Ocean Publishing wins Benjamin Franklin

Ocean Publishing, a small traditional publisher on Florida’s east coast, won a Benjamin Franklin Award for Explore the Southeast National Marine Sanctuaries with Jean-Michel Cousteau.

This maritime book was selected as a category winner out of over 1300 entries in the 23rd Annual Benjamin Franklin Awards program conducted by the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) to recognize excellence in independent publishing. Publications, grouped by genre, are judged on editorial and design merit by top practitioners in each field.

Frank Gromling, founder and publisher, received the award at a gala dinner ceremony during Book Expo in New York on May 23. Gromling is a longtime friend of BPNW.

In his acceptance speech, he said, “Receiving the Benjamin Franklin Award from this association is a great honor because of the high quality of the award-winning books you have chosen over the past 23 years.

Upon learning about the award, Jean-Michel Cousteau said, “I am pleased and honored to learn that the first book in our new four-book series by Ocean Publishing has been recognized by IBPA as a high-quality independently published book, documenting the beauty and value of marine sanctuaries. I wish to thank our publisher Frank Gromling of Ocean Publishing, his editor Dr. Maia McGuire and designer Nate Myers, chief expedition photographer Carrie Vonderhaar, and many others that participated in bringing this book to life. My goal has always been to communicate the beauty of the ocean and the necessity of protecting it to the widest possible audience. This series is intended not only to inspire, but to inform the general public on specific measures that are working to preserve our ocean resources.”

To learn more about the Benjamin Franklin Awards, visit IBPA’s website.