Self-Publishing Author Spotlight: Eli Jay

Self-publishing authors are a unique and hearty bunch, pushing themselves to their limits to produce great works — with no guarantees. Outskirts Press author Eli Jay is one such writer, gracing young readers with three entertaining and educational books in the Poppy series. We’re looking forward to more from this talented author. This week we feature Eli Jay in our Self-Publishing Author Spotlight.

Eli Jay is the author of Poppy, The Wandering Balloon, Poppy and the Stranger and Poppy and the Fat Puppy. She is also a physician and a native of Washington, DC. It is here that Eli lives with her family and continues to write, produce and illustrate her Poppy adventures. Many of these adventures will live on through a delightful and intriguing children’s series for decades to come. Poppy is an adorable little green balloon, described by many reviewers as the ideal representation of the inner child within each one of us. Poppy is a character who happens to be a source of inspiration, hope and comfort to those big and small. And that is just what he will be to you and your family as you enter his world.

Poppy, The Wandering BalloonPoppy, The Wandering Balloon

Poppy, The Wandering Balloon is the introduction of a new heroic children’s literary character, who will live on through a series of adventures and experiences for years to come. Poppy is a character to whom both children (ages 2 and up) and adults can relate. He is sweet, innocent, cautious, courageous — and adorable. He is sometimes shy and fearful of the cruel cold world outside — just as we all are. But when faced with certain realities and challenges in life, Poppy rises above by cautiously and thoughtfully weighing all possibilities and finding  solutions. Toward the end of his journey, he learns the true meaning of “self” in relation to his peers, as well as his environment. Meet and enjoy Poppy, for he will become your true and best friend for life!

Format: 8.5 x 8.5 color paperback, 33 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Mar 31, 2011)
ISBN10: 1432768557
ISBN13: 9781432768553
Genre: JUVENILE FICTION / Action & Adventure / General

Poppy and the StrangerPoppy and the Stranger

Introduced in Poppy, The Wandering Balloon, Poppy floats off again on another adventure. This time, Poppy faces a dark stranger under the moonlight. In an effort to evade the this mysterious being, Poppy drifts his way through the woods, meeting old forest friends and making new ones along the way. But it’s only Lyndon the Bear who can help Poppy find a real solution to the fear of rejection and gain the courage to be himself. Find out what else Poppy learns in this epic journey.


Format: 8.5 x 8.5 color paperback, 41 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Sep 07, 2012)
ISBN10: 1432797522
ISBN13: 9781432797522
Genre: JUVENILE FICTION / Action & Adventure / General

Poppy and the Fat PuppyPoppy and the Fat Puppy

Our adorable little green balloon is back to the rescue! While continuing his educational adventures, Poppy the Wandering Balloon meets a homeless and depressed fat puppy in the park. Distraught by the puppy’s sadness, Poppy helps his new friend in need. Together, they embark on a journey of getting healthy, fit, and having some good old-fashioned fun! Poppy would love to adopt the puppy as his own. But only Dr. Helpman, the local vet, has a real solution to help aid Poppy in his dilemma to save the fat puppy from a sad and lonely existence. Find out how Poppy saves this remarkable puppy, and how you can help save a stranded puppy of your own!

Format: 8.5 x 8.5 color paperback, 39 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Aug 30, 2013)
ISBN10: 1478700033
ISBN13: 9781478700036
Genre: JUVENILE FICTION / Action & Adventure / General

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Goin’ Mobile: Outskirts Press Announces Launch of Mobile Website for Easy Smartphone Browsing


Interacting (and interfacing) with top self-publishing service provider Outskirts Press just got a whole lot more convenient with the launch of the company’s new mobile website.

April 15, 2014 – Denver, CO – Outskirts Press, a Denver, Colorado-based self-publishing service provider, is putting the power of publishing in the palm of every writer’s hand. The company has announced the launch of a mobile website, designed to make self-publishing information more portable.

The mobile site is designed to provide an internet browsing experience that’s optimized for users accessing the company website on mobile devices. Mobile website pages are smaller and more streamlined for faster page loads and easier viewing than traditional desktop-optimized web pages. Content can be easily accessed with the swipe of a finger, allowing users to quickly navigate content, including the latest self-publishing and marketing news, social media and other information.

