The votes are in! The winner of the 2018 Best Book of the Year goes to Two Towers!

Our three authors have already won in their categories at the EVVY Awards, but only one can claim our highest honor: Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year!

Selecting a favorite book is no small feat, and each of our authors works deserve to be recognized. T.D. Arkenberg: Two Towers, Katherine S. Egan: Genetics Isn’t Everything, and C. R. Norris: Wasp on the Wind are our top three finalists and we are proud of them and their great achievements.

Our authors have offered you their very best, and you’ve weighed your options and voted for your favorite book for this incredible distinction!

The winner of the 2018 Best Book of the Year award goes to Two Towers by T.D. Arkenberg.

Two Towers

In his poignant memoir, Two Towers, T.D. Arkenberg navigates readers through a personal perfect storm. A resurgence of his father’s long-dormant cancer and chaos at his job in the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks serve as the backdrop for a private struggle with a secret hidden for thirty-seven years. The story opens on Christmas Eve, 2001. Alone, he stands in his empty childhood home. Two months earlier, his father succumbed to cancer after a lengthy struggle. Five weeks after that painful loss, his mother’s unexpected death shattered his world. The double-barreled blast toppled his towers of strength and unconditional love at a time he was barely treading water. Only weeks before his parents’ deaths, his professional life descended into turmoil. Nineteen hijackers commandeered four commercial jets, unleashing unspeakable terror on US soil. Two towers collapsed into piles of twisted steel, a dusty grave for thousands of innocent souls. Friends don’t know how he survives. Neither does he, especially with the added burden of a dark secret. As his world starts to crumble, fate offers a lifeline.

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About Author T.D. Arkenberg

Two Towers is the fourth book and first memoir from award-winning author T.D. Arkenberg. Independent Publisher Book Awards, Next Generation Indie Book Awards, National Indie Excellence Awards, and Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society have recognized his work. T.D. studied at The University of Chicago, London Business School, and Northwestern University. He lives with his spouse, Jim, and their cat outside Chicago. Visit www.TDArkenberg.com.

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Hit the Polls! Vote for the 2018 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 2018 CIPA EVVY Award; those annual awards, sponsored by the Colorado Independent Publishers Association (CIPA) and the CIPA Education and Literacy Foundation (ELF), were announced late last month 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 2018 Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year competition!


FINALIST: Two Towers by T. D. Arkenberg

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FINALIST: Genetics Isn’t Everything by Katherine S. Egan

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FINALIST: Wasp on the Wind by C. R. Norris

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The public poll for Best Book of the Year closes at 5:00 PM (MST) on Friday, September 14th.

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Your Third Finalist for the 2018 Best Book of the Year Award is … C.R. Norris, Author of Wasp on the Wind

Congratulations to our three finalists for the Outskirts Press 2018 Best Book of the Year award: Two Towers by T.D. Arkenberg, Genetics Isn’t Everything by Katherine S. Egan and Wasp on the Wind by C.R. Norris. These works are impressive and it’s going to be an interesting sprint to the finish!

All three books took home 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. Polls will open September 10 through September 14th 5:00 PM Mountain Time.

So, come back on Monday, Sept. 10, to cast your vote for the book you believe to be the best of the three.

Meet Your Third Finalist

Wasp on the Wind

An epic saga unfolds as a future apocalyptic world begins to reveal its secrets … Chris was what the West Sand Command called “a greeny.” But after some three years of training and a return to the very group who had rescued her from the desert, her “Now Time” circle was complete — with one adjustment: She was now carried with her a mysterious pendant that she had been ordered to present to Lon, the Tagos of the Choe, an assignment that, as of yet, no West Sand Commander was aware.

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About Author C.R. Norris

C.R. Norris is a perpetual student of science and mathematics whose varied career has included experience as a musician, a blood banker and an electrical engineer. Although she has written some technical scientific papers, this is her first foray into science fiction. She currently resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she indulges her passions for green chile, playing music and writing.

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Publish your Kindle, iPad/iPhone and NOOK ebooks for free—here’s how

E-readers such as Kindle, iPad and NOOK have provided bookworms with unlimited access to scores of books — anywhere and everywhere. That’s good news for self-publishing authors looking to make their works available to the largest book-reading audience possible.

