Congratulations to our EVVY Award Winners!

The 25th 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 14 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 9th.

Here are our 2019 EVVY Award winners. Congratulations to them all!

FIRST PLACE WINNERS

1st Place Humor Fiction

The Gang by M.J. Biersbach

 

1st Place Mystery/Crime/Detective Fiction

To Paint A Murder by E.J. Gandolfo

 

1st Place Self-Help Non-Fiction

Dance Because You Can by Amy Jordan

 

1st Place Sports/Fitness Non-Fiction

Dropping My Lines by Dan O’Neil

 

1st Place New Adult Fiction

The Red Shore by Andrew Ceroni

 

SECOND PLACE WINNERS

2nd Place Children’s Story Fiction

Mr. Chance Collins by Daniel E. Brown

 

2nd Place Academic/Educational Non-Fiction

Eyes On Track by Kristy Remick

 

2nd Place Sports/Fitness Non-Fiction

Through the Green by Joseph Bronson

 

THIRD PLACE WINNERS

3rd Place Historical Fiction

Forger of Empire by Jeanne Blanchet

 

3rd Place Business/Finance Non-Fiction

Why Should Anyone Follow You? by Peter Smergut

 

3rd Place History Non-Fiction

Tales of Invasions and Empires by Kent Augustson

 

3rd Place Children’s Storybook Fiction

The Town of Alpaca by Patricia Ann Schoch

 

3rd Place Motivational/Inspirational Non-Fiction

You Cannot Imprison an Eagle’s Dream by Alba Era

 

3rd Place Self-Help Non-Fiction

Something Happened Today by Paul E. Kotz

 

MERIT AWARD WINNERS

Merit Award Mystery/Crime/Detective Fiction

And Come Day’s End by Gabriel F.W. Koch

 

Merit Award Health/Medicine Non-Fiction

Healing the Wounds of War by Amnon Ben-Yehuda

 

Merit Award History Non-Fiction

Out of the Storm: A Legacy by Anthony B. Cochran

 

Merit Award Science Fiction

LUNAR 3097 by Gary Timbrell

 

Merit Award Religion/Spiritual Non-Fiction

The Darker Side of Hope by David G. Fambrough

 

Merit Award Suspense/Thrillers Fiction

The Paymaster by Adeed Dawisha

 

Merit Award Women’s Fiction

Seeking Glory by Patricia Hamilton Shook

 

Merit Award Academic/Educational Non-Fiction

Journeys of Discovery by Lawrence J. Marcus

 

Merit Award Historical Fiction

The Mind of a Deviant Woman by Paula Paul

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.

 

Outskirts Press Self-Publishing Authors Impress EVVY Awards Judges—Here Are the 2019 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 23 spots as finalists for the 2019 awards and we couldn’t be prouder!

Now in its 25th 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. 17, 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.

At last, here are the Outskirts Press books that have been selected as finalists in the 2019 EVVY Awards:

And Come Day’s End by Gabriel F.W. Koch
Dance Because You Can by Amy Jordan
Dropping My Lines by Dan O’Neil
Eyes On Track: Ages 4-Adult by Kristy Remick
Forger of Empire by Jeanne Blanchet
Healing the Wounds of War by Amnon Ben-Yehuda
Journeys of Discovery by Lawrence J. Marcus
LUNAR 3097: Bk 1 The AI Chronicles by Gary Timbrell
Mr. Chance Collins by Daniel E. Brown
Out of the Storm: A Legacy by Anthony B. Cochran
Seeking Glory by Patricia Hamilton Shook
Something Happened Today: A Collection of the Unexpected by Paul E. Kotz
Tales of Invasions and Empires: Our Place in Time (c. 1100-1400)
by Kent Augustson
The Darker Side of Hope by David G. Fambrough
The Gang by M.J. Biersbach
The Mind of a Deviant Woman by Paula Paul
The Town of Alpaca by Patricia Ann Schoch
Through the Green: Golf Shots, Spots and Stories, Inspirations and Aspirations
by Joseph Bronson
To Paint A Murder: A Veronica Howard Vintage Mystery by E.J. Gandolfo
Why Should Anyone Follow You? Supervision through Aphorism
by Peter Smergut
You Cannot Imprison an Eagle’s Dream by Alba Era
The Paymaster by Adeed Dawisha
The Red Shore by Andrew Ceroni

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.

