The votes are in! The winner of the 2018 Best Book of the Year goes to Two Towers!

Our three authors have already won in their categories at the EVVY Awards, but only one can claim our highest honor: Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year!

Selecting a favorite book is no small feat, and each of our authors works deserve to be recognized. T.D. Arkenberg: Two Towers, Katherine S. Egan: Genetics Isn’t Everything, and C. R. Norris: Wasp on the Wind are our top three finalists and we are proud of them and their great achievements.

Our authors have offered you their very best, and you’ve weighed your options and voted for your favorite book for this incredible distinction!

The winner of the 2018 Best Book of the Year award goes to Two Towers by T.D. Arkenberg.

Two Towers

In his poignant memoir, Two Towers, T.D. Arkenberg navigates readers through a personal perfect storm. A resurgence of his father’s long-dormant cancer and chaos at his job in the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks serve as the backdrop for a private struggle with a secret hidden for thirty-seven years. The story opens on Christmas Eve, 2001. Alone, he stands in his empty childhood home. Two months earlier, his father succumbed to cancer after a lengthy struggle. Five weeks after that painful loss, his mother’s unexpected death shattered his world. The double-barreled blast toppled his towers of strength and unconditional love at a time he was barely treading water. Only weeks before his parents’ deaths, his professional life descended into turmoil. Nineteen hijackers commandeered four commercial jets, unleashing unspeakable terror on US soil. Two towers collapsed into piles of twisted steel, a dusty grave for thousands of innocent souls. Friends don’t know how he survives. Neither does he, especially with the added burden of a dark secret. As his world starts to crumble, fate offers a lifeline.


About Author T.D. Arkenberg

Two Towers is the fourth book and first memoir from award-winning author T.D. Arkenberg. Independent Publisher Book Awards, Next Generation Indie Book Awards, National Indie Excellence Awards, and Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society have recognized his work. T.D. studied at The University of Chicago, London Business School, and Northwestern University. He lives with his spouse, Jim, and their cat outside Chicago. Visit

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The Polls Are Closing … Vote for the 2018 Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year

Last week, we were proud to announce to you the three finalists for this year’s Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year awards. Since then, the finalists have been showing us their impressive marketing chops – reaching out to fans on social media, making appearances and promoting their book like pros to win your votes.

Now it is time to pick a winner. We’re in the final hours, and we need your vote today to determine which of these talented authors has proven they have the author platform and promotional muscle to take top honors as the Grand Prize winner, and take home the $1,500 Grand Prize for Best Book of the Year.

So, take one last look at these worthy contenders, and then scroll down to the poll to place your vote for the 2018 Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year!

FINALIST: Two Towers by T. D. Arkenberg

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FINALIST: Genetics Isn’t Everything by Katherine S. Egan

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FINALIST: Wasp on the Wind by C. R. Norris

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The public poll for Best Book of the Year closes at 5:00 PM (MST) on Friday, September 14th.

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Outskirts Press Self-Publishing Authors Snag 21 EVVY Awards Finalists

The results of the EVVY Awards judging is back, and it’s good news: Outskirts Press self-publishing authors garnered a company record of 21 finalists for the 2017 CIPA EVVY Awards, including one book, Gramma Darling by Lissa Schroeder, which placed in six competition categories! A second, The Thundering Herd by John E. Peltier, will be recognized in two.

Now in their 23rd year, the CIPA EVVY Awards are sponsored by the Colorado Independent Publishers Association (CIPA) and the CIPA Education and Literacy Foundation (ELF), and recognizes the works of independent authors in dozens of book categories. Outskirts Press hand-selects only the highest quality books for nomination each year. In fact, we generally nominate only 2 to 5 percent of the books we publish in any given year. (This is also the first step toward nomination for the Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Award, which comes with a $1,500 Grand Prize. Authors who publish using an Ultimate, Full-Color or One-Click publishing package are automatically eligible for Best Book of the Year.)

