shamsey (illustrator), Violet Moon

Juvenile Nonfiction
Chef Roy Choi and the Street Food Remix, READERS to EATERS
Fairy House Cooking, Down East Books
Hedy’s Journey, by Michelle Bisson and El Primo Ramon (illustrator), Capstone
Hockey , by Editors of Sports Illustrated Kids, Time Inc. Books
If You Were Me and Lived in … the Mayan Empire, by Carole P. Roman, Chelshire, Inc.
Lights On!, by Cynthia Simmerlink Becker and Benjamin Hummel (illustrator), Filter Press
N is for Never Forget, by Nancy Polette and Paul Dillon (illustrator), Elva Resa Publishing
One Minute Mysteries: Short Mysteries You Solve with Math! • Misterios de un Minuto: ¡Misterios Cortos que Resuelves con Matemáticas!, Science, Naturally!
Standing up for Civil Rights in St. Louis, by Amanda E. Doyle and Melanie A. Adams, Missouri History Museum Press
Stormy Seas, Annick Press
The Curse Ends, by Jeff Attinella and Mike Pascale (illustrator), It Had To Be Told Publishing
The Football Fanbook, by Gary Gramling, Time Inc. Books
The Girl Who Ran, Compendium
The Survival Guide for Kids in Special Education (and Their Parents), by Wendy L. Moss and Denise M. Campbell, Free Spirit Publishing
The True Story of Jim the Wonder Dog, by Marty Rhodes Figley, The RoadRunner Press
What I Can Learn from the Incredible and Fantastic Life of Steve Jobs, by Melissa Medina, Fredrik Colting, and Natsuko Yoneyama (illustrator), Moppet Books

Picture Books
BabyLit: Anne of Green Gables, by Jennifer Adams and Alison Oliver (illustrator), Gibbs Smith
Dream Big, by Kat Kronenberg, Greenleaf Book Group
Dust Flowers, by Lisa Gammon Olson and Kyle Olson (illustrator), Eifrig Publishing
Elisapee and Her Baby Seagull , by Nancy Mike and Charlene Chua (illustrator), Inhabit Media
Grandpa Alan’s Sugar Shack, Page Education Foundation
Hello Humpback!, by Roy Henry Vickers (author, illustrator) and Robert Budd, Harbour Publishing
I Dreamed I Was a Dog, by Joel Nakamura (author, illustrator), Leaf Storm Press
I Love My Purse, by Belle DeMont and Sonja Wimmer (illustrator), Annick Press
I See You , Magination Press
It’s Just So…Little!, by Brenda Faatz and Peter Trimarco (illustrator), Notable Kids Pubishing
Marielle in Paris, by Maxine Rose Schur and Jeanne B. de Sainte Marie (illustrator), Pomegranate
Maybe God Is like That Too, by Jennifer Grant and Benjamin Schipper (illustrator), Sparkhouse Family
My Beautiful Birds, by Suzanne Del Rizzo, Pajama Press
Plume, Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
So Many Cuddles, by Ruth Austin and Clare Owen (illustrator), Compendium
So Many Smarts!, Magination Press
The Day I Ran Away, by Holly L. Niner, Shari Dash Greenspan (editor), and Isabella Ongaro (illustrator), Flashlight Press
The Lonely Mailman, by Susanna Isern and Daniel Montero Galván (illustrator), Cuento de Luz
Think Circles!, by Karen S. Robbins and Tracee Groff (marketer), Schiffer Publishing
Wakem the Rooster: Up All Night, by David FitzSimmons and Richard Cowdrey (illustrator), Wild Iris Publishing

