Hit the Polls! Vote for the 2018 Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year

Just days ago, we announced the three finalists in this year’s Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year awards. All three finalists were 1st place winners of a 2018 CIPA EVVY Award; those annual awards, sponsored by the Colorado Independent Publishers Association (CIPA) and the CIPA Education and Literacy Foundation (ELF), were announced late last month and recognize some of the finest works of independent authors in dozens of book categories.

The time has come to vote on which of these talented authors have built an author platform and worked up the promotional muscle to acquire Outskirts Press’ top honors through a head-to-head competition! The Best Book of the Year Grand Prize winner and $1,500 Grand Prize winnings will be awarded based on the results of a live public poll … which is where you come in!

Our three finalists couldn’t be more different, and you’ll find summaries of each book below. So, study your choices, order their books, visit their webpages and social media, watch their book trailer videos and cast your vote. Voting is easy! Simply scroll down to the poll, below, to place your vote for the book you think deserves our top honors in the 2018 Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year competition!


FINALIST: Two Towers by T. D. Arkenberg

Visit the blog posting to read the synopsis, learn more about the author, watch the video, and visit the author’s webpage. Opens in a new window.

 

 


FINALIST: Genetics Isn’t Everything by Katherine S. Egan

Visit the blog posting to read the synopsis, learn more about the author, watch the video, and visit the author’s webpage. Opens in a new window.

 

 


FINALIST: Wasp on the Wind by C. R. Norris

Visit the blog posting to read the synopsis, learn more about the author, watch the video and visit the author’s webpage. Opens in a new window.

 

 


The public poll for Best Book of the Year closes at 5:00 PM (MST) on Friday, September 14th.

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? Connect with Outskirts Press now in whatever manner is easiest for you:

Your Third Finalist for the 2018 Best Book of the Year Award is … C.R. Norris, Author of Wasp on the Wind

Congratulations to our three finalists for the Outskirts Press 2018 Best Book of the Year award: Two Towers by T.D. Arkenberg, Genetics Isn’t Everything by Katherine S. Egan and Wasp on the Wind by C.R. Norris. These works are impressive and it’s going to be an interesting sprint to the finish!

All three books took home awards from this year’s EVVY Awards, qualifying the authors for Outskirts Press highest honor! Remember, only one book can win — so look into your choices, order their books and cast your vote. Polls will open September 10 through September 14th 5:00 PM Mountain Time.

So, come back on Monday, Sept. 10, to cast your vote for the book you believe to be the best of the three.

Meet Your Third Finalist

Wasp on the Wind

An epic saga unfolds as a future apocalyptic world begins to reveal its secrets … Chris was what the West Sand Command called “a greeny.” But after some three years of training and a return to the very group who had rescued her from the desert, her “Now Time” circle was complete — with one adjustment: She was now carried with her a mysterious pendant that she had been ordered to present to Lon, the Tagos of the Choe, an assignment that, as of yet, no West Sand Commander was aware.

.

About Author C.R. Norris

C.R. Norris is a perpetual student of science and mathematics whose varied career has included experience as a musician, a blood banker and an electrical engineer. Although she has written some technical scientific papers, this is her first foray into science fiction. She currently resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she indulges her passions for green chile, playing music and writing.

Buy from Outskirts Press: https://outskirtspress.com/wasponthewind
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1478785985
Watch the Video:

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? Connect with Outskirts Press now in whatever manner is easiest for you:

Your Second Finalist for the 2018 Best Book of the Year Award is … Katherine S. Egan, Author of Genetics Isn’t Everything

Congratulations to our three finalists for the Outskirts Press 2018 Best Book of the Year award: Two Towers by T.D. Arkenberg, Genetics Isn’t Everything by Katherine S. Egan and Wasp on the Wind by C.R. Norris. These works are impressive and it’s going to be an interesting sprint to the finish!

All three books took home awards from this year’s EVVY Awards, qualifying the authors for Outskirts Press highest honor! Remember, only one book can win — so look into your choices, order their books and cast your vote. Polls will open September 10 through September 14th 5:00 PM Mountain Time.

So, come back on Monday, Sept. 10, to cast your vote for the book you believe to be the best of the three.

