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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!


Faith Behind the Blue Wall

by Clarence Hines

(5 Stars – 9 Customer Reviews)

Price: $10.95

Clarence Hines’s “Faith Behind the Blue Wall.” This book is a personal career devotional for the entire law enforcement community and their families to bring them face to face with the loving presence of the God of Grace who called them, understands them, protects them, loves them and seeks to heal them. The law enforcement community will find transformative vocational meaning and purpose as they favorably live out their faith in the tough terrain of defending a city or nation.

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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Celebrate Earth Day (and Protect Mother Earth) by Adding an eBook Format

This year, 2015, marks 45 years since the founding of Earth Day on April 22, 1970. This celebration of Mother Earth and dedication to protecting her and her resources for posterity is the ideal time to focus on things each of us can do to reduce our negative impact on Earth and help stabilize the climate.

For those of us in the publishing business, the annual Earth Day celebration is a reminder of how important e-book publishing is to shrinking our carbon footprint – not to mention sparing a rainforest or two! There are several reasons to incorporate e-books into your book marketing plan:

  • The Green Factor. Publish an e-book, save a tree. A single e-reader can hold up to hundreds of downloadable books. With millions of book buyers switching to downloadable books, imagine the difference that switch can make for the environment.
  • It keeps costs down. Electronic copies are inexpensive to set up, so you can offer an e-book to potential readers at a lower price and still turn a profit.
  • It’s convenient. Anyone with a Nook, Kindle, Android or iPad/iPod/iPhone (or even a home computer equipped with an e-reader app) can download your book instantly, which gives your buyer immediate gratification.
  • It boosts sales. The ease of buying alone increases the opportunities for sales but in addition to that, an e-book version puts you 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 e-books and other virtual bookstores.

It’s important for self-publishing authors to settle on a marketing plan that reaches out to as many readers as possible, through whatever platform necessary. By making an e-book version a vital part of your publishing and marketing strategy, you can do just that – and keep Mother Earth happy and healthy for future generations.

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If you haven’t yet introduced your book into the electronic reading device world, now may be the right time to do so. Given the advantages that e-books offer to new readers, utilize these advantages to publish your book across a variety of e-reading platforms, including the Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, and Apple iPad.

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The Importance of a Good Book Cover

Regardless of the content of your book, a thoughtful, beautifully crafted cover will play an integral role in the success of your book. Many a self-published author (and many traditionally published authors as well!) lament that, while they poured their soul into every precious word, they didn’t give enough attention to the package. Well, looks matter.

Not convinced? Think about how you make buying decisions in your local supermarket. Perhaps you’re trying a new soup or selecting wine to go with dinner. How did you choose? Odds are it was an eye-catching label that drove you to pick up certain brands. Maybe you read a couple product descriptions, and then you placed the prettiest among them in your cart.

Readers choose books in much the same way. While they usually do read book summaries to help them make a decision, how do they decide which summaries to read in the first place? You got it – the cover! Professional book cover art creates a number of advantages for your book in a crowded buying environment over plain looking covers:

  • Information. Custom cover art conveys important, specific clues to the reader about the content of your book. Clues imparted by color, theme, fonts and more, all tailored to your book, will instantly help buyers determine what your book is about and if it’s a good fit for their reading habits and preferences.
  • Credibility. Professional cover art immediately cues the reader – whether they’re aware of it or not – that the same care that was put into beautiful cover art was also taken in the writing of the book. It sends an instant message about quality – and you’ll want readers to perceive high quality right up front!
  • Visibility. Of course, you know your book is high quality, but if no one notices it, all that pithy content won’t matter. A custom crafted cover gets a potential book buyer to slow down for a second or two, which greatly increases the odds they’ll investigate further. It’s the first and most important step to securing a sale.
  • Targeting. An important function of your book cover is not just to appeal to any reader, but to appeal to the specific type of reader your content is intended to entertain or inform. For example, when creating a custom cover for a romance novel intended for young adults, a professional cover artist will take a vastly different approach than he would when creating a cover for a romance geared toward middle-age readers.
  • Marketability. A book and its cover add up to more than sum of their parts. Compelling content – packaged with an appropriate, targeted and smartly tailored book cover – makes for a marketable book that stands far better odds of selling than a strong book with a weak cover.

