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Amazon Featured Book-of-the-Week

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Without Rhyme

by Bles Chavez-Bernstein

(5 Stars – 6 Customer Reviews)

Price: $13.95

Bles Chavez-Bernstein’s “Without Rhyme” is a poignant account of the author’s life as a young girl, from growing up in a small rural town to her unexpected adventure in a foreign country that has become her home. Her poetry captures beauty and love, joy and triumph, as well as tragedy, grief, and isolation. It celebrates the spirit of innocence and wonderment, while painting the face of struggle, passion and sacrifice. The author takes you on an earthly journey while in search of a spiritual path.

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Self-Publishing Author Spotlight: J.T. Dossett

A book that takes us back to the glory days of our youth is a precious thing indeed. This week in our Self-Publishing Author Spotlight, she shine a light on a self-publishing author who hearkens back to the past with his works of fiction. This week Outskirts Press proudly features J.T. Dossett, author of three coming-of-age fiction novels through Outskirts Press.

Jim Dossett embarked on his journey to determine his origins in the “back forty” of his life. That’s when he discovered the identity of his biological parents, and that his given name was “Bobby Ray.” He lives in East Tennessee, with his wife, Brenda, and is in the process of writing his second novel.

Finding Bobby RayFinding Bobby Ray

My name is Harley. I was thrown away when I was a child. But I was found by angels that folded me in their wings and delivered me to a safe place. It wasn’t heaven; it was imperfect in ways that mere mortals are apt to gaum things up, but it was close to paradise, especially for a young ‘un; with creeks to swim, hollers and cool, deep woods to explore; and hillsides on which to lay down in the sun, surrounded by fields of wildflowers and the whisper of the wind in the long, waving grass. In this heaven, on the Cumberland Plateau, in East Tennessee, I felt blessed to be a child of the earth, which made me feel sacred; nurtured by folks who taught me many lessons; about humility, the sanctity of simple living, and that family, blood- kin or not, like love, is everything. As I grew older, I began to believe I was different than these angels that called me their own. I believed that I was not like them; that I had borrowed my identity from those who found me. Surrounded by their glory, I still felt alone and wondered worriedly, about my beginnings. A rage filled me that I couldn’t explain and I drifted away from my divine nature, wondering why I came into this life in the first place. After several hard-learned lessons, I felt sacred once more. But my sweet life was interrupted when I discovered Bobby Ray, and was confronted by the unhinged entity that wanted to reclaim him. This is our story.
Product details…
Format: 6 x 9 paperback cream, 339 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Jan 11, 2013)
ISBN10: 1478720085
ISBN13: 9781478720089
Genre: FICTION / Coming of Age

Starvin’ Dog and the GuardiansStarvin’ Dog and the Guardians

Harry Cunningham often likened bad luck to “a starving dog that followed him everywhere, eager to lap up his misery.” He was correct. Since childhood he was dogged by bad, even disastrous luck. Unbeknownst to him, there were Guardians posted along the treacherous road he travelled; from the peanut fields of Georgia, to the jungles of Colombia; to the Arabian gulf, Texas, Mexico, and to the vast prairie of Illinois. Some of these Guardians were residents of this earthly plane and some were sons of light and twilight; hidden within our fellow human beings. All were sent to point Harry in the direction of his destiny, and ensure that, in the end, he regained peace; to eventually see his actions from a higher perspective and that angels come in forms other than those attired in robes and halos.
Product details…
Format: 6 x 9 paperback cream, 349 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (May 13, 2014)
ISBN10: 1478727047
ISBN13: 9781478727040
Genre: FICTION / Coming of Age

Glory on Stinking Creek Glory on Stinking Creek

The Baird family migrates right up the road, to their patriarch’s ancestral home on Stinking Creek. It’s a paradise on earth for them to live communally; in many ways similar to the way their ancestors did for centuries. The family grows and so does their love and affection for one another. Their devotion is sorely tested though, when the scourge unfurls its tentacles and rips one of their own away from them. They rejoice when their prodigal daughter returns from the depths of debauchery, but life will never be the same, as those orchestrators of an endemic plague of drugs pose a continual threat to the fortress on Stinking Creek, throughout Southern Appalachia, and beyond.
Product details…
Format: 6 x 9 paperback cream, 179 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Nov 26, 2014)
ISBN10: 1478744936
ISBN13: 9781478744931
Genre: FICTION / Coming of Age

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Next Generation Indie Book Awards for Self-Publishing Authors

How would you like some acknowledgment for all your hard work self-publishing? The best path to success in writing is to become an award-winning author. Don’t delay in submitting your work with the Next Generation Indie Book Awards. This is your chance to gain notoriety and instant mass exposure. Your book needs to have a copyright of 2014 or 2015 and this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity you don’t want to miss!

So what do you get when you win?

