Pathway to Math Proficiency Receives the 2011 Best Book of the Year Award from Outskirts Press

Outskirts Press, the fastest growing self-publishing and book marketing company, announced today that Susan Mercer has won the Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Award for her workbook, Pathway to Math Proficiency: Mastering Equivalent Fractions, Decimals and Percents…with Ease. Mercer’s work was voted the top honor for 2011 from the three finalists selected from the most recent Colorado Independent Publishers Association EVVY award winners. Susan Mercer will receive the $1,500 Grand Prize from Outskirts Press as well as wide recognition through social networks, and a widely distributed press release.

Mercer’s win is all the more impressive because Pathway to Math Proficiency is a workbook – a category that can be easily overlooked.

More than three thousands readers voted at and, although it was a close race all the way to the finish, Pathway to Math Proficiency ultimately collected the greatest percentage of votes.

In Pathway to Math Proficiency, veteran educator and successful textbook author Susan Mercer has organized a graduated sequence of visual images that help students make the needed connection between fractions, decimals and percents while creating the mental image of the part and the whole each represents. As students complete these captivating exercises, comprehension of what otherwise have been troublesome equivalency concepts now occurs easily and is immediately reinforced.

“This year’s competition was exciting with two very impressive contenders vying for the top spot,” stated Brent Sampson, president and CEO of Outskirts Press. “It is wonderful to see a workbook so well-received by readers, educators, and students. Susan has proved that great books come in all different packages and that there is a market for authors who want to self-publish their workbooks.”

Besides receiving the $1,500 Grand Prize, Susan Mercer will now reap the benefits of extensive promotion of her book by Outskirts Press. A feature story that covers her inspiration to write the book, her own writing process and her personal story will be widely distributed throughout the social networks. Congratulations, Susan!

Entries for this year’s Best Book of the Year Award are being accepted at

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