OUTSKIRTS PRESS. For 20 years, Outskirts Press has helped thousands of authors just like you to develop, publish, and market high-quality, award-winning books. They take the work out of self-publishing and deliver outstanding customer service, affordable pricing, and industry-leading royalties to make you a successfully self-published author.
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B.A. BELLEC’S PRODUCTION STUDIO. Bryan “B.A.” Bellec’s debut novel, Someone’s Story, won the Reader Views Reviewer’s Choice Literary Award for 2021 Young Adult Book of the Year with its endearing, soulful take on teen mental health. Around the same time, he also was also awarded a Digital Original’s grant from the Canada Council for the Arts to make music. Both Bellec’s novels feature musicians and Bellec takes it one step further by actually producing songs inspired by his books. After winning this award Bryan wanted to expand is involvement in the program to help other indie authors. Bryan is the sponsor for the Overall Grand Prize Fiction Award. He also sponsors an extensive marketing package for the Grand Prize Fiction winner.
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BOOK BY BOOK PUBLICITY. Book by Book Publicity is an online book marketing and publicity company based in Austin, Texas. They launched in 2005 as a book review service and expanded shortly thereafter to offer a variety of services for independent authors, recognizing the need for a means to help indie authors spread the news about their books.
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CONVERSATIONS MEDIA GROUP. Cyrus Webb (aka C. A. Webb) has been active in the arts since 1999, hosting art shows and poetry readings around the United States while also building the Conversations brand. Today Conversations includes a daily radio show, magazine and nationally-recognized book club and live show on Amazon. Cyrus sponsors the Conversations Award for Best Regional Book of the Year.
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MARQUETTE FICTION. Marquette Fiction is home to the works of Tyler R. Tichelaar. Tyler has a PhD in Literature and owns Marquette Fiction, his own publishing company and Superior Book Productions, a professional editing, proofreading, and book layout company. Tyler won the 2009 Reader Views Best Historical Fiction Award for his novel Narrow Lives and has been an awards sponsor since 2010. Tyler is the sponsor of The Tyler R. Tichelaar Award for Best Historical Fiction.
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AUTHOR MARKETING EXPERTS. Struggling to sell more books? Author Marketing Experts is a book marketing company that specializes in turning authors into success stories with innovative, personalized book promotion services and publicity campaigns. Author Marketing Experts is the sponsor of The Author Marketing Experts Award for Best Debut Fiction.
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CARDINAL POINTS CONSULTING. You’ve written a book. Now what? You did it! You finished your book. You’ve double-checked your grammar, ideas are clear, and you know you want to publish your book as a next step. But now what? What comes next? Cardinal Points Consulting will help you figure that out. Leave the large editorial work, production, metadata optimization, distribution support, sales strategy, social media management, author branding, and marketing to them. You write and they’ll publish your book with care and professionalism. Cardinal Points consulting is a general program sponsor.
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Feathered Quill Book Reviews prides itself on giving the reader an honest, unbiased critique of each and every book on its website. Visit their site if you’re an avid reader looking for that next great book, or an author, publisher, or publicist searching for sites to submit a new book for review. Feathered Quill Book Reviews sponsors the Feathered Quill Be Kind to Animals Award.
THE BAREFOOT LIBRARIAN. The Barefoot Librarian offers valuable children’s book services for authors, educators, librarians, schools, parents, and grandparents. Eve Panzer is an experience retired school librarian for pre-K through sixth grade who has a passion for children’s literature. She enjoys working with educators, librarians, schools, parents, and grandparents to select engaging and enriching books that make a difference. She now also professionally reviews picture and middle-grade books, focusing on independent authors and small publishers. The Barefoot Librarian is the sponsor of The Barefoot Librarian Book Award.
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