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A Word from Ted Olczak

Having books pour in from across the globe for the Independent Press Award program --- literally from London to India; from Portugal to Hong Kong; and from Australia to Canada with such interest, I encouraged Gabby to consider the New York City Big Book Award.  

The award allows big publishing houses to submit their titles for competition. New York City is synonymous with the global publishing industry, and where the big book publishing houses set the standard for decades.

In my years in the book trade, I saw first hand how these first-class operations worked; and understood how they became institutions.  In addition, I saw how publishing became democratized, and the playing field leveled.  No longer is just a 'house' needed to lift great content to a worldwide audience.  Great content is everywhere.

Award programs are another way for great content to find its audience and be among the best books available. 

I'm so proud of Gabby and her colleagues that know this industry inside and out, experts in all different kinds of categories, love books, and share the same ideals I have.  I'll be here to guide and to suggest better ways to connect with this book buying audience.

Now on to the books, let's get to finding the 'Best of the Best'!

Diane (Di) Carey-Pape


With a B.A magna cum laude in bilingual education, Spanish and anthropology from Mount Holyoke College, Diane Carey-Pape's professional ESL teaching career began in Colombia, South America.  As bilingual and ESL Teacher in Boston-area public schools, she taught elementary-aged students while collaborating in the creation of bilingual curriculum materials for reading, math, and science programs.


For two decades, Carey-Pape was a top professional in publishing, education and library markets, most notably at

Library Journal and School Library Journal.  Before returning to education she began her own publishing consulting service, Artemis Marketing, working on numerous new business development projects for, The NonProfit Times, Lakeland Youth Symphony, Westchester Academic Library Directors Organization- WALDO, Marquis Who’s Who, Black Diamond Associates and IGI Global.


Most recently, Carey-Pape teaches ESL to private students and ‘Business English’ at Rutgers University Business School. She also serves as board member and grant writer for the non-profit Community Development Corporation’s Cedar Hill After School Program in Boonton New Jersey.

Gabrielle (Gabby) L. Olczak

The New York City Big Book Award is a pure content and presentation play, allowing all publishers, authors and presses to compete directly.

After completing her undergraduate work at Fordham University, Gabrielle Olczak was awarded a scholarship as a Publishing Studies Fellow, and received her Master's Degree at New York University, specializing in Marketing Management in Book and Magazine Publishing.  Olczak had her own column at MagazineWeek, a industry trade, as well as experience at publishing houses such as Ziff Davis, CMP, Sigs, and FAMA.

For a dozen years, Olczak was the Founding Editor and Publisher at Toddler Times Magazine and Parent Times Magazine.  She developed and cultivated a number of lists  and strong industry relationships. 

As an editor, Olczak is always on the search for great content to share with others. She has decided to step up the competition with the New York City Big Book Awards, capitalizing on the successful Independent Press Award program.  Her inclusion of the big house presses allow the independents to compete head on with big marketing and editorial genius to showcase the "Best of the Best."

You are invited to join the New York City Big Book Award in the celebration of great ideas from all across the globe. 

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