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2022 Indie Book Award Winners and Finalists Announced

Vancouver – Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group (IBPPG) has named the best indie books of 2022.

The books are winners of the 2022 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, the largest international book awards program for independent publishers and self-published authors. The 2022 Winners and Finalists will be honored an awards reception at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC on Friday June 24th, 5:00 to 7:45 pm EST

Headline Books titles win 6 awards.

Michael G. Betrus – COVID-19: The Science vs. The Lockdowns – Winner

Dreama Denver – Gilligan’s Dreams: The Other Side of the Island – Finalist

Tony Hylton – And Raise Hell – Finalist

Daniel Boyd – Miss Dirt Turtle’s Garden Club – Finalist

Zahra Omar Shansab – Light Chaser – Finalist

Bobby Benavides – Gregory’s Big Move – Finalist

2022 is the 15th year of the largest international book awards program.

The Next Generation Indie Book Awards are judged by leaders of the indie book publishing industry, including many with long careers at major publishing houses. Their love of a great read and experience in the publishing arena identify books deserving a wider audience.

In an article at titled If it’s cool, creative, and different, it’s indie, journalist Catherine Andrews wrote: “The term ‘indie’ traditionally refers to independent art – music, film, literature or anything that fits under the broad banner of culture – created outside of the mainstream and without corporate financing.” That definition remains true for book publishing.

Independent book publishing companies are independent of the major conglomerates dominating the book publishing industry. Indies include small presses, larger independent publishers, university presses, e-book publishers, and self-published authors.

According to Catherine Goulet, Founder and Co-Chair of the Next Generation Indie Book Awards, “Like other independent artists, many indie book publishers face challenges that the industry giants don’t experience. The indies have to work much harder to get their best books into readers’ hands.”

“Authors and publishers who compete in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards are serious about promoting their books,” adds Goulet. “They aim to stand out from the crowd of millions of books in print.”

To help indie authors and publishers reach a wider audience, the top 70 books in the 2022 Next Generation Indie Book Awards will be reviewed by New York literary agent Marilyn Allen of Allen O’Shea Literary Agency, or one of Ms. Allen’s co-agents, for possible representation in areas such as: distribution, foreign rights, film rights, and other rights.