A Fantastic Book Marketing Idea for a Fantastically Adventurous Novel!

Author M. R. Rodriguez isn’t just thinking outside the box when marketing his novel Moravian Falls—he’s wrapping it in a whole new look!

In this case, the “box” that we’re talking about is his SUV, which he had wrapped in a skin featuring his book cover. A car skin is what it sounds like—a large piece of vinyl that completely covers the vehicle. It looks like a new paint job, but it can be removed—and it allows for not just one color but multiple images and words to be emblazoned across your vehicle. Rodriguez is driving his “DomoMobile,” named for his book’s main character, Dr. Domo, on a cross-country book tour, from Orlando to Seattle and back again.

Moravian Falls: The Fantastic Adventures of Dr. Domo is set in 1965 Dominican Republic. Dr. Domo, a university professor, is called away into the island’s mountains by an ancient behique, or shaman. She passes on to him a magical Taino power—that comes in handy when he returns to Santo Domingo—to find the city in flames from the revolution, his wife missing, and his grandson in danger from evil forces. Can Dr. Domo’s heritage help him save his family during a time of political tumult? Moravian Falls was an EVVY finalist.

We’re excited to hear how Rodriguez’s book tour goes. His unique and bold marketing idea is sure to bring lots of attention to his book—with the added bonus of helping to protect his SUV from scratches on his epic journey.

The votes are in! The winner of the 2022 Best Book of the Year is . . . Susie Newman, Author of “Eating Yellow Paint”!

Our three authors have already won in their categories at the EVVY Awards, but only one can claim our highest honor: Outskirts Press’s Best Book of the Year!

Selecting a favorite book is no small feat, and each of our authors’ works deserves to be recognized. Eating Yellow Paint, by Susie Newman; Survived By No One? My Story of Finding Hers, by Karen Spicer-Wolven; andThe Un-Diet, The Ultimate Mindset Journal to Living Beyond Diets, by Stacey Stedmanare our Top Three Finalists, and we are proud of them and their outstanding achievements.

Our authors have offered you their very best, and you’ve weighed your options and voted for your favorite book for this incredible distinction!

The winner of the 2022 Best Book of the Year award goes to: Eating Yellow Paint, by Susie Newman.

Eating Yellow Paint

Eating Yellow Paint by Susie Newman

About the book:

A Poignant Journey of Overcoming Grief and Finding Happiness

Fifteen-year-old Savannah Jorja Dale is a sensitive poet searching for happiness. Savannah and her siblings, Montana and Phoenix, all named for the places their drug-addicted mom would like to visit, are being raised by their Mimi. When Mimi dies of cancer, their lives become uprooted and more chaotic. The three teens must move in with their eccentric great-grandma, Granny Crackers, and pick trash to earn their keep. Granny Crackers runs a never-ending garage sale from the back lot of her house in a Midwestern, inner-city neighborhood known as Paris Village. Savannah seeks answers to her questions about suffering and God by finding beauty in ugly and unexpected places. She captures images of her new world and shares them on Instagram. The problems that Savannah faces are indicative of today’s social landscape. The characters that share her story have their own crosses to bear. Savannah tells their stories with compassion and understanding. The book touches on subject matter relevant in today’s world, such as sexual identity, racial discrimination, LGBTQ issues, immigration, poverty, the generation gap, the opioid crisis, and many other timely topics.

About the Author

Susie Newman

Susie Newman

Susie Newman is married and the mother of four children. She lives in Westerville, Ohio. Susie is the author of two other books: Diaries, a collection of short stories, and the novel Lost Souls Cafe.

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Introducing Self-Publishing Author Virginia Rodriguez’s Book Video Trailer for “Big Hair One with Bear Feet”

Announcing the Self Publishing News premiere of the book video trailer for Big Hair One with Bear Feet (published by Outskirts Press, August 2022), by Virginia Rodriguez.

BOOK DETAILS

“A long time ago there was a little girl named Big Hair One with Bear Feet.”

Wearing the hard black and white shoes with the red heart on the side was torture. But what’s even more torturous is when people make fun of you. Big Hair One with Bear Feet maintains that childlike being. The freedom of running barefoot and without the pain of shoes was simple. Just don’t wear any. But when she does this, little does she know the attention her feet will bring. What happened to your feet? Look how funny your feet are! Tinge of doubt set in, and Big Hair One with Bear Feet grows an uncomfortable feeling inside. She starts to believe there must be something wrong with her feet and asks God why He gave her Bear Feet anyway. Not only did kids make fun of her but grown-ups did too. Echoes of her mama’s voice telling her she must wear shoes to protect her feet haunt her after she cuts her foot on a broken piece of glass. When her mama learns that Big Hair One with Bear Feet is being bullied, she decides it’s time to tell her about her ancestors and buy her a pair of shoes that fit.

Virginia Rodriguez

Big Hair One with Bear Feet
by Virginia Rodriguez

Virginia Rodriguez is an eight-time marathoner. Raised in Magna, Utah a long time ago with her mama and nine siblings, a good pair of shoes were not easy to come by. She has authored several poems and in 2005, her poem FEATHERS took first place at the First Latino/Latina Poetry Contest at Kimball Arts Center in Park City, Utah. She currently lives in Taylorsville, Utah.

