Andrew Ceroni, author of Meridian, is a Finalist for the Outskirts Press 2016 Best Book of the Year

Every year Outskirts Press has the honor of publishing thousands of amazing books, and every year we nominate a small percentage of those for submission to the Colorado Independent Publishers Association EVVY Awards. And every year, a percentage of those official nominees win an EVVY Award, thereby representing the best of independent publishing as determined by a committee of 3rd party judges from the publishing community.

From among all our EVVY winners, we select 3 finalists for our own Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Awards.  These finalists compete head-to-head-to-head in a public poll to see who can garner the most votes.

Because this is a public vote on this blog, the Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Award not only demonstrates to agents, editors, publishers, and readers that the author is the talented writer of a technically and artistically award-winning book (as evidenced by the EVVY win) but also that he or she knows how to successfully market a book. The Best Book Finalists also introduce brand new and remarkable books for the public to read and review in order to cast their votes.

This year, Outskirts Press won 22 EVVY Awards, the most among all participating publishers, and all excellent books from excellent authors in their own right.  So selecting three finalists is never easy. Yet, every year, we must systematically narrow down all our published books from the past year to select three finalists for the Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Awards and its $1500 Grand Prize.

Our first finalist is Andrew Ceroni, author of Meridian.  Meridian won a 1st Place EVVY Award in the Action/Adventure category and a 2nd Place EVVY Award in the Science Fiction category.  Mr. Ceroni has had a distinguished career as a special agent, conducting global counterespionage and anti-terrorism operations.  While this may sound like the biography of the main character in a high-octane thriller, it is actually the author’s real-life biography. Andrew received his B.S. Degree from the US Air Force Academy; M.A. Degree from Case Western University; and studied several foreign languages at the University of Maryland.  So to suggest he writes adrenaline-filled action/adventure novels filled with intrigue based upon his true-life experiences would be an understatement. He lives in Colorado with his family.  He is also the author of a previous Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Award, Snow Men.

Introducing Meridian, by Andrew Ceroni, one of the finalists in the 2016 Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Awards.

 

It is the biggest of America’s big secrets—MERIDIAN, the deepest black and most intensely protected program since the Atom Bomb. The MERIDIAN program contains the furthest leading edge of weapons technology and with origins more profoundly startling than the technology itself. Governments will stop at nothing to get it. Laszlo Csengerny, a Russian–controlled spy, a man haunted by demons from his past, has uncovered the key to destroying the program. In this prequel to SNOW MEN, CIA agent Pete Novak is racing to Europe with orders to stop Laszlo, to kill him if that’s what it takes. Several agents have already died trying. Novak’s dedicated security escort, J.T. Brannon, former assassin unmatched in the art of killing, is leery of Novak’s assignment and warns him of its danger. As Novak unravels the alarming secrets behind the MERIDIAN program and his path converges with Laszlo’s desperate pursuit to annihilate his demons, Novak and his family are swept into the cross-hairs of rogue Agency assassins. Only Brannon can save Novak’s family, and he is committed to sacrificing his own life to do so. The final confrontation and profound revelation of MERIDIAN explode into a deadly struggle over what may be the very future of mankind itself.

As a finalist, Andrew Ceroni has already won a book video trailer. Take a look!

Sound intriguing? It gets better!

As one of three finalists, Andrew Ceroni and his book Meridian will be competing head-to-head-to-head with the other two finalists in a public poll on this blog September 9th through September 14th. Andrew has already demonstrated he has the writing chops to win this prestigious award, as evidenced by his EVVY Award win. Does he have the marketing prowess to make it as the Best Book of the Year author in this digital age (for the second time)?

Stay tuned tomorrow and Wednesday for the announcements of the next two finalists and then come back September 9th through September 14th to cast your vote for the book you believe to be the best among the three. Order it now to help you decide!

The Best Book of the Year Finalists are Coming!

Happy Labor Day! Did you do some writing? Did you do some reading? Did you do some marketing? Did you do some eating? Use the “Comments section” to tell us how you spent this Labor Day weekend.

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All this week we will be announcing the three Finalists in the 2016 Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year contest.  Our first finalist will be be announced tomorrow, the next on Wednesday, and the final finalist on Thursday.  The three finalists are selected from among our recent EVVY Award winners.

