Top 10 Best-Selling Books in Self-Publishing for July 2014

Outskirts Press, the fastest-growing full-service self-publishing and book marketing company, is pleased to announce its top ten best-selling titles for July 2014, according to combined data from Ingram Book Wholesalers and Outskirts Press Direct via These authors have likely created a solid book marketing strategy and put it into motion either by themselves or with the help of a Personal Marketing Assistant.

In alphabetical order, the top ten best-selling books in self-publishing during the month of July 2014 were:

Congratulations to our best-selling authors for the month of July 2014!

How can you get your book on the bestseller list? While we can’t make any guarantees on sales success, many of our most successful authors invest time and money in marketing themselves and their book. Authors who are in need of a marketing boost often turn to a Personal Marketing Assistant for help.

All of these books (and other Outskirts Press titles) are available from all major online retailers like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Powells, Books A Million, and others, plus conveniently from the Outskirts Press Direct bookstore at for discounts ranging from 10% – 55%.

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Posted by on August 26, 2014 in Uncategorized


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Author Poll: Writer Phoenix Lee Tuttle wants your help with her cover

Phoenix Lee Tuttle is self-publishing a book with Outskirts Press. And she wants your help deciding her book cover.

Book Summary

Many people have misinformation or incorrect assumptions about PTSD. You may think that PTSD is something that only soldiers suffer from, or people who live in very violent circumstances, such as in war zones or gang-ruled neighborhoods. But the truth is that anyone who undergoes trauma can have PTSD. Trauma comes in many forms, but the bottom line is that anyone who has been in circumstances that made them fear deeply for their safety or sanity can suffer from PTSD. Noise in My Attic is Phoenix Lee Tuttle’s courageous and compelling story of PTSD and its destructive effects on people’s lives, including judgment and stigma from society, and the danger of being taken advantage of in a fragile psychological and emotional state. Struggling with both PTSD and bipolar disorder, she embarked on a ten-year journey of faith as she battled her way back from depression, suicidal thoughts, and loneliness while her marriage and job dissolved around her. Join Phoenix in her remarkable search for peace and healing–and prepare to have your eyes opened to the reality of trauma sufferers all around you.

About the Author

Phoenix Lee Tuttle grew up in the small southern Oregon town of Klamath Falls. An avid horseback rider, she showed her horses all up and down the West Coast. She earned her MBA in Finance from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. She was in a pre-med program for a few years, and attended a nursing program in Las Vegas before suffering additional trauma, which led to her move to Hawaii. She currently lives on the island of Oahu.

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

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Posted by on August 25, 2014 in Survey Poll


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Target Book-Buyers with Laser-like Precision with Book Posters

Self-publishing authors rely on their ability to cut through the clutter, garner name recognition and build awareness to sell books. In fact, it’s essential to selling, and it’s usually done on a shoestring budget. For this reason, smart audience targeting is the most effective way to accomplish your goal of building your author brand.

Promotional products available to self-published authors through Outskirts Press can help you do just that. Book Posters are an especially great way to attract the audience you need to target with your promotional materials. An eye-catching image of your book cover in the local library or bookstore gets your name and your title directly in front of the people most likely to buy.Outskirts Press Book Posters

Your Outskirts Press Book Poster packets include:

  • 25 Posters
  • 11″ x 17″ full-color design
  • Your eye-catching cover image is on the front in full-color, full bleed

Remember, it’s good to get your name out before lots of people, but it’s even more valuable to put your book before the RIGHT people. Put your name and your title out there for the book-buying public to see!

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Amazon Featured Book-of-the-Week

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

Going Back to Cali

by Omar Rashad

(5 Stars – 7 Customer Reviews)

Price: $19.95

Omar Rashad’s “Going Back to Cali.” Chance Murphy, convicted of first degree murder, was paroled from Missouri to California after 15 years in prison. Times and things had changed since he roamed the L.A. streets as a teenager during the mid-60s. Now Chance was a grown man and was going back to Cali.

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Self-Publishing Author Spotlight: Barbara Fifield

Outskirts Press works hard to help self-publishing authors make their dreams come true, and we’ve had had the good fortune to work with many talented and successful individuals over the years. For that reason, it’s important to give a nod to the authors who’ve, in turn, contributed to our success. Every now and then, we celebrate one of our successful authors in our Self-Publishing Author Spotlight.

This week Outskirts Press proudly features author Barbara Fifield, self-publishing author of three books of fiction and poetry through Outskirts Press: Lucifer Rising, Photographs and Memories, and Passion’s Evidence.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:Barwbara Fifield
Barbara Fifield is a retired social worker and journalist who has published widely in newspapers and literary journals. She is the author of two novels, Photographs and Memories and Lucifer Rising, and is a member of several writing groups, including the Tomoka Poets and the Ormond Beach Writers’ League. Fifield lives in Port Orange, Florida.

Lucifer RisingLucifer Rising

When ace reporter Elsa Eldridge is assigned to profile a local religious cult leader named Tyrell, she doesn’t expect to fall under his spell. But Tyrell’s charismatic personality, muscled body and piercing gaze make him hard to resist, and soon Elsa is enamored. But all isn’t what it seems. And what Elsa doesn’t know could make her regret the day she ever laid eyes on this spiritual seducer. Before long, cracks show in Tyrell’s glossy veneer. There’s the intense possessiveness that threatens to burst into violence; the not-even-trying-to- hide-it womanizing; and the rumors about his prior life. Lawsuits from former lovers dog him; an ex claims he committed the ultimate sin. But through it all, Elsa is drawn as if by some mystical force into his world. Every time she succeeds in breaking away, he brings her back into his snare. Can Elsa find the strength and courage to stand up to the man she lusts after? What’s the truth behind the whispered allegations? And what explains the bizarre sensations Elsa has that Tyrell is visiting her when he’s not around? Savvy, sexy and spiritually aware, Lucifer Rising mixes romance with paranormal intrigue for a thriller that will keep you guessing right up until the very last page.

