Hit the Polls! Vote for the 2017 Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year

Recently, we announced the three finalists in this year’s Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year awards. All three finalists were winners in last month’s CIPA EVVY Awards sponsored by the Colorado Independent Publishers Association (CIPA) and the CIPA Education and Literacy Foundation (ELF); the annual awards recognize the finest works of independent authors in dozens of book categories.

Now it is time to determine which of these talented authors possess the author platform and promotional muscle to take top honors in a head-to-head-to-head marketing competition — a live public poll to determine the ultimate Grand Prize winner and the $1,500 Grand Prize for Best Book of the Year.

So, refresh your memory of these finalists: Re-watch their videos, download their ebooks, buy the paperbacks, and then scroll down to the poll to place your vote for the 2017 Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year!

Finalist: Gramma Darling by Lissa Schroeder
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Finalist: When a Woman Is in Love with God by Darnelle Wilson
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Finalist: The Thundering Herd by John E. Peltier
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Cast Your Vote

The public poll for Best Book of the Year ends at 12:00 PM Noon Mountain Time on Friday, September 15th.

Announcing … Finalist #3 for the 2017 Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year

Congratulations to John E. Peltier, author of The Thundering Herd, who is our third and final competitor for the Outskirts Press 2017 Best Book of the Year Award. It’s time for you, the voter, to take it from here!

Public voting will determine which of the three finalists — Gramma Darling by Lissa Schroeder, When a Woman Is in Love with God by Darnelle Wilson, or The Thundering Herd by John Peltier — should be awarded the Outskirts Press 2017 Best Book of the Year award and its $1,500 Grand Prize. Voting is open to everyone and will take place on this blog from Monday, Sept. 11 through Friday, Sept. 15 (noon Mountain time).

John’s memoir, The Thundering Herd, was published April 2016 and won a 2nd Place EVVY Award in the History category just a couple of weeks ago. This touching historical memoir recounts a big family’s life in the 1950s and ’60s on a Texas farm and cattle ranch with the Vietnam War looming on the backdrop.

The Thundering Herd

These stories begin with brief family histories that bring the Peltier and the Scottish Keillor families together. John was the fifth of the twelve children that Wilburn and Barbara Peltier raised on the flat salt grass prairie of Southeast Texas. The life they created for their family on their rice farm and cattle ranch provided a fertile field for the life experiences that are shared in these settings. At the age of nineteen, naïve and fresh from the farm, John was drafted into the U.S. Army. After surviving boot camp and medical corpsman training, he found himself in Vietnam. John used his time in the military and its experiences as the backdrop to describe life growing up.

Writing this book intensified the realization of the valuable life lessons that John’s family and the farm and ranch taught him. After mustering out of the Army in January of 1969, he settled back into civilian life and finished his education. Disaster struck in August 1969 when his father suddenly died of a heart attack at the age of 54, leaving five of his siblings still at home and all without a father. He discovered the two earthy loves of his life – his wife, Janie, and the vocation of construction – at the same time and place. As a result, Janie and John have a beautiful family and a thriving business, Peltier Brothers Construction, which has provided a great livelihood not only for him and four of his brothers, but for nephews down into the next generation. Both Janie and the company taught him lessons he never expected to learn. Those stories, plus an incident with the fangs of a deadly rattlesnake and a light essay on grass and water, are included in this book.

About Author John Peltier

John E. Peltier is now retired from a successful career in construction and lives in Tomball, Texas, with his wife, Janie. He is the father of three and grandfather to eight. He still raises cattle and gives much back to his community. Sam Houston State University recognized him as one of their 2015 distinguished alumni.

Buy from Outskirts Press: https://outskirtspress.com/thethunderingherd

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/147876533X

Watch the video:

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 be recognized as the best book among three finalists in a public opinion poll.

As finalists, Gramma Darling by Lissa Schroeder, When a Woman Is in Love with God by Darnelle Wilson, and The Thundering Herd by John Peltier, will be competing for the ultimate win. The winning author will receive a $1,500 credit to his or her Outskirts Press Publishing Center, plus an exclusive 2017 Best Book of the Year award seal to apply to the cover of their book.

So, come back on Monday, Sept. 11, to cast your vote for the book you believe to be the best of the three.

