Congratulations to the 2015 Outskirts Press EVVY Award Winners!

Outskirts Press has released the winners of the 2015 EVVY Awards. The EVVY Awards recognize excellence in independently published books as determined by the Colorado Independent Publishers Association (CIPA). Denver-based Outskirts Press is a full-service self-publishing and book-marketing company that helps people write, publish and market the book of their dreams.

Winning an EVVY Award is a prerequisite to being named the Outskirts Press 2014 Best Book of the Year Award-winner and walking away with a Grand Prize of $1,500. The Outskirts Press 2014 Best Book of the Year Award recognizes the best book published by Outskirts Press in 2014 as decided by a social community of self-publishing authors.

Congratulations to all of the 2015 EVVY Award winners below!

1st Place Winners
E.J. Brown, author of “Speechless”
Andrew Ceroni, author of “Snow Men”
John Hudson, author of “Dust To Dust”

3rd Place Winners
Adam J. Beardslee, author of “Out of Reech”
John Quist, author of “What’s Wrong with That Door?”
Jan Spiller, author of “The Astrology of Success”
Peter C. Stone, author of “Dreams to Dance in Moonlight”
Dr. Peggy Turnage, author of “Big Albert the Camel”
Fritzie Von Jessen, author of “Growing Up Ugly”

Merit Winners
Bonnie M. Anderson, author of “Pluto the Starfish”
Michael Burns, author of “Oliver Ornament”
Lawayne Childrey, author of “Peeling Back the Layers”
KaMuLanS, author of “Keys to Armageddon”
John Koski, author of “Pinos Altos”
John Mero, author of “A Holiday From Time”
Todd Michael Putnam, author of “The Garden of Life”
David M. Tavernier, author of “More Stories of the Rich and Famous”
Laura K. Wagner, author of “The Back-Up Mom”

Congratulations to these EVVY Finalists
Will Ottinger, author of “A Season for Ravens”
Rodney Keeney, author of “Cowboy in the Sand”
Roy Albert Andrade, author of “Cultivating the DNA of Crime”
Carol Leslie Bradley, author of “The Inheritance”
Mae Durden-Nelson, author of “In the Outside”
Dortha Jackson, author of “Isn’t It Funny?”
Christina Skarbek-Karakourtis, author of “Keys to Opening A Successful Business”
Mary Jo Wisneski Johnston, author of “The Lucky Seven Show”
Cory Mertes, author of “Micropolis – The Adventure of Johnny Redblood”
L. Gina Davis, author of “Ooh Lolita”
Stephen R. Champi, author of “The Renaissance and the 21st Century”
Pamela Zembiec, author of “Selfless Beyond Service”
Becca Mann, author of “The Stolen Dragon of Quanx”
Nina Johnson, author of “The Story of the Unlucky Teacher and Her Koalas”
E.M. Dixon, author of “Tale Of Tails”
Alfred Sotomayor, author of “Unconditional Letters of Love”
Georgianna Jeans, author of “Wafford Springs”
M.S. Matassa, author of “The Well House”
John Brown, author of “Why Not? Conquering The Road Less Traveled”
Matthew Krumsiek, author of “The Wretched Road to Success”

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Snow Men Receives the 2014 Best Book of the Year Award from Outskirts Press

Every year, Outskirts Press officially nominates a small percentage of the books we published during the previous year for submission to the Colorado Independent Publishers Association EVVY Awards. A nomination to these awards is the first step toward receiving the Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Award. The standards for winning this award are exceedingly high; we nominated fewer than 5 percent of the books we published in 2014. Next, three finalists are selected from among the EVVY Award winners for the Best Book of the Year Award contest. We feature each of the finalists on the Outskirts Press blog and conduct a public vote for the grand prize of $1,500.

Outskirts Press is proud to announce that Snow Men, by Andrew Ceroni, was this year’s winner of the Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Award. Andrew’s work was voted the top honor from the three finalists. Andrew received the $1,500 Grand Prize from Outskirts Press, as well as receiving recognition through social networks and a widely distributed press release.

Andrew Ceroni served a distinguished career as a special agent conducting global counterespionage and antiterrorism operations. He is a graduate of numerous federal intelligence and criminal law enforcement training forums. He received his B.S. degree from the US Air Force Academy; M.A. from Case Western Reserve University; and studied several foreign languages at the University of Maryland. He has authored several short stories and two novels, and his poetry has also been published in several magazines.

