The polls are now CLOSED on the Best Book of the Year

The polls are closed and the winner is shown below, based upon the votes received through April. Stay tuned to a future blog posting for all the details. Congratulations to the winner, and thank you to all who voted.  All the finalists should be extremely proud of their accomplishment.

 

 

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Help us pick the winner of our Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Award 2010, and its $1,500 Grand Prize! The votes start Friday April 15th at http://blog.outskirtspress.com. Review the three finalists and then vote for your favorite.

Votes will be accepted through the end of April. The winner will be identified on May 1st based upon the total number of votes received in this public poll. Each finalist has been encouraged to publicize this poll heavily. After all, a “best book” is not only one that is well-written and well-designed, but well-promoted, also.

The winner will be awarded the Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Award, which includes a $1,500 Grand Prize and an exclusive award graphic permanently added to his/her publication.

Here are the finalists, along with links to more information about each one:

Finalist #1: The Key To Job Success In Any Career: Developing Six Competencies That Close America’s Global Skills Gap, by Frank B. Leibold, Ph.D. of Longs, South Carolina

Visit Frank’s author webpage by clicking here to:

  • watch a video book teaser
  • listen to an audio excerpt recorded by the author
  • read more blurbs and quotes
  • learn more about the book
  • read an excerpt
  • purchase the e-book instantly

Visit Frank’s book on Amazon by clicking here to:

  • purchase the paperback
  • write a review

 
Finalist #2: Psych Consults: A Concise Guide to Common Psychiatric Conditions, by Robert J. Mignone, M.D., F.A.P.A. of Sarasota, Florida

Visit Robert’s author webpage by clicking here to:

  • watch a video book teaser
  • learn more about the book

Visit Robert’s book on Amazon by clicking here to:

  • purchase the hardback
  • read the review
  • write a review

 
 
Finalist #3: The Beads of Lapis Lazuli: A Greek Mystery, by Doris Kenney Marcotte of Cincinnati, Ohio

Visit Doris’ author webpage by clicking here to:

  • watch a video book teaser
  • learn more about the book
  • read and excerpt
  • purchase the e-book instantly

Visit Doris’ book on Amazon by clicking here to:

It’s time to vote!

The polls are now closed on the Outskirts Press BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR Award

Now it is time to vote in the public poll below.  Votes will be accepted through the end of April. You can only vote once, but you can get everyone you know to vote once, also. Notify your friends on Facebook; tweet your Twitter followers. Post a link to the vote on your blog, etc.

The winner will be identified on May 1st based upon the total number of votes received in this public poll. The winner will be awarded the Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year award, which includes a $1,500 prize and an exclusive award graphic permanently added to his/her publication.

To refresh your memory, here are the Finalists, one last time, along with links to more information about each one:

Finalist #1: The Key To Job Success In Any Career: Developing Six Competencies That Close America’s Global Skills Gap, by Frank B. Leibold, Ph.D. of Longs, South Carolina

 Visit Frank’s author webpage by clicking here to:

  • watch a video book teaser
  • listen to an audio excerpt recorded by the author
  • read more blurbs and quotes
  • learn more about the book
  • read an excerpt
  • purchase the e-book instantly

Visit Frank’s book on Amazon by clicking here to:

  • purchase the paperback
  • write a review


Finalist #2: Psych Consults: A Concise Guide to Common Psychiatric Conditions, by Robert J. Mignone, M.D., F.A.P.A. of Sarasota, Florida

Visit Robert’s author webpage by clicking here to:

  • watch a video book teaser
  • learn more about the book

Visit Robert’s book on Amazon by clicking here to:

  • purchase the hardback
  • read the review
  • write a review

 

 


Finalist #3: The Beads of Lapis Lazuli: A Greek Mystery, by Doris Kenney Marcotte of Cincinnati, Ohio

Visit Doris’ author webpage by clicking here to:

  • watch a video book teaser
  • learn more about the book
  • read and excerpt
  • purchase the e-book instantly

Visit Doris’ book on Amazon by clicking here to:

 

It’s time to vote!

Best Book of the Year Finalists Announced

Last year Outskirts Press announced a new contest recognizing the best in self-publishing: its own Best Book of the Year Award.  This award identifies the overall best book Outskirts Press publishes each year.  One of the requirements to be considered for the Best Book of the Year Award is to win an EVVY Award.  Those winners were displayed in yesterday’s blog posting. 
 
From among the most recent EVVY Award winners, Outskirts Press selected three books as Best Book of the Year 2010 finalists.  Those books and their respective authors were identified and notified yesterday.  Please join us in publicly congratulating them today:
  
The Key To Job Success In Any Career, by Frank B. Leibold, Ph.D.

 

  Frank B. Leibold, Ph.D., after a distinguished 30 year business career with three multinational corporations and nine jobs-culminating in the position of Group President- re-tooled himself by returning to school and obtaining his Ph.D. Frank then became a nationally recognized university professor of marketing while founding his own global management consulting company. He and his wife reside in South Carolina and spend time traveling to visit and spoil their nine grand-children- two in Australia.
 

 In The Key to Job Success in Any Career, Leibold develops six scientifically validated Lifelong Transferable Competencies (LTCs) that are required for success in any job or career. He then offers over 60 practical suggestions on how you can enhance your future employment options by developing your own LTCs to improve your career transitions and influence.

More about The Key to Job Success in Any Career and its author will be posted on this blog on April 11th.  And everyone can play a role in determining who wins the Best Book of the Year award and its $1,500 Grand Prize by participating in the open poll on this blog on April 15th.

 
 
 Psych Consults, by Robert J. Mignone, M.D., F.A.P.A.

