Self Publishing Year in Review: Oct-Dec 2009

The fourth quarter started with the hotly-anticipated announcement of 3 additional trim sizes for self-publishing full-color paperback books : 5.5″ x 8.5″, 7″ x 10″, and 8″ x 10″. These sizes joined the already available full-color paperback sizes of 8.5″ x 8.5″ and 8.25″ x 11″.

Right on the heels of Outskirts Press landing nearly smack-dab in the middle of the Inc. 500 list at #268, venture capital firm Foundation Capital and Inc. Magazine honored Outskirts Press again in the 4th quarter with “best of the best” honors from among all 500 companies.

The 4th quarter marked the introduction of two exciting new marketing options for self-publishing writers, namely the custom t-shirt featuring the author’s cover; and the first iTunes option, namely the Enhanced Audio Excerpt, which includes a professional recording of the author’s excerpt and the creation of an iTunes graphic, plus “podcast level” distribution.

The Enhanced Audio Excerpt was the reward for the author of the most popular Halloween Book Video, as determined by readers of this blog in the 4th quarter.  José Cepeda García’s book video trailer for his book, 21 Bizarre Short Stories, was voted the most popular, taking home 50% of the votes.  Press play to watch the winning video:

José Cepeda García’s winning streak continued when 21 Bizarre Short Stories became an official Outskirts Press nominee for an EVVY Award, and was a finalist in the USA Book News Awards, joining 13 other Outskirts Press authors, including category winners Elise Cooke (for The Grocery Garden), J. Laurence Stillwell (for The Soldiers of the Cross), and Leon Newton (for Titus). Congratulations to them all!

Ex-New York Yankee Fritz Peterson hit a home run in the 4th quarter when his book Mickey Mantle is Going to Heaven, debuted on the Outskirts Press Top 10 Bestsellers List for September and stayed in the top 10 for October. Mickey Mantle is Going to Heaven is also an official Outskirts Press EVVY Award nominee.

Meanwhile (and speaking of New York), the following 12 Outskirts Press books were featured in a full-page ad in the December 13th issue of the New York Times Book Review:

Following Joe
Hanging on a Twisted Line
How do Religious Figures Induce the Establishment of Sects?
The ‘I Love My Bible’ Commentary
Immaculate Deception
The Immigrants
Life Under the Corporate Microscope
Schrodinger’s Universe
Through the Triangle
Unstoppable Confidence

Awards season got in full-swing in the 4th quarter with talented and hopeful self-publishing writers keeping the Author Support department busy with hundreds of submissions to major book awards like the Benjamin Franklin Awards and ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Awards.

And, of course, the 4th quarter marks the time of year when the official Outskirts Press EVVY nomination invitations are sent to select authors.  Less than 5% of the books published by Outskirts Press are nominated for this prestigious annual award, currently in its 16th year. 

Below are the official Outskirts Press EVVY nominees for the 2010 EVVY Awards.   Please join us in congratulating them all!



The Young Guardians and the Genesis Spell
The Channel
The Ghost Tree 
Let Your Innate Sing
Barnyard Babies To The Rescue
Dear Sebastian
Queen Vernita Visits the Blue Ice Mountains
Pieces ‘N Bits 
The Messy Buddha
How I Lost Twenty Pounds N Kept It Off
The Reluctant Survivor
Heroes of Googley Woogley
Dose of Revenge
Eddie’s Wake
The Sara Chronicles
In the Land of Cotton
The Mystery of the Moaning Banshee
Mickey Mantle is Going to Heaven
Dream Chaser
The Expedition
The Gate of Beautiful
Privileged Information 101
Christmas Treena
Murdock Mystery #1
As Long As He Needs Me
Life Against All Odds
The Paradise Puzzle
Mysterious Magical Circus Family Kids
A Bridge of Doom
Khan in Rasputin’s Shadow
Empire of Peace
Virginia’s Travel Basket
To Rhyme Is Not A Crime
The Smile of a Man Lost
Unlocking the Poet’s Realm
Charlie – A Boy With Reading Difficulties and His Dream
Both Ends Burning
21 Bizarre Short Stories
The Student Prophet: Initiation Rites
Burnarounds: Unlocking The Double Digit Profit Code
The Wedding Palace
The Transition
Bobby and Troubador’s Great Adventure
Through The Triangle
Ribbons and Roses
Aurora of the Northern Lights
Rainbow Bed
Mr. Emotions & Friends
From an Otherwise Comfortable Room
Life and Times of a Ragamuffin
Looking Glass
Holly Hill
The Adventures of Magellan
It’s in the Eyes
The Breakout Year
The Bethlehem Scroll
 Cash in on the Obama $3 Trillion Spending Plan!
Ribbon Falls
Tirissa and the Necklace of Nulidor
Exploring the Sixth Sense

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