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In celebration of Valentine’s Day, Outskirts Press has been “sharing the love” and inviting its family of successfully published authors to do the same. This has come in the form of a $300 publishing promotion as well as a video promotion for the chance to win a free laptop. The video submissions have been collected, the best of them have been posted on our Facebook Page, and the “likes” have been tabulated.

Now it’s time for you to vote for the winner of the free laptop!

From among all the submissions we received, the top videos are presented below. Simply vote for your favorite in the polling box below the last video. The polls will be open until end-of-business on Thursday, February 28th. The winner will be announced on Friday, March 1st.

Good luck to the three finalists. And thank you to all our wonderful authors who took the time to submit their videos:

Now, without further ado…

VIDEO #1: Larry Wright, author of Longhorn Tales

VIDEO #2: Davy Jennings, author of Kansas Gospels

VIDEO #3: Tommy Baker, author of Santa Claus, The Fourth Wise Man

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Self-Publishing Authors Get Recognized with the 2011 Next Generation Indie Book Awards

The Next Generation Indie Book Awards submission service for self-publishing authors is open for any English-language book with a copyright date of 2010.

When ordering this submission service through your Publishing Center, we will handle all the details, including form completion, applicable entry fee, all requisite copies of your book, etc. We will also choose the most applicable category for entry from the following categories:



  • Action/Adventure
  • African American
  • Animals/Pets
  • Anthology
  • Autobiography
  • Biography
  • Business
  • Career
  • Chick Lit
  • Children’s/Juvenile Fiction
  • Children’s/Juvenile Non-Fiction
  • Children’s Picture Book
  • Coffee Table Book/Photography
  • Cookbook and Home/Garden
  • Current Events/Social Change
  • Diet/Nutrition/Food
  • E-book
  • Education/Academic
  • First Novel (under 80,000 words)
  • First Novel (over 80,000 words)
  • GLBT (Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender)
  • General Fiction/Novel (Under 80,000 Words)
  • General Fiction/Novel (Over 80,000 Words)
  • General Non-Fiction
  • Health/Wellness
  • Historical Fiction
  • Historical Non-Fiction
  • How To
  • Humor/Comedy
  • Inspirational
  • Memoirs (Historical/Legacy/Career)
  • Memoirs (Overcoming Adversity/Tragedy/Challenges)
  • Memoirs (Other)
  • Military
  • Motivational
  • Multicultural Fiction
  • Multicultural Non-Fiction
  • Mystery
  • New Age
  • Novella
  • Parenting/Family
  • Poetry
  • Regional Fiction
  • Regional Non-Fiction
  • Relationships
  • Religious Non-Fiction
  • Religious Fiction
  • Romance
  • Science/Nature/Environment
  • Science Fiction/Fantasy
  • Self Help
  • Short Story – Fiction
  • Spirituality
  • Suspense/Thriller
  • Travel/Travel Guide
  • Women’s Issues
  • Young Adult

Additional Categories

  • Best Cover Design – Fiction
  • Best Cover Design – Non-Fiction
  • Best Overall Design


Hurry! The deadline for order is February 18, 2011. Remember, your book must have a 2010 copyright date and be written in English to be eligible.

Awards given to the Finalists and Winners of the 2011 Next Generation Indie Book Awards are:

  • $1,500 Cash Prize and trophy awarded to the best Fiction Book
  • $1,500 Cash Prize and trophy awarded to the best Non-Fiction Book
  • $750 Cash Prize and trophy awarded to the second best Fiction Book
  • $750 Cash Prize and trophy awarded to the second best Non-Fiction Book
  • $500 Cash Prize and trophy awarded to the third best Fiction Book
  • $500 Cash Prize and trophy awarded to the third best Non-Fiction Book
  • $250 Cash Prize and trophy awarded to the Best Design Book entry
  • $100 Cash Prize and a Gold Medal awarded to the winner of each of the 60 categories
  • Finalist Medals will be awarded to up to three finalists in each of the 60 categories

Finalists and Winners will also receive:

  • A listing in the 2011 Next Generation Indie Book Awards Catalog which will be distributed to book buyers, media, and others!
  • Exposure for a full year as a Winner or Finalist at View a list of 2010 Winners and Finalists.
  • The opportunity to display Finalist or Winner gold award stickers on your book.
  • An invitation to attend the gala awards ceremony at the world famous Plaza Hotel in New York City.
  • Other benefits of an award-winning book (such as potential increased revenue).

