Congratulations to our EVVY Award Winners!

The 24th Annual Colorado Independent Book Publishers Association EVVY Awards Banquet took place in Denver, Colorado last Saturday night, and as often happens, Outskirts Press demonstrated that award-winning writers publish an unparalleled number of award-winning books at Outskirts Press. We are proud to announce that Outskirts Press authors took home a total of 10 impressive 1st-, 2nd- and 3rd-place awards.

Winning an EVVY Award is a prerequisite to winning the coveted Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Award and its $1,500 Grand Prize. Stay tuned to find out which three authors from the winners below will be the finalists for that prestigious prize! The Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Award will be determined by the readers of our blog, Self-Publishing News, in an open, public vote beginning September 10th.

Here are our 2018 EVVY Award winners. Congratulations to them all!

FIRST PLACE WINNERS

1st Place Biography/Autobiography/Memoir
1st Place Health/Fitness/Medicine/Sports
1st Place Science Fiction

SECOND PLACE WINNERS

2nd Place Art/Architecture/Design/Photography
2nd Place Health/Fitness/Medicine/Sports
2nd Place History
2nd Place Spiritual/Religion
2nd Place Thrillers/Suspense

THIRD PLACE WINNERS

3rd Place Academic/Educational
3rd Place Biography/Autobiography/Memoir

MERIT AWARD WINNERS

Merit Award Biography/Autobiography/Memoir
Merit Award Business
Merit Award Business
Merit Award Historical
Merit Award Historical
Merit Award History
Merit Award Juvenile Fiction
Merit Award Juvenile Fiction
Merit Award Juvenile Fiction
Merit Award Juvenile Fiction
Merit Award Juvenile Fiction
Merit Award Science Fiction
Merit Award Self-Help
Merit Award Spiritual/Religion
Merit Award Spiritual/Religion
Merit Award Spiritual/Religion
Merit Award Spiritual/Religion
Merit Award Spiritual/Religion
Merit Award Thrillers/Suspense

Congratulations to all of our EVVY nominees, finalists, and winners!

Have you published a book this year, or are you getting ready to? Let Outskirts Press show you how to produce an award-worthy work! Follow the link below to learn more about our book publishing and marketing services.

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Outskirts Press Self-Publishing Authors Impress EVVY Awards Judges—Here Are the 2018 Finalists

Outskirts Press self-publishing authors continually impress the judges at the annual CIPA EVVY Awards and this year is no different. In fact, our authors garnered an all-time high 28 spots as finalists for the 2018 awards and we couldn’t be prouder!

Now in its 24th year, the EVVY Awards, sponsored by the Colorado Independent Publishers Association (CIPA) and the CIPA Education and Literacy Foundation (ELF), recognize the works of independent authors in dozens of book categories.

First-, second- and third-place winners will be revealed and recognized at an awards banquet on Saturday, Aug. 25, in Denver, Colorado. Outskirts Press would love to see as many of these amazing authors at the ceremony as possible. If you can’t make it, no worries: Outskirts Press executives will be on hand to accept the awards on behalf of authors not able to appear in person.

Alas, here are the self-published books that have been selected as finalists in the 2018 EVVY Awards:

Congratulations to all our EVVY Award finalists! We are so proud of your impressive achievements in this awards cycle.

Have you published a book this year, or are you getting ready to? Let Outskirts Press show you how to produce an award-worthy work! Follow the link below to learn more about our book publishing and marketing services.

An Inky Summer by Fred and Cheryl Lowman
Banister – Raiders of Santa Fe by Kent Courtney
Classroom Boredom Busters by Donna Malone
Cursed by Jeanne Blanchet, Ph.D.
Cut and Paste Religion by Rodney Kendrick
Dear Folks by Walt Hazelton
Emma and the Dragon Tooth Sword by Gabriel F.W. Koch
Entrepreneurs in Pharmacy: And Other Leaders by George S. Zorich
Genetics Isn’t Everything: How to Make Your ‘G-E-N-E-S’ Fit You by Katherine S. Egan
Greed Disease by Ted Folkert
Healing Walls by Rea Nurmi
Journey to Self-Discovery by Corazon N. Puzon
Living on the Edge: Adventures of a Hunter by Shannon L. Kollmeyer
Marathon and Half-Marathon Training, One Day a Week (It Can Be Done) by John Timmerman
My A.R.R.A.: Growing into Me by J.C. Sykes

Notes from the Trenches: A Musician’s Journey through World War I
by Gary H. Foster
People of the Rain: Rainfall by Steve Oldfin
Purple People from the Planet Plume by Marilyn Bischoff
Schweres Wasser: Heavy Water by John Alex Owen
Serving Others by John E. Koenig, Ph.D., and Father John Francis Kamwendo, Th.D.

The 75 Day War
by William Thomson
The Adventures of Patty-Cat, Kittle, and Friends with the Duchess of Manx by Barbara A. Cefalu
The Portal by David D. Bernstein
The Quest to Overthrow Heaven by Bolko Zimmer
The Sam Browne by Thomas Stacey
Two Towers by T.D. Arkenberg
Wasp on the Wind by C. R. Norris
What IF? Just A.S.K. by Rodney D. Brooks with Breanne E. Brooks

Congratulations and Good Luck to the 2018 Outskirts Press EVVY Award Nominees!

