It’s a Family Affair Receives the 2012 Best Book of the Year Award from Outskirts Press

Sharon Rhodes’ book has been voted the best book of the year for 2012 by voters in the third annual Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Awards, winning a grand prize of $1,500.

Outskirts Press, the fastest growing self-publishing and book marketing company, announced today that Sharon Rhodes has won the Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Award for her book, It’s a Family Affair. Rhodes’ work was voted the top honor for 2012 from the three finalists selected from the most recent Colorado Independent Publishers Association EVVY award winners. Sharon Rhodes will receive the $1,500 Grand Prize from Outskirts Press as well as wide recognition through social networks, and a widely distributed press release.

Readers voted at http://www.selfpublishingnews.com and, It’s a Family Affair collected the greatest percentage of votes.

In It’s a Family Affair, author Sharon Rhodes created a sequel to her first novel, Family Secrets, that is both entertaining and quite the page turner! Sharon Rhodes cleverly weaves a tale about the joys, pains and surprises of travel, family, and military life. A book about reuniting old friends, the making of new ones, love, lust, trust, secrets and the ties that bound these characters together. Thousands of readers and writers among Outskirts Press’ 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. It’s a Family Affair ultimately collected the greatest percentage of votes.

Besides receiving the $1,500 Grand Prize, Sharon Rhodes 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 Sharon!

Entries for this year’s Best Book of the Year Award are being accepted at http://outskirtspress.com/bestbook.html

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And the winner of the Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year for 2012 is…

The votes are in! Outskirts Press announced today that Sharon Rhodes has won the Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Award for 2012 for her book, It’s a Family Affair. Rhodes’ work was voted the top honor for from the three finalists selected from the most recent Colorado Independent Publishers Association EVVY award winners. Sharon Rhodes 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.


In It’s a Family Affair, author Sharon Rhodes created a sequel to her first novel, Family Secrets, that is both entertaining and quite the page turner! Sharon Rhodes cleverly weaves a tale about the joys, pains and surprises of travel, family, and military life. Reuniting old friends, the making of new ones, love, lust, trust, and secrets and the ties that bound these characters together.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. It’s a Family Affair ultimately collected the greatest percentage of votes.

Besides receiving the $1,500 Grand Prize, Sharon Rhodes 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, Sharon!

The results of the poll were:

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Finalist #3 for the 2012 Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year

Congratulations to Basil Pallis, author of 46 Days In Ukraine, one of three finalists for the Outskirts Press 2012 Best Book of the Year Award.

The first two finalists were introduced over the last two days on this blog (finalist 1 and finalist 2). Public voting will determine which of the three finalists should be awarded the Outskirts Press 2012 Best Book of the Year Award and its $1,500 Grand Prize. Voting is open to everyone and begins on this blog on Friday, May 31.

Basil Pallis, born 1961 in West Milford, N.J., currently resides with his wife, Rita and their three children in nearby Vernon N.J. A graduate of Columbia University, he is in private practice as a general dentist since 1987.

INFORMATION ABOUT THE BOOK

A real life story of an American couple returning to Ukraine in an attempt to finalize the adoption of three orphaned children. To do so, they must traverse a bizarre labyrinth of government bureaucracy, confront obstacles man made and otherwise and contend with the all peculiarities of living in a strange land. Served up as a travelogue, tragedy meets comedy in a head-on collision. A heartwarming tale, best enjoyed from the comfort and safety or your own couch.

Buy the paperback from Amazon for $9.86
Buy the paperback from Outskirts Press for $9.86
Buy the paperback from Barnes & Noble for $10.95
Download the e-book from Outskirts Press for $5.00
Download the Amazon Kindle edition for $5.99

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 three finalists.

As one of three finalists, Basil Pallis and his book 46 Days In Ukraine will be competing head-to-head-to-head with the other two finalists in a public poll on this blog starting on Friday. Basil 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? Stay tuned for information on the remaining two finalists, being announced tomorrow and the day after, and then come back on Friday to vote for the book you believe to be the best among the three.

The author of the winner will receive a $1,500 credit to his or her Publishing Center, courtesy of Outskirts Press, and an exclusive 2012 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 #2 for the 2012 Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year

Congratulations to Whitney LeBlanc, author of Blues In the Wind-ReVisited, one of three finalists for the Outskirts Press 2012 Best Book of the Year Award.

The first finalist was announced yesterday in this post and the last finalist will be introduced tomorrow on this blog. Public voting will determine which of the three finalists should be awarded the Outskirts Press 2012 Best Book of the Year Award and its $1,500 Grand Prize. Voting is open to everyone and begins on this blog on Friday, May 31.

