The votes are in! The winner of the 2022 Best Book of the Year is . . . Susie Newman, Author of “Eating Yellow Paint”!

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

Selecting a favorite book is no small feat, and each of our authors’ works deserves to be recognized. Eating Yellow Paint, by Susie Newman; Survived By No One? My Story of Finding Hers, by Karen Spicer-Wolven; andThe Un-Diet, The Ultimate Mindset Journal to Living Beyond Diets, by Stacey Stedmanare our Top Three Finalists, and we are proud of them and their outstanding 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 2022 Best Book of the Year award goes to: Eating Yellow Paint, by Susie Newman.

Eating Yellow Paint

Eating Yellow Paint by Susie Newman

About the book:

A Poignant Journey of Overcoming Grief and Finding Happiness

Fifteen-year-old Savannah Jorja Dale is a sensitive poet searching for happiness. Savannah and her siblings, Montana and Phoenix, all named for the places their drug-addicted mom would like to visit, are being raised by their Mimi. When Mimi dies of cancer, their lives become uprooted and more chaotic. The three teens must move in with their eccentric great-grandma, Granny Crackers, and pick trash to earn their keep. Granny Crackers runs a never-ending garage sale from the back lot of her house in a Midwestern, inner-city neighborhood known as Paris Village. Savannah seeks answers to her questions about suffering and God by finding beauty in ugly and unexpected places. She captures images of her new world and shares them on Instagram. The problems that Savannah faces are indicative of today’s social landscape. The characters that share her story have their own crosses to bear. Savannah tells their stories with compassion and understanding. The book touches on subject matter relevant in today’s world, such as sexual identity, racial discrimination, LGBTQ issues, immigration, poverty, the generation gap, the opioid crisis, and many other timely topics.

About the Author

Susie Newman

Susie Newman

Susie Newman is married and the mother of four children. She lives in Westerville, Ohio. Susie is the author of two other books: Diaries, a collection of short stories, and the novel Lost Souls Cafe.

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Your First Finalist for the 2022 Best Book of the Year Award is . . . Susie Newman, Author of Eating Yellow Paint!

Eating Yellow Paint by Susie Newman Outskirts Press

Congratulations to our three finalists for the Outskirts Press 2022 Best Book of the Year award: Eating Yellow Paint, by Susie Newman; Survived By No One? My Story of Finding Hers, by Karen Spicer Wolven; and The Un-Diet, The Ultimate Mindset Journal to Living Beyond Diets, by Stacey Stedman.

All three books took home first place awards from this year’s EVVY Awards, qualifying the authors for Outskirts Press’s highest honor! But remember, only one book can win—so diligently study your choices, order their books, and cast your vote. Voting will begin on Monday, September 19th, on Self-Publishing News and close promptly on 11:59 pm Mountain Time on Friday, September 23rd.

So, come back on Monday, September 19th, to cast your vote for the book you believe to be the best of the three.

Meet Your First Finalist

Eating Yellow Paint

Eating Yellow Paint by Susie Newman

A Poignant Journey of Overcoming Grief and Finding Happiness

Fifteen-year-old Savannah Jorja Dale is a sensitive poet searching for happiness. Savannah and her siblings, Montana and Phoenix, all named for the places their drug-addicted mom would like to visit, are being raised by their Mimi. When Mimi dies of cancer, their lives become uprooted and more chaotic. The three teens must move in with their eccentric great-grandma, Granny Crackers, and pick trash to earn their keep. Granny Crackers runs a never-ending garage sale from the back lot of her house in a Midwestern, inner-city neighborhood known as Paris Village. Savannah seeks answers to her questions about suffering and God by finding beauty in ugly and unexpected places. She captures images of her new world and shares them on Instagram. The problems that Savannah faces are indicative of today’s social landscape. The characters that share her story have their own crosses to bear. Savannah tells their stories with compassion and understanding. The book touches on subject matter relevant in today’s world, such as sexual identity, racial discrimination, LGBTQ issues, immigration, poverty, the generation gap, the opioid crisis, and many other timely topics.

About the Author

Susie Newman

Susie Newman

Susie Newman is married and the mother of four children. She lives in Westerville, Ohio. Susie is the author of two other books: Diaries, a collection of short stories, and the novel Lost Souls Cafe.

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This Week’s Amazon Featured Book of the Week is How Far? A Tale of Determination, DNA, and Drama by Bob Wilber

Now available on Amazon.com!

