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.

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.

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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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The winner receives a $1,500 grand prize, an exclusive Best Book of the Year award added to the book’s cover for all future printings, exclusive placement in our Best Book of the Year Pinterest Board, and much more!


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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.

INFORMATION ABOUT THE BOOK

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.

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 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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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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Outskirts Press Self-Published Authors Make Impressive Showing at 2013 ForeWord Book Awards

We didn’t think it was possible, but Outskirts Press self-published authors one-upped themselves in the ForeWord Reviews 2013 Book of the Year Awards! Our independently published authors made us proud once again, garnering 11 finalist nominations in the ForeWord Reviewsadult fiction, adult non-fiction and children’s book genres.

The ForeWord Book of the Year Awards spotlight the year’s most distinguished independent/self-published books. More than 1,300 entries in 62 categories were considered for the awards, which represent the very best in small publishing offerings. Congratulations to the following Outskirts Press authors for your recognition in the 2013 awards!

Adult Fiction

Sleight of Hand: Shadow GamesFantasy

FinalistSleight of Hand: Shadow Games by Jennifer Fales

Action & Adventure

Finalist: Sleight of Hand: Shadow Games

The Poison Ring by Freddie RemzaMulticultural

Finalist: The Poison Ring by Freddie Remza

Michael Divine: The Fallen by T.J. RichardsGeneral

Finalist: Michael Divine: The Fallen by T.J. Richards

Future Prometheus: Emergence & Evolution by J.M. EricksonScience Fiction

Finalist: Future Prometheus: Emergence & Evolution by J.M. Erickson

Adult Non-Fiction

Moving Mountains by James WildeAdventure & Recreation

Finalist: Moving Mountains: How the Dream to Climb the Seven Summits Transformed into the Charity Global H2O by James Wilde, Madalena Moreira de Sa (editor), Janne Flostrand (illustrator), Madara Repse (photographer), and Chris Wooten (designer)

Viva Laughter! by Patrick ShannonHumor

Finalist: Viva Laughter! by Patrick Shannon

Rational Polemics: Tackling the Ethical Dilemmas of Life by Richard Todd DevensPhilosophy

Finalist: Rational Polemics: Tackling the Ethical Dilemmas of Life by Richard Todd Devens

A Nantucket Experience: A Year in the Life of a Wash Ashore by Shellie DunlapTravel Essays

Finalist: A Nantucket Experience: A Year in the Life of a Wash Ashore by Shellie Dunlap

Children’s

Angel and Brie by Barbara LopuszynskiJuvenile Fiction

Finalist: Angel and Brie by Barbara Lopuszynski

Later Gator, In a While Crocodile by Mike Fortunato and Shannon Parish (illustrator)Juvenile Fiction

FinalistLater Gator, In a While Crocodile by Mike Fortunato and Shannon Parish (illustrator)

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Self-Publishing Author George Rhoades Takes Poetry Prize in 2013 Will Rogers Medallion Awards

George RhoadesOutskirts Press author George Rhoades has taken top honors in the 2013 Will Rogers Medallion Awards, winning the Cowboy Poetry category for his book Along the Chisholm Trail.

The Academy of Western Artists established the annual Will Rogers Awards in the mid-1990s to honor excellence in contemporary cowboy and Western culture. In the beginning of this genre, many cowboy poetry books consisted, quite literally, of mimeographed pages stapled together. Cowboy poets eventually recognized the need to improve the quality of their publications and production of these books vastly improved. By the early 2000s, some of the individuals who were judging for the AWA were seeing enough books of sufficient quality to merit special book awards for this category. Thus, the Will Rogers Medallion Award was born to recognize both authors and publishers of high-quality books that embody the traditions and values of the American cowboy.

In addition to the Cowboy Poetry category, the Will Rogers Medallion Awards recognize:
Western Non-fictionWill Rogers Medallion Award
Western Non-fiction – Juvenile
Western Fiction
Western Fiction – Juvenile
Western Humor

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Born on a farm in George Rhoades Cotton County, Okla., was a soldier, printer and rancher before making journalism his career, first as a reporter, then as a professor, teaching the art to others at Oklahoma State University, Utah State University and the University of Texas at Arlington. He’s since retired to his hay farm in Oklahoma. Along the Chisholm Trail includes poems about the Chisholm Trail, farm life, cowboy tall tails, and other reflections and observations.

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Reasons (Other than Bragging Rights) Why Book Awards Are Meaningful

November is always a busy time for publishers and the authors they represent. Yes, we’re all gearing up for the holidays, but it’s also busy for another reason: It’s the official book awards season! This is a time when everyone’s scrambling to submit for a chance at recognition for their years of hard work.

It gives us the warm fuzzies to see authors take home hard-earned awards. It speaks to the quality of their work – and ours. Nothing makes an author puff out their chest with pride like having the descriptor “award-winning” appear in front of their name. But awards mean much more than bragging rights. Recognition by a panel of publishing industry experts carries with it a number of other tangible benefits:

  1. You gain visibility. While a positive book review by a major publication is a proud moment, a book award is press release worthy. A review means your book won over one very important reader, but a book award generally comes at the behest of an entire committee who measured your book against many others. That official stamp of approval is powerful!
  2. You gain a valuable marketing tool. Readers tend to take notice of books that have that so-called stamp of approval. A buyer who was straddling the fence about your book might be swayed by an endorsement like that. What’s more, your status as an award-winner is something you can use to strengthen your marketing efforts.
  3. Your influence grows. An award tells readers, reviewers, publications and potential interviewers that you are a talented force to be reckoned with. More important, it sends the message that you and your book are relevant. That buys you credibility and leverage for your current, and future, books.
  4. You receive valuable feedback. A book award is the strongest signal that you’re on the right track with your writing. If you can win over a tough crowd like an awards committee, you’ve clearly done your job as an author. Take any feedback from these committees – positive and negative — and use it to make your next effort even stronger.

Even if you’re not the type to seek approval from others, there’s no denying those real-world bonuses!

OPTION TO SUBMIT TO ALL BOOK AWARDS IS AVAILABLE!

There are many book awards and contests available to authors; Outskirts Press has vetted them all to identify 6 of the most promising and meaningful. Now is the season to enter these great book awards! The Book Award Submissions Package includes everything you need to enter these 6 major book award contests. And the best part is, Outskirts Press takes care of all of the details!

The six awards are:

  • Writer’s Digest International Self-Published Awards
  • The National Best Books Awards
  • The Next Generation Indie Book Awards
  • The Reader Views Literary Awards
  • The Benjamin Franklin Awards
  • ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Awards

Outskirts Press will handle all the details, including:

  • the award submission fee
  • registering your book with the contest
  • sending each program the necessary review copies of your book
  • accurately and completely filling out the necessary entry forms
  • selecting the most appropriate category for your book
  • shipping and handling costs of your book to each of the contest’s multiple judges

Many awards only accept books in the current copyright year (some will accept older books). If you just published your book this year, it is definitely the time to enter before it’s too late!

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Born into meager means, a very shy little girl was raised in southwest New Mexico. She met adversity at seemingly every turn but her inner determination and sense of survival against odds led her on an uphill struggle. She and her husband began raising a family at a very young age. Bobbie developed a sense of self worth early in life when she excelled rapidly in her piano lessons. Her music lessons brought about a sense that she had something of value to offer. A professional who has known Bobbie for several years says her story is no less than a miraculous sequence of events. He would say, “You will never believe this, but it’s all true!”

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