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Faithful Enemies by Devine Bassett Virtual Book Tour

You’re a self-published author, now the challenge is 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, Devine Bassett, who is taking his latest book, Faithful Enemies, 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, Devine 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 Faithful Enemies.

Faithful Enemies book cover

OP: Tell us a little bit about Faithful Enemies. What is it about?

DB: Faithful Enemies is a fictional story about four military soldiers who are best friends, and have the opportunity to work for a company called M.T.P.S. (Military Tactical Protection Services), which provides protective uniforms to soldiers deployed to other countries.  This protective gear is supposed to shield them from harm as they serve.  When one of the soldiers finds out that the company has made an “alternative” suit for those in other countries, which varies from what is available to soldiers from the United States, he solicits one of their friends to help him kidnap the family members of the other two soldiers.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

DB: Three relatives, and a good friend of mine served in the military some years ago.  I always feared they would either return home injured, and dreaded the thought of their not returning at all.  So, the book is more about hopeful thinking, and wishful reading.  I wanted to take the opportunity to write about something that would be near and dear to the hearts of ANYONE who has family members serving in the military.

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

DB: ANYONE who has a military background, who is currently serving in the military, who is the family member of someone serving, a friend of someone serving . . .  anyone who has experienced being in the military and getting injured, anyone who loves curling up on the bed at the end of a long day and reading a good novel.

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

DB: I think what sets this book apart from any other book, is number one it has a book cast, which I thought would be unique.  Two, unlike most other books which generally tend to be written in a third person narrative, Faithful Enemies is filled with personal, one-on-one conversations between characters, and there are many characters!  It is warm and family friendly throughout, and most families will be drawn to the loyalty and dedication of the characters.

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

DB: Actually, although I have always wanted to write a book since I was old enough to read, this is my first published book.  I have written a second book,  which is completed, and I plan to publish it later in the year in order to build anticipation and allow me to get a feel for its readers, and I am currently working on a third book.

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

Faithful Enemies Author Devine BassettABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Faithful Enemies was published under the pen name “Devine Bassett” (after my favorite two actresses!) in order to protect the privacy of myself and my family. I have enjoyed reading novels since I was about ten years old, which stirred-up a strong desire to want to write a book of my own. I was inspired to write this book because I had three family members and a very good friend who served in the military many years ago. So, I know the fear of thinking a military loved one may not return home safely, or if they will return at all. Faithful Enemies is the first of a two part series, and a possible third, which I am currently working on. The second release is entitled Faithful Enemies (Emerge). I hope you enjoy reading Faithful Enemies, and look for Faithful Enemies (Emerge) soon.

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

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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Amazon Featured Book-of-the-Week

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


The Fading American Dream

by K. Edwin Brandon

(5 Stars – 1 Customer Review)

Price: $15.95

K. Edwin Brandon’s “The Fading American Dream.” A seamless blend of humor and politics, these poems are clever and informative–a fun read for those who are strapped for time, yet concerned about America’s future. By ignoring the principles that our country was founded on and by distorting our constitution, Americans have allowed the destruction of fair competition in private markets and the growth of central government far beyond the necessary services it was originally charged with.

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Resolutions for 2015 That Every Aspiring Author Should Make

Hopefully you haven’t given up on your New Year resolutions already! During this month of resolving to do certain things you haven’t gotten to, or have been wanting to get to, we’ll get you started with resolutions tailored to the ambitious writer.