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

Announcing … Finalist #2 for the 2017 Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year

Congratulations to Darnelle Wilson, author of When a Woman Is in Love with God, who is one of three finalists for the Outskirts Press 2017 Best Book of the Year Award. The third and last finalist will be announced tomorrow on this blog – and you’ll take it from there!

Public voting will determine which of the three finalists should be awarded the Outskirts Press 2017 Best Book of the Year award and its $1,500 Grand Prize. Voting is open to everyone and will take place on this blog from Monday, Sept. 11 through Friday, Sept. 15 (noon Mountain time).

Darnelle’s spiritual book, When a Woman Is in Love with God, was published August 2016 and won a 1st Place EVVY Award in the Religion and Spirituality category just a couple of weeks ago. The book guides women through forming a loving relationship with God, thus reaping the spiritual rewards of unconditional love and salvation.

When a Woman Is in Love with God

When a woman loves God, she tries to please Him and do His will through daily studies of the Bible. When times are difficult, she stands on His Word and promises. Her love for Him gives her the strength to weather the storms of life. She has a safe place in the Word of God. When a woman loves God, her position in Him is anointed and appointed by God. She is bought with the precious blood of Jesus Christ. She is neither proud nor envious in her position, and pleases God as she walks in humility. God has placed her in a position to love others, even her enemies. He has given her everything she needs. Are YOU a woman who loves God? In times of trials and tribulations, when even friends and relatives have turned on you, your love for Him will sustain you. This inspirational book will encourage you to give God your unconditional love so that He will love you right into His Kingdom.

About Author Darnelle Wilson

Dr. Darnelle Wilson has worked in the women ministry for more than 30 years and has taught many workshops on the work women have in the ministry for God. As a pastor’s wife and church leader, Dr. Wilson has been doing God’s work for many years. She is a woman who loves and puts God first in her life.

Buy from Outskirts Press: https://outskirtspress.com/whenawomanisinlovewithgod/

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1478778695

Watch the video:

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 be recognized as the best book among three finalists in a public opinion poll.

As finalists, Lissa Schroeder, author of Gramma Darling, and Darnelle Wilson, author of When a Woman Is in Love with God, will be competing head-to-head-to-head with the third finalist in a public poll on this blog starting on Monday. The winning author will receive a $1,500 credit to his or her Outskirts Press Publishing Center, plus an exclusive 2017 Best Book of the Year award seal to apply to the cover of their book.

Tomorrow we’ll announce the final competitor. Then we need you! Come back on Monday, Sept. 11, to cast your vote for the book you believe to be the best of the three.

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

Announcing … Finalist #1 for the 2017 Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year

Congratulations to Lissa Schroeder, author of Gramma Darling, who is one of three finalists for the Outskirts Press 2017 Best Book of the Year Award. The next two finalists will be announced tomorrow and the next day on this blog — and you’ll take it from there!

Public voting will determine which of these three finalists should be awarded the Outskirts Press 2017 Best Book of the Year award and its $1,500 Grand Prize. Voting is open to everyone and will take place on this blog from Monday, Sept. 11 through Friday, Sept. 15 (noon Mountain time).

Lissa’s masterpiece, Gramma Darling, was published January 2016 and won an EVVY Award just a couple of weeks ago. (In fact, the EVVY judges were so impressed with the book, they recognized it with a 1st Place win in the Family and Relationships, and Interior Layout/Design categories, as well as 2nd Place for Inspirational, Juvenile Non-Fiction, and Motivational books!) The book is a loving tribute to the great impact the love of an individual can have on the life of a child.

Gramma Darling

Beautifully written and stunningly illustrated, this delightful book for children, parents, and grandparents paints a nostalgic picture of unhurried summer days at a dear grandmother’s house. Seen and felt through the eyes of a child, every discovery is full of innocence and wonder; from an attic brimming with treasures to running through the fields at twilight catching fireflies. You will laugh and remember your own childhood and feel as though you are there sharing in all the small adventures of her little world; the baby birds, the gardening, the stormy days, and bedtime baths. And through it all, in the background, is Gramma Darling and her laughter. You sense the atmosphere of nurturing, protection, and worth that she provides; and far more importantly, you get a glimpse into the wisdom of a woman whose genuine genius for simply loving, inspires wholehearted lifetime devotion. It will leave you uplifted and looking for ways to spend quality time with the little ones in your own life.

