Amazon Featured Book-of-the-Week

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The Book of Barkley

by L.B.Johnson

(5 Stars – 52 Customer Reviews)

Price: $13.95

L.B.Johnson’s “The Book of Barkley.” Bound to his human companion in the name of the trust and not knowing his destiny, this book is about a black Labrador retriever named Barkley. It was the beginning never anticipated; belief that there were no limits that made tragedy inevitable, a gentle nuzzle that made the walls fall away, and the pull of the leash into the day’s infinitude. Honest, transcendent, and beautifully written, The Book of Barkley is a love story that will enrich every animal lover’s library.

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Posted by on December 19, 2014 in Uncategorized, Featured Book of the Week


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Self-Publishing Author Spotlight: Frederick Wulff

Outskirts Press has been fortunate to help thousands of self-publishing authors get their important works to print over more than a decade now. It’s with no small measure of pride that we shine a spotlight on these authors each week in our Self-Publishing Author Spotlight.

This time around, we introduce you to author Frederick Wulff, self-published author of several United States and European history book through Outskirts Press.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:Frederick Wulff
Frederick Wulff was born in Detroit and lived through the turbulent ’50s and ’60s with the struggles for civil rights. Some of his teenage years were spent in the deeply segregated South. Wulff is now a retired history professor, having taught at Martin Luther College in New Ulm, Minnesota. His Master’s degree in history was earned at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee and he pursued his PhD in history from Texas Christian University (TCU). Interest in English history led to studies at the University of Oxford in England. Previously published books include Alexander McKee – the Great White Elk, Sunshine and Rain in the Mist of the Cold War, Speaking Out and Detroit: Past, Present and Future. Aside from a love of history, Wulff’s other passion is for travel, which led him to tour extensively into more than 80 countries.

Alexander McKee - The Great White ElkAlexander McKee – The Great White Elk
British Indian Agent on the Colonial Frontier
Alexander McKee, a mixed-blood British agent, was one of the few individuals in history able to unite Indians and exert unbelievable leadership on their behalf. When the War for Independence broke out between the Colonies and the British, McKee chose to remain loyal to his mother country, and assumed a major role on the American frontier. Because of his selfless devotion to the British and the Native Americans, he forfeited massive real estate and social standing when he left his Pittsburgh mansion to organize Indian raids on the American frontier, for which he was branded a traitor by the Continental Congress. This exciting and well-researched book sheds new light on McKee’s role in history as he maneuvered British frontier policy and promoted the interests of the beleaguered Native Americans. It’s little wonder that the Natives called McKee “The Great White Elk.”

Product details…

Format: 6 x 9 paperback white, 428 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Jan 17, 2013)
ISBN10: 1478714522
ISBN13: 9781478714521
Genre: HISTORY / United States / State & Local / Middle Atlantic (DC, DE, MD, NJ, NY, PA)

Sunshine and Rain in the Mist of the Cold War: Reliving 1945-1955 Through Personal MemoriesSunshine and Rain in the Mist of the Cold War

An ancient proverb goes: “It takes both sunshine and rain to make a rainbow.” In a sense this book is an autobiography of a young man who experienced sunshine and rain throughout life that ended up at the end of a rainbow. The story spans ten years, from early teens to young adulthood, and relates the author’s perception of the world around him. He was wet behind the ears during the advent of the Cold War and the accompanying Red Scare; however, vivid memories of this period survived intact and are worthy of sharing. This journal takes the reader back to an interesting and unique time through accounts of unusual personal experiences, some stranger than fiction. At times some historical facts from various sources have been inserted to help buttress statements. Hopefully this book will assist others to live vicariously an exciting decade of history, 1945 to 1955.

Product details…

Format: 6 x 9 color paperback, 132 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Oct 10, 2013)
ISBN10: 1478706155
ISBN13: 9781478706151
Genre: HISTORY / Military / Other

Speaking OutSpeaking Out: Thoughts of an Independent Liberal Conservative Christian Teacher

The author’s independence is reflected not only in the political sphere (having never voted a straight ticket during his long life), but extends to the fields of sociology, education and religion. He believes many sociologists have gone off the deep end, and have made unwarranted conclusions in spite of evidence to the contrary. Sociology can be a very useful subject, but not when it is used to force an agenda. In the area of education, teaching methods and curriculum content tend to be trendy, but common sense and reflections should never be outdated. In the area of religion, churches understandably develop strongly held traditions, but these traditions should not be carved in stone. As a former Christian church worker the author contends only the Bible contains absolute truth, a reliable map that offers directions without glitches. Hopefully this book will generate discussion among its readers.

