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Author Poll: Dr. Nathan Grills, David E. Lewis and S. Joshua Swamidass, MD PHD wants your help with their cover

Dr. Nathan Grills, David E. Lewis and S. Joshua Swamidass, MD PHD are self-publishing a book with Outskirts Press. And they want your help deciding their book cover.

Book Summary

What Does It Mean To Integrate Your Christian Faith And Work?

What does it mean to be a Christian in your work? In this book authors working in fields from the arts to finance and the academy offer practical advice to Christians about what it means to live a life of robust faith and work. Authors address a number of key questions: How do they understand what it means to be a Christian in their profession? What difference does it make? What kinds problems have they encountered?

Their answers are surprising in their creativity and insight. They are also honest, based upon the authors’ imperfect and tentative attempts to follow Christ in professions were there are few Christians. Those who want to learn how to integrate Christ fully into their careers or who are looking for evidence of God’s redemptive work in the academy, culture, business, and government will be greatly encouraged and challenged by this book.

About the Authors

Dr. Nathan Grills is a Public Health Physician at the Nossal Institute of Global Health (University of Melbourne) and is working in disability and chronic disease prevention in India. Nathan completed an MSc Global Health Sciences and then PhD in Public Health at Oxford University where he explored the role of faith in the response of Faith-based groups to HIV.

David E. Lewis is the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Political Science at Vanderbilt University where he researches and teaches on the American presidency, executive branch politics and public administration. David and his family attend the Village Chapel in historic Hillsboro Village in Nashville, Tennessee.

S. Joshua Swamidass, MD PHD is assistant professor of Immunology and Pathology, Laboratory and Genomic Medicine Division, at Washington University, St. Louis. He is both a Christian and a Scientist. Dr. Swamidass often speaks to student groups about integrating our faith and vocation, finding God’s calling for our careers, how Christianity and Science are compatible, and ways of understanding Genesis and Evolution.

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Author Poll: Writer Roy Albert Andrade wants your help with his cover

Roy Albert Andrade is self-publishing a book with Outskirts Press. And he wants your help deciding his book cover.

Book Summary

Killer is his name; crime is his game.

Killer is a boy who lives with his parents in a two-story house in Sylmar, California. And when he’s not playing video games or watching TV, this thirteen-year-old child prodigy can be found working with a high-profile criminal organization. Killer is an asset desired by criminal enterprises worldwide-he’s young, intelligent, charismatic, and most importantly, he’s a killer.

In this humorous and contemporary novel, Killer provides the reader a first-person point of view of the environmental factors that influence criminal behavior.

About the Author

Roy Albert Andrade was born in Pacoima, California. He graduated with an Associates of Arts degree with concentrations in business from the University of Phoenix in 2011. Cultivating the DNA of Crime is his first novel.

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Posted by on March 30, 2014 in Survey Poll, Uncategorized


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Author Poll: Writer Nathan Sowah wants your help with his cover

Nathan Sowah is self-publishing a book with Outskirts Press. And he wants your help deciding his book cover.

Book Summary

“Two twisted souls entwined. They tangled so tight that love turned lethal.”

Sandra and Thomas had hit it big before they had Georgia, their only child and the apple of their eyes. Though it wasn’t love at first sight, they’ve fallen head-over-heels in passionate love and companionship. Love may be blind but not stupid; they had the chance to thrive off of each other from the day they met. Sadly, such uniquely striking opportunity often opens the possibility of helplessness with vulnerability and dependency; an inherently dangerous affair of the heart, played out on the white sandy beaches and clear blue waters of the Cayman Islands. They were deeply knotted to each other till death do they part. Although time and tide may wait for no man on ocean waters; love and hate may clash and explode on troubled waters; all that glitters may not be gold in paradise, yet pain and agony may cease to exist only in their wildest dreams. Georgia smiled at her mom and Jared kissing as she walked out of the house. The kiss was long, passionate and gross; but she knew Jared was right for her mom. He made her happy like never before. They wouldn’t end the kiss. Other things were also happening. Georgia quickly realized that this stuff was not for kids. One thing led to another and from dust to dawn was a twilight night. Find out why evil triumphs in twisted love, when good women sit idle and do nothing.

