Andy Awards Finalists Announced

Books by a superyacht captain, country music star Miranda Lambert, an abuse survivor turned Hollywood stuntwoman, IBM’s former CEO, and the host of the award-winning podcast Therapy for Black Girls are among the nine finalists in the inaugural Andy Awards.

The Andy Awards honor outstanding nonfiction book collaborations between authors and ghostwriters. To be considered, both the author and the paid collaborator had to have agreed to co-submit a book and share the award.

“Collaborative projects are a mainstay of nonfiction publishing, often earning acclaim and securing spots on bestseller lists, and consistently captivating readers,” said ASJA President Emily Paulsen. “Collaboration not only elevates the quality of the work but also brings to life narratives and ideas that may have otherwise remained undiscovered.”

Gotham CEO Dan Gerstein added: “The Andy Awards were created to bring collaboration out of the shadows and into a well-deserved spotlight. We were heartened by the quality and breadth of this year’s submissions and we look forward to this becoming an annual event.”

The 2024 finalists were named in three categories:

Business and Thought Leadership

Tynesia Boyea-Robinson, The Social Impact Advantage: Win Customers and Talent by Harnessing Your Business for Good. In collaborations with Jeff Raderstrong. McGraw Hill.

Ginni Rometty, Good Power: Leading Positive Change in Our Lives, Work, and World. In collaboration with Joanne Gordon. Harvard Business Review Press.

Captain Sandy Yawn, Be the Calm or Be the Storm: Leadership Lessons from a Woman at the Helm. In collaboration with Samantha Marshall. Hay House.

Memoir and Narrative Nonfiction

Danni Brooke, The Girl for the Job: True stories from my life as an undercover cop. In collaboration with Katy Weitz. Pan Macmillan.

Miranda Lambert, Y’all Eat Yet?: Welcome to the Pretty B*tchin’ Kitchen. In collaboration with Holly Gleason. Dey Street Books / HarperCollins

Kimberly Shannon Murphy, Glimmer: A Story of Survival, Hope, and Healing. In collaboration with Genevieve Field. Harper / HarperCollins.

Prescriptive Nonfiction

Ken Duckworth, You Are Not Alone: The NAMI Guide to Navigating Mental Health. In collaboration with Lisa Kaufman. Zando.

Joy Harden Bradford, Sisterhood Heals: The Transformative Power of Healing in Community. In collaboration with Tracey Michae’l Lewis-Giggetts. Ballantine / Penguin Random House.

Jody Williams and Rita Sodi, Via Carota: A Celebration of Seasonal Cooking from the Beloved Greenwich Village Restaurant. In collaboration with Anna Kovel. Knopf / Penguin Random House.

Andy Awards winners will be announced at the Gathering of the Ghosts, the first-ever national convention of ghostwriters, Jan. 22, 2024, in New York. Madeline Morel, President of 2Mm Communications Ltd., will present the awards.

The judges for the 2024 Andy Awards are: Andrea Barzvi, Founder, Empire Literary Agency; Stephanie Hitchcock, Senior Editor, Atria/Simon and Schuster; Serena Jones, VP/Executive Editor, Holt/Macmillan; Holly Robinson, Author, Journalist and Ghostwriter; Roger Scholl, Senior Executive Editor, Kevin Anderson Associates; Michael Signorelli, Agent, Aevitas Creative Management; Stephanie Smith, Author, Ghostwriter; Bruce Wexler, President, Bookwriters Anonymous; and Howard Yoon, Agent, WME.

For more information about the shortlistees, see here.

Find the GOTG convention schedule and register here.

The Andy Awards and GOTG are cosponsored by ASJA and Gotham Ghostwriters.