EVVY Awards Winners and Best Book of the Year Award Finalists Announced

The Annual CIPA EVVY Awards ceremony took place in Denver on August 23, 2014. These honors pave the road toward the 2013 Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Award. 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. Outskirts Press was on hand to accept the awards on behalf of our winning authors. Congratulations to this year’s EVVY Award winners, shown below:

First Place


Fiction-Action & Adventure



Fiction & Spirituality

Second Place


Fiction-Action & Adventure


Third Place


Fiction-Action & Adventure

Juvenile Fiction

Merit (in alphabetical order)

An EVVY Award is a prerequisite to the Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Award and the equally coveted $1,500 Grand Prize. The Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Award recognizes the best book published by Outskirts Press in 2013 as decided by our executives, our authors and the writing community.

Typically there are three finalists for the Best Book of the Year Award; however, this year we have made an exception to include all four of the first place EVVY Award winners in the Best Book of the Year Award contest. This week, we will be featuring each of the Best Book of the Year Award finalists on the Outskirts Press blog and voting will begin on Saturday, September 6th. You can learn more about each of the finalists through the links below and on the blog this week. Then be sure to visit the blog on Saturday to place your vote!

The Southern Chapter of The Big Girl Panties Club

The Monster Monroe

No Fear

Follow The Light

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“Thank you Outskirts for helping bring my book, The Road from Money, to life! Your help every step of the way has helped me accomplish the goal of having my first novel published. My plan is for this book to be the first of a three part series and I look forward to working you in the future. Thanks again.”

Sylvester Boyd Jr. is a native of Chicago, Illinois. At the age of fifteen, he and his family moved from Chicago’s south-side public housing projects to Allegan, Michigan where he later graduated in 1963 from Allegan High School. The Road from Money is his first novel and is based on the life of his Aunt Estella and stories told to him by family members over the years. He has woven both fact and fiction into a dynamic portrayal of historical events of the era including music, inventions and the journey of a young Negro girl and her family living under the trying times of Jim Crow in the South.

The Road from Money takes you on a journey to the small town of Money, Mississippi; just after the turn of the 20th century. It is the story of Estella Reynolds, a young Negro girl, growing up in America’s deep South. You follow her life as she faces racism, segregation, exploration, brutality and poverty. You watch as she finds the joy of family life, battles to get a good education, finds her first love and above all tries to figure out why things are the way they are. You enter a time after World War I and before the start of World War II. A time when automobiles were new and planes had just taken to the sky. The story is set against the backdrop of the Great Depression, the Great Dust Bowl, a flood, Prohibition; and a time when Herbert Hoover and Franklin Roosevelt were President. The story also highlights the strengths of a people and many of America’s weaknesses.
– Sylvester Boyd, Jr., author of The Road From Money

Ring in 2014 with Big Savings on Your Next Self-Publishing Package

Finish 2013 with a deal that will help you keep your publishing resolutions in 2014!

Outskirts Press is offering a 20% discount on its two most popular publishing packages, Diamond and Pearl, now through midnight, Dec. 31. The discount saves self-publishing authors hundreds of dollars on valuable book publishing services.

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Leading Self-Publishing Service Provider Outskirts Press Pays Authors $300 to Begin Publishing Books in October

The most exciting self-publishing promotion of the year gives back $300 to authors to begin publishing a book with either the Diamond or Pearl book publishing services from Outskirts Press in October.

Denver, CO-October 1, 2013-Outskirts Press, the fastest-growing full-service self-publishing and book marketing company, today announced that authors can get an extra hand in fulfilling their dreams to publish a book with the return of the company’s popular “Mad Money” promotion. Authors who purchase the Diamond or full-color Pearl book publishing packages in October are rewarded with a credit of $300 applied to their Outskirts Press shopping cart accounts.

The $300 “mad money” credit can be applied toward any production or marketing option offered by Outskirts Press, including custom cover design, professional copyediting, cover scribing, an Amazon Kindle edition, or many others.

“A penny saved is a penny earned,” said Executive Vice President, Kelly Schuknecht. “Authors can use their ‘Mad Money’ toward the production or marketing options of their choice, and an additional $300 to spend on self-publishing services results in a higher-quality, more marketable book.”