PLUS, the top 60 books will be reviewed by New York literary agent Marilyn Allen of Allen O’Shea Literary Agency or one of Ms. Allen’s co-agents for possible representation in areas such as distribution, foreign rights, film rights, and other rights (unless an entrant prefers not to have the book forwarded to an agent). Ms. Allen has over 25 years of sales and marketing experience, including serving as Senior Vice President, Associate Publisher, and Director of Marketing for Harper Collins and directing sales and marketing teams for Simon & Schuster, Penguin Books and Avon Books. Ms. Allen has had the pleasure of working with many best-selling authors including Stephen King, Ken Follett, Barbara Kingsolver, John Gray, Mary Higgins Clark, and many more.

All Finalists and Winners for the 2011 Indie Book Awards will be selected and notified by the end of May.

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USA Book News – 2010 National Best Book Awards for Self Publishing Authors

2010 Awards

Every year USA Book News honors outstanding mainstream and independent books with their National Best Books Award.  The National “Best Books 2010” Awards are specifically designed to garner MEDIA COVERAGE & BOOK SALES for the winners & finalists throughout the 2010 holiday retail season and 2011!
  • USA Book News Exposure: An Eight-Month Book Listing (valued at $2,000.00!) which includes your color book cover, a brief paragraph about your title and a hyperlink to your website. Fantastic coverage for the busy 2010 holiday season & 2011! is currently listed on thousands of book related-websites and welcomes thousands of visitors per month.
  • Unprecedented National Media & Industry Exposure: Instant coverage of results from an online network of media outlets and industry contacts for a combined, immediate exposure to over 500,000+ subscribers. In addition, the national media campaign kicks off October 2010!  Read the 2009 National Press Release
  • Promote Your Title as an Award-Winning Book: As a winner or finalist you will have the right to highlight your award on your book cover, website, and marketing material. Outskirts Press can help with the Award Recognition Cover Enhancement option.  Past winners and finalists have also utilized this award by creating and distributing their own press releases with great success!

It used to be that simply having a published book was indicative of supremely high quality, but now that self-publishing is available for everyone, winning a book award is one of the most powerful ways you can make your book stand above the crowd.

Outskirts Press can facilitate the submission details to the USA Book News Best Books Award for you. We can handle all the details, including the entry fee, the completion of the necessary forms, and the required copies of your book. We will select the most appropriate category for your book for your convenience.

or save 25% on all six award submission options with the

Simply select the USA Book News National Best Books award submission option (or Book Award Submission package option) from the Marketing Options screen inside your author’s center.

The deadline for ordering through your Outskirts Press author’s center for this year’s awards program is August 31, 2010. Your book must have a 2009 or 2010 copyright date to be eligible.

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Self-Publishing Authors: Register Now for ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Awards



Win $1,500 in Cash!

ForeWord Reviews‘ Book of the Year Awards program was established to bring increased attention to librarians and booksellers of the literary and graphic achievements of independent publishers and their authors. ForeWord is the only review trade journal devoted exclusively to books from independent houses.

First, second, and third place winners will be awarded in each category. A $1,500 cash prize will also be awarded to Best Fiction and Best Non-Fiction as determined by the editors of ForeWord Reviews. Winners in each category and overall fiction and non-fiction prize winners are announced at Book Expo America at and via Twitter.

Outskirts Press published authors can purchase the ForeWord Book of the Year Award submission option at any time conveniently from within the Author’s Center. Outskirts Press can facilitate the submission details to all these contests for you. With your purchase of this package and your eligible book, we will handle all the details, including:

  • the award submission fee
  • registering your book with the contest
  • sending them each the necessary review copies of your book
  • accurately and completely filling out the necessary entry forms
  • selecting the most appropriate category for your book (if we’re not sure, we’ll ask you)
  • shipping and handling costs of your book to each of the contest’s multiple judges

Outskirts Press authors can also participate in co-op advertising in ForeWord Reviews.  To find out more about co-op advertising and find out how to reserve a space for your book, click here.

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Announcing the first annual Best Book of the Year Award, which rewards one talented and tenacious author with $1500

July 5, 2010, Denver, Colorado – Outskirts Press, an Inc. 500 company and the fastest-growing full-service self-publishing and book marketing company, today announced the inaugural Best Book of the Year Award, with $1,500 in prize money.