 

Vote Now for the 2016 Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year

Over the last three days, we have announced our three finalists in this year’s Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year awards.  All three finalists are EVVY Award-winners, which means the artistic and technical merits of the books have been recognized and rewarded.  Now it is time to determine which of these talented authors possess the author platform and marketing muscle to win in a head-to-head-to-head marketing competition — a live public poll that determines the ultimate Grand Prize winner and its $1,500 Grand Prize.

So refresh your memories of the three finalists, re-watch their videos, download their ebooks, buy the paperbacks, and then scroll down to the poll to place your vote for the 2016 Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year!


Finalist: Meridian, by Andrew Ceroni. 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
: Paradox Effect, by Gabriel F.W. Koch. 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
: Insanity by Murder, by W. Rosser Wilson.  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.

 

CAST YOUR VOTE TO DETERMINE THE WINNER
The public poll ends at 5pm Mountain Time on Wednesday, September 14th.

 

Book Awards Build Buzz

One of the best ways to create a buzz about your book is by winning an award! Winning a book award is a great feeling, and sometimes it even comes with prize money — best of all, it can be a powerful marketing tool.

There are hundreds of thousands of self-published books released each year, and competition is fierce. Authors who are serious about getting their book noticed will need to put extra effort into the promotional department. By entering legitimate writing contests, authors can up their chances of winning recognition…and so much more.

When you win a book award…

  • You receive third-party validation that your book is worthy.
  • You may win prize money…
  • The awards website will feature a list of all the winners and send out a press release announcing the winners — resulting in more publicity for you!
  • You can send out your own press release to announce your award — again, more publicity.
  • You can add an award sticker to your book cover that consumers, librarians, and booksellers will see immediately, and this can influence their buying decisions.
  • You gain credibility as a writer and an edge in the market.
  • You can call yourself an award-winning author, not only with friends and family but in promotional materials and interviews as well!

New writers publishing with the New & Improved Outskirts Press starting in August will receive the Book Marketing RoadMap at publication, and one article is devoted to helping our authors identify reputable book contests to enter.  So, in recognition of our amazing 16 award finalists in the Colorado Independent Publisher Association EVVY Awards, we are going to give you an excerpt from the free Book Marketing RoadMap right now by listing a few of the upcoming book award contests to consider entering after your book is published. The contests listed below have approaching deadlines, so act fast!

And if you didn’t see our 16 EVVY Award finalists, you can see them here.

Top National Contests and Book Awards

USA Best Book Awards

  • Deadline: Fall
  • Website: USABookNews.com
  • Details: This contest is another option to spread your marketing dollars, as they accept manuscripts up to two years after publication. All winners receive industry and media exposure.

Benjamin Franklin Awards

  • Deadline: Fall/Winter
  • Website: IBPABenjaminFranklinAwards.com
  • Details: Held by the Independent Book Publishers Association, the annual Benjamin Franklin Awards is one of the premiere contests in independent publishing today, where Gold Medal winners in each category receive an engraved crystal trophy acknowledging their accomplishment.

Reader Views Literary Awards

  • Deadline: December of your copyright year
  • Website: ReaderViews.com/literaryawards
  • Details: With numerous categories and various awards per category (including cash prizes and publicity packages), the Reader Views Literary Awards should not be missed. And it’s easy to miss them! They have the earliest deadline among all these contests, so plan early.

INDIEFAB Awards

Deadline: Dec/Jan
Website: IndieFab.ForewordReviews.com
Details: Held by the prestigious review journal Foreword Reviews, the INDIEFAB Awards are a cornerstone of the independent publishers marketing foundation. Not only are winners featured in the print and digital editions of Foreword Reviews, but they play a role in a national publicity campaign.

Eric Hoffer Book Awards

  • Deadline: January
  • Website: HofferAward.com
  • Details: One submission automatically makes you eligible for numerous category considerations, including most-thought provoking work, best cover, best first-time author, and best over-all book, which comes with a $2,000 Grand Prize.


The Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Awards

  • Deadline: By invitation only
  • Website: OutskirtsPress.com
  • Details: Every year Outskirts Press recognizes one book as our official Best Book of the Year with this prestigious award that comes with a $1,500 Grand Prize for the winning author. The prerequisite for becoming one of the three special Semi-Finalists in this contest is winning a Colorado Independent Book Publishers Association EVVY Award.

