The National Indie Excellence® Awards has just named Strong Suspicions a Finalist in the Westerns category of their 2016 indie and small press authors competition. Publishers Weekly lists the National Indie Excellence® Awards as one of the top book awards for self-published authors, stating, “Competition is fierce.”
As you would naturally expect, to place or win in a contest such as the National Indie Excellence® Awards, a novel needs to present a compelling story. But it has to do much, much more than just that. Books that are not well edited or polished are eliminated pretty quickly.
“Now I would say that 95% of the books that come in look basically the same as the books you might see coming from a major publisher,” says Tara Johnson, who manages the self-pub awards program at Writer’s Digest.
Strong Suspicions is the second Emmett Strong novel to receive National Indie Excellence® Awards honors. Last year, Strong Convictions was the contest’s Westerns category winner.
Both Emmett Strong novels have been gaining excellent reader following. Currently, both titles are ranked among the top 12 classic-style Westerns in Amazon.com’s Kindle store. And readers have been regularly giving 4- and 5-star ratings and reviews for both books.
Many thanks to each of you who has already read Strong Convictions or Strong Suspicions and expressed your enjoyment of the reading experience. If you haven’t yet read either story, why not grab a copy today and “saddle up” for an entertaining Western adventure?