Thinking about pulling the trigger on print but aren’t sure about electronic books? Think about it: Because there’s no production cost beyond initial formatting, ebooks give you the best return on your investment! Plus, e-readers offer a great alternative to planet-conscious readers who want an alternative to paper.

But here’s the best reason to dive into ebook publishing: this month, you can make your ebook accessible to a world of readers perusing Amazon, iTunes and Barnes & Noble bookstores — for FREE!  When you purchase the Ultimate or Full-Color publishing package, Outskirts Press will give you Kindle, iPad/iPhone and NOOK versions of your book ($900 value!) at no charge.

To take advantage of this offer, simply:

  1. Add the Ultimate or Full-Color publishing package to your Outskirts Press shopping cart
  2. Enter promo code Ebooks-Free18 at checkout
  3. Your FREE Kindle, NOOK and iPad/iPhone editions will be added to your account within 48 hours

This amazing offer is only available for a limited time, so publish now to receive these valuable eBook editions FREE!

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One Click, Zero Worries: Worry-Free, All-Inclusive Publishing at the Click of a Mouse

You’ve slaved over your manuscript for months and finally you see a light at the end of the tunnel. It won’t be long before it’s off to the presses … right?

Wait! Have you hired a book editor yet? What about your book formatting — have you chosen a layout? Have you nailed down your cover design? What about your book marketing approach? There are so many tasks necessary to take your work from “manuscript” to “published book” to a successfully selling book … and for many, it’s overwhelming.

With a One-Click Publishing Suite from Outskirts Press, a single click of the mouse instantly pulls together everything needed to polish and format your manuscript, send it to print, get the word out and start selling. Even better, One-Click Publishing is designed to tailor distinct services to authors in a variety of book genres. While every package addresses the publishing and marketing needs of a specific genre, every One-Click self-publishing author can count on receiving dozens of priceless benefits:

  • Professional copy editing
  • Interior formatting
  • Custom cover design
  • ISBN and barcode
  • International Ingram, Baker & Taylor, and Bertram wholesale distribution, including Amazon, Barnes & Noble and 25,000 other retail locations
  • One-on-one author support
  • 5 hours of Personal Marketing Assistance
  • Instant eligibility for the $1,500 Best Book of the Year Award and Grand Prize
  • Author maintains 100 percent rights and copyright, and enjoys industry-leading profit margins
  • Free author’s copies
  • And many more publishing and marketing services and resources vital to success in a chosen book genre!

These full-service packages come preloaded with everything necessary to make your publishing dreams come true at an exceptional value. All you need to do is click the mouse and voila — you’re on your way to becoming a published author. Available genre-specific One-Click Packages include:

While our Ultimate and Full-Color packages can be enhanced with additional service purchase options for marketing and promotion, One-Click Publishing is truly all-inclusive. They are the only publishing bundles that automatically also include coveted marketing options such as Author Platform Set-up Through Social Media, Google Books Preview, Book Video Trailer, Amazon Author Profile, Amazon Listing Enhancement and much more.

By purchasing a One-Click option, you get peace of mind knowing that you are getting the publishing and marketing options that are essential for the genre you have chosen. Would you like help choosing your best self-publishing option? Connect with Outskirts Press now in whatever manner is easiest for you:

Help Your Self-Help Book Along This September!

Self-help books are HUGE right now. All you have to do is walk into the closest bookstore or library to be convinced of this fact; books on beauty, diet, meditation, mental health, and other self-help topics routinely grace some of the most prominent displays. But your readers are not the same as other authors’ readers … so how do you write and publish a book that will move them?

We have a couple of ideas!

The first step to writing a successful self-help book is to know your competition, and to know your competition you’ll need to read widely in the genre. What kind of self-help book appeals to you? A celebrity lifestyle book, for example, tends to read as equal parts memoir and dietary regimen. That’s great … but there are lots of other models! There’s an entire subgenre dedicated to lifestyle books written by doctors (actual practicing medical doctors, that is) and they are entirely different. So too are the more topical, exploratory works that blend creative non-fiction with self-help elements. Run your hand along a library display or the health and fitness shelf at your local bookstore, and you’ll find dozens of self-help models you might consider for your own book.

