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"Shanghied" by David Paul Collins wins Bronze in Young Adult Fiction – General in Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards.

Shanghaied by David Paul Collins wins Bronze in Young Adult Fiction – General
in Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards.

Sunday,  September 30
The Greater Los Angeles Writers Society at the West Hollywood Book Fair 2012GLAWS Book Fair 2012

The Greater Los Angeles Writers Society is proud to present a talented slate of authors at the Annual West Hollywood Book Fair at West Hollywood Park from IOam to 6pm at the GLAWS Booths.

This event is so popular, GLAWS takes an entire tent!

Award-winning author David Paul Collins will appear and his book Shanghaied will be available for purchase. Mr. Collins will sign his book for attendees.  Almost 30 author/members are scheduled to appear.

David Paul Collins, author of the award-winning book Shanghaied, is one of the Ten at the Top speakers at the upcoming Big Orange Book Festival on the Chapman University campus, Friday and Saturday, Sept. 21 – 22.

Called FROM STEAMPUNK TO POETRY IN 2 DAYS, the fair is touted as a “Festival for wordies, film buffs and artists in the heart of Orange County.”Big Orange Book Fair

Collins will have a booth Friday 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  He will be speaking at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday in the Fish Interfaith Center and again at 2:00 p.m. in Beckman Hall.  Click here for complete speaker schedule.

Click here to see map of Chapman University venues.   There is also free parking in the underground parking structure below the football field.

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Looking back at the IPPY awards from previous years, the growth of the independent publishing community is evident. For the 5th annual IPPY Awards in 2001, there were David Collins Bio photo770 publishers who participated in only 49 categories. This year, 2,400 independent authors and publishers entered the awards. With 72 national categories, 22 regional categories, and the chance to be an Outstanding Book of the Year, the IPPY awards continue to capture the diversity of the creative work of independent authors and publishers.

This year marked the first time that e-Books were acknowledged in the IPPY Awards with five diverse categories that recognized fiction, non-fiction, juvenile fiction, and children’s illustrated eBooks. Since the 2003 IPPYs, the number of winners using e-Books has been on the rise.

Author David Collins, who won the silver medal in Best Juvenile Fiction e-Book for Shanghaied, explained, “E-Books boost sales in ways that paper cannot. Writers want to be published by mainstream houses and readership numbers help a great deal. Winning in the e-Book category could not be better.” With the new categories recognizing eBooks, the IPPY Awards have been able to adapt so the awards reflect the ever-changing environment of the independent publishing community.

By Nicolette Amstutz, author of article “Seven iUniverse Authors Win 2012 IPPY Awards”

Readers Favorites 2012 Book Award Finalist
by David Collins has been selected as a Finalist in the 2012 Readers Favorite Annual Award Contest  for Young Adult General Fiction.

“Just the thoughts of a fifteen year old boy waking up on an African ship with no idea how he got there give me chills, but that is what happens to Jack Sligo in this story. And it is what happened to David Paul Collins in real life. Spellbound by his Irish grandfather’s tales of adventure, Jack Sligo had dreams of traveling around the world as part of the crew on a cruise ship. But did he dream of starting out this way? “Shanghaied” is a novel based on the author’s own true story as a merchant seaman, making this not just a fictional story, but a story told with realistic accounts of what actually happens in the life of a merchant seaman.

I was hooked from the beginning of this story because I wanted to see what happened to Jack Sligo. I can only imagine the shock this guy felt waking up on that ship of strangers! In this well-written story, David Collins takes you to the sea with him as he starts his sea journey at a very early age. I have never been at sea, but it felt almost as if I was there, smelling the sea, feeling the spray of salt water, and as a merchant, taking in everything on the entire ship from top to bottom. I always enjoy reading a book by an author writing from personal experiences, and this is truly one of my favorites. I enjoyed the writing style of Collins, and felt I could laugh and cry with him throughout his journey. I highly recommend this book as a fantastic read for anyone, and especially for those looking for a great adventure. This book will take your adventurous juices and take them to a level you never knew you had. After reading “Shanghaied”, you will want to take those adventures with a stronger determination.”  Reviewed by Joy H. for Readers Favorite

The Independent Publisher announced recently the winners of their annual  IPPY Awards.Independent Publishers IPPY Awards. "Shanghaied" by David Collins won a silver medal in the Young Adult category.

Shanghaied by David Collins was awarded a silver medal in the Young Adult Fiction category.

David Collns, author of Shanghaied" at Greater Los Angeles Writers Society (GLAWS) booth at recent LA Book Festival.

David Collins in Greater Los Angeles Writers Society (GLAWS) booth at the recent annual Los Angeles Book Festival.

The Greater Los Angeles Writers Society at the 2012 Los Angeles Times Festival of Books.GLAWSGLAWS and LA Times Festival of books.

The Greater Los Angeles Writers Society (GLAWS) is proud to present a talented slate of almost thirty authors in Booths 970 at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books on April 21 & 22, 2012. Hours are Sat 10 am – 6 pm, Sun 10 am – 5 pm.

The event will be held at University of Southern California.

David Collins to appear at the LA Times Festival of Books and will sign copies of  Shanghaied on Saturday from 2 to 4 pm and on Sunday from 12:30 to 3 pm.

"Shanghaied" has been named Finalist in ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Award.

Shanghaied by David Paul Collins named Finalsit in ForeWord Book of the Year.

“ForeWord‘s Book of the Year Awards program was designed for bookseller and librarians to share in the process of discovering distinctive books across a number of genres with judgments based on their own authority and on patron interests. After months of winnowing down the award finalists’ list, the editors at ForeWord are confident in their selections, and our judges agree, saying this year’s titles are the best they’ve seen!”

Please visit Shanghaied page on ForeWord Reviews.

Winners will be announced Saturday, June 23, 2012 at
The American Library Association Conference and Exhibition
in Anaheim, CA.