Picture Books, Early Reader
A Different Pond, by Bao Phi and Thi Bui (illustrator), Capstone
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Applesauce Press Book Publishers
Kohana, Fahrenheit Books
Moby Dick, by Mandy Archer and Annabel Tempest (illustrator), Gibbs Smith
My Dad Got Hurt. What Can I Do?, Lulu.com
Nile Crossing, Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
Princess Sophie and the Six Swans, Wisdom Tales Press
Robyn Boid: Architect, by Maree Coote, Melbournestyle Books
Space Pilgrim, by Ryan Winch (author, illustrator) and Elizabeth Winch (editor)
The Rock Maiden, by Natasha Yim and Pirkko Vainio (illustrator), Wisdom Tales
The Watcher, Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
Unraveling Rose, by Brian Wray, Shiloh Penfield (illustrator), and Tracee Groff (marketer), Schiffer Publishing
Wild Zoo Train, by Carmela LaVigna Coyle and Steve Gray (illustrator), Muddy Boots
Wonderful Nature, Wonderful You, Dawn Publications

Young Adult Fiction
Afterdeath, by Benoit Chartier and Cryssy Cheung (illustrator), Trode Publications
Archie of Outlandish, by Lynnette Kraft, Abigail Kraft (illustrator), and Jared Kraft (Composer) (contributor), New Wrinkle Publishing
Bend, by Nancy J. Hedin, Rachel Haimowitz (editor), and May Peterson (editor), Anglerfish Press
Beulah Land, by Nancy Stewart, Duet Books
Grrrls on the Side, Interlude Press
Seeking Mansfield, by Kate Watson, Flux
Starswept, by Mary Fan, Snowy Wings Publishing
The Big Lie, by Julie Mayhew, Candlewick Press
The Road to Winter, by Mark Smith, Text Publishing
The Rules and Regulations for Mediating Myths & Magic, by F.T. Lukens, Interlude Press
Those Who Run in the Sky, by Aviaq Johnston and Toma Feizo Gas (illustrator), Inhabit Media
Trell, by Dick Lehr, Candlewick Press
Zero Gravity, by Tom Lamarr, Marcinson Press

Young Adult Nonfiction
#NotYourPrincess, Annick Press
Come Sunday, University of Louisiana at Lafayette Press
Feminism From A to Z, Magination Press
Green Card Youth Voices, Green Card Voices
How to Be Happy, by David Burton, Text Publishing
Project You, by Aubre Andrus, Switch Press
Release Your Inner Drive, by Edward Watson and Bradley Busch, Crown House Publishing

GENERAL

Augmented Reality
THE GOOD FIGHT, Against All Odds Productions

Child Author (17 and Under)
The Day Tajon Got Shot, by Beacon House Writers, Shout Mouse Press,
The Global Warming Express, Terra Nova Books

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Indie Author Day 2016, At a Library Near You?

Indie Author Day 2016, At a Library Near You?

All below is from BookWorks

“Calling all indie authors! We’re pleased to announce a nationwide event that, literally, has your name written all over it. Indie Author Day 2016 is happening on October 8th and you’re not going to want to miss it!

Emilie Hancock, Content and Media Editor of BiblioLabs/BiblioBoard and their partners Library Journal/Self-e, gives us the scoop on the event, along with ways you can participate and help make it a huge success.

“Take it away, Emilie…”

“As the indie book movement continues to develop, authors are constantly looking for ways to reach new audiences. Through a ton of hard work and a bit of luck, indies have been making their way onto the shelves—and into the hearts—of new readers. Their successes are largely due to strong support systems provided both in their local communities and across a global network. The first annual Indie Author Day, set for October 8th, takes that powerhouse duo and runs with it.

What Is Indie Author Day?
Indie Author Day is a one-day, all-out occasion for local authors, libraries and publishing industry experts to celebrate, educate and collaborate. Libraries across North America will host local events, then come together at 2 PM EST USA for a digital gathering that will offer inspiration, information and advice for authors. It’s a chance for the indie writing community to unite through library systems both physically and digitally, and an opportunity to meet, network, make friends and form business partnerships.

What Kinds of Events Will There Be?
“Besides the aforementioned digital presentation, which will bring together all participating libraries, each library will hold its own local event. These can include, but are not limited to, an author panel featuring traditional, hybrid and self-published authors from the community; presentations from local indie authors about writing, marketing and more; book readings and/or signings from local authors; presentations from local industry leaders; writing workshops and informative presentations and workshops about tools available to the writing community through the library.