Next, you have to consider how to plan for the long haul. After all, self-help is a lifelong pursuit, and it is fitting for the genre that writing one of these books will take a while. Gather your information, put it into practice, and live the experience you’re writing to endorse. Your readers will find your book compelling and authentic if they feel convinced that you’re not simply posturing but embracing the lifestyle you advocate that they too should choose! As much as or more than any other genre, self-help books require the reader to believe that what they’re seeing on the page belongs in their life, and can be achieved by tenable, easy-to-replicate steps. Once you know how the strategies you’re writing about feel from the inside, a process which is bound to take a while, you’re in the perfect position to write about them!

This is a niche genre … so plan accordingly. Plan to reach a small, targeted audience. And in order to reach that audience, you’ll need to know exactly who they are. You can’t rely on general feelings of affinity (“I love all fiction!” “I love all romance books!”) to sell a self-help book, as picking one of these up and trying it on is less like buying and trying on new clothes and a lot more like completely changing everything you eat or think and do. Most people who love science fiction are perfectly happy to buy twenty or thirty books in the genre a year, but people don’t tend to experiment with their lifestyle with remotely the same frequency. They do, however, tend to give other people self-help books as gifts on a regular basis. Knowing this is half of the battle later on down the road when it comes to marketing, but in the short term it’s helpful for determining what does and does not make it into your book. What would you want out of a gift? Something purely functional, or something with bright and glossy images to catch the eye?

Lastly, find a publisher who knows how to market and sell self-help books. We mean specifically, not just as yet another generic addition to their non-fiction publications. Take a look at their online catalogues or bookstores (ours is at www.OutskirtsPress.com/bookstore!) and check for a variety of non-fiction subgenres, including health and fitness, cookbooks, memoirs, and more. The more subgenres are represented, the more likely it is that this publisher knows how to appeal to those small, targeted audiences and can help you along the way! And of course, it’s also vital that you speak with the publishing company in person to verify that they are everything they say they are, as well as expert in the field and excited about your specific book.

And there you have it: several important ways to hone your craft as you draft your next self-help book! To see our staff picks of amazing self-help books from many of our published authors, visit our Pinterest page by clicking here.

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It’s National Book Lover’s Day! How Will You Celebrate?

Now, here’s a holiday we can all get into: National Book Lovers Day (NBLD)! Occurring annually (usually on August 9), this is a day just for you and your fellow bibliophiles to sink into the bath with a glass of vino and a juicy read and guiltlessly indulge your inner bookworm. As if you needed a reason …

As writers and authors, you’re the driving force behind national days like today. So, aside from page-flipping, how else can you mark the occasion? Here are three ways to celebrate National Book Lovers Day today with other readers, including your own:

  1. Give the gift of reading. Host a book giveaway on social media. Give your network of friends a chance to win an autographed hardcopy of your book or copies of your favorite reads. Consider giving copies to the first people to like, share or retweet your contest post, or perhaps a gift basket with your book, a mug, hot cocoa and other knick-knacks to the person who tags the most friends in the comments section. Oh, and remember to use hashtags such as #NationalBookLoversDay or #NBLD in all related posts.
  2. Feed the reading bug. Encourage reading through philanthropy. Drop in on your local libraries and schools to donate books in honor of the occasion. Other great places to donate include nursing homes, veterans’ organizations, hospitals and shelters.
  3. Stick your nose in a book. Relaxing with a guilty pleasure is always an option. In fact, the best writers are those who are also avid readers. Go ahead and proudly tuck into a steamy novel or fast-paced mystery — it all counts. Consider it “personal development.”

BONUS TIPS:

  • Are you, or is someone you know, on the fence about self-publishing? Use NBLD to take the leap and save on self-publishing in the process! Outskirts Press is currently offering a $300 spending credit with the purchase of our Ultimate or Full-Color publishing package. Just place the package in your cart and enter promo code 300-Spending at checkout.
  • If you’re already published, congratulations — you’ve made a valuable contribution to readers’ enjoyment of National Book Lovers Day. Promote your book to those readers with the popular Outskirts Press Book Launch Bundle, now 15% Off! Login to your Author’s Publishing Center, place this marketing bundle in your cart and enter promo code BookLaunch15 at checkout.

Now, let’s all celebrate!