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“…Burnett’s book tackles complex topics and transforms them into invaluable educational resources for younger readers.” — Reader Views
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Exciting Update! The Believer within You, the award-winning debut book, has landed in multiple formats—eBook, digital flip e-book with audio, audiobook, hardcover, and paperback—right here on my website. But it’s not just about reading; it’s about sharing your thoughts. Your genuine review on will not only guide fellow readers but also shape the impact of this empowering tale.

Let’s delve into Brenda Sue Bellamy’s journey together. Her courageous exploration of truth and justice is not only valued but cherished. As you accompany her through this realistic fiction adventure, may the flames of belief and resilience ignite within you. Your engagement with Brenda Sue’s story means the world to me, and I am confident it will inspire and uplift you.

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Local Author Honored in 2024 Indie Book Awards

Indianapolis, Indiana, May 30, 2024The Believer within You, written by Indianapolis native Tyrone Burnett, has been recognized by the Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group as one of the best indie books of 2024.

Tyrone Burnett’s debut book won the fiction social change category in the 2024 Next Generation Short Story Awards and is a finalist in the current events category of the 2024 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, the world’s largest book awards program for independent publishers and self-published authors. Winners and finalists will be honored on June 28 at a gala event at the US Grant Hotel in San Diego, CA, coinciding with the American Library Association Annual Conference.

Organizers of this year’s gala plan to livestream the awards presentation on Facebook at approximately 5:00 pm Pacific Time at Videos of the 2022 and 2023 events have been viewed over 100,000 times.

2024 marks the 17th year of the largest international book awards program. This year’s Platinum Sponsor is FabJob, a leading publisher of dream career guides with over half a million satisfied customers across six continents. IAP Career College, offering online certificate courses in more than 100 career fields including book editing and book publishing, returns as a Gold Sponsor.

The Next Generation Indie Book Awards are judged by leaders in the indie book publishing industry, including many with long careers at major publishing houses. Their love for great reads and experience in the publishing arena help identify books deserving of a wider audience.

In an article at titled “If it’s cool, creative, and different, it’s indie,” journalist Catherine Andrews wrote: “The term ‘indie’ traditionally refers to independent art—music, film, literature, or anything that fits under the broad banner of culture—created outside of the mainstream and without corporate financing.” This definition remains true for book publishing.

Independent book publishing companies operate independently of the major conglomerates dominating the book publishing industry. Indies include small presses, larger independent publishers, university presses, e-book publishers, and self-published authors.

Catherine Goulet, Founder and Co-Chair of the Next Generation Indie Book Awards, states, “Like other independent artists, many indie book publishers face challenges that industry giants don’t experience. Indies have to work much harder to get their best books into readers’ hands.”

“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.”

Recent statistics collected by show the U.S. book industry made $28.1 billion in revenue in 2022. Over 4 million new books were published in 2022 alone, with 2.1 million being self-published. Romance is the most popular genre of books sold in the U.S., achieving over 32 million print copies sold in 2022.

To help indie authors and publishers reach a wider audience, the top 80+ books in the 2024 Next Generation Indie Book Awards will be reviewed by New York literary agent Marilyn Allen of Allen Literary Agency (formerly the 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.

Top Prize-Winning Books in the 2024 Next Generation Indie Book Awards

Top Fiction Books

First Place Winner ($1,500 Prize):
Good Night, Good Night, Victoria Beach by Rae St. Clair Bridgman (FriesenPress)

Second Place Winner ($750 Prize):
Country of Under by Brooke Shaffner (Mason Jar Press)

Third Place Winner ($500 Prize):
All Battles End at Sunset by Jared Acuña (Hilt & Arrow)

Top Non-Fiction Books

First Place Winner ($1,500 Prize):
Crossing Borders: The Search For Dignity In Palestine by Christa Bruhn (Little Creek Press)

Second Place Winner ($750 Prize):
Beyond the Border: A Korean’s Journey Between the North and South by Tae-hyok Kim and Nicole Kim Rogers (Independently Published)

Third Place Winner ($500 Prize):
Unrestricted: How I Stepped Off the Tightrope, Learned to Say No, and Silenced Anorexia by Dawn Brockett (Harridan & Strumpet)

Other winners include top books named in over 80 publishing categories ranging from Action/Adventure to Young Author. A complete list of 2024 winners and finalists is available at the Next Generation Indie Book Awards website at

About the Literary Agent

Marilyn Allen has over 25 years of sales and marketing experience, including serving as Senior Vice President, Associate Publisher, and Director of Marketing for Harper Collins, and directing sales and marketing teams for Simon & Schuster, Harper Collins, and many divisions of the Penguin Random House Publishing Group. Ms. Allen has worked with many best-selling authors, including Stephen King, Ken Follett, Barbara Kingsolver, John Gray, and Mary Higgins Clark.


The Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group promotes professional standards in independent book publishing (also known as “indie” book publishing) and provides support and recognition for the independent book publishing profession.

2025 Next Generation Indie Book Awards

Entries are now being accepted for the 2025 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. The awards are open to books released in 2023, 2024, or 2025 from independent authors and publishers worldwide. Visit the Next Generation Indie Book Awards website at for more information.

The Next Generation Indie Book Awards is pleased to introduce the Next Generation Short Story Awards, a not-for-profit awards program for authors of short stories. To learn more, visit


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