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June 9, 2016: Independent Tribune reports on award for The Hidden Treasure of Dutch Buffalo Creek
Book by Cabarrus County author named by the Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group as one of the best indie books of 2016
Posted: Wednesday, June 8, 2016 3:40 pm | Updated: 10:31 am, Thu Jun 9, 2016.
"The Hidden Treasure of Dutch Buffalo Creek," by Cabarrus County author Vincent James Vezza -- writing under the pen name of Jackson Badgenoone — has been named by the Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group as one of the best indie books of 2016, according to a press release.
Vezza’s book is a finalist in the Fiction Novel category in the 2016 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, the world’s largest not-for-profit book awards program for independent publishers and self-published authors.
The awards are judged by leaders of the indie book publishing industry, including many coming from long-standing careers with major publishing houses, to identify books that deserve to reach a wide audience.
“Our awards program is known as the ‘Sundance’ of the book publishing world,” says Catherine Goulet, chair of the 2016 Next Generation Indie Book Awards program.
In an article at CNN.com 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."
Independent book publishing companies are independent of the major conglomerates that dominate the book publishing industry. The indies include small presses, larger independent publishers, university presses, e-book publishers, and self-published authors.
“Like other independent artists, many indie book publishers face challenges that the industry giants don't experience,” Goulet said. “The indies have to work much harder to get their best books into readers’ hands.”
According to Bowker’s Books in Print database, more than 2.3 million books were published or distributed in the United States alone in 2012, the most recent year for which complete figures are available. A majority of these — more than 2 million books — were “non-traditionally” published, including print on demand and self-published titles.
“Authors and publishers who compete in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards are serious about promoting their books,” Goulet said. “They aim to stand out from the crowd of millions of books in print.”
Here is the synopsis for “The Hidden Treasure of Dutch Buffalo Creek”: An eight year old boy named James, aka the wannabe Cisco Kid, nearly lost his life as he searched for precious metal in a bone dry southwest Arizona gulley. He retrieved only pyrite before a desert flood swept away his world.
Over the course of half a century James acquired several additional nicknames. They were reflections of his multiple personalities. His dad called him Traveler or Trav. Some coworkers referred to him as Point Man. A few colleagues labeled him Knowledge Navigator or Nav.
Under the cool, shimmering waters of Dutch Buffalo Creek, in 2014 A.D., Trav came upon a rusty bayonet. It was buried long ago in the Carolina Piedmont. This discovery is no coincidence; indeed, this bayonet is a symbol of the abundant riches found in the river of history that connects both the past and future.
The blade reminded Point Man that all that glitters is not gold. Nav expanded the search for real treasure beyond the water’s edge. The blade was a catalyst that drove James to sift through a lifetime of artifacts and bittersweet memories. He found riches from the past and caught a glimpse of the future. Just as the bayonet glimmered in the depths of the water, so does the ongoing work of his family’s unseen witnesses, the Neverborn.
They reveal ancient treasures that go far beyond mere gold and silver. James is guided into a deeper understanding that he and countless loved ones have been called by name as spoken by the prophet Isaiah: I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you.
Your search for real treasure begins when you realize that you are called by name. You are special in the eyes of your Creator. Your spiritual wealth will overcome all of the conflict and competition that troubles the waters in your life.
Visit www.hiddentreasurenovels.com to learn more about author Vincent Vezza and “The Hidden Treasure of Dutch Buffalo Creek.”
Article published in the May, 2016 issue of Senior Savvy, Rowan and Cabarrus editions.
Article published in the May, 2016 issue of Cabarrus Magazine.
Article published in the January, 2016 Rowan County edition of Senior Savvy newspaper.
Article published in the November, 2015 issue of Cabarrus Magazine.
Note to readers.
Following publication of the article in the Cabarrus Magazine, the Heirloom Edition of the Hidden Treasure of Dutch Buffalo Creek, became available at Amazon.com, Barnes&Noble, and other major bookstores. The Heirloom Edition is available only in paperback format at this time.
The Heirloom Edition is available directly from the publisher through the FriesenPress bookstore.Click on the Heirloom Edition button at the bottom of this page.
Article published in the December, 2015 Cabarrus County edition of Senior Savvy newspaper.