Librarian judges across my state judged the finalists in three categories: adult fiction, young adult fiction, and Spanish language. I'm so honored to have my book recognized by librarians!
Here's more about the project from their website:
Through the Soon to Be Famous Illinois Author Project, libraries are helping connect local indie authors with readers. This exciting, library-driven initiative is entering its eighth year and is the genesis for the national Indie Author Project.
The 2021 winners of this contest will receive:
Statewide recognition by Illinois libraries as the top indie-published books in adult and young adult genres
$500 prize each for our two winners, one in each genre
Opportunities to promote your book(s) at Illinois public libraries
Inclusion in a full-page print spread in Library Journal
Print book sales to Illinois’ public libraries
Opportunity to compete with other Indie Author Project contest winners for the Indie Author of the Year award
Honors at the 2022 spring IAP reception
Opportunities to earn royalties through the IAP Select collection
How exciting! Thank you to all the librarians out there who have supported me - there are many of you, in public libraries and schools. I appreciate you!