“In a year full of “Pinch Me is this real” moments, this recognition from The Best Book Awards is clearly one of the highlights. There are a huge number of books vying for the recognition that Going For Kona has received. Jeffrey Keen does an outstanding job running a professional, un-corrupted, independent, well promoted operation with books from every type of publishing operation from small to large. The recognition is a big deal.”
—Eric Hutchins, 2014 Best Book Award Finalist
“I've been very remiss in the course of the past week for not giving you my deepest appreciation for the honor the Best Books Awards bestowed on STRONG DARKNESS by naming it the winner in the Thriller/Adventure category.
With the exception of very few, writers toil in obscurity and fight a constant battle for recognition and affirmation of our talent as storytellers. This is more true now than ever which makes receiving such an honor even more vital and relevant. Others, like the National Book Awards, pay virtually no attention to the unique peculiarities of the various genres across the board, ignoring thousands of books by terrific storytellers in the process. Best Books, on the other hand, is alone in its steadfast dedication to acknowledging outstanding achievement across the entire spectrum of the publishing world, recognizing writers and genres who otherwise would remain the bastard stepchildren of the industry. You have my undying appreciation and gratitude not only for the honor of winning but also for that.”
—Jon Land, 2014 Best Book Award Winner
“I wanted to thank you for the phenomenal experience through this process and for being named a Finalist for the College Guides Section! I ordered a Finalist Certificate for my parents and a set of 100 stickers (which I'll likely need more!). A quick update on 'Your Guide to Succeed in University' since we last chatted via email is that a paperback was released about 2 months ago and 1000 copies have been sold already (this means I'm going to need more stickers than 100 over the coming months with all of the speaking engagements and book sales!!). It's also now the #1 College book on Amazon. I took all of the steps you suggested below for marketing and promoting and will continue to do so. I am also strongly considering an application into the College Guides section for the International Book Awards with the newly printed Paperback with the hopes of making it a winner. I really appreciate all of your dedication towards helping authors succeed.”
“This is a great week! My second book, Fearless Fabulous You! Lessons on Living Life on Your Terms, came out yesterday and today I receive your wonderful news about winning a Best Book Award. I am honored!
Just imagine: award winning author, radio show host and integrative nutrition health coach - much less cancer survivor- were none of the words to describe me in early 2009. Back then I was an overworked, overstressed, overweight PR agency owner. I am a big believer in turning stumbling blocks into stepping stones. Joining, posting promoting and happy to be a part of the community and help make a difference.”
—Melanie Young, 2014 Best Book Award Winner
“Thank you so much for being so responsive and supportive. This award means a lot to me and I am proud of it.”
—Judith Anne Desjardins, LCSW, BCD, MSWAC, 2014 Best Book Award Finalist
“I would like to applaud and thank the jury of BEST BOOK AWARDS 2014 for choosing “Baudelaire’s Revenge” as the winner in the category “mystery/suspense”.
First of all, it is not obvious to choose a foreign author. I’m the first Flemish author to receive such an Award. Needless to say I’m mighty proud of that.
Second, “Baudelaire’s Revenge” is an “unusual” mystery-novel, being a provocative cross-over between literature and the suspense genre. I receive many congratulations, not only from readers out of the US but also from Belgian and Dutch and even French readers when they see the Award mentioned on social media. Let it thus be known that the BEST BOOK AWARDS 2014 are from now on noted abroad .”
—Bob Van Laerhoven, 2014 Best Book Award Winner
"Two Countries...Two Loves" was a movie of my early years that returned me to a world, where I was nurtured and guided by exceptional women. I believe that I am now the person I was in 1950, when I graduated from high school. My store of memories and knowledge far surpasses what I knew, but my character had been indelibly molded. I was hesitant to enter a contest that would judge my communication skills, but you were kind enough to guide me through the entry process. I noted that you were the CEO of the company, which impressed me.
During my career as executive vice president of a commercial real estate company, I negotiated with many obnoxious executives, but I bonded with numerous executives, who believed in their companies and were proud of their achievements. You are one of the latter.
When my entry was acknowledged, I intended to thank you for your thoughtful guidance, but did not want to be misunderstood as someone currying favor. The award affirms my authorship of a book that I hoped would shed a proper light on the Latino immigration that tends to stereotype us. If my book lifts the veil of misconception, I will be rewarded. I truly love and am proud of my two countries and of my multi-cultural heritage.
