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.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finalist #1 for the 2012 Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year

Congratulations to Sharon Rhodes, author of It’s a Family Affair, one of three finalists for the Outskirts Press 2012 Best Book of the Year Award.

The next two finalists will be introduced over the next two days on this blog. Public voting will determine which of the three finalists should be awarded the Outskirts Press 2012 Best Book of the Year Award and its $1,500 Grand Prize. Voting is open to everyone and begins on this blog on Friday, May 31.

Sharon Rhodes was born and raised in Opelika, Alabama. She joined the Air Force right out of high school and spent many years traveling the world before retiring in 2009.  She is also the author of Family Secrets, her debut novel. She lives with her husband and son in Bossier City, Louisiana. She is currently working on her third novel. “This was my second book published by Outskirts Press and it was absolutely on point. As before, my experience was totally successful.”

INFORMATION ABOUT THE BOOK

Ricky Robertson should be on top of the world. His son, Derrick, has just fathered a child with the beautiful Stacey Morgan. There’s just one problem: Ricky is sure that Stacey is his daughter from an affair he had years ago. What’s more, she’s on a mission to become Mrs. Derrick Robertson. Now, Ricky is determined to keep his son from marrying the girl he feels is his daughter while also keeping her identity a secret. His fear is if the truth comes out, he will lose his wife forever. As he makes his views on the relationship known, family members are starting to ask questions. Will he reveal the truth – or forever hold his peace? Meanwhile, Derrick and sister Sade begin to piece together the story of their biological mother’s life. What they find out will shock them – but not as much as what Stacey is about to find out about her parents. The sequel to Sharon Rhodes’s Family Secrets, It’s a Family Affair continues the tale of intrigue as it explores the boundaries of human relationships and desires. In the process, Rhodes asks us to think more deeply about the commitment we make to each other in love and lust and what it means to be a family. More often than not, the answer is: it’s complicated.

• Buy the paperback from Amazon for $13.46
• Buy the paperback from Outskirts Press for $13.46
• Buy the paperback from Barnes & Noble for $14.95
• Download the e-book from Outskirts Press for $5.00
• Download the Amazon Kindle edition 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 three finalists.

As one of three finalists, Sharon Rhodes and her book It’s a Family Affair will be competing head-to-head-to-head with the other two finalists in a public poll on this blog starting on Friday. Sharon 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 two finalists, being announced tomorrow and the day after, and then come back on Friday to vote for the book you believe to be the best among the three.

The author of the winner will receive a $1,500 credit to his or her Publishing Center, courtesy of Outskirts Press, and an exclusive 2012 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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Colorado Independent Publishers Association Recognizes Nine Self-Publishing Authors With Outskirts Press in the 17th Annual EVVY Awards

Outskirts Press, the fastest growing self-publishing and book marketing company, leads the way with the most award-winning books at the 17th Annual EVVY Awards book competition.

March 29, 2011. Denver, Colorado – In its 17th year, the 2011 EVVY Awards ceremony was held Saturday night by the Colorado Independent Publishers Association (CIPA) to recognize excellence in self-published and independently published books from Colorado publishers. Entries are judged by a panel of independent judges who are experts and professionals in their respective category fields.

Categories included autobiography/memoirs, biography/history, business/finance, fiction, how-to, inspirational, self-help, juvenile, legacy, non-fiction experiences, poetry, political/social, spirituality/religion, workbooks and travel. Each category can award a 1st, 2nd or 3rd place EVVY award, along with honorable mentions (Merit Awards).

For the sixth consecutive year, Outskirts Press led the way with the most award-winning books among participating publishers with two 1st place awards, one 2nd place award, one 3rd place Tech award, and five Merit Awards.

The 2011 EVVY Award-winners from Outskirts Press are:

  • The Beads of Lapis Lazuli by Doris Kenney Marcotte – 1st Place, Fiction
  • The Key to Job Success in any Career by Frank B. Leibold, Ph.D. – 1st Place, Self-Help
  • The Rise and Fall of Captain Methane by Dorcey Alan Wingo – 2nd Place, Autobiography
  • I Am Equus by Duaa Anwar – 3rd Place, Tech Award, Cover Design
  • 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 Heathy Bean by Dawn Menge and Heath Rhoades – Merit, Children’s
  • Whispers of Joy by Joy Andreasen – Merit, Spirituality

Outskirts Press EVVY Award winner Doris Kenney Marcotte says, “Thank you Colorado Independent Publishers Association and your judges for selecting my book, The Beads of Lapis Lazuli, to receive the 1st Place EVVY Award for Fiction. I feel very honored.  A special thank you goes to the talented production staff at Outskirts Press for helping me turn my words and my vision into an award winning book. This has been a wonderful experience, one that I will never forget.”