All books published through Outskirts Press in 2010 can be eligible. Specific rules and eligibility requirements are posted at along with the manner in which the Best Book Award is determined.

To be eligible for the Outskirts Press 2010 Best Book of the Year Award, books must be published via the Diamond or full-color Pearl publishing packages in 2010, and must receive and accept an Official Outskirts Press EVVY Nomination in the fall. Outskirts Press officially nominates approximately 5% of the books they publish for this prestigious contest held annually by the Colorado Independent Publishers Association.

Among the EVVY Award-winning books announced in the spring of 2011, three finalists will be selected by Outskirts Press as Best Book of the Year finalists.  The authors will be notified and the books will receive extensive exposure on the Outskirts Press blog and social networks.  An open vote will determine the winner and will be open to anyone, writer or not, published by Outskirts Press or not. The three finalists are encouraged to call upon their circle of friends and associates to participate in the voting. After all, the Best Book of the Year Award recognizes not only a very talented writer, but a tenacious and savvy marketer as well.

The voting for the Best Book of the Year Award will take place in the spring of 2011 at and the results will be public for all to see. The author of the Best Book Award will receive $1500 credited to his or her Outskirts Press account, good to use as a refund on the publishing package, the purchase of a subsequent package (or two), or marketing services/products to promote the award-winning book.

The Best Book of the Year Award winner will also receive an exclusive Award-Winning cover graphic that will be permanently added to the cover of the book, to promote its status as a high-quality publication and the only Outskirts Press 2010 Best Book of the Year Award-winning publication in the world.

Unlike other book contests that are games of chance or fodder for free publication, the Best Book of the Year Award is a way for a talented and professional author to receive an award-winning publication, $1500 in prize money, and a springboard from which to launch an aggressive marketing campaign.

Visit for full details about the award and to get started on your own journey toward award-winning publication today.

About Outskirts Press, Inc.:

Outskirts Press, an Inc. 500 company, offers full-service, custom self-publishing and book marketing services for authors seeking a cost-effective, fast, and flexible way to publish and distribute their books worldwide while retaining all their rights and full creative control. Available for authors globally at and located on the outskirts of Denver, Colorado, Outskirts Press represents the future of book publishing, today.

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Self Publishing Award Winning Book Spotlight: Aurora of the Northern Lights

Outskirts Press books win a lot of awards! If you haven’t seen some of the award winning books we have featured, you can view them now:

EVVY Award winners
Reader Views Award Winners
Readers Favorite Award Winners

Another Outskirts Press book was recently a Silver Recipient: Seasonal, Holidays & Festivals by the Mom’s Choice Awards.

Named for the Northern Lights, Aurora faces a woeful plight. To many lands she must roam, searching for her true home.Come along as author Holly Hardin conjures a mystical world of adventure, sprites, and magical charms. After losing her parents, little Aurora sets off on her own. Because she’s different, Aurora finds it difficult to find anyone who will listen to her story, even at Christmas time. As her story continues, Aurora receives special gifts to keep her safe and important clues to find her new home.

Follow the journey as Aurora encounters a host of creatures along the way-including one very famous bearded man. What follows in this beautifully illustrated and delightfully written book is a heartwarming story of a home lost and found-and a Christmas lesson for us all.


Holly Hardin has a degree in English Literature and is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She is the author several of published articles for both children and adults. Holly lives in the North Georgia mountains with her husband, Jeff, and their four spoiled dogs.




It is now easier than ever to promote your award-winning book with the Award Recognition Cover Enhancement, which puts a permanent award-winning seal on every new printed copy of your book. Published, award-winning Outskirts Press authors can order this option conveniently from their Marketing Options screen by clicking here.

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Self Publishing Award Winning Book Spotlight: Dark Fire

Recently we were pleased to announce the 16 EVVY Award winning books published by Outskirts Press, and the Reader Views Literary Award winners just before that. 

It’s true, Outskirts Press books win a lot of awards!  Here’s another one – Dark Fire by Claudia Newcorn, recently won Second Place in the Fiction: Science Fiction/Fantasy category by Rebecca’s Reads

ABOUT THE BOOK: A riveting tale of magic, danger, plots, dreams, and ultimate betrayal that will engulf two realms, forcing féyree, dwarves, and ael into a perilous struggle to discern truth from trouble as two ancient prophecies pit friends against each other in a battle of beliefs.

For more information visit the author’s webpage:

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