Outskirts Press Readers Choose Gramma Darling as the 2017 Best Book of the Year

It’s a long road to this honor. Nominees have to win an EVVY Award to even be considered for Best Book of the Year. We typically select only about 2 to 5 percent of the books published in the previous year, so the standards are very high.” Jeanine Sampton, CEO.

Outskirts Press, the #1-rated self-publishing company according to Top Consumer Reviews, has announced Lissa Schroeder’s Gramma Darling has won the company’s Best Book of the Year Award. Schroeder’s nostalgic and inspiring memoir was among three finalists selected by Outskirts Press, and chosen as the winner in a live readers’ poll.

“It’s a long road to this honor,” explained Outskirts Press Chief Executive Officer Jeanine Sampson. “Nominees have to win an EVVY Award to even be considered for Best Book of the Year. We typically select only about 2 to 5 percent of the books published in the previous year, so the standards are very high.”

The annual EVVY Awards, sponsored by the Colorado Independent Publishers Association (CIPA) and the CIPA Education and Literacy Foundation (ELF), recognize independent authors in dozens of book genres. Each year, Outskirts Press nominates a small percentage of the books published during the year for submission to the EVVY Awards – typically fewer than 5 percent of the books self-published during the previous year. The standards are exceedingly high and are determined by Outskirts Press executives and members of the production teams.

Lissa Schroeder is a gifted teacher, an engaging public speaker, and a licensed minister. She has taught all over Alaska at youth conferences, ladies’ retreats, home school workshops and more. A born storyteller, she paints vivid emotional pictures that are inspiring and hopeful, that make your heart soar and leave you smiling. Mostly, she has raised three awesome kids, homeschooling from preschool to med school. She lives in Fairbanks, Alaska, with her husband and youngest son, where she owns and runs a curriculum supply store.

Illustrator Doron Ben-Ami is also a freelance photographer and musician. He has illustrated hundreds of book covers, advertisements, posters, children’s books and calendars. He also creates illustrations for storyboards and animatics,…

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