Will YOUR Book be on Our List Someday?

listAs the #1-rated self-publishing company according to Top Consumer Reviews, we’ve often been asked, “Can an author be successful going through a self-publisher instead of going through a traditional publisher?”

And the answer is, yes. Absolutely.

In fact, many authors have accomplished more as self-published authors. We’ve seen authors find success in the entertainment industry, create Audible books, and become award-winning writers…all because they invested in their dream and had the determination to follow it through.

So, we would like to celebrate a few of those amazing writers by highlighting some who have won awards from the highly coveted EVVY Award to the acclaimed Pinnacle Achievement Award.

Will your book be the next one we applaud?

CIA agent Pete Novak is racing to Europe with orders to stop Laszlo, to kill him if that’s what it takes. Several agents have already died trying. Novak’s dedicated security escort, J.T. Brannon, former assassin unmatched in the art of killing, is leery of Novak’s assignment and warns him of its danger. As Novak unravels the alarming secrets behind the MERIDIAN program and his path converges with Laszlo’s desperate pursuit to annihilate his demons, Novak and his family are swept into the crosshairs of rogue Agency assassins. Only Brannon can save Novak’s family, and he is committed to sacrificing his own life to do so. The final confrontation and profound revelation of MERIDIAN explode into a deadly struggle over what may be the very future of mankind itself.

John Lee is riddled with guilt and psychologically traumatized by the unexpected postoperative death of a special patient ten years before. Heavily medicated, impoverished, and on the county dole, Dr. Lee lives alone in a ramshackle single-wide trailer with his dog, Sunny, on the banks of a Virginia river. One hot summer day he is visited by Sarah, a nurse and past lover, who confesses that all this time she has known that “Thumbs” Berringer—her husband and Dr. Lee’s surgical rival—murdered the patient out of spite. This revelation enrages Dr. Lee and unleashes a series of events that lead to Sarah’s death and the disappearance of Dr. Lee and Sarah’s husband…and the local sheriff must seek the help of two most unlikely individuals in solving the case. Insanity of Murder is a humorous yet riveting mystery novel about guilt, madness, and murder.

Boscoe is an 11-year-old dog who suddenly finds himself at a shelter competing with puppies for potential adopters. When a family finally comes in looking for an older dog, Boscoe can’t believe his ears! Will he find his forever home?

Few books will touch your heart like Just George, the true story of a small dog found limping beside the highway, scared, injured, and near death from starvation and dehydration. You will experience almost every emotion imaginable as George himself relates the events of the year that follows.


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Reach for the Moon and Land Among the Stars This Awards Season!

Book contests are a wonderful way for self-published authors to build upon their platforms and cultivate credibility. And yes, while they’re occasionally the hallmark of snootiness, awards ought not to be overlooked as the fantastic marketing tool they are! Not only will winning a book award (or two, or three) boost an author’s physical and social presence, they also create cross-searchable entries online and, as such, play a big role in Search Engine Optimization (SEO) strategies.

Yes, winning awards make for a great addition to your book listings on Amazon, Goodreads, and other websites, and they also give you a great excuse to throw a party or a book reading and possibly even release a new celebratory edition of your book! Awards do all these things–and they also perform a truly critical service in affirming your hard work.

It has been hard work, what you’ve accomplished. But awards aren’t just about you, they’re also about your readers! There are so many books in the world, and such fierce competition online and in bookstores for customers’ attention, that readers can easily be swamped by the sheer number of options available. Awards lend distinction, dare we say credibility, to help your book stand out in a crowded marketplace.

Book Contests

An award win or nomination increases your exposure in several key ways, including:

  1. Fleshing out your resume, biography, and social capital;
  2. Boosting your book’s marketing presence with feature articles in publications or online, in press releases, and elsewhere;
  3. Award badges which can be featured on your book’s cover, rendering it eye-catching both in stores and in online retail listings;
  4. Last but not least, several contests (including those held by Writer’s Digest and ForeWord Magazine) are attached to cash winnings, which can go a long way toward further marketing efforts for your award-winning opus.

It’s true that many contests have deadlines based upon the book’s publication date, so it is in every author’s best interest to enter as many contests as possible as soon after publication as possible.  But there are other contests that don’t depend upon publication dates (or at least, not as strictly), so even if your book has been published for a few years, your marketing efforts would be well-served to enter contests for which you are still eligible.

