One Self-Publishing Author Will Win a New Laptop Computer in the annual Outskirts Press “Show Us Your Love” Contest

We are excited to hear from our authors at all times, of course, but we are extra-excited to invite you to join us in sharing those experiences during our Annual “Show Us Your Love” social media event and image/video contest. All you have to do to be eligible for a win is count the ways you love Outskirts Press and your published book!

The annual event, appropriately enough, takes place around Valentine’s Day, and we’re spreading the self-publishing love to you with a fabulous grand prize: a brand-new laptop computer. Please note, previous Show Us Your Love contest winners are not eligible to enter the contest within three years with the same book. The deadline to enter “Show Us Your Love” is Friday, February 15th.

Showing your love is easy. Here’s how the contest works:

  • Record a brief video between 1 and 3 minutes long that demonstrates your deep and abiding love for your book, your publishing experience and Outskirts Press. The more creative, the better.
  • Or alternatively, take a fantastic photo commemorating your love for your Outskirts Press publication. Creativity counts!
  • Email your video file in an .mp4 or .mov format or your image in a .jpg or .png format to The contest is open through February 15th.
  • Outskirts Press will share your video or image(s) on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and, if applicable, Instagram, increasing exposure for you and your book. (Please Note: By submitting a video or photograph(s) for this contest, authors grant Outskirts Press permission to post said videos or photograph(s) to its social media platforms for promotional purposes.)
  • The three finalists who receive the most “likes” on Facebook for their entries will be selected for a public vote on the Outskirts Press blog from February 18th — February 23rd to determine the winner. Be sure you follow us on Facebook, Twitter and elsewhere so you can “like” your favorite videos or images and visit our blog to vote!
  • The winner of the laptop computer will be announced via the blog on February 28.

Submit your video or photo(s) as early as you can! The sooner your submission goes live, the more exposure you’ll receive and the more “likes” you can collect. Share the link to your submission once we post it to our Facebook page with all of your friends, family members, fans, and social media followers! (And of course, don’t forget to “like” your own submission on our social media accounts.) Contests such as this one serve as valuable—and free! —promotion for your book, so we hope you have a chance to sit down and whip up a great video or photograph(s) in the days to come!

And that’s all the information you need to get started. We’ll be standing by to receive and share your submissions, as well as to answer any questions you might have. Swing on by our Facebook page at or our YouTube channel at to get a glimpse of some spectacular self-publishing love!


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In celebration of Valentine’s Day, Outskirts Press has been “sharing the love” and inviting its family of successfully published authors to do the same. This has come in the form of a $300 publishing promotion as well as a video promotion for the chance to win a free laptop. The video submissions have been collected, the best of them have been posted on our Facebook Page, and the “likes” have been tabulated.

Now it’s time for you to vote for the winner of the free laptop!

From among all the submissions we received, the top videos are presented below. Simply vote for your favorite in the polling box below the last video. The polls will be open until end-of-business on Thursday, February 28th. The winner will be announced on Friday, March 1st.

Good luck to the three finalists. And thank you to all our wonderful authors who took the time to submit their videos:

Now, without further ado…

VIDEO #1: Larry Wright, author of Longhorn Tales

VIDEO #2: Davy Jennings, author of Kansas Gospels

VIDEO #3: Tommy Baker, author of Santa Claus, The Fourth Wise Man

Are you ready to publish your book?

Outskirts Press Christmas Drawing Offers Free Kindle, Nook and iPad Prizes

We are celebrating our writers and Facebook fans with our 25 Days of Christmas contest. 

The twelve days of Christmas expand this year to twenty-five in Outskirts Press’ 25 Days of Christmas contest that awards a Kindle, a Nook or an iPad2 in a drawing from the publisher’s Facebook fans who “Like” them from December 1st to the 25th.

The more fans that “Like” Outskirts Press’ Facebook page at, the better the self-publisher’s giveaway will be.

  • If there are 5,000 fans or less by Christmas day, Outskirts Press will have one random drawing from among all its fans to see who wins a free Amazon Kindle.
  • If there are between 5,001 and 10,000 fans, there will be two random drawings; one for a free Amazon Kindle and one for a free Barnes & Noble Nook.
  • If over 10,000 fans have “Liked” Outskirts Press, there will be three random drawings: one for a free Amazon Kindle; one for a free Barnes & Noble Nook; and one for a free iPad2.