Thank you for the honor bestowed on me as a Finalist. I have been blessed in life by people, who have believed in me and encouraged me to achieve success. You are on my list of the special ones.”
—Irma Schettini Caiazzo, 2014 Best Book Award Finalist, Non-Fiction: Multicultural
"Book awards do count in marketing and in positioning as a recognized 'go-to' expert. The Best Book Awards are always on my recommended list for authors who create quality books to enter. I’ve found that the support from the Best Book Awards for winners, both on its websites and with press releases, is exceptional and far beyond what most other awards do."
—Judith Briles, The Book Shepherd, CEO of AuthorU.org, 2014
"The Best Book Awards has a ten year track record of honoring and promoting books to the national and international community. The contest covers books from all sections of the publishing industry—mainstream, independent, & self-published."
—The San Francisco Book Review, 2013
“My deepest thanks go to the Best Book Awards for naming Impossible Odds their 2013 choice for Best Autobiography/Memoir, and that gratitude is shared by Jess and Erik. I only had to sweat through writing the book; they had to live the story.”
— Anthony Flacco, New York Times Bestselling Author
“I want to personally thank you for your wonderful 2013 Book News awards! You do a great service for all of us independent publishers and authors who are constantly the ‘Davids’ in trying to win attention for our hard-fought books against the Goliaths of the publishing industry.” — Carew Papritz, King Northern, Inc.
“Jeffrey Keen, as a most humbled and honored recipient of several 2011 International Book Awards and 2011 Best Book Awards, I wanted to take the opportunity to personally and professionally thank you for recognizing and celebrating some of the world’s topmost mainstream and independent authors and publishing companies. It is evident that both award enterprises embrace the hard work and achievements of worldwide authors and publishing companies and are fully committed to propelling them to aim high and succeed with excellence. Thank you wholeheartedly for helping the writing industry in general and myself in particular expand our professional horizons and foster exponential growth as highly recognized and most deserving achievers in the field of writing.” —Michele Wright, Ph.D., Author, DEAR SUCCESS SEEKER: Wisdom from Outstanding Women, Atria/Simon & Schuster
“Two of my books won Finalist Awards in the 2011 Best Book Awards and one of them just garnered a starred review in Library Journal! Thanks so much for your help in publicizing all of the winners and finalists!” —Judy Luttrell Brizendine, Author, STUNNED By Grief: Remapping Your Life When Loss Changes Everything
“Jeffrey, thank you for this. I am so proud of my Best Book wins. And what a boon they are for marketing!” —Carolyn Howard-Johnson, Author/Publisher, 2011 Winner, The Frugal Book Promoter
"This is so exciting! To compete alongside industry giants, Simon & Schuster, St. Martin’s Press, Random House, Penguin, Harper Collins (just to name a few), and still become an award winning finalist is not only wonderful but validating. It's been a great experience for both my illustrator/husband and myself and reinforces for us that our story touches the reader and appeals to experts in children's book publishing. Glitter and Dart came to life for me and I hope that they do the same for the children who will join in their adventures. Thank you to all the judges for this recognition.” —Sherry K. Brubaker, Author, 2011 Finalist, Cup of Glitter, Gilded Magic Publishing
"It's thrilling to have received this honor! We believe our readers will have as much fun with Dart and Glitter as I had in illustrating their story. Again congratulations Sherry! Thanks for bringing me along on this wonderful, color-filled journey! We want to especially thank Jeffrey Keen and his team for this opportunity and the judges who have chosen to honor our work with this prestigious recognition. We are very grateful!” —Robert A. Brubaker, Illustrator, 2011 Finalist, Cup of Glitter, Gilded Magic Publishing
“Thank you for all the work that you and your team do to make the Best Book Awards so easy to participate in and so worthwhile! As an independent publisher it is an honor to be recognized alongside the larger publishing companies and on equal terms. As a Winner in our category we proudly display our books with your stickers and have talked to many civic organizations that recognize and appreciate such a meaningful award. We know that our sales have increased!” —Nancy Coate, Director Marketing & Communications, Publishing Gurus
“Thank you for the 2011 Best Book Awards competition. The website, submission, and communication channels worked flawlessly throughout the whole process. I was especially pleased to learn that my book was honored as a Finalist in this prestigious and highly competitive competition. This recognition will allow me to bring my ongoing campaign of educating the general public to a qualitatively new level. I have already made nine public appearances this year. I look forward to participating in other competitions, in particular the 2012 International Book Awards and the 2012 Best Book Awards.” —Gagik G. Melikyan, Ph.D., D.Sc.
