Introducing the Finalists for the 2020 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 2020 Best Book of the Year award: Life in the Morgue by Lance Anderson, Musings from Cowboy Country by George Rhoades and Whispers of Love by Gina Simone. 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 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 21st on Self-Publishing News and will close promptly on Thursday, September 24th at 11:59 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:

Life in the Morgue

When Greg Benson took a job as a morgue technician, he was told on his first day, “You can’t make this stuff up.” What an understatement that turned out to be…From his first autopsy (a teenage girl), deaths by accident and homicide, dumpster removals, subway electrocutions, and ghostly activity, this job was anything but normal. Just when Greg thought he had seen it all, something else would take place-and it wasn’t only the cases being brought in… Take a rare peek into the life of a morgue technician in this fascinating foray into Life in the Morgue.

About Author Lance Anderson

Lance Anderson spent most of his life as an ironworker until he decided it was time for a change. He took a job at the medical examiner’s office, where he worked for six years and assisted in more than two thousand cases until he was forced to retire due to vision problems. Life in the Morgue is his debut novel, but he has also written two movie scripts that are in the process of being produced.

Buy from Outskirts Press: https://outskirtspress.com/lifeinthemorgue
Buy from Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1977216242


 

Musings from Cowboy Country

Poetic musings from award-winning Western poet George Rhoades about cowboys, ranch and farm life and assorted subjects— some humorous, some philosophical, some serious and some not-so-serious.

About Author George Rhoades

Rhoades is the author of Along the Chisholm Trail and Other Poems and After the Chisholm. He is winner of numerous poetry awards, including the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award, Will Rogers Gold and Bronze Medallions, Readers View First Place Award, Indie Excellence Book Award Finalist and Western Music Assoc. Poetry Book Finalist, and other accolades. Born on a farm in Cotton County, Oklahoma, Rhoades has been a rancher, a reporter/editor for UPI and Oklahoma newspapers and a college journalism professor. He retired from UT-Arlington and moved to Duncan, Oklahoma, where he owned a hay farm.

Buy from Outskirts Press: https://outskirtspress.com/musingsfromcowboycountry
Buy from Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1977209297


 

Whispers of Love

Death is never final—and you are never alone …From a young age, Gina knew she was different. She could never safely share her reality with her family—the reality that she could see and communicate with Spirit. But as she matured, she realized her life’s calling as a Spirit Medium was to help people connect with deceased loved ones. With warm, witty honesty, Gina shares landmark moments in her own life—from embracing the gift that was so misunderstood in her early life, to the devastating death of her 27-year-old son. Whispers of Love will introduce you to the messages, signs, and specific ways that Spirit and loved ones share their language of love. Are you struggling with storms in your life that you can’t overcome or has the weight of unbearable grief brought your life to a halt? With understanding messages from Spirit and your loved ones always around, finally hope can arise from heartbreak. Truly inspired, Whispers of Love compassionately introduces you to a deep exploration of why we are here, how to connect with Spirit, and how we can find meaning in life’s hardest challenges. Gina teaches us the impressive lesson that remaining frozen in pain is not the path to freedom. We must embrace our lives with Spirit on board so that every step can unfold in Divine order, with less drama and perhaps even a new found perspective on grief.

About Author Gina Simone

Gina Simone is a Spirit Medium certified through the Forever Family Foundation. At the age of 11, she began to notice and feel Spirit and energy around her. Not knowing what these gifts were, she always felt different and isolated. A traumatic pool accident with her toddler son catapulted her into finding the meaning behind life, Spirit, lessons, and karma. She left a comfortable corporate finance career to answer her calling to connect you with your loved ones and with your own innate intuition and higher consciousness. She has been a featured medium on Gwyneth Paltrow’s GOOP.com, has been voted Long Island Best Medium several years in a row, and is also a featured medium on WBLI 106.1 morning show.

Buy from Outskirts Press: https://outskirtspress.com/WhispersOfLoveSpiritMessages
Buy from Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1977216250


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 21st, 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:

 

Congratulations to our EVVY Award Winners!

The 26th Annual Colorado Independent Book Publishers Association EVVY Awards Banquet took place virtually last 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 14 impressive 1st-, 2nd- and 3rd-place awards. The recorded virtual ceremony will be available on the CIPA YouTube Channel indefinitely.

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 9th.

Here are our 2020 EVVY Award winners. Congratulations to them all!

