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Award-winning authors publish award-winning books with Outskirts Press!

Once again, Outskirts Press was the “winningest” publisher at the 17th annual EVVY Awards banquet held by the Colorado Independent Publishers Association. All in all, Outskirts Press authors won 9 awards, listed below:

  • 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


From these EVVY winners we have identified the three finalists for the Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Award for 2010, and its $1,500 Grand Prize.

In order to demonstrate the merit of our finalists, all finalists must win an EVVY award (1st, 2nd, 3rd, or merit). The Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Award will recognize the best book Outskirts Press published in 2010, as determined by… You!

That’s right, everyone will have a chance to vote on the winning book from among the three finalists when the polls open on April 15th on our blog.

But in the meantime, here are the three finalists for the 2010 Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Award. Congratulations!

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

After a distinguished 30 year business career with three multinational corporations and nine jobs-culminating in the position of Group President, Frank B. Leibold re-tooled himself by returning to school and obtaining his Ph.D. In The Key to Job Success in Any Career, Leibold develops six scientifically validated Lifelong Transferable Competencies (LTCs) that are required for success in any job or career.

Psych Consults, by Robert J. Mignone, M.D., F.A.P.A.

For decades, Robert J. Mignone, M.D., F.A.P.A., has helped people bounce back from all kinds of crises. A top-ranked psychiatrist in southwest Florida, Dr. Mignone has been called a gifted and inspirational
speaker—in person and on TV. Dr. Mignone’s Psych Consults is a must-read for anyone who wants to learn more about mental health. This scholarly yet accessible book is designed for any adult seeking to recognize and treat everything from depression to specific issues faced by children and seniors.

The Beads of Lapis Lazuli, by Doris Kenney Marcotte

Doris Kenney Marcotte has turned decades of studying Minoan civilization
into two novels. She has researched at the Athens National Museum, the
Heraklion Archeological Museum on Crete, and the British Museum in London,
among others. The Beads of Lapis Lazuli is part mystery and part psychological drama as it mixes history, obsession, and the paranormal for an exhilarating read. Bridging time and space, the story is about seeking truth, taking control of our lives and discovering the unknown strength within each of us.

Enjoy Doris Kenney Marcotte’s reaction to the news when we shared this announcement with her:

“What wonderful news!  It’s difficult to tell you how honored I feel to learn that the book has been selected as a finalist for Best Book of the Year. From the beginning, my goal was to see my work in print and to entertain, and now to have the book receive special recognition a second time is amazing.  Thank you. One of the unexpected pleasures receiving the EVVY Award and now being chosen as a Best Book finalist is how much fun my family and friends are having celebrating.  I hope you and the Production Staff are celebrating too because without all of you it would never have happened.   I will be organizing my “troops” to wage a voting campaign and I welcome all the marketing suggestions you’ve been sending.” Doris Kenney Marcotte

Speaking of Awards…

Speaking of awards, if you are an Outskirts Press author who published a book in 2010, it is time to submit your book to the Writer’s Digest International Self-Published Book Awards.  The deadline is here, and you only get one chance to enter this prestigious contest with a 2010 copyright.

We take care of all the details, all the paperwork, and all the copies
for the judges. All you need to do is sit back and think about how you’ll
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“Outskirts Press did an outstanding job on my book. The book was published in a two month time frame. The colors in the book really stand out with my readers. When people see the book they say to me that the publisher did a great job on my book. People love the cover design and how the color fades from the cross to the top of the book. I have four other people now looking to publish books and we recommended Outskirts Press.

I have been getting testimonies from the book contents since we gave out the first copies. We have people wanting to help promote the book. I wrote the book and every time I pick it up and read it God gives me more revelation from the book. It’s like I am reading my own book for the first time. The book was published on 2/28/2011 and is already making a big impact in people’s lives. People are telling me how simple the book is to read and how they are able to understand the contents of the book.

People are really impressed with the format of the book overall. The book teaches people a simple step-by-step process on how to receive healing and deliverance from God according to His word.

I just want to say thank you to Outskirts Press and also to let you know that the first person that read the book and applied the principles in the book is already healed. God healed them as a result of reading the book and then applying what they learned from the book. Outskirts Press, if you didn’t publish my book this testimony would not be possible and there are many, many more testimonies to come as a result of this book publishing with you. Thank you again. ” – William A. Anderson, author of How to Develop and Apply Your Confidence and Faith for Healing

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Announcing the Virtual Book Tour

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What Is a Virtual Book Tour?

A virtual book tour is similar to an actual book tour, although instead of physically traveling from bookstore to bookstore, or radio show to radio show, you and/or your book are making “appearances” in
the blogosphere and on social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

This saves time and money because it is much more efficient and cost-effective to “appear” on a blog, a website, or an internet radio talk show, than it is to load up the mini-van and drive from state to state.