First, second and third place winners in the EVVY Awards are, for now, a closely guarded secret — and the suspense is killing us! Winners will be revealed and recognized at an awards banquet on Aug. 19 in Denver, Colorado. Outskirts Press would love to see as many of these amazing authors at the ceremony as possible. If you can’t make it, no worries: Executives will be on hand to accept the awards on behalf of authors not able to appear in person.

Here are the self-published books that have been selected as finalists in the 2017 EVVY Awards:



Children’s Picture Books


Family & Relationships

Fiction: Fantasy

Fiction: Literary & Contemporary

Fiction: Mystery & Detective

Fiction: Romance




Interior Layout/Design

Juvenile Fiction

Juvenile Non-Fiction


Performing Arts


Politics/Political Science

Religion & Spirituality

Congratulations to all our EVVY Award finalists — we couldn’t be prouder of all you’ve accomplished! Visit Self-Publishing News August 22 to find out who took home top honors.

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Outskirts Press Self-Publishing Author Takes Top Spot in ForeWord’s 2014 IndieFab Awards

Outskirts Press is fortunate to boast many award-winning authors and books over the years, and today we add one more to list. We’re proud to announce that Outskirts Press author J.M. Erickson has taken Gold in the Science Fiction category in ForeWord’s Book of the Year Awards for Future Prometheus II, the second book in a series.

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 18 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 were considered for the awards, which represent the best in small publishing offerings. Foreword Reviews announced the winners at the annual ALA Conference in June.

Congratulations to J.M. Erickson for the big win in the 2014 awards!

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Two Outskirts Press Authors Take Silver in 2015 Benjamin Franklin Awards

The Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) has announced the 2015 Benjamin Franklin Awards, and Outskirts Press is proud to once again be represented in the winner’s circle. The Benjamin Franklin Awards, administered by the Independent Book Publishers Association, are among the most respected book awards in the country. The awards recognize excellence in both editorial and design. The specific genre categories are judged by three industry professionals, coming from the library, bookstore, reviewer, designer, publicity and editorial markets.

Join us in congratulating two Outskirts Press self-publishing authors, G.A. Whitmore and L.L Field, for their Silver Medal wins! Whitmore’s A Place to Call Home took silver in the Teen Fiction category, and Field took Silver in the the Fiction Romance genre with The Marriage of True Minds.

Winners and finalists were recognized at a gala event at the Benjamin Franklin Awards ceremony during the association’s Publishing University on April 10-11, 2015, in Austin, Texas. Both Whitmore and Field received an engraved crystal trophy to commemorate their wins, and their accomplishment will be announced to the major trade journals and media.

 Join us in congratulating these talented writers, G.A. Whitmore and L.L. Field!

Teen Fiction (13-18 years)

A Place to Call Home

A Place to Call Home: Toby’s Tale by G.A. Whitmore

Every rescue dog has a tale to tell, a story uniquely their own. A Place to Call Home is Toby’s tale. His story takes you on a journey across the country from California to Connecticut and across the spectrum of life’s emotional and spiritual experience. Born on a small farm in northern California, Toby narrowly escapes the death sentence imposed upon him by his breeder. Through a series of events driven by good intentions, he finds himself in a Connecticut suburb where life with his new family soon collapses on him, and his newfound happiness is brutally destroyed. On his quest to find a place to call home, Toby encounters and endures the best and worst of humanity as he comes face to face with sorrow and joy, fear and courage, and ultimately, with the power of love.G.A.  Whitmore

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Format: 6 x 9 paperback white, 299 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Feb 19, 2014)
ISBN10: 1478700734
ISBN13: 9781478700739
Genre: FICTION / General

ABOUT G.A. Whitmore:
G.A. Whitmore’s passion for writing and her love of dogs come together in her series The Rescue Dog Tales. The first book in the series, A Place to Call Home, was inspired by Toby, an abused dog she adopted from the Connecticut Humane Society. Whitmore currently lives in Connecticut with her two rescue dogs, Kadee and Zeus.