 

FIRST PLACE WINNERS

Life in the Morgue by Lance Anderson
1st Place Action Adventure
Whispers of Love by Gina Simone
1st Place Spiritual/Religion

 

SECOND PLACE WINNERS

APACHE DUNES by G.D. Flashman
2nd Place Thrillers/Suspense
Caught in a Tangled Web of Lies by Marine Natalie Stewart
2nd Place Romance Paranormal/Gothic/Historical/Regency/Suspense/Western
Pete Cluckington and the Others by Melody Monroe
2nd Place Children’s Story Books

 

THIRD PLACE WINNERS

Connect! by Barry J. Moline
3rd Place Non-Fiction Business
Jeff’s Journey by Mindy Poist
3rd Place Children’s Story Books
Moscow Embassy by Thomas J. Mitchell
3rd Place Thrillers and Suspense
Special Means by Andrew Ceroni
3rd Place Action Adventure
Man of Letters by Charles Reilly
3rd Place Cultural Studies/Social Issues

 

TECHNICAL AWARD WINNER — COVER DESIGN

Life in the Morgue by Lance Anderson
Second Place Cover Design

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.

 

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

It’s that time of the year again — the 2020 Readers Favorite Award Winners have been announced. Below is a list of winners whose books are published with Outskirts Press:

CATEGORY: FICTION – MYSTERY – GENERAL


And Come Day’s End — Bronze

CATEGORY: CHILDREN – ANIMALS


Here Comes Ingo — Silver

CATEGORY: CHRISTIAN – DEVOTION/STUDY


Esoteric Christianity Made Simple — Honorable Mention

CATEGORY: NON-FICTION – MOTIVATIONAL


Conquering Life’s Course — Honorable Mention

Again, congratulations to all of our winners! If you want to purchase any of these titles, you can save between 10%-50% by ordering directly from the Outskirts Press Bookstore.

Are you ready to publish your own award-winning book? Let’s get started…

 

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Outskirts Press Self-Publishing Authors Impress EVVY Awards Judges—Here Are the 2020 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 13 spots as finalists for the 2020 awards and we couldn’t be prouder!

Now in its 26th 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 during a live broadcast on Thursday, September 10 at 6 p.m. MDT on CIPA’s YouTube Channel. Details about the broadcast will be announced soon on our blog, Self-Publishing News, and on the CIPA website.

Winning an EVVY Award is a prerequisite to being an Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year finalist, and we announce those three finalists from among all the EVVY winners on our blog shortly after the EVVY Awards.

At last, here are the Outskirts Press books that have been selected as finalists in the 2020 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.

 

Staying at Home or Headed to the Beach? Check out our List of Summer Must Reads!

Despite an unusually eventful spring, we have officially made it to the first days of summer! June 20th marks the summer solstice, and with summer comes a wave of new feelings and new hopes comes rolling in. The damp and chilly days of spring give way to sunshine and a need for new reading material, whether the celebrated “beach read,” a stunning debut, an insightful nonfiction work, or all of the above and more. What’s more, you can also celebrate the work of self-published authors at the same time! We have just the book for you … for all of you … in our recommendations, below.

Science Fiction


Where the Moon Stood Still: From the Janus Project Files
by Brad Anderson


EVVY (Nominee)


IPPY Award (Recipient)

With tech billionaires making the news seemingly every other day, we can’t think of a more fitting book to kick off our list than When the Moon Stood Still, a book which blends aerospace technology with a good thrill, and then adds a good dash of science fiction.

Fiction


Full Circle
by Richard Ellis Shaw


NGIBA (Finalist)


EVVY (Nominee)

If you’re looking less cosmic and somewhat closer to home, you might consider Richard Ellis Shaw’s Full Circle, which tracks a couple moving through life together and apart, navigating personal troubles from college to adulthood.

Short Stories


Short Stories of Life, Love, and Remembrance
by Alexander Rassogianis


EVVY (Nominee)

Rassogianis’ short stories are special, but you might already have guessed that from this collection’s CIPA EVVY Award nomination. It includes sixteen globetrotting gems, each one packed with feeling and emotion, covering everything from childhood to old age. This is a book worth saving.

Self-Help


Conquering Life’s Course: Common Sense in Chaotic Times
by Richard V. Battle


Reader Views Literary Awards (First Place Winner in Self-Help Category)


EVVY (Nominee)

Is common sense really all that common? In Conquering Life’s Course, Richard Battle delivers some extremely timely suggestions for navigating life’s many challenges (which right now seem more challenging than ever). This is a practical book for those looking to take some concrete steps toward realizing a more fulfilling life.

Romance (Fiction)


Too Late the Homecoming: A Gambler’s Love Story
by Fred Preiss


EVVY (Nominee)

What could be more romantic than a gambler going straight for the first time in twenty-five years? A love triangle gone wrong, that’s what! Too Late the Homecoming includes deft notes of the thriller genre, all while diving deep into the complexities of a love come … well … late. But is it too late?