“Tis better to give than to receive,” said Outskirts Press Vice President Kelly Schuknecht.  “This is a way of saying Happy Holidays to our authors and fans from all of us here at Outskirts Press.”

Any of the three e-readers that are available to be drawn on Christmas Day will make a perfect gift for a lover of the written word.

The new Amazon Kindle is a lighter, smaller and faster version of its renowned earlier models.  It weighs only six ounces, and while it has the same six inch screen, its body is eighteen percent smaller and fits easily into a pocket.  It has a built in Wi-Fi®, has a high contrast E Ink® display that allows reading for extended periods without eyestrain, and its battery holds a charge for up to one month.

The new Barnes & Noble Nook allows readers to touch, open a book, make the type bigger, look up words, organize one’s library, lend a book or shop for new titles.  It has a breakthrough E Ink® display with a Best-Text™ function that reads just like a paper, even in the bright sun.  More than two and a half million books are available instantly with the built in Wi-Fi® and, as with the Amazon Kindle, one can borrow books from one’s public library, as well.

The Apple iPad2 is the crème de la crème of Outskirts Press 25 Days of Christmas e-reader gifts this year.  It is only a third of an inch deep, weighs as little as one and a third pounds and allows users to surf the web, check e-mail, watch movies and take pictures.  There are, in fact, two cameras on the device: one on the front that shows the user’s face as he or she talks via the device, another on the back that can be used to pass on a look at one’s surroundings as one talks.

And, yes, the iPad2 can also be used to download and read books, periodicals and other texts — just like the Kindle and the Nook.

Authors are being encouraged to click the “Like” button themselves for the Outskirts Press Facebook page and then to tell all their writer friends to do the same in order to increase their chances of winning.

The drawing(s) will take place and the winner(s) will be notified on Christmas Day, December 25th.

Go ahead. Like us.

Upcoming Award Deadline for Self-Publishing Authors: Readers Favorite Awards

Time is running out!  The deadline for the Readers Favorite Book Award contest is June 1, 2011

View last year’s winners featured on our blog:

2010 Readers Favorite Award-Winning Outskirts Press Authors

Why Enter the Readers Favorite Award Contest?

Book Awards grab the attention of book stores, publishers, libraries, and readers, which can translate into increased sales. You can refer to your book as an “Award-Winning Book” and yourself as an “Award-Winning Author” on your book cover, website, and all other marketing materials. You can add your Award Sticker to existing copies of your book, or incorporate a digital image of it into new or reprinted versions.

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Self-Publishing Authors Get Recognized with the 2011 Next Generation Indie Book Awards

The Next Generation Indie Book Awards submission service for self-publishing authors is open for any English-language book with a copyright date of 2010.

When ordering this submission service through your Publishing Center, we will handle all the details, including form completion, applicable entry fee, all requisite copies of your book, etc. We will also choose the most applicable category for entry from the following categories:



  • Action/Adventure
  • African American
  • Animals/Pets
  • Anthology
  • Autobiography
  • Biography
  • Business
  • Career
  • Chick Lit
  • Children’s/Juvenile Fiction
  • Children’s/Juvenile Non-Fiction
  • Children’s Picture Book
  • Coffee Table Book/Photography
  • Cookbook and Home/Garden
  • Current Events/Social Change
  • Diet/Nutrition/Food
  • E-book
  • Education/Academic
  • First Novel (under 80,000 words)
  • First Novel (over 80,000 words)
  • GLBT (Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender)
  • General Fiction/Novel (Under 80,000 Words)
  • General Fiction/Novel (Over 80,000 Words)
  • General Non-Fiction
  • Health/Wellness
  • Historical Fiction
  • Historical Non-Fiction
  • How To
  • Humor/Comedy
  • Inspirational
  • Memoirs (Historical/Legacy/Career)
  • Memoirs (Overcoming Adversity/Tragedy/Challenges)
  • Memoirs (Other)
  • Military
  • Motivational
  • Multicultural Fiction
  • Multicultural Non-Fiction
  • Mystery
  • New Age
  • Novella
  • Parenting/Family
  • Poetry
  • Regional Fiction
  • Regional Non-Fiction
  • Relationships
  • Religious Non-Fiction
  • Religious Fiction
  • Romance
  • Science/Nature/Environment
  • Science Fiction/Fantasy
  • Self Help
  • Short Story – Fiction
  • Spirituality
  • Suspense/Thriller
  • Travel/Travel Guide
  • Women’s Issues
  • Young Adult

Additional Categories

  • Best Cover Design – Fiction
  • Best Cover Design – Non-Fiction
  • Best Overall Design


Hurry! The deadline for order is February 18, 2011. Remember, your book must have a 2010 copyright date and be written in English to be eligible.