A professional custom book cover creates an attractive self-publishing package that readers will want to put in their shopping cart. While there’s never a guarantee that your stunning new artwork will immediately lead to an explosion in book sales a poorly designed cover is all but guaranteed to get passed by time and time again. And, the best part about compelling book cover art is that you don’t need an entire team of marketing gurus to get noticed. One knowledgeable and skilled cover artist can make a huge difference in online traffic to your book – and that makes a huge difference in sales.

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Every author wants to make the best first impression with his or her cover when it hits the shelf or is posted on the web, and an exclusive custom cover, designed specifically for that book, is probably the single most important element in making that striking first impression.

If your book doesn’t stand out, it may never be picked up!

A Custom Cover Design not only gives authors a far greater chance for an immediately favorable response to their books, it also helps convey a sense of the style, tone and content inside, and that too has an immediate effect on potential buyers.

This option is normally $499 but if you start today it’s FREE! Just enter the promotion code COVERAPR15 when checking out of your shopping cart while purchasing the popular Diamond package or the full color Pearl publishing package by April 30, 2015.

In addition to receiving a FREE Custom Cover for your book, 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.

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During her 27 years of teaching, Carol Leslie Bradley enjoyed encouraging her students to develop their creative abilities through writing. She mentors new teachers, and enjoys helping them with organizational strategies, and acquiring and maintaining classroom management skills. Carol and her husband Ron have four adult children and nine grandchildren. She loves reading, writing, and spending time with her grandchildren.

The Andersen family is looking forward to a cozy, loving Christmas together at their clan ranch in Colorado-all the traditions are in place, and everyone is gathered for a loving celebration. Little do they know that tragedy is about to strike. Ryan and Susan Andersen, flying in on a private plane, are about to meet their fate in an unexpected way. As the family tries to cope with their shock, old flames will reignite, and old rivalries will resurface. At the heart of the family story is lovely Sarah Andersen, who unexpectedly went to college out of state, breaking the heart of her high school love when she married another man. But he has never stopped loving her-and he is called on to help her family, now that he is Sheriff Rayburn. Sarah and her family find out that during the twists and turns of the unexpected road called life, it’s important to have people by your side who can be trusted to help navigate…and that a family inheritance can be counted best in love, not in money. This family saga of deception, redemption, and romance is sure to keep you intrigued.

– Carol Leslie Bradley, author of The Inheritance

 

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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!


As a Mighty Stream The Life of an American Rabbi

by Herbert David Teitelbaum

Price: $19.95

Herbert David Teitelbaum’s “As a Mighty Stream The Life of an American Rabbi.” From Korea to Krakow, an American Rabbi’s life in world events. Rabbi Herbert David Teitelbaum describes his service as an Army Chaplain during the Korean War, in the struggle for civil rights with Martin Luther King, Jr. in Selma Alabama in 1965, and regarding the 1976 mission to the Soviet Union where he brought support to Jewish refuseniks.

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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Submit Your Fandemonium Entry Before It’s too Late

Facebook Fandemonium gives writers the rare opportunity to get their work published and benefit a great cause at the same time by submitting their works for publication through Facebook for a limited time. If you haven‘t yet, there’s still time to get your work seen! Outskirts Press is accepting submissions through April 30.

Need to get inspired? Check out what writers like yourself contributed to the Fandemonium collection, Volume 1-4. Hundreds of members of the Outskirts Press Facebook community submitted an impressive array of poetry, short stories, excerpts, recipes, anecdotes and more since 2011, and the best of them were included in the collection.

In addition to free publication and priceless exposure, inclusion in Fandemonium gives authors the satisfaction of knowing that they’ve put their talents to use for a good cause. Proceeds from the sale of Fandemonium collections are donated to the American Red Cross on behalf of Outskirts Press and its Facebook fans.

Getting published in the Facebook Fandemonium is simple: Authors can post their submission directly to the Outskirts Press Facebook page. Be sure to invite your friends and family to “Like” your submission. The submissions with the highest number of “Likes” will be considered for inclusion in Fandemonium Volume 5. Submissions can be fiction, non-fiction or poetry, and entries under 5,000 words will be considered first.

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London Book Fair Starts Tomorrow in Its New Olympia Home!

