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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Next Generation Indie Book Awards for Self-Publishing Authors


How would you like some acknowledgment for all your hard work self-publishing? The best path to success in writing is to become an award-winning author. Don’t delay in submitting your work with the Next Generation Indie Book Awards. This is your chance to gain notoriety and instant mass exposure. Your book needs to have a copyright of 2014, 2015 or 2016 and this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity you don’t want to miss!

So what do you get when you win?

  1. Cold, Hard Cash! — Win up to $1,500 to the best Fiction and Non-Fiction books. $750 to the second best Fiction and Non-Fiction books. $500 to the third best Fiction and Non-Fiction books. $100 to the winner of each of the 60 categories.
  2. Award-Winning Author Recognition — Each winner/finalist will be able to promote themselves and their book as an award-winning author and award-winning book. We make it easy by offering authors many options to enhance your book covers and online presence upon winning an award.
  3. A listing in the 2016 Next Generation Indie Book Awards Catalog which will be distributed to thousands of book buyers, media, and others!
  4. An invitation to attend the Gala Awards Ceremony in Chicago during BEA.
  5. The top 60 books will be reviewed by New York literary agent Marilyn Allen of Allen O’Shea Literary Agency for possible representation in areas such as distribution, foreign rights, film rights, and other rights. Ms. Allen has over 25 years of sales and marketing experience, including serving as Senior Vice President, Associate Publisher, and Director of Marketing for Harper Collins and directing sales and marketing teams for Simon & Schuster, Penguin Books and Avon Books. Ms. Allen has worked with many best-selling authors including Stephen King, Ken Follett, Barbara Kingsolver, John Gray, Mary Higgins Clark, and many more.
  6. All Finalists for the 2016 Next Generation Indie Book Awards will be selected and notified by May 2016 and winners will be selected and notified before the end of May.

And, if you’re an Outskirts Press published author, the best (and easiest) part is: we can handle all of the submission details for you, including: sending a copy of your book to the judges, paying your award submission fee, and completing the entry forms for you. This all comes with our Indie Book Awards Submission option.

Click here for details or to reserve your spot now.

The registration deadline is this Friday, January 8, 2016.

Register Now for ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Awards

Foreword‘s INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards program was created to discover distinctive books from the indie publishing community across a number of genres and to bring increased attention to librarians and booksellers of the literary and graphic achievements of independent publishers and their authors. ForeWord Magazine is the only review trade journal devoted exclusively to books from independent houses.

First, second, and third place winners will be awarded in each category. A $1,500 cash prize will also be awarded to Best Fiction and Best Non-Fiction as determined by the editors of ForeWord Reviews. Winners in each category and overall fiction and non-fiction prize winners are announced at Book Expo America and via Twitter.

As an Outskirts Press published author, you can have us handle all of the submission details for you. With your purchase of this package and your eligible book, we will handle all the details, including:

  • Award submission fee
  • Registering your book with the contest
  • Sending them each the necessary review copies of your book
  • Accurately and completely filling out the necessary entry forms
  • Selecting the most appropriate category for your book
  • Shipping and handling costs of your book

Click here for details or to order the ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Award today!

The Importance of Book Awards for Self-Publishing Authors

There are several ways to make your self-published book stand out among all the rest. But 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!

Things to keep in mind when entering writing contests:

  • Do your research! Most contests are legitimate, but always be on the lookout for scams.
  • A quality book cover might mean the difference between first place and an honorable mention!
  • Make sure your book has been thoroughly edited and polished. Judges will be evaluating the quality of your work, but if the book is full of typos and grammatical errors, it will be rejected.
  • Follow contest rules to the letter: meet the deadline, and submit your work in the correct format and in the correct category.
SIX MAJOR AWARDS IN ONE SUBMISSION PACKAGE!

25 percent off iPadNow is the season to enter book awards! The Book Award Submissions Package includes everything you need to enter 6 major book award contests. And the best part is, Outskirts Press takes care of all of the details!

The six awards are:

  • Writer’s Digest International Self-Published Awards
  • The National Best Books Awards
  • The Next Generation Indie Book Awards
  • The Reader Views Literary Awards
  • The Benjamin Franklin Awards
  • ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Awards

Outskirts Press will handle all the details, including:

  • The award submission fees
  • Registering your book with each contest
  • Sending each program the necessary review copies of your book
  • Accurately and completely filling out the necessary entry forms
  • Selecting the most appropriate category for your book
  • Shipping and handling costs of your book to each of the contest’s multiple judges

Many awards only accept books in the current copyright year (some will accept older books). If you just published your book this year, it is definitely the time to enter before it’s too late!

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TOP 10 DIAMOND BOOKS FROM OUTSKIRTS PRESS AUTHORS

Finalist #1 for the 2014 Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year

Congratulations to E.J. Brown, author of Speechless, one of three finalists for the Outskirts Press 2014 Best Book of the Year Award.

The three finalists are being introduced throughout the week on this blog. Public voting will determine which of the three finalists should be awarded the Outskirts Press 2014 Best Book of the Year Award and its $1,500 Grand Prize. Voting is open to everyone and begins on this blog on Thursday, September 3.

E.J. Brown has been fighting to recover her sons from autism for the past decade. For the last seven years she has been the teacher to one handsome, insightful, bright student: her son, Clary. Every day means fighting the good fight to full recovery. She lives in coastal South Carolina with her handsome trophy husband, George, and three brilliant boys that teach her more every day than she ever learned in a book or a classroom.

Speechless

We are here to teach the world what happens when love is enough…Speechless is the story of a family that was forced to take the long journey of heartache and despair into the dark, confusing world of autism and found their way out the other side to recovery. Three brothers each were diagnosed with a different form of ASD and their parents faced an unwavering fight to bring them back. The battle was against a disorder that is considered incurable, and children who are thought to be unreachable. This theory was turned on its ear with a new perspective, hope, love and determination. We refer to the full recovery of two, the third a miracle in progress. This one family’s story will change everything you think you know about autism and the things you consider to be important in life. This was a family that loved one another and exercised blind faith in each other, despite the obstacles placed before them. They accepted the disorder with the caveat that they would continue to fight and would never accept that this had to be a lifelong disability. They fought with everything they had and proved that sometimes amazing things happen if you put aside what your head tells you is logical and, instead, follow your heart. Three boys showed everyone that hope can lead to miracles if we choose to believe. What seems impossible is very often possible. It is only when we believe that we can change despair into hope and enjoy the happy ending we all expect and deserve.

Every year, Outskirts Press recognizes the best book they publish with their annual Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year award, which must not only win an EVVY Award from the Colorado Independent Publishers Association but must also be recognized as the best book among three finalists.

As one of three finalists, E.J. Brown and her book Speechless will be competing head-to-head-to-head with the other two finalists in a public poll on this blog starting on Thursday. E.J. has already demonstrated she has the writing chops to win this prestigious award, as evidenced by her EVVY Award win. Does she have the marketing prowess to make it as the Best Book of the Year author in this digital age? Stay tuned for information on the remaining finalists being announced this week, and then come back on Thursday to vote for the book you believe to be the best among the three.

The author of the winning book will receive a $1,500 credit to his or her Publishing Center, courtesy of Outskirts Press, and an exclusive 2014 Best Book of the Year award seal to apply to the cover of the book.

Are you ready to publish your own award-winning book and perhaps find yourself in the running for next year’s Best Book of the Year award? Get started today!

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