Vote Now for the 2016 Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year

Over the last three days, we have announced our three finalists in this year’s Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year awards.  All three finalists are EVVY Award-winners, which means the artistic and technical merits of the books have been recognized and rewarded.  Now it is time to determine which of these talented authors possess the author platform and marketing muscle to win in a head-to-head-to-head marketing competition — a live public poll that determines the ultimate Grand Prize winner and its $1,500 Grand Prize.

So refresh your memories of the three finalists, re-watch their videos, download their ebooks, buy the paperbacks, and then scroll down to the poll to place your vote for the 2016 Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year!


Finalist: Meridian, by Andrew Ceroni. Visit the blog posting to read the synopsis, learn more about the author, watch the video, and visit the author’s webpage. Opens in a new window.

 


Finalist
: Paradox Effect, by Gabriel F.W. Koch. Visit the blog posting to read the synopsis, learn more about the author, watch the video, and visit the author’s webpage. Opens in a new window.

 


Finalist
: Insanity by Murder, by W. Rosser Wilson.  Visit the blog posting to read the synopsis, learn more about the author, watch the video, and visit the author’s webpage. Opens in a new window.

 

CAST YOUR VOTE TO DETERMINE THE WINNER
The public poll ends at 5pm Mountain Time on Wednesday, September 14th.

 

Congratulations to our EVVY Award Winners!

The Colorado Independent Book Publishers Association Annual EVVY Awards Banquet took place in Denver, Colorado last Saturday night, and once again Outskirts Press walked away with the most awards of any participating publisher, demonstrating that award-winning writers publish award-winning books at Outskirts Press.

Outskirts Press executives were on-hand for the event, and President Brent Sampson accepted the awards on behalf of authors unable to attend.  Published Outskirts Press authors from as far away as Florida traveled to Denver to accept their awards personally.

Here are our 2016 EVVY Award winners. Congratulations to them all!

FIRST PLACE WINNERS


1st Place Fiction/Mystery & Detective


1st Place Juvenile Fiction


1st Place Fiction/Action Adventure


1st Place Juvenile Non Fiction

SECOND PLACE WINNERS


2nd Place Juvenile Fiction


2nd Place Fiction/Historical


2nd Place Fiction/Action Adventure


2nd Place Religion & Spirituality

THIRD PLACE WINNERS


3rd Place Family & Relationships


3rd Place Fiction/Fairy Tales Folklore


3rd Place Fiction/Literary


3rd Place Social Science


3rd Place Juvenile Fiction


3rd Place Religion & Spirituality


3rd Place Fiction/Science Fiction


3rd Place Juvenile Fiction

MERIT AWARD WINNERS


Merit Award Poetry


Merit Award Fiction/Fantasy


Merit Juvenile Fiction


Merit Poetry


Merit Biography

Congratulations to all our EVVY nominees, finalists, and winners.  Winning an EVVY Award is a prerequisite to winning the Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Award and its $1500 Grand Prize.  Stay tuned to find out which three authors from the winners above will be the finalists…

Book Awards Build Buzz

One of the best ways to create a buzz about your book is by winning an award! Winning a book award is a great feeling, and sometimes it even comes with prize money — best of all, it can be a powerful marketing tool.

There are hundreds of thousands of self-published books released each year, and competition is fierce. Authors who are serious about getting their book noticed will need to put extra effort into the promotional department. By entering legitimate writing contests, authors can up their chances of winning recognition…and so much more.

When you win a book award…

  • You receive third-party validation that your book is worthy.
  • You may win prize money…
  • The awards website will feature a list of all the winners and send out a press release announcing the winners — resulting in more publicity for you!
  • You can send out your own press release to announce your award — again, more publicity.
  • You can add an award sticker to your book cover that consumers, librarians, and booksellers will see immediately, and this can influence their buying decisions.
  • You gain credibility as a writer and an edge in the market.
  • You can call yourself an award-winning author, not only with friends and family but in promotional materials and interviews as well!

New writers publishing with the New & Improved Outskirts Press starting in August will receive the Book Marketing RoadMap at publication, and one article is devoted to helping our authors identify reputable book contests to enter.  So, in recognition of our amazing 16 award finalists in the Colorado Independent Publisher Association EVVY Awards, we are going to give you an excerpt from the free Book Marketing RoadMap right now by listing a few of the upcoming book award contests to consider entering after your book is published. The contests listed below have approaching deadlines, so act fast!

And if you didn’t see our 16 EVVY Award finalists, you can see them here.

Top National Contests and Book Awards

USA Best Book Awards

  • Deadline: Fall
  • Website: USABookNews.com
  • Details: This contest is another option to spread your marketing dollars, as they accept manuscripts up to two years after publication. All winners receive industry and media exposure.

