Self-Publishing Author Spotlight: Carol Rogne

Outskirts Press works hard to help self-publishing authors make their dreams come true, and we’ve had had the good fortune to work with many talented and successful individuals over the years. For that reason, it’s important to give a nod to the authors who’ve, in turn, contributed to our success. Every now and then, we celebrate one of our successful authors in our Self-Publishing Author Spotlight.

This week Outskirts Press proudly features author Carol Rogne, self-publishing author of several religion and spirituality books, including One Canoe, Many Paddles and Twelve Step Spirituality and Religion

Carol Rogne, Ph.D. is a state and national licensed counselor and a school psychologist in a public school. She has written several books in the area of mental health: self-esteem, the difficult emotions of anger and guilt, and power used abusively to control others in relationships. She offers empowerment resources on her web-site, This book is dedicated to Dolly Morse, a living angel that walks among us.

One Canoe, Many PaddlesVigilante Caretaker — Healing and Living Our Spirit

Healing and Living our Spirit offers practical and easy-to-understand guidance for the process of emotional healing, so that we can live in greater harmony with ourselves and others. A crucial step in our healing involves removing harmful false beliefs, resentments, and ways of thinking that are negative, fear-based and limited. Having removed what is sabotaging our lives, we can then create a life with more positive ways of thinking, behaving and relating. This will enable us to move closer to optimal health on all levels of our being: the mental, emotional, spiritual and physical. One Canoe, Many Paddles – Healing and Living Our Spirit, describes the personal growth journey from different viewpoints. Offering life skills that enhance our effectiveness and reduce stress. The book delves into many spiritual principles, including the Twelve Step Program, and suggests ways of expressing, celebrating and living our spirit with gratitude.

Rom and the Promised LandWho’s Controlling You? Who Are You Controlling? Strategies for Change

Considered one of the best books ever written on power used to control others, this book defines emotional and mental control as interpersonal violence that creates trauma in the emotional lives of adults and children.

You will be empowered by the topics:
• The many ways that power is used to control others.
• Characteristics of controllers and the people they control.
• Strategies for positive change:
• Protecting ourselves from emotional abuse.
• Confronting, rather than enabling controllers’ manipulative, life-diminishing tactics.
• Re-claiming and designing our life based on personal choices, values, beliefs and goals.
• Surrendering controlling behaviors if we are controlling others.
• Restoring relationships damaged by controlling behaviors.

We can recover from the emotional devastation of being controlled. Our empowerment journey will result in becoming a healthy person and parent and end with a message to share, especially with our next generation, that we all have certain rights,among them being, “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

Anger and Guilt: Our Foes and FriendsAnger and Guilt: Our Foes and Friends

Both anger and guilt can be experienced as enemies or friends. While anger is abusive when it is expressed aggressively, it is a legitimate and appropriate response to emotional, mental, physical, or sexual abuse. Healthy anger is also a stage in the grieving process. The guilt that we generate by our irrational thinking is life diminishing. In contrast, healthy guilt prompts us to change dysfunctional behaviors and make amends when our actions have hurt others. Topics presented in this practical, easy-to-read book include:
• Anger and guilt are controlling behaviors that can be confronted assertively.
• Anger and guilt alert us to areas in our life that need changing.
• Anger and guilt strategies can transform our lives and enhance our relationships. By growing in awareness, we can discard the belief that anger and guilt are enemies that sabotage our life. Rather, we can appreciate these emotions as supportive friends who provide us with valuable information to help us navigate more effectively through life.