Published Outskirts Press authors can browse through the free Top National Contests & Awards ebook in their Book Marketing Bookshelf from within their Publishing Center for a vetted listings of many of the best book awards to enter (many of which have upcoming deadlines for submission).   Here’s just a sample of some of the awards with upcoming deadlines:

Top National Contests and Book Awards

USA Best Book Awards

  • Deadline: Fall
  • Website: USABookNews.com
  • Details: This contest is another option to spread your marketing dollars, as they accept manuscripts up to two years after publication. All winners receive industry and media exposure.

Benjamin Franklin Awards

  • Deadline: Fall/Winter
  • Website: IBPABenjaminFranklinAwards.com
  • Details: Held by the Independent Book Publishers Association, the annual Benjamin Franklin Awards is one of the premiere contests in independent publishing today, where Gold Medal winners in each category receive an engraved crystal trophy acknowledging their accomplishment.

Reader Views Literary Awards

  • Deadline: December of your copyright year
  • Website: ReaderViews.com/literaryawards
  • Details: With numerous categories and various awards per category (including cash prizes and publicity packages), the Reader Views Literary Awards should not be missed. And it’s easy to miss them! They have the earliest deadline among all these contests, so plan early.

INDIEFAB Awards

Deadline: Dec/Jan
Website: IndieFab.ForewordReviews.com
Details: Held by the prestigious review journal Foreword Reviews, the INDIEFAB Awards are a cornerstone of the independent publishers marketing foundation. Not only are winners featured in the print and digital editions of Foreword Reviews, but they play a role in a national publicity campaign.

Eric Hoffer Book Awards

  • Deadline: January
  • Website: HofferAward.com
  • Details: One submission automatically makes you eligible for numerous category considerations, including most-thought provoking work, best cover, best first-time author, and best over-all book, which comes with a $2,000 Grand Prize.


The Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Awards

  • Deadline: By invitation only
  • Website: OutskirtsPress.com
  • Details: Every year Outskirts Press recognizes one book as our official Best Book of the Year with this prestigious award that comes with a $1,500 Grand Prize for the winning author. The prerequisite for becoming one of the three special Semi-Finalists in this contest is winning a Colorado Independent Book Publishers Association EVVY Award.

Each award presents its nominees and winners with unique advantages, from cash and promotion in print and online magazines to possible literary representation in areas such as film and foreign rights, to promotion at public events such as the Book Expo of America.  But each award submission process also presents its own unique challenges, from entry fees to stringent eligibility requirements to the logistics of producing and mailing book copies to reviewers and judges–and as with many other marketing opportunities, this process can eat up a lot of a self-publishing author’s time, money, and energy. And with the holiday season rapidly approaching, it’s easy to get distracted and miss the submission deadlines entirely.   Don’t let that happen to you!

If you’ve published with Outskirts Press, why not let us take care of the details? We’d love to help you, and we’d love to take your book to the red carpet!  But even if you choose to do it all yourself, make sure you do it.  Winning a book award for your published book is truly one of the most amazing feelings! There’s nothing quite like it.  Here’s to your great success!

 

 

 

The Best Book of the Year Finalists are Coming!

Happy Labor Day! Did you do some writing? Did you do some reading? Did you do some marketing? Did you do some eating? Use the “Comments section” to tell us how you spent this Labor Day weekend.

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All this week we will be announcing the three Finalists in the 2016 Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year contest.  Our first finalist will be be announced tomorrow, the next on Wednesday, and the final finalist on Thursday.  The three finalists are selected from among our recent EVVY Award winners.

Then, on Friday, the public polls open for everyone to vote on their choice for the winner of the Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year and its $1,500 Grand Prize. Good luck, everyone!

 

 

Congratulations to our EVVY Award Winners!

The Colorado Independent Book Publishers Association Annual EVVY Awards Banquet took place in Denver, Colorado last Saturday night, and once again Outskirts Press walked away with the most awards of any participating publisher, demonstrating that award-winning writers publish award-winning books at Outskirts Press.

Outskirts Press executives were on-hand for the event, and President Brent Sampson accepted the awards on behalf of authors unable to attend.  Published Outskirts Press authors from as far away as Florida traveled to Denver to accept their awards personally.

Here are our 2016 EVVY Award winners. Congratulations to them all!

