Self Publishing Award Winning Books 2018

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; we nominate, on average, just 2% of the books we publish each year-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, 2018, and award winners will be announced during an awards ceremony hosted by the Colorado Independent Publishers Association on August 25th in Denver.  I will be on hand to congratulate winners personally or accept their awards on their behalves if they are unable to attend.

To see this year’s Official Outskirts Press EVVY Award nominees, presented in no particular order, click here.

Congratulations to the Colorado Book Awards Winners

On Saturday, June 2nd, I co-hosted the annual Colorado Humanities Colorado Book Awards, in Denver, Colorado.

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Here are the winners. Congratulations to them all!

Anthology
Beautiful Flesh: A Body of Essays
, edited by Stephanie G’Schwind (Center for Literary Publishing, Colorado State University)

Children’s Literature
Can an Aardvark Bark?
by Melissa Stewart, illustrated by Steve Jenkins (Beach Lane Books, Simon & Schuster)

Creative Nonfiction
The Newcomers: Finding Refuge, Friendship, and Hope in an American Classroom
by Helen Thorpe (Scribner)

General Fiction
Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore: A Novel
by Matthew Sullivan (Scribner)

General Nonfiction
Megafire: The Race to Extinguish a Deadly Epidemic of Flame
by Michael Kodas (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

History
Plundered Skulls and Stolen Spirits: Inside the Fight to Reclaim Native America’s Culture
by Chip Colwell (The University of Chicago Press)

Juvenile Literature
The Last Panther
by Todd Mitchell (Delacorte Books for Young Readers)

Literary Fiction
The Blue Hour
by Laura Pritchett (Counterpoint Press)

Mystery
Dead Stop
by Barbara Nickless (Thomas & Mercer, Amazon Publishing)

Pictorial
Once Upon a Time . . . The Western: A New Frontier in Art and Film
edited by Mary-Dailey Desmarais and Thomas Brent Smith (5 Continents Editions)

Poetry
Trophic Cascade
by Camille T. Dungy (Wesleyan University Press)

Science Fiction/Fantasy
A Borrowed Hell
by L. D. Colter (Shirtsleeve Press)

Thriller
Trafficked: A Mex Anderson Novel
by Peg Brantley (Bark Publishing)

Young Adult Fiction
When Dimple Met Rishi
by Sandhya Menon (Simon Pulse, Simon & Schuster)

Announcing the 2018 Colorado Book Awards Finalists

Every year Outskirts Press donates a percentage of its revenue to good causes and charities, typically revolving around literacy. One of our strongest and long-lasting alliances has been with the Colorado Humanities, and specifically the Colorado Book Awards. For the last few years I have been the presenter or co-presenter for the awards banquet that used to take place annually in Aspen until it moved to Parker, Colorado (home of Outskirts Press) a couple years ago.  I believe there may even still be some videos of the previous awards ceremonies on the Colorado Humanities website.

Now the 2018 Colorado Book Award Finalists have been announced.  Finalists will read select passages from their works at BookBar in Denver throughout April and May. You can see a full list of the finalists here. Congratulations to them all!

Free Publishing Kit for new Outskirts Press authors

In January we started giving a Publishing Kit to every new author registering for a free Publishing Center Account with Outskirts Press. In the past, we had offered two books: our publishing guide and a book I collaborated with five of our most successful authors on a number of years ago. We wanted to update our offer and also sweeten the deal, so the “two free books” offer was updated to a Free Publishing Kit.  We saw an immediate uptick in new authors so I think it’s safe to say the new Kit is a success.

The new Publishing Kit is available immediately upon new author registration from our website and provides immediate access to all of the following:

  • My latest book, Self-Publishing Questions Asked & Answered
  • Our official publishing guide, Publish Your Passion
  • An introduction to book shepherding, Meet Your Publishing Consultant
  • The 7 Highly Effective Rules for the Perfect Book Title
  • Author Photo & Biography Tip Sheet
  • The Top 7 Marketing Elements to Include in Your Book
  • Two guides: Which Book Format Should I Choose and How to Price Your Book
  •  Samples of all our custom color and black & white illustration packages
  • Our official brochure
  • A self-publishing white paper: Diving Into Self-Publishing

If you’re new to self-publishing, or just to Outskirts Press, you can receive your Publishing Kit instantly without obligation from our website at OutskirtsPress.com

Hear Your Book on Amazon

We launch one or two new options for our current and future clients about once a quarter. Some are more exciting than others.  Our new upcoming option falls into the “very exciting” category! This quarter we’re launching our new Audio Book option, which has topped several surveys sent to our client-authors as the most requested service they wish we offered.

As I’ve often said in the past, I’m the “guinea pig” for many of our services, to make sure they provide the necessary value for our authors.  The Audio Book option is no exception.  Allow me to be the first to introduce the new Sell Your Book on Amazon Audio Book, available soon through headphones near you.

You heard it here first!