For more information about Outskirts Press, where award-winning authors publish award-winning books, visit http://www.outskirtspress.com .

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. www.outskirtspress.com.

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16 EVVY Award-winning books

It seems like just recently, award-winning authors from Outskirts Press were recognized by the Reader Views Literary Book Awards.

Now, Outskirts Press leads the way with the most awards in the 16th Annual CIPA EVVY Awards. On hand to accept the awards on behalf of our talented group of award-winning authors were:

Back Row: Karl, Brent, Shirley, Debra, Ellen, Caroline
Front Row: Jeanine, Trinity

Here are the 2010 EVVY Award Winners from Outskirts Press, where award-winning authors publish award-winning books:

FIRST PLACE

The Gate of Beautiful, by Gerald Rasmussen
Spirituality/Religion Category

The Bethlehem Scroll, by Bill Thompson
Fiction Category

Harness the Power of Exceptional Customer Service, by Gaylyn R. Williams
Business/Finance Category

The Messy Buddha, by Kate McLennan, D.Min.
Inspirational Category

SECOND PLACE

Tirissa and the Necklace of Nulidor, by Willow
Juvenile Category

Charlie – A Boy With Reading Difficulties and His Dream, by Vassiliki Plomaritou
Parenting/Family Category

Mr. Emotions & Friends, by Glenna S. Edwards & Karen Henriques
Workbooks Category

Let Your Innate Sing, by Dr. William A. Kriva
Legacy Category

THIRD PLACE

Emerge, by Ken Jibben
Spirituality/Religion

Virginia’s Travel Basket, by Sharon M. Harvey
Juvenile Category

Harness the Power of Exceptional Customer Service, by Gaylyn R. Williams
How To Category

Khan in Rasputin’s Shadow, by Chad Huskins
Fiction Category

Life Against All Odds, by Alfred Cave
Legacy Category

Merit Awards

The Reluctant Survivor, by Kathy Ferrell Powell
Legacy Category

Mickey Mantle Is Going To Heaven, by Fritz Peterson
Memoirs Category

The Transition, by Dennis Niewoehner
Self-Help Category

Rainbow Bed, by Glenna S. Edwards
Juvenile Category

Congratulations to all our award-winning authors!

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 Options screen by clicking here.

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Colorado Independent Publishers Association Recognizes Sixteen Self-Publishing Authors With Outskirts Press in the 16th Annual EVVY Awards

Inc. 500 self-publishing company Outskirts Press leads the way with the most award-winning books at the 16th Annual EVVY Awards book competition.

March 30, 2010. Denver, Colorado – In its 16th year, the 2010 EVVY Awards ceremony was held Saturday night by the Colorado Independent Publishers Association (CIPA) to recognize excellence in self-published and independently published books from Colorado publishers. Entries are judged by a panel of independent judges who are experts and professionals in their respective category fields.

Categories included autobiography/memoirs, biography/history, business/finance, fiction, how-to, inspirational, self-help, juvenile, legacy, non-fiction experiences, poetry, political/social, spirituality/religion, workbooks and travel. Each category can award a 1st, 2nd or 3rd place EVVY award, along with honorable mentions (Merit Awards).

For the fifth consecutive year, Outskirts Press led the way with the most award-winning books among participating publishers with four 1st place awards, four 2nd place awards, five 3rd place awards, and four Merit Awards.

“We are always excited to notify our award-winners of their EVVY Award,” stated Outskirts Press president and CEO Brent Sampson at the event. “Authors understand how fierce the competition is and how stringent the judges are, so this is truly a wonderful accomplishment for all these award-winning authors.”

The 2010 EVVY Award-winners from Outskirts Press are:

Spirituality/Religion – 1st Place – The Gate of Beautiful, by Gerald Rasmussen

Business/Finance – 1st Place – Harness the Power of Exceptional Customer Service, by Gaylyn Williams

Fiction – 1st Place – The Bethlehem Scroll, by Bill Thompson

Inspirational – 1st Place – The Messy Buddha, by Kate McLennan

Juvenile – 2nd Place – Trissa and the Necklace of Nulidor, by Willow

Parenting/Family – 2nd Place – Charlie, by Vassiliki Plomaritou

Legacy – 2nd Place – Let Your Innate Sing, by Dr. William A. Kriva

Workbooks – 2nd Place – Mr. Emotions & Friends, by Glenna S. Edwards & Karen Henriques

Fiction – 3rd Place – Khan in Rasputin’s Shadow, by Chad Huskins

How To – 3rd Place – Harness the Power of Exceptional Customer Service, by Gaylyn Williams

Juvenile – 3rd Place – Virginia’s Travel Basket, by Sharon M. Harvey

Spirituality/Religion – 3rd Place – Emerge, by Ken Jibben

Legacy – 3rd Place – Life Against All Odds, by Alfred Cave

Juvenile – Merit Award – Rainbow Bed, by Glenna Edwards

Self-Help – Merit Award – The Transition, by Dennis Niewoehner

Memoirs – Merit Award – Mickey Mantle is Going to Heaven, by Fritz Peterson

Legacy – Merit Award – The Reluctant Survivor, by Kathy Ferrell Powell

Previous Outskirts Press EVVY-winner Andrew J. Rodriquez says, “Like the college student who earns a diploma for finishing at the top of his class, Adios, Havana [was] catapulted from the slush pile to the pinnacle of memoirs by winning a prestigious EVVY award. This tribute is my best credential to access audiences otherwise impossible to reach by a self-published author.”