The new mobile site not only allows Outskirts Press to reach out more effectively to its independent authors, but provides the company’s customers with a number of advantages that will enhance their ability to connect with the company and with their own devices:

  • Usability: Mobile websites are configured and optimized to work seamlessly and efficiently with smaller smartphone and tablet screens. This means faster browsing and downloading on the go. And, for site visitors who prefer a page layout with which they’re more familiar, there’s always the option to select the “Full Website” option.
  • Portability: A mobile website means everything self-publishing authors need in order to access valuable self-publishing information right at their fingertips at a moment’s notice, including the social media channels of their choice: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or YouTube
  • Convenience: Click-to-call or click-to-email tools imbedded in the mobile site give users the ability to instantly check in with an Outskirts Press representative with a simple click or fingertap.

Desktop computer users can check out the mobile site at Those accessing the Internet from a smartphone can simply type in to be automatically redirected to the mobile site.

About Outskirts Press, Inc.: Outskirts Press offers high-quality, full-service self-publishing and book marketing services for writers and professionals who are seeking a cost-effective, fast, and flexible way to publish and distribute their books worldwide while retaining 100% of their rights, 100% of their profits, and 100% of the creative control.


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Amazon Featured Book-of-the-Week

Here’s this week’s Featured Book-of-the-Week available now on!

Caledonia Switch

by Steven Lane Smith

(5 Stars – 11 Customer Reviews)

Price: $21.95

Steven Lane Smith’s “Caledonia Switch.” John Wesley Hardin is the smartest kid in Caledonia. He memorized the Periodic Table of the Elements in four days and people call him a genius. John’s chronic overconfidence upsets the balance between risk and reward in his decision-making. Believing that he can rescue his father’s hardware store from failure, he takes huge risks that threaten to ruin him and his family financially. Each brush with disaster emboldens him to take on even greater risks.

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The One-Two Punch: Benefits of Having an eBook/Hard Copy Combo

As a modern book enthusiast, you’re probably finding yourself caught between two worlds: the real world of hardcopies and the virtual world of electronic readers. Perhaps you’re old-fashioned – stubbornly holding onto old traditions while simultaneously embracing technology that makes feeding your reading habits easier.

It’s important for prospective self-publishing authors to settle on a publishing plan before taking the plunge – one that reaches out to as many readers as possible, through any and all platforms necessary. That probably means that an ebook version of your book will be a vital part of your publishing and marketing strategy. There are several reasons to keep ebooks in mind as you consider your publishing plan:

  • It keeps costs down. Electronic copies are inexpensive to set up, so you can offer a less expensive ebook to potential readers at a lower price and still turn a profit.
  • It’s convenient. Anyone with a Nook, Kindle, Android or iPad/iPhone can download your book with the click of a mouse, which encourages impulse buys.
  • It boosts sales. The ease of buying alone increases the opportunities for sales but in addition to that, an ebook version puts your book into virtual bookstores that hardcopies can’t reach. You have instant access to millions of people who browse the Apple Store, Google Play, Amazon’s ebooks and other virtual bookstores.
  • The Green Factor. Save a tree; publish an ebook. Electronic books are a huge draw for people who are concerned about the impact printed books could have on the environment.

Of course, there is still a place for hardcopy print editions. First, bulk-ordered hardcopies – which are offered to authors at a discounted bulk ordering price – are a cost-effective way to take advantage of the many unexpected sales or marketing opportunities that crop up over the course of any given week. Having a copy on hand often makes the difference between making a spontaneous sale and going home empty-handed. But there are other great reasons to keep a stack at the ready:

  • Readers still love an old-fashioned read. For die-hard book enthusiasts, there’s still nothing like the smell a freshly minted tome.
  • Signed copies add value. An autographed hardcopy not only makes a great keepsake for friends and family but it may also be that extra push a stranger needs to make a purchase.
  • It’s an effective way to market. You may not convince a news editor or a bookstore owner to get on the computer to enter a promo code and download a promotional copy, but you can usually get them to take a free hardcopy from you. If you can get it into their hands right away, they’re far more likely to review it, schedule an interview or put copies of your book on the shelves.
  • A hardcopy makes a better keepsake than a digital edition. You probably would like your own archival copies, right? Something in print is a nice, tangible backup to your electronic book.

