16, Nov, 2018

Fierce, Funny, and Female was announced winner of the 2018 New York City Big Book Award in the Women’s Studies category by award sponsor Gabrielle Olczak

Marti MacGibbon’s memoir Fierce, Funny, and Female was announced winner of the 2018 New York City Big Book Award in the Women’s Studies category by award sponsor Gabrielle Olczak. A young woman’s triumph over adversity and trauma, told with grace, wit, and laugh-out-loud humor, the book has received multiple accolades in 2017 and 2018.


November 12, 2018, New York, NY
Contact: Gabrielle Olczak, gabby@nycbigbookaward.com
“In 2018, we had true worldwide participation in our annual NEW YORK CITY BIG BOOK AWARD website nycbigbookaward.com  In our second year, book submissions were impressive as we collected from six continents: Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America and South America; cities such as Buenos Aires, Cairo, London, Moscow, New York; and across the United States.  Our NEW YORK CITY BIG BOOK AWARD program just proves great book content can be found anywhere on the globe, whether created from an individual author or a major publishing house irregardless what continent we find it.  With over 600 entries, and we feel this is just the beginning and happy to highlight these authors and books and share their achievements.” said awards sponsor Gabrielle Olczak.


Submissions came from the imprints of large traditional publishers such as HarperCollins and Random House; large independent press publishers such as Galaxy Press, Roman & Littlefield and Wiley; small press and independent authors such as Marti MacGibbon to Sahar Aref.  We welcome all publishers and authors to submit books for competition at nycbigbookaward.com/submit-online