Indie Author Day 2016
http://BookWorks.com

Indie Author Day 2016

Why at the Library?
“Libraries are magical places—or, as the American Library Association’s Libraries Transform campaign likes to call them, maker-spaces. As their traditional role transcends being warehouses for books, we see them increasingly becoming havens for creative minds in the community. A plethora of tools and guidance are now available in libraries and beyond, placing libraries in a better position than ever to make a genuine impact in the lives and careers of local writers. As the self-publishing and indie industries grow, writers who may not have been discovered through traditional channels are able to get their voices heard.

Who’s on Board?
“So far, over 200 libraries have registered to be Indie Author Day hosts across the United States and Canada, where several thousand authors are expected to gather. It’s easy for libraries to sign up, and for authors to get their local library on board. In addition, Indie Author Day partners comprise over 20 author and library organizations:

BookWorks – BookBaby – IngramSpark – SELF-e/Library Journal – BookLife – Pressbooks Public – Califa – Rails Libraries – IBPA (Independent Book Publishers Assocation) – IndieReader – Soon to be Famous Illinois Author Project – Bibliolabs – Massachusetts Library System – Where Writers Win – No Shelf Required – Author U – Read Local – Written Word Media – Indies Unlimited – Publishers & Writers of San Diego (PWSD)/Publishers & Writers of Orange County (PWOC)

Next Steps
“The early and general deadlines have already passed, but libraries still have until the final deadline on September 1st to become an Indie Author Day host.

“Authors who want to attend events but don’t see that their library is participating can inform the Indie Author Day team.

“Authors and libraries who already know they’ll be involved can keep up with the latest news on the Indie Author Day website [http://indieauthorday.com/?utm_source=BookWorksBlog&utm_medium=blogPost&utm_campaign=IndieAuthorDay ] and by following or tweeting with the hashtag #AuthorDay16.

GET INVOLVED!
“During the Inaugural Indie Author Day on October 8, 2016, libraries from all across North America will host their own local author events with the support of the Indie Author Day team.

“In addition to these local programs, each library’s indie community will come together for an hour-long digital gathering at 2 PM Eastern USA time featuring Q & A with writers, agents and other industry leaders. Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity for libraries and authors to connect on both local and global levels!

“Be sure to keep an eye out for the upcoming announcement about the rock star industry specialists who will be talking about their experiences and giving advice during the digital panel.”

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See more at: https://www.bookworks.com/2016/07/indie-author-day-2016-coming-to-library-near-you/#sthash.qMW1ZQhQ.dpuf

Announcing: Timult Books!

Announcing the formation of my own small press:

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For now, Timult Books (pronounced with the long “i” as it “eye”) publishes print and ebook versions of The Spanners Series, which are science-fiction/ romance/ multiverse/ psi-infused/ utopian stories for adults, Young and New Adults about our alternative present(s) and near future(s).

Soon, I may accept others’ publications or write some of my own that are not part of that series. All publications are somehow to be related to the science-fiction/ speculative fiction themes of timultaneity, timulting, timult (these are terms invented by my actual son, Merlyn Ember, for and Clara Branon’s son, Zephyr Branon in The Spanners Series).

The terms refer to the simultaneous nature of all time and the multiple timelines in our multiverse (timultaneity) which some people have the special skill to be able to be perceiving/”seeing” and “knowing” (which is timulting). When they use their skills to look into various possible and actual “presents,” “pasts” and “futures,” that person is said to timult their own and/or others’ events, circumstances and lives.

These URLs, below, are now mine. For a while, they all redirect to THIS site (http://www.sallyember.com) and are not developed at all, until I decide to put in the time to have a separate website for the publication company. When I am ready, I’ll be using the first one only, timultbooks.com .
http://timultbooks.com
http://timultbooks.net
http://timultbooks.org
http://timultbooks.info
(I purchased the other three so no one can use them and confuse anyone by having anything that is not published by MY company on those sites.)