About the Author

Born in the former British colony of the Gold Coast, I grew up in the tiny canoe-fishing village of Christiansborg, in the picturesque serenity of the Coconut Grove community by the gates of the infamous Christiansborg Castle. A thriving neighborhood located under the vast array of tall and lanky coconut palms that spread along the white sandy beaches and clear blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean. I am now a proud American with a beautiful wife, two wonderful children and two amazing grandchildren. I came to America to fulfill my dream of college education and if all goes well, maybe get to experience the American Dream. Life has been so good to me that I’ve found a great hobby in writing, publishing and marketing my books. Thanks for checking out my story.

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Posted by on March 23, 2014 in Survey Poll, Uncategorized


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Author Poll: Writer Rosie Wiggins wants your help with her cover

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

Book Summary

I Corinthians 13:11
When I was a child, I spake as a child, I thought as a child…

Sometimes in the simplicity of a child’s mind, things are not always what they seem. As you will see in the story the little girl is excited about learning, but has not yet mastered the full concept of “what” she has learned. Read as she finds joy in realizing that she has mastered perfection!

About the Author

As a mother, grandmother, author, and educator, Rosie Wiggins continues to capture those precious milestones in the everyday experiences of the young impressionable minds of her students at A Ray of Hope Preschool & Child Care Center. Rosie is a very devout Christian who knows without a doubt that her life is nothing without Jesus; that is why HE is the head of her life!

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

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Posted by on March 20, 2014 in Survey Poll, Uncategorized


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Author Poll: Writer Kent Courtney wants your help with his cover

Kent Courtney is self-publishing a book with Outskirts Press. And he wants your help deciding his book cover.

Book Summary

Becky Lyndell died while investigating the Bear Track Fire. Her death was no accident, even though
the murderer intended for it to look that way. Aaron Waters is the primary suspect, but he is supposed to be in prison – has he escaped or does he have an accomplice? Becky’s uncle, Fire Investigator Randy Banister, teams up with Police Officer Mike Evans to catch the killer. The suspense carries throughout the story until the very end. This book includes a preview of “Banister – The New World,” starting the Banister adventure in the year 1744.”The Fire Killer” is dedicated to emergency personnel everywhere, and especially to the Granite Mountain Hot Shots who gave their lives protecting the lives and property of others on June 30th, 2013.

About the Author

Kent Courtney is an Arizona native, born and raised in Camp Verde. His love for Arizona History, especially “old west” history, is woven throughout the pages of his books. The Fire Killer is set in the fictional town of Banister Arizona. As a Fire Investigator himself, with 30 years in the fire service, Kent makes this story relevant and realistic weaving real places and events imaginatively with a fictional and exciting storyline. Kent has been on the fire line and witnessed the devastation that fire brings to the forest and to the lives of the people who live there.

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Posted by on March 19, 2014 in Survey Poll, Uncategorized


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31 Ways to Promote a Book During Small Press Month

March is Small Press Month, a month that marks a nationwide celebration of independent publishers and the talented self-published authors they serve. Nowhere in the literary world will you find a more eclectic, determined and talented population of creative thinkers!

This is your month indeed! This month of celebration is your opportunity to get your book published once and for all so you can begin to promote your book with the 31 effective marketing and promotion tactics below. Throughout the month of March, take note of these important book marketing tips that you can use once your book is published. Here are 31 simple book marketing tips for each day of the month:

March 1 – Start up. If you haven’t already, get that manuscript published, Small Press Month is the perfect time to take the plunge. In fact, Outskirts Press has several convenient, high-quality, full-service publishing packages, and one is surely just right for you!

March 2 – Stock up. Once your book is published, you’ll need plenty of hard copies on hand as you pursue the 30 other marketing and promotion tips throughout the month. With Outskirts Press you can save 35-50% by ordering in bulk.

March 3 – Connect. Hook up with other independent published authors in your area – you can enhance each other’s marketing results by pooling your efforts and sharing resources. With the advent of social networking sites, this is easier than ever. For example, Outskirts Press already has a growing community of active and passionate fans/followers on Facebook and Twitter, with whom you can connect at any time. There’s a lot to do, and four hands are better than two!

March 4 – Bone up. Become the local expert on Small Press Month. Do a little research about the history of independent publishing, your publisher (Outskirts Press) and what Small Press Month is all about so you can be a useful resource to local media. This will help you build your platform as a local writer and self-publishing author.

March 5 – Release the press. Send a press release to the local media (newspapers, radio, television) mentioning Small Press Month, your knowledge of the industry, your connection to the community and your (soon-to-be) independently published book. If you’ve planned book signings and other events, mention them in the release as well. Your press release should explain what Small Press Month is, why it’s important, what local organizations are doing to celebrate, and how the media can contact you for additional information.

