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3 Reasons a Social Media Strategy Can Help Your Book Promotion

With the exploding popularity of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest and other social media platforms, it’s easier than ever to connect with people all around the world — if you know how to do it. Many, if not most, of the people who would want to buy your book are active on at least one social media platform and, better still, promoting yourself as an author on social media usually costs nothing! With today’s social distancing, social media is more important than ever, and here are 3 reasons to take advantage of it right now:

1. A coordinated strategy across all major platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Linked-In, etc.) creates cartloads of credibility.

2. Each platform reaches a somewhat different demographic, so by targeting multiple social media platforms, you increase your potential readership!

3. Right now, Outskirts Press is offering an instant 10% savings on the Social Media Set-Up & Strategy Toolkit. Just enter the promo code socialten during check-out.

 

Listen to this! Audiobooks are BOOMING

According to Forbes Magazine, United States audiobook sales reached nearly $1 billion in 2018 (final 2019 figures aren’t in yet), which continues a 7-year double-digit growth since 2012. One can only assume the sales will be even higher in 2019, and now in 2020, even higher still.

Is your book an audiobook yet? If it’s not, it should be, especially if your book falls into one of the following categories, which, according to Amazon, are the top-10 best-selling audiobook genres:

  1. Mystery & Suspense — narrators are particularly good at being spooky!
  2. Anything on the bestsellers list — surprise surprise!
  3. Science Fiction & Fantasy — during these pandemic times, is this really a surprise?
  4. History & Biographies — narrators have a knack for sounding knowledgeable
  5. Business & Self-Improvement — who has time to better themselves? Oh, yeah! I have a 1-hour commute!
  6. Children & Young Adult — who knew children like having books read to them?
  7. Inspiration & Religion — now your listeners can join those who hear God speak to them
  8. Erotica & Romance — is this really a surprise to anyone?
  9. Sports — now people can play fantasy football while they watch football AND listen to football!
  10. Westerns — Giddy-up! Listen, cowboys and cowgirls, it’s time to publish YOUR audiobook right now

 

The votes are in! The winner of the 2020 Best Book of the Year is Whispers of Love!

Selecting the Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year is no small feat as all of our authors’ works deserves to be recognized. This year, Life in the Morgue by Lance Anderson, Musings from Cowboy Country by George Rhoades, and Whispers of Love by Gina Simone were our top three finalists and we are proud of them and their great achievements.

All three finalists already won 1st Place in their categories at this year’s Colorado Independent Publishers Association’s EVVY Awards, but only one can claim our highest honor as the Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year!

You’ve weighed your choices and voted for your favorites in a public poll on this blog.

And now, drum roll please. The 2020 Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year is… Whispers of Love by Gina Simone. Congratulations, Gina!

Whispers of Love

Death is never final — and you are never alone …From a young age, Gina knew she was different. She could never safely share her reality with her family — the reality that she could see and communicate with Spirit. But as she matured, she realized her life’s calling as a Spirit Medium was to help people connect with deceased loved ones. With warm, witty honesty, Gina shares landmark moments in her own life — from embracing the gift that was so misunderstood in her early life, to the devastating death of her 27-year-old son. Whispers of Love will introduce you to the messages, signs, and specific ways that Spirit and loved ones share their language of love. Are you struggling with storms in your life that you can’t overcome or has the weight of unbearable grief brought your life to a halt? With understanding messages from Spirit and your loved ones always around, finally hope can arise from heartbreak. Truly inspired, Whispers of Love compassionately introduces you to a deep exploration of why we are here, how to connect with Spirit, and how we can find meaning in life’s hardest challenges. Gina teaches us the impressive lesson that remaining frozen in pain is not the path to freedom. We must embrace our lives with Spirit on board so that every step can unfold in Divine order, with less drama and perhaps even a new found perspective on grief.