Product details…

Format: 6 x 9 paperback white, 199 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Jan 14, 2014)
ISBN10: 1478723521
ISBN13: 9781478723523
Genre: PHILOSOPHY / General
Detroit: Past, Present and FutureDetroit: Past, Present and Future

This book is about a wonderful city where I grew up and had come to love dearly. Much within the early chapters deals with everyday life in times long gone by. Old timers may find the little details will rekindle old memories and recall the ways thing had been in those early years. Life was much simpler then and the family was so central in our lives. Detroit was vibrant in so many ways. We cherished our distinctive neighborhoods, the excitement of city life and the many cultural activities available. Hopefully the many added photographs might help the readers transport themselves into this interesting story of life in Detroit from the Great Depression of the 1930s to the present. So much has changed in Detroit over the years. No doubt many will be saddened as the narrative switches to the decline of that once great city resulting from poor political leadership, the decline in industry, a terrifying increase in crime, an exodus of the middle class and the abandonment of neighborhoods. The mood changes in the closing chapter with the hope that the many noble efforts now being expended can meet the challenges and reverse the trend. Hopefully Detroit will overcome despair and strive to once again becoming a great city worth emulating.

Product details…

Format: 6 x 9 paperback white, 174 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Apr 30, 2014)
ISBN10: 1478731788
ISBN13: 9781478731788
Genre: HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain

Visiting Black AmericaVisiting Black America

This book is an attempt by the author to help others vicariously relive history by visiting the many sites of black history that are easily accessible to the average traveler. Yet this book is not just a directory of sites, but also a lively biographical approach to black history, that of itself, makes for interesting reading. The many photographs and illustrations help the readers to journey back into time; while the brief narrative approach makes for easy start-and-stop reading. Black history is laden with stories of tragedy, courage and feats of overcoming unbelievable obstacles. The author of this book believes that the blacks featured herein provide the desired “habitual visions of greatness,” a phrase associated with Alfred North Whitehead, that motivates us to be all that we can be (Whitehead, Aims of Education). In the book of Philippians 4:8 the inspired Apostle Paul tells us: “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” This book is about selfless lives of service to others.

Product details…

Format: 6 x 9 paperback white, 316 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Nov 19, 2014)
ISBN10: 1478738464
ISBN13: 9781478738466
Genre: HISTORY / Modern / General

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Posted by on December 18, 2014 in Author Spotlight


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Top 5 Marketing Options for Self-Publishing Authors in 2014

2014 is quickly coming to an end. As you begin planning your marketing goals and setting your marketing budget for 2015, we wanted to share with you the top 5 marketing options selected by Outskirts Press authors this year. The following options have been highest in demand by Outskirts Press published authors in the last 12 months.

  1. Amazon Kindle Edition – This electronic edition makes your book available on Amazon’s Kindle ebook reading devices (and apps) for readers to instantly purchase and download. It’s the perfect way to make your book more visible and accessible to a wider reading audience.
  2. Book Blast Package – This cost-effective package contains five powerful book marketing services, all at a 25% discount below the a la carte price:Custom Press Release, PR Publicist Campaign, Book Review Submission Service, Book Video with Distribution and Personal Marketing Assistant (5 hours).
  3. Amazon Extreme Package – Benefit from three valuable marketing services for one great price: Amazon Kindle Edition, Amazon Search Inside the Book Submission and Amazon Cover Enhancement
  4. Barnes & Noble Nook Edition – We’ll ensure that your book is properly submitted to Barnes & Noble so you can take advantage of the huge Nook  ebook marketplace.
  5. Standard iPad Edition – Reach out to millions of dedicated iPad/iPhone ebook readers through the popular iBookstore.

Now is the time to start planning your marketing efforts for the New Year. These are just a few of the marketing options Outskirts Press offers. To view the full list, click the Marketing Solutions button below.



Outskirts Press Gift CertificateSelf-publishing gift certificates make the perfect holiday treat for your favorite writer! As we approach the holidays (Christmas is 10 days away! Yikes!), it’s time to buckle down on your last minute decisions for shopping during the holidays. What kind of gift can you get in a crunch? What about a gift certificate that allows the writer in your life fulfill their dreams of getting their book published? Here’s how it works:

  1. Click here and complete your purchase of the certificate.
  2. We will email you to find out who the special author is and whether you want to include any special messaging on your gift notification.
  3. If the writer isn’t yet registered with us, we will create a free account for them and apply the $99 credit to their new account.
  4. If they are already registered and/or published with us, we will apply the $99 credit to their existing Publishing Center account.
  5. Once the credit has been applied to the writer’s account, we will notify them via email of your special gift using any messaging you provided to us.

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Amazon Featured Book-of-the-Week

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

The Birth of a Vigilante

by Russell West

Price: $9.95

Russell West’s “The Birth of a Vigilante.” Brilliant, sensitive, and gifted, Titus Booth has the world by the tail. His adoring father runs a thriving mercantile, while his beautiful mother arranges an unorthodox and entertaining education for her beloved boy genius. But the death of his much-loved Granny Tess sets in motion a series of tragedies that make the young boy question his very being.

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New Outskirts Press White Paper to Aid Authors in their Choice to Publish Independently

Diving into Self-Publishing?While self-publishing has gained popularity in recent years, it remains a mysterious process to many authors. Outskirts Press, the fastest-growing self-publishing service provider, has released a free, downloadable white paper designed to help new and traditionally published authors decide whether self-publishing is right for them.

