Outskirts Press Self-Publishing Authors Impress in 2015 Benjamin Franklin Awards

The Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) has announced the 2015 Benjamin Franklin Awards, and Outskirts Press is proud to once again be represented in the winner’s circle. The Benjamin Franklin Awards, administered by the Independent Book Publishers Association, are among the most respected book awards in the country. The awards recognize excellence in both editorial and design. The specific genre categories are judged by three industry professionals, coming from the library, bookstore, reviewer, designer, publicity and editorial markets.

Join us in congratulating one of Outskirts Press’ finalists, G.A. Whitmore, whose A Place to Call Home is a finalist in the Teen Fiction category, and  L.L. Field, who is finalist in the Fiction Romance genre with The Marriage of True Minds.

Winners and finalists will be recognized at a gala event at the Benjamin Franklin Awards ceremony during the association’s Publishing University, scheduled for April 10-11, 2015, in Austin, Texas. Winners receive an engraved crystal trophy. All winners and finalists are announced to the major trade journals and media.

 

 

Teen Fiction (13-18 years)

A Place to Call Home

A Place to Call Home: Toby’s Tale by G.A. Whitmore

Every rescue dog has a tale to tell, a story uniquely their own. A Place to Call Home is Toby’s tale. His story takes you on a journey across the country from California to Connecticut and across the spectrum of life’s emotional and spiritual experience. Born on a small farm in northern California, Toby narrowly escapes the death sentence imposed upon him by his breeder. Through a series of events driven by good intentions, he finds himself in a Connecticut suburb where life with his new family soon collapses on him, and his newfound happiness is brutally destroyed. On his quest to find a place to call home, Toby encounters and endures the best and worst of humanity as he comes face to face with sorrow and joy, fear and courage, and ultimately, with the power of love.G.A.  Whitmore

Product details…

Paperback
Format: 6 x 9 paperback white, 299 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Feb 19, 2014)
ISBN10: 1478700734
ISBN13: 9781478700739
Genre: FICTION / General

ABOUT G.A. Whitmore:
G.A. Whitmore’s passion for writing and her love of dogs come together in her series The Rescue Dog Tales. The first book in the series, A Place to Call Home, was inspired by Toby, an abused dog she adopted from the Connecticut Humane Society. Whitmore currently lives in Connecticut with her two rescue dogs, Kadee and Zeus.

Fiction Romance

The Marriage of True Minds

The Marriage of True Minds by L.L. Field

The Marriage of True Minds is an opulent journey into the lives and loves of the Earl of Stoneleigh and the Earl of Wortham during the reign of George III in 18th century England. It is a glimpse of the period’s upper class society weighed down by social conventions in a milieu of constant social obligations requiring fine carriages, elegant attire, and polished, polite manners. L.L. Field captures all the details that will keep you immersed page after page as you witness their daily struggles to find real love while supporting their lavish lifestyles, with the ultimate pressure to secure the future of their earldoms by producing heirs.

Product details…

Paperback
Format: 5.5 x 8.5 paperback cream, 331 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Sep 10, 2014)
ISBN10: 1478728736
ISBN13: 9781478728733
Genre: FICTION / Romance / Historical

ABOUT L.L. Field:
The Marriage of True Minds is L.L. Field’s first novel born of a love of 18th century England. She has a B.A. in Political Science and a M.S. in Judicial Administration. Born in Kalamazoo, Michigan, she now lives in the Washington, D.C., area and is hard at work on a sequel.

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Win a 15.6 Inch HP Laptop When You “Show Us Your Love!”

