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


Cancer – It’s a Good Thing I Got It!

by Bestselling & Award Winning Author David A. Koop

(5 Stars – 26 Customer Reviews)

Price: $24.95

David A. Koop’s “Cancer – It’s a Good Thing I Got It!.” Find out what all the fuss is about. Read this Gold Medal Winner and Readers’ Favorite book. The diagnosis of Cancer radically changed the author’s life but it also changed his thinking about life and to maximize your life no matter the sickness.

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Self-Publishing Book Spotlight: Cancer – It’s a Good Thing I Got It! by David A. Koop

We at Outskirts Press are so very proud of all our authors, we can’t help but crow about the best and brightest among them. So, each week we like to feature book by our authors that move and inspire us. Case in point: self-publishing authors like David A. Koop. Koop demonstrates oh, so clearly what makes Outskirts Press such a fabulous venue for independent authors with his true story, Cancer – It’s a Good Thing I Got It!

In this week’s featured book from Outskirts Press, Cancer – It’s a Good Thing I Got It!, self-publishing author David A. Koop takes a frank and uncensored look at his battle with cancer, and reflects on life before and after the diagnosis.

David Koop had it all—a storied business career, beautiful son, and prospects as far as the eye could see.

Then a surprise cancer diagnosis turned his life upside down. It was osteo sarcoma—a form of bone cancer—and it was growing on his spine. Doctors told him to get his affairs in order.

More than three years later, Koop continues to beat the odds. Cancer: It’s a Good Thing I Got It! is his eye-opening account of a remarkable journey through hospitals, treatments, friendships and emotions as he struggles to maintain a positive attitude and will to live.

The surprising conclusion will leave you awed at the strength of the human spirit: Far from a death sentence, the medical woes unleash a powerful self-assessment that leads Koop to a whole new sense of purpose—and the love he has sought all his life.

Full of humor and occasional grief, this memoir of a life still in progress will move you to make changes for the better. You’ll come away inspired to live your life to the fullest and embrace the gift of personal relationships. And you’ll find hope for meeting the unexpected challenges that can strike when you least expect.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

David A. Koop is a bestselling author, motivational speaker and a certified world class speech coach. His pioneering prepaid legal business made him a nationally known expert in the 1980s. In a storied career, he has run numerous companies involved in the manufacturing, viticulture, Christmas tree, third-party administration, and reforestation industries, among others. His business acumen has made him a sought-after keynote speaker, appearing on ABC’s “Good Morning America” and numerous national radio shows. An avid traveler and sailor, Koop lives with his family in Salem, OR. For more information please visit our website. http://www.somedaygroup.com

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Self-Publishing Virtual Book Tour: Cancer It’s a Good Thing I Got It! The Life Story of a Very Lucky Man by David A. Koop

As an author in this economy, you have 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, David A. Koop, who is taking his latest book, Cancer It’s a Good Thing I Got It! The Life Story of a Very Lucky Man, 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, David 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 Cancer It’s a Good Thing I Got It! The Life Story of a Very Lucky Man.

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OP: Tell us a little bit about Cancer It’s a Good Thing I Got It! The Life Story of a Very Lucky Man. What is it about?

DK: My book is about my life… my childhood and growing up, my adventures as a young man, my varied and successful business careers, my love for my son and my family… all the things that made me the kind of man who could successfully battle and survive a terminal cancer diagnosis.  The book tells of my duel with cancer from diagnosis, through surgery, chemotherapy, and my ultimate recovery and ongoing war with chronic pain and other side effects of having survived.  Throughout the book, I share my personal philosophies on life, success, and the one true thing that matters in this life… our personal relationships.  I also include tips for those going through cancer or other serious illnesses and for those who care for them.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

DK: I looked death square in the face when my doctors told me I had less than 9 months to live and should “get my affairs in order.”  I know, first hand, that the “someday” we all dream of doing this or that, may never come.  I wrote the book to encourage people who are fighting cancer or other serious illnesses to be positive and focus on something to live for.  For those who have been fortunate enough not to face serious illness, I wrote the book to encourage them to recognize that someday may never come.  TODAY is someday!  Live your dreams, now.  Tell your family you love them, now.  Heal old wounds, now.  When our time is up, all we get to take with us is a heart full of memories of those most dear to us. No one on their death bed looks up and says, “GOD just one more day please, just one more day in the office and I can finish that Thompson report.” No, they ask to have more time with their family and friends.

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

DK: My book is for more than just someone suffering from a serious illness or adversity.  It is of interest to friends, family members, caregivers, and medical personnel (one reader actually reads passages from my book to his staff at staff meetings!).  It is also for anyone who is looking for inspiration to transform their own life.  I ran away at 15.  Never graduated from High School, yet I became a very successful business person and even served as an adjunct professor of law at Denver University College of Law.  In this way, my story appeals to people in the business world as well.

