The 2019 Independent Book Publishers Awards, held in New York, USA, has awarded a Gold Medal to Daniel and William’s second book, Fight for Survival. The Independent Book Publishers Awards, known as the IPPY Awards, is the worlds largest independently published book awards.
Out of the 4,000 entries received from around the world their book, Fight for Survival was awarded the Gold Medal in the Animals and Pets section.
Notification of the Gold Medal win came via email and was initially received by their mother Penny Clarke. “I couldn’t believe it. I was in shock.“, she said. “My husband kept saying to me, ‘What happened? you OK?’, and I just said, ‘They won, they won!’.”
“It was fair to say we were all in shock with the exciting news“, Rodney Clarke said. “The IPPY Awards are like the Oscars of the self-publishing book world and to have this level of recognition for two young Australian authors is incredible“.
From the awards website, “The Independent Publisher Book Awards honor the year’s best independently published titles from around the world. The awards are intended to bring increased recognition to the thousands of exemplary independent, university, and self-published books released each year“.
On the 28th May, 2019 there will be an award ceremony held in New York city for the IPPY Awards where the winners will be presented with medals and treated to a gala evening at the famous Copacabana Club near Times Square.
As Gold Medal winners, Daniel and William are eligible to be part of the New Title Showcase at the New York City Book Expo from 29th – 31st May, 2019. This international book expo is the largest annual book show in the United States.
This latest award is the second award Daniel and William have received for their book, the first award being listed in the Children’s Book Council of Australia 2018 Notables list.
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