We want you to want us. And we’d love you to love us! Now, what if you could love us AND win a free laptop computer with Windows 8.1? What’s not to love about that? Share the love and get a chance to win technology you’ll absolutely adore in our 4th Annual “Show Us Your Love” social media event and video contest. One talented author will be the lucky winner of a brand new HP 2000-2d80nr 15.6-Inch* laptop computer – perfect for getting inspired to write! Here’s how it works:

  • Grab your video camera, smartphone or iPad and record your own artistic 1- to 3-minute video creatively demonstrating your deep and abiding love for your book – and your love for Outskirts Press.
  • Email your video file to love@outskirtspress.com by midnight on Saturday, February 21, 2015.
  • We’ll share your video on our Facebook Page, YouTube Channel and Twitter Feed, increasing exposure for you and your book (Authors who submit videos are giving Outskirts Press permission to post videos to our YouTube channel, on our website and other social media platforms for promotional purposes).
  • The three finalists receiving the most “likes” on our Facebook page from among all the posted entries will be selected for a public vote on this blog to determine the winner from February 23-26.
  • The winner of the free HP laptop computer with Windows 8.1 will be announced on Friday, February 27, 2015.

Get your splendored thing submitted right away: The sooner you submit your video, the more exposure you’ll receive. Have all your friends and family visit our Facebook page at facebook.com/outskirtspress to “like” your video, and don’t neglect to share it on your own social media channels, too!

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Outskirts Press Self-Publishing Authors Take Top Spots in ForeWord’s 2013 IndieFab Awards

Looking for that next sizzling summer read? We can recommend a few that now have the official ForeWord stamp of approval. Outskirts Press self-published authors have taken several top spots in the ForeWord Reviews 2013 IndieFab Awards! Our independently published authors made us proud once again, garnering 11 finalist nominations in the adult fiction, adult non-fiction and children’s book genres.

The annual ForeWord IndieFab Awards has for the past 15 years recognized the best in independent/self-published books. Winners are awarded cash prizes, along with priceless industry recognition that helps indie authors continue to make connections with readers and publishing insiders. More than 1,300 entries in 62 categories were considered for the awards, which represent the very best in small publishing offerings. Congratulations to the following Outskirts Press authors for your recognition in the 2013 awards!

Adult Fiction

Sleight of Hand: Shadow GamesFantasy

Finalist: Sleight of Hand: Shadow Games by Jennifer Fales

Action & Adventure

Finalist: Sleight of Hand: Shadow Games

The Poison Ring by Freddie RemzaMulticultural

Finalist: The Poison Ring by Freddie Remza

Michael Divine: The Fallen by T.J. RichardsGeneral

Finalist: Michael Divine: The Fallen by T.J. Richards

Future Prometheus: Emergence & Evolution by J.M. EricksonScience Fiction

Honorable Mention: Future Prometheus: Emergence & Evolution by J.M. Erickson

Adult Non-Fiction

Moving Mountains by James WildeAdventure & Recreation

Finalist: Moving Mountains: How the Dream to Climb the Seven Summits Transformed into the Charity Global H2O by James Wilde, Madalena Moreira de Sa (editor), Janne Flostrand (illustrator), Madara Repse (photographer), and Chris Wooten (designer)

Viva Laughter! by Patrick ShannonHumor

Silver: Viva Laughter! by Patrick Shannon

Rational Polemics: Tackling the Ethical Dilemmas of Life by Richard Todd DevensPhilosophy

Honorable Mention: Rational Polemics: Tackling the Ethical Dilemmas of Life by Richard Todd Devens

A Nantucket Experience: A Year in the Life of a Wash Ashore by Shellie DunlapTravel Essays

Finalist: A Nantucket Experience: A Year in the Life of a Wash Ashore by Shellie Dunlap

Children’s

Angel and Brie by Barbara LopuszynskiJuvenile Fiction

Bronze: Angel and Brie by Barbara Lopuszynski

Later Gator, In a While Crocodile by Mike Fortunato and Shannon Parish (illustrator)Picture Books, Early Reader

Finalist: Later Gator, In a While Crocodile by Mike Fortunato and Shannon Parish (illustrator)

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31 Ways to Promote a Book During Small Press Month

March is Small Press Month, a month that marks a nationwide celebration of independent publishers and the talented self-published authors they serve. Nowhere in the literary world will you find a more eclectic, determined and talented population of creative thinkers!