Getting a book to publication is a complex process, one that has driven many talented authors to solicit traditional publishing houses to publish their works, or has kept already published authors from considering independent publishing. Often, it’s fear of the unknown and a desire for author support that keeps traditional publishers in business. But there are distinct advantages to self-publishing that new authors – or authors who are currently traditionally published – should consider: With self-publishing, authors enjoy much higher royalties, greater creative control and as much or as little support as they feel they need during the publication process.

Outskirts Press has released its free, downloadable white paper, “Diving into Self-Publishing?,” to help these authors navigate their decision to self-publish. The informational document addresses a number of important questions authors should ask themselves about the self-publishing process, including:

• Why choose self-publishing?
• How much does self-publishing cost?
• What is an ISBN?
• What do I need to know about copy editing?
• What do I need to know about formatting?
• And many more …

The white paper not only explains authors’ most common questions, but dispels commonly held myths about the quality of self-published books and upfront costs (Hint: Thanks to print-on-demand, publishing costs are much lower than many think!),

Take advantage of priceless expert self-publishing advice at no charge. Download a FREE copy of Outskirts Press’ “Diving into Self-publishing.”

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Posted by on December 16, 2014 in Advice


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3 Tips for Self-Publishing During the Holidays

So, Black Friday 2014 has passed and you survived it intact. Pat yourself on the back for keeping your wits, and your sanity, about you during the rush.

Now, as a soon-to-be published author, you may be wondering whether you’ve lost out on the holiday book-buying rush by not getting your book to print by Black Friday. Would you believe it may not be too late to put shoppers’ holiday buying urges to work for you?

Just in time for Christmas, here are 3 tips for self-publishing during the holidays that should brighten your holidays, whether you’re new to Outskirts Press or new to self-publishing in general:

  1. Go electronic. Most authors who are publishing for the first time forget that paperback and hardback aren’t their only selling options. In fact, e-books are a large and growing segment of the bookselling market. Start publishing your book in an e-book format at the same time as your hardcopy format. The e-book format will be available in no time, and can help generate buzz for your hardcopy format before it’s published.
  2. Think long-term. If you’re publishing for the first time, think ahead to upcoming book-buying opportunities. It can take about 12 weeks from start to finish to get a new paperback book to print. While you rush your e-book to market for Christmas, look to Valentine’s Day, birthdays, anniversaries, summer reading and other big book-buying occasions as opportunities to debut the paperback edition.
  3. Save money. If you start publishing with Outskirts Press this month, you can save 10% on your publishing package. That means you can still start publishing now and have more money in your pocket for holiday shopping! See below for details.

Take advantage of these self-publishing tips and have yourself a merry little Christmas!

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  • Get a free author webpage

Promotion Code: 10DSCT2014
Promotion Dates: December 15-31

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In addition to receiving a 10% off publishing packages, 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 $600 of free stuff!

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Promotion Code: 10DSCT2014
Promotion Dates: December 15-31

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“I enjoyed my experience with Outskirts Press. Bridget was awesome. I am now currently working on two more books and I will definitely be publishing with Outskirts Press again. Thanks for a book well done.”

Sharon Denise Jones is the youngest of five siblings. She was born and raised in Lexington Tennessee. She grew up on a small farm and was always considered a tomboy. Helping on the farm and cooking with her mother were the best days of her childhood. Especially holidays, when her mother would make sure her sister Jackie and Sharon were involved in the kitchen in some way. She’s happily married to Anthony Bernard Jones, and also a proud mother of three wonderful children and the grandmother of three. As she got older, she realized that cooking and taking care of people with special needs are her passions.

This lavishly produced book, Cooking Up With The Jones’, brims with color photographs of food and two substitution charts. This book was produced to have mass-market appeal to those who are just beginning to cook and say they can’t even boil water; and second, for those who have been trying to cook and wonder why their meals don’t taste like Mother’s or Grandma’s cooking, or even the food of their favorite Restaurant. In Cooking Up With The Jones’, you will find those flavors with recipes that range from appetizers, desserts-such as Old Fashioned Pound Cakes, Meats, Buttermilk Pancakes, and plenty more. Included are substitution charts that will benefit others on a more restrictive diet.

- Sharon Denise Jones, author of Cooking Up With the Jones’


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The Fictitian by Linda Griffith 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, Linda Griffith, who is taking his latest book, The Fictitian, 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, J.C. 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 The Fictitian.

The Fictitian book cover

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

LG: There are 8 short stories in my book that came from whispered tales from my family during family gatherings and stories that total strangers told me during the time I was a street cop on the streets of Chicago.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

LG: I have been writing and collecting stories all of my life and I always said that I would get them published after I retired. I retired in May of 2013.

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

LG: Anyone who likes reading short stories will love my book. The stories are gripping and gritty.

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

LG: The stories in my book are written to make the reader feel as if they are in the story with the characters.

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

LG: I published a book of poems in 2000. I am editing my second book of short stories now. They should be completed by late 2014.

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

The Fictitian Author Linda GriffithABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Coming from a large family of ten children, Linda Griffith grew up listening to her relatives telling tales during family visits and functions. As a member of the Chicago Police Department, Linda heard even more tales on the streets. Today she is retired and surrounds herself with giggling grandchildren who love to hear her stories.



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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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