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Format: 6.14 x 9.21 paperback, 87 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Oct 26, 2009)
ISBN10: 143274478X
ISBN13: 9781432744786
Genre: FICTION / General

Photographs and MemoriesPhotographs and Memories

When Angela finds out her alcoholic sister, Martha, is sponging off their aging parents in Florida and making herself a problem they are now far too old to deal with, Angela must persuade her husband to give up all they have in New York and move south to help out. Struggling with new jobs, a new climate and the impossible Martha, Angela and her husband, Kevin, find their nerves becoming more and more raw and their lives more and more strained. They never had to deal with anything like this in their peaceful life in New York.

Suddenly and unexpectedly, Angela’s mother dies. Angela turns to her husband for support, but in the cruelest turn of fate, he too suddenly passes away. All alone, except for the helpless Martha, Angela must now gently coax her failing father into a nursing home. How does Angela cope? How will she fare when her need to act has passed and, alone, she must quietly face her losses?

Photographs and Memories is a novel based on the author’s own experience with aging parents and with losing a parent and a husband. It is an emotional story and one that will ring true for anyone who has had similar losses in his or her life.

Product details…
Format: 6 x 9 paperback cream, 203 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Mar 31, 2010)
ISBN10: 1432752383
ISBN13: 9781432752385
Genre: FICTION / Contemporary Women

Passion's EvidencePassion’s Evidence

You are in my vein’s pulse,
the air that beats past,
the car’s rhythm.

Remove the blade
so I may heal.

From the lush and sensual to the quiet and serene, Passion’s Evidence opens up a newly observed world for women and men to appreciate and experience in this collection of finely crafted poems.

Composed over the last twenty-five years, Fifield’s free verse offers the honesty and clarity of an attentive woman’s observations of family, men, nature, and other aspects of life she has graced with her artist’s eye. Her poetry ranges from the rich lines of “Picking Strawberries”

blushing rubies of succulent flesh
food for ancient deities

to the quietly dramatic opening of “Memories in the Orchard”
Through knotted grass, dandelions

gnarled roots, bracke,
I enter the apple orchard.

Fifield not only explores the panoramic emotions of love—sometimes satisfied, sometimes unrequited—and the connections of a woman’s heart to her husband, her daughter, her mother-in-law, but she also conveys with skill and grace the sometimes complex emotions a woman may have in life:

You ask me to dance with the wind
but knees are stiff from
too much bending.

In this impressive collection of poems, Fifield presents in full color the real, the actual, the tangible in life and then delicately laces it with hints of the shimmering potential still therein.

Product details…
Format: 7 x 10 color paperback, 83 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Apr 14, 2010)
ISBN10: 1432753576
ISBN13: 9781432753573
Genre: POETRY / American / General

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Posted by on August 21, 2014 in Author Spotlight


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Radio Interviewing to Boost Your Book Sales

Self-published authors dream of national exposure for their book on a popular show. When the opportunity arises, the hope is that the experience is a positive one that shows the author and the book in the best light and generates new interest among readers – and big, big sales.

Outskirts Press offers the great opportunity of our Guaranteed Radio Interview, a turnkey service that promises both a guaranteed interview and training. The Guaranteed Radio Interview package includes an on-air interview by radio veteran Kevin Price on his popular, drive-time radio show, “Price of Business,” as well as pre- and post-interview feedback to help you use your time in the spotlight to full advantage.

Kevin Price, himself a publisher and the author of several books, is a 20-year radio veteran hailed by the Wall Street Journal as “the best business radio show host in the country.” His long-running CBS Radio show, “Price of Business” is based in Houston, Texas, but is frequently broadcast nationwide and featured in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today and Fox News, among others.

In addition to a spot on Price’s show, authors get to receive valuable feedback from the famed host, who will provide pointers and insight from both an author’s and broadcaster’s perspective on preparing for the interview. The package provides several additional benefits:

  • Eight minutes of air time in a Top 10 radio market (Houston) and the fourth-largest city in the United States, during the highly coveted drive time slot.
  • An MP3 recording of the interview broadcast. You can use this recording to further promote your books via social media, your personal or professional website or via other media outlets.
  • A short feature story and clip from the interview posted to US Daily Review website. The national news website receives roughly 250,000 hits monthly, and articles posted to the site are frequently picked up and recirculated throughout the blogosphere.
  • A “post-game” analysis of the interview. Receive media training in the form of a review of the interview broadcast that addresses your strengths and weaknesses, and offers practical advice on improving your performance in the future.

This type of press is valuable, but the benefits you reap from professional media feedback are priceless – and could pay off for many years to come. Learn more about this package by visiting Outskirts Press.

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Amazon Featured Book-of-the-Week

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

The Tilio Tree

by Raymond J. Jerome

Price: $15.95

Raymond J. Jerome’s “The Tilio Tree.” The Tilio Tree is an epic historical fiction novel occurring during the decline of the Roman Empire between the Emperors, Diocletian and Constantine. This period was one of Imperial chaos and severe persecution of Christians by the Roman Emperors. However, this story is primarily about Love – – in many of its varied ramifications, including heterosexual, homosexual, and bisexual relationships.

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