Thousands of readers and writers in our writing and publishing community were invited to vote for the Best Book of the Year Award. The Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Award recognizes not only the author with the writing talent to compose an award–winning book, but also the marketing prowess to promote it. Andrew ultimately collected the highest number of votes.

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Congratulations to the 2013 Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Winner and Finalists.

Every year, Outskirts Press recognizes the best books we publish with the annual CIPA EVVY Awards. Of these EVVY nominees, Outskirts Press selects the finalists for the Best Book of the Year Award. The following 4 books were the 2013 Finalists for the Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Award. Congratulations to these well-deserved authors!

No Fear
Follow The Light
The Monster Monroe
The Southern Chapter of The Big Girl Panties Club

Congratulations to the 2013 Best Book of the Year winner, Lesha Fite (Acker) for her book “No Fear”. Lesha receives a $1,500 grand prize, an exclusive Best Book of the Year Award added to the book’s cover for all future printings, exclusive placement in our Best Book of the Year Pinterest Board, and much more! See details about “No Fear” and the Best Book of the Year winner: click here.


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And the winner of the 2013 Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year is…

The votes are in! Outskirts Press announced today that Lesha Acker has won the Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Award for 2013 for her book, No Fear. Lesha’s work was voted the top honor from the four finalists selected from the most recent Colorado Independent Publishers Association EVVY award winners. Lesha Acker will receive the $1,500 Grand Prize from Outskirts Press as well as wide recognition through social networks, and a widely distributed press release. An exclusive award seal will also be added to her cover for all future printings of her paperback novel.

No Fear is Lesha’s second book. She published her first book, Powdered Donuts on Monday, in 2010. She graduated from Texas Tech University, Magna Cum Laude, with a degree in Early Childhood Education. Over the last week, thousands of readers and writers among our writing & publishing social community were invited to vote. The Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year award recognizes not only the author with the writing talent to compose an award-winning book, but with the marketing prowess to promote one. No Fear ultimately collected the greatest percentage of votes.

Besides receiving the $1,500 Grand Prize, Lesha Acker will now reap the benefits of extensive promotion of her book by Outskirts Press. A feature story that covers her inspiration to write the book, her own writing process and her personal story will be widely distributed throughout the social networks in the near future.

Congratulations, Lesha!


The results of the poll were:

Lesha Acker, “No Fear” 54.54%
Lynda Stephenson, “The Southern Chapter of the Big Girl Panties Club” 32.39%
Richard Pires, “The Monster Monroe “   9.8%
T.C. Newman, “Follow the Light, The Shroud’s Revelations “   3.27%

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Three Outskirts Press Authors in the Running for 2012 Best Book of the Year

Each year, Outskirts Press officially 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 receiving the Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Award, the standards are exceedingly high; we nominated just 2 percent of the books we published in 2012. These nominations represent the very best of our publications as determined by Outskirts Press executives and members of the production teams.

The 19th Annual CIPA EVVY Awards took place in Denver, Colorado on May 18th. These honors pave the road toward the 2012 Outskirts Press 2012 Best Book of the Year Award. The EVVY Awards are widely acclaimed for recognizing excellence in independently published books. Offered every year, these awards are sponsored by the Colorado Independent Publishers Association, and judged by a panel of professionals on a qualitative scale of merit in nineteen different categories. Outskirts Press was on hand to accept the awards on behalf of our winning authors. Congratulations to them all:

1st Place


2nd Place



3rd Place




Merit Award



An EVVY Award is a prerequisite to being named the Best Book of the Year Award and the equally coveted $1,500 Grand Prize. The Outskirts Press 2012 Best Book of the Year award recognizes the best book published by Outskirts Press in 2012 as decided by our executives, our authors, and the writing community.

Now it is time to vote for the winner of the 2012 Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year from among our three finalists.

Congratulations to each of them. You can learn about each of them in the following links, and then when you are ready to vote for the book and author you think deserves to win, please click here.

It’s a Family Affair, by Sharon Rhodes

Blues in the Wind – ReVisited, by Whitney J. LeBlanc

46 Days in Ukraine, by Basil Pallis


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