IUEA Voting: Best Review Site, Watchdog Site, and Resource Site for Writers.

IU Excellence Award Winner SAMPLENominations are complete for the 2013 Indies Unlimited Excellence Awards. We are now down to the finalists in each category. Voting to determine the winner for each category will commence at 5 AM US Pacific Time on February 7, 2014, and conclude at 5 PM US Pacific Time on February 21, 2014.

Winners will be determined by dividing the votes received (popularity) by the Alexa global traffic ranking (impartial industry statistics) as read on the morning of February 6, 2014 . Alexa is the foremost internet traffic ranking service. A site’s Alexa ranking is an indication of the utility and presence of the site.

Winners for each category will be announced at 5 AM, US Pacific Time on February 24, 2014.

You may vote only once for one finalist in each category:


Which of the finalists is your choice for Best Book Review Site?

  • I Feel the Need, the Need to Read (28%, 309 Votes)
  • Big Al's Books and Pals (27%, 298 Votes)
  • Say What Savannah Mae (20%, 221 Votes)
  • I Am, Indeed (7%, 81 Votes)
  • Sunshine and Mountains (6%, 66 Votes)
  • Harlequin Junkie (4%, 43 Votes)
  • Novel Grounds (4%, 41 Votes)
  • Kindle Obsessed (3%, 37 Votes)
  • Lusty Penguin Reviews (1%, 13 Votes)
  • The Cult of Me (0%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,112

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Which of the finalists is your choice for Best Resource Site?

  • The Indie View (36%, 215 Votes)
  • Kristen Lamb’s Blog (22%, 133 Votes)
  • The Passive Voice (13%, 80 Votes)
  • Anne R. Allen’s Blog (13%, 78 Votes)
  • The Creative Penn (7%, 39 Votes)
  • The Book Designer (5%, 28 Votes)
  • Let's Get Visible (3%, 20 Votes)

Total Voters: 593

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Which of the finalists is your choice for Best Watchdog Site?

  • Preditors & Editors (58%, 236 Votes)
  • Writer Beware (42%, 168 Votes)

Total Voters: 404

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[Note from IU admin: The finalists for the category “Best Book Review Sites” were determined using Alexa rankings where ties existed. The site “Let’s Get Digital,” was also nominated for the category “Best Watchdog Site.” While this is a portion of what Mr. Gaughran does on his site, we felt the category “Best Resource Site” was a better fit.]


Nominations Open for IU Excellence Awards

We are pleased to announce the nominations for the Indies Unlimited Excellence Awards are now open.

This is our way of providing recognition to those in the indie community who have given valuable assistance, resources, information, or other support to improve the quality and visibility of indie authors.

Once again, there are no entry fees and no prizes. The finalists and winners will receive handsome, hand-crafted digital plaques commemorating their victory. It is not merely the plaque, but the votes of confidence and thanks behind it that give the award its proper meaning.

Awards will be given in three categories: Continue reading “Nominations Open for IU Excellence Awards”