About Author Lissa Schroeder

Lissa Schroeder is a gifted teacher, an engaging public speaker, and a licensed minister. She has taught all over Alaska at youth conferences, ladies’ retreats, home school workshops, and more. A born storyteller, she paints vivid emotional pictures that are inspiring and hopeful, that make your heart soar and leave you smiling. Mostly, she has raised three awesome kids, homeschooling from preschool to med school. She lives in Fairbanks, Alaska, with her husband and youngest son, where she owns and runs a curriculum supply store.

Doron Ben-Ami is a freelance illustrator, photographer, and musician, living and working in Brookfield Connecticut. He has illustrated hundreds of book covers, advertisements, posters, children’s books, and calendars. He also creates illustrations for storyboards and animatics, assisting in the production of nationally broadcast TV commercials. Most recently he has expanded his professional offerings to video and animation. When not creating visual imagery, he performs in the western Connecticut area with his jazz band, and in a duo with his daughter. He has two grown children, and lives with his wife in Brookfield, Connecticut.

Buy from Outskirts Press: https://outskirtspress.com/grammadarling/
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1432784021

Watch the video:

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 be recognized as the best book among three finalists in a public opinion poll.

As one of three finalists, Lissa Schroeder, author of Gramma Darling, will be competing head-to-head-to-head with the other finalists in a public poll on this blog starting on Monday. The winning author will receive a $1,500 credit to his or her Outskirts Press Publishing Center, plus an exclusive 2017 Best Book of the Year award seal to apply to the cover of their book.

Tomorrow and the next day, we’ll announce the other two competitors. Then we need you! Come back on Monday, Sept. 11, to cast your vote for the book you believe to be the best of the three.

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

Meet the Finalists for the 2017 Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year

Finally, we have it – our three finalists for the Outskirts Press 2017 Best Book of the Year Award: Gramma Darling by Lissa Schroeder, When a Woman Is in Love with God by Darnelle Wilson, and The Thundering Herd by John Peltier. All three took home wins in the annual EVVY Awards, qualifying them for Outskirts Press’ top annual honors.

The rest is up to you! Public voting will determine which of the three finalists should be named the Outskirts Press 2017 Best Book of the Year award and receive the $1,500 Grand Prize that comes with it. Voting is open to everyone and will take place on this blog from Monday, Sept. 11 through Friday, Sept. 15 at noon Mountain time.

So, study your choices, order their books, visit their webpages and social media – then cast your vote September 11-15 for the book you feel deserves the honor. Here’s a recap of the finalists:

Gramma Darling

Beautifully written and stunningly illustrated, this delightful book for children, parents, and grandparents paints a nostalgic picture of unhurried summer days at a dear grandmother’s house. Seen and felt through the eyes of a child, every discovery is full of innocence and wonder; from an attic brimming with treasures to running through the fields at twilight catching fireflies. You will laugh and remember your own childhood and feel as though you are there sharing in all the small adventures of her little world; the baby birds, the gardening, the stormy days, and bedtime baths. And through it all, in the background, is Gramma Darling and her laughter. You sense the atmosphere of nurturing, protection, and worth that she provides; and far more importantly, you get a glimpse into the wisdom of a woman whose genuine genius for simply loving, inspires wholehearted lifetime devotion. It will leave you uplifted and looking for ways to spend quality time with the little ones in your own life.

About Author Lissa Schroeder

Lissa Schroeder is a gifted teacher, an engaging public speaker, and a licensed minister. She has taught all over Alaska at youth conferences, ladies’ retreats, home school workshops, and more. A born storyteller, she paints vivid emotional pictures that are inspiring and hopeful, that make your heart soar and leave you smiling. Mostly, she has raised three awesome kids, homeschooling from preschool to med school. She lives in Fairbanks, Alaska, with her husband and youngest son, where she owns and runs a curriculum supply store.

Doron Ben-Ami is a freelance illustrator, photographer, and musician, living and working in Brookfield Connecticut. He has illustrated hundreds of book covers, advertisements, posters, children’s books, and calendars. He also creates illustrations for storyboards and animatics, assisting in the production of nationally broadcast TV commercials. Most recently he has expanded his professional offerings to video and animation. When not creating visual imagery, he performs in the western Connecticut area with his jazz band, and in a duo with his daughter. He has two grown children, and lives with his wife in Brookfield, Connecticut.