How Far? A Tale of Determination, DNA, and Drama

by Bob Wilber

(5 out of 5 Stars – 15 Customer Reviews)

Price: $29.95 Paperback

Bob Wilber wrapped up his lengthy professional sports and marketing career in 2016, and immediately wrote and published his autobiography “Bats, Balls, & Burnouts” to great acclaim. For “How Far?” he stretched his writing muscles into an entirely new genre. “How Far?” is historical fiction, and the story surrounds two disparate characters. Wilber wrote “How Far?” as those two characters, in their distinct voices. It is a tale of life, told through the lens of elite athletes playing different games while they impact each other’s lives.
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Outskirts Press Presents Bob Wilber, author of “How Far?”

Author Bob Wilber is taking his latest book, How Far? on tour – a Virtual Book Tour, that is, with Outskirts Press! Technology has created a wide variety of ways to reach audiences all over the world. All it takes is a little thinking outside the box, and nowadays you can market a self-published book in a variety of affordable and impactful ways. Virtual book tours, for example, are a great way to connect with readers from all corners of the globe, all from the comfort of your own home. Join Bob Wilber and How Far?: A Tale of Determination, DNA, and Drama as they appear in features and interviews (such as the one below) in the weeks and months ahead!


Luckily for us, Bob Wilber 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 How Far?.

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

Bob: “How Far?” focuses on two fictional sports characters navigating their way through real life in a factual setting. A “surfer dude” baseball player from Southern California and an overachieving hockey player from Minnesota meet, develop a deep friendship, and learn the lessons of great success and even greater hardship. It is a story of friendship and support, seen through a sports lens.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

Bob: After my autobiography “Bats, Balls, & Burnouts” was written and then published by Outskirts Press in 2016, I spent more than a year promoting it around the country to much acclaim and rave reviews. It gave me the confidence to get out of my comfort zone and find the next “thing” for me as an author. It was, in other words, time to find the next writing challenge. I wanted to stretch out into a new genre and put myself into a place of discomfort as I wrote, hoping to feel myself growing as a writer and creator of this sort of stuff. The historical fiction angle seemed to be everything I was looking for. The characters came to me organically, basically out of thin air, as did the story line. Writing it, for basically two years, pretty much consumed me but the two main characters got me through it. I heard their voices in my head, so it almost felt like I was just transcribing versus actually writing fiction. I know these two guys now. They live in my head, rent-free!

OP: What types of readers would be interested in this story?
Bob: I sure hoped it would be for everyone who loves a tale of success, hardship, challenges, emotion, glory, and failure, all wrapped up in two likable but flawed yet understandable characters from vastly different backgrounds. It is a life book, for readers of all types. So far, the reviews and comments bear that out. It’s not just for sports geeks. There are more life lessons, I think, than their are strikeouts or goals.

OP: What is special about your book?  

Bob: As a former professional athlete (baseball) and a fan of nearly all sports, including hockey, my world has been full of unique people just like my two main fictional characters. I also come from a sports family. I grew up as the son of a former Major League ballplayer who went on to a scouting, coaching, and managing career for decades. My mom was a radio personality, a baseball executive, and then opened her own PR agency. They say you can’t pick your parents, so it’s pretty obvious I won the lottery in that regard. That was all part of growing up in the Wilber family. It’s in my DNA. I know the ball fields and the hockey rinks very well. I can still smell the dirt and the pine tar from every baseball game I ever played, and I know the sound of skates on the ice and checks into the boards deep within me. I know the joy of success and the heartbreak of defeat. I’ve been there. I’ve experienced it. I’ve been at the top of my game and have sunk to depressing lows when the injuries and unforeseen failures brought me crashing down. These two characters and the world around them are very personal to me. In many ways, they are part of me, and I’m part of them.

OP: Have you published any other books? Do you plan to publish more?

Bob: I published my autobiography “Bats, Balls & Burnouts” in 2016 with Outskirts Press, and that success made me more confident in trying something more difficult. I tell people the first book made me realize I wasn’t just a writer. I could be an author. That was an audacious “step up” for me. The new book proved to me that the author title was earned and legitimate. Will there be a third book? I would surely think so and hope so. I’m not sure what it will be yet, and I need to recharge a bit before I think about it. The grind of writing “How Far?” wasn’t just mental, it was also very physical. I ended up in the hospital for five days, just a week or so after finishing primary writing. I’d literally worn myself out and about starved myself of both sustenance and sleep getting it done. I’ve learned to pace myself and take better care of myself because of that. There will be another one, but we’ll just have to find out when I will tackle it and what it will be about.