“I am so very grateful for this tremendous honor. It will be an integral part and impetus in my upcoming marketing campaign.” —D. R. Wise, 2011 Finalist
“Simply put, winning the ‘Best Book 2010’ Awards (Religion: Christian Inspirational) has made a huge difference in promoting my book, Steadfast Christian. This prestigious award from a reputable company has elevated my book above the crowd which is essential in this extremely competitive industry. The affordable entry fee was a small price to pay for such an excellent opportunity to promote my book. To top it off, the service and professionalism dealing with the Best Book Awards was outstanding!” —Patrick Dillon, author of the book – STEADFAST CHRISTIAN – A Higher Call To Faith, Family, And Hope
“First, let me say how delighted my publisher and I were to receive these esteemed awards. We will certainly be entering the additional books in the series, which has also enjoyed, and still maintains multiple #1 best seller/best seller rankings in numerous genre and categories, in your future competitions! The awards have proved invaluable in marketing, and overall credibility for the work.” —Reid Lance Rosenthal, 2010 Award-Winning Author
“I just wanted to write and thank you for the work you are doing. As a small publisher I find it extremely difficult to get any attention especially when the books appeal only to a selected audience. Colin, who wrote the book, teaches locally and our sales are very good anywhere where he is known. It is good to know that someone who does not know Colin recognizes the quality of his work and the total honesty with which he writes.” —Val Walton, 2010 Award Winning Publisher
“I am very humbled by this award. The opportunity to share ones work for consideration by the professional review of others enriches the experience of one's journey.” —Christine Renhard Stenstrom, 2010 Award Winning Author and Artist
“The award stickers definitely help sales. The book already has sold more because of this award. I'm very excited about this and impressed with the full list of winner/finalists. It clearly shows your judges go by quality versus name. I will for sure enter again with next book.” —Tara L. Masih, 2010 Award Finalist
“Since the release of the awards information I received an order for a box of books to be shipped out. Thank you very much.” —Cindy Mauro Reisenauer, 2010 Award Winning Author
“I am really indebted to you for supporting my work; your awards always give a new direction to my career.” —Sunny Kapoor, 2010 Award Finalist
“Thank you for giving me this opportunity, and for hundreds of others like me. Small presses, independents, self-published works are often overlooked, slow to start, but quite simply some of the best there is. I'm so glad you recognize the potential (large and small). —Sherrida Woodley, 2010 Award Finalist
“Thank you very much and it is truly an honor to be a Finalist in this prestigious book award contest.” —Jeffrey D. Kern, Author & Publisher, 2010 Award Finalist
“The Best Book Awards have been an integral part of my publishing success over the last three years. First winning multiple Best Book awards in 2007 for my self-published/self distributed book, I gained incredible national media exposure. A new edition of my book was released again in 2009 with a new cover, new ISBN and national distribution. This 2009 win in the Autobiography/Memoir category is bittersweet and will only help me to get my story out to more people who are affected by mental illness in their families. A very special ‘Thank You’ to President & CEO, Jeff Keen —you and your team are the most professional and results oriented executives in the publishing industry.” —Thom Bierdz, Author/Actor/Artist, “Forgiving Troy: A True Story of Murder, Mental Illness and Recovery”, 2009 Best Book Winner.
