All entries must be postmarked on or before September 30, 2014
Entry Fees & Deadline
Entry Form: Downloadable in Word or PDF
Official 2014 Categories
Welcome to The 2014 USA Best Book Awards! Sponsored by USA Book News based in Los Angeles & Phoenix
The 11th Annual USA Best Book Awards are specifically designed to not only garner MEDIA COVERAGE & BOOK SALES for the winners & finalists but to PROMOTE awarded books to the PUBLISHING & ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRIES!
The publishing industry is rapidly evolving and The 2014 USA Best Book Awards puts your book in the center of the action!
A printed book is no longer just a printed book.
Fiction and non-fiction books have the potential to be turned into interactive e-books, television and movie programs, documentaries, reality-based programming, video games, graphic novels, web series, live workshops, and so much more.
Located in the heart of Los Angeles, USA Book News has the unique advantage of gaining access to both the publishing and entertainment industries like no other book award program currently operating.
You’ve put tremendous time and energy into your work. Make sure you give your book the best shot at success on all levels.
Enter Your 2012-2014 Titles! Open to all books with an ISBN and published in 2014 (galley copies welcome). 2012 and 2013 titles are also eligible.
BONUS! Enter by September 30, 2014 and receive a five-month full-color listing on USABookNews.com which includes your color book cover, a brief paragraph about your title and a hyperlink to your website (valued at $1,250.00!)
Affordable Entry Fee! $69.00 per title/per category. Over 100 active categories to choose from.
USA Book News Picks Winners! Our panel of industry judges continues to deliver fantastic results on an annual basis! Hundreds of titles have received national media coverage and increased sales as a direct result of placing in the USA Best Book Awards! Many titles that have placed in our award's program have gone on to place in other contests geared toward the independent press.
USA Book News Exposure: A Ten-Month Book Listing which includes your color book cover, a brief paragraph about your title and a hyperlink to your website (valued at $2,500.00!)
National Media & Industry Exposure: Instant coverage of results from our online network of media outlets and industry contacts for a combined, immediate exposure to over 500,000+ subscribers. In addition, the national media campaign kicks off in November 2014 to take advantage of the busy 2014 holiday retail season.
Results Announced on USA Book News' Social Media Pages (110,000+ Fans/Friends)
Publishing Industry Exposure: Promotion to Independent Bookstores, Retail Book Buyers, Publishers, Librarians and other industry professionals.
Promote Your Title as an Award-Winning Book: As a winner or finalist you will have the right to highlight your award on your book cover, website, and marketing material. Award stickers will be available for purchase for all winners & finalists in each category.
It’s a new frontier in publishing and USA Book News is at the forefront of the revolution!
We welcome your questions, comments and ideas! Simply e-mail us for an immediate response.
Jeffrey Keen President & CEO USA Book News
"Book awards do count in marketing and in positioning as a recognized 'go-to' expert. USA Book News and the USA Best Book Awards are always on my recommended list for authors who create quality books to enter. I’ve found that the support from Keen Multimedia Group for winners, both on its websites and with press releases, is exceptional and far beyond what most other awards do."
—Judith Briles, The Book Shepherd, CEO of AuthorU.org, March 2014
"USA Best Book Awards has a ten year track record of honoring and promoting books to the national and international community. The contest is sponsored by USA Book News which covers books from all sections of the publishing industry—mainstream, independent, & self-published."
—The San Francisco Book Review, April 2013
“I've been very remiss in not writing earlier to tell you how much STRONG RAIN FALLING winning the 2013 USA Best Book Award for Mystery/Suspense means to me, this was truly among the great highlights of my literary year and, in fact, of my entire career. I don't have to tell you that there are very few awards indeed that recognize popular and commercial fiction and I'm sure I'm joined by far more writers and readers alike in saluting you and your team for paying attention to all genres and themes across the spheres of both fiction and non-fiction.”
— Jon Land, Bestselling Author of over 25 Novels
“My deepest thanks go to USA Book News & USA Best Book Awards for naming Impossible Odds their 2013 choice for Best Autobiography/Memoir, and that gratitude is shared by Jess and Erik. I only had to sweat through writing the book; they had to live the story.”