Benjamin Franklin Awards

  • Deadline: Fall/Winter
  • Website: IBPABenjaminFranklinAwards.com
  • Details: Held by the Independent Book Publishers Association, the annual Benjamin Franklin Awards is one of the premiere contests in independent publishing today, where Gold Medal winners in each category receive an engraved crystal trophy acknowledging their accomplishment.

Reader Views Literary Awards

  • Deadline: December of your copyright year
  • Website: ReaderViews.com/literaryawards
  • Details: With numerous categories and various awards per category (including cash prizes and publicity packages), the Reader Views Literary Awards should not be missed. And it’s easy to miss them! They have the earliest deadline among all these contests, so plan early.

INDIEFAB Awards

Deadline: Dec/Jan
Website: IndieFab.ForewordReviews.com
Details: Held by the prestigious review journal Foreword Reviews, the INDIEFAB Awards are a cornerstone of the independent publishers marketing foundation. Not only are winners featured in the print and digital editions of Foreword Reviews, but they play a role in a national publicity campaign.

Eric Hoffer Book Awards

  • Deadline: January
  • Website: HofferAward.com
  • Details: One submission automatically makes you eligible for numerous category considerations, including most-thought provoking work, best cover, best first-time author, and best over-all book, which comes with a $2,000 Grand Prize.


The Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Awards

  • Deadline: By invitation only
  • Website: OutskirtsPress.com
  • Details: Every year Outskirts Press recognizes one book as our official Best Book of the Year with this prestigious award that comes with a $1,500 Grand Prize for the winning author. The prerequisite for becoming one of the three special Semi-Finalists in this contest is winning a Colorado Independent Book Publishers Association EVVY Award.

This year’s EVVY Awards take place in Denver, Colorado on Saturday, August 20th. Outskirts Press executives will be on-hand to accept awards on behalf of authors unable to attend.  Once our EVVY Winners are announced, three of them will be hand-selected as our Semi-Finalists for the Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Award. Stay tuned!


Submitting your book to contests can be rewarding. It can also be time-consuming and frustrating. Let Outskirts Press help you!

Outskirts Press authors can automatically enter six reputable, vetted book contests with one click of a button!

The Book Awards Submission package, exclusively from Outskirts Press, takes care of everything by automatically entering your book into the following book award contents for you: Benjamin Franklin Awards, INDIEFAB Awards, Next Generation Indie Book Awards, Reader Views Literary Awards , Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards, and the USA Best Book Awards. If you’re already published with Outskirts Press, look for this Marketing Service in your Publishing Center under “Marketing Options.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Official Outskirts Press EVVY Award Nominees for 2012

The EVVY Awards are widely acclaimed for recognizing excellence in independently published books. Offered every year, these awards are sponsored by the Colorado Independent Publishers’ Association (CIPA), and judged by a panel of professionals on a qualitative scale of merit in nineteen different categories.

Each year, Outskirts Press officially nominates a small percentage of the books published during the year for submission to the EVVY Awards. Since a nomination is the first step toward receiving the Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Award, the standards are exceedingly high; we nominated just 2% of the books we published in 2012. These nominations represent the very best of our publications as determined by Outskirts Press executives and members of the production teams.

Outskirts Press official nominees and winners receive additional exposure of their books in featured Outskirts Press marketing channels, including our blog, social media networks, and in our email newsletters.  The winners are announced during an awards ceremony hosted by the Colorado Independent Publishers Association on May 18, 2013.

Congratulations to this year’s Official Outskirts Press EVVY Award nominees, presented alphabetically below:

Wait! There’s more!

As a result of being nominated for the EVVY Awards, these Outskirts Press authors have taken the first step toward winning the coveted Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Award. Three of the nominees above who subsequently win an EVVY Award during the CIPA banquet this coming May will be selected as Semi-Finalists for our annual Best Book of the Year Award and its $1,500 Grand Prize.  Stay tuned.

Wouldn’t you like to win an extra $1,500, and bragging rights as the author of the best book of the year published by Outskirts Press? Start publishing now and your book could be in the running for the “Best Book of the Year Award” for 2013 and its $1,500 grand prize. For more information on rules and eligibility, click here: Best Book of the Year Award.

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2012 Evvy Award Winners Announced

On May 17th in Denver, Colorado, the CIPA judges presented the winners of the 2012 Evvy Award winners. Outskirts Press executives (along with a few winners) were on hand to accept the awards for each winner.

Evvy winners
CEO Brent Sampson and COO Jeanine Sampson display 6 of the 15 EVVY Awards won by Outskirts Press authors at the 18th Annual CIPA EVVY Awards.

