Your First Finalist for the 2022 Best Book of the Year Award is . . . Susie Newman, Author of Eating Yellow Paint!

Eating Yellow Paint by Susie Newman Outskirts Press

Congratulations to our three finalists for the Outskirts Press 2022 Best Book of the Year award: Eating Yellow Paint, by Susie Newman; Survived By No One? My Story of Finding Hers, by Karen Spicer Wolven; and The Un-Diet, The Ultimate Mindset Journal to Living Beyond Diets, by Stacey Stedman.

All three books took home first place awards from this year’s EVVY Awards, qualifying the authors for Outskirts Press’s highest honor! But remember, only one book can win—so diligently study your choices, order their books, and cast your vote. Voting will begin on Monday, September 19th, on Self-Publishing News and close promptly on 11:59 pm Mountain Time on Friday, September 23rd.

So, come back on Monday, September 19th, to cast your vote for the book you believe to be the best of the three.

Meet Your First Finalist

Eating Yellow Paint

Eating Yellow Paint by Susie Newman

A Poignant Journey of Overcoming Grief and Finding Happiness

Fifteen-year-old Savannah Jorja Dale is a sensitive poet searching for happiness. Savannah and her siblings, Montana and Phoenix, all named for the places their drug-addicted mom would like to visit, are being raised by their Mimi. When Mimi dies of cancer, their lives become uprooted and more chaotic. The three teens must move in with their eccentric great-grandma, Granny Crackers, and pick trash to earn their keep. Granny Crackers runs a never-ending garage sale from the back lot of her house in a Midwestern, inner-city neighborhood known as Paris Village. Savannah seeks answers to her questions about suffering and God by finding beauty in ugly and unexpected places. She captures images of her new world and shares them on Instagram. The problems that Savannah faces are indicative of today’s social landscape. The characters that share her story have their own crosses to bear. Savannah tells their stories with compassion and understanding. The book touches on subject matter relevant in today’s world, such as sexual identity, racial discrimination, LGBTQ issues, immigration, poverty, the generation gap, the opioid crisis, and many other timely topics.

About the Author

Susie Newman

Susie Newman

Susie Newman is married and the mother of four children. She lives in Westerville, Ohio. Susie is the author of two other books: Diaries, a collection of short stories, and the novel Lost Souls Cafe.

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Introducing the Finalists for the 2022 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 2022 Best Book of the Year award: Eating Yellow Paint,by Susie Newman; Survived By No One? My Story of Finding Hers, by Karen Spicer-Wolven; and The Un-Diet, The Ultimate Mindset Journal to Living Beyond Diets, by Stacey Stedman. All three books took home first place awards from this year’s EVVY Awards, qualifying the authors for Outskirts Press’s highest honor!

While each of these books has 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 19th on Self-Publishing News and will close promptly on September 23rd, at 11:59 a.m. Mountain Time.

These works are impressive. It’s going to be an exciting sprint to the finish! Here’s a recap of the finalists:

Eating Yellow Paint, by Susie Newman

About the book:

Fifteen-year-old Savannah Jorja Dale is a sensitive poet searching for happiness. Savannah and her siblings, Montana and Phoenix, all named for the places their drug-addicted mom would like to visit, are being raised by their Mimi. When Mimi dies of cancer, their lives become uprooted and more chaotic. The three teens must move in with their eccentric great-grandma, Granny Crackers, and pick trash to earn their keep. Granny Crackers runs a never-ending garage sale from the back lot of her house in a Midwestern, inner-city neighborhood known as Paris Village. Savannah seeks answers to her questions about suffering and God by finding beauty in ugly and unexpected places. She captures images of her new world and shares them on Instagram. The problems that Savannah faces are indicative of today’s social landscape. The characters that share her story have their own crosses to bear. Savannah tells their stories with compassion and understanding. The book touches on subject matter relevant in today’s world, such as sexual identity, racial discrimination, LGBTQ issues, immigration, poverty, the generation gap, the opioid crisis, and many other timely topics.