Want more tips? Visit our blog to read the full post or follow us on Facebook to get a tip each day throughout the month.


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“I urge anyone who is even remotely thinking of publishing a book to team up with Outskirts Press. With the vast array of services they have to offer, above average response time and professional staff, why would you want to look anywhere else? I was amazed at the reasonable cost and ‘specials’ that were offered along with marketing tips and follow-up e-mails I received. When my book was delivered, I was overwhelmed with the quality and the attention to detail that it possessed. Yes, I can honestly say that, without hesitation, Outskirts Press will be the publisher for my next novel.”

A proud Chicago native, Tina Louise Brotz has enjoyed a diverse career running the gamut from an assistant in a bank marketing firm to a homeowner association coordinator. Blessed with a quirky sense of humor, her unpredictable plots are derived from her multifaceted career experiences and worldwide travels, which allow her to do what she does best-storytelling. She has resided in the Phoenix area with her husband and their two adopted children.

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. Fiercely independent and ultra-sophisticated Michelle Pierson has made a name for herself as a highly successful entrepreneur. Realizing that she is now at a crossroads in her life, she tries to cope with lingering feelings she still has for her sexy ex-husband, Michael Dickerson, head of the largest advertising agency in the city. When Travis, the biracial son she once abandoned, experiences an unfortunate turn of events, Michelle is forced to take matters into her own hands. The situation escalates as she weaves through a tangle of betrayal and deceit. Her quest to uncover the truth takes her to the underbelly of the city, the Symbiotic Section, where she is forced to face a worthy adversary in a final showdown that not only threatens the very foundation of her family but will change her life forever. The Symbiotic Section is a story of greed, corruption, truth, and raw sensuality.

- Tina Louise Brotz, author of The Symbiotic Section


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“Show Me Your Love” Winner, Cynthia Panks Wins a Free Laptop!

The videos were fantastic. The voting was tight. The love was spread. When all was said and done, Cynthia Panks, author of Twins’ Night Before Christmas, was named our big winner of the “Show me Your Love” contest. Cynthia’s video was well-done and it’s obvious that her book is loved. Here’s the winning video:

Cynthia wins a sparkling black, HP 2000-2d65NR 15.6-inch laptop complete with Windows 8 for being the finalist receiving the most public votes for her video in the 3rd Annual Outskirts Press “Show Me Your Love” promotion. Congratulations, Cynthia!

All of Cynthia’s grandchildren are twins; her two daughters each have a set of twin girls; one set is identical and the other, fraternal. She and her husband are retired educators who reside in their hometown, Slidell, Louisiana, where she continues to write and work as a Freelance Video Editor. You may also visit her webpage at

“Twins’ Night Before Christmas” was released in January 2014 and is a universal and timeless gift to be treasured by both young and old. In the magic of the Christmas season, its endearing story evokes an understanding of the importance of individual identity to a child. When Matilda and Monica, identical twin sisters, visit Santa at the mall, they are surprised when he addresses each of them by their given name. “How did Santa do it? Did he just guess? Twin identity crisis can cause so much stress. If friends cannot do it, how did this jolly elf recognize each twin for her unique self? Was he just lucky to get their names right? Will he really know them on Christmas Eve night?” Matilda and Monica decide to put Santa to the “big test” by playing a twin game with him when he arrives at their home on Christmas Eve night.

Poll Results

Video #2 – Cynthia Panks, “Twins’ Night Before Christmas” 61%
Video #1 – Mary James, “When Freedom Turned Green” 36%
Video #3 – Bill Sherod, “Search for the Hidden Valley “ 3%

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Vote Now For the Best “Show Me Your Love” Video!

In celebration of the month of love, Outskirts Press has been “sharing the love” and inviting its family of successfully published authors to do the same. During the month of February, we asked our ‘fans’ to create a 1-3 minute video showing their love for Outskirts Press and their self-publishing book. The video submissions have been collected, the best of them have been posted on our Facebook Page, and the “likes” have been tabulated.

Now it’s time for you to vote for the winner of “Show Me Your Love” and the free laptop!

From among all the submissions we received, the top videos are presented below. Simply vote for your favorite in the polling box below the last video. The polls will be open until end-of-business on Thursday, February 27th. The winner will be announced on Friday, February 28th.

