What are the “IPPY” Awards? Here is a description taken from their website:
The ‘IPPY’ Awards were conceived as a broad-based, unaffiliated awards program open to all members of the independent publishing industry, and are open to authors and publishers worldwide who produce books written in English and intended for the North American market.
We have worked hard to share a vision of the human beings behind the statistics. It is one thing to hear about the number of people incarcerated in the U.S. and quite another to be brought face-to-face with women and kids in the system and hear about it in their own words. This is why we create the books that we publish.
While it’s an ego boost to receive an award, the really important thing is that the recognition will help get these personal narratives in front of more readers. We are confident that the social issues we write about can not only be addressed, but can also be addressed in a fashion that improves the lot of many unfortunates, while also reducing the cost burden on our state and federal tax base.
We are very proud of this award and would like to thank everyone over at Independent Publisher!