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Local Author Honored in 2022 Indie Book Awards 

Spinner the Amazing Dolphin: Sea Rescuer by Pasadena resident L.D. Murray has been named by the Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group (IBPPG) as one of the best indie books of 2022.


L.D. Murray’s book is a finalist of the Children's/Juvenile Early Readers/Chapter Books (Fiction) category in the 2022 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, the world’s largest book awards program for independent publishers and self-published authors. The winners and finalists will be honored June 24 at a gala event at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC, coinciding with the American Library Association Annual Conference.


The Next Generation Indie Book Awards are judged by leaders of the indie book publishing industry, including many with long careers at major publishing houses. Their love of a great read and experience in the publishing arena identify books deserving a wider audience.


In the 2022 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, top books were named as winners and finalists in over 80 publishing categories ranging from Action/Adventure to Young Author.


In an article at titled If it’s cool, creative, and different, it’s indie, journalist Catherine Andrews wrote: “The term ‘indie’ traditionally refers to independent art – music, film, literature or anything that fits under the broad banner of culture – created outside of the mainstream and without corporate financing.” That definition remains true for book publishing.


Independent book publishing companies are independent of the major conglomerates dominating the book publishing industry. Indies include small presses, larger independent publishers, university presses, e-book publishers, and self-published authors.


According to Catherine Goulet, Founder and Co-Chair of the Next Generation Indie Book Awards, “Like other independent artists, many indie book publishers face challenges that the industry giants don't experience. The indies have to work much harder to get their best books into readers’ hands.”


“Authors and publishers who compete in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards are serious about promoting their books,” adds Goulet. “They aim to stand out from the crowd of millions of books in print.”


The aim of IBPPG is to promote professional standards in independent book publishing (also known as "indie" book publishing) and provide support and recognition for the independent book publishing profession.



Spinner the Amazing Dolphin: Sea Rescuer can be found and purchased on by a simple book name search.



Linda Murray

(626) 522-4846

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