Amazon Featured Book-of-the-Week

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Bittersweet: Confessions, Secrets & Poetry

by Edna Rowell

(5 Stars – 2 Customer Reviews)

Price: $15.95

Edna Rowell’s “Bittersweet: Confessions, Secrets & Poetry.” In this collection of confessions, secrets, and poetry, the author shares about the tragic and painful events in her childhood and school years including a gang rape resulting in pregnancy. Feeling depressed and suicidal, she felt unloved and started on the road of learning life lessons…the hard way.

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Self-Publishing Author Spotlight: Ben J. Cox

We love to celebrate the work of our successful self-publishing authors, and we do so each week through our Self-Publishing Author Spotlight. This week we highlight self-publishing author Ben J. Cox, who has published four titles with Outskirts Press.

Ben offers readers thrilling suspenseful mysteries with three of his books while also giving us a glimpse into what made him the exciting writer that he is through his memoir. Learn more about Ben through this week’s Self-Publishing Author Spotlight.

About the Author:

Benjamin James Cox, writing under the pen name, Ben James, disliked writing until he was forced to take a writing class to enter college in 1973 Ben Cox Division Tto which he quickly realized writing was a natural talent as he scored an A+ on his first paper. Since that time he has written many poems and short stories and the novels.  Currently he is retired and lives with his wife, Betty in Pryor, Oklahoma but he is still plenty busy.

When Ben is not busy writing he enjoys activities, such as the President of Mayes County Writers Club, Treasurer of Pryor Creek Investment Club, being an active member of Will Rogers Toastmasters Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma and all the while he still has the energy to run five miles most days.

10007aInsider Dreams

Insider Dreams is a 911 thriller that pulses with drama and excitement as
it follows 50-year-old computer engineer Wade Foster through the ride of his life. What Wade originally thought would be a grandiose trip across the northern most United States in his new Jaguar, quickly turned disastrous through a number of confrontations with his independent and wealthy wife of a year, Amanda Rutherford. He also faces several close encounters with Islamist radicals while experiencing a series of strange dreams he can’t explain.  At the same time his oldest daughter, Megan receives a promotion and moves to New York City.  Then two weeks later, when the terrorists hit the World Trade Center, Foster fears Megan may be in one of the towers.

Product details…
5.5 x 8.5 paperback cream, 412 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (May 21, 2006)
ISBN10: 1598004905
ISBN13: 9781598004908
Genre: FICTION/Thrillers/Suspense

10007bTo Mama: The Long Road Home

Ben J. Cox was born in a sawmill camp on a dirt street in Waldron, Arkansas in 1943. When his mother abandoned the family in 1953 and his dad was unable to work and properly care for the children, Ben, his brother and two sisters were placed in an orphanage in Monticello, Arkansas.

In his book, To Mama, The Long Road Home, Cox attempts to reason with all that has happened and struggles to reap the best from a lifetime of both gaiety and sorrow until his mother dies in 1998.

Product details…
6 x 9 paperback cream, 520 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (June 18, 2008)
ISBN10: 1432722824
ISBN13: 9781432722821
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

10007cTall Order

This book brings readers through a hair-raising journey into a past filled with mystery, dead ends, and plenty of detective work. As Jake Foster, a retired computer geek, begins training for the 15K Tulsa Run, he discovers a deep, dark secret along his training route, on the banks of Pryor’s Creek. It’s a horrifying secret that will change a town’s history-and his own-forever.

Jake must use every tool available to him as he begins to reveal reveals the surprising truth about lore that has remained hidden for more than half a century.

A Tall Order mixes small-town intrigue, old-fashioned mystery, and plenty of twists and turns for a page-turning experience that will leave you hungry for more.

Product details…
5.5 x 8.5 paperback cream, 469 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (March 23, 2011)
ISBN10: 143276974X
ISBN13: 9781432769741
Genre: Fiction / Juvenile Fiction / Action Adventure


A Winding Road

A true poet can describe a lifetime with just a few lines.

When the Cox graduated from Tulsa University a member of the EE National Honor Society, Etta Kappa Nu, it appeared that he had done very well. But, his stint in college didn’t begin with a bang. His counselor explained that he would not need to take the college entrance exam, which included an English test, and when he failed, he was advised to still enroll but to take a writing class. It was that simple failed test that would lead to one of his greatest accomplishments – his first piece of writing titled “The Greatest Work of Art,” which was about the creation of man. That story can be found within The Winding Road along with the many poems and songs written throughout the Cox’s time spent in Oklahoma since 1969.

