Your Second Finalist for the 2021 Best Book of the Year Award is … Paul E. Kotz, Author of Profiles in Kindness: Stories of Inspiration & Everyday Leadership!

Congratulations to our three finalists for the Outskirts Press 2021 Best Book of the Year award: In the Black by Andrew Ceroni, Profiles in Kindness: Stories of Inspiration & Everyday Leadership by Paul E. Kotz, and Whale of Wonder
by Marie-Paule Mahoney.

All three books took home first place 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. Voting will begin Monday, September 13th on Self-Publishing News and will close promptly on Friday, September 17th at 12:01 AM Mountain Time.

So, come back on Monday, Sept. 13th, to cast your vote for the book you believe to be the best of the three.

Meet Your Second Finalist

Profiles in Kindness: Stories of Inspiration & Everyday Leadership

Leadership. You know it when you see it.

Those who make an impact – leave a mark on us. Hopefully, it is a positive one, grounded in those who bring us joy, and those who inspire us. They give us examples of how we can live our own lives, and also push us to be better.

You have so much time. There are plenty of people who have opened my eyes. Often it comes on unexpectedly. You can give back to society. You can bring your community together. You have relevance.

I am not going to tell anyone in this collection of stories of servant leadership, combining unexpected surprises, and lessons learned exactly what to do. I am going to give you examples of those who do make an impact, observations of people who can help us to realize our gifts and those who assist us in consciously or unknowingly changing for the better.

About the Author

Paul E. Kotz wrote the CIPA Award winning – Something Happened Today (2018), featuring stories of mentorship, advocating keeping eyes and ears open to the present and the positive. It addresses seeing the good each day – facing difficulties and adversity with hope and compassion. Dr. Kotz is a lifelong learner with education and business expertise. This includes working as faculty and advisor with undergraduate, graduate students and since 2013, in a doctoral program in leadership. Kotz has taught and served as an executive/life coach to graduate students and business professionals; and has assisted high school students in navigating adolescence. Teaching Ethics, Organizational Effectiveness, Strategies for Adult Learning Theory, and Statistical Research Methods, Kotz brings practical decision tools and discussion to assist in creating opportunities, facing situations that arise in our own lives and organizations. Some of his work in leadership practice includes – Teaching Examples of Extraordinary Leadership – Influence and Inspiration – An Ethnographic Study; Women Who Have Run for President – An Examination of Leadership Qualities; and Reaching Millennials in the Classroom. In addition, he continues to give motivational talks on examples of influence and inspiration. He is a resident of Saint Paul, Minnesota and continues to collect new experiences that shape and challenge his perspectives. Feel free to contact Paul at or

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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 13th, 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:

Outskirts Press Presents Patrick Scott, author of Wailing Winds

Author Patrick Scott is taking his latest book, Wailing Winds 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 Patrick Scott and Wailing Winds as they appear in features and interviews (such as the one below) in the weeks and months ahead!

Luckily for us, Patrick 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 Wailing Winds.

OP: Tell us a little bit about Wailing Winds. What is it about?

Patrick: My book is a poetic journey through life depictions of experiences that one sees along the way.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

Patrick: This book was written to bring awareness of what some people experience in their life.

OP: How did you get your book published?

Patrick: I used the self-publishing method with the assistance of Outskirts Press.

OP: What types of readers would be interested in this story?

Patrick: In view of the material contained, it is my opinion this book will attract all kind of readers.

OP: What is special about your book?

Patrick: My book is special in that it allows people to reminisce.

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

Patrick: This book comes from a personal perspective.

OP: Have you published any other books?

Patrick: No, as of this date I have not published any other books.

OP: Do you plan to publish more?

Patrick: Yes, I plan to publish more, in fact, I am writing one now.

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


Patrick Scott was born in the southwest Alabama county of Choctaw. When he entered elementary school his family moved to Washington County, Alabama, town of Leroy. He attended Prestwick High School nearby, until his junior year. Patrick would graduate from Carver High School, Columbus, Georgia. After high school, he served in the US Army. While in the military, Patrick began writing poetry. Some he published in the Stars & Stripes army newspaper. After serving in the military, he would go on to earn two associate degrees. He continued writing, and eventually worked as a photo/journalist for the Columbus Times Newspaper, Columbus, Georgia. His writing talents earned him several awards, but he never decided to publish any of his works until now.

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