Self-Esteem: Respecting and Valuing OurselvesSelf-Esteem: Respecting and Valuing Ourselves

Healthy, authentic self-esteem positively affects our emotional, mental, and physical health. We respect and value ourselves, feel competent, think clearly, manage our emotions and behaviors; and create a life that is creative and purposeful. In contrast, low self-esteem creates a vulnerability to addictions, emotional distress and dysfunctional behaviors that are harmful to ourselves and others. Low self-esteem is not our fault, but it is our struggle. Believe it or not, you are not alone:
• If you feel unworthy and incompetent
• If you magnify your shortcomings and minimize your strengths
• If you are critical of yourself and feel driven to be perfect
• If it is difficult to respect and value yourself
• If you believe, “There is something wrong with me.” Self-Esteem—Respecting and Valuing Ourselves offers a practical self-esteem recovery and empowering process that has been life-changing for many people. We can move beyond low self-esteem feelings, and truly believe that we are lovable and capable and one of God’s miracles!

Twelve Step Spirituality and ReligionTwelve Step Spirituality and Religion

Increasingly, people are describing themselves as “spiritual but not religious.” While religious affiliation is decreasing, spirituality is on the rise.

This book describes differences between the Twelve Step Spiritual Program and the organized religion of Christianity from the viewpoint of a Christian lay-person. Though the Twelve Step Spiritual Program and organized Christianity have different approaches, different experiences and different outcomes, Christianity and the Twelve-Step Program could come together, and agree that the best way to worship God is living a life in harmony with spiritual principles, such as honesty and love; living in gratitude; and sharing our resources with people who struggle with poverty, dysfunction, and powerlessness. Working together, organized religion and Twelve-Step Programs can send a strong message that there is help for people struggling with addictions, addictive activities and other life challenges.

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Self-Publishing Authors Can Expand Their Reach Through Social Media

Traditional and self-publishing authors have one important thing in common these days when it comes to book marketing: Both need a social media presence in order to make the most of their one-on-one and word-of-mouth marketing opportunities.Author Platform Through Social Media Set-Up

Years ago, avid readers learned about juicy reads at the local coffee shop, book clubs, newspaper reviews or even over-the-fencepost conversations with a neighbor. The advent of the Internet has changed these social landscapes forever. While the neighborhood watering hole is still a terrific place to learn about the hottest new literature, the potential reach of social media is too great to be ignored. No longer does an Outskirts Press author need to get the word out one encounter at a time; with social media, that same writer can drop a quick Facebook post or Pinterest pin and “chat” with hundreds of virtual friends all at once.

Some social media sites, however, are more intuitive than others. For some, it may not take much time to get a Facebook page up and running, but Twitter or Pinterest might prove confusing. You may be wondering how much time it will take to get started and whether you can afford the time investment. And even if these social pages are successfully established, how does a newbie know whether they’ve used the page to full effect? How does one know if he’s reaching the right audience? Are there tools to getting the most impact from a social media platform that could be getting overlooked?

Outskirts Press can accelerate the process of setting up your social media platform. No, scratch that — we can do it for you! Our social media and marketing specialists are not only adept at establishing your social media presence for you but also shaping your online image so that you aren’t just reaching people but turning them into readers.

Are you interested in boosting book sales by building a powerful social media presence? Let Outskirts Press take the lead!

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Amazon Featured Book-of-the-Week

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

The Bachelor’s Guide To The Galaxy!

by Larry ‘Von Lars’ Wehunt

(5 Stars – 1 Customer Review)

Price: $38.95

by Larry ‘Von Lars’ Wehunt’s “The Bachelor’s Guide To The Galaxy!.” This book is the retro and modern day guide to the new millennium renaissance man and bachelor of today. It is a comprehensive mind-blowing journey into the all-encompassing jet-setting lifestyle of the free modern day American and western bachelor – an international “bachelor manifesto.” The smart bachelor knows that to change your life that you must first change your thinking! Learn to plan for a life of success and to be one of the lucky ones.

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Top 10 Books Celebrating Nature: A Salute to Earth Day

Outskirts Press has had the pleasure over the years of helping thousands of self-publishing novelists, poets, scientific and theological experts and more get their ideas and creative visions to print. Nowhere is the diversity of their talents on better display than in today’s Top 10 books list.

