Self-Publishing Author T.D. Arkenberg wins the Best Book of the Year Award

The votes are in and the winner of the 2018 Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Award goes to T.D. Arkenberg, author of 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.

T.D. Arkenberg’s memoir won 70% of the public vote on SelfPublishingNews.com to walk away with this prestigious award and its $1,500 Grand Prize. T.D. is already a multi-award winning writer with awards from the Independent Publisher Book Awards, Next Generation Indie Book Awards, National Indie Excellence Awards, Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society, and the Colorado Independent Publishers Association EVVY Awards, where he recently took home first place honors. Two Towers is his first memoir and his fourth book with Outskirts Press.

Congratulations! And well-deserved!

 

Outskirts Press authors celebrate their EVVY Award wins!

Last Saturday night, the Colorado Independent Publishers Association EVVY Awards took place in Denver. It was a packed house and the event was sold out. Ward Lucas from 9News was the key-note speaker.

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Outskirts Press had 28 finalists for this year’s EVVYs, and I was present to accept awards on behalf of our authors who could not attend in person. But many of our authors were also in attendance, and it is always an extreme pleasure to meet them in person and congratulate them with a hug or handshake. 

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Katherine S. Egan was a First Place Award recipient for her amazing book Genetics Isn’t Everything.  Congratulations, Katherine! It was an honor getting to chat with you and your husband at the event!

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Certified fitness trainer,  ex-Marine, and marathon runner (in other words, he’s a total bad-ass — and quite a gentleman), John Timmerman, came in from Virginia to accept his 2nd-place award for his inspirational and motivational health/fitness book, Marathon and Half-Marathon Training, One Day a Week (It Can Be Done).

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The sweetest woman in the world, Dr. Jeanne Blanchet, accepted her Merit Award personally for her historical (and powerful) novel, Cursed. Congratulations, Jeanne! It was an honor meeting you.

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Award-winning author David D. Bernstein is not only a very tall fellow, but also a very charming one, and he took home a Merit Award for his fantastic and magical (literally) book titled The Portal. It’s his third book with Outskirts Press and the first in his “Cort Chronicles” series of juvenile fiction books. Congratulations, David!

Winning an EVVY Award is the first step toward winning the coveted annual Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Award, and the $1500 Grand Prize that comes with it.  Are one of these authors going to be in the running? Tune in to the Self Publishing News blog to see ALL the 2018 EVVY winners and our announcement of the three Best Book of the Year finalists!

And if you want to be an award-winning author like Katherine, John, Jeanne, and David, check out the #1-rated self-publishing company (according to Top Consumer Reviews):  Outskirts Press.

Congratulations to the Outskirts Press 2018 CIPA EVVY Award Finalists

The finalists for the 2018 EVVY Awards, sponsored and held by the Colorado Independent Publishers Association, have been announced. Outskirts Press is proud to announce that 28 of its authors are finalists. The Awards banquet takes place on Saturday, August 25th from 6pm-9pm, and all finalists are encouraged to attend (tickets can be purchased from the CIPA website). But if you are unable to attend, don’t worry – I’ll be accepting the award on your behalf and we will send it to you.

Congratulations to all of you!

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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.

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!

Award-Winning Books by Outskirts Press Authors

In the continuing theme of giving thanks this month, and recognizing the accomplishments of our amazing authors at Outskirts Press, I wanted to bring everyone’s attention to our Pinterest Boards at http://pinterest.com/outskirtspress, particularly the Board that lists our award-winning authors and their books.  We have several boards that do this, including one devoted to our Best Book of the Year awards; but as impressive as that is, perhaps even more impressive is this one, which lists all our award-winning books that we know of (if your book should be on this board and isn’t, please tell us):

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The direct link to our Award-Winning Books by Outskirts Press Authors Pinterest board is at: https://www.pinterest.com/outskirtspress/award-winning-books-by-outskirts-press-authors/

We’ve always said Outskirts Press is where award-winning writers publish award-winning books. And now you can see why…

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Pictures from the Colorado Book Awards

Outskirts Press has been a long-time sponsor and supporter of the Colorado Book Awards. Find out why in this short video, shot during the opening moments of the recent Awards Ceremony in Parker, Colorado (headquarters of Outskirts Press):

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Presenting the Lifetime Achievement Award to Kent Haruf’s wife (2nd from the right), along with co-presenter Charlie Bantis and Maggie Coval.Brent-Sampson