Knowing how you’ll take advantage of the strengths of each selling platform will help you launch into successful selling sooner, and help you make the most of every opportunity as it arises.


Today you can get the Standard iPad/iPhone Edition (a $300 value) FREE when you start publishing with the Diamond or full-color Pearl package.

Here’s what you get with the Standard iPad/iPhone Edition from Outskirts Press:

  • You receive greater exposure for your book. The more outlets where your book is available for sale, the greater the chances that your book will be discovered by potential readers.
  • Standard retail price of $9.99. No fretting over how to price your book on the iBookstore.
  • Guaranteed royalty amount. With standard iBookstore pricing, you’re guaranteed a royalty of $4.00 for each and every book you sell. With the added exposure of the Apple format, that could add up to a lot!
  • Quick, seamless publishing. The Standard Edition goes through Outskirts Press, so you can forget all the hassles of exchanging bank account numbers and other private information. We do everything for you behind the scenes.

Enter the promotion code IPADAPRIL and start publishing today!

In addition to receiving the FREE Standard iPad Edition, you’ll also receive the following with your Diamond package:

  • Standard Press Release. $99 value included free when you order your Diamond publishing service today.
  • Audio Excerpt. $99 value included free with your Diamond order today and a great way to share your voice with your readers, literally!
  • E-Book Edition (pdf). $99 value included free with your Diamond publishing service.
  • Cover Image. $99 value included free and a great way to enhance your cover.
  • Spring Arbor additional distribution. $99 value to complement the Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Ingram availability already included with your Diamond publishing service.

All in all, you’re looking at over $800 of free stuff in April!

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“It was a pleasure dealing with Outskirts Press. The staff’s professionalism is a whole lot better than what I am accustomed with from other publishers.”

Shortly after 9/11, Jules Lombard was face-to-face with someone he suspected of being an Al Qaeda sympathizer. He simply had to write this book. A Las Vegas resident, the author is also a blogger with a huge following and is an avid ballroom dancer.

Exploding car gas tanks in a major east coast city seal the fate of two anti-heroes and set in motion one of the biggest manhunts ever launched by the FBI. …And Soldiers is a story of men in their worst days and their strong-willed women who in the midst of a jumble of miscalculations are swept by the violent currents into the vortex of the world’s terror stage. The storyline delivers a punch from start to finish, inexorably drawing its motley crew of discontents and anti-heroes to their violent ends or retirement. The book explores the mindset of Muslims who burst onto America’s cities with vengeance in their hearts. Once you pick up this book and get into your usual rhythm, you will not lay it down until you see what happens in the end. The story line is gripping and the characters sizzle as if performing on stage. It is an intellectual narrative filled with suspense.

- Jules Lombard, author of …And Soldiers


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It’s National Poetry Month! Celebrate by Using a Poetry Publishing Kit to Publish Your Own Book

Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
It’s National Poetry Month –
What’s a self-publishing poet to do?

Celebrate, that’s what! Founded by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month is held every April. Together, schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers and poets all across the country celebrate poetry and its vital place in American arts culture through a variety of events, from poetry readings to full-fledged festivals. It’s only fitting to choose this month as the time to contribute your own verses to the art of poetry — and it’s much easier than you might think!

With help from Outskirts Press, you have the power to quickly and easily publish a fully-formatted, professionally-designed volume of your works with our affordable and convenient Poetry Publishing Kit. Formatting elements like justification, centering, page spreads, margins, page numbering, graphical elements, and title drops — elements that can take a writer a great deal of time to set up — are done for you, allowing you to simply cut and paste your work into a pre-formatted document.

Each Poetry Formatting Kit comes with two Microsoft 2003 document files:

Use the “Easy” file …

  • as building blocks to add more pages
  • move poems around
  • add or replace included graphics
  • further customize your book however you want

Or use the “Easier” file …

  • to simply cut and paste up to 30 poems directly into the file.
  • add each respective title above each of your poems
  • accommodate a wide variety of poetry lengths

When you’re ready to publish your book of poetry, you will have a beautiful, professionally-formatted and print-ready manuscript (in 6×9 trim) to submit as-is for high-quality black/white printing.