FIRST PLACE WINNERS


1st Place Fiction/Mystery & Detective


1st Place Juvenile Fiction


1st Place Fiction/Action Adventure


1st Place Juvenile Non Fiction

SECOND PLACE WINNERS


2nd Place Juvenile Fiction


2nd Place Fiction/Historical


2nd Place Fiction/Action Adventure


2nd Place Religion & Spirituality

THIRD PLACE WINNERS


3rd Place Family & Relationships


3rd Place Fiction/Fairy Tales Folklore


3rd Place Fiction/Literary


3rd Place Social Science


3rd Place Juvenile Fiction


3rd Place Religion & Spirituality


3rd Place Fiction/Science Fiction


3rd Place Juvenile Fiction

MERIT AWARD WINNERS


Merit Award Poetry


Merit Award Fiction/Fantasy


Merit Juvenile Fiction


Merit Poetry


Merit Biography

Congratulations to all our EVVY nominees, finalists, and winners.  Winning an EVVY Award is a prerequisite to winning the Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Award and its $1500 Grand Prize.  Stay tuned to find out which three authors from the winners above will be the finalists…

Submissions Close FRIDAY for the National Best Book Awards from USA Book News

We all know the benefits of winning a big award: fame, recognition, validation, and perhaps even a solid paycheck. We’ve been taught to aim for them our entire lives, these little hallmarks of success, and not entirely without reason—but in the democratic world of self-publishing, a community that fosters an atmosphere of non-competitive support, is there a place for something like the USA Book News National Best Book Awards?

Simple answer? You bet.

Consider the benefits, both for the individual self-publishing author and collectively for the entire self-publishing community. Awards foster competition, absolutely, and by doing so they challenge interested authors to raise the bar for their own creative processes. The long-term result is a community where quality writing has value simply because that quality is recognized publicly when achieved. Raising the general tenor of a community is great, and winners receive tangible rewards for entering as well, but these benefits can be hard to hold on to when the chances of winning are slim or the possibility of being influenced by community standards is far off in time. So why should you care about the National Best Book Awards or USA Book News today, in the here and now?

The answer boils down to marketing and exposure. A book doesn’t have to win an award or even be listed as a finalist to benefit from being entered for an award! In fact, the moment your book is submitted for entry, it becomes a part of the larger narrative of the awards themselves. Remember when your favorite movie was nominated for an Oscar? Eligibility for an award becomes an icebreaker, and a platform for spreading the word that you have chosen to self-publish a book. You can proudly share the news on social media or in conversation that your book is up for an award, and encourage your readers to follow your book’s progress throughout the process. Meanwhile, your readers find out more about the content and qualities of your book, and are far more likely to buy copies as a result!

Of course, if you do win big at the National Best Book Awards, you have earned bragging rights forever—and a whole bevy of new promotional opportunities, many of them a form of free publicity as USA Book News releases the news to its huge subscriber base. And of course, we here at Outskirts Press are happy to brag about our contestants, finalists, and winners alike for the simple reason that what’s good for you is good for us—after all, you and your wonderful books are the entire reason we do what we do.  Statistically speaking, we publish more award-winning books by award-winning authors than any other self-publishing company.  In short, we want you to have the absolute best self-publishing experience possible!  Wouldn’t you say that includes winning an award or two??

The only downside, if you can call it that, is that the deadline for submission to this year’s National Best Book Awards is imminent. And by “imminent,” we mean this Friday! Luckily, submission is easy, and Outskirts Press can cut through all the red tape for you, even on such short notice. All you have to do is click on the “Submit Your Book” button below or drop on by the Outskirts Press website and check out our “USA Book News Best Book Awards Submission” service for more information.

 

 

Book Awards Build Buzz

One of the best ways to create a buzz about your book is by winning an award! Winning a book award is a great feeling, and sometimes it even comes with prize money — best of all, it can be a powerful marketing tool.

There are hundreds of thousands of self-published books released each year, and competition is fierce. Authors who are serious about getting their book noticed will need to put extra effort into the promotional department. By entering legitimate writing contests, authors can up their chances of winning recognition…and so much more.

When you win a book award…

  • You receive third-party validation that your book is worthy.
  • You may win prize money…
  • The awards website will feature a list of all the winners and send out a press release announcing the winners — resulting in more publicity for you!
  • You can send out your own press release to announce your award — again, more publicity.
  • You can add an award sticker to your book cover that consumers, librarians, and booksellers will see immediately, and this can influence their buying decisions.
  • You gain credibility as a writer and an edge in the market.
  • You can call yourself an award-winning author, not only with friends and family but in promotional materials and interviews as well!

New writers publishing with the New & Improved Outskirts Press starting in August will receive the Book Marketing RoadMap at publication, and one article is devoted to helping our authors identify reputable book contests to enter.  So, in recognition of our amazing 16 award finalists in the Colorado Independent Publisher Association EVVY Awards, we are going to give you an excerpt from the free Book Marketing RoadMap right now by listing a few of the upcoming book award contests to consider entering after your book is published. The contests listed below have approaching deadlines, so act fast!

And if you didn’t see our 16 EVVY Award finalists, you can see them here.

