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Self-Publishing Author Spotlight: Albert Bender

Outskirts Press is regularly impressed with the creativity of our self-publishing authors. It takes a great deal of discipline and devotion to produce a book, and a special brand of moxie to crank out several.Albert C. Bender

Today we shine our Self-Publishing Author Spotlight on Albert C. Bender. Albert has authored several books published through Outskirts Press, ranging from juvenile fiction to spiritual to autobiographical. We think you’ll be impressed with Albert’s versatility!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Albert C. Bender was born in New Jersey and joined the Navy at the age of 19, serving four years in the service. He is a widower with two children, and currently lives in South Carolina.

Just Us Kids in the AlleyJust Us Kids in the Alley

It was at a time when Americans were facing the gloomiest, and the most non-promising economic outlook they had ever known. Yet,those were the moments when as a boy, and with his little friends, played together behind the “Row Houses”that we lived in. We played in the school yards, on hills, and enjoyed the camaraderie of each other. Just Us Kids in the Alley relates stories of our zany, hilarious and happy moments. There were moments of anticipation, team participation, and also, moments of sadness.

We were a care free group, us alley kids, in spite of the dangers that lie ahead in the world. A world to us which was alien, and a million miles away in our thinking at that time! Yes, it was the “Thirties”. My memories as a little boy growing up in that era with his little friends in Northwest Philadelphia are memories I will never forget, nor want to forget, as long as I live.

Product details…
Paperback
Format: 6 x 9 paperback cream, 252 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (May 29, 2010)
ISBN10: 1432757121
ISBN13: 9781432757120
Genre: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs

More “Kids in the Alley” Tales
More "Kids in the Alley" Tales

The Thirties were a time when Americans were facing the gloomiest and the most non-promising economic outlook they had ever known. Yet, those were the moments when as a boy, and with his little friends, played together behind the Row Houses that we lived in. We played in the school yards, on hills and in the woods, and enjoyed the camaraderie of each other. This Edition is a follow up to my first book, which is titled, JUST US KIDS IN THE ALLEY. This new Edition will focus on more of those zany, hilarious and happy moments, as kids, growing up in Northwest Philadelphia in the thirties. Yes, it was the thirties. But, we were a care free group, us alley kids, in spite of the dangers that lie ahead in the world. A world to us which was alien, and a million miles away in our thinking at the time! >

Product details…
Paperback
Format: 6 x 9 paperback white, 200 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (May 23, 2011)
ISBN10: 1432771744
ISBN13: 9781432771744
Genre: JUVENILE NONFICTION / Activity Books

Sojourn SailorSojourn Sailor

It’s a story that tells about my [Author] four exciting years in the Navy from boot-camp to the time of my discharge … It was to become the most interesting era in my life … I was now learning about people and new places and how others live … It was to become a new life style for me. A life style that would allow me to see the world as it is. At that time … It taught me how to be prudent to those you meet on the outside. Life is a learning curve and for me, that was just one part of it …

Product details…
Paperback
Format: 6 x 9 paperback white, 238 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (May 31, 2012)
ISBN10: 1432791974
ISBN13: 9781432791971
Genre: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Adventurers & Explorers

Devilish DaughterDevilish Daughter

This is the family story of John and Joan Albright, the wealthy parents of beautiful daughters, Linda and Mary, and two fraternal twin brothers, Jared and Jesse. The story begins in the later years, this mostly after the brothers and sisters had finished college and focuses on events which led up to multiple murders outside the family circle and also tragic events within… There is one family difference, and that is of the sisters, Mary and Linda –One of them is a ‘SOCIOPATH’ … a killer; but– which one?

Product details…
Paperback
Format: 6 x 9 paperback cream, 188 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Dec 17, 2013)
ISBN10: 1478725052
ISBN13: 9781478725053
Genre: FICTION / Suspense

You Are Forever in TimeYou Are Forever in Time

We are forever in Time?..WOW !! That sounds really great. But, can it be true?? I “The Author” uses reasonable logic, known facts, common sense analysis and quotes from known and respected people in this and related fields of Philosophy and Science…Religion will be injected to help one to understand and help believe my theories.

Yes, its all a theory, but, after reading, you decide how believable and true it may seem to you? After reading you will want to close your eyes, lean back in a quiet surrounding and give it deep thought…I did, and I am convinced.

Product details…
Paperback
Format: 6.14 x 9.21 Paperback, 107 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Jul 24, 2009)
ISBN10: 1432735780
ISBN13: 9781432735784
Genre: RELIGION / Christianity / General

 

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Posted by on October 23, 2014 in Author Spotlight

 

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Author Poll: Writer Patricia Browne wants your help with her cover

Patricia Browne is self-publishing a book with Outskirts Press. And she wants your help deciding her book cover.

