Congratulations! Gramma Darling Named the 2017 Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year!

It’s been our great pleasure to shine a spotlight on our finest self-publishing authors and their work throughout September. Outskirts Press has been publicizing the nominees for the 2017 Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year — Gramma Darling by Lissa Schroeder, When a Woman Is in Love with God by Darnelle Wilson, and The Thundering Herd by John Peltier. Well, now the public has spoken: Gramma Darling is our 2017 Best Book of the Year!

The road to this big win is a long one. Every year, Outskirts Press nominates a very small percentage of the books we published during the previous year for submission to the Colorado Independent Publishers Association EVVY Awards. This coveted nomination is the first step toward qualifying for the Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Award. Outskirts Press selected three finalists from among the EVVY Award winners to compete in the Best Book of the Year Award contest.

You’ve probably seen these authors featured on the Outskirts Press blog over the past few weeks. We’d like to thank the many readers who took on the daunting task of selecting only one of these phenomenal books for the title of Best Book of the Year and the grand prize of $1,500. Lissa, Gramma Darling is more than worthy of the honor — congratulations!

About Author Lissa Schroeder

Lissa Schroeder is a gifted teacher, an engaging public speaker, and a licensed minister. She has taught all over Alaska at youth conferences, ladies’ retreats, home school workshops, and more. A born storyteller, she paints vivid emotional pictures that are inspiring and hopeful, that make your heart soar and leave you smiling. Mostly, she has raised three awesome kids, homeschooling from preschool to med school. She lives in Fairbanks, Alaska, with her husband and youngest son, where she owns and runs a curriculum supply store.

Doron Ben-Ami is a freelance illustrator, photographer, and musician, living and working in Brookfield Connecticut. He has illustrated hundreds of book covers, advertisements, posters, children’s books, and calendars. He also creates illustrations for storyboards and animatics, assisting in the production of nationally broadcast TV commercials. Most recently he has expanded his professional offerings to video and animation. When not creating visual imagery, he performs in the western Connecticut area with his jazz band, and in a duo with his daughter. He has two grown children, and lives with his wife in Brookfield, Connecticut.

Gramma Darling

Beautifully written and stunningly illustrated, this delightful book for children, parents, and grandparents paints a nostalgic picture of unhurried summer days at a dear grandmother’s house. Seen and felt through the eyes of a child, every discovery is full of innocence and wonder; from an attic brimming with treasures to running through the fields at twilight catching fireflies. You will laugh and remember your own childhood and feel as though you are there sharing in all the small adventures of her little world; the baby birds, the gardening, the stormy days, and bedtime baths. And through it all, in the background, is Gramma Darling and her laughter. You sense the atmosphere of nurturing, protection, and worth that she provides; and far more importantly, you get a glimpse into the wisdom of a woman whose genuine genius for simply loving, inspires wholehearted lifetime devotion. It will leave you uplifted and looking for ways to spend quality time with the little ones in your own life.

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Are you looking to market your own book like Lissa Schroeder did? It’s hard to believe but the holidays are right around the corner! Now is the time to start marketing your book for a bustling holiday buying season.


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