  1. Business cards. You don’t have to wait to be published to start marketing yourself. Print professional business cards, and use them to self-promote as you progress through your writing.
  2. Make yourself accessible. Make sure there are plenty of ways for people to reach out to you – phone, snail mail, email, social media, etc. This will prove vital, even long before your book is finished.
  3. Find your platform. If you don’t already have a writer “identity” on social media, get going on that. This should be separate from your regular social media pages. It’s a great space for you to poll potential readers, gauge interest in your project and pre-promote it.
  4. Research your market. Resolve to learn all you can about your chosen genre. Now, while you’re still developing your project, is the perfect time to find out what’s big and what’s burgeoning on the book market so your work will be timely when it’s finally done.
  5. Explore other writing formats. Resolve to get out of your writing ruts. If you’re only writing book chapters, break away once in a while to write a blog. Post creatively on Twitter. Write your spouse a juicy love letter. These all round you out as a creative force.
  6. Do advance promotion. Social media is the perfect place to get people excited about your progress. Resolve to post something daily: excerpts, reader polls, opinion on plotlines and insight into your process.
  7. Go NaNo. National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), is a writing challenge that takes place throughout the month of November each year. The contest challenges writers to produce 50,000 words in 30 days. Many a novel has come to fruition only because of NaNoWriMo. Sign-ups start in October, so resolve to get on board this year.
  8. Connect with beta readers. Resolve to enlist the help of beta readers to help you polish your book. Beta readers are avid bookworms who review your work and give you valuable feedback from a book buyer’s perspective. You can get help with individual chapters or your entire book.
  9. Go “ghost” hunting. If you’ve come to the conclusion that a book is too big of a project for you, resolve to get help. A ghostwriter can write everything from small edits to entire passages and chapters to a full book from scratch.
  10. Get advice. If you’re unsure of your path, Outskirts Press has a staff of experienced book gurus who can advise you on how to proceed. Even if you’re not done writing, an assistant may be able to offer you advice or services that you didn’t know were available to you – assistance that could get your book to market much sooner and with much greater success.
  11. Learn new things. Resolve to expand your horizons with new hobbies and interests. You learn from everything you try – and that makes for a well-rounded individual and writer.
  12. Find inspiration. Something as simple as a short walk, your favorite rock album or a trip to a museum can be just the spark you need to get creative juices flowing. Resolve to build in little inspirations once a week to ignite that spark.
  13. Back up often. Don’t lose valuable data that could set you back. Resolve to back up important files to a cloud service or external hard drive so you’ll never lose data – and you’ll sleep better at night.
  14. Enter contests. Short story contests, essay contests, poetry contests – they all validate us as writers. Resolve to enter a competition at least several times a year to keep you writing and maybe even win some money!
  15. Get more shut-eye. Yeah, it’s that simple. And get more exercise too. Taking care of your health has a way of bringing you confidence and making you sharper – both traits that will help you achieve your goals and keep your resolutions.
  16. Be yourself. Resolve to make your writing personal to you. Sure, you may love how Poe words things, but you have a unique voice too. Remind yourself before each writing session that you’re special and unique. And then write what comes naturally.
  17. Relax! Building in time for decompression. You’ve earned it!

It’s time to either start or finish that writing project and get published! Not sure how to get this completed? Let Outskirts Press help you!

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To receive the promotion, simply enter the promotion code 3XJAN15 when checking out of your shopping cart while purchasing the Diamond or Pearl publishing package by January 31, 2015. Each of the eligible publishing packages includes a unique ISBN, standard interior formatting, a variety of professional cover styles, and distribution which includes availability through major online retailers such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

For authors choosing the most popular “Diamond” publishing package, this promotion delivers 30 free paperback author copies when the book is published. Authors publishing full-color books with the popular “Pearl” package can receive 15 free paperback copies.

In addition to receiving a 3 times the author copies, you’ll also receive the following with your Diamond package:

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Self-Publishing Author Spotlight: Patrick Shannon

The life of a self-publishing author is never an easy one. The act of writing a book is a labor of love – one that requires many hours, days, weeks and even years of time to complete. Even then, the work of selling must begin after the book is written and “done.” Now, that’s dedication!

So, each week, we celebrate the dedication of one of our successful authors in our Self-Publishing Author Spotlight. This week Outskirts Press proudly features Patrick Shannon, author of the lauded Letters from Wheatfield, Viva Laughter!, Viva Cisco and Tame the Wild Land.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Patrick Shannon
Patrick Shannon was born and raised in Southern California, but now resides in a small Montana town much like Wheatfield. His four previously published books have received five literary awards. He is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and the Phi Kappa Phi scholastic society.

Viva CiscoViva Cisco

Nearly true tales of a really cool parrot …
Visit the valley of Topopootl on any given day, and chances are it will be in a stew over another one of Cisco the Parrot’s schemes. In Book One, his show-biz debut bombs big time; he is trounced, in Anything Goes wrestling, by a pair of cockroaches; his attempt at a high altitude flying record ends in a crash landing; and then he starts the weirdest business you ever heard of.

Book Two has Cisco registering 10 on the Richter Scale as a private eye who, amazingly, solves a crime. Only it isn’t a crime. In Book Three, Cisco and his pals go on a dangerous but wacky mission to find a long forgotten story, preserved in a secret room in a strange pyramid.
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Product details…
Paperback
Format: 6.14 x 9.21 paperback, 253 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Apr 16, 2009)
ISBN10: 1432730371
ISBN13: 9781432730376
Genre: JUVENILE FICTION / Readers / Beginner

Viva Laughter!Viva Laughter!