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Introducing Self-Publishing Author Valerie Sumter’s Book Video Trailer for “Transformed”

Announcing the Self Publishing News premiere of the book video trailer for Transformed:
Breaking Free from the Thoughts and Words that Bind You
(published by Outskirts Press, August 2022), by Valerie Sumter.

BOOK DETAILS

The power of thoughts and words—and how they affect our lives.
Our thoughts are frequencies that have the ability to transform our lives in powerful ways. Transformed reveals the potential inside each one of us for greatness, and how we can create a life of personal power and fulfillment. It shares the science and spiritual truths behind our creative words and thoughts, and how we can use them, to break the cycle of destructive thought patterns! With Transformed you will:

Discover the power to be intentional and creative with your thoughts and words.

Become more aware of the spiritual laws of the universe and how to tap into those laws and allow them to work for you rather than against you.

Be the master of your thoughts and intentions by learning to give your brain the right programs until they become automatic responses.

Become more empowered and then help empower others, as you begin to experience firsthand the connection between your thoughts and your reality.

Realize the true power you possess to create a life you love. As your thoughts begin to transform, they will create joyful moments that become joyful days, weeks, months, and years. In turn, you too, will experience a “Transformed life of Joy.”

Valerie Sumter

Valerie Sumter

Valerie Sumter is from the Pacific Northwest, but has lived and traveled throughout the United States. Coming from an abusive background caused her to develop a victim mentality in her younger life, so she knows the pain of that negative mindset and the destructive patterns it can create. Valerie now works as a life coach and facilitator to teach others the techniques and principles that keep her on a successful path.

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Remember to vote for your favorite to win the Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year award

This week’s voting will determine the winner of the 2022 Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year award. Help out your favorite author by voting for their book to win!

Click on the book covers above to learn more about each book and author.  The public poll for Best Book of the Year closes promptly at 11:59 pm (MST) on Friday, September 23rd. Place your vote today!

The Un-Diet, The Ultimate Mindset Journal to Living Beyond Diets by Stacey Stedma

The Un-Diet, The Ultimate Mindset Journal to Living Beyond Diets by Stacey Stedman

Survived By No One? My Story of Finding Hers by Karen Spicer-Wolven

Survived By No One? My Story of Finding Hers by Karen Spicer-Wolven

Eating Yellow Paint by Susie Newman

Eating Yellow Paint by Susie Newman

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Hit the Polls! Vote for the 2022 Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year!

Vote for the 2022 Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year!

Just days ago, we announced the three finalists in this year’s Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year awards.

All three finalists were 1st place winners of a 2022 CIPA EVVY Award, those annual awards sponsored by the Colorado Independent Publishers Association (CIPA) and the CIPA Education and Literacy Foundation (ELF). They were announced late last month and recognize some of the finest works of independent authors in dozens of book categories.

The time has come to vote on which of these talented authors have built an author platform and worked up the promotional muscle to acquire Outskirts Press’s top honors through a head-to-head competition! The Best Book of the Year Grand Prize winner and $1,500 Grand Prize winnings will be awarded based on the results of a live public poll . . . which is where you come in!

Our three finalists couldn’t be more different, and you’ll find summaries of each book below. So, study your choices, order their books, visit their webpages and social media, and cast your vote. Voting is easy! Simply scroll down to the poll below to place your vote for the book you think deserves our top honors in the 2022 Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year competition!


FINALIST: Eating Yellow Paint, by Susie Newman

Visit the blog posting to read the synopsis, learn more about the author and visit the author’s webpage.

Watch the book video here.


FINALIST: Survived By No One? My Story of Finding Hers, by Karen Spicer-Wolven

Visit the blog posting to read the synopsis, learn more about the author and visit the author’s webpage.

Watch the book video here.


FINALIST: The Un-Diet, The Ultimate Mindset Journal to Living Beyond Diets, by Stacey Stedman

Visit the blog posting to read the synopsis, learn more about the author and visit the author’s webpage.

Watch the book video here.


The public poll for Best Book of the Year closes promptly at 11:59 pm (MST) on Friday, September 23rd. Place your vote today!

This Week’s Amazon Featured Book of the Week is Help Save America by Jon Lewis

Now available on Amazon.com!

Help Save America

by Jon Lewis

(5 out of 5 Stars – 1 Customer Reviews)

Price: $13.95 Paperback

Help Save America is a discussion of how America is in danger and what needs to be done to save it. There are examples of how actions are taking place to restore our great country. It is a goal of the author to make it happen. However, he can’t do it by himself. The role of government has been changing. Too many want those in a remote location to tell them how to live their lives. Remember that the government cannot give benefits to the people who don’t work without first taking the money from the people who work.
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Your Third Finalist for the 2022 Best Book of the Year Award is . . . Stacey Stedman, Author of The Un-Diet.

Third Finalist for the 2022 Best Book of the Year Award is . . . Stacey Stedman, Author of The Un-Diet.