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

DK: My book is written in a conversational style.  As if we were sitting in my family room sharing a glass of wine. It is a deeply moving and personal account of my life, my love for my son and my unfailing ability to believe in something greater than myself. Readers will come away ready to create the life they have been dreaming of.

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

DK: Yes. I am working on the next book now, having completed the first several chapters. It is based on the workshops that my wife Carrie and I teach. With years of gender studies and as PAX licensees, we work with men and women to help them create meaningful and lasting relationships at work and home.

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

Cancer It’s a Good Thing I Got It! The Life Story of a Very Lucky Man Author David A. KoopABOUT THE AUTHOR:

David A. Koop is a bestselling author, motivational speaker and a certified world class speech coach. His pioneering prepaid legal business made him a nationally known expert in the 1980s. In a storied career, he has run numerous companies involved in the manufacturing, viticulture, Christmas tree, third-party administration, and reforestation industries, among others. His business acumen has made him a sought-after keynote speaker, appearing on ABC’s Good Morning America and numerous national radio shows. An avid traveler and sailor, Koop lives with his family in Salem, OR. For more information please visit his website. www.somedaygroup.com

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Self-Publishing Bestseller Spotlight: Cancer – It’s a Good Thing I Got It ! by David A. Koop

Self-Publishing Bestseller Spotlight: Cancer – It’s a Good Thing I Got It ! by David A. Koop

When you publish your own book, you should have clearly defined goals. Maybe your ultimate goal is to become a bestselling author or maybe you want to reach a specific audience and change lives. Either way, learning that you have sold enough books to earn recognition is a surprising achievement and one to be very proud of. Here at Outskirts Press, we love to spotlight our bestsellers doing so reveals the possibilities available to self-publishing authors who market their books, using the book promotion tactics we recommend, such as:

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Here is one of the bestselling authors for May 2011:

Cancer – It’s a Good Thing I Got It ! by David A. Koop

The Life Story of a Very Lucky Man

David Koop had it all—a storied business career, beautiful son, and prospects as far as the eye could see. Then a surprise cancer diagnosis turned his life upside down. It was osteo sarcoma—a form of bone cancer—and it was growing on his spine. Doctors told him to get his affairs in order. More than three years later, Koop continues to beat the odds. Cancer: It’s a Good Thing I Got It! is his eye-opening account of a remarkable journey through hospitals, treatments, friendships and emotions as he struggles to maintain a positive attitude and will to live. In this frank and uncensored look at one man’s battle with cancer, Koop reflects on his life before and after the diagnosis. The surprising conclusion will leave you awed at the strength of the human spirit: far from a death sentence, the medical woes unleash a powerful self-assessment that leads Koop to a whole new sense of purpose—and the love he has sought all his life.

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We were lucky enough for David to stop by and answer a few questions about his book and the Outskirts Press publishing experience.

OP: What made you decide that self-publishing would be the best way to publish your book?

“When I decided to write a book I did a lot of research. I was very shocked to find out how little of the book price ends up in the pocket of the Author who actually wrote the book. As a key note speaker I have a marketing platform in place. Self-Publishing was the only way to go for me, not only from a monetary perspective but also in regards to control of the content as well.”

OP: Why did you decide to publish with Outskirts Press?

“I researched the top self-publishing companies and I was impressed by the way Outskirts Press does business. The team approach, the experience that they bring to the table and the actual financial division provides the Author what they need in the way of services at a very reasonable cost.”

OP: Can you share a bit about your book promotion strategy?

“We started marketing this book, Cancer It’s a Good Thing I Got It The Life Story of a Very Lucky Man about three months ahead of our estimated publication date. I shared a little of the book in my keynote speeches and in the workshops that my wife and I offer. At the end of each we made the yet to be published book for sale at a 20% early order price. At thirty days out we sent press release to the local media and book some talk radio spots and received notices in the newspapers in the area. At two weeks out from the launch we did a full-blown Press Release with our publicist, Dan Janal and the story of our book release celebration was picked up by over 52,000 media sites! Our next step is a joint venture partnership we are working on with a couple dozen Internet companies. The goal of which is to push the book onto Amazon’s bestseller list.”

OP: Describe your book in 140 characters or less.

Personal memoir, an uncensored look at life before and after a Cancer battle with surprising conclusion leaving you with a new life purpose.”

OP: How long did it take you to write your book?

“Funny you should ask, I thought I could pound it out in three or four months. Have you heard that joke, “If you want to hear God laugh tell him your plans” Well he was laughing for two years while I struggled to complete my book.”

OP: Are you planning to publish any other books?

“Yes I am working on two other books now in between speaking and signings for my current book.”

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