Wise Ink Creative Publishing Celebrates
Huge Independent Book
Award Wins for 2018 Season

The authors at Wise Ink Creative Publishing have nabbed 14 medal awards and numerous finalist spots at top independent book publishing award ceremonies this year.

MINNEAPOLIS, May 30, 2018—Wise Ink Creative Publishing has a lot to celebrate in 2018 so far—an astonishing 14 medal wins at prestigious independent book award ceremonies for their talented and diverse author roster.

The winners range from nonfiction books in business and mental health categories to cookbooks and children’s books. Notable wins include Minneapolis’ own Michael Dawson from Growler Magazine, who nabbed a silver medal for his cookbook Mashmaker in the craft, hobbies, and how-to category at the Ben Franklin Awards; and Sandra Richards, an executive at Morgan Stanley who won the gold medal for interior design her children’s book about diversity, Rice and Rocks, also at the Ben Franklin Awards. The complete rundown of winners and finalists is listed below.

Wise Ink’s impressive 2018 award-win season can be attributed to their preternatural vision for publishing books that strike a chord with audiences in the ever-evolving indie space. As a hybrid publisher—not quite a self-publisher, not quite a traditional publisher—Wise Ink’s highly successful, curated selection process allows the cream of the independent writers crop to rise.

“The books that stand out for us are ones that are authored by people with a broad vision for them,” said Wise Ink co-founder Dara Beevas. “We see a lot of great manuscripts, but when they are written by an author who sees the potential for that manuscript to positively impact the world, that’s when we get really excited.”

"We have hardly been able to keep up with all the award wins for Wise Ink authors this 2018 season. We are so proud and thrilled that they're being recognized for their outstanding work." said Amy Quale, Wise Ink co-founder.

Wise Ink, which just celebrated its 5th year in business, is bursting at the seams of their current office and have major expansion plans in the works. “We are getting ready to move to a new space in northeast Minneapolis this summer, which we plan to use not only to publish great books but to teach classes, host events, and engage more with the community,” said Marketing Director Roseanne Cheng. Wise Ink Creative Publishing Celebrates Huge Independent Book

Award Wins for 2018 Season

  • Steven Hiebert, gold medal in the Inspiration category at the Midwest Book Awards for his book Be Your Self and Be Well
  • Green Card Youth Voices, gold medal for Best Multicultural Nonfiction Chapter Book in the Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards, and finalist in the Young Adult Nonfiction category at the Midwest Book Awards and the IPPY Awards
  • Sandra Richards, gold medal in the interior design: 3 or more color category, and silver medal in the children’s/young adult category at the Benjamin Franklin Awards for her book Rice and Rocks
  • Authors Lynn Boughey and Peter Earnest, and Illustrator Kevin Cannon, gold medal in interior design at the Ben Franklin Awards for their book Harry Potter and the Art of Spying
  • Greg Bancroft, silver medal in the self-help category at the Ippy Awards for his book Swing for the Fences: Show Up. Dig In. Suck Less.
  • Aurora Whittet, gold medal in cover design at the Ben Franklin Awards for her book How to Turn Your Mom into a Monster, shortlisted for the Eric Hoffer Awards
  • Michael Dawson from Growler Magazine, silver medal at the Ben Franklin Awards for his cookbook Mashmaker: A Citizen-Brewer’s Guide to Making Great Beer at Home in the crafts, hobbies, and how-to category
  • Farah Oomerbhoy, silver medal in teen fiction at the Ben Franklin Awards for her book The Rise of the Dawnstar
  • Kimberly Bastain, silver medal in cover design at the Ben Franklin Awards for her book The Breedling and the Trickster
  • John Wessinger, bronze medal at the Axiom Business Book Award, winner in the sales & marketing category for the National Indie Excellence Awards, honorable mention at the Eric Hoffer Awards, and the Reviewers Choice Award
  • Susan Hannafin-Macnab, bronze medal in the psychology and mental health category at the IPPY Awards
  • Jerry Holl, bronze medal in the sports and recreation category at the IPPY Awards for his book Downhills Don't Come Free
  • Kim Kane, finalist in the Inspiration and Humor categories at the Midwest Book Awards for her book Sparkle On: Women Aging in Gratitude
  • Russell Ricard, honorable mention at Foreword Reviews for romance for his book The Truth About Goodbye