Good luck to the three finalists. And thank you to all our wonderful authors who took the time to submit their videos:

Now, without further ado…

VIDEO #1: Mary James, author of When Freedom Turned Green

VIDEO #2: Cynthia Panks, author of Twins Night Before Christmas

VIDEO #3: Bill Sherod, author of Search for the Hidden Valley

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Author Poll: Writer Michael Wyatt aka “Freedom” wants your help with his cover

Michael Wyatt aka “Freedom” is self-publishing a book with Outskirts Press. And he wants your help deciding his book cover.

Book Summary

Applied Freedom Technologies (AFT) the Book is history of the Author’s journey which was the catalyst for the tools to create your better life. This is not a life story just specific events and situations that guided the Author to the truth of why we are here in the earth realm, why life happens the way it does, and most importantly the tools and methods you can use to create the absolute lifestyle you want to have for yourself. We all have the ability to control our own life; most people just have not been taught how to do it. Freedom is at your fingertips.

About the Author

Michael Wyatt aka “Freedom” is a working class guy, with an intense desire for an abundant life. Feeling from his youth he was supposed to teach (help) others to be better, but not really knowing what to teach. Believing life should be easier than what he was living, took a leap of faith which took him to the edge of financial ruin. The journey resulted in the keys to create any lifestyle you could want for yourself. Freedom is currently living in Southern California with his wife Lisa of 28 years, and sharing his experience to benefit others.

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

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Posted by on January 29, 2014 in Book Spotlight, Survey Poll


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Run the Company [Poll]: Help Outskirts Press Choose the Next Book Marketing Option We Launch

Decisions, decisions … Sometimes we don’t relish making them, and other times (like now) we just enjoy bouncing ideas around. That’s why Outskirts Press is asking you for help making a very important decision: What new self-publishing book marketing option should we launch next?

In the past, your input has guided us to introduce things like our Amazon Featured Book-of-the-Week and iPad/iPhone Premium Edition. Once again, we need your feedback to determine what new product or service we might offer this year that is most valuable to you in your book marketing efforts.

Below are five options we have been asked by authors to add to our repertoire of book marketing services. Since every option Outskirts Press releases takes a great deal of time and resources to develop, test and administer, it would be difficult to launch them all at once. So tell us — which of these options do you think we should launch first?  Read through them and submit your vote in the poll below.

  1. RTIR (Radio-TV-Interview Report) Ad Placement: Let Outskirts Press help you advance your book marketing efforts by getting your name in front of valuable media movers and shakers. RTIR is a subscription trade publication that goes to more than 4,000 radio and television producers across the United States and Canada three times each month. Each issue lists 100-150 authors and other spokespeople who are available for live and in-studio interviews. Your ad in RTIR will include a contact person and phone number interested radio/TV producers can use to arrange interviews. That kind of publicity can generate great interest in your book!
  2. Package of Paid Book Review ServicesGetting a book review from a recognized source can be one of the biggest challenges for authors. Outskirts Press can get you not only one review with this option, but THREE (in a bundled package for 25% off the a-la-carte pricing). These are guaranteed reviews from renowned critics from Kirkus Reviews, Blue Ink Reviews and ForeWord Clarion Reviews.  These 3 publications will provide 100% honest feedback that you can use as either a promotional tool or to improve upon future writings.
  3. US Review of Books: Receive a guaranteed review and get your book in front of 13,000+ professional book reviewers. Inclusion in the US Review of Books provides inexpensive access to professional book reviewers willing to give consideration to good books that might otherwise get overlooked. These thoughtful reviews provide you with a valuable tool in the subsequent marketing of your book
  4. AudioBook Formats: Outskirts Press can get your book into yet another emerging segment of the publishing market with a professionally produced audio version for the “reader” on the go. AudioBooks bring your words to life, opening up new worlds for book buyers — and new revenue streams for you.
  5. Google Books Submission: This quickly growing Google service benefits authors and readers in a number of ways. First, submitting your book to Google Books opens up a new avenue for you to get your work in front of millions more book buyers and borrowers. But Google Books also allows authors to make previews or snippets of their books available to readers — enough to whet a reader’s appetite for more! Let Outskirts Press get you into this valuable, burgeoning book marketplace.

It’s up to you now. What option should we launch first? This poll closes on January 19th, so give us your input before then!


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Posted by on January 13, 2014 in Run Our Company, Survey Poll


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