IPPY Awards

2,000,000 new books are published each year (UNESCO estimate—Google it!). That translates to a lot of noise and short attention spans. So, much as I might prefer to stay in that dark comfy cave where I spent 10 enjoyable years writing Remembering Shanghai, when I’m blessed with third-party recognition, I must … go to the COPACABANA?!

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Yes—that’s where, in the heart of New York’s Times Square, the Independent Publisher Book Awards stages an annual event akin to the Oscars of independent publishing, and where I received three medals for Best First Book, Best E-Book Design and Cover Design 2nd place.

The IPPY Awards are now in their 23rd year, and in 2019 attracted over 4,000 entrants from all over the world. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting fellow authors Dena Moes (The Buddha Sat Right Here), Victoria Lansford (Giving Voice), and Daniel Clarke and William Clarke (Tears in the Jungle)

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Simone Biles, eat your heart out.

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Claire Chao