So far I’ve received three Awards for “Sea Horse, run!”.


“Sea Horse, run!” is the WINNER of the 

2011 Next Generation Indie Book Award 

for Best Children’s Picture Book.

The Next Generation Indie Book Award promotes independent authors and pubishers in the same way that Sundance supports independent filmmakers. As the largest not-for-profit book awards program, the Next Generation Indie Book Award  is open to all indie book authors and publishers including independent publishers (small, medium or otherwise), university presses, self-published authors, e-book authors, seasoned authors and even first time authors in the U.S., Canada or internationally who have a book written in English. Awards are given in sixty different categories, but according to Mrs. Bronson, “The children’s picture book category is very popular and competitive. At best I hoped to place as one of the three finalists. I never imagined I would win!”

The Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group established the award in 2008 to recognize and honor the most exceptional independently published books of the year. Winners receive a cash prize, a gold medal, and publicity with national news media and events. (Click here to learn more about the award or enter your book in the contest.)  Thank you IBPPG for choosing “Sea Horse, run!”  as a 2011 WINNER!!!

Visit the Next Generation Indie Book Awards site.

Learn more about the Award on Wikipedia.

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“Sea Horse, run!” is also a FINALIST in the 

Children’s Picture Book Hardcover Fiction Category of the

USA “Best Books 2011” Awards  

(sponsored by USA Book News).

Read the Press Release for the 2011 USA Best Book Awards


“Sea Horse, run!” is the second place winner in the  “Children – Early Reader (6 to 8)” category of the 2011 Reader Views Literary Awards. Winners were announced March 7, 2012, and all winners are given a gold “2012” logo to place on their website or on the cover of their book.

Based in Austin, Texas, Reader Views has been granting awards to independent publishers since 2006. Reader Views began as a review service for independent publishers in December 2005, and since then their book reviews have been featured on television and in major newspapers throughout the United States. They offer awards in a variety of categories including regional, global, and specialized awards. Here is an excerpt of the eligibility and judging rules for the 2011 Award from the Reader Views Award entry page:

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Reader Views Literary Awards are open to all authors regardless of residency, however, the books must be published in the English language and targeted for the North American market. Work published by major book publishers are not eligible.  Books must have a 2011 copyright date. (Copyright date is on the copyright page of the printed book. Yes, that means copyright date – no, it doesn’t mean a copyright date of 2010 and publication in 2011. This means copyright in 2011.) Submission for more than one category or more than one title is acceptable. Books that have racist themes will be not be accepted.

All initial judging will be done by reviewers from Reader Views. They are experts in their fields as well as avid readers.  Consider them your reading audience.  Criteria for judging is content/originality, presentation/design, innovation, social relevance, production quality, enjoyment/impact, plot/story line, and resoursefulness (depending on category.) Three finalists in each category will be determined by a point system. Final judging will be determined by a jury of judges.

Each category has a First, Second and Honorable Mention placement. More than one mention in the category means there is a tie. If there are less than three in a category it means the remaining entries’ scores were below the cut-off point. Our judges are strict!

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How do you know if an award dedicated to independent publishers is legitimate? Read this great article published on WRITER BEWARE in 2010:

Reader Views is a legitimate, established service for independent publishers and writers. The Association of Independent Authors recognized Reader Views as one of the best websites for both book awards (see winners list) and reviews (see winners list). In January 2007 Preditors & Editors gave Reader Views its “Truly Useful Site Award.” This award is given to websites, designed for writers and publishers, that have proven not only useful or entertaining but also set a standard for other sites to aim for.

If you would like to enter your independently published book into the Reader Views book award contest, visit their award page where you can also subscribe to their newsletter. Thank you, Reader Views, for the award!

New Cover Designed April 2012 for 2nd Printing.

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