The best part, perhaps, is that you can preview the kit before committing so you can be sure the kit will work for you! Check it out for yourself …



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Amazon Featured Book-of-the-Week

Here’s this week’s Featured Book-of-the-Week available now on!

Breaking News

by Laxleyval Sagasta

Price: $18.95

Laxleyval Sagasta’s “Breaking News.” Beginning in the mid-1800s and spanning a century of history, this book weaves stories of two neighboring islands and their linked destinies. The Princess who risked her safety to escape from her hostile country, found herself at the mercy of cruel forces on the neighboring island where she hoped to find refuge. Her children, twins, have the unstoppable human will to survive as they experience the cultures, catastrophes, romance, mysteries and atrocities.

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Self-Publishing Author Spotlight: Elton Houck

Self-publishing authors are a unique and hearty bunch, pushing themselves to their limits to produce great works — with no guarantees. Outskirts Press author Elton Houck is one such writer. To date, he’s authored three books under the Outskirts Press name, and we’re looking forward to more from this talented author. This week we features Houck in our Self-Publishing Author Spotlight.

Elton Houck — author, song writer and artist — unveils an action/adventure end-time series that is comedic, insightful, horrific, outlandish and sublime. Uniquely geared for our day and hour, as we witness Biblical prophetic adventures transpire in a world that seems to have gone completely mad. Elton lives just outside of Dallas, Texas, with his wife Sheila and their dog named Boo. Elton has BAAS and MLA degrees from Dallas Baptist University.

The Hand of God: Vol. 1 SeriesThe Hand of God: Vol. 1 Series

Devils and angels collide in the final days of history. The end is near as the battle to stay alive becomes a nerve rattling adventure at its peak of explosive excitement.

Have you ever fled for your life from hell spawns sent to destroy you, or had a mystical invisible figure eight brand appear on your wrist? Have you met with Satan and the Anti-Christ in the Peruvian cloud forest? Soon you will! Get ready for adventure leaving you astonished and amazed by the Hand of God.

Format: 6 x 9 paperback cream, 475 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Oct 29, 2010)
ISBN10: 1432761919
ISBN13: 9781432761912
Genre: FICTION / Religious


Blood of the Moon: Vol. 2 SeriesBlood of the Moon: Vol. 2 Series

The saga continues in volume 2—BLOOD OF THE MOON. The man who would be king and rule the world–the Antichrist explodes onto the scene placing planet Earth in peril. The U.S.A. is under siege and on the verge of destruction! After nukes are detonated in the Brazilian rain forest and in Mexico, the plot becomes even more sinister when time is measured in the Biblical unit of–a time and a time and half time– and then the end! General George Scott Hammond under presidential mandate to secure the U.S. border with Mexico must fire nukes on unarmed civilians …Rodney and Oscar return from hell to taunt and tempt and reap havoc and mayhem with laughable but devilishly sinister schemes… The man of power brings the dead back to life, then proclaims himself god and savior–but is he from heaven’s shores, or the lower recesses of hell? The U.S. government is toppled by a military coup that could plunge the country into another bloody civil war. The Crew of 8 receives a fearful warning and must face a new threat–will God rain down fire and brimstone on degenerate America? Is it too late? Time is short–but is there enough time to repent and escape the wrath to come?

Format: 6 x 9 paperback cream, 348 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Aug 24, 2011)
ISBN10: 1432732625
ISBN13: 9781432732622
Genre: FICTION / Action & Adventure

The 6th Day: The Mud Walks and TalksThe 6th Day: The Mud Walks and Talks

Walking barefooted to within inches of a diamond-back rattlesnake, or running from rushing water in an underground tunnel…or fleeing from tornadoes by land and sea…nearly being crushed by a speeding locomotive…or perched precariously on the seaward side of a jetty as tumultuous waves cover everything…or seated near the clouds on a high voltage electrical tower—the author often felt the hand of Death on his shoulder, but dismissed his close calls with eternity, failing to acknowledge God’s compassionate care and love for even the foolhardy and flagrantly obtuse.

Format: 6 x 9 paperback cream, 325 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Aug 28, 2013)
ISBN10: 1478701420
ISBN13: 9781478701422
Genre: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Adventurers & Explorers

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