Louisiana native Whitney J. LeBlanc has been a teacher, writer, producer, set designer and award winning theatre director. He holds a Master’s Degree in Theatre Arts Production from the University of Iowa. He has spent more than half of his fifty-year professional career in Hollywood as a television director of “Sitcoms”, and daytime dramas like, “The Young and the Restless” and “Generations.” LeBlanc has four children and now lives in the Napa Valley with his physician wife. He writes novels and creates stained glass windows for churches.

INFORMATION ABOUT THE BOOK

Whitney J. LeBlanc has written the saga of a Creole family from Estilette Louisiana, against the backdrop of the birth of the blues. In the 1930’s Phillip Fergerson’s marriage to Martha, the beautiful Creole woman of his dreams turns into nightmares. Instead of becoming the doctor he promised to be, he becomes a high school teacher, and events of murder, lynching, voodoo and sexual abuse by a priest, set in motion the disintegration of the family. Martha’s brother, Lightfoot, performs blues music in the juke-joints as he witnesses the beginning of the blues as an art form. We follow the early blues legends from Robert Johnson, to Bessie Smith to Leadbelly to Lightinn’ Hopkins and BB King as they sing their way through the Delta. Martha, a proud and devoted Catholic, looks on in horror as one by one of her family falls under the influence of the devil’s gut-bucket music. With his marriage falling apart, Phillip finds himself in the arms of a woman from his past. Each of the four children go their separate ways and Martha blames it all of the influence of the sinful music. She takes her revenge. It is a story filled with love, lust, murder, voodoo and adventure.

Buy the paperback from Amazon for $17.54
Buy the paperback from Outskirts Press for $17.06
Buy the paperback from Barnes & Noble for $18.95
Download the e-book from Outskirts Press for $10.00
Download the Amazon Kindle edition for $7.15

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 three finalists.

As one of three finalists, Whitney LeBlanc and his book Blues In the Wind-ReVisited will be competing head-to-head-to-head with the other two finalists in a public poll on this blog starting on Friday. Whitney 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? Stay tuned for information on the remaining finalist, being announced tomorrow, and then come back on Friday to vote for the book you believe to be the best among the three.

The author of the winner will receive a $1,500 credit to his or her Publishing Center, courtesy of Outskirts Press, and an exclusive 2012 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 2012 Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year

Congratulations to Sharon Rhodes, author of It’s a Family Affair, one of three finalists for the Outskirts Press 2012 Best Book of the Year Award.

The next two finalists will be introduced over the next two days on this blog. Public voting will determine which of the three finalists should be awarded the Outskirts Press 2012 Best Book of the Year Award and its $1,500 Grand Prize. Voting is open to everyone and begins on this blog on Friday, May 31.

Sharon Rhodes was born and raised in Opelika, Alabama. She joined the Air Force right out of high school and spent many years traveling the world before retiring in 2009.  She is also the author of Family Secrets, her debut novel. She lives with her husband and son in Bossier City, Louisiana. She is currently working on her third novel. “This was my second book published by Outskirts Press and it was absolutely on point. As before, my experience was totally successful.”

INFORMATION ABOUT THE BOOK

Ricky Robertson should be on top of the world. His son, Derrick, has just fathered a child with the beautiful Stacey Morgan. There’s just one problem: Ricky is sure that Stacey is his daughter from an affair he had years ago. What’s more, she’s on a mission to become Mrs. Derrick Robertson. Now, Ricky is determined to keep his son from marrying the girl he feels is his daughter while also keeping her identity a secret. His fear is if the truth comes out, he will lose his wife forever. As he makes his views on the relationship known, family members are starting to ask questions. Will he reveal the truth – or forever hold his peace? Meanwhile, Derrick and sister Sade begin to piece together the story of their biological mother’s life. What they find out will shock them – but not as much as what Stacey is about to find out about her parents. The sequel to Sharon Rhodes’s Family Secrets, It’s a Family Affair continues the tale of intrigue as it explores the boundaries of human relationships and desires. In the process, Rhodes asks us to think more deeply about the commitment we make to each other in love and lust and what it means to be a family. More often than not, the answer is: it’s complicated.

• Buy the paperback from Amazon for $13.46
• Buy the paperback from Outskirts Press for $13.46
• Buy the paperback from Barnes & Noble for $14.95
• Download the e-book from Outskirts Press for $5.00
• Download the Amazon Kindle edition for $3.99

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 three finalists.