Mystery (Fiction)


A Tale of Deceit: A Veronica Howard Vintage Mystery
by E. J. Gandolfo
(Book Three in the Veronica Howard Vintage Mystery series)


EVVY (Nominee)

The third book in the Veronica Howard Vintage Mystery series, A Tale of Deceit takes readers back to a small seaside town north of Boston to the vintage antique shop owned by a now-imperiled Veronica Howard. Not everything is as it seems as she and her boyfriend Harry Hunt set out to solve a repeat robbery mystery. The glittering world of Art Deco Boston and rich descriptions of both setting and clothing lend this series an edge over the competition. If you’ve watched and liked Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, or are in general a fan of strong women in fine clothes taking on the role of a detective, this is a must-read series!

Action & Adventure (Fiction)


Life in the Morgue
by Lance Anderson


EVVY (Nominee)

The morgue turns out to be a fair bit livelier than Greg Benson expected when he took a position as a morgue technician. Murders, strange accidents, and ghosts are just a few of the many hazards he must face if he’s to survive his job, and author Lance Anderson knows what he’s writing about, having worked in a medical examiner’s office for six years, in which time he handled 2,000 cases. (That’s a lot of cases.) With two movie scripts in production, Anderson’s name is one to watch.

Fantasy (Fiction)


Rise of Serpents
by B. A. Vonsik
(Book Three in the Primeval Origins Epic Saga)


Reader Views Literary Award (Honorable Mention)


EVVY (Nominee)

With rave reviews from both Reader Views and Kirkus, the Primeval Origins Saga has collectively won dozens of awards, with Rise of Serpents serving as finalist or winner for 15 of those dozens. As is true for our other series, we recommend either catching up on the latest addition to the series or digging in for the first time. Those who love complicated, conceptually unique fantasy that interrogates very real concerns will love Vonsik’s ambition and scope.

Thriller (Fiction)


Special Means
by Andrew Ceroni


Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Awards
(this author is a three-time winner!)

Another author who knows what he’s about is Andrew Ceroni, whose latest book, Special Means, promises to be a worthy addition to his already repeatedly-award-winning backlist of previous titles. This story follows CIA Agent Dave McClure as he’s dispatched to Denver to determine who is taking out organized street games with suspiciously advanced weaponry. What he discovers places his own life, the President’s life, and the future of the entire country at risk. Thrilling and timely, this is not one to miss.

Biography & Autobiography (Adventurers & Explorers)


Old Man on a Bicycle: A Ride Across America and How to Realize a More Enjoyable Old Age
Don Petterson


Multiple Five-Star Reviews on Amazon

Like many before him, Don Petterson felt the lure of the American West. Unlike many before him, Petterson decided to do so by bicycle. In Old Man on a Bicycle, readers join Petterson on his 3,600 mile journey from New Hampshire to the California coast, enjoying stunning vistas and thoughtful reflections on what it means to be an aging person on a cross-country cycling trip, warts and all. This is a lovely, compelling autobiographical read to fill your summer with inspiration and encouragement.

Leadership (Non-Fiction)


Rise of the Gig Leaders: Why Interim Leaders Are Vital In Today’s Organizations
by Neil Grant


Multiple Five-Star Reviews on Amazon

Speaking of topical experts, Neil Grant is another author worth keeping an eye on. As owner of Focal Leadership, LLC, he and his company consult with leaders in key strategic positions who are in need of their skills in organization development. Rise of the Gig Leaders reflects his expertise, chronicling and explaining the notion of gig economics in language understandable to those not already in the know. What does this project-based, results-oriented world have to say and do in respect to more traditional economics? What opportunities does it offer? Grant is here to tell us exactly what and how gig leaders do what they do.


This may not be just another summer, but then … these is not just another list! These books represent the intersection of high-quality self-publishing options and some of the most exceptional, compelling, and immersive reads that you could pick up this summer. There’s always something exciting happening in the Outskirts Press Bookstore, where you can find all of the titles we’ve mentioned here today, and more, for sale online. And if you haven’t yet published a book yourself, there’s never a better time than now to inquire. Visit us online at www.outskirtspress.com, where you can chat with a Publishing Consultant!

 

How Large Print Editions Help Your Book Reach a Whole New Audience

Did you know that the number of readers over the age of 65 is expected to almost double between 2018 and 2060. That represents a huge opportunity for you and your book.

Outskirts Press wants to help you reach that potentially untapped market with the introduction of our Large Print Editions. No matter how many formats you already have or want (paperback, hardback, ebook, audiobook, etc.), Large Print Editions are a growing subset of publications that allow savvy authors to market their books to a new audience of readers — all without having to go to the trouble or expense of writing & publishing an entirely new book!