Buy from Outskirts Press: https://outskirtspress.com/grammadarling/
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1432784021

Watch the video:

When a Woman Is in Love with God

When a woman loves God, she tries to please Him and do His will through daily studies of the Bible. When times are difficult, she stands on His Word and promises. Her love for Him gives her the strength to weather the storms of life. She has a safe place in the Word of God. When a woman loves God, her position in Him is anointed and appointed by God. She is bought with the precious blood of Jesus Christ. She is neither proud nor envious in her position, and pleases God as she walks in humility. God has placed her in a position to love others, even her enemies. He has given her everything she needs. Are YOU a woman who loves God? In times of trials and tribulations, when even friends and relatives have turned on you, your love for Him will sustain you. This inspirational book will encourage you to give God your unconditional love so that He will love you right into His Kingdom.

About Author Darnelle Wilson

Dr. Darnelle Wilson has worked in the women ministry for more than 30 years and has taught many workshops on the work women have in the ministry for God. As a pastor’s wife and church leader, Dr. Wilson has been doing God’s work for many years. She is a woman who loves and puts God first in her life.

Buy from Outskirts Press: https://outskirtspress.com/whenawomanisinlovewithgod/

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1478778695

Watch the video:

The Thundering Herd

These stories begin with brief family histories that bring the Peltier and the Scottish Keillor families together. John was the fifth of the twelve children that Wilburn and Barbara Peltier raised on the flat salt grass prairie of Southeast Texas. The life they created for their family on their rice farm and cattle ranch provided a fertile field for the life experiences that are shared in these settings. At the age of nineteen, naïve and fresh from the farm, John was drafted into the U.S. Army. After surviving boot camp and medical corpsman training, he found himself in Vietnam. John used his time in the military and its experiences as the backdrop to describe life growing up.

Writing this book intensified the realization of the valuable life lessons that John’s family and the farm and ranch taught him. After mustering out of the Army in January of 1969, he settled back into civilian life and finished his education. Disaster struck in August 1969 when his father suddenly died of a heart attack at the age of 54, leaving five of his siblings still at home and all without a father. He discovered the two earthy loves of his life – his wife, Janie, and the vocation of construction – at the same time and place. As a result, Janie and John have a beautiful family and a thriving business, Peltier Brothers Construction, which has provided a great livelihood not only for him and four of his brothers, but for nephews down into the next generation. Both Janie and the company taught him lessons he never expected to learn. Those stories, plus an incident with the fangs of a deadly rattlesnake and a light essay on grass and water, are included in this book.

About Author John Peltier

John E. Peltier is now retired from a successful career in construction and lives in Tomball, Texas, with his wife, Janie. He is the father of three and grandfather to eight. He still raises cattle and gives much back to his community. Sam Houston State University recognized him as one of their 2015 distinguished alumni.

Buy from Outskirts Press: https://outskirtspress.com/thethunderingherd

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/147876533X

Watch the video:

 

Gramma Darling by Lissa Schroeder, When a Woman Is in Love with God by Darnelle Wilson, and The Thundering Herd by John Peltier are sure to give us a tight race for the ultimate win. The winning author will receive a $1,500 credit to his or her Outskirts Press Publishing Center, plus an exclusive 2017 Best Book of the Year award seal to apply to the cover of their book.

So, come back on Monday, Sept. 11, 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?

Get Started

Understanding Men With Power by Mercedes Mercado

With the abundance of self-published authors, you have to come up with creative ways to market a self-published book. While book tours are a great way to connect with your readers, they aren’t the most affordable method of promotion. However, technology has made it possible for an alternative.

Take note from self-publishing Outskirts Press author, Mercedes Mercado, who is taking her latest book, Understanding Men With Power, on tour — a virtual book tour, that is. She will be featured on several blogs over the weeks and months ahead so keep your eyes peeled to learn more about her and her book.


Luckily for us, Mercedes was kind enough to answer a few questions as the tour was getting started so that we can give you a sneak peek into the mind of the creator of Understanding Men With Power.

OP: Tell us a little bit about Understanding Men With Power. What is it about?