For more information about Outskirts Press, where award-winning authors publish award-winning books, visit http://www.outskirtspress.com .

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 www.outskirtspress.com and located on the outskirts of Denver, Colorado, Outskirts Press represents the future of book publishing, today.

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Official Outskirts Press EVVY Nominees

Every fall, Outskirts Press officially nominates the top 5% of its published titles for the Annual EVVY Book Awards.  This year’s black-tie banquet and awards ceremony takes place March 28th in Denver, Colorado, hosted by the Denver-area’s #1-rated morning talk show co-host, Dom Testa of the “Dom & Jane Show.”

Stay tuned on Monday to see the Outskirts Press award-winners posted right here, from among the official nominees below. Congratulations to all our current (and past) EVVY nominated books. Just being nominated is a great honor. 

EVVY Nominations (and particularly wins) are very competitive.

Title Author
Fixer Ed Brodow
Piccolo, the Gray Robe Robin M. Ambrozic
An Unlikely Place for Love Ruth Ann Nordin
Winning Strategies to Ace the Job Interview Barbara Hanks
Far Above Rubies Laurenda Salandy
Glorified Chicken Coops Tanya I. Cole
What To Do When You Become The Boss Bob Selden
   
Title Author
Stella Ducktropolis Charlotte Barnes
Arlington’s Dream Diane Marie McCarthy
Who’s There? Sandra Jones Cropsey
Walking Through Walls Two Lenz
Certain Mercies Daril Bentley
   
Title Author
The Wizard’s Legacy Ashley Simmons
A Guide For Tortured Souls Jeanne du Soleil
Memoirs of a Cold War Colonel William MacArthur
   
Title Author
Who’s Steering George A. Eddy
Azulejo Daphne A Oberon 
Heal Depression Yourself! Randy G. Sorter, MA, LPC, NCC
EverWing MJ Grothoff
One Night Stand Betty Shafer
Haints Nash Black
The Land of Carina Carol Garton
Hanover Easy Debra P. Whitehead
   
Title Author
Stay 40 Richard Lippman
Earth School 101  Alan Arcieri 
Lioness of the Clan Anthony Isoh
   
Title Author
The Little Woman Handbook Cheryl Hattrup
Queen Vernita’s Visitors  Dawn Menge 
What Can We Do Next? Toula Magi
Gene the Pumpkin Man Carol Rhodes
Pathway to Pre-Algebra Proficiency  Susan Mercer 
Christine Laffer: Tapestry and Transformation  Carole Greene 
Adventures in Publishing Brent Sampson
   
Title Author
Through The Knot Hole Winston S. Nurse
The Crow’s Nest:  Flight Of Phantoms Karen Lynn S.
Living and Practicing by Design Dr. John Hayes, Jr.
The Shady Nook Pageant J. L. Durnin
Family Secrets R. A. Siracusa 
The PTA Carol Olson & Cherie Rodgers
   
Title Author
My Time on the Clock Wm. Joseph McFarland
Utopia Texas Betty Byrd
The Coronado Brief Justin Dwinnell
Red Sky Morning Andrew J Rafkin
Whitie’s Gold H. D. Williams
Fatal Waters Iris Moss
   
Title Author
Surviving Love in War M.A. Cary
Clone’D’ Bert Hunnersen
Peaceful Endings Michael K. Tucker
His Name Was Donn Evelyn Sweet-Hurd
The Next Falling Empire Marc Boyajian
A Pawn of Fate Rita Keeley Brown
Become Unstoppable  Lee Witt 
A Worthy Legacy Tomi Akinyanmi
Little Stories Jeff Roberts
   
Title Author
The Lemurian Darin Williams
Betrayal Norman Chance
Outside the Lavendar Closet Martha A. Taylor
Female Empowerment – A Personal Journey Kim Goff

Yes, every publisher wants their books to win awards, but at Outskirts Press, not only do our authors win, but so do our production team members.  Outskirts Press book designers, cover designers, and author representatives of EVVY Award-winning books receive cash bonuses if the book they worked on wins an award. In other words, our production team is  motivated to make every single book we publish an Award-winning book.

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