About the Author:

Susie Newman is married and the mother of four children. She lives in Westerville, Ohio. Susie is the author of two earlier books: Diaries, a collection of short stories, and the novel Lost Souls Cafe.

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Survived By No One? My Story of Finding Hers, by Karen Spicer Wolven

About the Book:

In the summer of 2014, Angelika Harder-Russo passed quietly from this earth. Little did Karen Spicer-Wolven know that the search for Angelika’s family would help her survive her own darkest days and learn the true value of human connection.

This story began based solely on the 82 letters and over 300 photos Karen retrieved from the trash in Angelika’s home. However, as she tried to piece together Angelika’s life story, Karen learned that there are no “facts”—simply documented accounts of events recorded through someone else’s lens, which is what Angelika’s photos and letters provided: her version of life in post-WWII Germany; her perspective of her own romance, family conflict, survival, and the fear and excitement of leaving Germany to become an American military wife.


Survived by No One? is told through the eyes of a brave young mother who endured war, poverty, and incredible heartache. Angelika survived it all, but who survived her? This book takes the reader on Karen’s journey through Angelika’s letters, photos, documents, and eventually a trip to Bavaria, Germany, to finally share Angelika’s story with her family. It turns out that Angelika Harder-Russo has many “survivors.”

About the Author:

Karen Spicer-Wolven is a self-proclaimed “historical hoarder” with degrees in history/government, human services, with an emphasis on mental health. She spent four years researching Angelika’s story before traveling to Bavaria to meet with her family, and their friendship and learning continue. Karen lives in the Missouri Ozarks with her husband, Chris.

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The Un-Diet, The Ultimate Mindset Journal to Living Beyond Diets, by Stacey Stedman

About the Book:

I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone who loves being on a diet. Saying that you are on a diet usually comes with kale between your teeth, a sad sigh, a longing for foods you can’t have, an eye roll and/or an end date to when it’s over. The Un-Diet ditches the diet mentality. This journal takes you on a daily journey to be your own advocate for your health and nutrition. I will teach you how to get in tune with your body by fueling it properly, listening to your hunger cues, and checking in with your emotions and stress level before you eat. There is so much more to our nutrition mindset than WHAT we eat. There are a few ways to use this journal to get the most out of it for YOU. Day-by-day logging for 30 days; using a separate journal for your daily logs and staying on each day as long as you want; or reading the whole thing, then working on the parts that resonate with you the most.

About the Author:

After 20 years of yo-yo dieting, I finally had enough. There had to be a better way. So I started health and fitness coaching in 2014, and I am now a certified health coach and personal trainer with an advanced certificate in sports nutrition coaching. I’ve been running online health and accountability groups for years and have helped hundreds of people shift their nutritional mindset. I was put on this earth to positively influence people’s lives and help them feel amazing and vibrant. I live in Longmont, Colorado, with my fantastic husband and two boys.—Stacey Stedman.

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The Best Book of the Year winner will receive a Grand Prize of $1,500 directly from your choice at the polls. So, come back on Monday, September 19th, to cast your vote!

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Congratulations to Our Readers’ Favorite Award-Winning Self-Publishing Authors!

It’s that time of the year again—the 2022 Readers’ Favorite Award Winners have been announced. Below is a list of winners whose books are published with Outskirts Press, in no particular order:

CATEGORY: FICTION – FANTASY – GENERAL

The Curse of Conchobar―A Prequel to the Adirondack Spirit Series
by David Fitz-Gerald– Finalist

CATEGORY: NON-FICTION – ART/PHOTOGRAPHY

Lazy Creativity
The Art of Owning Your Creativity

by Kyle Bernier — Bronze Medal

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Introducing Self-Publishing Author MP Kollman’s Book Video Trailer for “The Accident”

Announcing the Self Publishing News premiere of the book video trailer for The Accident (published by Outskirts Press, July 2022), by MP Kollman.