Product details…
6 x 9 paperback cream, 165 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (April 22, 2014)
ISBN10: 1478707879
ISBN13: 9781478707875
Genre: Poetry / American / General

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Self-Published Authors: Release a Digital Version of Your Book Just in Time for the Holidays!

If a store carried a popular brand of jeans, but only in one size, they’d be missing out on a big group of consumers. The same philosophy can be applied to book publishing. If you want to reach as many readers as possible, consider releasing a digital version of your book — an e-book — just in time for the holidays.

You’ve already done the hard part by publishing your hardcopy or paperback book. The editing, cover design, and back cover copy are all finished, and marketing efforts are in play. Why not take the next, easy step and have your book converted to a digital edition? Outskirts Press will take care of all the details!

While it’s true that some consumers prefer print editions — they want to hold a book in their hands, ruffle the pages, stroke the shiny cover — others are Kindle or NOOK people, representing a large group of readers who won’t have access to your book if it’s only in print form. If you want to reach as many readers as possible, it makes sense to release your book in multiple formats. Plus, there are some definite advantages to e-books:

  • E-books are lower-priced than print versions. And people who are on the fence about a book may take a chance on a lower-priced digital version.
  • It only takes a few seconds to download an e-book and start reading. Plus you can shop in your PJs!
  • Don’t want your fellow commuters to see what you’re reading? You can enjoy your bodice-ripper in total anonymity with a digital edition!
  • E-books have clickable Table of Contents, so you can quickly go to the page or chapter you want.
  • With syncing, you can read the same book on different devices, whether it’s a Kindle or your smartphone, and you can pick up just where you left off.
  • E-books are better for the environment, and you can take hundreds of books wherever you go without having to lug the hard copies around!
  • Other e-book features include Highlights and Annotations, Dictionaries and Translations, and the X-Ray feature, which gives the reader a list of all the major and minor characters in the book, along with other references. And e-readers allow you to adjust the font to make reading even easier.

With the holidays approaching, consumers are buying more books for personal pleasure and for gift-giving. Make the most of this time by offering potential readers the option of print or digital versions of your book. More formats on Amazon means more exposure, and more exposure translates to more success for you!

Amazon Kindle and NOOK editions start at $249. Click here to get started. Or add your book to the two million titles featured on Barnes & Noble’s NOOK Edition and tap into this growing market!

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Amazon Featured Book-of-the-Week

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Paradox Effect

by Gabriel F.W. Koch

(5 Stars – 1 Customer Review)

Price: $26.95

Gabriel F.W. Koch’s “Paradox Effect.” The world is coming to its end and Dannia, who has a nano-neural-net intravenously installed in her mind to repress her identity, is performing a mission 300 years in the past. While transported back in time, Dannia falls in love with Peter and becomes pregnant, which erodes a small section of the nano-chained network threatening her mission and the fate of the world.

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Top 10 Self-Publishing Book Marketing Tactics for October 2015

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 October 2015, listed below in alphabetical order:

Amazon Branded Featured Book of the Week Amazon-Branded Featured Book-of-the-Week: Get your book and cover, along with an easy way to order your book directly from Amazon into the inbox of a wide audience of literary enthusiasts.
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.
Benjamin Franklin Awards Submission Benjamin Franklin Awards Submission: Every year the Independent Book Publishers Association honors exemplary books with the Benjamin Franklin Award. With this option, you can make sure your book is among the ones being considered.
Book Review Submission Service Book Review Submission Service: Securing positive book reviews is the first step toward building word-of-mouth buzz for your book. In addition to receiving a complimentary copy of your book, the reviewers will also receive a professional cover letter, a coy of your press, and your sales sheet. We take care of all of that for you, including sending the review copy!
Custom Press Release Custom Press Release:  Have our professional press release writer compose an original, unique press release for your book, submitted to you for your review/approval, and then distributed to our newswire service on your behalf.
Personal Marketing Assistant Personal Marketing Assistant: Do you need help developing a book marketing plan? Arranging book signings? Establishing/developing your author platform? Hire your own Personal Marketing Assistant today!
Reader Views Literary Awards Submission Reader Views Literary Awards Submission: By ordering this marketing package, you get a chance to become eligible to enter and win a Literary Award. As part of this package, you will also receive expert marketing assistance from renowned marketing experts.

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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Give a Gift That Keeps on Earning

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If the upcoming holidays have already filled you with dread over picking out just the right gifts — or wading through crowds at the mall to get them — don’t fret! You can make the writer, or aspiring writer, in your life very happy (and productive) without ever breaking a sweat.

