Almost a Turkish Soap Opera is a finalist in the The Next Generation Indie Book Awards 2013 in the Multicultural Fiction category. I am extremely pleased and honoured to have my book among the other finalists and winners.For those of you who are new to my site, here is a short synopsis of the story.
A humorous look at arranged marriages, betrayals and affairs – Almost a Turkish Soap Opera by Anne-Rae Vasquez
Adel and Kamil, two young good looking Turkish men try to immigrate to North America. Adel’s ruthless grand uncle arranges him to marry Yonka (his spoiled obnoxious cousin) in exchange for his immigration status in Canada. The problem is Yonka and Adel hate each other. The drama heats up even more when Adel has an affair with Nora, his beautiful English teacher which ruins Yonka’s plans. And to add to this, his best friend Kamil has a big secret of his own. How did his life turn into a Turkish soap opera?
For more information about the book and how to purchase it go to: Amazon – Almost a Turkish Soap Opera
Excerpt from the official press release:
The books are winners of the 2012 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, a non-profit awards program judged by leaders in the indie book publishing industry to identify indie books that deserve to reach a wider audience.
“We like to think of our awards program as the ‘Sundance’ of the book publishing world,” says Catherine Goulet , Chair of the 2012 Next Generation Indie Book Awards program.
Independent book publishing companies are independent of the major conglomerates that dominate the book publishing industry. The indies include small presses, larger independent publishers, university presses, e-book publishers, and self-published authors.
According to Goulet, “Like other independent artists, many indie book publishers face challenges that the industry giants don’t experience. They typically have to work much harder to get their best books into the hands of readers.”
“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.”
According to Bowker, publisher of the Books in Print database, more than three million new titles were published in 2010. Of these, over 2.7 million were “non-traditionally” published books, including print-on-demand and self-published titles. These statistics do not even take into account the number of e-books published.
To help Indie authors and publishers reach a wider audience, the top 60 books in the 2012 Next Generation Indie Book Awards will be reviewed by New York literary agent Marilyn Allen of Allen O’Shea Literary Agency or one of Ms. Allen’s co-agents for possible representation in areas such as distribution, foreign rights, film rights, and other rights.
Marilyn Allen has worked as an executive and/or directed sales and marketing teams with Harper Collins , Simon & Schuster, Penguin Books and Avon Books. Ms. Allen has worked with many best-selling authors including Stephen King , Ken Follett , Barbara Kingsolver , John Gray , Mary Higgins Clark , and many more.
To see the official winners and finalists of 2013, go to: Next Generation Indie Book Awards 2013.