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The Marriage of True Minds

The Marriage of True Minds by L.L. Field

The Marriage of True Minds is an opulent journey into the lives and loves of the Earl of Stoneleigh and the Earl of Wortham during the reign of George III in 18th century England. It is a glimpse of the period’s upper class society weighed down by social conventions in a milieu of constant social obligations requiring fine carriages, elegant attire, and polished, polite manners. L.L. Field captures all the details that will keep you immersed page after page as you witness their daily struggles to find real love while supporting their lavish lifestyles, with the ultimate pressure to secure the future of their earldoms by producing heirs.

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Format: 5.5 x 8.5 paperback cream, 331 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Sep 10, 2014)
ISBN10: 1478728736
ISBN13: 9781478728733
Genre: FICTION / Romance / Historical

ABOUT L.L. Field:
The Marriage of True Minds is L.L. Field’s first novel born of a love of 18th century England. She has a B.A. in Political Science and a M.S. in Judicial Administration. Born in Kalamazoo, Michigan, she now lives in the Washington, D.C., area and is hard at work on a sequel.

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Learn How to Get Your Book Noticed — and Compete for Valuable Prizes — in Book Awards Competitions

As a self-publishing author, you know the value of positive publicity in your marketing efforts. Without the backing of a traditional publishing house, your marketing is solely up to you and your marketing service provider, so every “selling point” you can get is priceless.Book Contests

Now you can save 25% and enjoy maximum convenience by allowing us to submit your book to 6 recognized, vetted and reputable book award contests, some of which offer major cash and prizes (Writer’s Digest and Foreword) and all of which offer the chance for extra exposure, recognition and the chance to add the descriptor “award-winning” to your title. This promotion is part of Outskirts Press’ Spring Season Book Awards Submissions.

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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 and effective ways you can make your book stand above the crowd. With so many book awards and contests available, Outskirts Press has pre-screened and vetted 6 contests. 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


Writer's DigestThe Writer’s Digest International Self-Publishing Book Awards

You could win $3,000 cash and promotion in Writer’s Digest and Publisher’s Weekly!

Outskirts Press is already the sponsor and publisher of Writer’s Digest’s annual Writing Competition Collection, which is one of the most renowned short story contests in the country. Now Outskirts Press can help you participate in the Writer’s Digest International Self-Publishing contest for books. You may be eligible to receive part of more than $17,000 in cash and prizes, including the $3,000 Grand Prize, 10 First Place prizes of $1,000 and Honorable Mentions.


The National Best Books

Every year USA Book News honors outstanding mainstream and independent books with their National Best Books Award. USA Book News Exposure: A six-month book listing that includes your color book cover, a brief paragraph about your title and a hyperlink to your website. Fantastic coverage for the busy holiday season! Additional coverage in the USABN E-zine, sent to thousands of book buyers. Coverage of results from the USA Book News network of media outlets and industry contacts for exposure to over 500,000 subscribers. In addition, the USA Book News national media campaign highlighting the winners and finalists runs from October through January.


The Next Generation Indie Book AwardsNext Generation Indie Book Awards

The Next Generation Indie Book Awards submission service through Outskirts Press is open for English-language books. Prizes range from $250 to $1,000 cash, plus a listing in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards Catalog which is distributed to book buyers, media and others; exposure for your book on websites and blogs, and the opportunity to display Finalist or Winner stickers on your book.

In the past, the top 70 books have been reviewed by New York literary agent Marilyn Allen of Allen O’Shea Literary Agency or one of Allen’s co-agents for possible representation in areas such as distribution, foreign rights, film rights and other rights. Allen has worked with many best-selling authors including Stephen King, Ken Follett, Barbara Kingsolver, John Gray, Mary Higgins Clark and many more.


Reader Views Literary AwardThe Reader Views Literary Awards

How would you like to become eligible to win thousands of dollars in marketing support AND a Literary Award at the same time? The annual Reader Views Literary Awards were established to honor writers who self-published or had their books published alternatively by a self-publishing company. In years past, winners of the Reader Views Literary Award have received $1,000s of dollars of expert marketing assistance from renown marketing experts.


