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An Exuberant Awards Album

Monday, June 1, 2015   (0 Comments)
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By Angela Bole, IBPA CEO --

During this year’s Publishing University in Austin, TX, I had the great privilege of honoring some of the best books of 2014 at the annual Benjamin Franklin Awards ceremony. What a fantastic time!

Angela Bole

I was able to announce the best books in 55 categories in front of a sold-out crowd of 250 people. Established indies such as Berrett-Koehler and Insight Editions competed with newer companies such as Blue Dream Books and Lowell Press. It was a celebratory evening focused on professionalism in indie publishing. There really isn’t anything else like the Benjamin Franklin Awards.

Now in its 27th year, the program drew nearly 1,400 entries. From those entries, more than 160 finalists were chosen to receive Gold and Silver awards.

My sincere congratulations to the full complement of Gold and Silver award winners (see “The 2015 Benjamin Franklin Award Winners” in this issue, or for the complete list).

Because a picture is worth a thousand words, I wanted to share some of the event photos here. I hope you enjoy!

Author/Photographer Erik Stensland accepts a Gold award in the Nature & Environment category and a Silver award in the Coffee Table Book category for Wild Light: A Celebration of Rocky Mountain National Park. Publisher: Morning Light Photography
Author Jane F. Collen (center) and her family accept a Gold award in the Most Improved Redesign category for Storming Back to Key West, illustrated by David Trumble; and a Silver award in the Science Fiction & Fantasy category for Enjella Uprooted, also illustrated by David Trumble. Publisher: Streamline Brand Associates, Inc.
Linda Jackson accepts a Gold award in the Body, Mind, & Spirit category and a Gold award in the Psychology category for The Mindfulness Toolbox by Donald Altman. Publisher: PESI Publishing & Media
Contributing author Michael Bailey accepts a Gold award in the Science Fiction & Fantasy category for Qualia Nous. Publisher: Written Backwards
Author Clint Greenleaf accepts a Gold award in the Children’s Picture Book (ages 4–7) category for Give, Save, and Spend with the Three Little Pigs, illustrated by Phil Wilson. Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group Press
Author Lowell H. Press (left) and his family accept a Gold award in the Teen Fiction (ages 13–18) category for The Kingdom of the Sun and Moon. Publisher: Parkers Mill Publishing
Katherine Pickett accepts a Silver award in the Reference category for Perfect Bound: How to Navigate the Book Publishing Process Like a Pro. Publisher: Hop On Publishing LLC
Author Rita M. Gardner accepts a Gold award in the Autobiography & Memoir category for The Coconut Latitudes: Secrets, Storms, and Survival in the Caribbean. Publisher: She Writes Press

Director's Desk is a monthly column written by IBPA CEO Angela Bole and originally published in the front pages of IBPA's monthly IBPA Independent magazine. Angela welcomes your public comments below and private comments to her personally at

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