In addition to the three awards for Independent Book Publishing, Bonjour 40: A Paris Travel Log has also garnered a 2013 International Book Award. In all competitions, her self-published book competed against small- to mid-sized independent publishers, university and museum presses, and corporations that publish fewer than 50 titles a year.
Jeffrey Keen, president of USA Book News who hosts the international competition says of the awards, “The 2013 results represent a phenomenal mix of books from a wide array of publishers throughout the world.” Over 1000 entrants submitted not only books but marketing materials. Chase’s self-published book was among those selected by a “distinguished panel of industry judges who bring to the table their extensive editorial, PR, marketing, and design expertise.”
Bonjour 40 also won an IPPY Silver Medal for best Travel Essay in the Independent Book Publishers Award, and in the 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards it won a Winners Medal for Best Design Non-fiction, and a Finalist Medal for Best Travel/Travel Guide.
“Needless to say, I’m simply thrilled, and it shows me, once again, that I’m helping to change the stigma for independent authors. Self-publishing doesn’t have to mean unfit to publish.”
While this award doesn’t include a swanky event gala in New York, Chase will be flying high knowing Bonjour 40 is heading into the Book Expo in New York touted by three award companies for both writing and design.