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  • 2019 is the 9th annual IR Discovery Awards
  • The IRDAs are open to indie authors who have self-published books; there are no restrictions on pub dates
  • Entries are being accepted from Friday, April 27th, 2018 through Wednesday, February 28th, 2019
  • Following a thorough reading of the book by an IR reviewer, all entries will receive a verdict (which they are free to post on Amazon, GoodReads, etc) and and will added to the running list of titles on IR’s website

Judges for the IRDAs include PR professionals, journalists and media people, publishers, and book reviewers

  • Winners receive the following:

Exposure in major media outlets, which in the past have included The Huffington Post and The Wall Street Journal, trade publications including Shelf Awareness and GalleyCat/MediaBistro.

The Top 2 winners (1st place in Fiction & Non-Fiction) receive:

  • A one hour, tailored consultation session with a publicist from Smith Publicity (VALUE: $499 per session)
  • A custom author website and one year of hosting and management from Featherlight (VALUE: $1,347 per year)

The Top 6 winners (3 Fiction & 3 Non-Fiction) receive:

The winners from each sub-category (anywhere from ad add’l 20 to 40 winners, in addition to the top 6 winners), will also receive the following:

A professional IndieReader review (VALUE: $250-$275/per)

An IndieReader “All About the Book” feature

Three stickers pronouncing the book an “IndieReader Discovery Awards” winner

The winners for "Best 1st Book" (fiction and non-fiction) will receive:

A Kindle Paperwhite (VALUE: $119.99/per)

Three stickers pronouncing the book an “IndieReader Discovery Awards for Best 1st Book” winner

The winners for "Best Cover Design" (fiction and non-fiction) will receive:

$250 in cash

Three stickers pronouncing the book an “IndieReader Discovery Awards for Best Cover Design” winner

COST: The IRDA entry fee is $150 per title which includes the first category. There is a $50 fee for each additional category entered.