“Thank you for recognizing my book, The Art of the Apology, with an award in your 2009 Best Book competition. The award has meant the world to me, both personally and professionally. The Best Book award has put The Art of the Apology on the map nationwide and has greatly enhanced my credibility as an author and speaker. It was an absolute thrill to receive such a tremendous honor.” —Lauren Bloom
“Costco recently picked up Greg Park's fantasy adventure series and they are selling a lot of Veil of Darkness (Best Book Winner) and Cleansing Hunt (Best Book Finalist). They've found that when the award stickers are on the books, they sell even better.” —Chantilly Park
"I wanted to thank you for your prestigious award. In the four months since winning The Best Book Award - 2009 Best Book (History - Media / Entertainment), my paperback has been added to the prestigious libraries of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Writers Guild Foundation; is now being sold at the historic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel and Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills; is now available at Barnes & Noble and Costco stores in Hollywood and will be promoted during the 2010 Turner Classic Movies Film Festival! I appreciate the press received from your tremendous organization!" —Manny Pacheco, Award-winning Author, Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History
“I won a Best Book Award in 2007. Because of this recognition, I have been asked to speak at many important universities. Harvard, Yale, Nova, Florida Atlantic University, Fordham Law School are just a few of the universities that have invited me to speak allowing me the opportunity to spread the message that there was a genocide of the Armenians in 1915, a fact many are not aware of. My mission is to tell those that do not know and to convince those that do not believe.” —Margaret Ajemian Ahnert, author, The Knock at the Door
“Thank you for the honor and blessing.” —Maryam Kabeer Faye, 2009 Award Winning Author
“We want to let you know how much we appreciated working with you with the two books we submitted. What impressed us was your availability, your responsiveness and above all the vision to which you have given birth. You have provided writers the opportunity to have their work assessed by the content of their work and the quality of their craft, rather than the name and reputation of the publisher they have, or lack of one. We were thrilled to have our two books recognized; one a winner and the other a finalist. Thank you very much. What you are doing and what you have done is greatly appreciated.” —Val Walton and Colin Mallard, 2009 Award Winning Publishers
“Thank you so much for the honor of being an award winner (again) with The Best Book Awards. The award and the book sticker significantly increased my book sales and distribution in 2008. To win for a second time is a dream come true. I will utilize the marketing materials that you have provided which are also quite helpful in my promotions. I am truly indebted to the Best Book Awards.” —Linda Kenney Miller, Award Winning Author, 2008 & 2009
“Thank you for believing in my book and honoring me with the finalist awards. It is deeply appreciated.” —Marilyn Frazer, multiple 2009 Award Finalist
“Thank you very much for choosing my late father's book as the winner. This means a lot to me and all my family around the world.” —Indra Milowe, 2009 Award Winning Publisher
“Thank you for your time and help. And especially thank you for the wonderful inspirational opportunity you make possible for so many authors with the Best Book awards. —Cherie Hughes, 2009 Award Winning Publisher
“This is one of the most memorable events of my professional career as a writer and photographer. To be recognized by you, my peer, experts in your field of writing and publishing, is a highlight I will remember over and over with gratitude. —Jacqui Taylor, 2009 Award Finalist
“Thanks so much for the finalist award. I appreciate how clear, prompt, and professional the whole process was, and I'm excited to share the good news.” —Michael Linsin, 2009 Award Finalist
“Thank you for hosting such a wonderful award's program. I'm honored to have been chosen as a finalist. To receive recognition from industry professionals is validation for me to keep encouraging language, literacy, laughter and love through my early childhood picture book series. I'm thrilled! ‘Can't Catch a Butterfly’ will proudly wear the award's sticker and soar to new heights! Keep up the great work that you do!” —Michelle Zimmerman, 2009 Award Finalist
“I wanted to thank everyone involved with the Best Book Awards for the opportunity of submitting my Children's Book . . . and also thank you for choosing mine as a finalist in the competition. I was very excited when I got the news today . . . especially since this is the first Children's Book I've written.” —Toula Magi, 2009 Award Finalist
“Being a finalist has made a big difference and I look forward to shared success.” —Gregory Arnold, 2009 Best Book Award Finalist
“We have been using the awards we received...to help promote our books with surprising success!” —Advaita Gems Publishing, 2009 Best Book Award Finalist
“I wanted to take a moment…to thank you for awarding my book, "The Art of Death Midwifery: An Introduction and Beginner's Guide," winner in the death and dying category. Though everything I do is in service to the dying and not about personal recognition, it is still so very rewarding to think that those in the publishing industry find the work of merit. It is my hope that winning this award will bring the work to a wider audience. So again, from my heart, thank you, for your support and encouragement...it means so very much.” —Joellyn St. Pierre, D. Div., 2009 Best Book Award Winner
“The panel’s faith in me has justified all the hard work and my own belief in our story. The award has raised my profile for my marketing and 'made people sit up'...Recently evidenced when on holiday in Spain and I found an English Bookstore (part of our story is set in Spain) who has agreed to stock my book. I am sure that the award was the deciding factor. It lent its credibility and raised the profile.” —Rosalie Marsh, 2009 Best Book Award Finalist
“Absolutely Amazing! My book and audio book received immediate coverage in a national magazine two weeks after the results of the “Best Books” 2007 Awards were announced. The “Best Books” Awards are so much more than simple recognition, they are a publicity and sales goldmine for winners and finalists. Thank you for your continued diligence in providing coverage for quality books from the independent press.” —Thom Bierdz, author, Forgiving Troy, 2007 Best Book double Award-Winner.