As one of three finalists, Sharon Rhodes and her book It’s a Family Affair will be competing head-to-head-to-head with the other two finalists in a public poll on this blog starting on Friday. Sharon 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 two finalists, being announced tomorrow and the day after, and then come back on Friday to vote for the book you believe to be the best among the three.

The author of the winner will receive a $1,500 credit to his or her Publishing Center, courtesy of Outskirts Press, and an exclusive 2012 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.

Start Publishing Today

Official Outskirts Press EVVY Award Nominees for 2012

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 (CIPA), and judged by a panel of professionals on a qualitative scale of merit in nineteen different categories.

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% 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.

Outskirts Press official nominees and winners receive additional exposure of their books in featured Outskirts Press marketing channels, including our blog, social media networks, and in our email newsletters.  The winners are announced during an awards ceremony hosted by the Colorado Independent Publishers Association on May 18, 2013.

Congratulations to this year’s Official Outskirts Press EVVY Award nominees, presented alphabetically below:

Wait! There’s more!

As a result of being nominated for the EVVY Awards, these Outskirts Press authors have taken the first step toward winning 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 this coming May will be selected as Semi-Finalists for our annual Best Book of the Year Award and its $1,500 Grand Prize.  Stay tuned.

Wouldn’t you like to win an extra $1,500, and bragging rights as the author of the best book of the year published by Outskirts Press? Start publishing now and your book could be in the running for the “Best Book of the Year Award” for 2013 and its $1,500 grand prize. For more information on rules and eligibility, click here: Best Book of the Year Award.

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Susan Mercer speaks on her Best Book of the Year award

Notifying Susan Mercer of her Best Book of the Year award gave us an opportunity to discuss her award-winning book, Pathway to Math Proficiency, her marketing tactics, and her future plans:

Susan Mercer, Author of "Pathway to Math Proficiency"
Susan Mercer, Author of Pathway to Math Proficiency and Best Book of the Year Award Winner

Susan: It has been an honor to win this recognition and I appreciate all you and your company have done! As you probably know this is my second book and both experiences have been outstanding!

Outskirts Press: What led you to write Pathway to Math Proficiency?

Susan: For the past fifteen years, I have been writing math curriculum with a focus on conceptual understanding of pre-algebra concepts. After sharing my lessons with colleagues and with their encouragement, I decided to create a website (www.supermathunits.com) to post my resources for educators around the country to view and use. After receiving great comments and praise I decided to write my first book Pathway to Pre-Algebra Proficiency.

Regarding Pathway to Math Proficiency, I decided to write this book in particular because, as a math teacher, I believe there is a need to help students understand and make the necessary connections between fractions, decimals and percents. Math textbooks present these three critical issues in isolation without any visual representation. By using only the textbook, students miss the opportunity to develop a more in-depth understanding of numbers as well as learning how fractions, decimals and percents relate to each other. I have experienced first-hand how important it is for middle school students to be able to understand the meaning of fractions, decimals and percents in order to succeed in advanced math courses.

Outskirts Press: What was your writing process like? How long did it take?

Susan: For Pathway to Math Proficiency I used the student activities I developed for my sixth, seventh and eighth grade math students over the past twenty years. I planned, structured, organized and formatted each page of my book. In addition, as I developed each activity, I asked my math colleagues for their feedback and comments and altered pages based on their feedback.

      

It took me two years to write Pathway to Math Proficiency. It took this long because I work full time, I’m a single parent and it is hard to find quiet time to focus on writing. In addition, I wanted to try out each activity with students to make sure they were as effective as intended.

Outskirts Press:  Tell us about publishing with Outskirts Press.

Susan: This is my second experience publishing with Outskirts Press and I love it! I was assigned a representative who helped me throughout the process, responded to my emails in a timely manner and helped with the formatting codes of the PDF file I submitted. I could not have done it without their help every step of the way.

Outskirts Press:  What marketing efforts did you make to earn over 1,500 votes for your book in the Best Book of the Year polls?

Susan: My marketing efforts are three fold. First, for the past fifteen years I have presented my lessons, activities and strategies at national, state and local math conferences where I collected emails from the attendees. I have kept this database of math educators from around the country updated by sending occasional emails with useful information. Second, my math resources have been available on my website for the past six years and I have collected contact information from all the math educators who have used my lessons via my website. Lastly, as a math curriculum specialist in the sixth largest school district in California, I have a large network of educators whom I know, who know my work and who voted for my book. Of course, my 614 Facebook friends and family helped too.

Entries are being accepted for the third annual Best Book of the Year awards. Click here  to get published and be in the running for the award and its $1,500 Grand Prize.