2017 tck publishing readers choice award winners

At TCK Publishing our mission is to support authors like you.

No matter how you choose to publish, we think what you do is amazing and we want to celebrate all you’ve accomplished in writing a book!

We also support readers.

Readers are why we all joined the publishing industry in the first place. They’re why we do what we do: we’re looking to entertain, inform, and connect with readers all over the world just like you.

So it only made sense that our book awards program would bring together indie authors and devoted readers as the 2017 Readers Choice Awards.

Indie and self-published authors submitted their best work in a range of categories, and then the readers decided who would win!

Nearly 1,200 authors entered their work, and over 35,000 readers worldwide voted on their favorites.

And now we’re pleased to announce the lineup of winners for the 2017 edition of the awards!

TCK Publishing 2018 Readers Choice Awards

2017 Readers Choice Grand Prize Winner

We’re pleased to announce that the Grand Prize winner of the 2017 TCK Publishing Readers Choice Awards is…

a spot in my heart readers choice winner

A Spot in My Heart: Loving a Special Needs Dog by Kelly Artieri

In a close race among readers, this touching memoir of a family’s life with their deaf Dalmatian edged out Hounded by Ellie Douglas, proving that readers really love stories with dogs in them!

Congratulations to Kelly, who won a Kindle Fire HD 8 tablet and a professional review of her book!

readers choice winner kelly artieri with kindle

Readers Choice Category Winners

Here’s the winners in each genre category, as chosen by the readers:

General Nonfiction

Policing Ferguson, Policing America by Thomas Jackson


After the Flowers Die by Melanie Delorme


A Bunch of Flowers by Bhupesh Chandra Karmakar

Business and Investing

The Fast Forward MBA in Project Management by Eric Verzuh


The 180 Degree Wellness Revolution; Simple Steps To Prevent and Reverse Illness by Tara Gesling


A Spot in My Heart: Loving a Special Needs Dog by Kelly Artieri


Come as You’re Not by Micah Ann Duckett

General Fiction

Hounded by Ellie Douglas


The Wallflower’s Wicked Wager by Collette Cameron


Fish Wielder by J.R.R.R. (Jim) Hardison


Murder Among The Tombstones by Kim Carter


The Suicide Society by William Brennan Knight

Science Fiction

Neulan by Thazleena Moidu

Historical Fiction

Dawn Drums by Robert Walton

YA and Middle Grade

Megan’s Munchkins by Pamela Foland

Children’s Book

Jeremy’s Emotions by Tolga Yazar

Congratulations to all the category winners, who receive special badges and promotion on social media.

Bonus Winner

We’ve also selected one bonus winner at random…

Congratulations to Tess: Clash of Civilizations by Andres Mann!

Books With the Most Votes

The authors whose books received the most votes were:

  1. A Spot in My Heart: Loving a Special Needs Dog by Kelly Artieri
  2. Hounded by Ellie Douglas
  3. After the Flowers Die by Melanie Delorme
  4. Jeremy’s Emotions by Tolga Yazar
  5. Amina & The Princess Crown by Lady Harris
  6. Broken Pieces of Tomorrow by Soulla Christodoulou
  7. Antecedent by Susan Stumpf
  8. Megan’s Munchkins by Pamela Foland
  9. Dilby R. Dixon’s The Dilbonary by Tony J. Perri
  10. 47 Mind Hacks for Writers by Karen Dimmick & Steve Dimmick

Of the thousands of entries, these were the most popular with readers worldwide, racking up hundreds of votes each. Great job!

Counting the Votes

There were several thousand votes that were not officially counted for a few reasons:

  • Some votes were repeated from the same IP address (meaning someone was voting multiple times for the same book)
  • Some votes were issued multiple times for the same book at the same time from masked IP addresses (These votes probably came from a bot)

We removed all these duplicate votes, and that’s why the final leaderboards for the contest are a bit different than what you may have seen on the voting page.

*All the votes counted after the duplicate votes were removed are unique votes, and those individual votes from unique readers are what we counted to determine the winners.

Note: Just because a book received lots of duplicate votes does not mean the author was intentionally trying to manipulate the results.

We will be amping up our security and changing the way voting works for our future contests to ensure that only unique votes are counted. This will help provide a lot more transparency and accuracy into the voting tallies as the contest progresses. We learned our lesson, and we’ll do our best to make sure the voting for our next contest runs a whole lot more smoothly.

Thank You for Participating

Thanks to everyone who entered the contest and everyone who voted!

We’re so proud to help celebrate your amazing accomplishments as writers.

Keep an eye out for the 2018 TCK Publishing Readers Choice Awards… and for more great publishing contests before then!