  1. Cold, Hard Cash! – Win up to $1,500 to the best Fiction and Non-Fiction books. $750 to the second best Fiction and Non-Fiction books. $500 to the third best Fiction and Non-Fiction books. $100 to the winner of each of the 60 categories.
  2. Award-Winning Author Recognition – Each winner/finalist will be able to promote themselves and their book as an award-winning author and award-winning book. We make it easy by offering authors many options to enhance your book covers and online presence upon winning an award.
  3. A listing in the 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards Catalog which will be distributed to thousands of book buyers, media, and others!
  4. An invitation to attend the Gala Awards Ceremony at a world famous landmark in New York City.
  5. The top 60 books will be reviewed by New York literary agent Marilyn Allen of Allen O’Shea Literary Agency for possible representation in areas such as distribution, foreign rights, film rights, and other rights. Ms. Allen has over 25 years of sales and marketing experience, including serving as Senior Vice President, Associate Publisher, and Director of Marketing for Harper Collins and directing sales and marketing teams for Simon & Schuster, Penguin Books and Avon Books. Ms. Allen has worked with many best-selling authors including Stephen King, Ken Follett, Barbara Kingsolver, John Gray, Mary Higgins Clark, and many more.
  6. All Finalists for the 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards will be selected and notified by mid-May 2015 and winners will be selected and notified before the end of May.

And, if you’re an Outskirts Press published author, the best (and easiest) part is: we can handle all of the submission details for you, including: sending a copy of your book to the judges, paying your award submission fee, and completing the entry forms for you. This all comes with our Indie Book Awards Submission option.

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The registration deadline is this Friday, January 23, 2015.


Posted by on January 21, 2015 in Book Awards, Uncategorized


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Amazon Featured Book-of-the-Week

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

Peace Is

by Dorothy Woods

(4.5 Stars – 3 Customer Reviews)

Price: $9.95

Dorothy Woods’s “Peace Is.Peace Is gives you a daily journey in your search for Peace. This book is designed to help you understand how to attain the Peace you have been searching for, and it helps you to get to that point where fear, anxiety and stress are things of the past. May His Peace dwell with you now and forever more.

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Top 10 Best-Selling Books in Self-Publishing for December 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 December 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 December 2014 were:

Congratulations to our best-selling authors for the month of December 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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Resolutions for 2015 That Every Published 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 published author.

  1. Make a video. A Book Video Trailer belongs on every author’s list of resolutions. It’s an instant and visually stunning way to let readers and booksellers know what your book is all about and why they should buy it.
  2. Sign away. Resolve to set up book signings at your local bookstores. Independent stores are your best bet, but reach out to specific locations of the big chains as well. Even if your title is not on their shelves, they may let you sign and discuss your book to draw in customers.
  3. Explore other formats. Paperback isn’t the only way to go. If you’re only offering your book as a paperback, look into the advantages of releasing your title in other formats.
  4. Go digital. Take your title to the e-book market. This is practically a must. E-books make up about 20% of the book buying market. Resolve to get a piece of that profitable pie.
  5. Refresh yourself. Plan to update and refresh your Amazon listing periodically throughout the year. This keeps search engines interested as they scan your new content, and it could get you bumped up in the search engine listings.
  6. Talk it up. Resolve to get your voice and/or your face out there with radio, TV and newspaper interviews. Shoot for once a month or once a quarter – whatever you’re comfortable with.
  7. Retool. When sales stagnate, play around with pricing, marketing strategy, even the book itself if necessary. Sometimes a little tweak like a discount or a re-release with bonus material can make a world of difference.
  8. Promote yourself. Yes, we know you’re already marketing, but how are you presenting yourself in day-to-day interactions? Resolve to position yourself frequently as an author – it’s part of your identity!
  9. Get endorsements. Take advantage of valuable celebrity endorsements to lend additional legitimacy to your book. Not only is it effective, but it’s cost-effective.
  10. Go on tour. You can personally visit book fairs around your region – or even around the world – or you can send an Outskirts Press representative out to promote your book on your behalf. It’s affordable and effective.
  11. Go Hollywood. Want to take your book marketing to a new level in 2015? Outskirts Press has relationships with Hollywood insiders that can help you get your book to the silver screen. Look into it.
  12. Book it. Set up a schedule for contacting local and regional bookstores about carrying your book. Be sure to stock up on author copies so you’ll always have one on hand to provide to interested book sellers.
  13. Get reviewed. Submit your book to book review sites. Resolve to submit once a month or bi-monthly, or whatever schedule you can manage.
  14. Share your work. Your social media author platform is the perfect way to tease your book. Offer excerpts to get social media friends interested.
  15. Be comfortable in your own skin. Make peace with your identity as a writer and published author. Your quirks are more charming to others than you realize.
  16. 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.
  17. Relax! Build in time for decompression. You’ve earned it!

Let Outskirts Press help you with your marketing this year! A Personal Marketing Assistant can help you with a plan or opportunities if you need some assistance.


Annual storage fees are billed every year in January. This fee covers wholesale digital distribution and on-demand availability for hard copy printing, which is what allows your book to be listed on major online retail sites like Amazon and Barnes & Noble, as well as being accessible via iPage (Ingram’s Ordering Database), and Ingram Book Wholesalers. It is also what allows your book to be printed on-demand when requested by you through your Publisher’s Center.

Outskirts Press now allows you to pre-pay for these annual storage fees 5 years in advance! Pay for the next 5 years NOW and we will give you one year FREE! So, for only $100 you are taken care of for the next 5 years. You can pay securely and conveniently online with a credit card by logging into your Publishing Center and visiting your Shopping Cart.

Don’t wait, this offer is only good through January 31, 2015!

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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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