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.

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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
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  • 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.

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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 https://selfpublishingnews.com/2014/09/06/vote-now-for-the-2013-outskirts-press-best-book-of-the-year-award/ 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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Vote now for the 2013 Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Award

Now’s your chance to give us your vote for which book you would like to see receive the Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Award for 2013 and the $1,500 Grand Prize that goes along with it. Voting is open to everyone. The poll ends on Friday, September 12th at 12pm Mountain Time.

The 2013 Best Book of the Year Finalists are:

Lynda 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.

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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.

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Richard Pires was born and raised in a small town in Northern California where there was little to do but use one’s imagination. He has been writing for ten years professionally, and The Monster Monroe is his first novel.

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Steven Fisher is about to be sent off to fight in World War II, but his patriotic zeal is tempered by a series of nightmares. He realizes that his psyche is trying to remind him of something-a promise he made to a deformed World War I veteran who saved his life years earlier. Steven looks back on his past, rediscovering his childhood and reflecting on the horrifying events that brought him face-to-face with pure evil in the summer of 1928 in his small town. As a 13-year-old, Steven is enamored by the local legend, The Monster Monroe, who lives alone in a big house and wears a mask to cover his hideously mangled face. Monroe works as a freak at a carnival in the city and drinks to escape the pain his life has become. He also documents his life in his memoirs-the mistakes he made and the love he lost-in an attempt to reconnect with his daughter, long absent from his life. And when a sadistic murderer begins to kill young boys, Monroe is the perfect scapegoat. THE MONSTER MONROE, a period drama, centers around one fateful summer of a young man’s life. It’s a powerful debut novel-a page-turner that packs a powerful emotional punch.

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Lesha 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.

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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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As a self-taught artist, T.C. Newman splits her passions between art and family. Her mother was an artist and her father a physicist, so she developed a strong knowledge of art as well as all things mysterious.

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The mysteries of the Shroud of Turin are not so difficult to understand; sometimes the hardest things to see are right there in plain sight. This shocking and enthralling project catapults the reader to a greater understanding of the image formation process of the Shroud of Turin, the most misunderstood artifact known to mankind, yet one of the most rigorously investigated. This Journal is unlike any other publication written about the Shroud. The project details direct, personal, and original research that reveals a fresh new approach. This entertaining chronicle unravels the mysteries of the Shroud’s image, revealing riveting new evidence, which combines science and faith with new information never before realized. Follow the Light, The Shroud’s Revelations, is based on more than 30 years of artistic study, and perseverance, and reveals more scientific truth, than all the other theories and analyses up to date. This is a book that is good for all ages, believers, and non believers, Christian and Scientific alike. It details the project as the author, along with her eight-year old daughter, explore a fascinating journey, while developing a process of decoding the three-dimensional information within the image, resulting in sculptures demonstrating some startling conclusions.

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Finalist #4 for the 2013 Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year

Congratulations to T.C. Newman author of  Follow the Light: The Shroud’s Revelations, one of four finalists for the Outskirts Press 2013 Best Book of the Year Award.

The four finalists are being 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 Monster MonroeAs a self-taught artist, T.C. Newman splits her passions between art and family. Her mother was an artist and her father a physicist, so she developed a strong knowledge of art as well as all things mysterious.

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The mysteries of the Shroud of Turin are not so difficult to understand; sometimes the hardest things to see are right there in plain sight.

This shocking and enthralling project catapults the reader to a greater understanding of the image formation process of the Shroud of Turin, the most misunderstood artifact known to mankind, yet one of the most rigorously investigated. This Journal is unlike any other publication written about the Shroud. The project details direct, personal, and original research that reveals a fresh new approach. This entertaining chronicle unravels the mysteries of the Shroud’s image, revealing riveting new evidence, which combines science and faith with new information never before realized. Follow the Light, is based on more than 30 years of artistic study, and perseverance, and reveals more scientific truth, than all the other theories and analyses up to date. This is a book that is good for all ages, believers, and non believers, Christian and Scientific alike. It details the project as the author, along with her eight-year old daughter, explore a fascinating journey, while developing a process of decoding the three-dimensional information within the image, resulting in sculptures demonstrating some startling conclusions.

Buy the paperback from Amazon for $13.33
Buy the Kindle edition from Amazon for $4.99
Buy the paperback from Outskirts Press for $13.46
Buy the paperback from Barnes & Noble for $13.51
Buy the hardcover from Barnes & Noble for $21.95

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, T.C. Newman and her book Follow the Light will be competing head-to-head-to-head with the other three finalists in a public poll on this blog starting on Saturday. T.C. 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.

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Finalist #2 for the 2013 Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year

Congratulations to Richard Pires author of The Monster Monroe, one of four finalists for the Outskirts Press 2013 Best Book of the Year Award.

The four finalists are being 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 Monster MonroeRichard Pires was born and raised in a small town in Northern California where there was little to do but use one’s imagination. He has been writing for ten years professionally, and The Monster Monroe is his first novel.

INFORMATION ABOUT THE BOOK

Steven Fisher is about to be sent off to fight in World War II, but his patriotic zeal is tempered by a series of nightmares. He realizes that his psyche is trying to remind him of something—a promise he made to a deformed World War I veteran who saved his life years earlier. Steven looks back on his past, rediscovering his childhood and reflecting on the horrifying events that brought him face-to-face with pure evil in the summer of 1928 in his small town. As a 13-year-old, Steven is enamored by the local legend, The Monster Monroe, who lives alone in a big house and wears a mask to cover his hideously mangled face. Monroe works as a freak at a carnival in the city and drinks to escape the pain his life has become. He also documents his life in his memoirs—the mistakes he made and the love he lost—in an attempt to reconnect with his daughter, long absent from his life. And when a sadistic murderer begins to kill young boys, Monroe is the perfect scapegoat. THE MONSTER MONROE, a period drama, centers around one fateful summer of a young man’s life. It’s a powerful debut novel—a page-turner that packs a powerful emotional punch.

Buy the paperback from Amazon for $14.36
Buy the paperback from Outskirts Press for $14.36
Buy the paperback from Barnes & Noble for $15.95
Buy the NOOK edition from Barnes & Noble for $3.99
Buy the Kindle edition from Amazon 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 four finalists.

As one of four finalists, Richard Pires and his book The Monster Monroe will be competing head-to-head-to-head with the other three finalists in a public poll on this blog starting on Saturday. Richard 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 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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