Richmond Author Named as Romance Category Winner of 2009 Indie Book Award.
Richmond, VA, May 18, 2009: Richmond author Carmen Shirkey set out to write and a novel because she had a story to tell. Her story has resonated with readers of her book, THE LIST, as it was just announced as the winner of the 2009 Next Generation Indie Book Awards (the "Indie Book Awards") in the Romance category.
The Indie Book Awards is a program for independent publishers and authors worldwide, and was established to recognize and honor the most exceptional independently published books in 60 different categories, for the year, and is presented by Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group (www.IBPPG.com) in cooperation with Marilyn Allen of Allen O'Shea Literary Agency.
“It is such an honor to be recognized by my peers,” Shirkey said. “I am among great talent, and just hope the regular, everyday readers feel the same way about the book.”
The awards are open to all indie publishers, including independent publishers (small, medium or otherwise), university presses, self-published authors, e-book authors, seasoned authors and even first time authors based in the U.S., Canada or internationally who have a book written in English and released in 2009.
All books are judged for their content. The judges include expert editors, writers and publishers in the book publishing industry. Judges info can be found at: http://www.ibppg.com/judges.php.
As recognition of Shirkey’s win, she is awarded a certificate and a gold medal. Additionally, the book will be listed in the awards catalog, distributed at the upcoming Book Expo America in New York, and also sent to New York Literary Agent Marilyn Allen of Allen O'Shea Literary Agency.
More information on the book awards can be found at:
THE LIST is about Candace Saunders, a 30-something woman with a 50-something list of qualifications she wants in her future husband. She meets two men. One earns check after check on her love itinerary. The other is her anti-list. As she chooses (which one?) she wonders, can perfect be put on paper?
THE LIST is available for sale on Amazon (www.tinyurl.com/buythelist) and has received great reviews from sites like Coffee Time Romance (4 cups) and Review Romance (4 stars.)
For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact Carmen Shirkey, firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Author: Carmen Shirkey was born in Staunton, VA. She received her degree in Rhetoric and Communications from the University of Virginia (she’s a crazy Wahoos fan) where she was also a member of Alpha Xi Delta sorority. She then proceeded to become a gypsy – moving from city to city. Currently, she resides in Richmond VA, but who knows where she’ll turn up next. Her cat, Pooh Bear, would prefer to stay in one place so he can adequately mark his territory.
Aside from writing, Carmen’s passion is for travel. She once got a fortune cookie that told her that she would “step on the soil of many countries,” and she took it seriously. She hopes that enough people will buy her book so she can go on permanent vacation, instead of packing all her travel into two measly weeks each year. That’s the amount of vacation time she gets in her full-time gig as a Web editor.