— Anthony Flacco, New York Times Bestselling Author
“I want to personally thank you for your wonderful 2013 USA Book News awards! You do a great service for all of us independent publishers and authors who are constantly the ‘Davids’ in trying to win attention for our hard-fought books against the Goliaths of the publishing industry.”
— Carew Papritz, King Northern, Inc.
“Jeffrey Keen, as a most humbled and honored recipient of several 2011 International Book Awards and 2011 USA Best Book Awards, I wanted to take the opportunity to personally and professionally thank you for recognizing and celebrating some of the world’s topmost mainstream and independent authors and publishing companies. It is evident that both award enterprises embrace the hard work and achievements of worldwide authors and publishing companies and are fully committed to propelling them to aim high and succeed with excellence. Thank you wholeheartedly for helping the writing industry in general and myself in particular expand our professional horizons and foster exponential growth as highly recognized and most deserving achievers in the field of writing.” —Michele Wright, Ph.D., Author, DEAR SUCCESS SEEKER: Wisdom from Outstanding Women, Atria/Simon & Schuster
“Simply put, winning the ‘Best Book 2010’ Awards (Religion: Christian Inspirational) has made a huge difference in promoting my book, Steadfast Christian. This prestigious award from a reputable company has elevated my book above the crowd which is essential in this extremely competitive industry. The affordable entry fee was a small price to pay for such an excellent opportunity to promote my book. To top it off, the service and professionalism dealing with USA Book News was outstanding!” —Patrick Dillon, 2010 Award Winning Author
BONUS! Enter by September 30, 2014 and receive a 5-month, full-color listing on USABookNews.com!
Final Entry Deadline is September 30, 2014. (Postmark on or before September 30, 2014.)
Winners and Finalists will be announced nationally on November 2014.
Eligible titles must have a 2012-2014 publication date and ISBN number.
Galley copies are welcome.
All entry fees must be paid in U.S. Dollars (“USD” must be pre-printed on all international checks or money orders)
All sales are final. All books become the property of USA Book News and will not be returned.
“Two of my books won Finalist Awards in the 2011 USA Best Book Awards and one of them just garnered a starred review in Library Journal! Thanks so much for your help in publicizing all of the winners and finalists!” —Judy Luttrell Brizendine, Author, STUNNED By Grief: Remapping Your Life When Loss Changes Everything
“USA Book News and the Best Book Awards have been an integral part of my publishing success over the last three years. First winning multiple Best Book awards in 2007 for my self-published/self distributed book, I gained incredible national media exposure. A new edition of my book was released again in 2009 with a new cover, new ISBN and national distribution. This 2009 win in the Autobiography/Memoir category is bittersweet and will only help me to get my story out to more people who are affected by mental illness in their families. A very special ‘Thank You’ to President & CEO, Jeff Keen —you and your team are the most professional and results oriented executives in the publishing industry.” —Thom Bierdz, Author/Actor/Artist, 2009 Award Winner
SUBMISSION CHECKLIST (This list is on your entry form as well)
Your submission package should contain the following:
ONE COPY of your book per category entered (Galley copies are welcome)
A completed Entry Form for each title.
A past Press Release or Marketing Material for each title (if available)
A check or money order for the entry fees, payable to "KEEN MULTIMEDIA", if paying by check
“Jeffrey, thank you for this. I am so proud of my USA Book News wins. And what a boon they are for marketing!” —Carolyn Howard-Johnson, Author/Publisher, 2011 Winner, The Frugal Book Promoter
"This is so exciting! To compete alongside industry giants, Simon & Schuster, St. Martin’s Press, Random House, Penguin, Harper Collins (just to name a few), and still become an award winning finalist is not only wonderful but validating. It's been a great experience for both my illustrator/husband and myself and reinforces for us that our story touches the reader and appeals to experts in children's book publishing. Glitter and Dart came to life for me and I hope that they do the same for the children who will join in their adventures. Thank you to all the judges for this recognition.” —Sherry K. Brubaker, Author, 2011 Finalist, Cup of Glitter, Gilded Magic Publishing
"I wanted to thank you for your prestigious award. In the four months since winning USA Book News - 2009 Best Book (History - Media / Entertainment), my paperback has been added to the prestigious libraries of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Writers Guild Foundation; is now being sold at the historic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel and Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills; is now available at Barnes & Noble and Costco stores in Hollywood and will be promoted during the 2010 Turner Classic Movies Film Festival! I appreciate the press received from your tremendous organization!" —Manny Pacheco, Award-winning Author, Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History
Please fill out an entry form for each title entered, print out and include the completed form with your submission. Be sure to review the "Submission Checklist" on each entry form. (Please note: Word document could take up to a minute to download. Thank you!)