Congratulations to our three finalists for the Outskirts Press 2022 Best Book of the Year award: Eating Yellow Paint, by Susie Newman; Survived By No One? My Story of Finding Hers, by Karen Spicer-Wolven; and The Un-Diet, The Ultimate Mindset Journal to Living Beyond Diets, by Stacey Stedman.

All three books took home first place awards from this year’s EVVY Awards, qualifying the authors for Outskirts Press’s highest honor! But remember, only one book can win—so diligently study your choices, order their books, and cast your vote. Voting will begin Monday, September 19th, on Self-Publishing News and close promptly on 11:59 pm Mountain Time on Friday, September 23rd.

So, come back on Monday, September 19th, to cast your vote for the book you believe to be the best of the three.

Meet Your Third Finalist

The Un-Diet, The Ultimate Mindset Journal to Living Beyond Diets

Stacey Stedman, Author of The Un-Diet.

Breaking the chain of the dreaded “D” word . . . Diet

I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone who loves being on a diet. Saying that you are on a diet usually comes with kale between your teeth, a sad sigh, a longing for foods you can’t have, an eye roll, and/or an end date to when it’s over. The Un-Diet ditches the diet mentality. This journal takes you on a daily journey to be your own advocate for your health and nutrition. I will teach you how to get in tune with your body by fueling it properly, listening to your hunger cues, and checking in with your emotions and stress level before you eat. There is so much more to our nutrition mindset than WHAT we eat. There are several ways to use this journal to get the most out of it for YOU. Day-by-day logging for 30 days; using a separate journal for your daily logs and staying on each day as long as you want; or reading the whole thing, then working on the parts that resonate with you the most.

About the Author—Stacey Stedman

Stacey Stedman, Author of The Un-Diet.

After 20 years of yo-yo dieting, I finally had enough. There had to be a better way. So I started health and fitness coaching in 2014, and I am now a certified health coach and personal trainer with an advanced certificate in sports nutrition coaching. I’ve been running online health and accountability groups for years and have helped hundreds of people shift their nutritional mindset. I was put on this earth to positively influence people’s lives and help them feel amazing and vibrant. I live in Longmont, Colorado, with my fantastic husband and two boys.—Stacey Stedman.

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The Best Book of the Year winner will receive a Grand Prize of $1,500 directly from your choice at the polls. So, come back on Monday, September 19th, to cast your vote!

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Your Second Finalist for the 2022 Best Book of the Year Award is . . . Karen Spicer-Wolven, Author of Survived By No One?

Survived By No One? My Story of Finding Hers, by Karen Spicer-Wolven

Congratulations to our three finalists for the Outskirts Press 2022 Best Book of the Year award: Eating Yellow Paint, by Susie Newman; Survived By No One? My Story of Finding Hers, by Karen Spicer-Wolven; and The Un-Diet, The Ultimate Mindset Journal to Living Beyond Diets, by Stacey Stedman.

All three books took home first place awards from this year’s EVVY Awards, qualifying the authors for Outskirts Press’s highest honor! But remember, only one book can win—so diligently study your choices, order their books, and cast your vote. Voting will begin on Monday, September 19th, on Self-Publishing News and close promptly on 11:59 pm Mountain Time on Friday, September 23rd.

So, come back on Monday, September 19th, to cast your vote for the book you believe to be the best of the three.

Meet Your Second Finalist

Survived By No One? My Story of Finding Hers

Survived By No One? My Story of Finding Hers

Angelika’s obituary had to be wrong . . .

In the summer of 2014, Angelika Harder-Russo passed quietly from this earth. Little did Karen Spicer-Wolven know that the search for Angelika’s family would help her survive her own darkest days and learn the true value of human connection.

This story began based solely on the 82 letters and over 300 photos Karen retrieved from the trash in Angelika’s home. However, as she tried to piece together Angelika’s life story, Karen learned that there are no “facts”—simply documented accounts of events recorded through someone else’s lens, which is what Angelika’s photos and letters provided: her version of life in post-WWII Germany; her perspective of her own romance, family conflict, survival, and the fear and excitement of leaving Germany to become an American military wife.

Survived by No One? is told through the eyes of a brave young mother who endured war, poverty, and incredible heartache. Angelika survived it all, but who survived her? This book takes the reader on Karen’s journey through Angelika’s letters, photos, documents, and eventually a trip to Bavaria, Germany, to finally share Angelika’s story with her family. It turns out that Angelika Harder-Russo has many “survivors.”

About the Author

Karen Spicer-Wolven

Karen Spicer-Wolven

Karen Spicer-Wolven is a self-proclaimed “historical hoarder” with degrees in history/government and human services, with an emphasis on mental health. She spent four years researching Angelika’s story before traveling to Bavaria to meet with her family, and their friendship and learning continue. Karen lives in the Missouri Ozarks with her husband, Chris.

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The Best Book of the Year winner will receive a Grand Prize of $1,500 directly from your choice at the polls. So, come back on Monday, September 19th, to cast your vote!

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