The judges for the 2021 U.S. Selfies Book Awards have been announced
The children’s book prize will be judged by Paige Allen, IngramSpark; Matia Madrons Burnett, BookLife; Josh J. Carlson, White Plains PL (White Plains, NY)
The adult fiction prize will be judged by Robin Cutler, LMPBN; Emily Thomas Meehan, Sterling Publishing/B&N; BrocheAroe Fabian
Paige Allen is the director of IngramSpark, the international publishing platform providing print and distribution services to indie authors and publishers, owned by Ingram Content Group. A brand and marketing strategist, Paige worked for nearly a decade in digital marketing agencies.
Matia Madrona Query is editor of BookLife, Publishers Weekly’s website dedicated to independent authors, having been involved with BookLife since its launch in 2014. Before that she was Publishers Weekly’s associate children’s reviews editor.
Joshua J. Carlson is Librarian III: Manager, Youth Services at the White Plains Public Library. Josh is interested in promoting diverse and inclusive works for kids and teens, the power and importance of play, graphic novels, board games and gaming, and how pop culture can support literacy, library programs and services.
Robin Cutler is the president of LMBPN Worldwide Publishing and the CEO of HowToPublishBooks.com. Robin created and led the development of IngramSpark from 2011-2020. She also worked for Amazon/CreateSpace and has published over 1,000 books as the founder of Summerhouse Press and as Assistant Director of USC Press.
Emily Thomas Meehan is Chief Creative Officer and Publisher at Sterling Publishing. She joined Barnes & Noble in 2021 and oversees all of Sterling Publishing’s operations. Prior to that, Emily was Vice President and Publisher at Disney Book Group, where she led creative and global strategy for Hyperion, National Geographic, ESPN, Marvel and Lucas.
BrocheAroe Fabian (Broche /bruh-kuh/) is an anthropologist, a world traveler, a writer and a 15-year veteran of the book industry. She owns River Dog Book Co., a location-independent bookstore focused on diverse, global, inclusive and representative books, and provides marketing, editorial and sensitivity reading services to Sourcebooks, Chronicle Books, Little Passports and others.