Top National Contests and Book Awards

USA Best Book Awards

  • Deadline: Fall
  • Website: USABookNews.com
  • Details: This contest is another option to spread your marketing dollars, as they accept manuscripts up to two years after publication. All winners receive industry and media exposure.

Benjamin Franklin Awards

  • Deadline: Fall/Winter
  • Website: IBPABenjaminFranklinAwards.com
  • Details: Held by the Independent Book Publishers Association, the annual Benjamin Franklin Awards is one of the premiere contests in independent publishing today, where Gold Medal winners in each category receive an engraved crystal trophy acknowledging their accomplishment.

Reader Views Literary Awards

  • Deadline: December of your copyright year
  • Website: ReaderViews.com/literaryawards
  • Details: With numerous categories and various awards per category (including cash prizes and publicity packages), the Reader Views Literary Awards should not be missed. And it’s easy to miss them! They have the earliest deadline among all these contests, so plan early.

INDIEFAB Awards

Deadline: Dec/Jan
Website: IndieFab.ForewordReviews.com
Details: Held by the prestigious review journal Foreword Reviews, the INDIEFAB Awards are a cornerstone of the independent publishers marketing foundation. Not only are winners featured in the print and digital editions of Foreword Reviews, but they play a role in a national publicity campaign.

Eric Hoffer Book Awards

  • Deadline: January
  • Website: HofferAward.com
  • Details: One submission automatically makes you eligible for numerous category considerations, including most-thought provoking work, best cover, best first-time author, and best over-all book, which comes with a $2,000 Grand Prize.


The Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Awards

  • Deadline: By invitation only
  • Website: OutskirtsPress.com
  • Details: Every year Outskirts Press recognizes one book as our official Best Book of the Year with this prestigious award that comes with a $1,500 Grand Prize for the winning author. The prerequisite for becoming one of the three special Semi-Finalists in this contest is winning a Colorado Independent Book Publishers Association EVVY Award.

This year’s EVVY Awards take place in Denver, Colorado on Saturday, August 20th. Outskirts Press executives will be on-hand to accept awards on behalf of authors unable to attend.  Once our EVVY Winners are announced, three of them will be hand-selected as our Semi-Finalists for the Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Award. Stay tuned!


Submitting your book to contests can be rewarding. It can also be time-consuming and frustrating. Let Outskirts Press help you!

Outskirts Press authors can automatically enter six reputable, vetted book contests with one click of a button!

The Book Awards Submission package, exclusively from Outskirts Press, takes care of everything by automatically entering your book into the following book award contents for you: Benjamin Franklin Awards, INDIEFAB Awards, Next Generation Indie Book Awards, Reader Views Literary Awards , Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards, and the USA Best Book Awards. If you’re already published with Outskirts Press, look for this Marketing Service in your Publishing Center under “Marketing Options.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2016 Outskirts Press EVVY Award Finalists Announced

Each year, Outskirts Press officially nominates a small percentage of the books published during the year for submission to the EVVY Awards. Since a nomination is the first step toward receiving the Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Award, the standards are exceedingly high; we nominated fewer than 5% of the books we published in 2015.

These nominations represent the very best of our publications as determined by Outskirts Press executives and members of the production teams.

The CIPA EVVY Award judges have since reviewed all the submissions received from all eligible authors and publishers to arrive upon the EVVY Award Finalists. Those finalists will all be honored with either 1st Place, 2nd Place, 3rd Place, or Merit Award within each applicable category at the annual EVVY Awards on August 23rd in Denver, Colorado. Outskirts Press executives will be on hand to accept the awards on behalf of authors not able to appear in person.

Outskirts Press is proud to announce that it has 16 talented finalists being honored, the most among all participating publishers. We’re sure the CIPA judges had to make tough choices to narrow our amazing list of nominees to these 16 finalists. Here are the 2016 Outskirts Press EVVY Finalists in random order. Congratulations to them all!

As a result of being nominated for the 22nd Annual EVVY Awards, these Outskirts Press authors have taken the first step toward winning the coveted Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Award. Three of the nominees above who subsequently win an EVVY Award during the CIPA banquet this coming August will be selected as Semi-Finalists for our annual Best Book of the Year Award and its $1,500 Grand Prize. Stay tuned.

Wouldn’t you like to win an extra $1,500, and bragging rights as the author of the best book of the year published by Outskirts Press? Start publishing now and your book could be in the running for the “Best Book of the Year Award” for 2016 and its $1,500 grand prize. For more information on rules and eligibility, click here: Best Book of the Year Award.

Let us help you finish that self-publishing book so you can be on this list next year!

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