Congratulations and Good Luck to the 2019 Outskirts Press EVVY Award Nominees!

This year, Outskirts Press has an impressive 79 EVVY Award nominees to thank for their dedication and high-quality work as self-published authors. The EVVYs are an acclaimed annual book award program sponsored by the Colorado Independent Publishers’ Association (CIPA), which recognizes superior independently published books. The EVVYs are judged by a panel of professionals on a qualitative scale of merit in dozens of distinct book categories.

Each year, Outskirts Press 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 the Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Award, the standards are high and these nominations represent the very best of our publications as determined by our executives and members of our production teams.

Outskirts Press official nominees and winners receive additional exposure for their books in featured Outskirts Press marketing channels, including our blog, social media networks, nationally distributed press releases and in our email newsletters. The finalists will be announced July 31, 2019, and award winners will be announced during a ceremony hosted by the Colorado Independent Publishers Association in August, 2019.

Congratulations to this year’s Official Outskirts Press EVVY Award nominees, presented here in no particular order:

 

Congratulations to the authors of these 79 amazing works!

What’s next?

As a result of being nominated for the EVVY Awards, these Outskirts Press authors have taken the first step toward 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 will be selected as semi-finalists for our annual Best Book of the Year Award and its $1,500 Grand Prize. Visit the blog often for updates.

All of these books, along with other Outskirts Press titles, are available from the major online book retailers like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Powell’s, Books-A-Million and others, and from the Outskirts Press bookstore. To learn more about our products and services, as well as upcoming and current promotions, visit our website or call us at 1-888-672-6657 to speak with a Publishing Consultant.

 

Announcing the Reader Views & Benjamin Franklin Awards Winners!

The 2018 Reader Views Literary Awards and IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards Winners have been announced! Congratulations to all of the great Outskirts Press authors that received these honors this year.

Outskirts Press Reader Views Literary Awards Winners

Children – Early Reader – Ages 6 to 8
Second Place: Too Much Junk in My Trunk! by Roe DePinto
Body/Mind/Spirit
First Place: Conscious Contact by Deacon Bill Rich

Business

Second Place: Greed Disease by Ted Folkert

Health

First Place: Help! I Have a Brain Injury: And It Feels Like I’ve Dropped Out of the Sky by Kay Pratt

Historical Fiction

Second Place: On Liberty’s Wings by Diane Dettmann
Honorable Mention: Molly’s Rocker by Susan M. Hoskins

Humor

Second Place: A Dolphin and a Pilot by Steven Lane Smith

Mystery/Thriller/Suspense/Horror

First Place: The Paymaster by Adeed Dawisha
Second Place: Pretty Blue Death by Dan Blair
Honorable Mention: A Debt of Survival by Leanna F. Falconer

Societal Issues

Second Place: Mediocrity in America by Andrew Rodriguez

Adults – Fiction

Honorable Mention: She’s My Dad by Iolanthe Woulff

Regional

West Pacific – Shimji, The Channel Island Vixen by Christina Steiner

Specialty Award: Reader Views Peer Award, Sponsored by Reader Views

Characters on the Green by J. Peter Hoyer

Outskirts Press IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards Winner

Historical Fiction

Silver Winner: Man at the Cross Road by Jeanne Blanchet, Ph.D.

Winning an award expands your marketability and solidifies your credibility. Considering how crowded the book market is today, these are two very powerful things. Want to see your book among these winners? Click on the buttons below to learn more about how to submit your book through Outskirts Press.

 

Outskirts Press Proudly Sponsors the 2018 Colorado Book Awards

Attention all Colorado-based authors, editors, illustrators and photographers: Outskirts Press is once again sponsoring the annual Colorado Book Awards, and we encourage your submissions for the 2018 Awards!

The annual event is run by the Colorado Center for the Book, the program department of the Colorado Humanities, which is dedicated to celebrating the accomplishments of Colorado’s outstanding authors, editors, illustrators and photographers.

The Colorado Book Awards — presented annually by Colorado Humanities & Center for the Book — were launched in 1991 with four categories of awards to recognize authors, illustrators, editors and publishers, and have since expanded to 10 literary categories. Many of Colorado’s most prominent authors have been recognized with awards, including David Milofsky, John Fielder, Tom Noel, Stephanie Kane and Linda Hogan, among others.

Applications for the 2018 Colorado Book Awards are due January 8, 2018, and should be submitted directly to the Colorado Book Awards. Judging generally occurs in April, and the awards are presented at a ceremony in Aspen in late Spring.

Visit www.coloradohumanities.org for more information about the Colorado Book Awards.

Are you a non-Coloradan but interested in other book competition opportunities? Visit Outskirts Press to learn more about how book awards can help move your book to new levels of success.

Get Published

Calling All Colorado Authors! Outskirts Press Wants You for the 2017 Colorado Book Awards

Attention, Colorado-based authors, editors, illustrators and photographers: Outskirts Press is once again sponsoring the annual Colorado Book Awards, and we want your submissions for the 2017 Awards!

The annual event is run by the Colorado Center for the Book, the program department of the Colorado Humanities, which is dedicated to celebrating the accomplishments of Colorado’s outstanding authors, editors, illustrators and photographers.

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The Colorado Book Awards—presented annually by Colorado Humanities & Center for the Book—were launched in 1991 with four categories of awards to recognize authors, illustrators, editors and publishers, and have since expanded to 10 literary categories. Many of Colorado’s most prominent authors have been recognized with awards, including David Milofsky, John Fielder, Tom Noel, Stephanie Kane and Linda Hogan, among others.

The deadline for applications for the 2017 Colorado Book Awards is January 9, 2017. Judging generally occurs in April, and the awards are presented at a ceremony in Parker in late Spring.