Winning an EVVY Award is a prerequisite to being named the Outskirts Press 2011 Best Book of the Year award-winner and walking away with the $1,500 Grand Prize. The Outskirts Press 2011 Best Book of the Year award recognizes the best book published by Outskirts Press in 2011 as decided by you, our social community.

Stay tuned next week for the announcement of the three finalists from among our EVVY winners below. Public voting for the winner of the 2011 Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Award begins on this blog on Friday, June 1.

In the meantime, congratulations to all our winners!

1st Place

Autobiography/Memoirs


2nd Place

Fiction

Juvenile/Young Adult

Workbooks

Religion

Autobiography/Memoirs

Outskirts Press author Robert B. Wiley, Lt. Col., USAF, Ret. accepts his 2nd Place EVVY Award for “Struggles, Service, and Smiles” at the Colorado Independent Publishers Association EVVY Awards Ceremony.

3rd Place

 Juvenile/Young Adult

Fiction

Autobiography/Memoirs

Outskirts Press author Vera Carolyn Snyder accepts her 3rd Place EVVY Award for “Surviving the Simple Life” at the Colorado Independent Publishers Association EVVY Awards Ceremony.

Merit Award

Parenting/Family

Fiction

Fiction

Fiction

Juvenile/Young Adult

Inspirational/Spiritual

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Official Outskirts Press EVVY Award Nominees for 2011

The Evvy Awards are widely acclaimed for recognizing excellence in independently published books. Offered every year, these awards are sponsored by the Colorado Independent Publishers’ Association, and judged by a panel of professionals on a qualitative scale of merit in nineteen different categories. 

Each year, Outskirts Press officially nominates a small percentage of the books published during the year for submission to the Evvy Awards. Since a nomination is the first step toward receiving the Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Award, this year the standards were exceedingly high; we nominated just 2% of the books we published in 2011. These nominations represent the very best of our publications as determined by Outskirts Press executives and members of the production teams. Potential nominees are notified via email in the fall. There is no obligation to accept the nomination; just being recognized is a great accomplishment.

Outskirts Press official nominees and winners receive additional exposure of their books in featured Outskirts Press marketing channels, including our blog, social media networks, and in our email newsletters.  The winners are announced during an awards ceremony hosted by the Colorado Independent Publishers Association on May 17, 2012.

Congratulations to this year’s Official Outskirts Press EVVY Award nominees, presented alphabetically below:


There’s more!

Do you know that as a result of being nominated for the EVVY Awards, these Outskirts Press authors have taken the first step toward winning the coveted Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Award? Three of the nominees above who subsequently win an EVVY Award next May will be selected as Semi-Finalists for our annual Best Book of the Year Award and its $1,500 Grand Prize.  Stay tuned.

Wouldn’t you like to win an extra $1,500, and bragging rights as the author of the best book of the year published by Outskirts Press? Start publishing now, get nominated for an Evvy Award next fall, and your book could be in the running for the “Best Book of the Year Award” for 2012. If selected, you will also walk away with $1,500 credit to your account, which you can then use to publish your next book or purchase optional marketing services. For more information on rules and eligibility, click here: Best Book of the Year Award.

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9 Outskirts Press Evvy Award Winners Honored This Past Weekend

Outskirts Press authors once again led the way by receiving the most awards at the 17th Annual CIPA EVVY Awards.

Here are the 2011 EVVY Award Winners published by Outskirts Press:

FIRST PLACE


The Beads of Lapis Lazuli
, by Doris Kenney Marcotte
Fiction Category

The Key To Job Success In Any Career, by Frank B. Leibold, Ph.D.
Self-Help Category

SECOND PLACE


The Rise and Fall of Captain Methane
, by Dorcey Alan Wingo
Autobiography Category


THIRD PLACE

I Am Equus, by Duaa Anwar
Tech Award, Cover Design

MERIT

Art, Experience and Faith, by William Squires
Merit, Spirituality

One Wacky Wasp, by Brent Sampson
Merit, Children’s

Psych Consults, by Robert J. Mignone, M.D., F.A.P.A.
Merit, Self-Help

Queen Vernita Meets Sir HeathyBean the Astronomer, by Dawn Menge and Heath Rhoades
Merit, Children’s

Whispers of Joy, by Joy Andreasen
Merit, Spirituality

It is now easier than ever to promote your award-winning book with the Award Recognition Cover Enhancement, which puts a permanent award-winning seal on every new printed copy of your book. Published, award-winning Outskirts Press authors can order this option conveniently from their Marketing Solutions screen by clicking here.

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