 
 
For decades, Robert J. Mignone, M.D., F.A.P.A., has helped people bounce back from all kinds of crises. A top-ranked psychiatrist in southwest Florida, Dr. Mignone has been called a gifted and inspirational speaker—in person and on TV. A two-time cancer survivor, Mignone shares his experiences in Ordinary Valor: How Cancer Saved My Life, Not Once, But Twice. He is also the author of Psychiatric Injury: Evaluation and Treatment of Psychiatric Impairment and Damages.
 
Full of practical information backed up by decades of experience, Dr. Mignone’s Psych Consults is a must-read for anyone who wants to learn more about mental health. This scholarly yet accessible book is designed for any adult seeking to recognize and treat everything from depression to specific issues faced by children and seniors.
 
More about Psych Consults and its author will be posted on this blog on April 12th.  And everyone can play a role in determining who wins the Best Book of the Year award and its $1,500 Grand Prize by participating in the open poll on this blog on April 15th.
 
  
The Beads of Lapis Lazuli, by Doris Kenney Marcotte

 Doris Kenney Marcotte has turned decades of studying Minoan civilization into two novels. She has researched at the Athens National Museum, the Heraklion Archeological Museum on Crete, and the British Museum in London, among others. She lives in River House in New Richmond, Ohio, and Hilltop House in Wyoming, Ohio.

 The Beads of Lapis Lazuli is part mystery and part psychological drama as it mixes history, obsession, and the paranormal for an exhilarating read. Bridging time and space, the story is about seeking truth, taking control of our lives and discovering the unknown strength within each of us.

More about The Beads of Lapis Lazuli and its author will be posted on this blog on April 13th.  And everyone can play a role in determining who wins the Best Book of the Year award and its $1,500 Grand Prize by participating in the open poll on this blog on April 15th.


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Self Publishing Newsletter Announces $1,500 Book Awards

The Self-Publishing and Book Marketing Newsletter for July 1, 2010 has been distributed. You can read the newsletter in its entirety by clicking here. Here is the lead story:

 
 
 
 

The “Christmas in July” promotion announces the Best Book of the Year Award and your opportunity to receive $1,500! 

Simply order your publishing package this month and publish your book this year.  No promotion code is necessary.  If your book is recognized next spring as the Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year, $1500 will be credited to your account:

  • Consider it a refund (and then some) on your award-winning publishing package
  • Or use it to publish your next book (or two)  with Outskirts Press for free
  • Or use it to purchase optional marketing services or products to promote your award-winning book   

Regardless of what you do with the $1500, an exclusive award graphic will be added to your cover design as a permanent testament to your book’s quality.  Your book will be the ONLY book in the world that features the “Outskirts Press 2010 Best Book of the Year” award-seal on its cover.

Are you ready to start publishing and see if your book has what it takes to win? Choose from one of these two packages:

Here’s how the Best Book of the Year Award is determined.

1. To win the Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Award, your book must be among those books we publish every year that win an EVVY Award.  The EVVY Awards are the annual independent awards held by the Colorado Independent Publishers Association in recognition of excellence in independently-published books.

2. Your book must receive an Official Outskirts Press EVVY Nomination from us in the fall, and you must accept the nomination, which includes the EVVY Nomination entry fee, the cost of the judge’s copies for your book, and the shipping/handling fee to complete your application on your behalf.

3. In addition to a well-written book, Official Outskirts Press EVVY Award Nominations are based upon 4 main criteria:

  • The book must be published with the Outskirts Press Diamond or full-color Pearl package
  • The book must have a custom cover
  • The book must be edited
  • The book must be in English

Only the top 5% of the books we publish are nominated for the EVVYs. We typically nominate between 50-75 books each year. Yes, that means once your book is nominated, you have at least a 1/75 chance to win the Best Book of the Year Award, although this is NOT a contest of chance.  Award-winning books are based upon the talent and tenacity of the author.

4. Your book must win an EVVY Award to be considered to be our Best Book of the Year.   1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place EVVY Awards are awarded in a number of different categories.  Yes, that means in order to be recognized as the Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year, your book has to win an award. Makes sense, right?  Typically 10-20 of our books win EVVY Awards.

5. EVVY-winning books published by Outskirts Press are announced in the spring at an Awards Banquet in Denver.  All EVVY Award-winning books receive promotion, framed awards, marketing materials, and other perks that are independent of the Best Book of the Year Award.

 6. From among all the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place EVVY-winning Outskirts Press books, the top 3 will be chosen by Outskirts Press to be the Best Book of the Year finalists.  These choices are final.  All three finalist books will receive extensive promotion in our newsletters and on our social networks, including links to the respective author webpages, book video trailers (if any), ebook or Kindle editions (if any), and any other marketing efforts the three authors have put into place.  Award-winning authors realize that marketing and promotion are a vital piece of success.

7. The ultimate Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Award will be determined by the SelfPublishingNews.com blog readership in an open, public vote.  Yes, that means the three finalists hold their own fate in their hands.   The Best Book of the Year Award is meant to demonstrate to agents, editors, and publishers that the author has the talent and tenacity to excel.  Being a finalist means you have the talent.  Do you have the marketing tenacity to get the most votes for YOUR book in an open, public vote?  Leverage your Twitter and Facebook accounts;  email everyone you know to vote for your book; the voting will determine the most talented writer with the best author platform.

It could be you walking away with $1,500 and the Best Book of the Year Award!

Start publishing today.

While this is the first year of our official Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Award, we did hold a similar promotion last December and you can learn about the book and author who won by clicking here.

Even if you don’t win the Best Book of the Year Award, you will join thousands upon thousands of other satisfied authors who have received top-quality service for their top-quality publication (and countless Outskirts Press authors have gone on to win OTHER awards, anyway).

 For all the Book Award details, and to hear from an Outskirts Press author in her own words, click here.