About Author Gina Simone

Gina Simone is a Spirit Medium certified through the Forever Family Foundation. At the age of 11, she began to notice and feel Spirit and energy around her. Not knowing what these gifts were, she always felt different and isolated. A traumatic pool accident with her toddler son catapulted her into finding the meaning behind life, Spirit, lessons, and karma. She left a comfortable corporate finance career to answer her calling to connect you with your loved ones and with your own innate intuition and higher consciousness. She has been a featured medium on Gwyneth Paltrow’s GOOP.com, has been voted Long Island Best Medium several years in a row, and is also a featured medium on WBLI 106.1 morning show.

Buy from Outskirts Press: https://outskirtspress.com/WhispersOfLoveSpiritMessages
Buy from Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1977216250

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:

Best Book of the Year Polls Close Tomorrow … Cast Your Vote Now For One of These Outskirts Press Authors

Last week, we were proud to announce the three finalists for the 2020 Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year award. Since then, the finalists have been showing us their impressive marketing chops – reaching out to fans on social media, and promoting their book like pros to win your votes.

We’re in the final hours, and we need your vote to determine which of these talented authors has proven they have the author platform and promotional muscle to take top honors as the Grand Prize winner, and take home the $1,500 Grand Prize for Best Book of the Year.

So, take one last look at these worthy contenders, and then scroll down to the poll to place your vote for the 2020 Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year!


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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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.

(If a survey poll is not displayed above, please open this page in another browser to vote.)

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:

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.

Buy from Outskirts Press: https://outskirtspress.com/musingsfromcowboycountry
Buy from Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1977209297

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!

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:

 

Your First Finalist for the 2020 Best Book of the Year Award is … Lance Anderson, Author of Life in the Morgue!

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 First Finalist

Life in the Morgue

When Greg Benson took a job as a morgue technician, he was told on his first day, “You can’t make this stuff up.” What an understatement that turned out to be…From his first autopsy (a teenage girl), deaths by accident and homicide, dumpster removals, subway electrocutions, and ghostly activity, this job was anything but normal. Just when Greg thought he had seen it all, something else would take place-and it wasn’t only the cases being brought in… Take a rare peek into the life of a morgue technician in this fascinating foray into Life in the Morgue.

About Author Lance Anderson

Lance Anderson spent most of his life as an ironworker until he decided it was time for a change. He took a job at the medical examiner’s office, where he worked for six years and assisted in more than two thousand cases until he was forced to retire due to vision problems. Life in the Morgue is his debut novel, but he has also written two movie scripts that are in the process of being produced.

Buy from Outskirts Press: https://outskirtspress.com/lifeinthemorgue
Buy from Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1977216242

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!

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:

 

Introducing the Finalists for the 2020 Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year

And the Winner of Best Book of the Year is… determined by YOU!

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. All three books took home first place awards from this year’s EVVY Awards, qualifying the authors for Outskirts Press highest honor!

While each of these books has achieved great heights, the highest honor of Best Book of the Year is determined by… YOU! So, study your choices, order their books, visit their webpages and social media and cast your vote. Public voting will begin Monday, September 21st on Self-Publishing News and will close promptly on Thursday, September 24th at 11:59 PM Mountain Time.

These works are impressive and it’s going to be an interesting sprint to the finish! Here’s a recap of the finalists:

Life in the Morgue

When Greg Benson took a job as a morgue technician, he was told on his first day, “You can’t make this stuff up.” What an understatement that turned out to be…From his first autopsy (a teenage girl), deaths by accident and homicide, dumpster removals, subway electrocutions, and ghostly activity, this job was anything but normal. Just when Greg thought he had seen it all, something else would take place-and it wasn’t only the cases being brought in… Take a rare peek into the life of a morgue technician in this fascinating foray into Life in the Morgue.

About Author Lance Anderson

Lance Anderson spent most of his life as an ironworker until he decided it was time for a change. He took a job at the medical examiner’s office, where he worked for six years and assisted in more than two thousand cases until he was forced to retire due to vision problems. Life in the Morgue is his debut novel, but he has also written two movie scripts that are in the process of being produced.

Buy from Outskirts Press: https://outskirtspress.com/lifeinthemorgue
Buy from Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1977216242


 

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.