BOOK DETAILS

Special Agent Kevin Grayson appears to have taken the Bauer family’s accident, his uncertainty over Jimmy’s recovery, very hard. Drinking. Staying out until all hours. Never visiting his best friend in the hospital. Samantha Grayson stops at the hospital every day. Chatting with a comatose Jimmy Bauer about everything and anything. Except the turmoil her husband is causing in their marriage. When Jimmy awakens, she’s certain Kevin will revert to the man she knows him to be. But when he does awaken from the medically induced coma, paralyzed on his left side from the waist down, Jimmy is devastated by the loss of his wife and older son. Will he recover? And if not, how will he care for himself and his younger son?

MP Kollman

The Accident is the fifth in the seven-book crime / adventure Brothers series: Brothers (pub. 1995), Sequela (2012), Honeymoon and Moirai (both 2021). MP Kollman has also published Skin Deep (2016), a romance unrelated to the series. MP was raised on a dairy farm in central Minnesota. She began writing in grade school for her own enjoyment–whisking her on adventures far from the family farm. After graduating, she moved to Wisconsin, where she married and now has two children and three grandchildren. MP recently retired from a full-time job which allows her to dedicate more time to her writing.

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Introducing Self-Publishing Author David Wayne Lusk’s Book Video Trailer for “Invasion of the Roach People, The Story of Failed Desegregation in Dallas”

Announcing the Self Publishing News premiere of the book video trailer for Invasion of the Roach People, The Story of Failed Desegregation in Dallas (published by Outskirts Press, July 2022), by David Wayne Lusk.

Book Details

After the Civil Rights Act of 1964, David Lusk lived the greater part of his life with African-Americans, and he found it almost impossible to communicate with them. They simply didn’t want to communicate with White people. He gave up in 1975 when a Black neighbor threatened to kill him over a misunderstanding. David witnessed the economic collapse of southern Dallas in the 1980s due to White Flight; during which the City of Dallas became the Crime Capital of the United States. He then saw most of the city transformed by Black Emergence and White Flight as black people merged into other sectors of the city. David saw the very core of Dallas change by the year 2000 because of the Civil Rights Act! He then saw the rebirth of the southern sector during the first two decades of the 21st century as developers returned to south Dallas. They had no place else to go because the rest of the city had been developed! During the early 21st century, Black people who controlled an airport harassed David with aircraft for 20 years because he was a White person jogging in a Black neighborhood. Dallas Police participated in this racial persecution, and the FBI eventually had to step in to stop the police involvement. This unbelievable story is told in Invasion of the Roach People, which David wrote for the benefit of future generations of Whites and Blacks. The future begs for cohesiveness between Whites and Blacks, but can it ever happen?

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This Week’s Amazon Featured Book of the Week is How Far? A Tale of Determination, DNA, and Drama by Bob Wilber

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How Far? A Tale of Determination, DNA, and Drama

by Bob Wilber

(5 out of 5 Stars – 15 Customer Reviews)

Price: $29.95 Paperback

Bob Wilber wrapped up his lengthy professional sports and marketing career in 2016, and immediately wrote and published his autobiography “Bats, Balls, & Burnouts” to great acclaim. For “How Far?” he stretched his writing muscles into an entirely new genre. “How Far?” is historical fiction, and the story surrounds two disparate characters. Wilber wrote “How Far?” as those two characters, in their distinct voices. It is a tale of life, told through the lens of elite athletes playing different games while they impact each other’s lives.
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Congratulations to our EVVY Award Winners!

The 28th Annual Colorado Independent Book Publishers Association EVVY Awards Banquet took place on August 29th, 2022.

As often happens, Outskirts Press demonstrated that award-winning writers publish an unparalleled number of award-winning books at Outskirts Press! We proudly announce that Outskirts Press authors took home a total of 15.