And, unlike a physical tour, which is over the minute you leave, a virtual book tour stays archived and available for Internet searches FOREVER!

Outskirts Press has just launched a Virtual Book Tour option for its published authors! With the Virtual Book Tour, we make it easy for our published authors to “book” a blog tour throughout the blogosphere and social networking community! You will reach new audiences and new readers with relatively little effort.

Here’s how it works:

Outskirts Press will announce your upcoming Virtual Book Tour to the blogosphere and solicit interest from bloggers. We will then forward you every inquiry we receive in response to the announcement about your tour. We will also send you a Virtual Book Tour Packet, which includes all of the materials you need to follow-up with the bloggers quickly and easily in order to schedule your “appearance” on their blog, website, or social network. In most cases your appearance
may include a book review and/or an author interview.

While on your Outskirts Press Virtual Book Tour, you will also receive a Spotlight Appearance on our blog, which receives its own announcements on our Twitter and Facebook pages.

That’s not all! Your virtual book tour will be blasted to our entire social network, which means you and your book will receive exposure on:

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…and many more, including our popular YouTube channel where your very own Book Tour Video will be uploaded for viewing.

No matter where you publish, a Virtual Book Tour is a must!  No wonder more and more authors are publishing (and republishing) with Outskirts Press!

Published Outskirts Press authors can get more details or order their Virtual Book Tour by clicking here.

Author Testimonial
“I have learned so much while publishing my book with Outskirts Press. Not only has my book been sold on major retail websites, the marketing choices I have available are outstanding! I have never seen so many ways to market a book with any other self publisher! They did great work on my book trailer as well as various emails, providing tips for promoting my book. The Virtual Book Tour has really helped – putting my book out there on other readers’ blogs helps for exposure.

I now have my second novel sent to Outskirts Press and can’t wait to see this finished product!”

Kelli Sue Landon, author of Sudden Moves: A Young Adult

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“I was skeptical at first. But once I made the first move and signed-in to have my book published, I was astounded. Every step of the journey, from first decision to publishing to receiving my first copy, was a pleasant journey that otherwise would have been harder than a second tour in Viet Nam if it had not been for having the staff with me all the way, giving direction and a lot of good advice.I am working on the second book and will have Outskirts Press do my second book. If there is a third it will also be done by Outskirts Press. The way they handle you as an author is above reproach. Thank you for all the help and encouragement I received.” – David Shaffer, author of In To Life

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In the first week of January, Outskirts Press invited fans of its Facebook community at  to submit poetry, short stories, excerpts, recipes, or anecdotes for free publication in the first Outskirts Press Facebook anthology. There is still time to submit your work on our Facebook wall.Fans were also asked to vote on a title for the book. When the polls closed, the title had been determined by our social community: Fandemonium: Selected Short Stories & Poems From Talented Facebook Writers Then votes were held to determine the charity to receive book sales proceeds. Outskirts Press will donate royalties from the anthology’s sales to the American Red Cross on behalf of its Facebook community. Thank you to everyone who voted. The American Red Cross thanks you, too.

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“To any of my fellow authors who are putting the final touches on their novels and aggressively seeking the right publisher to assist them every step of the way, let me give you the facts straight up: YOU WILL BE HARD PRESSED FINDING A PUBLISHER GIVING YOU MORE VALUE FOR YOUR DOLLAR THAN OUTSKIRTS PRESS…period.” – Johnny Flora, author of The Spell of Zalanon

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Self Publishing Newsletter, November 15

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Is an “Enhanced Cover Image” on Amazon right for you? Top 5 Headlines
Authors are encouraged to consider altering the cover image they submit
to Amazon to utilize a greater percentage of the “space” Amazon allocates
for their image. Most people won’t search for your book by title or by
your name. They will search on Amazon for a keyword or phrase that captures their interest. Your goal is to make your book the most eye-catching in the search results, so people click on it.

To demonstrate the efficacy of this book marketing tactic, let’s look
at an actual example, using an actual book. We will search for “book
marketing” on Amazon. When conducting that search on Amazon our sample book appeared number 10 in the listings on the first page, as shown below:

It comes in directly below The Frugal Book Promoter and two places
above Jump Start Your Book Sales, which are probably the two books your eyes naturally gravitated toward.

But what about our sample book, Sell Your Book on Amazon? The
white portion of the cover gets lost within the white of the webpage,
while the bright yellow covers jump off the screen. Granted, The Frugal
Book Promoter
and Jump Start Your Book Sales are both very good online covers because, surprise surprise, they’re about book marketing, too! The authors are experts in doing exactly what they’re doing for their own books.

In all likelihood, your book won’t be competing with marketing experts.
If your book is about bank financing, your competition may not be online
marketing savvy, but that’s all the MORE reason to take steps to make
YOUR book about bank financing outshine the others, right?