If you are an indie author who would like to have your writing, either fiction of the speculative / science-fiction genre, such as short stories, novellas, novelettes, novels, graphic novels, or poetry, screenplays, nonfiction or essays that utilize these themes or topics to be developed under this imprint and wear the banner of logo_1833057_print high rez  transparent, contact me at sallyember AT yahoo DOT com .

I provide the services of editing, formatting, proofreading, writing tutoring for variable and negotiable hourly rates.
I also offer marketing and other types of support and assistance for a small fee or barter, regardless of how your books are published.

If your writing fits into the Timult Books‘ themes and you want to “join” my small press, let’s talk!

If you’re feeling congratulatory, supportive, and are somewhat “flush” and/or want to celebrate my writing, videocasts and publishing accomplishments and hope for more, please consider a contribution to my #crowdfunding campaign (which entitles you to “rewards” ranging from a free ebook to discounts on my services to writers), at http://www.patreon.com/sallyember

OR use the PayPal donation button on my site (look to the right sidebar) for a non-reward contribution opportunity.

I am putting The Spanners Series’ ebooks into print!

I am putting The Spanners Series’ first three Volumes of ebooks into print-on-demand!

Announcement: NEED FUNDING HELP!

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As soon as I can raise the money to purchase my 10 ISBNs, I can put my print editions up for sale on Amazon via CreateSpace! Turns out it is important for series authors to have their own International Standard Book Numbers (ISBNs) and for indie authors to retain the publisher’s rights by owning their ISBNs rather than allowing the original purchaser of the ISBN to be listed as the “publisher.” Therefore, I have to forego the free and discounted ISBNs provided everywhere and buy my own.

If you’d like to support putting my books into print, please use either my #Crowdfunding Campaign site: http://www.patreon.com/sallyember, which entitles you to “rewards,” such as a free ebook ($4.00 donation) and/or discounted proofreading, editing or writing tutoring, depending upon the size of your donation and how many get there before you, or
the PayPal Donate button here on my site http://www.sallyember.com allows you to contribute any amount to my effort.

10 ISBNs cost $295 if purchased together, which is a great deal because buying a single ISBN costs $125, if purchased separately.

So, I hope I am finally doing it! Got my formatting gloves on, cracking my knuckles and biting all bullets.

My original cover art will carry over (THANKS, WillowRaven!), and all other aspects will be faithful to the ebook versions, with a few surprise additions.

Special thanks to Annie Douglas Lima for posting a guide to doing this so that I can use the Print on Demand feature of CreateSpace on Amazon, and to Madeline Duffy for providing a template I could revise and use.

Volume I is ready as of 10/20/15!just need the cash for ISBNs

I plan to have each Volume of the three published so far ready for sale as print books no later than December 12, 2015.

Wish me luck! Contribute! Tell your friends!


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Watch this space for release dates and purchase links.

Part IV: Letter to my Earlier Self about #Blog #Hops and #Virtual #Book #Tours

Part IV: Letter to my Earlier Self about #Blog #Hops and #Virtual #Book #Tours

This is Letter Four of Four of my “open letter to my earlier self” series that first appeared on The Book Cove Reviews, http://www.thebookcove.com/2014/12/author-sally-ember-edd-letter-to-my_15.html, late November – December, 2014.
Letter One appeared on my site, http://www.sallyember.com/blog , on 3/26/15.
Letter One posted on 3/26/15; Letter Two appeared on 4/4/15 and Letter Three on 4/11/15.

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I published my first ebook in December, 2013, and my second in June, 2014. I intend to publish my third in April, 2015. What I wish I had known before my first ebook went into pre-sales in November, 2013, about Virtual Book Tours and Blog Hops and other kinds of “shared” PR continues to grow. I write these Open Letters in order to share my wisdom “backwards” to my earlier self from today’s vantage point.

