What is the best self-published novel


After the successful premiere last year with more than 1,800 submissions, the German Self-Publishing Prize will enter its second round in June. Prize money of 10,000 euros awaits the winner of the jury award, the audience award is endowed with 2,000 euros for the first time and the ten shortlist nominations receive media services with a total value of 80,000 euros. From Friday, June 1st, 2018, independent authors can apply for the award on the website www.selfpublishing-preis.de with their self-published titles. At the start, participation in the prize will also be called on via advertising for a limited period of time online. Books of all genres can be submitted - regardless of whether they are fiction, children's books, crime fiction, guidebooks or non-fiction. The announcement and awarding of the jury award and the audience award, which will be determined in an online vote, will take place on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at 2 p.m. in the reading tent at the Frankfurt Book Fair. The organizers of the competition are MVB Marketing- und Verlagsservice des Buchhandels GmbH and Selfpublisher-Verband e. V.

A stage for diversity

“The aim of the German Self-Publishing Prize is to make the content, design and production quality of many self-published books known to other groups of readers beyond the respective community. Visibility and availability in bookstores - in the local bookstore as well as in the associated online shops - are central prerequisites for titles to sell as best as possible. And exactly, we want to build this bridge, ”says Andrea Schneemeier, Manager Corporate Communications at MVB. “For this reason, in addition to the two prizes, there is also this year the extensive marketing package for all ten titles on the shortlist amounting to 80,000 euros. So we can present several titles to a large audience at the same time. This is only possible because our broad network of partners will once again provide us with active support in 2018, ”adds Vera Nentwich, Chairwoman of the Selfpublisher Association.

The award opens doors

For the Austrian author Madeleine Puljic, being awarded the first German Self-Publishing Prize for her trilogy prelude “Noras Welten / Durch den Nimbus” was a career boost: “The German Self-Publishing Prize has given me significantly more recognition in the media and above all experienced in the book industry. In the meantime I live exclusively from writing, my books are published by well-known consumer publishers. This gives me the opportunity to pursue projects that are close to my heart and to tell new stories for my readers both as a self-publisher and as a publisher. "

Monika Pfundmeier, who received the audience award in 2017 for her historical novel “Blutföhre”, recommends participating in the award: “The award for my debut novel was and is a door opener. I get into conversation more easily, and in some cases I am approached by booksellers, publishers and cooperation partners for projects. However, I also see a lot of persuasive work ahead of us self-publishers. Not every industry participant has recognized that we, as creative entrepreneurs, make an important contribution to a diverse, high-quality range of literature. The stationary book trade in particular should take the opportunity to sharpen its individual profile with a good selection of self-published titles. "

Conditions of participation and procedure

In June and July 2018, self-published books in German can be submitted, the original first edition of which was published on June 1st, 2017 or later. These titles may not be or have not been the subject of a publishing contract or a publishing option right either now or in the past. Another prerequisite is availability in bookshops, which must be evidenced by an ISBN number and an entry in the directory of deliverable books (VLB). The full conditions of participation can be viewed on the prize website: www.selfpublishing-preis.de/teilnahme

After the submission deadline, the preliminary jury, made up of experienced members of the self-publisher association, checks whether all the formal criteria for participation have been met. In the next step, all approved titles are checked for content based on defined selection criteria, such as professional design or compliance with all legal constraints (correct imprint). Finally, a long list with twenty titles is drawn up and handed over to the seven-member jury. This nominates the ten titles for the shortlist, from which it selects the 2018 winner. The committee includes the following experts: Robert Duchstein (Buchhandlung Reuffel), Nina George (author), Dr. Florian Geuppert (Digital Content Group by Holtzbrinck), Vera Nentwich (Selfpublisher Association), Ronald Schild (MVB), Jochen Wegner (Zeit Online) and Marah Woolf (author).

The public vote starts with the announcement of the shortlist on Tuesday, September 25th, 2018 and ends on Tuesday, October 9th, 2018. During this period, readers can choose their favorite for the audience award from the nominated books at www.selfpublishing-preis.de.

Both winners will be announced and publicly honored at the award ceremony on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at 2 p.m. in the reading tent at the Frankfurt Book Fair.


The partners in the award are the self-publishing service providers Epubli and Neobooks, the Frankfurt Book Fair and the Reuffel bookstore. The award is supported by gutefrage.net, KNV Group, Lovelybooks, Brandon Q. Morris (author), Nova MD (book distribution and publishing house delivery), Directory of Deliverable Books (VLB), VLB-TIX, the digital platform for marketing new products Books, Marah Woolf (Author) and Zeit Online. The customer magazine Buchjournal and the trade magazine Börsenblatt are media partners of the German Selfpublishing Prize, which is also represented on Facebook (www.facebook.com/selfpublishingpreis) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/selfpubpreis) with its own presences - the hashtag is: # dspp18.

Materials to download

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About the MVB

MVB Marketing- und Verlagsservice des Buchhandels GmbH is the leading service company for the German book industry. As a subsidiary of the Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels e. V. offers a wide range of different products and services for publishers and booksellers that support the marketing of books and provide orientation in the book market. Central offers are the directory of deliverable books (VLB) and the title information system VLB-TIX as well as the industry magazine Börsenblatt and the customer magazine Buchjournal.
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Via the self-publisher association

The Selfpublisher Association e. V. is the association of German-speaking authors who publish their works without a publisher. Founded in 2015, the association now has over 350 members. The two most important goals are, on the one hand, to improve the framework conditions for publishing independent of the publisher and to break down the hurdles that still exist in the book industry, and on the other hand, to make it easier for members to work professionally as authors with the right to publishers. As an organization, the Selfpublisher-Verband e. V. thus a unique mix of interests.
www.selfpublisher-verband.de | www.facebook.com/selfpublisherverband

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