How many votes did the Best Book of the Year winner receive?

Needless to say, our winner of the Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year award was beside herself when she received the official news. It was a well earned victory.  After all, another finalist was leading the way with the votes through the final days.

But thanks to an 11th-hour campaign, this tenacious promoter pulled back into the lead just before the polls closed at midnight on April 30th.

It was close! Kudos go out to all three of our finalists. They all have something to be very proud of.   Doris’ book The Beads of Lapis Lazuli garnered 1,379 total unique votes, while The Key to Job Success in Any Career was a close second with 1,269 total unique votes. 

Here’s how Doris did it, in her own words:

“The first call for votes went to everyone in my address book with two requests: please vote, and please ask relatives, friends, and friends of friends to vote.  A large number of enthusiasts really got into the voting and launched individual campaigns.  I posted a notice about the competition on Facebook with the request to involve friends and friends of friends and a few special people worked very hard: one at university, two in retirement homes, and two medical professionals.  Without networking the voting would have been very different.  Persistence, begging, pleading, and follow-up were what pushed the vote over the top to a nail-biting end.”

Congratulations, Doris Kenney Marcotte, author of our 2010 Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year award-winner, The Beads of Lapis Lazuli.