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

Bob: The setting is sports, so the other “real” characters and events are often well known and famous. As you might imagine, the amount of research to make that happen was really enormous and time consuming. For months on end, it felt more like I was just a researcher instead of a writer, but it all paid off. The two main characters weave their way through this real world as if they are truly part of it, while they are clearly part of each other’s lives. Because of the research, what goes on around them and in their lives is very real and very historic.

OP: How can someone learn more about your book or purchase it?

Bob: They can head to bobwilber.net to order both books on Amazon and learn all about the author who created them.

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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Bob Wilber has been writing creatively since grade school, when he won a St. Louis city-wide essay contest as a sixth-grader. He was first published at the age of 16 in a St. Louis sports magazine. He is the son of a former Major League baseball player and a mother who passed along her communications and public relations skills to her youngest son. After earning a full athletic scholarship to Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville, he spent six years in professional baseball as a player, coach, and scout. Bob then moved on to international sports marketing and eventually spent 22 years in the world of NHRA Drag Racing, as a PR representative and team manager for Funny Car drivers Del Worsham and Tim Wilkerson. In 2017, he published his autobiography “Bats, Balls, & Burnouts.” Bob continues to write his longstanding and popular blog. He lives in Minnesota with his wife Barbara and their cats Boofus and Buster.

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Outskirts Press Presents Mark Loughman, author of “Before the Moon: A Complete History of the New World Order”

Author Mark Loughman is taking his latest book, Before the Moon: A Complete History of the New World Order on tour – a Virtual Book Tour, that is, with Outskirts Press! Technology has created a wide variety of ways to reach audiences all over the world. All it takes is a little thinking outside the box, and nowadays you can market a self-published book in a variety of affordable and impactful ways. Virtual book tours, for example, are a great way to connect with readers from all corners of the globe, all from the comfort of your own home. Join Mark Loughman and Before the Moon: A Complete History of the New World Order as they appear in features and interviews (such as the one below) in the weeks and months ahead!


Luckily for us, Mark Loughman 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 Before the Moon: A Complete History of the New World Order.

OP: Tell us a little bit about Before the Moon: A Complete History of the New World Order. What is it about?

Mark: My book is about a race of aliens that installed the moon to trap mankind into a matrix of the five senses. They are nearing their endgame, which is a one-world government that will supersede any sovereign nation’s laws and creates an open-air prison for humanity.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

Mark: As more and more false flags were perpetrated on the global
community and the “leaders” imposed further restrictions dressed up as a way of keeping us secure, I knew that I needed to try to alert the populous of this slide into a dystopian nightmare.

OP: What types of readers would be interested in this story?
Mark: Anyone who would choose freedom over tyranny and is awakening to the fact that there is an attempt at a global coup taking place will be interested in this book. If that isn’t of interest, it illustrates a foolproof plan of how to become a millionaire.

OP: What is special about your book?  

Mark: Nine original songs show up as lyrics in the story that can
be downloaded as complete songs.

OP: Have you published any other books? Do you plan to publish more?

Mark: I haven’t published any previous books but I plan on publishing more in the future.

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

Mark: There are a few who question certain aspects of history, but this explains every single aspect of how a minuscule number of entities are on the verge of total world domination.

OP: How can someone learn more about your book or purchase it?

Mark: My book can be purchased through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc.

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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Mark Loughman is an English musician-author-entrepreneur who now resides in Southern California. markloughman.com

For more information or to contact the author, visit

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This Week’s Amazon Featured Book of the Week is The Sting of the Love Bee by Dennis Boisvert

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The Sting of the Love Bee

by Dennis Boisvert

(5 out of 5 Stars – 1 Customer Review)

Price: $13.95

Facing a lawsuit against their father’s marina, Danny and Michael Peters are looking for legal papers when Michael discovers a gun, along with news clippings of the shooting of Rochelle Bea, Danny’s girlfriend from ten years ago. The gun is owned by their older brother Norman, and Michael and Danny agree to get rid of it. With buried treasure, a little mystery, a woman who believes the troublesome gun has magical powers, and a kiss that stings Danny’s heart, Dennis Boisvert’s The Sting of the Love Bee is a play that will keep readers on the edge of their seat.
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Self-Publishing Author Joe B. Stallings, Jr. Discusses “Tales from the Joe Zone: Sixteen Entertaining Stories”

