The Fall awarded first place in NIEA new non-fiction

The Fall and Rise of Tyler Johnson was selected as the Winner in the 12th Annual National Indie Excellence® Awards in the category of new non-fiction. The book tells the true and tragic story of the author’s physicist son and his fatal struggle to overcome the irreversible consequences from one night of college binge drinking.

Ellen Reid, Founder NIEA, wrote, “We are proud to announce this year’s award-winning books as they embody the excellence this award was created to celebrate. We salute you all for such fine work!”

One winner was selected in each category, and several finalists were also named. The lists of winners and finalists are displayed on NIEA’s website, Just click on the Winners & Finalists tab to see the list of winners in the various categories.

The team at the National Indie Excellence® Awards wrote to Johnson that they “hope your participation in our contest will serve you well in your ongoing success. You have our deepest congratulations.”

The prestigious National Indie Excellence® Awards is an award contest open to recent English language books in print from independent, university, and self-publishers. Judging was completed for the 12th year of this contest, and the results “celebrate a spectacular range of titles.”

Winners and finalists are determined on a basis of presentation in every facet of the published product. Jurors value a synergy of both form and content as they review entries spanning a wide range of genres.

​The National Indie Excellence® Awards celebrate independent publishing as a strong and proud facet of the publishing industry. Recognizing authors’ and publishers’ hard work, NIEA is a champion of self-publishers and the small or independent presses that go the extra mile to produce books of excellence in every aspect. Established in 2007, the NIEA competition is judged by experts from all facets of the book industry including publishers, writers, editors, book designers and professional copywriters.




Johnson wins award for ‘The Fall and Rise of Tyler Johnson’

by Agnes Geiger2018Winner

Author Patrice Johnson received a first-place award for The Fall and Rise of Tyler Johnson: Based on the Journals of a Young Man Turned Fugitive in the National Federation of Press Women’s annual At-Large Communications Contest. The book about her son took first place in the category of non-fiction books for adult readers, biography or autobiography.

In the at-large division of the contest, the creative nonfiction work competed against entries from dozens of other states without NFPW chapters.

“Entries were judged and ranked by professional communications experts from throughout the United States,” said Teri Ehresman, of Idaho, the contest director.

Author Patrice Johnson expressed surprise and delight at the notification. “I assumed the odds of winning were minimal,” she said, “but why not submit it and see?” She said she was looking forward to reading the judge’s comments about her work when they became available.

“I’m hoping the book will serve as a warning flag to young people who sometimes don’t consider the consequences to their actions.”

All first-place entries in the contest will advance to the national competition and compete with other state first-place winners. National winners will be honored at an awards dinner Sept. 8 in Bethlehem, Pa.

NFPW is a nationwide organization of women and men pursuing careers across the communications spectrum, including print and electronic journalism, freelancing, new media, books, public relations, marketing, graphic design, photography, advertising, radio and television.

Agnes Geiger, a resident of Niles, Mich.,  is night editor and a longtime copy editor for the South Bend Tribune in South Bend, Ind. She is a long-standing member of the Michigan Press Women.