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Independent Publishers Book Awards Awarded to Badlands

One more award came in last week, an IPPY.  Don’t know exactly why they call it an IPPY, but the award comes from the Independent Publishers Book Awards, which is known as “the world’s largest international and regional book awards” <>. How about that.  Badlands was awarded a gold medal for best fiction in the West-Mountain Region.  I feel very good about the book being able to represent the West.  It is not a book written or told in a typical “Western” voice, but it is a voice that comes out of the west and it is a tribute to eastern Montana and its stark beauty, its  people, it’s dusty and sometimes booming and sometimes busting towns, and the area known as Makoshika just outside of Glendive.

Lena and I are off to NYC to attend the Next Generation Indie Book Awards reception.  Most definitely looking forward to participating in that, at the Harvard Club, which already makes me want to sip brandy and puff on a good cigar.

Badlands Lands Indie Publishing and Book Award Recognition

The book award season for 2013 books is pretty much over now and I’m happy to announce that Badlands did quite well.  Feel free to share this post! Here is a list of recognitions, beginning with the best finishes:

Next Generation Independent Book Awards:  First Place Short Story Collection–Fiction  (Awards not posted on their site yet, but link here to their webpage:

Eric Hoffer Book Awards:  Runner Up General Fiction:

Eric Hoffer Book Award: Short list for Grand Prize:

Eric Hoffer Book Award:  Finalist for First Horizon Award:

Eric Hoffer Book Award: Finalist for the Da Vinci Eye Award for book cover and book design (Dale Beckman ( artist):

Midwest Indpendent Publishers Book Awards: Runner Up for Short Story Collection and Young Adult:

I would like to congratulate Doug Rose for winning the Midwest Independent Publisher’s Book Award for Literary Fiction. Doug is also a Bay View (Milwaukee) writer and Bolt is his first novel.

Thanks to everyone who has supported Badlands along the way, and keep it up if you can.  The book is available at and at Boswell Books in Milwaukee and hopefully at other book sellers soon.  Pass the word. Write an Amazon review. Recommend it to a friend for good summer reading!  Thanks!

New Website Underway!

This is a website for Tom Biel; the site is under construction (website by Philip Martin, Great Lakes Literary).

Stop back soon for more about Tom’s new book, Badlands, available in Kindle and paperback editions.