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Five Ways to Use Free Author Copies

As a self-publishing author, it will be important for you to keep extra copies of your book on-hand – not just in case an opportunity to sell or promote arises but as a reminder to be proactive in your book marketing efforts.

Extra copies of your book can serve as inspiration to seek out and act upon opportunities that don’t just drop into your lap.

“What kinds of opportunities?” you may ask. More than you might think!

Here are five common scenarios where having extra copies of your book on-hand may open doors for you:

  1. Your community has a writers’ guild. If you’re not already involved in your local writers’ club, sign on. These types of organizations generally offer authors plenty of opportunities to read from and discuss their books with other writers. Many members will have great information or contacts that can help you increase your sales, so be ready to furnish copies to people who may be able to pass them along to important power players.
  2. Your community has libraries, schools and universities. Literary and educational institutions are great places to drum up interest in your book. Provide copies of your book to these entities, and offer to do free book readings for patrons and students. For any events that you schedule, plan to stay afterward to sign and sell copies of your book.
  3. Your hometown newspaper or radio station runs news briefs on local happenings. Small-town publications and news outlets regularly feature news briefs and announcements on everything from church events to student achievements to business grand openings. It’s not unusual for these news outlets to run a blurb on newly published books from local authors, book signing events or local writers’ clubs events. Getting your book into an editor or program director’s hands could result in a news brief, or even a feature story or radio interview. Call ahead to these organizations to be sure they accept promotional copies, then address or drop off a copy to the person responsible for making decisions about news.
  4. There are independent bookstores in your area. Mom and pop shops, especially ones in your hometown, are often far more receptive to independently published authors, or local authors, than the giant chain bookstores. Give them a free promotional copy of your book and any promotional materials you have, so they can determine whether to carry it. Even better, be prepared to hand over a whole stack to place on the shelf in exchange for a generous portion of the sale.
  5. You are frequently asked about your writing and your book. Every time the topic of your book comes up there is an opportunity to make a sale. Be ready with a “book jacket” description of your book – a short, compelling description of the plot that will make a reader want to dive into your writings. More important, be ready with a copy of your book! Once you’ve gotten your friend interested, ask them if they’d like a copy, even offer a discount if you wish. They will be more likely to buy if you strike when the iron’s hot. Later, they may forget all about it.


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Outskirts under promised and over delivered. As a process person, I was impressed with the organization and execution of the work flow. Although the web-based work was not intuitive at first, I quickly got used to the author’s process and was quite pleased.

Tim Fiscus is currently a Senior Project Manager for a major financial institution. He spent 24 years in the military, active and reserves, and also teaches college business classes. Along his path, he embraced a universal concept around his spirituality and continues to gain understanding of our universe. This book was produced years after accepting the challenge from his spiritual mentor to help others in need of coaching on their path.

Life is a series of moments guided by our choices. Do you know your designed path? Would it be a good idea to know? Happiness is your destiny and you can get there. Change your choices and you will change your life. This book is either intense or light reading, preferably light the first time. It is your choice to take the next step. Make no mistake, you are where you are in this life as a direct result of your choices, good or bad. The ending can and should be happy. Here is how, hard or easy, to make it so. This book is for everyone that wants to be happy. Deep down, all-consuming happiness is at your fingertips. Can you be happier, regardless of your current place in this life? The short answer is a resounding YES! Will you do what is necessary to get there, why or why not? Life, literally, is not for the faint of heart. Choose happiness every step of the way. This book will give you a step by step process to ensure that you are happy.

– Timothy A. Fiscus, author of Choice and Consequence

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Radio Interview & Media TrainingHave you always dreamed of being a guest on a renowned radio program that has interviewed the likes of prestigious Forbes Magazine and Wall Street Journal executives? What if you could get the preparation you needed to give a killer interview in the process?

There are just two days left to get a guaranteed radio interview and the media training you need to make the most of it, by taking advantage of a 10% discount on our Top 10 Radio Interview & Media Training throughout the month of July. With this valuable package, you get:

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July is Memoir Month With Outskirts Press

Outskirts Press is excited to name July “Memoir Month.” One of the most valuable pieces of writing material can be a person’s own story – recollections and personal history they can pass down to future generations. For the remainder of July, we want our writers to share their life experiences and be able to pass their stories on to future generations.