Awards given to the Finalists and Winners of the 2011 Next Generation Indie Book Awards are:

  • $1,500 Cash Prize and trophy awarded to the best Fiction Book
  • $1,500 Cash Prize and trophy awarded to the best Non-Fiction Book
  • $750 Cash Prize and trophy awarded to the second best Fiction Book
  • $750 Cash Prize and trophy awarded to the second best Non-Fiction Book
  • $500 Cash Prize and trophy awarded to the third best Fiction Book
  • $500 Cash Prize and trophy awarded to the third best Non-Fiction Book
  • $250 Cash Prize and trophy awarded to the Best Design Book entry
  • $100 Cash Prize and a Gold Medal awarded to the winner of each of the 60 categories
  • Finalist Medals will be awarded to up to three finalists in each of the 60 categories

Finalists and Winners will also receive:

  • A listing in the 2011 Next Generation Indie Book Awards Catalog which will be distributed to book buyers, media, and others!
  • Exposure for a full year as a Winner or Finalist at View a list of 2010 Winners and Finalists.
  • The opportunity to display Finalist or Winner gold award stickers on your book.
  • An invitation to attend the gala awards ceremony at the world famous Plaza Hotel in New York City.
  • Other benefits of an award-winning book (such as potential increased revenue).

PLUS, the top 60 books will be reviewed by New York literary agent Marilyn Allen of Allen O’Shea Literary Agency or one of Ms. Allen’s co-agents for possible representation in areas such as distribution, foreign rights, film rights, and other rights (unless an entrant prefers not to have the book forwarded to an agent). Ms. Allen has over 25 years of sales and marketing experience, including serving as Senior Vice President, Associate Publisher, and Director of Marketing for Harper Collins and directing sales and marketing teams for Simon & Schuster, Penguin Books and Avon Books. Ms. Allen has had the pleasure of working with many best-selling authors including Stephen King, Ken Follett, Barbara Kingsolver, John Gray, Mary Higgins Clark, and many more.

All Finalists and Winners for the 2011 Indie Book Awards will be selected and notified by the end of May.

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Two Outskirts Press Facebook Fans Win Free Amazon Kindles in 2010 Self-Publishing Holiday Giveaway

Two Outskirts Press Facebook fans have become the happy holiday winners of an Amazon Kindle e-book reader courtesy of a free giveaway by Outskirts Press to celebrate both writers and readers during this 2010 holiday season.

December 28, 2010 – Outskirts Press, the fastest growing self-publishing and book marketing company, announced today that their Facebook fans Shaun Scalerandi and Josh Sklar are the two winners of Amazon Kindles this holiday season.  Outskirts Press has been sponsoring the contest this December as a way to celebrate both readers and writers through their Facebook page at

Shaun Scalerandi and Josh Sklar will find themselves in good and extensive company with their new Kindles.  The Amazon Kindle is the number one bestselling, most wished for and most gifted product on Amazon’s website.  The portable, wireless reader allows users to read their favorite books anywhere, anytime, and they can download their favorite magazines, newspapers and blogs onto it, as well.  An improved Kindle display now makes reading all that much easier and a new battery design can provide up to a month’s worth of reading pleasure.

“We’re pleased to be able to play Santa Claus this season to two of our valued Facebook fans,” said Outskirt Press Director of Author Support Kelly Schuknecht.  “The Kindles are a small measure of our appreciation for the support that our fans – readers and writers alike – have shown us through this and every year.”

Outskirts Press is also giving away a free iPad to one author who begins publishing this month. Details are on the Outskirts Press website at .

About Outskirts Press, Inc: Outskirts Press offers high-quality, full-service self-publishing and book marketing services for writers and professionals who are seeking a cost-effective, fast, and flexible way to publish and distribute their books worldwide while retaining 100% of their rights, 100% of their profits, and 100% of the creative control.

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Amazon Kindle Giveaway Winners Announced!