This year, Outskirts Press has an impressive 45 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; we nominate, on average, just 2% of the books we publish each year-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, 2018, and award winners will be announced during a ceremony hosted by the Colorado Independent Publishers Association; the date for the ceremony has not yet been determined.

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

 

Congratulations to the authors of these 45 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.

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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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!

 

W. Rosser Wilson, author of Insanity By Murder, is a Finalist for the Outskirts Press 2016 Best Book of the Year

This past Tuesday and Wednesday Outskirts Press introduced the first two finalists in our 2016 Best Book of the Year Awards. Every year Outskirts Press has the honor of publishing thousands of amazing books, and every year we nominate a small percentage of those for submission to the Colorado Independent Publishers Association EVVY Awards. And every year, a percentage of those official nominees win an EVVY Award, thereby representing the best of independent publishing as determined by a committee of 3rd party judges from the publishing community.

From among all our EVVY winners, we select 3 finalists for our own Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Awards.  These finalists compete head-to-head-to-head in a public poll to see who can garner the most votes.

Our third and final finalist is W. Rosser Wilson, author of Insanity by Murder. Mr. Wilson is a retired surgeon who has turned to fiction writing. Insanity by Murder is his second novel. His first, Otto Danish-American, was published in 2010.  The author currently lives in Virginia with his wife and dog.

Introducing Insanity by Murder, by W. Rosser Wilson, one of the finalists in the 2016 Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Awards.

 

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.

As a finalist, W. Rosser Wilson has already won a book video trailer. Take a look!

And adding to the mystery of this book…will it win the coveted Best Book of the Year Award and its $1500 Grand Prize?

As one of three finalists, W. Rosser Wilson and his book Insanity By Murder will be competing head-to-head-to-head with the other two finalists in a public poll on this blog starting tomorrow, September 9th and going through September 14th. Dr. Wilson has already demonstrated he has the writing chops to win this prestigious award, as evidenced by his EVVY Award win. Does he have the marketing prowess to make it as the Best Book of the Year author in this digital age? Do you think it deserves to win? Order it now to help you decide!

 

Gabriel F.W. Koch, author of Paradox Effect, is a Finalist for the Outskirts Press 2016 Best Book of the Year

As we mentioned in our previous blog posting, every year Outskirts Press has the honor of publishing thousands of amazing books, and every year we nominate a small percentage of those for submission to the Colorado Independent Publishers Association EVVY Awards. And every year, a percentage of those official nominees win an EVVY Award, thereby representing the best of independent publishing as determined by a committee of 3rd party judges from the publishing community.

From among all our EVVY winners, we select 3 finalists for our own Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Awards.  These finalists compete head-to-head-to-head in a public poll to see who can garner the most votes.

Because this is a public vote on this blog, the Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Award not only demonstrates to agents, editors, publishers, and readers that the author is the talented writer of a technically and artistically award-winning book (as evidenced by the EVVY win) but also that he or she knows how to successfully market a book. The Best Book Finalists also introduce brand new and remarkable books for the public to read and review in order to cast their votes.

Our second finalist is Gabriel F.W. Koch, author of Paradox Effect, which won a 3rd Place EVVY Award in the Science Fiction category. Mr. Koch is a 2004 winner of the L. Ron Hubbard Writer’s of the Future Award as well as an award-winning photographer.

Introducing Paradox Effect, by Gabriel F.W. Koch, one of the finalists in the 2016 Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Awards.

 

Maternal instinct knows no boundaries, including the nano-neural-net intravenously installed in Dannia Weston’s mind to repress her identity, allowing her to perform a mission 300 years before her time. Transported to the year 1954, Dannia becomes a woman with a mid-twentieth century persona, college educated with an aptitude for mechanical invention. Due to her work during the war, she is employed by the U.S. government on a secret project. But what no one knows—including Dannia or those who sent her back to tinker with the mechanical past to reduce future pollution—is what might happen should she become emotionally involved in 1954. The 2254 science team programmed the nano-net to prevent the possibility of pregnancy, but each person reacts to strong emotional stimuli differently, and using birth control not available in 1954 is out of the question. When Dannia falls in love with Peter Hersh and becomes pregnant, her hormones erode a small section of the nano-chained network that stabilizes her new identity, triggering a mild memory rebirth…and threatening her mission and the fate of the world.

As a finalist, Gabriel has already won a book video trailer. Take a look!

Once again…an Outskirts Press author produces another page-turner!

As one of three finalists, Gabriel F.W. Koch and his book Paradox Effect will be competing head-to-head-to-head with the other two finalists in a public poll on this blog September 9th through September 14th. Gabriel has already demonstrated he has the writing chops to win this prestigious award, as evidenced by his EVVY Award win. Does he 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 finalist who will be announced tomorrow, and then come back September 9th through September 14th to vote for the book you believe to be the best among the three! Order it now to help you decide!