Then, on Friday, the public polls open for everyone to vote on their choice for the winner of the Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year and its $1,500 Grand Prize. Good luck, everyone!

 

 

Congratulations to our EVVY Award Winners!

The Colorado Independent Book Publishers Association Annual EVVY Awards Banquet took place in Denver, Colorado last Saturday night, and once again Outskirts Press walked away with the most awards of any participating publisher, demonstrating that award-winning writers publish award-winning books at Outskirts Press.

Outskirts Press executives were on-hand for the event, and President Brent Sampson accepted the awards on behalf of authors unable to attend.  Published Outskirts Press authors from as far away as Florida traveled to Denver to accept their awards personally.

Here are our 2016 EVVY Award winners. Congratulations to them all!

FIRST PLACE WINNERS


1st Place Fiction/Mystery & Detective


1st Place Juvenile Fiction


1st Place Fiction/Action Adventure


1st Place Juvenile Non Fiction

SECOND PLACE WINNERS


2nd Place Juvenile Fiction


2nd Place Fiction/Historical


2nd Place Fiction/Action Adventure


2nd Place Religion & Spirituality

THIRD PLACE WINNERS


3rd Place Family & Relationships


3rd Place Fiction/Fairy Tales Folklore


3rd Place Fiction/Literary


3rd Place Social Science


3rd Place Juvenile Fiction


3rd Place Religion & Spirituality


3rd Place Fiction/Science Fiction


3rd Place Juvenile Fiction

MERIT AWARD WINNERS


Merit Award Poetry


Merit Award Fiction/Fantasy


Merit Juvenile Fiction


Merit Poetry


Merit Biography

Congratulations to all our EVVY nominees, finalists, and winners.  Winning an EVVY Award is a prerequisite to winning the Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Award and its $1500 Grand Prize.  Stay tuned to find out which three authors from the winners above will be the finalists…

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Outskirts Press Authors Are Finalists for the 2014 ForeWord’s INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards

We’ve featured many of our award-winning authors and books on our blog recently. Today, we’re proud to announce that four Outskirts Press authors have made it into the finals of ForeWord’s Book of the Year Awards.

ForeWord’s Book of the Year Awards program was created to spotlight distinctive books from independent publishers. The judges—working librarians and booksellers—review the entries based upon on their experiences with patrons and customers. The annual ForeWord IndieFab Awards has for the past 17 years recognized the best in independent/self-published books. Winners are awarded cash prizes, along with priceless industry recognition that helps indie authors continue to make connections with readers and publishing insiders. More than 1,300 entries in 63 categories are being considered for the awards, which represent the best in small publishing offerings. Foreword Reviews will announce and celebrate the winners on Friday, June 26.

Congratulations to the following Outskirts Press authors for your consideration for the 2014 awards! As finalists, you’re already winners:

General

Santa Rita Stories

Picture Books, Early Reader

Dreams to Dance in Moonlight

Science Fiction

Future Prometheus II

Sports

The winners will be determined by a panel of librarians and booksellers selected from our readership. Gold, Silver, and Bronze winners, as well as Editor’s Choice Prizes for Fiction and Nonfiction will be announced at a special program at the ALA Annual Conference this June.

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Finalist #3 for the 2013 Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year

Congratulations to Lesha Acker, author of No Fear, one of four finalists for the Outskirts Press 2013 Best Book of the Year Award.

The remaining three finalists will be introduced throughout the week on this blog. Public voting will determine which of the four finalists should be awarded the Outskirts Press 2013 Best Book of the Year Award and its $1,500 Grand Prize. Voting is open to everyone and begins on this blog on Saturday, September 6.

No FearLesha Acker 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.

INFORMATION ABOUT THE BOOK

One thing I know for sure, Daniel is my Greek god … How can one person create deep love, passion, and complete exhilaration from the pit of my soul but also resuscitate my existing darkness … At the peak of my desperation, which do I choose … succumb to my fears or conquer them?

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Buy the paperback from Outskirts Press for $14.36
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Every year, Outskirts Press recognizes the best book they publish with their annual Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year award, which must not only win an EVVY Award from the Colorado Independent Publishers Association but must also be recognized as the best book among four finalists.

