SOMERS, N.Y. – “Dream Job: Wacky Adventures of an HR Manager,” by Somers resident Janet Garber, has been named by the Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group as one of the best indie books of 2017.

Garber’s book is a finalist in the First Novel Under 60k Words category of the 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, the world’s largest not-for-profit book awards program for independent publishers and self-published authors.

The awards are judged by leaders of the indie book publishing industry, including many with long careers at major publishing houses. Their love of a great read and experience in the publishing arena identify books deserving a wider audience.

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Garber, profiled last year in The Somers Record, used her more than 30-year-career in human resources as inspiration for her debut fiction comic novel. The novel centers around Melie, a single woman working in the human resources department of an out-of-control medical center in New York City.

Garber also won runner up in the 2016 Shelf Unbound Best Indie Book contest. She said she is hard at work on her second novel, set in Paris in the ’70s, and is enjoying retirement from her human resources career.

The awards were presented on May 31 in a ceremony at the Harvard Club in New York City.

A complete list of 2017 winners and finalists is available at the Next Generation Indie Book Awards website at