The winners of the 2013 IndieReader Discovery Awards were announced June 1 during BookExpo America at the Jacob K. Javits Center. Midcoast author Kay Stephens and co-author Vinitha Nair, who now resides in Brooklyn, N.Y., took first place in the nonfiction Self Help category for their cyberbullying book, “Cyberslammed,” which received a five out of five stars review on

"We were thrilled, for sure," said Stephens, who flew to New York and joined Nair to accept the award together. "Because of IndieReader, this book is now going to find a national audience of adults who need some real, tangible tools to fight cyberbullying."

“Cyberslammed” was self-published last fall with the exclusive sponsorship of Time Warner Cable and serves as a guide for educators and parents of teens from fifth to 12th grade to identify, prevent, combat and transform the six most common cyberbullying tactics teens face today. Stephens will follow up on the award with a series of public service announcements for Time Warner Cable this summer; and both Stephens and Nair will be offering national webinars on cyberbullying in the fall. For more information, visit

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