As one of four finalists, Lesha Acker and her book No Fear will be competing head-to-head-to-head with the other three finalists in a public poll on this blog starting on Saturday. Lesha has already demonstrated she has the writing chops to win this prestigious award, as evidenced by her EVVY Award win. Does she have the marketing prowess to make it as the Best Book of the Year author in this digital age? Learn about the remaining three finalists being announced throughout the week, and then come back on Saturday to vote for the book you believe to be the best among the four.

The author of the winning book will receive a $1,500 credit to his or her Publishing Center, courtesy of Outskirts Press, and an exclusive 2013 Best Book of the Year award seal to apply to the cover of the book.

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? Get started today.

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Finalist #1 for the 2013 Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year

Congratulations to Lynda Stephenson author of The Southern Chapter of the Big Girl Panties Club, one of four finalists for the Outskirts Press 2013 Best Book of the Year Award.

The remaining three finalists will be introduced throughout the week on this blog. Public voting will determine which of the four finalists should be awarded the Outskirts Press 2013 Best Book of the Year Award and its $1,500 Grand Prize. Voting is open to everyone and begins on this blog on Saturday, September 6.

The Southern Chapter Of The Big Girl Panties Club: A Frankilee Baxter StoryLynda Stephenson’s first novel, Dancing with Elvis, introduces the irreverent teenager, Frankilee Baxter, who is both charming and sharp-tongued. Published in 2005, fifty years after Brown vs. Board of Education, Dancing with Elvis was chosen by Book Sense for Teen Readers and was a finalist for the Oklahoma Center for the Book Award. It was named an International Reading Association Book Award Notable. In addition to other accolades, the book received the Delta Kappa Gamma Young Adult/Adult Award in 2007. Born and reared in the West Texas Panhandle, Stephenson attended Trinity University in San Antonio and then received her Master’s Degree and doctoral work in English from the University of Oklahoma. A former English professor at East Central University, Ada, Oklahoma, she is a prolific writer of poetry, essays, and short stories. She currently lives with her husband, Gene, in Edmond, Oklahoma.

INFORMATION ABOUT THE BOOK

The year is 1958, and schools in the South are rebelling against the 1954 Supreme Court decision in Brown vs. Board of Education. In the beginning, Frankilee Baxter, a freshman at Athena College, is not concerned with racial issues. Instead, she is determined to improve her looks, pledge a sorority, find a steady boyfriend and make her name as a journalist at the college newspaper. Her plans are changed, however, when she befriends Eleanor Wilson, the only Negro student on campus. Eleanor is the daughter of a northern minister who is a prominent leader in the NAACP. When life becomes almost more painful and confusing than they can bear, Frankilee and her friends in the dormitory form The Southern Chapter of the Big Girl Panties Club, and they invite Eleanor to join. The BGPC members stand together to protect Eleanor from acts of discrimination. The story also deals with the blossoming love of Frankilee for Trace Godwin, a popular star basketball player and the pledge trainer of his fraternity. When a boy in Trace’s fraternity is seriously injured during a campout, the narrative takes a dark turn of mystery and deceit. More complications arise when Frankilee spends Easter weekend with Trace’s wealthy, dysfunctional family. A quirky story of love, discrimination, forgiveness, and redemption, The Southern Chapter of the Big Girl Panties Club follows Frankilee and her friends during their freshman year.

Buy the paperback from Amazon for $15.91
Buy the paperback from Outskirts Press for $15.26
Buy the paperback from Barnes & Noble for $7.99
Buy the NOOK edition from Barnes & Noble for $10.99
Buy the Kindle ediion from Amazon for $6.99

Every year, Outskirts Press recognizes the best book they publish with their annual Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year award, which must not only win an EVVY Award from the Colorado Independent Publishers Association but must also be recognized as the best book among four finalists.

As one of four finalists, Lynda Stephenson and her book The Southern Chapter of the Big Girl Panties Club will be competing head-to-head-to-head with the other three finalists in a public poll on this blog starting on Saturday. Lynda has already demonstrated she has the writing chops to win this prestigious award, as evidenced by her EVVY Award win. Does she have the marketing prowess to make it as the Best Book of the Year author in this digital age? Stay tuned for information on the remaining finalists being announced this week, and then come back on Saturday to vote for the book you believe to be the best among the four.

The author of the winning book will receive a $1,500 credit to his or her Publishing Center, courtesy of Outskirts Press, and an exclusive 2013 Best Book of the Year award seal to apply to the cover of the book.

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? Get started today.

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