IngramSpark Ignite Awards

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

It's awards season, everyone . . . for IngramSpark too! We've announced the honorees of our first-ever IngramSpark Ignite Awards. These awards honor bookstores, publishers, and libraries that exhibited outstanding indie publishing best practices in 2017.

“As the publishing landscape changes, we’ve seen non-traditional publishers make strides in the quality and success of their content across the world. We’re inspired by their contribution to influence the publishing industry and knew it was time to recognize these individuals and organizations for their achievements,” says Robin Cutler, Director of IngramSpark.

What are the IngramSpark Ignite Awards?

The IngramSpark Ignite Awards recognize leaders in three categories and awarded prize money to further their success in the book industry in 2018. The categories were:

  • “Best Practices in Indie Publishing” for publishers who demonstrate great models of publishing standards
  • “Best Practices in Community Engagement” for bookstores and libraries providing exceptional support to their indie author communities, and
  • “Rising Star” for new indie authors in 2017 who displayed savvy approaches to content creation, book marketing, and book distribution in the industry

“Our team has been so impressed with the way these individuals have exhibited the very best in publishing practiceswhether through the quality of their content or engaging with readers and authors in their communities, they are taking the literary world by storm,” says Cutler.

And the Winners Are

Best Practices in Indie Publishing

Koehler Books (Virginia Beach, VA)—Winner

Best-selling indie publications include: ALL IN by Bill Green, Gradle Bird by Jana Sasser and Adderall Blues by Brian Robinson

Three Saints Press (Los Angeles, Calif.)—Runner-Up

Most notable title from 2017: All New Things by Lauren Miller


Best Practices in Community Engagement


Village Books (Bellingham, Wash.)

Politics & Prose, Inc. (Washington, DC)


Mid-Continent Public Library (Independence, MO)

Williamson County Public Library (Franklin, TN)


Rising Star

39 Stars (Austin, TX)

Best-selling 2017 title: Shrouded: A Crispin Leads Mystery by Meredith Lee

Hastings Bay Capital LLC (Mechanicsville, VA)

Best-selling 2017 title: Money Grab by Frances Aylor

A Few Words from the Winners

“Mid-Continent Public Library is very humbled and honored to be among the first recipients of the IngramSpark Ignite Awards. We strongly believe that public libraries are ideally positioned to help people share their stories with their neighbors,” says Steven Potter, Library Director and C.E.O. at Mid-Continent Public Library. “Being able to bring those stories to life using the services of IngramSpark has opened a universe of opportunities for us and for our community of storytellers.”

“When I finished my first book, Bipolar by Koehler, back in 2005, I had to figure out the editing and design, and I needed help with the printing and distribution. The entire process was deeply personal. It was my baby, and I needed it done well. Publishing is still personal today, as Koehler Books helps other writers along their publishing journey,” said John Koehler, President and Publisher at Koehler Books. “Looking ahead, I see innovations in technology, harnessed to make the publishing experience personal, easy, and rewarding. I see more direct links between booksellers, publishers, and readers—a link that will make the entire experience even more personal.”

We look forward to seeing what 2018 has in store for indie authors and the bookstores and libraries that support them. Thank you to all of our fantastic publishers and supportive communities; you make it incredibly difficult to choose only a handful of winners. Wishing you and your books the absolute best in 2018 and beyond!


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