This is your month indeed! This month of celebration is your opportunity to get your book published once and for all so you can begin to promote your book with the 31 effective marketing and promotion tactics below. Throughout the month of March, take note of these important book marketing tips that you can use once your book is published. Here are 31 simple book marketing tips for each day of the month:

March 1 – Start up. If you haven’t already, get that manuscript published, Small Press Month is the perfect time to take the plunge. In fact, Outskirts Press has several convenient, high-quality, full-service publishing packages, and one is surely just right for you!

March 2 – Stock up. Once your book is published, you’ll need plenty of hard copies on hand as you pursue the 30 other marketing and promotion tips throughout the month. With Outskirts Press you can save 35-50% by ordering in bulk.

March 3 – Connect. Hook up with other independent published authors in your area – you can enhance each other’s marketing results by pooling your efforts and sharing resources. With the advent of social networking sites, this is easier than ever. For example, Outskirts Press already has a growing community of active and passionate fans/followers on Facebook and Twitter, with whom you can connect at any time. There’s a lot to do, and four hands are better than two!

March 4 – Bone up. Become the local expert on Small Press Month. Do a little research about the history of independent publishing, your publisher (Outskirts Press) and what Small Press Month is all about so you can be a useful resource to local media. This will help you build your platform as a local writer and self-publishing author.

March 5 – Release the press. Send a press release to the local media (newspapers, radio, television) mentioning Small Press Month, your knowledge of the industry, your connection to the community and your (soon-to-be) independently published book. If you’ve planned book signings and other events, mention them in the release as well. Your press release should explain what Small Press Month is, why it’s important, what local organizations are doing to celebrate, and how the media can contact you for additional information.

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A proud Chicago native, Tina Louise Brotz has enjoyed a diverse career running the gamut from an assistant in a bank marketing firm to a homeowner association coordinator. Blessed with a quirky sense of humor, her unpredictable plots are derived from her multifaceted career experiences and worldwide travels, which allow her to do what she does best-storytelling. She has resided in the Phoenix area with her husband and their two adopted children.

The edgy streets of Chicago provide the backdrop for a riveting tale that seamlessly blends danger and passion with the high-powered corporate world and the seedier side of the city. Fiercely independent and ultra-sophisticated Michelle Pierson has made a name for herself as a highly successful entrepreneur. Realizing that she is now at a crossroads in her life, she tries to cope with lingering feelings she still has for her sexy ex-husband, Michael Dickerson, head of the largest advertising agency in the city. When Travis, the biracial son she once abandoned, experiences an unfortunate turn of events, Michelle is forced to take matters into her own hands. The situation escalates as she weaves through a tangle of betrayal and deceit. Her quest to uncover the truth takes her to the underbelly of the city, the Symbiotic Section, where she is forced to face a worthy adversary in a final showdown that not only threatens the very foundation of her family but will change her life forever. The Symbiotic Section is a story of greed, corruption, truth, and raw sensuality.

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“Show Me Your Love” Winner, Cynthia Panks Wins a Free Laptop!

The videos were fantastic. The voting was tight. The love was spread. When all was said and done, Cynthia Panks, author of Twins’ Night Before Christmas, was named our big winner of the “Show me Your Love” contest. Cynthia’s video was well-done and it’s obvious that her book is loved. Here’s the winning video:

Cynthia wins a sparkling black, HP 2000-2d65NR 15.6-inch laptop complete with Windows 8 for being the finalist receiving the most public votes for her video in the 3rd Annual Outskirts Press “Show Me Your Love” promotion. Congratulations, Cynthia!

All of Cynthia’s grandchildren are twins; her two daughters each have a set of twin girls; one set is identical and the other, fraternal. She and her husband are retired educators who reside in their hometown, Slidell, Louisiana, where she continues to write and work as a Freelance Video Editor. You may also visit her webpage at www.twinsbookshelf.com.

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Poll Results

Video #2 – Cynthia Panks, “Twins’ Night Before Christmas” 61%
Video #1 – Mary James, “When Freedom Turned Green” 36%
Video #3 – Bill Sherod, “Search for the Hidden Valley “ 3%

Vote Now For the Best “Show Me Your Love” Video!