READERS FAVORITE SILVER AWARD

Treat this book like a box of snacks. Place it beside your favorite easy chair or atop your nightstand, to be on hand when those sudden cravings for something quick and delectable unsettle the mind. Or use it to ease the tedium of your next long trip. It may be opened and sampled anytime and anywhere that you feel the world owes you a little treat. Some of its confections are sweet; some tart. Some are petite; others of a size to be savored a bit longer. And while you may discover a hidden message here or there, their main objective is to make you laugh.

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Product details…
Hardback
Format: 6 x 9 hardback w/ jacket, 450 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Mar 28, 2013)
ISBN10: 1478711027
ISBN13: 9781478711025
Genre: HUMOR / General

Tame the Wild LandTame the Wild Land

In the year 1700, a young French Army Captain sets foot on the Gulf Coast of our continent, trudges off into the wilderness and becomes one of this country’s overlooked Founding Fathers. Warrior, explorer, intimate friend of the Indian nations, imprisoned twice for smuggling, Louis Juchereau de St. Denis was the driving force in the settlement of French Louisiana and Spanish Texas. In the Novel, “Tame the Wild Land”, the drama of his remarkable life is portrayed. After enduring extreme hardships and risking his life for the King of France, he becomes disillusioned and dedicates the rest of his life to his two remaining loves: Louisiana and the beautiful Manuela. But the impetus that repeatedly places him in harm’s way is the dilemma his colony faces: to keep Louisiana French, he must insure that Texas remains in the hands of his Spanish adversaries. The book is a fictional treatment of a period in our history that is somewhat neglected: the role played by France and Spain in the taming of wild America.
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Product details…
Hardback
Format: 5.5 x 8.5 hardback w/ jacket, 214 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Jun 30, 2014)
ISBN10: 1478737638
ISBN13: 9781478737636
Genre: FICTION / Historical

Letters from Wheatfield (Second Edition with Twenty New Stories)Letters from Wheatfield (Second Edition with Twenty New Stories)

Letters from Wheatfield Second Edition
All the original stories plus twenty new zany reports on life in Wheatfield, Montana. What do you do for fun if you live in a small town, dauntingly far from the nearest city’s amusements? Upon what resources do you draw to spice up your existence? “Letters From Wheatfield” provides the answer—and it isn’t always pretty. In this new edition, cousin Amelia’s book on Wheatfield has been published under the title, “Little Nut House on the Prairie,” and the folks love it. They can’t wait for it to be made into a movie, and ranger Ned wants Brad Pitt to play him. But the fame does not go to their heads. They keep right on being as colorful as ever, and providing plenty of new material for Amelia’s sequel. Now you can enjoy the entire Letters from Wheatfield collection of stories in one volume.

Praise for Patrick Shannon’s award-winning book, Letters from Wheatfield:

Letters from Wheatfield was the funniest book I’ve read all year. It’s also the best piece of fiction I’ve read all year, and possibly the best book I’ve read all year . . . I laughed until I cried, and so will everyone who reads it.” — Get Book Reviews.

“This is a great read. I giggled from beginning to end and closed the book with a smile.” — Shirley Johnson Midwest Book Review

“Patrick Shannon has written a real whopping wailing winner with Letters From Wheatfield . . . Mr. Shannon, got a sequel coming up? I sure hope so.” — Readers Favorite

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Product details…
Paperback
Format: 5.5 x 8.5 paperback cream, 313 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Dec 11, 2014)
ISBN10: 1478748370
ISBN13: 9781478748373
Genre: FICTION / Humorous

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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!


Contemporary View of Confucianism (in Chinese)

by Lin L. Wu

Price: $12.95

Lin L. Wu’s “Contemporary View of Confucianism (in Chinese).” Confucianism is re-examined with a vision of modern science and on the basis of 21st century world civilization. What are the universal values of Confucianism? What contribution these discussions can offer for the current movements of “Revival of Confucianism” in China and other Asian countries? There are discussions on what roles it might play for the peace and civilization of the world.

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Top 10 Amazon Kindle Books from Outskirts Press Authors

Have you resolved to publish in 2015? Have you included ebooks among your list of New Year’s self-publishing resolutions? If not, you might want to reconsider. The Outskirts Press 2014 list of Top 10 Amazon Kindle Books shows just how impactful the decision to take a paperback into the electronic format can be. Each of these successful authors has achieved greater success by diversifying their formats than they ever could in paperback alone.

