July 16, 2019

I am incredibly excited to announce that Off the Hook has been recognized as a Book Excellence Award Winner in the Holiday Category.

Founded in Toronto, Canada the Book Excellence Awards is an international book awards competition dedicated to recognizing both independent and traditionally published authors and publishers for excellence in writing, design and overall market appeal. Previous Winners and Finalists of the Book Excellence Awards have doubled their book sales, garnered attention from film producers, received distribution in book stores and increased their visibility and media attention. 

This has been a cool little award as they provide a ton of marketing materials which are extremely helpful as marketing is definitely a weakness of mine.

This award marks the thirteenth for the book.

Thanks Book Excellence Awards!

John

March 28, 2019

I'm excited to announce that Off The Hook has been recognized as an Official Selection at the 2018 New Apple Book Awards in the Children's Picture Books category!  You can see their full awards list here.

This marks the twelfth award for the book.

In some other news -- I'm working on my eleventh screenplay (an action thriller) but I've also got a new picture book in the works that I hope to release in the next few months.  I'm working with a new illustrator out of the United Kingdom for this one and really love how it's coming together.  If you like the Minions, Trolls, Angry Birds, and/or Smurfs then you'll want to check this one out.   Stay tuned!

John 

December 20, 2018

Hello and I hope everyone's well and enjoying the Christmas season!

I'm excited to announce that Off the Hook has just been named a winner in the "Children's Picture Book (6 years and up)" category in the Top Shelf Indie Book Awards!

This contest had over 1,000 entires and they had announced Off the Hook as a finalist a couple months back so it's a nice early Christmas present to see it named a winner in its category today! 

You can check out the holiday edition of their magazine featuring the below page with Off the Hook at this link.

In some other exciting news, a school in the Dominican Republic called, Saint Joseph School, adapted Off the Hook into a play at their Christmas show this year -- apparently they made costumes and everything!  They are currently working on getting parent's permission so they can share pictures and video with me which I'll then share with you all!

John 

May 5, 2018

I'm honored to announce that the INDEPENDENT PRESS AWARD has just recognized Off The Hook: A Christmas Ornament Adventure in the category of Holiday as a winner!

Here is some more info regarding this contest from their announcement email:

"This competition is judged by experts from different aspects of the book industry, including publishers, writers, editors, book cover designers and professional copywriters. Selected award Winners and Distinguished Favorites are based on overall excellence.

In 2018, we again had a most impressive worldwide participation: cities such as London to Moscow to San Francisco, and many countries such as Australia, Canada, India and Japan, and across the globe had books submitted to the INDEPENDENT PRESS AWARD. 

We are so delighted to announce the winners and distinguished favorites in our annual 2018 INDEPENDENT PRESS AWARD.  Independent publishing is very much alive, and continues to flourish worldwide."  said awards sponsor Gabrielle Olczak.

For more inf...

January 30, 2018

I'm excited to announce that the Off the Hook book has just been named a 1st place winner in the Children's category of the LuckyCinda 2017 Book Contest.   Here's a little bit about this contest from their web site:

"The purpose of this contest was to discover talented Indie authors and help them compete in an environment where thousands of new books are produced daily.  Book readers, reviewers, journalists and bloggers were used to determine book contest winners.

All winners, including honorable mentions will receive combined book marketing packages of Book Reviews, Free book marketing guides and Free Advertising to include Social Media sites. Award winners are featured on Kindle Book Promos and their work will be promoted throughout 2018 on a rotating schedule."


This marks the 9th award for the book.

Thanks LuckyCinda!

John

September 1, 2017

The good news keeps rolling in this week as the Readers' Favorite International Book Contest has just awarded Off the Hook: A Christmas Ornament Adventure a silver medal in the Children - Concept category!

Here's more on this contest:

"The Readers' Favorite International Book Award Contest featured thousands of contestants from over a dozen countries, ranging from new independent authors to NYT best-sellers and celebrities. 

Readers' Favorite is one of the largest book review and award contest sites on the Internet. They have earned the respect of renowned publishers like Random House, Simon & Schuster, and Harper Collins, and have received the "Best Websites for Authors" and "Honoring Excellence" awards from the Association of Independent Authors. They are also fully accredited by the BBB (A+ rating), which is a rarity among Book Review and Book Award Contest companies.

We receive thousands of entries from all over the world. Because of these large submission numbers, we are able to break...

August 30, 2017

I'm very excited to announce that Off the Hook: A Christmas Ornament Adventure has just been named a NABE Pinnacle Book Achievement Award Winner For Summer 2017!

This recognition marks the 7th award for the book!  

Thanks to Al and the NABE Pinnacle Book Achievement Awards! 

John

August 29, 2017

My wife and I had a great time in Hollywood receiving the grand prize award for winning the Holiday Book Festival as well as chatting with all the other authors.  

The highlight of my night was meeting and picking the brain of screenwriter, Randy Kornfield, who wrote the Christmas movie, Jingle All The Way with Arnold Schwarzeneggar.  Did you know that he originally had Steve Martin in mind for the lead role when he wrote it?  Well, you do now :)

I'd also like to thank Bruce, Debbie and the whole JM Northern Media staff for hosting us at this fantastic event and for the framed award!

And I gotta say that the book looks pretty sweet with its new sticker!

John

July 27, 2017

Christmas has indeed come in July as the Holiday Book Festival based out of Los Angeles has just named Off the Hook: A Christmas Ornament Adventure its Grand Prize Winner!  This honor marks the 6th award for the book and 2nd winner!  

Here's part of the email I received today:

"We're delighted that "Off the Hook" is the grand prize winner of the 2017 Holiday Book Festival. We're holding our annual awards in August at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles and we'd be delighted to have you join us.

Your package includes a flight to the awards and a $500 appearance fee for the event.  Congratulations on a book that's sure to become a holiday classic in years to come."

You can read the official announcement on their web page here.

And something else that's really cool?  The place they're having this event, the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, is where the first Oscars were held way back in 1927.   And according to Wikipedia, the hotel is the ol...

July 25, 2017

Just got word that Off the Hook has been named an Honorable Mention in the Children's Book category in the Hollywood Book Festival.  This marks the 5th award for the book!

Thanks Hollywood Book Festival!

John

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