We are pleased to announce the first group of winners from the first annual Library Journal Self-Published eBook award. This award aims to give recognition to the best self-published ebooks submitted via SELF-e in four genres: romance, science fiction, fantasy and mystery. In addition to these four winners, two honorable mentions were chosen per genre. All selections were chosen by a volunteer committee of librarians who are dedicated to fostering a community of local authorship.
Winner: Yokai by Dave Ferraro
Yokai tells the story of Yumiko Sato who was spirited away by supernatural monsters of Japan called yokai when she was seven-years-old. In this fantastical adventure, Yumiko must battle the yokai lord of the magical realm to save herself, her mother and the world around her while learning who she has become.
Local Library: Oak Creek Public Library, Wisconsin
Local Library: Multnomah County Library, Oregon
Local Library: Eugene Public Library, Oregon
Winner: Blue Karma by J.K. Ullrich
Blue Karma is a story of choices and consequences, humanity and love. In this story, discover a world in dire need of its most crucial resource — water. Follow three characters from different backgrounds struggling to survive in a drought-ridden world.
Local Library: Howard County, Maryland
Local Library: Upland Public Library, CA
Local Library: Sunnyside, Ottawa Public Library, Canada
In an alternate Deep South in 1890, society reporter Adele de la Pointe wants to make her own way in the world, despite her family’s pressure to become a society wife. Hoping to ruin herself as a matrimonial prospect, she seizes the opportunity to cover the recent Jack the Ripper-style murders for the newspaper, but her father’s dashing new intern suggests a more terrifying headline — marriage. While Adele is hunting down a headline and Dr. Rawley is trying to protect and pursue her, a serial killer is spreading panic throughout Mobile, Alabama. Can Adele and Rawley find the murderer, face their fears and discover true love?
Local Library: Ben May Public Library, AL
Local Library: Washington County Library System, Oregon
Local Library: Santa Cruz Public Library, CA
Absorbing in its memorable characters, non-stop plot twists, and depiction of life in a late-19th century women’s college, Dangerous and Unseemly is a suspenseful and engaging contribution to the cozy historical mystery genre. Fans of Harriet Vane and Maisie Dobbs will find in Concordia Wells a new heroine to fall in love with.
Local Library: Pohick Regional, Fairfax County Public Libraries, VA
Local Library: Calabasas Library, CA
Local Library: Bellingham Public Library, WA
In addition to the $1,000 award, the winning books will be featured and reviewed via Library Journal throughout the next month and will be honored at a reception during ALA Midwinter. Keep watching for interviews, reviews and more on the winners!