Dear Sally,

Now that you know you are going to be an indie published author, and you know you’re going to start with only ebooks and then see what happens, your choices about book marketing are more limited than if you were going to have both print and ebooks available or if a major or even minor publisher were backing your books. Mostly, your entire author platform and writing life are going to exist almost exclusively online.

That all means no book signings (you have no books to sign). It also means that you will have few or not any public readings, at least, not yet, since those usually go with book signings. You won’t be paying for much publicity since you have almost no budget for it, so forget print ads, posters, or other signage in the “real” world. Your PR is going to all be virtual.

What does this new type of non-in-person, non-print PR include besides your blog? You will have online “stores,” places that sell your books online, where the cover, blurb and reviews live. You can post your photo and bio there (on some, anyway). You should have author pages and book pages on vendor sites. What else?

Blog Hops and Virtual Book Tours.

Well, no wonder you have no idea what a “Blog Hop” or “Virtual Book Tour” is: You just barely started to blog last August, 2013, and barely know what blogging is. You have recently published your first fiction book while is also your first ebook. It’s hard to be more of a newbie than you are!

When someone invites you to “join” a Blog Hop or be part of a Virtual Book Tour, you don’t know what you’re saying “Yes” or “No” to, do you? How could you?

First of all, go visit/go on a Blog Hop or Virtual Book Tour at least once, each. Be a visitor to one or more that have some of the same organizer(s), authors and/or books as the Blog Hop or Virtual Book Tour you’re considering as a participant.

Take notes: what do you like/not like? What is confusing/clear? How appealing are the promos, widgets, banners, graphics? Since you are also a reader, consider: would YOU be more or newly interested in these authors/these books because of this Blog Hop or Virtual Book Tour?

If the answer is “NO,” stop there. You might want to join a Blog Hop or Virtual Book Tour, but not THIS one.

Visit some more until you can say “Yes” to these questions, above.

Now that you know what you like, it’s time to get more educated. There are hundreds of (free or fee-based) webinars, Google+ Hangouts On Air (HOAs), teleseminars, podcasts, blog posts, and, don’t forget: BOOKS and EBOOKS devoted to explaining everything about creating or joining a Blog Hop or Virtual Book Tour and all aspects of book marketing.

I won’t even try to recap it all here. Nonfiction can or should be marketed differently than fiction, short fiction differently than long. Target audience for and chosen genre/subgenre of your writing change the PR scene as well. Poetry and memoirs are in their own niches. Etc.

Attend, read, watch. Take more notes.

There was an excellent month-long series of educational events and posts I attended last May, 2014. Well worth it. Thanks, D’vorah Lansky! The Book Marketing Challenge has both free and paid options. Look into them! Email D’Vorah and ask about the next round: support@bookmarketingmadeeasy.com

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If you are leaning toward “Yes,” before deciding whether or not to join a particular Blog Hop or Virtual Book Tour or to create your own, regardless of how enticing the organizers or instructors make it sound or you found theirs to be, there are some key questions to ask:

  • What are the requirements? Are they easy, moderately easy or arduous to fulfill? If you have to create or acquire a lot of new graphics, redesign or add to your website, write new blurbs or text to fit their guidelines, is it worthwhile? Answer the other questions, below, to determine that.
  • What’s in it for you? Are you allowed to promote/feature your own books, your blog, or just others’ books and blogs?

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  • How much of your precious writing time will be given over to this endeavor?
  • How long does it go on? Does that timeframe work with your schedule (i.e., for visiting others’ sites, cross-promoting, posting widgets/modifying your own site, commenting, etc.)?
  • Can you be ready to submit everything by the deadlines and post on your day as scheduled?
  • How much does it cost to join, e.g., do you have to provide a “Raffle” prize, a “giveaway,” or any other “swag,” discount coupons, gift cards, or what? Is that affordable?