From historical accounts to coming-of-age fictions, ebooks from Outskirts Press authors are making a splash on Amazon. No longer a haven solely for consumers of fiction, ereaders are becoming a popular reading format for a variety of genres: thrillers and crime drama, romance, biographies and autobiographies, self-help, Christian life and even reference and text books. Our eclectic Top 10 list not only illustrates the broad interests of the ebook-buying public; it also demonstrate the breadth of diversity of modern independent authors, particularly those publishing with Outskirts Press.

These popular works from Outskirts Press authors range from biographical works to American history to coming-of-age fiction to non-fiction to poetry – and pretty much everything in between. Here, in alphabetical order, are the Top 10 bestselling Kindle book authors from Outskirts Press:

Aces Back to Back

Aces Back to Back: The History of the Grateful Dead (1965 – 2013) – by Scott W. Allen

The Astrology of Success

The Astrology of Success: A Guide to Illuminate Your Inborn Gifts for Achieving Career Success and Life Fulfillment – by Jan Spiller

The Book of Barkley

The Book of Barkley: Love and Life Through the Eyes of a Labrador Retriever – by L.B.Johnson

In the Jungle...

In the Jungle… Camping with the Enemy – by W. James Seymour

Jell-O and Jackie O

Jell-O and Jackie O – by T.D. Arkenberg

Letters, To The Men I Have Loved

Letters, to the Men I Have Loved – by Mirtha Michelle Castro Marmol

Living In The House Your Lies Built

Living in the House Your Lies Built – by Sarah M. Young

Old Man on a Bicycle

Old Man on a Bicycle: A Ride Across America and How to Realize a More Enjoyable Old Age – by Don Petterson

The Neurotic's Guide to Avoiding Enlightenment

The Neurotic’s Guide to Avoiding Enlightenment: How the Left-Brain Plays Unending Games of Self-Improvement – by Chris Niebauer, Ph.D.

The Tiger FACs

The Tiger FACs: A Dance with the Devil, the Forward Air Controllers that History Forgot – by Don Bell and the Tiger FACs

How can you get your book on a bestseller list? While we can’t guarantee 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 http://outskirtspress.com/bookstore for discounts ranging from 10% – 55%.

Do you have a paperback you’re considering publishing as an ebook? Let Outskirts Press get your book to a wider audience with Kindle, Nook, iPad and ebook versions of your work.

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Author Poll: Writers Dr. Hamisu Salihu and Priyanshi Patel want your help with their cover

Dr. Hamisu Salihu and Priyanshi Patel are self-publishing a book with Outskirts Press. And they want your help deciding their book cover.

Book Summary

Scoring High on the New MCAT

The purpose of this book is to help examinees that will be sitting for the new MCAT test format as from Spring 2015 to prepare for the sections on Social and Behavioral Sciences which encompass psychological, social, and biological foundations of behavior. The questions in the new sections are based on knowledge of important introductory psychology and sociology concepts that relate to mental processes and behavior. The new changes expect acquisition of information and skills in areas that were previously not tested on MCAT. There is also the realization that the 21st Century medical student and doctor need to be knowledgeable not only about facts related to disease, but equally important, about the psycho-social environment that interacts with the individual patient to produce or mitigate disease. The book is titled “MCAT Pioneers” because we are happy and proud to be pioneers in utilizing a biopsycho-social (BPS) lens to assist MCAT applicants in understanding and integrating the concept of health and disease as a product of the inter-play among biological (e.g., genetic/epigenetic, molecular, cellular and hormonal), psychological (e.g., our thoughts, perceptions, attitudes, reactions and behaviors) and social (e.g., institutional, cultural, political and socio-economic) environments. This yields a comprehensive and unified multi-factorial approach to health and disease thus preparing the future medical student to draw on this understanding in his/her interactions with and management of patients within a context rather than in isolation. Above all, the book will aid examinees who aim to achieve high scores in the new MCAT format.

About the Authors

Dr. Hamisu Salihu is a Professor at Baylor College of Medicine. He is a world renowned expert in the field of medicine and medical research. He has over 300 scholarly publications. Priyanshi Patel is a pre-med student at the University of South Florida who worked with Dr. Salihu to produce the book.

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

Click on the thumbnail below to enlarge Cover Option A

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Posted by on January 12, 2015 in Survey Poll, Uncategorized

 

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