Author Joe B. Stallings, Jr. is taking his latest book, Tales from the Joe Zone: Sixteen Entertaining Stories on tour – a Virtual Book Tour, that is, with Outskirts Press! Technology has created a wide variety of ways to reach audiences all over the world. All it takes is a little thinking outside the box, and nowadays you can market a self-published book in a variety of affordable and impactful ways. Virtual book tours, for example, are a great way to connect with readers from all corners of the globe, all from the comfort of your own home. Join Joe B. Stallings, Jr. and Tales from the Joe Zone: Sixteen Entertaining Stories as they appear in features and interviews (such as the one below) in the weeks and months ahead!


Luckily for us, Joe B. Stallings, Jr. 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 Tales from the Joe Zone: Sixteen Entertaining Stories.

OP: Tell us a little bit about Tales from the Joe Zone: Sixteen Entertaining Stories. What is it about?

Joe: This book is a collection of short stories. The stories are quite varied: someone being blackmailed, someone working at the Department of Agriculture, a teen girl tunneling into a bank, a young boy who’s in elementary school getting on the wrong bus to go home, a man who wins the lottery, a man and his wife discussing tattoos, and much more.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

Joe: After I retired, I started writing stories for fun. When I began, I had no plans to publish a book. I have two college degrees, but I don’t remember being taught grammar in school. About ten years ago, I got very interested in grammar. I wrote the stories partly to understand grammar better and use my imagination . . . and it turned out to be so much fun!

OP: What types of readers would be interested in this story?
Joe: People who have a sense of humor and who like being surprised will be interested in my book. That’s my best guess, but who knows . . .

OP: What is special about your book?  

Joe: Special—I don’t think you’ll get bored or have read anything like them. Uniquely personal—I like to throw facts into the stories in a fun way.

OP: Have you published any other books? Do you plan to publish more?

Joe: No, I have not. I think I will publish more. I may publish another collection of short stories and maybe a novella.

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

Joe: For five or six years, I subscribed to fifteen or so literary journals so I could read a variety of short stories. And I bought other journals in bookstores. Also, I subscribed to several magazines, such as The New Yorker. I probably read at least a thousand short stories—and found almost all of them dull. So I kept track and rated them. My stories are fast-paced, keep you interested, and almost always surprise you.

OP: How can someone learn more about your book or purchase it?

Joe: Learn more—I don’t know, as I’m not on social media and don’t want to be. My books can be purchased at most online bookstores.

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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

I’ve lived a normal life except perhaps in my youth during the 1960s and 1970s, when I lived in both Spain and Germany as an Air Force brat. My career as an accountant and financial planner required little if any imagination, creativity, or knowledge of grammar. Reading was of no interest to me until I reached the eleventh grade. Grammar was of no interest until a few years ago, when I asked my wife, “When should I use affect, and when should I use effect?” I didn’t understand how effect could be a noun. Wasn’t a noun supposed to be a person, place, or thing? I’ve been reading grammar books, diagramming sentences, trying to learn new words, and writing ever since. Dictionaries are my constant companions, and I have nine close at hand, one copyrighted in the 1930s. I’ve never had so much fun!

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This Week’s Amazon Featured Book of the Week is The Winds of Malibu by Jeff Lucas

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The Winds of Malibu

by Jeff Lucas

(4.5 out of 5 Stars – 4 Customer Reviews)

Price: $34.95 Paperback & $46.95 Hardback

The Winds of Malibu is the true story of a boy whose father (a computer engineer with a grudge against Hollywood) has held on to a house in the movie colony of Malibu, California, after a bitter divorce. At the age of eleven, Lucas is fiercely bitten by the Acting Bug and does anything to act. What ensues is a war between him and his controlling father as to his Hollywood aspirations, amid crippling anxiety attacks. The story of an outrageous upbringing, where friends are preferable to parents and Lucas relies on his diary to guide him. Lucas’s peers at school will become Hollywood’s top actors in the coming decade. The ultra-quirky, stormy, funny account of an extraordinary boy’s struggle to hang onto his dream.
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