From paper color and font type, to font size, formatting, justification, margins and layout, our professional Large Print Editions adhere to the American National Association for Visually Handicapped’s best practices to ensure the widest possible market for your book.

If you’ve already published a book or two with Outskirts Press, as so many of our satisfied clients have, adding a Large Print Edition is as easy as clicking the button below. We’ll take it from there and handle everything for you while you sit back and relax. Before you know it (typically within 6 weeks), your Large Print Edition will join your other formats and editions around the world via global distribution and availability. It couldn’t be easier!

If, on the other hand, you are publishing an entirely new book with us, you will need to select from one of our available hardcopy publishing packages first by clicking the button below and making your selection. During your consultation, you can notify your Personal Publishing Consultant that you wish to add the Large Print Edition. Or you can schedule that no-obligation consultation right now to get started.

 

Announcing the Next Generation Indie Book Awards Finalists from Outskirts Press

The Next Generation Indie Book Awards remain the largest nonprofit book awards program for independent or self-published authors and publishers. Now almost fifteen years old, the NGIBA was founded in order to recognize and honor the most exceptional independently published books in 74 different content and 4 additional design categories. And, once again Outskirts Press is well-represented, with a number of brilliant self-published authors taking home honors in several categories.

The awards are presented by the Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group in cooperation with Marilyn Allen of Allen O’Shea Literary Agency. Congratulations to the following Outskirts Press authors for your amazing work and boundless talent! As a side note, now might be the perfect time to reach out to the Allen O’Shea Literary Agency with a carefully crafted query for representation if you’re on this list…

Have you written a potentially award-winning book that needs high-quality publishing & marketing services to help you on your way toward possible agency representation? If so, join award-winning authors like these by publishing with the A+ rated and #1-rated self-publishing company according to the Better Business Bureau and Top Consumer Reviews, respectively.

 

Congratulations and Good Luck to the 2020 Outskirts Press EVVY Award Nominees!

This year, Outskirts Press has an impressive 79 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 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, and in our email newsletters. We will be announcing the EVVY Award Finalists and Awards Ceremony details soon on Self-Publishing News so keep an eye out for the blog post and email.

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

Technical Awards – Cover Design and Illustrations

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.

 

Children’s Book Week May be Over, But Writing One is Just the Beginning

If you are one of the many writers around the world finding themselves stuck at home with more time to write, you may be one of the many children’s book authors who started writing a new book for kids last week in celebration of Children’s Book Week (May 4-10).

Well, Children’s Book Week May be over, but writing a book for children never grows old because there are SO many possibilities!  And nowadays, children’s books are more popular than ever, what with more lucky parents spending more time with their children.

Children’s books are shorter and quicker to write and edit! They’re easier and faster to publish. They’re simpler to market and promote. And, they’re more popular than ever!  If you’ve never fancied yourself a children’s book author, maybe it’s time to rethink that.

Let’s look at six things to keep in mind when writing and publishing children’s books:

  1. Mind your length. As any preschool teacher or children’s librarian can confirm, reading with children is most enjoyable for both parties when the book in question contains just enough text to carry the story along without exhausting a child’s attention.
  2. Pick a timely subject. Picture books are more likely to be picked up by parents, teachers, and librarians on the prowl if they tackle subjects which these adults want to prepare their children to face. Take advantage!  Talk about a perfect time to write about the “boogy monster” or “having cooties!”
  3. Don’t dumb it down. You heard right—baby talk doesn’t carry as compelling of a story as a book which treats its younger audiences with a rich vocabulary and age-appropriate but sophisticated sentence structure.  Kids who are learning to read are much more accepting of new information than when they become kids who are reading to learn.
  4. Voice morals carefully, and cleverly. Few will argue against picture books as prime tools for teaching sound decision-making skills, but most of these success stories find clever, quiet ways to do so without alienating readers by being too “preachy.”  Use subtle metaphors for larger issues (ahem, like boogy monsters and cooties, for example).
  5. Think about those end materials! Many of today’s best picture books include a few pages at the end which include notes for adults on how to make best use of the book in teaching a skill or an idea to young readers. Hint: this is especially useful to parents grappling with becoming educators as a result of stay-home directives.
  6. Humor them! Children have a keen sense of humor, and often embrace farce and comedy with both zeal and a squeal. While the story itself can’t always be humorous, more often than not, the illustrations can be.

At Outskirts Press, we are here to support you during every stage of the publishing process, whether you’re using our One-Click Publishing suite to publish your next children’s book, or if you need custom-drawn full-color illustrations. We offer a comprehensive list of services which we hope you’ll take advantage of as you work to translate your vision to the page! Your kids, grand kids (and even their friends and family) will thank you!