“The award stickers definitely help sales. The book already has sold more because of this award. I'm very excited about this and impressed with the full list of winner/finalists. It clearly shows your judges go by quality versus name. I will for sure enter again with next book.” —Tara L. Masih, 2010 Award Finalist
“Since the release of the awards information I received an order for a box of books to be shipped out. Thank you very much.” —Cindy Mauro Reisenauer, 2010 Award Winning Author
“Costco recently picked up Greg Park's fantasy adventure series and they are selling a lot of Veil of Darkness (Best Book Winner) and Cleansing Hunt (Best Book Finalist). They've found that when the award stickers are on the books, they sell even better.” —Chantilly Park, Publisher 2009 Winner and Finalist
“The award and the book sticker significantly increased my book sales and distribution. I am truly indebted to USA Book News.” —Linda Kenney Miller, Award Winning Author, 2008 & 2009
Please include a check or money order with your entry submission payable to KEEN MULTIMEDIA. "USD" must be pre-printed on the check or money order.
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“I won a USA Book News’ “Best Book” Award in 2007. Because of this recognition, I have been asked to speak at many important universities. Harvard, Yale, Nova, Florida Atlantic University, Fordham Law School are just a few of the universities that have invited me to speak allowing me the opportunity to spread the message that there was a genocide of the Armenians in 1915, a fact many are not aware of. My mission is to tell those that do not know and to convince those that do not believe.” —Margaret Ajemian Ahnert, author, The Knock at the Door
Animals/Pets – General Animals/Pets – Narrative Non-Fiction
Anthologies – Non-Fiction
Best Cover Design – Fiction Best Cover Design – Non-Fiction
Best Interior Design Best New Fiction Best New Non-Fiction
Biography – General
Business – General Business – Careers Business – Communications/Public Relations Business – Entrepreneurship & Small Business Business – Management & Leadership Business – Marketing & Advertising Business – Personal Finance/Investing Business – Real Estate Business – Reference
Business – Sales Business – Writing/Publishing
Children’s Educational Children's Fiction Children's Mind/Body/Spirit Children's Non-Fiction Children's Novelty & Gift Book Children’s Picture Book – Hardcover Fiction Children’s Picture Book – Hardcover Non-Fiction Children’s Picture Book – Softcover Fiction Children’s Picture Book – Softcover Non-Fiction Children's Religious
Comics – Graphic Novels
Cookbooks – General Cookbooks – International Cookbooks – Regional
Fiction – General Fiction – African-American Fiction – Anthologies Fiction – Chick Lit/Women’s Lit Fiction – Cross Genre Fiction Fiction – Fantasy Fiction – LGBTQ Fiction – Historical Fiction Fiction – Literary Fiction Fiction – Multicultural Fiction Fiction – Mystery/Suspense Fiction – New Age Fiction Fiction – Religious Fiction Fiction – Romance Fiction – Science Fiction Fiction – Short Story Fiction Fiction – Thriller/Adventure Fiction – Visionary Fiction Fiction – Western Fiction – Young Adult Fiction
Gay & Lesbian – Non-Fiction
Health – General Health – Addiction & Recovery Health – Aging/50+ Health – Alternative Medicine Health – Cancer Health – Death & Dying Health – Diet & Exercise Health – Psychology/Mental Health Health – Women’s Health
History – General History – Military History – United States
Home & Garden
New Age – Non-fiction
Non-Fiction – Narrative
Parenting & Family
Performing Arts – Film, Theater, Dance, Music
Religion – General Religion – Christian Inspirational Religion – Christianity Religion – Eastern
Self-Help – General Self-Help – Motivational Self-Help – Relationships
Spirituality – General Spirituality – Inspirational