This week we celebrate Earth Day with our list of Top 10 Books Celebrating Nature. From collections of poetry to stories of conservation to climatology and natural science, it’s all covered here:

Beneath the Surface: Stories of Scuba Diving

The Community

Cricket and the Northern Lights

God's Art Gallery

Going Green Using Diatomaceous Earth How-To Tips

The Last Buffalo

Life Lessons from Nature

The Meeting of the Waters

My Best Teachers

Why It's Not Carbon Dioxide After All

All of these books (and other Outskirts Press titles) are available from all major online retailers like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Powells, Books A Million, and others, plus conveniently from the Outskirts Press Direct bookstore at for discounts ranging from 10% – 55%.

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Top 10 Self-Publishing Book Marketing Tactics for March 2014

Book marketing is one of the most important pieces of being a successful self-publishing author. Outskirts Press is an industry leader in providing post-publication support, products, and services to its growing family of published authors.

Your book is written. Your book is published. Now what? Our list of Top 10 Book Marketing Tactics can help you prioritize your book marketing efforts by providing you with excellent marketing and promotional tactics you should consider pursuing.

These are the marketing products and tactics determined to be most popular by our authors for the month of March 2014, listed below in alphabetical order:

Amazon Cover Enhancement Amazon Cover Enhancement: Get your cover on Amazon faster or enhance the way it looks to increase exposure
Amazon Extreme Package Amazon Extreme Package: Save 25% on 3 of our marketing services focused on This package includes a Kindle Edition of your book, participation in the Amazon Search Inside the Book and Amazon Cover Enhancement.
Amazon Kindle Submission Service Amazon Kindle Submission Service:  Make your book available on Amazon’s Kindle ebook reading device. More formats on Amazon means more exposure on Amazon, and the Kindle is heavily promoted by Amazon.

Amazon Search Inside the Book
Amazon Search Inside the Book: Amazon claims that books participating in this program enjoy “significant” sales improvement, on average, over books that do not.
Barnes & Noble NOOK Submission Service Barnes & Noble NOOK Submission Service:  Millions of books are available on Barnes & Noble’s NOOK. If your book isn’t one of them, you are missing out on tapping a very important, and growing, market of readers.
Barnes & Noble See Inside Barnes & Noble See Inside:  Barnes & Noble’s answer to Amazon’s “Search Inside the Book” program. Books that participate in this program receive a “See Inside” icon next to their Barnes & Noble cover image, which invites potential customers to electronically “flip” through a small section of the book.
London Book Fair BEA Book Fair: The BEA Book Fair is America’s largest and most popular writing and publishing tradeshow/event. If you’re looking to make contacts with agents, scouts, sub-rights, or movie/television production and development personnel, you can’t miss this event.
Bookmarks Magazine Co-Op Advertising Bookmarks Magazine Co-Op Advertising: Reach at least 40,000 affluent readers guaranteed! Targeted exposure is key to your book’s success. Advertising in Bookmarks Magazine can help reach the audience that’s already waiting to read your book.
EVVY Awards Submission EVVY Awards Submission: Winning a book award helps separate your book from the rest, especially when it is the coveted “EVVY Awards” and “Book of the Year” Award, held annually by Colorado Independent Publishers Association (CIPA).
Apple iPad iPhone Standard Edition Apple iPad/iPhone Standard Edition: Allows self-publishing authors to enter the ebook marketplace at significantly lower upfront cost with a no-hassle, standard iBookstore retail price of $9.99. It’s the simplest one-click solution for published authors to publish a book in Apple’s iBookstore.

Outskirts Press Published authors who are interested in any of these (or many of our other available services) can find further details and ordering information from the Marketing Options page of your author’s center.

Not yet published with Outskirts Press? Today is the perfect day to start and take advantage of our current publishing promotion.