This month two lucky Outskirts Press Facebook Fans were selected to win a FREE Amazon Kindle.  All Facebook Fans were eligible to win.  The following winners were selected randomly:

December 14th – Shaun Scalerandi
December 21st – Josh Sklar

Congratulations Shaun and Josh!

Not a Fan of Outskirts Press on Facebook yet?  Simply click the “Like” button on the top of our Facebook page (

You can also follow us on Twitter @outskirtspress:

Two Outskirts Press Facebook Fans to Win Free Amazon Kindle in Holiday Giveaway

Two lucky Outskirts Press Facebook  fans will be able to curl up by the fire this holiday season and read their favorite books – perhaps even their own – on a new Amazon Kindle thanks to the free holiday giveaway by Outskirts Press this December.

December 14, 2010 – Outskirts Press, the fastest growing self-publishing and book marketing company, today announced it is giving away two brand new Amazon Kindle e-book readers this holiday season to its Facebook fans.  The winners will be randomly selected from Outskirt Press’ fan base – those who have clicked to “like” Outskirts Press on Facebook.  All fans are eligible to win, not just self-publishing authors.  The first winner will be selected today, December 14th and announced on the Outskirts Press blog at on the 15th.  The second lucky winner will be selected on the 21st and announced on the blog on the 22nd.

The new Amazon Kindle will make a perfect seasonal treat for any writer or reader.  One can read virtually any book at any time, and the portable, wireless reader also allows users to read their favorite magazines, newspapers and blogs.  The newest Amazon Kindle also has an improved E Ink Pearl display that gives a fifty percent better contrast and makes reading all that much easier on the eyes, and its new batteries now give up to an entire month of reading pleasure.

To enter, contestants – who can be readers and writers alike — need only to go to the Outskirts Press Facebook page at and click the “Like” button at the top of the page and they’re in the running for the holiday giveaway.  It’s that simple.  Outskirts Press fans who already “like” Outskirts Press on Facebook are already entered in the contest.

“Our holiday giveaway of an Amazon Kindle is our way of celebrating both writers and readers this season,” said Outskirts Press Director of Author Support Kelly Schuknecht.  “Nothing will ever replace the comfortable feel of a favorite book in one’s hands, but for immediate access — anywhere, anytime — to such a multitude of literature, a Kindle can’t be beat.”

About Outskirts Press, Inc: Outskirts Press, an Inc. 500 company, offers full-service, custom self-publishing and book marketing services for authors seeking a cost-effective, fast, and flexible way to publish and distribute their books worldwide while retaining all their rights and full creative control. Available for authors globally at and located on the outskirts of Denver, Colorado, Outskirts Press represents the future of book publishing, today.

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Self-Publishing Best Holiday Book Contest Winner Announced – November 2010

Congratulations Barbara Bryan! Your book has won the November Best Holiday Book Contest and you are receiving a FREE Custom T-Shirt featuring your book, courtesy of Outskirts Press.

Here is the winning book:

This time of year, most people are busy making a list and checking it twice. A good way to wind down from all of the hustle and bustle this season brings is to curl up with a book written with the holidays in mind. Authors like Barbara write books that allow readers to escape the pressure and truly enjoy what the holidays are all about.

Outskirts Press can help you get your promotional efforts off to an exciting, high-quality start, regardless of where your book was published. Outskirts Press published authors can order Custom T-Shirts from the Marketing Options screen of their Publishing Center.  Authors who did not publish with Outskirts Press can view all of the marketing services we provide for you and order any of them from the Marketing Solutions page.

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Become an Outskirts Press Facebook Fan for a Chance to Win an Amazon Kindle

During the holidays Outskirts Press is giving away an Amazon Kindle to two lucky Outskirts Press Facebook fans!


In fact, you don’t even have to write! Here’s all you need to know:
  • Go to
  • Click the “Like” button on the top of our Facebook page and you’re automatically entered to win!  If you already “Like” our Facebook page,  then you are already entered for the contest, and eligible for the Kindle.  It’s that easy! Tell your other Facebook friends on your wall and tweet this holiday giveaway to Twitter.


  • On Tuesday, December 14th, the first winner will be selected randomly. We will announce the winner on our blog at on December 15th.
  • On Tuesday, December 21th, the second winner will be selected randomly and announced on December 22nd.

What are you waiting for?  Head over to our Facebook page and click that “Like” button!  Good luck and happy holidays from Outskirts Press.