How the Cloud 9 Indie Book Award Works


Entries are sorted and sent to judges who specialize in a particular category of books. Our judges are all avid readers and have been involved with the book publishing industry for many years.

Judges score each book on all levels of the publishing process from the content to the book design. Here you can take a look at the Judges Scoring Guidelines to see what the judges are looking for. All of the downloadable Judges Routing Sheets can be found here so you can see how the scoring works.

Through several stages of elimination the top 10 books in each category will be chosen.

The 10 books which reach finalist status will be posted online for 3 weeks in June 2018 so the general public can peruse the various titles and vote for the book(s) which they like best.

There will be 3 winners in each category — Gold, Silver & Bronze.

In September 2018 all of the 1st Place Gold Winners will be featured in Publisher’s Weekly Magazine.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email us at rita.mills@readerscloud9.com.