Visit http://www.coloradohumanities.org for more information about the Colorado Book Awards. Are you a non-Coloradan but interested in other book competition opportunities? Visit Outskirts Press to learn more about how book awards can help move your book to new levels of success.

Publish Your Story

We’re Rated #1 Because of You!

If you’ve stopped by the Outskirts Press website, you may have noticed the announcement that we’re still the #1 ranking self-publishing company according to Top Consumer Reviews, an independent organization and member of the Better Business Bureau that is dedicated to providing you–and consumers of all kinds–with unbiased reviews of the top products available for online purchase today. This is a big deal, but it’s not just a pat on the back and a wink for us; a high rating from a reputable third party has every bit as much to say about you, whether you’re already publishing through us or still considering all of your options.

First of all, in the theme of November and the upcoming holiday, let us take a moment to thank you–all of you. Your discerning taste and your commitment to excellence holds all of us–all self-publishing companies, actually–to a high standard. This is so important because it gives us and everyone who works in the publishing industry the motivation to consistently produce stellar books and provide exceptional service.

Our top rating is also the result of your engagement. Top Consumer Reviews conducts thorough research before awarding a ranking, and one of the metrics they measure is “success rate”–and in self-publishing, that has a lot to do with your satisfaction. There’s extensive product testing and product claim verification as well as a whole host of other metrics to be examined–all of which you can read about on the Top Consumer Reviews website.

Thank you, writers! Your choices make a big difference to us as a company. You challenge us to be better than the rest. You challenge us to be the best.

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So let’s take a moment to talk about what our #1 rating means for you now, and in the future. Once we have an award or a rating like this, we don’t like to lose it (and we’ve held this rating with Top Consumer Reviews for years!). So we will continue to develop our services, calibrating them precisely to your needs. We will continue to provide top-notch industry professionals–from our Publishing Consultants to our graphic designers to our executives to our  Personal Marketing Assistants–whose experience and expertise are unparalleled in the field.  We will continue to produce books that meet–or exceed–your expectations (as you can confirm via hundreds and hundreds of testimonials here). We will reach out to you for honest feedback and insight into your experience as you publish, and use your responses to diversify our offerings and improve every level of our services.

When push comes to shove, this #1 rating isn’t just about Outskirts Press. It’s about you, and what you deserve. You deserve the best. And we’re going to give it to you!

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!

 

 

 

Join Outskirts Press Authors at the Mountains & Plains Fall Discovery Show

The Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association is the place for booksellers, book lovers, and the book industry as a whole. This Thursday, October 6th thru October 8th, they kick of their Fall Discovery Show for 2016 at The Renaissance Denver Stapleton Hotel by welcoming 250 booksellers, 150 publishers, and 75 authors, including writers published by Outskirts Press.

For instance, Diane M. Bassett, the EVVY-Award winning author of 17 Hours will be in attendance, and she took a moment from successfully marketing her book to speak with us:

 diane .

Can you tell us a little bit about your award-winning book, 17 Hours. What is it about?

17 Hours: Tracking Down Our Runaway is the hour-by-hour true story of how we located and rescued our runaway daughter from sex traffickers that were going to sell her.

This is obviously an emotional book, and one that must have been difficult to write. Why did you decide to write about this incident?

I knew while it was going on that it was a major event and one that I should keep notes on.  Throughout the process the officials I interacted with continuously told me finding Sam would take me months.  However, when your child is being sold, nothing short of immediate results will do.  When I saw how quickly we found her, I asked her if she would be comfortable with me sharing the experience in the hopes it could help another family in a similar situation.  Samantha immediately agreed and added her notes throughout the book to give the readers an insiders peek at her thought process during this time.

What types of readers do you feel would be interested in reading 17 Hours? And why?

Any parent with a young daughter, or who knows someone with a young daughter, would benefit from reading 17 Hours.  I was so blindsided by the new techniques used by sex traffickers and how they get to our girls; I wish I had had this kind of information before she jumped out of her window.  Had I known no local park was safe anymore, or that a guy loaning her a jacket could be used a recruiting technique-I might have been more aware of what path she was on.

What do you hope your readers take away from 17 Hours?

I hope they walk away with an increase in knowledge about what to do if their child runs away.  Answering that immediate question, “What do I do?” after a child goes missing is crippling.  17 Hours has a Quick Tip Guide in the back to aid anyone searching for a runaway. Today’s technology makes it easier than ever to find them- if you know where to look and how to get around their privacy techniques.

What steps are you planning to take in order to market 17 Hours to those potential readers?

I started with entering it in the EVVY’s, which went very well as I placed third.  I’ve also entered it in the USA Best Book Awards, and plan to enter it in the National Indie Excellence Awards as well.  I’m a member of CIPA and have arranged to have the book at the Mountain & Plains Fall Showcase.  I manage my own website, which is heavily linked to the book.  I’m working on the submission process for Hudson News booksellers as I believe it would make an excellent airport book.  I have been in contact with the managing editor of Pursuitmag.com, a magazine for professional private investigators, and they are running a full page author highlight on the book.  I’ve contacted all major libraries across the United States and many are adding it to their collection list for the new fiscal year.  I received a lovely letter from Linda Smith, the CEO of Shared Hope International thanking me for the book and the information it gives, and have been invited to do a vendor event alongside their organization so the book is featured.  Plus, I obviously read and follow the Marketing COACH emails as closely as possible!

Have you published any other books? Do you plan to publish more?

17 Hours was my first book.  I am currently writing my next book and plan to do an early 2017 release, with more to follow.  I have a lot to say!

Thank you for chatting with us, Diane, and for sharing your courageous story to help other families. And congratulations on your success!