Book Summary

It’s staggering what you can be!!

A quote ..”Beauty is the essence of Love.” -Have we got something for you in this Book! !”The information within will peak your interest, for SURE. I have a question for you, Patricia Browne asks. “Do you want to become the BEAUTIFUL individual that you truly are inwardly?” If your answer is a RESOUNDING “Yes”, then as the song goes … “This one’s for You”. You will be cut to the core with her words. My mission in this teaching is to unconfine, to make known to you dear reader, True Knowledge of Higher Life principals. The education you will gain comes from Universal Consciousness…Raising your life from the mundane to a supreme level of joy through experience. It’s called SEDUCTION. Thus, FREEDOM is needed to bring this level …. without dogma or format. Wish for yourself, all that you can have. It takes only the DESIRE for Seduction and Bliss to occur. OLD Rules don’t apply! No longer are we contained by pre-existing patterns! We are all now in a place of surprise and delight ~ A sunrise! Those that give up their shackles are in a conscious space of Allowance … Allowance of a new seduction. And this SEDUCTION herein defined, is your Master Plan. We are a blossoming society of Individualized Universal consciousness! … Come on into the message, and live a new life. It’s yours. “Are you ready to go for it?”, Patricia asks. PLEASE find out! Get in on this aware energetic level of creating what you want!

About the Author

Patricia’s Areas of Expertise:
20 years study “The UNSEEN Principals of Existence through Alchemy” – SEDUCTION. 8 years training with a High Descendent Student of “Jack Schwarz (1924-2000) Internationally sought as Philosopher/Psychic Consultant”.
6 years study at RAMTHA’s Original School of Consciousness and Energy, Study of True Essence – Secret Manifestational Knowledge. 6 years Eastern Philosophical Study with Ms. Joy Gilbert, facilitator of seminars globally teaching “The Open Heart”.

Please take a look at two possible covers below and then vote on the choice you recommend for Patricia.

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CP_VBCover B

 

 
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Posted by on October 22, 2014 in Survey Poll, Uncategorized

 

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Benjamin Franklin Awards Deadline Approaching for Self-Publishing Authors

The deadline for the Benjamin Franklin Awards is sneaking up. Book Award season is upon us, so register now and find out just what recognitions and awards can do for the sale of your book. If your book was published in 2014, or if you plan to complete publishing this year, then the Benjamin Franklin Book Awards is for you.

The Benjamin Franklin Awards, administered by the Independent Book Publishers Association, are among the most respected book awards in the country. The awards recognize excellence in both editorial and design. The specific genre categories are judged by three industry professionals, coming from the library, bookstore, reviewer, designer, publicity and editorial markets.

Winners and finalists are recognized at a gala event at the Benjamin Franklin Awards ceremony during the association’s Publishing University, scheduled for April 10-11, 2015 in Austin, Texas. Winners receive an engraved crystal trophy. All winners and finalists are announced to the major trade journals and media.

As an Outskirts Press published author, you can have us handle all of the submission details for you. With your purchase of this package and your eligible book, we will handle all the details, including:

  • Award submission fee
  • Registering your book with the contest
  • Sending them each the necessary review copies of your book
  • Accurately and completely filling out the necessary entry forms
  • Selecting the most appropriate category for your book
  • Shipping and handling costs of your book to each of the contest’s multiple judges

Click here for details or to order the Benjamin Franklin Awards today.
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You can save 25% by submitting your book to multiple awards contests at the same time with the exclusive Outskirts Press Book Award Submission package.

 
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Posted by on October 22, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Amazon Featured Book-of-the-Week

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


Being Different

by Doug Fratianne

(5 Stars – 3 Customer Reviews)

Price: $9.95

Doug Fratianne’s “Being Different.” Yes, sometimes you can be victorious over bullying! Trudy, during her three years of middle school, is faced with serious speech difficulties, and she must cope with teasing and bullying from classmates. She befriends a girl who was her most abusive bully with a selfless gesture of good will. This book can give hope to other youngsters who face challenges and who are bullied themselves.

Please note that product prices and availability are subject to change. Prices and availability were accurate at the time of this posting; however, they may differ from those you see when you visit Amazon.com.© Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Amazon, Amazon.com, the Amazon.com logo, and 1-Click are registered trademarks of Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. Amazon.com, 410 Terry Avenue N., Seattle, WA 98109-5210.