A gift certificate can be a touching and highly personal tribute to your loved one. It’s one of several reasons why Outskirts Press offers its Instant Self-Publishing Gift Certificates. If you’re stuck for great ideas during this gift-giving season, read on — there are advantages to gift certificates that you may never have considered:

  • They’re inspiring. Writing a book is an arduous task. Every writer has, at one time or another, put off completion of a project, either due to lack of publishing funds, or just plain lack of motivation. Getting a big head-start on the purchase of a publishing package — or whatever self-publishing service they might require — is just the inspiration any author needs to get ‘er done.
  • They’re the gift that keeps on giving. What better gift than one that comes with terrific earning potential for the recipient? Your gift certificate sets in motion the publication of a book that could generate a lifetime of revenue for an author. That’s priceless!
  • They’re thoughtful gifts. Don’t shy away from gift certificates out of fear that they’re impersonal — in fact, the opposite is true. The gift of publishing dollars for someone you know is dreaming of that very thing is the most thoughtful gift you can give.
  • They can be anything your recipient wants them to be. Self-publishing gift certificates will motivate the author in your life. An Instant Self-Publishing Gift Certificate from Outskirts Press can be used toward the purchase of any of the many valuable products and services offered by Outskirts Press, including but not limited to:
    • Writing/Design services — ghostwriting, custom cover design, professional illustrations
    • Publishing package(s) — inclusive, turnkey service bundles such as our popular Diamond and Pearl Publishing Packages
    • Publishing kit — poetry, memoir, personalized children’s book
    • Marketing services — Book Blast, promotional materials, ebook editions, Amazon Listing Optimization, Top 10 Radio Interview & Media Training and more.
  • They’re flexible for the giver. You can choose as few or as many gift certificates from Outskirts Press as you choose, in convenient denominations of $99. But the best part is you don’t have to wrestle fellow shoppers for it.

Once you add the Instant Self-Publishing Gift Certificate(s) to your cart, Outskirts Press will contact you to find out who the special author is and gather any personal messaging you wish to include with the gift notification.

If the writer is already registered and/or published with Outskirts Press, the $99 will be instantly credited to their existing Publishing Center account. If the writer isn’t yet registered, Outskirts Press will create a free Publishing Center account for them and credit the $99 gift to the new account. Once the credit has been applied to the writer’s account, Outskirts Press will notify them via email of the special gift using the messaging you provide.

So, what are you waiting for? It’s time to wrap up the season’s gifting!

Receive FREE Editing (up to 15,000 words) when you start publishing today!

Any author who wants to publish a high-quality book must have their manuscript edited. Readers cannot take a work seriously if it is plagued with basic errors in typing or use of the English language. The Free Editing promotion offers authors a very attractive incentive to end up with a print-ready manuscript.

This month, enjoy our high-quality, basic copyediting service for FREE for manuscripts up to 15,000 words and a pro-rated discount of $240 can be applied to the service for works of greater length. Enter the promotion code FreeEdit2015 when checking out of your shopping cart while purchasing the popular Diamond package or the full color Pearl publishing package by November 30, 2015.

In addition to receiving FREE Editing 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.

All in all, you’re looking at over $700 of free stuff in November!

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Dan Chapman enjoys sharing stories and studies of travels, people, and experiences by blending both with his signature mixture of humorous and thoughtful poetry. Now a retired educator, Dan has fused his fascination of new sights and discoveries with his enjoyment of writing into creative venues called The Traveler Series. Previously, Dan has written for several poetry resources publishing his first volume of poetry, The Book of Daniel, which initiated his writing career.

Using Puerto Vallarta and its regional vicinity as a lovely backdrop, Dan Chapman cleverly uses his unique style of poetry and prose to take his readers on a personal adventure. Utilizing creative prose for informative storytelling and unique blends of humor, poignant thought, and poetry, Dan invites his readers to travel with him on his own spiritual journey to a beautiful and mystical vacation place for a dramatic and personal visionary walk. “Enjoy the trip” as Dan Chapman shares his Messages from Vallarta.

– Dan Chapman, author of Messages From Vallarta


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Amazon Featured Book-of-the-Week

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

Operational and Communication Effectiveness, and Leadership Structures in Law Enforcement Organizations

by George Holden

(5 Stars – 1 Customer Review)

Price: $13.95

George Holden’s “Operational and Communication Effectiveness, and Leadership Structures in Law Enforcement Organizations.” Organizational structures of two law enforcement agencies in the State of Texas were researched and it was presented in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Organizational Management and Leadership.

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