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Jennifer Baum, founder and publisher of Scribe Publishing Company, has been named chair of the 30th Annual Midwest Book Awards.

The awards program, which began in 1989, is organized by the Midwest Independent Publishers Association (MIPA).

Baum’s first order of business, taking place over the next several weeks, will be to assemble a team of approximately 100 judges who are subject matter experts in their categories and experienced in publishing. Judges will hail from throughout MIPA’s 12-state region: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

2019 award categories are currently being finalized. Past program years have attracted more than 200 entries in over 30 categories.

Baum hopes to grow the awards program by at least 25 percent this year.

“Having worked with Jennifer during the past two years, I’ve learned that she is a go-getter with great ideas. The board is pleased to have her take the lead in promoting this important recognition for authors and publishers in the region,” said Dr. Suzzanne Kelley, president of MIPA and publisher at North Dakota State University Press.

Prior to establishing Scribe Publishing Company in 2011, Baum, 38, held communications roles within chambers of commerce and other membership-based organizations. She is eager to apply expertise from past experience directly to current challenges at MIPA.

From 2015-2018, Baum served on MIPA’s executive board, and from 2017-2018 she served as interim treasurer and updated the organization’s accounting procedures.

“When I joined MIPA, I hoped to help grow the association’s presence in Michigan,” Baum said. “My new role as chair of the Midwest Book Awards gives me the chance to work with the board to grow the association across the entire 12-state region.”

Deadline for entries is December 31, 2019. More information will be released in the coming weeks regarding judge selection and updated entry categories. Check for entry details.


About the Midwest Book Awards

Independent publishers in the Midwest are invited to submit entries for books published in 2019. All entries must have a 2019 copyright and an ISBN. Eligible publishers must be located in MIPA’s 12-state area: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin. For more information, visit

Mel Corrigan has joined the Independent Book Publisher Association’s (IBPA’s) Advocacy Committee. The position began July 1, 2019.

The national committee is tasked with identifying, prioritizing and developing strategies to address issues of concern to independent publishers.

Read about it in The Oakland Press here.

Our business manager, Mel Corrigan, sat down with the host of Indie Reads TV to talk about independent publishing and authors. Thanks, Pages Promotions, LLC, for inviting Mel on the show.


Plant-Powered Recipes for the Modern, Mindful Kitchen

By Laura Theodore

Delicious vegan meals are fun to prepare in your own home kitchen with Laura Theodore’s highly anticipated new cookbook, Jazzy Vegetarian’s Deliciously Vegan: Plant-Powered Recipes for the Modern, Mindful Kitchen. This modern guide to vegan eating is a 320-page cookbook featuring Laura’s masterful recipes (many from her award-winning PBS television show) and includes beautiful full-color photos on nearly every page.

In addition to over 175 flavor-packed, plant-based recipes, Laura helps readers learn what it takes to stock and cook on a daily basis in a well-equipped vegan kitchen, with these essential Top Ten lists:

  • Ingredients to have on hand at all times in your pantry
  • Effective egg substitutions for baking
  • Delicious options for making vegan cheese and cream
  • Two-ingredient recipes
  • Herbs and spices to always keep in your kitchen

From simple snack ideas to enticing entrées to mouthwatering desserts, Jazzy Vegetarian’s Deliciously Vegan features delectable main dish recipes like Teriyaki Kebabs, Sunny Black Bean Burgers and Gingered Portobello Steaks. Crowd-pleasing party foods include Guacamole Mini Peppers, Chili-Maple Almonds and Miso Hummus. Vegan Burritos with Tofu Queso Fresca, Golden Cashew Milk and Seitan Fajitas round out diverse dinner menus. And for dessert, Laura has plenty of scrumptious sweets to choose from, like Lively-Lemon Cupcakes, Sweet Potato Pie and Divine Chocolate Mousse Cake.

Highlighting holiday entertaining to everyday ideas for preparing quick and delectable plant-based meals for the family, Laura Theodore’s Jazzy Vegetarian’s Deliciously Vegan is the ultimate guide for the vegan home chef.

Published by Scribe Publishing Company and retailing for $22.95, Jazzy Vegetarian’s Deliciously Vegan is the companion cookbook to season six of the hit cooking show, Jazzy Vegetarian, airing now (check local listings), and it will be in stores March 15th, 2018. (ISBN: 978-0991602155, Trim Size: 8×9)

Following Scribe Publishing Company Publisher Jennifer Baum’s two-year term on the Midwest Independent Publishing Association (MIPA)’s board of directors, where her main role was to serve as the liaison to the national Independent Book Publisher’s Association (IBPA), she has been named treasurer to MIPA.