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How the New York Times Can Get You Priceless Exposure with Willing Readers

It’s not often a golden opportunity for priceless book exposure comes along. For self-published authors in particular, the value of seizing these opportunities can’t be overstated.

What better opportunity could there be for exposure than visibility in a respected publication that reaches millions? This holiday season, you can make the most of readers’ eagerness to buy by getting your book inexpensive exposure via a co-op ad in the New York Times Holiday Books Edition. A key component of the Outskirts Press exclusive 2014 Holiday Marketing Bundle, this ad comes with several priceless book marketing advantages:

  • Ad space in the New York Times Holiday Books Edition. The New York Times is an established and highly respected publication that continues to attract a loyal following, even as other publications flounder.
  • Exposure to more than 4 million readers! Published each December, this much-anticipated special edition places your book in front of more than 4 million subscribers. This type of exposure doesn’t come along often, and rarely does it come at a better time than during the holidays.
  • Targeted exposure before the right audience. What better place to advertise your book than in a publication specifically targeted to motivated book-buyers? Even with a full NYT ad, there’s no guarantee that the individuals viewing your ad in that edition are on the hunt for books. The Holiday Books Edition, on the other hand, goes directly to 4 million-plus subscribers with a high average income, who are actively looking for what you’re selling.
  • Inexpensive and cost-effective marketing. The average price for a full ad in the prestigious New York Times can run upwards of $40,000! A co-op ad in this NYT special edition can be yours for only a tiny fraction of that price.
  • A highly visible ad that lets you cut through the clutter. With your co-op ad through Outskirts Press, you’ll share space in the New York Times Holiday Books Edition with no more than 11 other Outskirts Press books. That means your book is always front-and-center and prominently displayed.

Give yourself the gift of targeted, cost-effective exposure to millions of motivated book buyers this holiday season with help from Outskirts Press.

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IT’S HERE – THE HOLIDAY MARKETING BUNDLE!

If you’re interested in the New York Times holiday co-op ad, how about even more bang for your buck by taking advantage of the Holiday Marketing Bundle. This marketing package includes:

  • Ad space in the New York Times Holiday Books Edition.
  • An exclusive feature spotlight on the Outskirts Press blog
  • Holiday Book Video Trailer and Distribution
  • Annual storage fees waived for 2015
  • 5 Hours of Personal Marketing Assistance
  • 2015 Book Marketing Calendar
  • Amazon Listing Optimization

The only way you can lose with this amazing holiday marketing bundle is if you wait too long. This offer is available on a first-come, first-served basis to the first 12 authors who order by October 31, 2014.

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Posted by on October 21, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Learn How to Get Your Book Noticed — and Compete for Valuable Prizes — in Book Awards Competitions

As a self-publishing author, you know the value of positive publicity in your marketing efforts. Without the backing of a traditional publishing house, your marketing is solely up to you and your marketing service provider, so every “selling point” you can get is priceless.Book Contests

Now you can save 25% and enjoy maximum convenience by allowing us to submit your book to 6 recognized, vetted and reputable book award contests, some of which offer major cash and prizes (Writer’s Digest and Foreword) and all of which offer the chance for extra exposure, recognition and the chance to add the descriptor “award-winning” to your title. This promotion is part of Outskirts Press’ Spring Season Book Awards Submissions.

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It used to be that simply having a published book was indicative of supremely high quality, but now that self-publishing is available for everyone, winning a book award is one of the most powerful and effective ways you can make your book stand above the crowd. With so many book awards and contests available, Outskirts Press has pre-screened and vetted 6 contests. Outskirts Press can facilitate the submission details to all these contests for you. With your purchase of this package and your eligible book, we will handle all the details, including:

  • the award submission fee
  • registering your book with the contest
  • sending them each the necessary review copies of your book
  • accurately and completely filling out the necessary entry forms
  • selecting the most appropriate category for your book (if we’re not sure, we’ll ask you)
  • shipping and handling costs of your book to each of the contest’s multiple judges

 

Writer's DigestThe Writer’s Digest International Self-Publishing Book Awards

You could win $3,000 cash and promotion in Writer’s Digest and Publisher’s Weekly!

Outskirts Press is already the sponsor and publisher of Writer’s Digest’s annual Writing Competition Collection, which is one of the most renowned short story contests in the country. Now Outskirts Press can help you participate in the Writer’s Digest International Self-Publishing contest for books. You may be eligible to receive part of more than $17,000 in cash and prizes, including the $3,000 Grand Prize, 10 First Place prizes of $1,000 and Honorable Mentions.

