Announcing the 25th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards Winners

Writer’s Digest would like to congratulate the 44 winners of the 25th Annual Self-Published Book Awards.
Author:
Publish date:

Writer’s Digest would like to congratulate the 44 winners of the 25th Annual Self-Published Book Awards. For full coverage of the awards, check out the March/April 2018 issue of Writer's Digest. Click here for an extended Q&A with the grand-prize winner, Suanne Laqueur. To read a brief excerpt from An Exaltation of Larks, click here.

Grand Prize

An Exaltation of Larks by Suanne Laqueur ($17.99) Cathedral Rock Press. suannelaqueurwrites.com.

Children’s Picture Books

First Place

Rice & Rocks by Sandra L. Richards and Megan Kayleigh Sullivan (illustrator) ($17.99) Wise Ink Creative Publishing. sandralrichards.com.

Honorable Mentions

Charlie the Cross-Eyed Crocodile (The Adventures of Willy Nilly and Thumper) by Jim Henry with Jimmy Patterson and Marjorie van Heerden (illustrator) ($7.95) Willy Nilly Stories LLC. willynillyandthumper.com.

The Day Annabelle Was Bitten By a Doodlebug by Julie Wenzlick and Jaime Buckley (illustrator) ($10) Wordmeister Press. juliewenzlick.com.

Genre Fiction

First Place

The Baker’s Man by Jennifer Moorman ($9.99) CreateSpace. jennifermoorman.com.

Honorable Mentions

A Violation of Innocence by Joe Pike Farr ($9.99) CreateSpace.

Brutal Angels by Gordon Gustafson ($7.99) CreateSpace.

Castle Danger by Chris Norbury ($16.95) Booklocker.com Inc. chrisnorbury.com.

Cenote by Carleton Prince ($7.99) CreateSpace. carletonprince.com.

Death’s Grip by Ken L. Gould ($9.99) Grael Publishing. authorkengould.com.

Deeply Flawed: The Zombie Apocalypse by Ro Ruffalo ($14.99) CreateSpace. roruffalo.com.

Duality by D. M. Lockwood ($14.99) Blue Penney Press.

Grave Matters by Todd Harra ($13.99) Todd Harra. toddharra.com.

Murder in Madden by Raegan Teller ($12.99) Pondhawk Press LLC. raeganteller.com.

The White Devil by Domenic Stansberry ($11.95) Molotov Editions. domenicstansberry.com.

Inspirational

First Place

Ten Commandments of Business Success for Women by Sharman Dow ($19.95) HigherLife Publishing. sharmandowministries.org.

Honorable Mentions

Deep Living: Healing Yourself to Heal the Planetby Susanne Meyer-Fitzsimmons ($16.83) Full Court Press. susannemeyerfitzsimmons.com.

Fall In Love With Your Life, One Week at a Time by Emily Madill ($24.99) EM & JOE Books Co. emilymadill.com.

The Refuge: An Inspirational Novel of Scotland by Regan Walker ($12.99) reganwalkerauthor.com.

Life Stories

First Place

An Unforeseen Journey by Mary Stewart VanValkenburg with Gail Dupar ($30) Classic Day Publishing. decaturislandjourney.com.

Honorable Mentions

Asian Girl in a Southern World by Dalena H. Benavente ($14.99) Dalena H. Benavente.

Beyond Rain Man by Anne K. Ross ($15.98) Leatherback Press. beyondrainman.com.

Cheeking My Meds by Francis CoCo (AKA Penni Goode Evans) ($11) CreateSpace.

Crazy Horse Appearing by Judee Shipman ($25.95) Ishi Press.

The Grand Gypsy by Ottavio Canestrelli with Ottavio Gesmundo ($18.98) Lulu Publishing Services. thegrandgypsy.com.

Mainstream/Literary Fiction

First Place

First, You Swallow the Moon by Kipp Wessel ($21.95) radialGRAIN. kippwessel.com.

Honorable Mentions

A Painted Lily by Angela Hoke ($12.99) CreateSpace. angelahokeauthor.com.

Beneath a Shooting Star by Susan Harrison Rashid ($17.99) Mill City Press Inc.
beneathashootingstar.com.