2018 Recognized Titles and Authors include:

Title Author
-100: A Time-Travel Horror Romance Jonathan Maas
100 Days of Terror Larry Temple
50 Ways to Love Wine More: Adventures in Wine Appreciation Jim Laughren, CWE
A Glance at my Other Bruce Wilkerson
A Raccoon’s Tale: Sven Saves the Notch Fran Hodgkins
Adventure New Zealand: Beneath the Totaras Sieglinde C. Othmer
Aldo Betty Jean Craige
Alexander’s Quest S. Jackson
Alice: A Woman’s Flight for Freedom Sam Skyborne
Angels and Patriots Book One Salina B Baker
Aphrodite’s Tears Hannah Fielding
Banished Threads Kaylin McFarren
Battlefield Earth: A Saga of the Year 3000 L. Ron Hubbard
Be a Warrior Not a Worrier Hayley L Silk
Beyond Beauty Proven Secrets to Age Well, Look 10 Years Younger & Live a Truly Happy, Healthy, Long Life Dr. Debbie M. Palmer
BFFs: Best Friends Forever Alexander Rutherford
Blythe of the Gates Leah Erickson
Butterflies and White Lies as Bollywood comes to Nashville Mary Poser
Cadence: A Tale of Fast Business Growth Pete Williams
Choke Lisa Towles
City on a Hill Ted Neill
COLUMBUS The Untold Story Manuel Rosa
Coming Home to You Mary McGuire
Complete Title of the Book Author
Confessions of a Bone Woman Lucinda Bakken White
Daily Writing Resilience: 365 Meditations & Inspirations for Writers Bryan E. Robinson, Ph.D.
Dam Witherston Betty Jean Craige
Darkness Is Coming Charles W. Jones
Dead Cats and Other Reflections on Parenthood Jesse McKinnell
Disowned Tikiri
Do Big Things: The Simple Steps Teams Can Take to Mobilize Hearts and Minds, and Make an Epic Impact Craig W. Ross, Angela V. Paccione, Victoria L. Roberts
Eat What You Want! Stop When You Want! A No-Diet, Weight-Loss Program Sora Vernikoff
Elk Riders Volume 3: The Font of Jasmeen Ted Neill
Elvis, Strait, to Jesus Tony Brown
Evidence of Practice: Playbook for Video-Powered Professional Learning Adam Geller with Annie Lewis O’Donnell
Facing The Dragon Philip Derrick
Fathers of Invention Andrew A Pansini
Feyesper and the Wicked Neighbor Reynaldo Encina Jope
Fierce, Funny, and Female Marti MacGibbon
Fourth Wife Free Sahar Aref
Freddy Follows Melanie Quinn
God’s Wisdom and Promises Jack Countryman
Hannibal’s Niece Anthony R. Licata
Hello, My Name is Bunny! Matt Bloom and Shelley Simmons-Bloom
Hologlyphs – Twight Fields S.K. Yeatts
How Autism Is Reshaping Special Education: The Unbundling of IDEA Mark K. Claypool & John M. McLaughlin
How to Meditate and Why Mara M. Zimmerman
Inspirations: My Vivid Imagination Has Been Transformed Into Reality Peterson Francois
Investment Atlas II – Using History as a Financial Tool Kenneth G. Winans
IT’S THE ECONOMY, STUPID! Christos A. Djonis
Janhuri, Njambi & Fighting Zombies Ted Neill
Judge Malvolent Nick Roteman
L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume 34 Editor: David Farland
Lizzy the Lioness Lisa Bevere
Lost in the Reflecting Pool: a memoir Diane Pomerantz
Love is the Answer God is the Cure Aimee cabo Nikolov
Magdalena Gottschalk: The Slippery Slope M. Gail Grant
Mistress Suffragette Diana Forbes
Moving Beyond the Unspoken Grief: A Doctor’s Memoir of Her Own IVF Journey as a Patient Dr Sarah Lnyy
My Mother’s Son David Hirshberg
Neuroscience of Mind Empowerment Anees Akhtar & Dr. Nasim Khan
No One Ever Asked: A Novel Katie Ganshert
One-Two Igor Eliseev
OUR GRAND FINALE: A Daughter’s Memoir Laraine Denny Burrell
Paint Your Hair Blue- A Celebration of Life with Hope for Tomorrow in the Face of Pediatric Cancer Sue Matthews with her sister Andrea Cohane
pHood for Life “How these Natural Methods healed me from Cancer” Jenny Magnusson
Preferred Stocks – The Art of Profitable Income Investing Kenneth G. Winans
Primeval Origins: Light of Honor B.A. Vonsik
Reading Tea Leaves After Trump Thelma T. Reyna
RISK: Three Women Risk All for Love, Lust and Justice Sam Skyborne
Scallywags and the Candy Catastrophe Cameron Stelzer
Secrets Abound in Missing Lake Tanya Fyfe
Selected Inspirational Quotes Eric Chifunda
Simulation: The Dawn of a Superhero Sam Skyborne
Snowsisters Tom Wilinsky & Jen Sternick
So Much To Celebrate: Entertaining the Ones You Love the Whole Year Through Katie Jacobs
Southern Season 12 months of Tea-licious Recipes & Ideas Linda J. Hawkins
Southern Season with Memory Making Recipes Linda J. Hawkins
Spiritual Awakening Insights (888 Highly Intuitive Insights) Avic M. Chio
Staying Stylish: Cultivating a Confident Look, Style, and Attitude Candace Cameron Bure
Swearing Off Stars Danielle M Wong
The Alphabet of Grief: Words to Help in Times of Sorrow Andrea Raynor
The Balance Point – A Missing Link in Human Consciousness Joseph Jenkins
The Daily Question: My Five-Year Spiritual Journal WaterBrook Multnomah
The Dream of You: Let Go of Broken Identities and Live the Life You Were Made For Jo Saxton
The Iron Citadel Mitch Reinhardt
The Last Odinian Alec Arbogast
The Measurements of Decay KK Edin
The Memoirs of George Sperryhawke Austin Smith
The Quantum Cartographer, Book of Cruxes Kristen Keenon Fisher
The Rock of Sarraka: A Spirit Animal Adventure Gary Karton
The Silver Rings Samuel Valentino
The Silver Shoes Jill G. Hall
The Suburb Woman Janet M. Neal
The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper Fiona Ingram
The Third Woe L. P. Hoffman
The Trinity Knot: releasing the knot of silence DonnaLee Overly
The Weight of Living Michael Stephen Daigle
TrumpCare: Lies, Broken… John Geyman, MD
Tune Up: The Secrets of Mylin – Book I Joe Klingler
Two Years of Wonder Ted Neill
Unintended Consequences a Psychological Romance Carmen McGuinness
Unstoppable: Challenge Accepted Tariku Bogale
Waking up Safer? Berend Mets
When God Made You Matthew Paul Turner
When Your Affluence Fails How Low Does One Fall Rev. Euclid Osborne
Where Did They go? Katrina-Jane
White Trash Alexandra Allred
Wordstruck! The Fun and Fascination of Language Susanna Janssen
You Are You w/ foreword by Jennifer Finney Boylan Lindsay Morris

For more information, please visit: www.nycbigbookaward.com and to see the list of winners: https://www.nycbigbookaward.com/2018winners and the Distinguished Favorites listed here: https://www.nycbigbookaward.com/2018distinguishedfavorites​.


Fierce, Funny, and Female has received multiple awards and accolades:

WINNER, 2017 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards in Humor
WINNER, 2017 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards in Women’s Studies
WINNER, 2017 National Indie Excellence Awards in Women’s Health
WINNER, 2017 Beverly Hills Book Awards in Women’s Issues
WINNER, 2018 Independent Press Award in Humor
WINNER, 2018 Independent Press Award in Women’s Studies
WINNER, 2018 Pinnacle Book Achievement Award in Humor
WINNER, 2018 New York City Big Book Awards in Women’s Studies
DISTINGUISHED FAVORITE, New York City Big Book Awards in Humor
FINALIST, 2018 Next Generation Indie Book Awards in Memoir Overcoming Adversity)
FINALIST, 2017 National Indie Excellence Awards in Humor

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