High Stakes a finalist in the 17th annual INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards!

March 13 2015

CONTACT: Shannon Okey, Cooperative Press

Cooperative Press 2014

Cooperative Press 2014

High Stakes named Foreword Reviews’ 2014 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards Finalist

(Cleveland, Ohio)—Today, Cooperative Press is pleased to announce High Stakes by Brandy Schillace (book 1 of the Jacob Maresbeth Chronicles)  has been recognized as a finalist in the 17th annual Foreword Reviews’ INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards. Here is the complete list: https://indiefab.forewordreviews.com/finalists/2014/

Each year, Foreword Reviews shines a light on a select group of indie publishers, university presses, and self-published authors whose work stands out from the crowd.

In the next three months, a panel of more than 100 volunteer librarians and booksellers will determine the winners in 63 categories based on their experience with readers and patrons.

“After 17 years, our awards program has become synonymous with quality because our editors set such a high bar on the finalist round, which makes it especially tough for the judges who select the winners,” said Victoria Sutherland, publisher of Foreword Reviews. “In every genre, our judges will find an interesting, high-quality selection of books culled from this year’s entries.”

Cooperative Press publisher Shannon Okey remarked: “We are so proud of this book series, and pleased that the first book has been honored with a nomination. Brandy Schillace is an outstanding fiction voice, particularly with these books that successfully target young male readers.”

Foreword Reviews will celebrate the winners during a program at the American Library Association Annual Conference in San Francisco on Friday, June 26 at 6 p.m. at the Pop Top Stage in the exhibit hall. Everyone is welcome. The Editor’s Choice Prize for Fiction, Nonfiction, and Foreword Reviews’ 2014 INDIEFAB Publisher of the Year Award will also be announced during the presentation.

About us: Cooperative Press is an independent publisher based in Cleveland, Ohio with a backlist of approximately 40 titles. Its CEO Shannon Okey is currently on the Independent Book Publishers’ Association board, and recently founded Readtailor, a company designed to bridge the gap between small publishers and the library licensing market.

About Foreword: Foreword Magazine, Inc is media company featuring a FOLIO: award winning quarterly print magazine Foreword Reviews and a website devoted to independently published books. In the magazine, they feature reviews of the best 160 new titles from independent publishers, university presses, and noteworthy self-published authors. Their website features daily updates: reviews along with in-depth coverage and analysis of independent publishing from a team of more than 100 reviewers, journalists, and bloggers. The print magazine is available at most Barnes & Noble and Books-A-Million newsstands or by subscription.

You can also connect with them on FacebookTwitterGoogle+, and Pinterest. They are headquartered in Traverse City, Michigan, USA.

Radio Interviews: Vampire History?

Everybody loves a good vampire story. But what about the history of vampirism? Real life vampires, you ask? Well, not exactly. But all myths start someplace! Here’s a little something I wrote for the History News Network about the “vampire epidemic” in 1732: This Is How a Historian Ends Up Becoming a Novelist Who Writes About Vampires .

Want more? Tune in to these stations and here me talk about folklore, history, myth, and more!

Have you visited the JMC Facebook Page?

I gave in! We now have a Jacob Maresbeth Chronicle FB page–where I’ll list events, blog tour dates, give-aways and more! In addition, we’ve been working on the book trailer.

Book trailer. Remember when that was the strangest thing you’d ever heard of? I do. I suppose there must have been a similar moment in film–according to The Dissolve, ground zero was in 1913. (Just for fun, read a short history of the movie trailer.) Rather hilariously, Earnest Hemingway has recently been credited with the first ever book trailer (audio) in the late 1950s.

Well, we won’t be the first, but hey–that doesn’t mean we won’t do it well! For this trailer, I created all the images (I also do the cover art; believe it or not I used to illustrate for other people’s fiction), and Catherine Osborn did the videography. I look forward to sharing with you! In the meantime, please visit our FB (and, you know, go buy the book!)