Brought to Our Sensesby Kathleen H. Wheeler ($16) Attunement Publishing. authorkathleenhwheeler.com.

London Belongs to Me by Jacquelyn Middleton ($14.95) Kirkwall Books. jacquelynmiddleton.com.

Ocean Echoes by Sheila Hurst ($12.95) Soliton Publications. sheilahurst.wordpress.com.

The Last Cruz by Caitlin Avery ($14.92) SDP Publishing. caitlinavery.com.

Unregistered by Nellie K. ($7) CreateSpace. nelliek.ch.

What She Inherits by Diane V. Mulligan ($14.99) CreateSpace.

Middle-Grade/Young Adult Fiction

First Place

Thomas Holland in the Realm of the Ogres by K. M. Doherty ($14.99) Wizard’s Mark Press. thomashollandbooks.com.

Honorable Mentions

Keep in a Cold, Dark Place by Michael F. Stewart ($8.95) The Publishing House. michaelfstewart.com.

Paige in History by Erin Meadows ($11.50) CreateSpace. theerinmeadows.com.

The Last Letter: A Novel by Susan Pogorzelski ($12.99) Brown Beagle Books.
susanpogorzelski.com.

Nonfiction

First Place

Tiller’s Guide to Indian Country, Third Edition by Veronica E. Velarde Tiller ($325) BowArrow Publishing Company. veronicatiller.com.

Honorable Mentions

Collect Value Divest: The Savvy Appraiser by Dr. Elizabeth Stewart ($19.95) Flandricka House Press. elizabethappraisals.com.

Toxic Food Nation by Dr. George Burnell ($31.95) Outskirts Press.

Poetry

First Place

Where Desire Settles by Karen Schulte ($15) You-Pub Books. allbook-books.com/html/_where_desire_settles_.htm.

Honorable Mentions

Five O’Clock by Joe Montaño III ($11.95) Outskirts Press.

Imperfect Echoes by Carolyn Howard-Johnson ($9.95) CreateSpace.

Image placeholder title
Pair vs. Pare vs. Pear (Grammar Rules)

Pair vs. Pare vs. Pear (Grammar Rules)

Prepare yourself for comparing the differences of pair, pare, and pear on with Grammar Rules from the Writer's Digest editors, including a few examples of correct usages.

6 Lessons of Writing for Novelists

6 Lessons of Writing for Novelists

As the author of 16 novels, Wendy Wax shares her top 6 tips for novelists to help their writing journey go as smoothly as possible.

Elyssa Friedland: On Letting Setting Guide You

Elyssa Friedland: On Letting Setting Guide You

When author Elyssa Friedland settled on the setting for her latest novel, Last Summer at the Golden Hotel, the characters and plot came to her. Here, she discusses the importance of setting.

Alyson Gerber: On Writing Difficult Topics for Young Readers

Alyson Gerber: On Writing Difficult Topics for Young Readers

Critically acclaimed author Alyson Gerber discusses how she tackled the topic of disordered eating in her latest middle-grade novel, Taking Up Space.

writer's digest wd presents

WD Presents: Annual Writing Competition, Submission Guidelines, and More!

This week, we’re excited to announce the extended Annual Writing Competition deadline for 2021, details on how to submit your writing to Writer’s Digest, and more!

Amorak Huey: On Stalling Out After Publication

Amorak Huey: On Stalling Out After Publication

Poet Amorak Huey hit a creative roadblock after publishing his latest poetry collection Dad Jokes From Late in the Patriarchy. He shares his cure (and more!) in this article.

From Script

New Original Podcasts, Videos, and Understanding Data as a Screenwriter (From Script)

In this week’s round-up brought to us by ScriptMag.com, Script releases brand new audible and visual content!

Summer Writing Activities for Writers

8 Summer Writing Activities for Writers

Summer is upon us, so here are 8 summer writing activities for writers to consider as the temperature rises.

Books and Authors to Check Out in 2021

71 Books and Authors to Check Out in 2021!

Need a book to read in 2021? Want to find a new author to check out? Then, explore this list of 71 books and authors featured in our author spotlight series in a variety of genres.