The National Indie Excellence Awards exist to help establish independent publishing as a strong and proud facet of the publishing industry. Recognizing authors that put their heart and soul into their work, the NIEA is proud to be a champion of self-publishers and small and independent presses that go the extra mile to produce books of excellence in every aspect. Established in 2007, the NIEA competition is judged by independent experts from all aspects of the indie book industry, including publishers, writers, editors, book cover designers and professional copywriters.
Winners and finalists are determined based on 'overall excellence of presentation in addition to the writing.'
The 10th Annual National Indie Excellence Award honors Landscapes of the Heart: A Survivor's Guide, Dog Ear Publishing, LLC, 1st Edition (June 11, 2014) by Dr. Gregg Tyler Milligan, PhD as a such a book, and winner in the category of Military Non-Fiction. Published as fiction at the behest of the publisher, the characters and situations in the book are all true.
From the award letter, "We are proud to announce the winners and finalists whose books truly embody the excellence that this award was created to celebrate, and we salute you all for your fine work."