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

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Your Second Finalist for the 2020 Best Book of the Year Award is … George Rhoades, Author of Musings from Cowboy Country!

Congratulations to our three finalists for the Outskirts Press 2020 Best Book of the Year award: Life in the Morgue by Lance Anderson, Musings from Cowboy Country by George Rhoades and Whispers of Love by Gina Simone. These works are impressive and it’s going to be an interesting sprint to the finish!

All three books took home first place awards from this year’s EVVY Awards, qualifying the authors for Outskirts Press highest honor! Remember, only one book can win — so look into your choices, order their books and cast your vote. Voting will begin Monday, September 21st on Self-Publishing News and will close promptly on Thursday, September 24th at 11:59 PM Mountain Time.

So, come back on Monday, Sept. 21st, to cast your vote for the book you believe to be the best of the three.

Meet Your Second Finalist

Musings from Cowboy Country

Poetic musings from award-winning Western poet George Rhoades about cowboys, ranch and farm life and assorted subjects— some humorous, some philosophical, some serious and some not-so-serious.

About Author George Rhoades

Rhoades is the author of Along the Chisholm Trail and Other Poems and After the Chisholm. He is winner of numerous poetry awards, including the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award, Will Rogers Gold and Bronze Medallions, Readers View First Place Award, Indie Excellence Book Award Finalist and Western Music Assoc. Poetry Book Finalist, and other accolades. Born on a farm in Cotton County, Oklahoma, Rhoades has been a rancher, a reporter/editor for UPI and Oklahoma newspapers and a college journalism professor. He retired from UT-Arlington and moved to Duncan, Oklahoma, where he owned a hay farm.

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The Best Book of the Year winner will receive a Grand Prize of $1,500 as a direct result of your choice at the polls. So, come back on Monday, September 21st, to cast your vote!

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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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Amazon Featured Book-of-the-Week

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Along the Chisholm Trail

by George Rhoades

(5 Stars – 4 Customer Reviews)

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George Rhoades’s “Along the Chisholm Trail.” Along the Chisholm Trail Poems about the Chisholm Trail, cowboy tall tales, farm life and other reflections and observations.

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