The world-famous London Book Fair kicks off tomorrow and runs through April 16, welcoming more than 1,500 exhibitors, and tens of thousands of publishers, booksellers, literary agents, librarians, media and of course traditional and London Book Fair in Olympia, West Londonself-publishing authors to one of the largest publishing industry trade shows in the world. More than 100 countries are represented as attendees gather at the global marketplace, situated amidst famous London attractions that highlight the UK’s rich literary history and longstanding cultural ties to nearly all of near and far East Asia, Africa, Australia and New Zealand.

This year, the 44th year, the Fair returns to Olympia, West London. This location places all the action near the heart of Kensington, the seat of the Monarchy since 1689. When not hobnobbing with movers and shakers in the publishing industry, fair-goers will have access to all the fabulous historical sites, landmarks and unrivaled shopping opportunities the area affords. But the real appeal of the London Book Fair is the exposure that comes right to you in the spacious and bustling event space.

If you missed out this time around, don’t worry: There are plenty of other chances to gain valuable book fair exposure in exotic locales throughout the year (Bologna, Frankfurt, Beijing, New York and more). Talk with your Personal Marketing Assistant about a Global Book Tour through Outskirts Press to get in on the action in late 2015 and 2016.

Are you self-publishing a book and looking to market it during one or more international book fairs? Learn more about taking your work global with Outskirts Press!

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Follow the Light, the Shroud’s Revelations by T. C. Newman Virtual Book Tour

For many self-publishing authors, it can be a challenge to come up with creative ways to market a self-published book. While book tours are a great way to connect with readers, they may not be cost-effective, especially if you want to reach a nationwide audience. However, technology makes it possible for authors to reach a larger audience, without all of the costly travel.

Take note from self-publishing Outskirts Press author, T. C. Newman, who is taking his latest book, Follow the Light, the Shroud’s Revelations, 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, T.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 Follow the Light, the Shroud’s Revelations.

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OP: Tell us a little bit about Follow the Light, the Shroud’s Revelations. What is it about?

TCN: The Shroud of Turin, the most controversial and misunderstood artifact ever discovered. A new method for studying the Shroud image leads to new evidence of the real resurrection of Jesus. The image is discovered to be a blueprint, which when decoded, transforms the image into a 3-dimentional sculpture of the Man who was beneath the linen burial shroud. Many new insights are uncovered that until now, has never been understood. The documentation is written as a journal of discovery between the author and her daughter as each enigma of the Shroud of Turin is solved. This project spanned 33 years until the completion of the book in 2013. This book is now officially nominated by Outskirtspress for the 2013 EVVY awards held in Denver, CO 2014.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

TCN: After 33 years of working with the image as an artist and solving the mysteries surrounding the Shroud of Turin’s inconsistencies, my daughter who was a great support team for me over the years, convinced me to let the public know about my discoveries.

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

TCN: The book is easy to understand, and should appeal well to Christians of all ages, as well as those curious about the Shroud of Turin. The Shroud has been one of the most controversial artifacts. Whenever the Shroud is put on display in Turin, Italy, it draws an audience of over 2,000,000 visitors. The last public showing was in 2010.

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

TCN: The Follow the Light method, shows a new scientific approach for studying the image that has never been done before. The method can be easily repeated by any artist willing to duplicate the experiments. It’s not about the Shroud’s history, its physical make up, nor is it about a theory of how some creative genius somehow fooled the world by manufacturing this image.  This book examines the Shroud from an entirely new perspective. It is unequal to any other books written about the Shroud of Turin, which for the most part has only been an accumulation of previous information that has simply been re-hashed over and over.

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

TCN: No, this is my first and last book I will published. This 33 year project has been my life passion and I am pleased with finally completing the work. My daughter was only 8 years old when the project began, she is now 43. My grandson just graduated from high school and will be attending college in the fall.  It’s time to enjoy my family time in these later years.

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

Follow the Light, the Shroud's Revelations Author T. C. NewmanABOUT THE AUTHOR:

As a self-taught artist, T. C. Newman splits her passions between art and family. Her mother was an artist and her father a physicist, so she developed a strong knowledge of art as well as all things mysterious. Contact the Author at followtheshroudslight@gmail.com

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For more information or to contact the author, visit www.outskirtspress.com/followthelight

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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