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. So 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.

Here are our 2022 EVVY Award winners, in no particular order. Congratulations to them all!

Gold
Literary & Contemporary Fiction
Eating Yellow Paint by Susie Newman

Bronze
Romance
Chasing Santa Barbara by Melissa Roberts

Bronze
Fantasy
Moravian Falls by Michael RODRIGUEZ

Bronze
Children’s Nonfiction
Demi and Brooklyn Covid 19 by Playdate Willie Ray

Silver
Children’s Picture Books (Ages 0 – 5)
Max Goes to Town by Cynthia Clark

Bronze
Children’s Story Books (Ages 5 – 9)
What I’d Miss… by Charles DeLong

Silver
Children’s Story Books (Ages 5 – 9)
Kitty S. Hawk by Sarah Binder

Bronze
Juvenile Fiction—Middle Grade (Ages 10 – 14)
Spirral by David Bernstein

Silver
Young Adult (Ages 14 – 18)
Picketing the President by Mary Brown

Silver
Narrative Nonfiction
Life’s a Journey by Colten Skinner

Gold
Self Help—General/Relationships
Start Late, Finish Happy by Paul Kotz

Gold
Biography/Autobiography/Memoir
Survived By No One? by Karen Spicer-Wolven

Bronze
History—General/Military/United States
The Twenty-five Years that Changed the World by Kent Augustson

Gold
Health/Fitness/Medicine/Sports
The Un-Diet by Stacey Stedman

Bronze
Poetry
Voices of the Heart by David Bernstein

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Outskirts Press Presents Bob Wilber, author of “How Far?”

Author Bob Wilber is taking his latest book, How Far? on tour – a Virtual Book Tour, that is, with Outskirts Press! Technology has created a wide variety of ways to reach audiences all over the world. All it takes is a little thinking outside the box, and nowadays you can market a self-published book in a variety of affordable and impactful ways. Virtual book tours, for example, are a great way to connect with readers from all corners of the globe, all from the comfort of your own home. Join Bob Wilber and How Far?: A Tale of Determination, DNA, and Drama as they appear in features and interviews (such as the one below) in the weeks and months ahead!


Luckily for us, Bob Wilber was kind enough to answer a few questions as the tour was getting started so that we can give you a sneak peek into the mind of the creator of How Far?.

OP: Tell us a little bit about How Far?. What is it about?

Bob: “How Far?” focuses on two fictional sports characters navigating their way through real life in a factual setting. A “surfer dude” baseball player from Southern California and an overachieving hockey player from Minnesota meet, develop a deep friendship, and learn the lessons of great success and even greater hardship. It is a story of friendship and support, seen through a sports lens.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

Bob: After my autobiography “Bats, Balls, & Burnouts” was written and then published by Outskirts Press in 2016, I spent more than a year promoting it around the country to much acclaim and rave reviews. It gave me the confidence to get out of my comfort zone and find the next “thing” for me as an author. It was, in other words, time to find the next writing challenge. I wanted to stretch out into a new genre and put myself into a place of discomfort as I wrote, hoping to feel myself growing as a writer and creator of this sort of stuff. The historical fiction angle seemed to be everything I was looking for. The characters came to me organically, basically out of thin air, as did the story line. Writing it, for basically two years, pretty much consumed me but the two main characters got me through it. I heard their voices in my head, so it almost felt like I was just transcribing versus actually writing fiction. I know these two guys now. They live in my head, rent-free!

OP: What types of readers would be interested in this story?
Bob: I sure hoped it would be for everyone who loves a tale of success, hardship, challenges, emotion, glory, and failure, all wrapped up in two likable but flawed yet understandable characters from vastly different backgrounds. It is a life book, for readers of all types. So far, the reviews and comments bear that out. It’s not just for sports geeks. There are more life lessons, I think, than their are strikeouts or goals.

OP: What is special about your book?  

