Hit the Polls! Vote for the 2020 Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year

Just days ago, we announced the three finalists in this year’s Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year awards. All three finalists were 1st place winners of a 2020 CIPA EVVY Award; those annual awards, sponsored by the Colorado Independent Publishers Association (CIPA) and the CIPA Education and Literacy Foundation (ELF), were announced September 10th and recognize some of the finest works of independent authors in dozens of book categories.

The time has come to vote on which of these talented authors have built an author platform and worked up the promotional muscle to acquire Outskirts Press’ top honors through a head-to-head competition! The Best Book of the Year Grand Prize winner and $1,500 Grand Prize winnings will be awarded based on the results of a live public poll … which is where you come in!

Our three finalists couldn’t be more different, and you’ll find summaries of each book below. So, study your choices, order their books, visit their webpages and social media, watch their book trailer videos and cast your vote. Voting is easy! Simply scroll down to the poll, below, to place your vote for the book you think deserves our top honors in the 2020 Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year competition!

FINALIST: Life in the Morgue by Lance Anderson

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FINALIST: Musings from Cowboy Country by George Rhoades

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FINALIST: Whispers of Love by Gina Simone

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Cast Your Vote!

The public poll for Best Book of the Year closes at 11:59 PM Mountain Time on Thursday, September 24th.

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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? Connect with Outskirts Press now in whatever manner is easiest for you:

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If you’re not yet published, this may be the perfect time to take the leap. Outskirts Press is offering the popular Amazon Launch Bundle absolutely free (a $349 value!) with your purchase of the Ultimate Black & White or Full-Color publishing package! Enhanced Amazon marketing can help you get out of the gate with a newly published book in a much stronger selling position with the largest book-buying audience in the world.

The Amazon Launch Bundle is designed to increase visibility with tens of millions of readers browsing the Amazon bookstore. When your book is published, we will expertly boost your presence on Amazon with:

  • Amazon Search Inside the Book — This feature entices readers with preview pages, and we’ll submit it for you for free
  • Amazon Listing Optimization — Your book will perform better in search engine results when we optimize your book’s selling page with strategically chosen keywords, all for free
  • Amazon Author Profile — After we create and/or improve your Amazon Author Profile for you (and for free), you will be able to provide readers with key information about you and your book(s) to build awareness, fan loyalty, and new readers!

And if that’s not enough, start publishing your masterpiece today and we will also publish and distribute an Amazon Kindle eBook Edition of your book for free (a $299 value).
To claim all these additional Amazon extras at no additional cost, simply enter promo code amazonlaunch during check-out when you start publishing your book with either the Ultimate Black & White or Full-Color publishing package today.

So, are you ready to publish your masterpiece with the A+ rated and #1-rated self-publishing company according to the Better Business Bureau and Top Consumer Reviews, respectively? If so, connect with Outskirts Press right now in whatever manner is easiest for you:

“Outskirts Press made it easy for me to get my book published. I could not be more pleased with Outskirts and will definitely use Outskirts again.” – Gordon Docking with David Smale, author of Blake and Me: The Life Lessons I’ve Learned From the Best Teacher I Ever Had


The Value of Self-Publishing Multiple Formats/Editions

We all remember the fervor that overtook the publishing industry when e-books hit the mainstream. Suddenly, it was the fastest growing segment and everyone was anxious to make sure their books had an Amazon Kindle e-Book Edition, a Barnes & Noble NOOK Edition, an e-book edition that was available on iTunes, and through Apple iBookstore, etc.

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And the excitement of the new e-book market lasted for several years, in fact, to such a degree that some authors began publishing their books ONLY as e-book editions, because they liked the speed and convenience of it.

But then a funny thing happened. With the exception of a fortunate few (you know, the e-book authors you’ve read about in the news), e-book-only editions failed to reach the lofty promises of all that hype! It turns out, people still like touching actual books. So the publication of paperbacks and hardbacks jumped back into the fray, along with their newfound format–the e-book!

And then, almost overnight, another new format caught readers’ (or should we say listeners’) attention: audiobooks.  With longer daily commutes, not to mention the convenience afforded by Audible, and the tendency of people to multi-task more than ever, audiobooks soon became the fastest growing segment.

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Add Large Print and/or multi-media-enabled editions, and traditional publishers were looking at greater complexities and thinner profit margins for each book they gambled on. Soon, in many cases, particulary for the “mid-listers,” traditional publishers were having to make tough choices about which format(s) they would publish/maintain, and which format(s) they would allow to “expire” (much to the chagrin of their authors). Without the zero-inventory convenience available through POD self-publishing, traditional publishers frequently could not justify the time/expense of supporting a growing family of formats for every book. It just stopped making economic sense.

Which is why more books are now self-published than are published by all the traditional publishers combined! With print-on-demand (POD) self-publishing, you never have to worry about your publisher expiring one of your editions, ceasing future print runs, or not helping you pursue each and every format you are interested in.

Hint: You should be interested in all of them.

After all, you never know whether the potential reader you reach via your marketing efforts is going to prefer a paperback, an e-book, a hardback, a large print edition, or an audiobook; so make sure all those choices are available. Once the initial cost of publishing each format is absorbed, the economies of scale in the POD self-publishing world allow authors to affordably maintain all the formats they want, for as long as they want.

Talk about a happy ending!