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Craig Moody Wins Florida's Indie Author Project Regional Contest
- Award-winning entry facilitated through library's Biblioboard initiative

BROWARD COUNTY, FL - The '49 Indiana novel by Craig Moody, is one of two Florida winners of the third annual Indie Author Project Regional Contest. The Indie Author Project is a publishing community that connects library patrons with great indie-published books, and their annual contest helps local authors get the recognition they deserve. 

Set in the1980s, The ’49 Indian is a timeless coming-of-age love story exploring the relationship between two young men guided by a connection that transcends their understanding.

Moody was born and raised in Pembroke Pines, Florida and is the author of the multi-award-winning debut novel, The ’49 Indian and the follow-ups, His Name Was Ezra and The Stars of Locust RidgeMoody currently resides in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with his boyfriend, Gable and twenty-four-year-old cockatiel, Alley. 

"Broward County Library congratulates Craig Moody on this much-deserved honor," says Broward County Library Director Kelvin Watson. "The Indie Author Project allows us to Increase awareness of and access to local authors and their work, which is part of Broward County Library's commitment to providing our customers with a diverse and inclusive collection that reflects our community."

Moody's entry to the Indie Author Project Regional Contest was facilitated through Broward County Library’s Local Authors @Broward County Library initiative, which supports and promotes homegrown literary talent. Local Authors @Broward County Library includes resources such as Biblioboard, a free service that lets self-published authors create and professionally format their books into digital and print-ready formats and submit their work for inclusion in the statewide Indie Florida Collection.

This year’s Indie Author Project regional contests ran in 14 states and one Canadian province and fielded thousands of submissions from authors of all types. Winning titles reflect the best indie-published eBooks each region has to offer in adult and young adult fiction. These books — and hundreds of other top indie titles — are available in the Indie Author Project Select collections on BiblioBoard Library, OverDrive and more.

Out of this year’s winners, one overall Indie Author of the Year will be chosen by a panel of industry experts and will receive an additional $1,000 and professional audiobook production.

Additional information on Moody and his books is available at

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DATE: November 23, 2020
Catherine McElrath
Libraries Division