Bob: As a former professional athlete (baseball) and a fan of nearly all sports, including hockey, my world has been full of unique people just like my two main fictional characters. I also come from a sports family. I grew up as the son of a former Major League ballplayer who went on to a scouting, coaching, and managing career for decades. My mom was a radio personality, a baseball executive, and then opened her own PR agency. They say you can’t pick your parents, so it’s pretty obvious I won the lottery in that regard. That was all part of growing up in the Wilber family. It’s in my DNA. I know the ball fields and the hockey rinks very well. I can still smell the dirt and the pine tar from every baseball game I ever played, and I know the sound of skates on the ice and checks into the boards deep within me. I know the joy of success and the heartbreak of defeat. I’ve been there. I’ve experienced it. I’ve been at the top of my game and have sunk to depressing lows when the injuries and unforeseen failures brought me crashing down. These two characters and the world around them are very personal to me. In many ways, they are part of me, and I’m part of them.

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

Bob: I published my autobiography “Bats, Balls & Burnouts” in 2016 with Outskirts Press, and that success made me more confident in trying something more difficult. I tell people the first book made me realize I wasn’t just a writer. I could be an author. That was an audacious “step up” for me. The new book proved to me that the author title was earned and legitimate. Will there be a third book? I would surely think so and hope so. I’m not sure what it will be yet, and I need to recharge a bit before I think about it. The grind of writing “How Far?” wasn’t just mental, it was also very physical. I ended up in the hospital for five days, just a week or so after finishing primary writing. I’d literally worn myself out and about starved myself of both sustenance and sleep getting it done. I’ve learned to pace myself and take better care of myself because of that. There will be another one, but we’ll just have to find out when I will tackle it and what it will be about.

OP: What differentiates it from other books in the same category?

Bob: The setting is sports, so the other “real” characters and events are often well known and famous. As you might imagine, the amount of research to make that happen was really enormous and time consuming. For months on end, it felt more like I was just a researcher instead of a writer, but it all paid off. The two main characters weave their way through this real world as if they are truly part of it, while they are clearly part of each other’s lives. Because of the research, what goes on around them and in their lives is very real and very historic.

OP: How can someone learn more about your book or purchase it?

Bob: They can head to bobwilber.net to order both books on Amazon and learn all about the author who created them.

OP: Thanks for your time, Bob! We look forward to learning more about you as you visit other bloggers!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Bob Wilber has been writing creatively since grade school, when he won a St. Louis city-wide essay contest as a sixth-grader. He was first published at the age of 16 in a St. Louis sports magazine. He is the son of a former Major League baseball player and a mother who passed along her communications and public relations skills to her youngest son. After earning a full athletic scholarship to Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville, he spent six years in professional baseball as a player, coach, and scout. Bob then moved on to international sports marketing and eventually spent 22 years in the world of NHRA Drag Racing, as a PR representative and team manager for Funny Car drivers Del Worsham and Tim Wilkerson. In 2017, he published his autobiography “Bats, Balls, & Burnouts.” Bob continues to write his longstanding and popular blog. He lives in Minnesota with his wife Barbara and their cats Boofus and Buster.

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This Week’s Amazon Featured Book of the Week is In Spite of It All by Constance Bierkan

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In Spite of It All

by Constance Bierkan

(5 out of 5 Stars – 6 Customer Reviews)

Price: $25.95

In Spite of It All spans the parallel stories of two women: New Yorker, Claire Fitzgerald, who has yet to realize her strengths, and Frenchwoman Madeleine de Beaulieu, whose impetuousness will lead her astray. It’s 1945 and the war in Europe is winding down. As each woman embarks upon her quest for happiness, neither can anticipate the collision course she is on in this compelling story. And as events unfold under a shadow of secrecy during the Allies’ discovery of Hitler’s propaganda art hidden in the Kaiserode Mine, a twist of fate will cause these women’s lives to be changed immeasurably.
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