Scribe Publishing Author Barbara Pietron’s next installment in the Legacy in Legend series, Veiled Existence, will be published Nov. 2017. Check this space for upcoming teasers, or in the meantime, read earlier books in the series, Heart of Ice and Thunderstone.

Veiled Existence will be distributed by Midpoint Trade Books.

Scribe Publishing Company will publish a second “Under The Radar Michigan” book. The first, “Under The Radar Michigan: The First 50” (Scribe Publishing Company, 2014) served as a companion guide to the Emmy-award winning PBS television show’s first fifty episodes. The new book, tentatively titled, “Under The Radar Michigan: The Next 50” will cover the show’s next fifty episodes. Check back for more details on pre-order and bookstore availability (tentatively scheduled for pre-order on Scribe’s website in December 2017 and in bookstores Feb. 2018.)

Scribe Publishing Company Publisher and Editorial Director Jennifer Baum has been voted onto the board of directors of the Midwest Independent Publishing Association (MIPA), effective immediately. During her two-year term, she hopes to engage Michigan members with new networking opportunities, help with new educational programming and attract new members.

Under The Radar Michigan: The First 50The 25th Anniversary Midwest Book Awards has recognized Under The Radar Michigan: The First 50 (Scribe Publishing Company, 2015) as a finalist in the category of travel. Winners will be announced at the Midwest Book Awards Gala to be held in Minnesota on May 13, 2015.

The competition, organized by the Midwest Independent Publishing Association, is judged by experts from all aspects of the book world, including publishers, writers, editors, librarians, teachers and book designers. They select award winners and finalists based on overall excellence.

This is the second prestigious national book award that the book has been named a finalist in. Earlier this year, it was also named a finalist in the Foreword Reviews IndieFab Book of the Year in the category of travel. Foreword Reviews will announce the winners of the 17th annual Foreword Reviews’ INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards during a program at the American Library Association Annual Conference in San Francisco on June 26, 2015.

About Under The Radar Michigan and the book:

Under the Radar Michigan is an Emmy award winning PBS television series that features the cool people, places and things that make Michigan an awesome place to live, work and play. The book, Under the Radar Michigan: The First 50, covers all of the places explored in the show’s first 50 episodes. Filled with full-color photography, the guide includes everything from Michigan restaurants and museums, to cool businesses and neighborhoods, to the extraordinarily talented people of Michigan, and includes contact information as well as funny anecdotes from host Tom Daldin’s experiences there.

You’ll speed through Michigan’s Everglades; go to santa school; eat awesome food; hike giant dunes; meet inspired people; explore great wilderness; fly through the air on skis; sail the Great Lakes; tour great museums and even swim at a secret beach. You won’t believe what’s right in your own back yard.

Both of Scribe Publishing Company’s 2014 titles, Our Dried Voices and Under The Radar Michigan: The First 50, have been recognized as finalists in the 17th annual Foreword Reviews’ INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards.

Each year, Foreword Reviews shines a light on a select group of indie publishers, university presses, and self-published authors whose work stands out from the crowd. View the complete list.

In the next three months, a panel of more than 100 volunteer librarians and booksellers will determine the winners in 63 categories based on their experience with readers and patrons.

“After 17 years, our awards program has become synonymous with quality because our editors set such a high bar on the finalist round, which makes it especially tough for the judges who select the winners,” said Victoria Sutherland, publisher of Foreword Reviews. “In every genre, our judges will find an interesting, high-quality selection of books culled from this year’s entries.”

Foreword Reviews will celebrate the winners during a program at the American Library Association Annual Conference in San Francisco on Friday, June 26 at 6 p.m. at the Pop Top Stage in the exhibit hall. Everyone is welcome. The Editor’s Choice Prize for Fiction, Nonfiction, and Foreword Reviews’ 2014 INDIEFAB Publisher of the Year Award will also be announced during the presentation.

About Foreword: Foreword Magazine, Inc is media company featuring a FOLIO: award winning quarterly print magazine Foreword Reviews and a website devoted to independently published books. In the magazine, they feature reviews of the best 160 new titles from independent publishers, university presses, and noteworthy self-published authors. Their website features daily updates: reviews along with in-depth coverage and analysis of independent publishing from a team of more than 100 reviewers, journalists, and bloggers. The print magazine is available at most Barnes & Noble and Books-A-Million newsstands or by subscription.

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