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  • What amount of traffic is likely to be driven to your site from these other sites, i.e., how many followers do they have, what are their ALEXA scores?
  • Are the other Blog Hop or Virtual Book Tour participants in the same or similar or at least compatible genres/subgenres with yours?
  • Are the other blogs/sites/books/authors’ brands compatible with yours (NSFW [Not Safe For Work] vs. SFW [Safe For Work], for example)?
  • Is this organized by a paid promoter or someone else with experience organizing a Blog Hop or Virtual Book Tour so that there is at least one person who will handle the responsibilities of corralling, collecting, scheduling, managing this event professionally and well?
  • How many other participants’ sites are being visited on the same day as yours? Do that number and variety seem likely to be competitive, supportive, confusing, appropriate?
  • What possible benefits will there be and how likely are they to accrue to YOU?

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  • Having answered all these questions, is this Blog Hop or Virtual Book Tour a worthwhile endeavor?

Bottom line, Sally, is that your writing time MUST be a priority, but you also have to put in time to create relationships in order to find readers, get more visible, be part of an online community with important and meaningful connections, and, oh, yeah, MARKET your books. Be cautious, be discerning, be wise.

I hope you are finding this series of Open Letters helpful to your decision-making and planning for your first and subsequent book launches and ongoing marketing and promotions. I might add to this series as I get even more experienced; we’ll see.

Meanwhile, don’t forget to ENJOY the ride!

Best to you!

Your future Sally

IndieReCon2 = April 15-17, 2015, ONLINE and FREE! #IndieReCon #IRC15

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The online IndieReCon2 conference is “a 3-day global event to promote quality and craft in #indie #publishing…scheduled for April 15-17, 2015, with online seminars, workshops, discussions and master classes culminating in a reader-centered, Indie #Author Fringe Fest live!”

Our posts, talks and online seminars cover all stages of the publishing process:

—Author Education: How to Write and Publish Well
—Author Empowerment: Finding Your Best Pathways to Publication
—Reaching Readers: Understanding and Serving Your Readers

“10 Reasons to Attend IndieReCon2” HERE:
ONE: “IndieReCon2 is FREE to attend.”
TWO: “IndieReCon2 is a conference for authors by authors.”

Click link below for the other 8 reasons:
http://www.selfpublishingadvice.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/10ReasonsToAttendIndieReCon2.pdf

REGISTER HERE:
http://indierecon.org/register/

SPEAKERS LIST HERE:
Mark Coker, founder of Smashwords, and Orna Ross, founder of the Alliance of Independent Authors (sponsor of this event), and many others!
http://www.selfpublishingadvice.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/All-you-need-for-IndieReCon-2015.pdf

…and more info, plus photos and bios of speakers HERE:
http://indierecon.org/speakers/

EVENTS LIST HERE:
http://indierecon.org/events/

PRIZES/COMPETITIONS LIST HERE:
http://indierecon.org/competitions/

Learn more about the ALLi and its Ethical Code HERE:
http://allianceindependentauthors.org

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Won’t Retweet, Won’t do Review Swaps, Won’t “Vote Up” Reviews: Why I Don’t Automatically Play Along with Many Writers’ Groups Anymore

Won’t Retweet, Won’t do Review Swaps, Won’t “Vote Up” Reviews:
Why I Don’t Automatically Play Along with Many Writers’ Groups Anymore

As Holly Near sings in her iconic relationship-gone-sour song, “Started Out Fine,” it “started out fine; we were moving ahead.” [Great song: go watch her sing it!]

Holly’s “Started Out Fine” on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Qhxkd6Gn0E

When I first decided to become an independent author and self-publish after having gone the trad route with nonfiction and made a few attempts to go the trad route for fiction, I knew next-to-nothing about the social media circus I was about to join. I was starry-eyed, optimistic, eager and trusting.

I would get reviewers. I would network. I would make online author friends. I’d become part of communities I would find online. Yippee!

Oy.

Sure, I had a Facebook page, I had opened (and never used) a Twitter account, and I was listed on LinkedIn, for professional purposes (but hardly ever used it).

