Congratulations and Good Luck to the 2019 Outskirts Press EVVY Award Nominees!

This year, Outskirts Press has an impressive 79 EVVY Award nominees to thank for their dedication and high-quality work as self-published authors. The EVVYs are an acclaimed annual book award program sponsored by the Colorado Independent Publishers’ Association (CIPA), which recognizes superior independently published books. The EVVYs are judged by a panel of professionals on a qualitative scale of merit in dozens of distinct book categories.

Each year, Outskirts Press nominates a small percentage of the books published during the year for submission to the EVVY Awards. Since a nomination is the first step toward the Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Award, the standards are high and these nominations represent the very best of our publications as determined by our executives and members of our production teams.

Outskirts Press official nominees and winners receive additional exposure for their books in featured Outskirts Press marketing channels, including our blog, social media networks, nationally distributed press releases and in our email newsletters. The finalists will be announced July 31, 2019, and award winners will be announced during a ceremony hosted by the Colorado Independent Publishers Association in August, 2019.

Congratulations to this year’s Official Outskirts Press EVVY Award nominees, presented here in no particular order:


Congratulations to the authors of these 79 amazing works!

What’s next?

As a result of being nominated for the EVVY Awards, these Outskirts Press authors have taken the first step toward the coveted Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Award. Three of the nominees above who subsequently win an EVVY Award during the CIPA banquet will be selected as semi-finalists for our annual Best Book of the Year Award and its $1,500 Grand Prize. Visit the blog often for updates.

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Peanut by David D. Bernstein

Technology has made it easier than ever to reach wider audiences no matter where they are in the world. All it takes is a little thinking outside the box and you can market a self-published book in creative ways, affordably and impactfully. This is where book tours come in: Tours are a great way to connect with your readers and technology has made them easier and cheaper than ever!

Take note from self-publishing Outskirts Press author, David D. Bernstein, who is taking his latest book, Peanut, on tour — a virtual book tour, that is. He will be featured on several blogs over the weeks and months ahead so keep your eyes peeled to learn more about him and his book.

Luckily for us, David 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 Peanut.

OP: Tell us a little bit about Peanut. What is it about?

David: My book looks at three major topics. How divorce affects a young girl named Wendy. What happens when an obsession becomes a part of Wendy’s life and finally how a homeless dog named Peanut helps Wendy overcome her problems and changes her life forever?

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

David: I wrote this book for three reasons: most important reason was to honor our family dog named Tamber who died on October 22, 2017 she was in our lives for almost 16 years. This was very important for me to do this in her memory. The second reason I wrote this book was to help out children and families who have gone through divorce. It is a topic that is not fully explored or understood in the children book industry so “Peanut” had to be written to fill that gap. The third reason I wrote the book was to get more pets adopted by loving families. There are so many pets that need a new home. I will be trying to work with nonprofit organizations to get the word out to the world.

OP: How did you get your book published?

David: I went on the self-publishing route for this book, I chose Outskirts Press to help me on this project. It is my third book that I have published with them. They are very professional and helpful guides on this journey.

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

David: I believe the book can interest many people of all ages. This can include dog lovers, children, families that went through divorce. It also can be a great addition to professional offices that work closely with divorce and obsession. Overall this book can be read by many groups of people.

OP: What is special about your book?

David: I think this book is special because it was written from my heart and that is very rarely done these days, where most publishing companies care more about profit then quality. This is a very sad reality that authors have to face these days.

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

David: My book is different because it has more than one category it covers. It is not only a great picture book, but it also is a self-help book and much more.

OP: Have you published any other books?

David: Yes, I have three other books: a book of poetry from my high school to college years, a folk tale about how a boy goes into a fantasy world to cope with the death of his mom from cancer, it is called The Enchanted Rope. This book is about to be turned into a modern ballet done by children. My third book is called The Portal and it is a middle grade book about two boys who have to travel 101 years into the future to help alter the present. It is the first book in a trilogy.

OP: Do you plan to publish more?

David: I still have plans to publish my next two books in my trilogy and some more picture books in the near future.

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


David D. Bernstein is a tennis instructor, psychic reader, and energy healer who has worked with children for many years in different settings. He’s the author of a book of poetry; a children’s book called The Enchanted Rope; and a middle grade novel, The Portal, the first book in the Cort Chronicles Trilogy. He also had several poems published in magazines and anthologies and is the recipient of five Editor Awards. Peanut is his second picture book. David is a proud uncle of two young boys.

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