Benjamin Franklin Awards

The Benjamin Franklin Awards are among the most respected Book Awards in the country. The awards recognize excellence in both editorial and design. The specific genre categories are judged by three industry professionals, coming from the library, bookstore, reviewer, designer, publicity and editorial markets. The winners in each category will be announced at the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards presentation during the Publishing University at the Book Expo of America. Finalists will receive a certificate of excellence; winners will receive the Benjamin Franklin Award trophy. All finalists will be displayed during the Publishing University and at the Awards Ceremony and all winners will be displayed in a special booth at Book Expo America. Winners and finalists will also be featured on the IBPA website, among other places.


ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year AwardForeWord Magazine's Book of the Year Award

Win $1,500 in cash. ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year Awards were established to bring increased attention from librarians and booksellers to the literary achievements of independent publishers and their authors. 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 Nonfiction as determined by the editors of ForeWord Magazine. ForeWord Magazine reserves the right to withhold an award in any category should submissions not meet criteria outlined by editorial and professional production standards mentioned above. All cash prizes are solely at the discretion of ForeWord Magazine.
Winners and finalists will also be featured in ForeWord Magazine and elsewhere.

Important: Be sure your book is eligible for the Book Award Submissions Package by checking the copyright date on the copyright page of your book. If your book has a copyright date in the same year as the year you are ordering this package, you are eligible. If your book has a copyright date in the year prior to your order, please double-check your eligibility with If your book has a copyright date 2 years (or more) prior to your order, your book is no longer eligible to enter these awards.

 Now’s the time to take advantage of hassle-free submission to some of the most prestigious book awards in the country. Learn more about how to get your book recognized!

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2014 Outskirts Press EVVY Award Winners Announced

September 9, 2014 – Denver, CO— Outskirts Press has released the winners of the 2014 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 2013 Best Book of the Year Award-winner and walking away with a Grand Prize of $1,500. The Outskirts Press 2013 Best Book of the Year award recognizes the best book published by Outskirts Press in 2013 as decided by a social community of self-publishing authors.

Outskirts Press has announced the four finalists among this year’s EVVY winners for the public to vote for the winner of the 2013 Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Award. Voting takes place at and will last until noon (Mountain Standard Time) on Friday, September 12th.

Congratulations to all of the 2014 EVVY Award winners below!

1st Place Winners
Lynda Stephenson, author of “The Southern Chapter of the Big Girl Panties Club”
Richard Pires, author of “Monster Monroe”
Lesha Acker, author of “No Fear”
T.C. Newman, author of “Follow the Light, The Shroud’s Revelations”

2nd Place Winners
Jennifer Fales, author of “Sleight of Hand”
Richard Todd Devens, author of “Rational Polemics”

3rd Place Winners
Alexander Flint, author of “Tales From the Sea”
Christina Steiner, author of “The Sad Tree and Pronuba”

Merit Winners
Jonathan P. Rosman, M.D., author of “The Art of Joyful Living”
Herman H. White, author of “Burial on Water Box Mountain”
Marion Pember, author of “God In A Box:”
John Lopas, author of “Great Falls”
Keith Swainson, author of Heresy”
Taylor Baptist, author of “The Honey Do List”
William Pfirrman, author of “Nightmare in Aurora”
Todd Bulgarelli, author of “A Rage In Winter”
John Douglas, author of “Shock and Awww in the Cul-De-Sac”
Linda K. Reed, author of “Winter of 1950”

Congratulations to these EVVY Finalists
D. Andrew McChesney, author of “Sailing Dangerous Waters”
Christopher Hall, author of “Tall, Dark, and Handsome and other Devotionals”
Ed Kienzle, author of “The Last Buffalo”
Glenda Lee Vollmecke, author of “Intermission: A Place In Time”
Susie Newman, author of “Diaries”
Latifa Hazim-Rogers, author of “Six Months or LESS”
J. M. Erickson, author of “Eagle, Birds of Flight”
Sheila Jaxland, author of “Mylo”
Belinda Tors, author of “Letting Go”
Richard P. Flynn, author of “Irishmen Don’t Cry”

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