Buy from Outskirts Press: https://outskirtspress.com/musingsfromcowboycountry
Buy from Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1977209297


 

Whispers of Love

Death is never final—and you are never alone …From a young age, Gina knew she was different. She could never safely share her reality with her family—the reality that she could see and communicate with Spirit. But as she matured, she realized her life’s calling as a Spirit Medium was to help people connect with deceased loved ones. With warm, witty honesty, Gina shares landmark moments in her own life—from embracing the gift that was so misunderstood in her early life, to the devastating death of her 27-year-old son. Whispers of Love will introduce you to the messages, signs, and specific ways that Spirit and loved ones share their language of love. Are you struggling with storms in your life that you can’t overcome or has the weight of unbearable grief brought your life to a halt? With understanding messages from Spirit and your loved ones always around, finally hope can arise from heartbreak. Truly inspired, Whispers of Love compassionately introduces you to a deep exploration of why we are here, how to connect with Spirit, and how we can find meaning in life’s hardest challenges. Gina teaches us the impressive lesson that remaining frozen in pain is not the path to freedom. We must embrace our lives with Spirit on board so that every step can unfold in Divine order, with less drama and perhaps even a new found perspective on grief.

About Author Gina Simone

Gina Simone is a Spirit Medium certified through the Forever Family Foundation. At the age of 11, she began to notice and feel Spirit and energy around her. Not knowing what these gifts were, she always felt different and isolated. A traumatic pool accident with her toddler son catapulted her into finding the meaning behind life, Spirit, lessons, and karma. She left a comfortable corporate finance career to answer her calling to connect you with your loved ones and with your own innate intuition and higher consciousness. She has been a featured medium on Gwyneth Paltrow’s GOOP.com, has been voted Long Island Best Medium several years in a row, and is also a featured medium on WBLI 106.1 morning show.

Buy from Outskirts Press: https://outskirtspress.com/WhispersOfLoveSpiritMessages
Buy from Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1977216250


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!

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:

 

Congratulations to our EVVY Award Winners!

The 26th Annual Colorado Independent Book Publishers Association EVVY Awards Banquet took place virtually last night, and as often happens, Outskirts Press demonstrated that award-winning writers publish an unparalleled number of award-winning books at Outskirts Press. We are proud to announce that Outskirts Press authors took home a total of 14 impressive 1st-, 2nd- and 3rd-place awards. The recorded virtual ceremony will be available on the CIPA YouTube Channel indefinitely.

Winning an EVVY Award is a prerequisite to winning the coveted Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Award and its $1,500 Grand Prize. Stay tuned to find out which three authors from the winners below will be the finalists for that prestigious prize! The Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Award will be determined by the readers of our blog, Self-Publishing News, in an open, public vote beginning September 9th.

Here are our 2020 EVVY Award winners. Congratulations to them all!

 

FIRST PLACE WINNERS

Life in the Morgue by Lance Anderson
1st Place Action Adventure
Whispers of Love by Gina Simone
1st Place Spiritual/Religion

 

SECOND PLACE WINNERS

APACHE DUNES by G.D. Flashman
2nd Place Thrillers/Suspense
Caught in a Tangled Web of Lies by Marine Natalie Stewart
2nd Place Romance Paranormal/Gothic/Historical/Regency/Suspense/Western
Pete Cluckington and the Others by Melody Monroe
2nd Place Children’s Story Books

 

THIRD PLACE WINNERS

Connect! by Barry J. Moline
3rd Place Non-Fiction Business
Jeff’s Journey by Mindy Poist
3rd Place Children’s Story Books
Moscow Embassy by Thomas J. Mitchell
3rd Place Thrillers and Suspense
Special Means by Andrew Ceroni
3rd Place Action Adventure
Man of Letters by Charles Reilly
3rd Place Cultural Studies/Social Issues

 

TECHNICAL AWARD WINNER — COVER DESIGN

Life in the Morgue by Lance Anderson
Second Place Cover Design

Congratulations to all of our EVVY nominees, finalists, and winners!

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