Meet Your Second Finalist

 

Genetics Isn’t Everything

Epigenetics proves that environment, food, lifestyle, and daily toxin exposure can lead us down a path of health or illness, depending on the decisions we make every day. By supporting the genes you were born with, you can live a healthier and happier life — and your jeans will fit better too. Guaranteed! Working outside our passion is exhausting, but facing a life with illness or even a lack of energy is what really stops us from achieving our true potential. Genetics Isn’t Everything shares wrenching yet heartwarming stories about women who have taken health into their own hands and ultimately changed their lives with nutrition and self-care. A happy and healthy life, while not guaranteed to everyone, is within reach. You can change your genetic destiny. You can take back your life!

About Author Katherine S. Egan

Katherine S. Egan combines a Master’s in Professional and Technical Communication with over 20 years of writing experience and numerous awards; a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science/Mathematics; a US Coast Guard Third Mate unlimited license (and a commission as an ensign in the US Navy); and lessons learned as a vibrant and healthy, loving wife, step-mom, blogger, optimist, philanthropist, lifelong learner, traveler and outdoors enthusiast. Katherine found her true calling when her beliefs were validated at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Today she is an internationally certified Holistic Health Coach helping clients rediscover their path toward optimal health. She shares stories of women who have suffered and conquered illness, and she wants to help you find your extraordinary life too.

Buy from Outskirts Press: https://outskirtspress.com/genetics_isnt_everything
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1478790377

Watch the video:

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? Connect with Outskirts Press now in whatever manner is easiest for you:

Your First Finalist for the 2018 Best Book of the Year Award is … T.D. Arkenberg, Author of Two Towers!

Congratulations to our three finalists for the Outskirts Press 2018 Best Book of the Year award: Two Towers by T.D. Arkenberg, Genetics Isn’t Everything by Katherine S. Egan and Wasp on the Wind by C.R. Norris. These works are impressive and it’s going to be an interesting sprint to the finish!

All three books took home awards from this year’s EVVY Awards, qualifying the authors for Outskirts Press highest honor! Remember, only one book can win — so look into your choices, order their books and cast your vote. Polls will open September 10 through September 14th 5:00 PM Mountain Time.

So, come back on Monday, Sept. 10, to cast your vote for the book you believe to be the best of the three.

Meet Your First Finalist

Two Towers

In his poignant memoir, Two Towers, T.D. Arkenberg navigates readers through a personal perfect storm. A resurgence of his father’s long-dormant cancer and chaos at his job in the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks serve as the backdrop for a private struggle with a secret hidden for 37 years.

.

About Author T.D. Arkenberg

Two Towers is the fourth book and first memoir from award-winning author T.D. Arkenberg. Independent Publisher Book Awards, Next Generation Indie Book Awards, National Indie Excellence Awards, and Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society have recognized his work. T.D. studied at The University of Chicago, London Business School, and Northwestern University. He lives with his spouse, Jim, and their cat outside Chicago. Visit www.TDArkenberg.com.

Buy from Outskirts Press: https://outskirtspress.com/T_D_Arkenberg
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1478722002

Watch the video:

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? Connect with Outskirts Press now in whatever manner is easiest for you:

Introducing the Finalists for the 2018 Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year

And the Winner of Best Book of the Year is… determined by YOU!

Congratulations to our three finalists for the Outskirts Press 2018 Best Book of the Year award: Two Towers by T.D. Arkenberg, Genetics Isn’t Everything by Katherine S. Egan and Wasp on the Wind by C.R. Norris. All three books took home first place awards from this year’s EVVY Awards, qualifying the authors for Outskirts Press highest honor!

While each of these books have achieved great heights, the highest honor of Best Book of the Year is determined by… YOU! So, study your choices, order their books, visit their webpages and social media and cast your vote. Public voting will begin Monday, September 10 on Self-Publishing News and will close promptly on Friday, September 14th at 5:00 PM Mountain Time.

These works are impressive and it’s going to be an interesting sprint to the finish! Here’s a recap of the finalists:

Two Towers

In his poignant memoir, Two Towers, T.D. Arkenberg navigates readers through a personal perfect storm. A resurgence of his father’s long-dormant cancer and chaos at his job in the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks serve as the backdrop for a private struggle with a secret hidden for thirty-seven years. The story opens on Christmas Eve, 2001. Alone, he stands in his empty childhood home. Two months earlier, his father succumbed to cancer after a lengthy struggle. Five weeks after that painful loss, his mother’s unexpected death shattered his world. The double-barreled blast toppled his towers of strength and unconditional love at a time he was barely treading water. Eighteen colleagues were killed and thousands of others were soon without jobs.