Now let’s conduct the same search for “book marketing” on Amazon after
“enhancing the Amazon cover image” with Outskirts Press.

The cover for Sell Your Book on Amazon is almost twice as big, which makes the title stand out more, and the white has been replaced with a bright, obnoxious yellow to attract attention.

The goal is not to win any design contests here on Amazon — the goal
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“This was my first experience publishing a book. At first I was intimidated
by the unknown process until I signed on and began discussion
with the Manuscript Review Team. Following that positive experience I
was introduced to my Senior Publishing Consultant who greatly informed
me of the process thereby making me feel reassured and ‘ready to go.’

Not really wanting to say goodbye to my Senior Publishing Consultant,
I was greeted by yet another knowledgeable staff member, my Author’s Representative who took my hand and led me along the path to publication.

As if that was not enough, I had the opportunity to work with a Revision Specialist who helped me make the final and lasting changes to my book. I love my custom book cover and the overall layout of the interior. I am now reading the daily emails from my Marketing Coach and find the tips and information very helpful. It was a great pleasure to work with the staff of Outskirts Press and I would recommend them to anyone wishing to publish their book.”

– Chris M. Fisher, author of A Moment in Time

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Self Publishing & Book Marketing Newsletter for October 1, 2010


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“After scouring through the heap of publishers out there to publish my book, I happened to stumble over Outskirts Press, Inc. When I read accounts of their successes via different testimonials, they seemed too good to be true. Because of that, I was at first skittish. But my research abated my fears. So I decided to try them. And I am glad I did!
My experience from beginning to end was phenomenal: quick turnaround time; experienced professionals to answer my questions; and an excellent product that everyone who sees it likes. I am glad I chose Outskirts Press. They are awesome!” – Richard Morris, Ed.D., author of Her Legacy 

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Self Publishing and Book Marketing Newsletter for August 1

Here is a partial snapshot (literally!) of the August 1 edition of the Self Publishing and Book Marketing Newsletter. To see the newsletter in its entirety, click here.

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Inspirational stories from two published authors Top 5 Headlines
Successfully published author Lori Purdy Faitel has this inspirational
tale to share:“My life has changed since the publication of my book, Am
I Brain Damaged? Memoir of Return to Life After My Head Injury.

As my title tells, I am a survivor. In 1986 I was in a devastating car
accident that left me with a Traumatic Brain injury, in a coma for 7 days.
Then for the next 6 years I underwent extensive Physical, Occupational,
Psychological and Personal Growth Therapy. By 1992 I felt emotionally
ready to attempt a return to the world of the healthy, the non-brain injured.
After seventeen more years I knew my story needed to be told. Today, by
sharing my story, I am helping other survivors and their families. By
bluntly talking about my experiences and my version of a return-to-life,
the general public can have a new compassion while survivors can better
explain what some thoughts could never be described.
This book has been a life accomplishment. I have been writing this off
and on for over 20 years. I pray this will enlighten the general population
of what we Head Injured may experience. May this support the injured,
families, friends and all people involved with head injuries. With the
publication of this book I have conquered my Closed Head Injury!

For almost 24 years I was ashamed that I had to re-learn to walk,
talk, eat, read, use proper hygiene and become socially acceptable again,
as an adult. The self-publication of my book through Outskirts
and the entire experience was probably the best and most advanced therapy I have ever had.
Visit Lori Purdy Faitel’s author webpage here.

Juvenile fiction author Hayley Mendien shares this motivating tale:


“My writing style had been deemed too unconventional for other
children’s publishers, so I felt like I finally found a home at Outskirts.
It’s a good publisher for the confident writer. This publisher respects
each written word like a work of art, so I would recommend that writers
present works of art before making the investment. [My Author Rep] Heather was empathetic and knowledgeable throughout the whole process, so I requested her for my second book, and I will request her for my upcoming third project. Heather shows great enthusiasm for each piece she works on, and just when I start to worry about the typical publishing headaches, Heather says something to eliminate the stress. She’s a rep that authors can rely on. And she’s gone out of her way to answer all of my questions.

Today, a young boy stopped me at a bus stop and told me how much
he liked my first book. I thought that was better than getting a five-star
review. I also recently saw an older woman on a train reading my book
to her grand kids, and when I asked her if she liked the book she became

Thank you, Outskirts Press, for giving this obscure wannabe children’s
writer a chance. I feel like there is hope.”
Visit Hayley Mendien’s author webpage here.


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“I’ve been involved in IT and data processing since high school in the ’60s. Even so, Facebook and Twitter, the whole social media scene, are unfamiliar territory. Marketing today requires not only familiarity but some expertise in their use, and the Marketing Coach at Outskirts Press has encouraged me as an author to expand my horizons, taking advantage of every opportunity to translate my time investment in Gates of Eden into a successful marketing adventure. In the process, I’ve reconnected with many friends
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