The Memoir Writing Kit from Outskirts Press offers 140 pages of memory-provoking questions to help inspire the writer. The writer can simply answer the questions in complete sentences, remove the questions themselves, and the memoir practically writes itself!

Everyone’s life experience is unique. The beauty of the Memoir Writing Kit is that it is flexible and comprehensive enough to help any writer start and complete their memoirs, no matter what sort of life they have led. The writer can simply delete sections that don’t apply to them, or add details and stories that do. The structure is roughly chronological, beginning with “The Dawn of Life” and ending with “The Sunset.” The years between are organized by similarly themed chapters, ranging from “Childhood Holidays and Celebrations” to “Serving My Country” to “A Taste for Life.”

Today through July 26, each weekday we will post a question from the Memoir Writing Kit on the Outskirts Press Facebook Page Fans can simply answer the question in a comment to the post to enter for a chance to win a copy of the Memoir Writing Kit. One winner will be selected each week and the winning response will be the one with the most “Likes” that week. If you want to be one of the THREE talented authors to win a free Memoir Writing Kit from Outskirts Press, be sure to invite your friends and family to “Like” your responses. Each Monday we will choose the response from the previous week with the most “Likes” to be the recipient of the Memoir Writing Kit.

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Frankfurt Book Fair Registration Deadline: July 12!

Will we see your book at the Frankfurt Book Fair? If you haven’t already registered, the deadline to do so is Friday, July 12.

Since its inception in 1949, Frankfurt has evolved from a small publishing event into the largest publishing event in the world! As a matter of fact, each year, over 250,000 publishing professional and industry insiders attend the Frankfurt Book Fair, which hosts over 50% more international publishers than BEA.

By arranging exhibition through Outskirts Press, your book will receive valuable, face-out exposure on an exclusive shelf with other Outskirts Press titles.

A representative will be on-hand to personally answer questions about your book. Outskirts Press will provide the necessary copies of the book and all the necessary contact information for both the author and publisher. This way, interested parties can make further contact, during or after the fair. All inquiries Outskirts Press receives about your book will be forwarded directly to you for personal follow-up in a post-show wrap-up.

Time is running out, so register now. Space is limited and the show fills up quickly on a first-come, first served basis.The deadline for the 2013 Frankfurt Book Fair is this Friday, July 12. Click here to get more details or reserve your spot at Frankfurt.


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The Diamond Publishing Package, normally priced at $999 has been discounted to only $799 from July 1 through July 5; the full-color Pearl Publishing Package is discounted to $879 from the normal $1,099 fee – a savings of 20 percent off the standard fee.

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“Wonderful experience from start to finish. My work remained mine through the entire process, and the finished product was incredibly impressive. Elaine, Jerry, Jackie, and Rebecca worked endlessly to see this project matched what I had in my mind from day one. Definitely going to be publishing through Outskirts again; Best in the industry.”

James Finster studied literature at California State University San Marcos. He resides in Flagstaff, Arizona, with his wife Jerusha and his two daughters, Vivian and Reagan.

My father chose to end his own life. That is the elephant in my room…So begins The Reverent Surrender, James Finster’s deeply touching memoir about his father’s suicide. It’s a brutally honest perspective, but it’s also refreshing, skillfully avoiding an angry, self-pitying position on this painful and often taboo subject. Everyone dies, it’s a truism in this life, yet many choose to go on their own terms. Is there not some form of honor to be found within this selfish act? When he first set out to write his memoir, Finster’s goal was to help others who’d experienced the same heartbreak, but as the book evolved, he realized that everyone faces death with a different perspective, and each person’s response to suicide-and their grieving process-is unique. Ultimately, this beautifully written book is dedicated to the memory of his father. It encourages the survivors of suicide to reflect on the life lost and embrace their loved one’s memories-while learning to let go of anger or blame and ultimately changing the underlying core of grief to one of acceptance…and healing. My father’s time on this earth was but mere seconds in the scheme of the world. A small pivotal role played out on a stage for a select few. His life encompassed comedy, romance, satire, and tragedy. And therefore as my reflection ends and the curtains set on that stage, I shall rise from my seat, applaud vigorously, and shout “encore.”

– James W. Finster, author of The Reverent Surrender