Bookstore and book are indie award nominees

PHOTO PROVIDED Kevin Coolidge, owner of From My Shelf Books and author of the “Totally Ninja Raccoons” children’s series. Both are nominees for the indie Small Business Award.

WELLSBORO — From My Shelf Books & Gifts, 7 E. Ave., and the “Totally Ninja Raccoons,” a children’s series for young reluctant readers, have both been nominated for the Indie Small Business Award presented by Independent We Stand, the national small business movement.

“Only 25 businesses will make it to the next round. We can’t do it without the public’s support,” said Kevin Coolidge, owner of the bookstore and author of the “Totally Ninja Raccoons” series.

“People can vote once a day per computer IP address between now and Sunday, Nov. 12 for either my bookstore or my book series. That means those who use multiple computers can vote from home, from work and even their local coffee shop every day,” Coolidge said.

The 25 nominees getting the most votes will proceed to Round 2, which starts on Nov. 20 and ends on Dec. 11.

The top 10 selected will be in the running for the Indie Award grand prize. The overall winner will be announced on Dec. 13 and receive an enhanced prize package valued at $50,000, including $5,000 in cash, a comprehensive marketing makeover and $1,000 for a local organization that supports small businesses.

“If From My Shelf Books & Gifts wins, we have selected the Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce as the organization that helps small businesses in the community to receive the $1,000, which is part of the award package,” Coolidge said. “If Totally Ninja Raccoons wins, the Knoxville Public Library will receive the $1,000 for being totally awesome in supporting my new book series.”

A link to voting is pinned to the top of From My Shelf’s Facebook page and to the top of the “Totally Ninja Raccoons’ “ Facebook page or by visiting www.IndieBiz­