This year’s EVVY Awards take place in Denver, Colorado on Saturday, August 20th. Outskirts Press executives will be on-hand to accept awards on behalf of authors unable to attend.  Once our EVVY Winners are announced, three of them will be hand-selected as our Semi-Finalists for the Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Award. Stay tuned!


Submitting your book to contests can be rewarding. It can also be time-consuming and frustrating. Let Outskirts Press help you!

Outskirts Press authors can automatically enter six reputable, vetted book contests with one click of a button!

The Book Awards Submission package, exclusively from Outskirts Press, takes care of everything by automatically entering your book into the following book award contents for you: Benjamin Franklin Awards, INDIEFAB Awards, Next Generation Indie Book Awards, Reader Views Literary Awards , Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards, and the USA Best Book Awards. If you’re already published with Outskirts Press, look for this Marketing Service in your Publishing Center under “Marketing Options.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today ONLY, receive $200 FREE Gift Card when you start publishing today!

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To take advantage of this offer, order your ultimate Diamond or full-color Pearl publishing package, enter the following promotion code into your shopping cart, complete your secure check-out and we’ll credit your account with $200 FREE! Promo code: GIFT200

You can gift your $200 to that writer in your life so that he or she can start working towards their publishing dreams OR you can turn right around and use the $200 towards any optional production or marketing option that we offer.

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9 Reasons Independent Authors Can Be Thankful for Self-Publishing

Happy ThanksgivingThanksgiving is right around the corner — a time for family, friends, and reflection on our many blessings — and today’s self-published authors have more to be thankful for than ever before.

Self-publishing has empowered authors in exciting new ways. Self-publishing is quickly becoming the preferred publishing method for many authors — those who want to carve their own paths and create their own destiny. And the rewards are great.

Read on and be thankful for some of the wonderful blessings today’s independent authors enjoy.

  1. You’re in control. With electronic self-publishing, you retain complete control on the planning, editing, publishing, and marketing process. You set the pricing, you make the creative decisions, and you market on your own terms. No “artistic differences” with an editor who doesn’t share your unique vision! You — not an editor — retain the rights to your work and what ultimately becomes of it.
  2. Higher royalties. While traditional publishing houses net you somewhere in the ballpark of 15-20 percent of revenues, as a self-publishing author, depending on how you choose to set up your pricing/sales structure, you can keep much more of your book revenue.
  3. Print on demand. The ability to produce as many or as few books as necessary has opened the door for talented authors to realize their publishing dreams, even on a shoestring budget. No more astronomical upfront costs for printing, storage and shipping.
  4. Marketing help. While both independent authors and traditionally published authors must take control of their own self-promotion, Outskirts Press has resources specifically tailored for our authors.
  5. Digital editions. It’s a piece of cake to create a digital version of your book and tap into a huge market of e-book fans, increasing sales and exposure.
  6. Revisions. With a self-published book, it’s much easier to create a second edition or correct errors down the line than with traditionally published books. Again, you are in control.
  7. Support. Even if you write from a tiny corner of your living room, you can connect with the worldwide writing community with one tap of the mouse. Help, support, inspiration, and friendship are all available to authors online. (The Outskirts Press App can get you started!)
  8. You’ll get published sooner. A self-publishing author can write, design/format, and publish a book in the time it takes a traditional publishing house to review a manuscript and mail a rejection letter. While their authors wait for printing to commence, their self-published counterparts are already months into selling.
  9. You’ll get published, period. Of course, there are advantages to the infrastructure set up by most traditional publishers, but all of that is meaningless if they don’t agree to publish your book. Because a traditional publisher is focused on profit, they care less about the merits of your talent and ideas than they do about how much revenue those ideas will generate. Thanks to self-publishing, you can share your special talents with the world — on your own terms!

This Thanksgiving, take a moment between courses and reflect on the opportunities and freedom indie authors now enjoy. There’s never been a better time to self-publish! With e-books, social media, online payments, and other technology paving the way to wider audience reach, there’s more potential than ever for success. And for that, we are most thankful indeed…

Outskirts Press is thankful for YOU, our authors and soon-to-be-authors! Click here to see images of some of our authors.

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