About Author T.D. Arkenberg

Two Towers is the fourth book and first memoir from award-winning author T.D. Arkenberg. Independent Publisher Book Awards, Next Generation Indie Book Awards, National Indie Excellence Awards, and Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society have recognized his work. T.D. studied at The University of Chicago, London Business School, and Northwestern University. He lives with his spouse, Jim, and their cat outside Chicago. Visit www.TDArkenberg.com.

Buy from Outskirts Press: https://outskirtspress.com/webPage/isbn/9781478791874
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1478722002

.

Genetics Isn’t Everything

Epigenetics proves that environment, food, lifestyle, and daily toxin exposure can lead us down a path of health or illness, depending on the decisions we make every day. By supporting the genes you were born with, you can live a healthier and happier life—and your jeans will fit better too. “My passion is to help people understand that genetics isn’t everything. Just because you have certain family traits and genes or certain diseases seem to run in your family, there is no guarantee that you will get the same illnesses or conditions as your parents or grandparents.” Genetics Isn’t Everything shares wrenching yet heartwarming stories about women who have taken health into their own hands and ultimately changed their lives with nutrition and self-care. A happy and healthy life, while not guaranteed to everyone, is within reach. You can change your genetic destiny. You can take back your life!

About Author Katherine S. Egan

Katherine S. Egan combines a Master’s in Professional and Technical Communication with over 20 years of writing experience and numerous awards; a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science/Mathematics; a US Coast Guard Third Mate unlimited license (and a commission as an ensign in the US Navy); and lessons learned as a vibrant and healthy, loving wife, step-mom, blogger, optimist, philanthropist, lifelong learner, traveler and outdoors enthusiast. Katherine found her true calling when her beliefs were validated at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Today she is an internationally certified Holistic Health Coach helping clients rediscover their path toward optimal health. She shares stories of women who have suffered and conquered illness, and she wants to help you find your extraordinary life too.

Buy from Outskirts Press: https://outskirtspress.com/genetics_isnt_everything
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1478790377

.

Wasp on the Wind

The saga continues as a future apocalyptic world begins to reveal its secrets . . . Chris, now a Trax, was what the West Sand Command called “a greeny.” Bruce, Chris’s friend, and fellow “Before Time” band geek, was rejected by the Trax. While Chris trained, his path hooked him to the side of the Taden’s greatest nemesis, the Captain. Now as his lieutenant, he must help the Captain save his command by aiding him in the capture of Ponopin, a genius Tader entrepreneur, and the Brigade’s greatest thorn. But as fate would have it, neither mission is as easy as it sounds, the tangle of circumstances sending Chris and Bruce on a collision course with each other.

About Author C. R. Norris

C.R. Norris is a perpetual student of science and mathematics whose varied career has included experience as a musician, a blood banker and an electrical engineer. Although she has written some technical scientific papers, this is her first foray into science fiction. She currently resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she indulges her passions for green chile, playing music and writing.

Buy from Outskirts Press: https://outskirtspress.com/wasponthewind/
Amazon: https://amazon.com/dp/1478785985

.

The Best Book of the Year winner will receive a Grand Prize of $1,500 as a direct result of your choice at the polls. So, come back on Monday, September 10, to cast your vote!

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? Connect with Outskirts Press now in whatever manner is easiest for you:

Publish your Kindle, iPad/iPhone and NOOK ebooks for free—here’s how

E-readers such as Kindle, iPad and NOOK have provided bookworms with unlimited access to scores of books — anywhere and everywhere. That’s good news for self-publishing authors looking to make their works available to the largest book-reading audience possible.

Thinking about pulling the trigger on print but aren’t sure about electronic books? Think about it: Because there’s no production cost beyond initial formatting, ebooks give you the best return on your investment! Plus, e-readers offer a great alternative to planet-conscious readers who want an alternative to paper.

But here’s the best reason to dive into ebook publishing: this month, you can make your ebook accessible to a world of readers perusing Amazon, iTunes and Barnes & Noble bookstores — for FREE!  When you purchase the Ultimate or Full-Color publishing package, Outskirts Press will give you Kindle, iPad/iPhone and NOOK versions of your book ($900 value!) at no charge.

To take advantage of this offer, simply:

  1. Add the Ultimate or Full-Color publishing package to your Outskirts Press shopping cart
  2. Enter promo code Ebooks-Free18 at checkout
  3. Your FREE Kindle, NOOK and iPad/iPhone editions will be added to your account within 48 hours

This amazing offer is only available for a limited time, so publish now to receive these valuable eBook editions FREE!

Would you like help choosing your best self-publishing option? Connect with Outskirts Press now in whatever manner is easiest for you:

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.

Learn More