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Season’s Greetings & Happy Holidays

The holidays are a busy time around Outskirts Press, so this posting will be short and sweet just to wish everyone a wonderful holiday season, a fantastic New Year celebration, and a banner 2019 for self-published, self-publishing, and soon-to-be-published authors everywhere and in recognition of this wonderful industry we all share, I have provided an example of a run-on sentence.  See you next year!

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Happy Halloween from Outskirts Press Self-Publishing Authors

Holidays represent a golden opportunity for self-published authors. Every day seems to have some sort of recognition attached to it (and it’s unrealistic to target all of them) but there are a few widely recognized holidays that opportunistic authors can leverage. One of them is Halloween.

Halloween is perfect for adult fiction in the horror, thriller, and crime categories.  It’s perfect for non-fiction in the true crime category. And it’s particularly important for children’s books about “spooky” elements like ghosts, goblins, and ghouls.

Halloween also represents the kick-off to the book-buying holiday season.  From now until Christmas, book purchases are at their peak.  What better way to get this exciting season started than by highlighting some wonderful Halloween books from the halls of Outskirts Press?

Fly to the Moon On A Witch’s Broom by Joe Cundiff

Halloween H2O by Carole Molchany

Little Sam and Little Riley’s Big Halloween Adventure by Ann Marie Duquette, Illustrated by Jacquelyn Hersom

Under the Halloween Moon by Brenna L. Moore

The Black Witch King by Jade Taylor

The Grey Witch and Other Stories by Diana Mitchell, With Illustrations by Susan Whiting

Zodiac Witches: Marbella the Eleventh Witch by Barbara A. Mastej

For more Halloween books, visit the bookstore at Outskirts Press.

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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!