While I’ve been otherwise occupied, Arctic Lace by Donna Druchunas, a book that Nomad Press (that’s me and my daughter) published last fall, has advanced in the 2007 Independent Publisher Book Award (IPPY) competition from semifinalist to finalist to bronze award winner in the How-to (Crafts/Hobby) category (#46).
This broad category includes all sorts of crafts and hobbies. The winners’ group this year includes scrapbooking, flower design, beading, and sewing, plus two knitting books: Donna’s Arctic Lace and Victorian Lace Today by Jane Sowerby (from XRX Books). We’re in excellent company.
Here’s the idea guiding the IPPYs and the criteria for entries: "The Independent Publisher Book Awards were conceived as a broad-based, unaffiliated awards program open to all members of the independent publishing industry, and are open to authors and publishers worldwide who produce books written in English and intended for the North American market. We define ‘independent’ as 1) independently owned and operated; 2) operated by a foundation or university; or 3) longtime independents that became incorporated but operate autonomously and publish fewer than 50 titles a year."
In an economy where most books are published by five international conglomerates, these are awards for those still going it "alone," although "alone" covers the gamut from a one-person operation to a well-established company with a large staff.
Here’s an article by one of the IPPY judges from a past year.
If you’d like, you can visit Donna’s blog and congratulate her! This is a big deal. There’s a party in New York City next Friday night during BookExpo that I’ll be able to attend to represent the book, but we’ll need to give Donna her cheers through internet channels.
We’re carrying on the tradition.