In celebration of the month of love, Outskirts Press has been “sharing the love” and inviting its family of successfully published authors to do the same. During the month of February, we asked our ‘fans’ to create a 1-3 minute video showing their love for Outskirts Press and their self-publishing book. The video submissions have been collected, the best of them have been posted on our Facebook Page, and the “likes” have been tabulated.

Now it’s time for you to vote for the winner of “Show Me Your Love” and the free laptop!

From among all the submissions we received, the top videos are presented below. Simply vote for your favorite in the polling box below the last video. The polls will be open until end-of-business on Thursday, February 27th. The winner will be announced on Friday, February 28th.

Good luck to the three finalists. And thank you to all our wonderful authors who took the time to submit their videos:

Now, without further ado…

VIDEO #1: Mary James, author of When Freedom Turned Green

VIDEO #2: Cynthia Panks, author of Twins Night Before Christmas

VIDEO #3: Bill Sherod, author of Search for the Hidden Valley

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Outskirts Press Authors Show the Love, Feel the Love in February

Valentine’s Day love is all around this February for Outskirts Press authors.

Outskirts Press is giving authors a shot at winning a sparkling black HP 2000-2d65NR 15.6-inch laptop computer with Windows 8! How? By serving up a bouquet of lovely thoughts in our 3rd Annual “Show Us Your Love” social media event and video contest. One talented (and lucky) author will take home the prize – that’s a sweetheart of a deal!

Videos are being accepted until midnight on Saturday, February 22, 2014 and will be shared on our Facebook Page, YouTube Channel and Twitter Feed. The three finalists that receive the most “likes” on our Facebook page will be selected for a public vote during the last week of February on the Outskirts Press blog.

But wait! Do you want to a chance to WIN this year’s Show Us Your Love contest? If so, all you have to do is start publishing with Outskirts Press today and submit your video by midnight on Saturday, February 22, 2014. Even if you haven’t published yet but have started the process, you can “show us your love” for a chance to win.

Here’s how it works: Use a video camera, smartphone or iPad to challenge your artistic talent by recording a 1- to 3-minute video that creatively highlights your love for your book (or book-in-progress) and for Outskirts Press. Then, send the video file to love@outskirtspress.com by midnight on Saturday, February 22, 2014. It’s just that simple!

Regardless of where you are in the writing or publishing process, you can, at the very least, have a voice in who wins. Be sure to follow our Facebook page so you can “like” your favorite video(s) and visit our blog the last week in February to place your vote. We will announce the winner of the free HP laptop computer with Windows 8 on Friday, February 28, 2014.

You can watch the Show Us Your Love submissions at any time on our YouTube Playlist: http://goo.gl/orj7N1

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For authors choosing the most popular “Diamond” publishing package, this promotion delivers 30 free paperback author copies when the book is published. Authors publishing full-color books with the popular “Pearl” package can receive 15 free paperback copies.

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“I chose Outskirts Press as my publisher because they were rated number 1 with Consumer Reviews. They were always just an email or a phone call away when I needed help and support. I would highly recommend publishing with Outskirts Press.”

Ruth Pollack has deemed her life purpose is to help and serve others. She is currently managing a community family resource center full time and also helps to feed and distribute contributed items to the homeless on the weekends. In 2004 Ruth was awarded the Presidents Volunteer Service Award. Ruth resides in Ohio with her husband of 35 years, Gary. They have three children and six grandchildren.

An incredible book – even if its subject matter has nothing to do with your situation, this story can help you to understand your own life and circumstances more clearly. Family dysfunction touches millions of people and has no boundaries. It is found in every country and in all walks of life, taking victims in every social class, income bracket and education level. Honest and transparent, Ruth Pollack shares her personal story of tragedy and triumph, survival and success. The childhood experiences she discloses are at times uncomfortable – experiences that are current realities for many children in our schools.

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