 

The National Best Books

Every year USA Book News honors outstanding mainstream and independent books with their National Best Books Award. USA Book News Exposure: A six-month book listing that includes your color book cover, a brief paragraph about your title and a hyperlink to your website. Fantastic coverage for the busy holiday season! Additional coverage in the USABN E-zine, sent to thousands of book buyers. Coverage of results from the USA Book News network of media outlets and industry contacts for exposure to over 500,000 subscribers. In addition, the USA Book News national media campaign highlighting the winners and finalists runs from October through January.

 

The Next Generation Indie Book AwardsNext Generation Indie Book Awards

The Next Generation Indie Book Awards submission service through Outskirts Press is open for English-language books. Prizes range from $250 to $1,000 cash, plus a listing in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards Catalog which is distributed to book buyers, media and others; exposure for your book on websites and blogs, and the opportunity to display Finalist or Winner stickers on your book.

In the past, the top 70 books have been reviewed by New York literary agent Marilyn Allen of Allen O’Shea Literary Agency or one of Allen’s co-agents for possible representation in areas such as distribution, foreign rights, film rights and other rights. Allen has worked with many best-selling authors including Stephen King, Ken Follett, Barbara Kingsolver, John Gray, Mary Higgins Clark and many more.

 

Reader Views Literary AwardThe Reader Views Literary Awards

How would you like to become eligible to win thousands of dollars in marketing support AND a Literary Award at the same time? The annual Reader Views Literary Awards were established to honor writers who self-published or had their books published alternatively by a self-publishing company. In years past, winners of the Reader Views Literary Award have received $1,000s of dollars of expert marketing assistance from renown marketing experts.

 

Benjamin Franklin Awards

The Benjamin Franklin Awards are among the most respected Book Awards in the country. The awards recognize excellence in both editorial and design. The specific genre categories are judged by three industry professionals, coming from the library, bookstore, reviewer, designer, publicity and editorial markets. The winners in each category will be announced at the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards presentation during the Publishing University at the Book Expo of America. Finalists will receive a certificate of excellence; winners will receive the Benjamin Franklin Award trophy. All finalists will be displayed during the Publishing University and at the Awards Ceremony and all winners will be displayed in a special booth at Book Expo America. Winners and finalists will also be featured on the IBPA website, among other places.

 

ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year AwardForeWord Magazine's Book of the Year Award

Win $1,500 in cash. ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year Awards were established to bring increased attention from librarians and booksellers to the literary achievements of independent publishers and their authors. First, second, and third place winners will be awarded in each category. A $1,500 cash prize will also be awarded to Best Fiction and Best Nonfiction as determined by the editors of ForeWord Magazine. ForeWord Magazine reserves the right to withhold an award in any category should submissions not meet criteria outlined by editorial and professional production standards mentioned above. All cash prizes are solely at the discretion of ForeWord Magazine.
Winners and finalists will also be featured in ForeWord Magazine and elsewhere.

Important: Be sure your book is eligible for the Book Award Submissions Package by checking the copyright date on the copyright page of your book. If your book has a copyright date in the same year as the year you are ordering this package, you are eligible. If your book has a copyright date in the year prior to your order, please double-check your eligibility with marketing@outskirtspress.com. If your book has a copyright date 2 years (or more) prior to your order, your book is no longer eligible to enter these awards.

 Now’s the time to take advantage of hassle-free submission to some of the most prestigious book awards in the country. Learn more about how to get your book recognized!

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Posted by on October 20, 2014 in Awards, Book Awards, book marketing

 

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Amazon Featured Book-of-the-Week

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


The Love Trap

by Vera Steppeler

(4.5 Stars – 3 Customer Reviews)

Price: $16.95

Vera Steppeler’s “The Love Trap.” Bianca seemed to have it all: She married an American soldier in postwar Germany. After moving to the U.S. and with kids grown, Bianca enters the business world and soon finds herself caught up in a torrid, May-December romance with Frederick, a younger man at the office, ‘The Love Trap’ with all the anguish, upheaval, hope and heartbreak three people can endure in an affair. Will Bianca come to a realization about who, truly, is the love of her life? Will it be too late to find happiness? The Love Trap is a thought-provoking novel for anyone considering leaving a marriage for a more exciting life with someone else. It also serves as a cautionary tale to the tempted to weigh the pros and cons before making the leap into infidelity.

Please note that product prices and availability are subject to change. Prices and availability were accurate at the time of this posting; however, they may differ from those you see when you visit Amazon.com.© Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Amazon, Amazon.com, the Amazon.com logo, and 1-Click are registered trademarks of Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. Amazon.com, 410 Terry Avenue N., Seattle, WA 98109-5210.

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