Mercedes: My book is a self-help book on relationships. It’s true stories that happened to me with men with power. At the end of each chapter a lesson is provided to clarify what I learned from each man. It’s showing women, not telling them the cause and effects of our treatment of men.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

Mercedes: My entire life I’ve been giving very productive advice to a lot of women. They’ve had great success with their relationships because of my advice. Instead of just helping my friends, I decided to write a book to help as many women as possible.

OP: How did you get your book published?

Mercedes: I self-published my book with Outskirts Press.

OP: What types of readers would be interested in this story?

Mercedes: Mostly women seeking relationship help. But many men are also interested in knowing about other men with power, so there’s an audience for them as well.

OP: What is special about your book?

Mercedes: My book is special because instead of telling women what to do I show them what happens when you behave a certain way with men. This book is a compilation of all true stories, so women can see for themselves how important one’s behavior towards men is. Showing is better than just telling women what to do. Also, the men in this book are famous and/or powerful but I changed everyone’s name so no one can recognize them.

OP: What differentiates it from other books in the same category?

Mercedes: I don’t give women rules to follow. I show them my behavior towards men and how they respond to that behavior. I don’t tell women what they want to hear either. I simply show them what I did so they can see for themselves what works and what doesn’t. It’s a “how-to” book but with actual examples. At the end of each chapter I say the lesson that I learned from each man.

OP: Have you published any other books?

Mercedes: This is my first book .

OP: Do you plan to publish more?

Mercedes: I do intend on publishing more.

OP: Thanks for your time, Mercedes! We look forward to learning more about you as you visit other bloggers!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Mercedes is an actor/writer/director. Her body of work has garnished two award nominations in film making. Although professionally she works in the film business, she is mostly known among her friends as “the relationship guru.” She spends a lot of time advising women freely and is always on call. Women from all walks of life call upon Mercedes when they need to know what to do with their current relationships involving men. She believes strongly in the empowerment of women and makes herself available to help as many women as possible. She also listens to and advises men as well. Although she loves her native New York City, she spends time traveling the world. She loves art, food & wine, and is an avid sports fan. Because of her work, she travels often to Los Angeles. And because of her love of family, she frequents Miami often. To find out more about the author you can go to her websites: www.ChatNoirInk.com and www.Mercedes925.com

For more information or to contact the author, visit https://outskirtspress.com/UnderstandingMenWithPower

This author purchased the Virtual Book Tour marketing option, which allows self-publishing authors to connect with bloggers and harness the power of the blogosphere by taking their book on the “virtual road.” Learn more about this service by visiting your Publishing Center and reviewing the available marketing options.

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Market Fiercely, Effectively & Personally With This Month’s Discount!

We’ve talked about the importance of being prepared for the holidays before and recently here on Self Publishing News, but there’s another facet of the marketing process which might just make those preparations a snap for authors looking to sell their self-published books this Fall: a Personal Marketing Assistant!

But wait—what or who is a Personal Marketing Assistant, and what can one do for you, specifically around the holidays?

First things first! In all the ways that matter, a PMA is every self-published author’s expert advisor on matters of strategic marketing and sales. A PMA is far more than just a cheerleader—if you purchase a 5-hour block of time with one of Outskirts Press’s many fine PMAs, you will walk away with tangible marketing tactics, including:

  • A detailed marketing plan
  • Potential book signing and promotion events
  • A thoughtful and well-developing author platform
  • Follow-up on marketing campaign leads

If you find yourself out to sea on how to develop a book marketing plan or struggling to sort the many hundreds of competing priorities which play into your book sales strategy, it may be time to consult with a PMA. You will emerge freed of the time-consuming responsibilities of arranging and confirming book signings, freed of doubts and concerns over the confusing processes of where, when, and how to set your plan in motion, and freed of the fear that you’ve left your precious book’s sales up to chance and the vagaries of inexpert ideas.

This month, we have even more exciting news than usual! We are offering our PMA option—5 hours of dedicated, one-on-one consultations with a Personal Marketing Assistant—at 10% off in September! All you need to do is add the PMA option to your shopping cart and enter the promo code Save10-PMA at checkout in order to take advantage.

You can now get a head start on sorting out your holiday marketing plan with this amazing discount, and fly into Fall with all the confidence of an author in full control of the publishing and marketing processes!

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