"Thank you Jeffrey Keen for creating the Best Books Awards! I'm honored to have been named an award-winning finalist. The media and industry exposure has been widespread. Your awards program is highly respected in the industry and very supportive of participants. I strongly recommend participation to every author. Keep up the excellent work!" —Charles Jacobs, Author "The Writer Within You", Award-Winning Finalist, 2007 Best Book Awards
“Thank you Best Book Awards! After placing as an award-winning finalist in the 2007 awards, I enjoyed increased media attention and exposure. I heartily thank you for your continued important work within the publishing industry, and look forward to entering my new book into this year's competition.” —Wang-Ching LIU, Publisher/Author "Chinese Easy To Learn”, Award-Winning Finalist, 2007 Best Book Awards
“I can't say enough good things about what you're doing with THE BEST BOOK AWARDS. Having my book recognized as a finalist has gotten me some good press. As a self-published author, I benefited greatly from this recognition. Now I'm planning a major internet marketing campaign, and I am hopeful about where it all will lead. Best of luck with your book-related endeavors, and many, many thanks.” —Evan Drake Howard, Award-Winning Finalist, 2007 Best Book Awards
"Thank you Best Book Awards for these wonderful awards and recognition. Because of them, I've enjoyed increased sales, been featured in local, national and international print media, and have been invited by various groups to speak, give book readings, and sign books. These awards validate my book and open doors as we shop the film version of it. None of us manifest our dreams alone...thank you for helping make mine come true!" —Sonya Haramis, M.Ed., Publisher/Author “Peace of the Dreamer”, 2007 Best Book Award Winner
“The Best Book Awards are really an incredible network. I'm proud to be a part of it.” —Kathleen Clauson, Finalist, 2008 Best Book Awards
“Thank you for honoring my book as finalist in your book awards program! On behalf of fellow publishers and authors, thank you for providing such a wonderful opportunity for unsung voices to be heard and appreciated.” —Shirley Cheng, Finalist, 2008 Best Book Awards
“Thank you for your support to the ARTS and allowing the everyday people find some success. I appreciate this honor and will live up to what the award represents.” —Alyssa Amori, Finalist, 2008 Best Book Awards
"It is with great joy and appreciation that I write you personally to commend the work you and your team are doing. The results were like a big pat on my back, a major encouragement...I hope to make it to the Awards next year, not once but again and again because the Best Books Awards have proven to be a place where I know I can trust my works on their scale, without fear, and gladly accept the results knowing your definition of quality is not just literal but all encompassing." —Glory Odemene, Award-Winning Finalist, 2007 Best Book Awards
“This award will boost my effort for publishing a whole collection of unique illustrated books including poetry and fiction.” —Sunny Kapoor, Finalist, 2008 Best Book Awards
Thank you so much for naming my novel as a finalist in the humor category. I am thrilled! I appreciate your recognition of my work.” —Linda C. Wright, Finalist, 2008 Best Book Awards
“Keep doing what you are doing, it’s making a difference for upcoming writers!” —Rev. Kim R. Brewer, Finalist, 2008 Best Book Awards
“Thank you for bestowing such an honor for my book!” —Frank J. Eberhart, Finalist, 2008 Best Book Awards
"Thank you for all your good work in creating the Best Books Awards. Through your efforts you are giving a great boost to the world of publishing. Book-lovers everywhere are all in your debt. Thanks so much!" —David Evans, Award Winner, 2007 Best Book Awards
"Keep up the awesome work and thanks again for supporting the industry in such a professional manner!" —Dawn King, Award-Winning Finalist, 2007 Best Book Awards
“Your award has helped give my book attention it would not have gotten before. Several radio stations have asked for interviews, and I was featured in a Los Angeles newspaper! Again, thank you for giving my book this type of exposure” —Janet Alston Jackson, A Cry for Light, 2006 Best Book Award Winner