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Accidents by Phillip Rohlin Virtual Book Tour

As an author in this economy, you have to come up with creative ways to market a self-published book. While book tours are a great way to connect with your readers, they aren’t the most affordable method of promotion. However, technology has made it possible for an alternative.

Take note from self-publishing Outskirts Press author, Phillip Rohlin, who is taking his latest book, Accidents, on tour – a virtual book tour, that is. He will be featured on several blogs over the weeks and months ahead so keep your eyes peeled to learn more about him and his book.

Luckily for us, Phillip was kind enough to answer a few questions as the tour was getting started so that we can give you a sneak peek into the mind of the creator of Accidents.

Accidents book cover

OP: Tell us a little bit about Accidents. What is it about?

PR: The book is about attorneys who are embroiled in tough, grass roots street practices which both drain them and bring out creative solutions to the harrying demands of the their work. One attorney believes there is more to life than what he is doing and he extricates himself and moves to the beach for some isolation and to figure out who he is. His involvement with the martial arts has taught him to shut-down his mind and explore realities beyond the mundane. His friends continue to haunt him with their problems, and their missteps bring forth hilarious scenarious with which they all must deal. The attorney at the beach is having a serious love affair with a beautiful woman who feels he is taking himself too seriously, but his friend, the famous writer Henry Miller, encourages him to continue with his voyage of self-discovery. There is a murder. There is retaliation. There is the development of an unlikely cult. There is lots of fun and some seriously contemplative moments.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

PR: I decided to write the book because I felt I had something to say to the world about a person’s place in a merciless system that sucks the life out of who you are who you might have been if you could extricate yourself and try to figure things out.

OP: What types of readers would be interested in this story?

PR: I believe that any thinking person who loves humor and is trying to figure out his place in this chaotic world would be interested in my book.

OP: What is special about your book? What differentiates it from other books in the same category?

PR: I believe my book approaches life on many dimensions. It looks at the practical world of survival and making a living and explores the inner protests and rebellion of anyone who feels he is being dragged along a path that is counter to his or her inner creative inclinations. It explores necessities on both the practical and spiritual levels of existence and is completely relevant to our times. It will be fun lawyers who deal with the rough and tumble world of client resolution, and to anyone else who is fighting to discover his true calling in an insensitive and sterile world.

OP: Have you published any other books? Do you plan to publish more?

PR: This is the first book I have published and I would like to do a sequel.

OP: Thanks for your time, J.C.! We look forward to learning more about you as you visit other bloggers!

Accidents Author Phillip RohlinABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Phillip Rohlin graduated with honors and a Doctor Of Jurisprudence degree from UCLA Law School and became a Deputy Attorney General for the State of California working under Attorney General Stanley Mosk preparing criminal appellate briefs in response to appeals from convictions at the trial court level. He then worked as a trial lawyer for a large defense firm that represented insurance companies. Thereafter, he opened his own office. He studied Tae Kwondo Karate with a famous master for thirty-three years and has a third degree black belt. He has competed in numerous Los Angeles city karate tournaments. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two daughters.

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This author purchased the Virtual Book Tour marketing option, which allows self-publishing authors to connect with bloggers and harness the power of the blogosphere by taking their book on the “virtual road”. Learn more about this service by visiting your Publishing Center and reviewing the available marketing options.

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Amazon Featured Book-of-the-Week

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

The Symbiotic Section

by Tina Louise Brotz

(4 Stars – 6 Customer Reviews)

Price: $16.95

Tina Louise Brotz’s “The Symbiotic Section.” The edgy streets of Chicago provide the backdrop for a riveting tale that seamlessly blends danger and passion with the high-powered corporate world and the seedier side of the city in a story of greed, corruption, truth, and sensuality. Fiercely independent Michelle Pierson is a highly successful entrepreneur. Still gorgeous in her early thirties, she realizes that she is now at a crossroads in her life and faces a final showdown that not only threatens the very foundation of her family but will change her life forever.

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