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I had found Authonomy http://www.Authonomy.com and Wattpad http://www.Wattpad.com and decided to post excerpts on these sites, hoping to begin to get readers, reviewers, friends, colleagues.

My niece set up my first website, Sally Ember, Ed.D., and I began to “blog my book,” posting excerpts there and on Facebook for weeks prior to publication (catching up with both excerpts sites, above, before release day).

I researched and decided to go with Smashwords, first, with a pre-order period (several posts about Pre-orders are on my blog, http://www.sallyember.com), then publish to Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) when my first ebook went live.

That was the entirety of my social media presence in the summer of 2013, a few months before I hit the “publish” button on my first of the ten volumes in The Spanners Series. Some of these endeavors resulted in my finding exactly what I was looking for: a community of indie and/or self-pub writers, many of whom were also somewhat new, volunteering to review, comment, enjoy my excerpts and then my book! I was so delighted and grateful!

Some of these new connections invited me into groups I’d previously been unaware of, but I happily became quite active in them, for a while. These groups had members who were (and ARE) so supportive, showing me a variety of ways to be involved in cross-promoting one another’s writing.

At first, it was all sunny skies and rainbows. My ebook was gaining visibility, I was making online friends, gaining more reviews and having a good time. Mutual respect, support, encouragement, laughs, tips, ideas and more were flowing around groups and quite helpful to me. I even had some to share back to them. Awesome…for a while.

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The clouds rolled in all too soon. Has any of this happened to you?
“Sure! I’ll ReTweet [RT] glowing praise for your book(s) [even though I’ve never read anything you’ve written]!”

“Of course, if you read and review my book, I’d be delighted to read and review yours [until I read a few that were AWFUL!]!”

“Please be assured that, if you vote up my book’s good reviews on Amazon or my book on Goodreads’ Lists or put my book on your “shelves” on Goodreads, I’ll do the same for yours [even though… {PICK ONE: I’ve never read these other writers’ books OR I don’t like the genre and would never read them OR I have started to read them but couldn’t continue because they were AWFUL}]!”

“Oh, great! I’d love to be part of this ‘review each other’s blog’ swap. Oh, what? You’re assigning me to an erotica site when my brand is PG-13?!?!? No can do. Oh, it’s required? Oh, you’re now calling me names, like ‘prude,’ and telling me I’m being ‘judgmental’? ‘Bye, then.”

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Struck by scolding/lightning one too many times, I dropped out each of those writers’ groups that had absurd or untenable “member responsibilities.” I eventually dropped out of all but a few groups.

Whew! Relieved!

<strong>My integrity has been restored by establishing for myself some great ground rules:
1) I am not on “Tweet teams” which require members to RT every and all Tweets.
2) I do not do “obligatory” reviews or “swaps.”
3) I do cross-promoting only after I’ve gotten to know/read and respect the other person and his/her writing enough to put my name on a public recommendation.
4) I don’t “vote up” any reviews or books unless I’ve read and agree with the votes.
5) I don’t vote for book covers or books for voting-related rewards unless I actually believe they deserve to win.

The best part of being “older but wiser, now” about how writers use social media? If you see my name on a book or blog review, a promotional Tweet, a shared or reblogged post, you can rest assured I believe in what I’m sharing/promoting.

When I haven’t read the work of the authors and don’t know their blog or them at all except as members’ names, I only share or RT general promotions for the GROUP. That’s the way I handle all that social media group cross-promotion pressure, now.

Also, when an individual requests any of the actions I now refuse to take, I gently let them know I don’t do those actions and some I send to the ALLi (Alliance of Independent Authors) Ethical Code, which I signed and promote on my blog, GLADLY: http://www.theindependentpublishingmagazine.com/2014/11/alli-launch-ethical-author-code.html Go read it. Sign it. Share it. We all should!

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So, however you respect my taste and/or me, you can follow my recommendations or leads as you wish.

All the best to you!