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Creation and Creation’s God by Dean Fredrikson Virtual Book Tour

For many self-publishing authors, it can be a challenge to come up with creative ways to market a self-published book. While book tours are a great way to connect with readers, they may not be cost-effective, especially if you want to reach a nationwide audience. However, technology makes it possible for authors to reach a larger audience, without all of the costly travel.

Take note from self-publishing Outskirts Press author, Dean Fredrikson, who is taking his latest book, Creation and Creation’s God, 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, Dean 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 Creation and Creation’s God.

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OP: Tell us a little bit about Creation and Creation’s God. What is it about?

DF: Written for concerned, literate, more or less Christianized readers, the book explores the apparently obvious idea that a creator is different from what he creates. Third and fourth century Christian leaders labored to show that Christianity was in this way different from Greek pantheism. The natural world, as we experience it, is not, as Shirley Maclaine once thought, an expression or embodiment of God. Adam, though made “in the image of God,” was still an element in this changing, temporal, physical world. All attempts to know the truth through our experience of material existence must fall short of knowledge of the ultimate reality that both science and theology seek to know.

I address two problems: one is the habit of modern readers to accept the Greek naturalistic bias as the rule by which the truth of Christianity is to be judged. The result has been the desperate attempts of Christians to defend the Genesis record by proving evolution wrong. The contingent truth of modern technology, leading to many good (and bad) things, is entirely consistent with the distinction of creator from creation, but as such it could never prove the truth of Genesis. I want my readers to see Genesis and the Bible as a world view statement, not as a series of pseudo-scientific, Red-herring side tracks.

More important, the Genesis account tells us of a purposeful creator who intends real flesh-and-blood persons to learn to spell out his vision of a truly good, loving people in the context of bodily life in this material world. The creator was free to create as he wished. He created morally free persons because he would not get what he wanted if he coercively determined our obedience. The idea of a supreme creator who seeks the highest good of his creatures both frees us to be real persons and also confronts us with his reality.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

DF: Nearly 70 years of active teaching, both in the United States and in Portugal, have convinced me that Soren Kierkegaard was right (in the main!): Christianity need s to be reintroduced into Christendom. This is particularly evident as Islam highlights by contrast the historic nature of Western Christianity. Is “God” like Allah, or is he the supreme, personal, creator God depicted in the Bible? Our understanding of what (who) is really ultimate is not a theologian’s toy but the key to becoming real people, different from mere competing animals. And, beyond understanding there is whole new world of becoming an authentic Christian in the details of

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

DF: I will skid the question just a bit. The book is directed especially to college students and achieved professionals who have not suffered “the closing of the American mind” regarding the question of human origins. It is also directed to Christians who fear science because it is commonly represented as philosophical naturalism and therefore anti-Christian. Within the self-imposed limits of modern empirical science, it is not! I very much hope such people will read the book.

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

DF: Soren Kiekegaard’s (and my) critique of “scientific reason” puts the book at once in a slightly populated category. Relating obvious phases of the Genesis story of creation to the idea of a biblical God who continues to work creatively in the lives of modern persons is both elemental and almost unique in the modern world. As I note the categories of books offered on Amazon, Christianity Today and the various interactive media, I do not find one in which this book fits. Philosophy (metaphysics) is not generally written for popular consumption; and yet every explanation we offer about anything is philosophical. Books on theology for non-professionals are generally church related; and “how-to-be a good-and-happy-Christian” books, of which there are plenty, are superficial.

This book is an introduction  philosophy-theology for every intelligent, literate person who has any interest in Western civilization and particularly in Christianity. Alvin Plantinga’s book, Where the Conflict Really Lies, highlights the distinction of philosophical naturalism from what might be called legitimate science. Abraham Heschel, The Prophets, carries the biblical Story about the “people of God” as far as a Jew can be expected to do, but falls short of a conclusion.

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

DF: While I have done a lot of writing for academic purposes, this is my first address to the American public. I am now working on a book on the idea of church that I hope to publish if I live long enough and have the financial resources to do so.

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

Creation and Creation's God Author Dean FredriksonABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Dean W. Fredrikson holds a BS and MA from the University of Minnesota, with additional studies at BIOLA University and the University of Oklahoma. He served for 24 years in Portugal as a builder and instructor, taught at the Oak Hills Christian college for 22 years, and retired in 1998.

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

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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2015 Beijing Book Fair Starts Today!

Thousands of authors, booksellers, literary agents – and, of course, the book-buying public – gather annually at the Beijing International Book Fair.

The 20th annual Beijing International Book Fair (BIBF) kicked off today at the China International Exhibition Center. Today through August 29th, thousands of authors from around the world will gather at the fair to display their work. It’s also a one-of-a-kind opportunity to mix, mingle and network with booksellers, publisher, literary agents and other book-related professionals on the lookout for talent and compelling books.

No other country has experienced the growth in the world marketplace that China has, and that impact has been greatly felt in the publishing and bookselling world. Blossoming readership in China represents an enormous opportunity for authors to take advantage of the growing demand for book translations, and publishers are scrambling to feed the frenzy. There is surging consumer demand for all types of books, and getting your book in front of this potential market can have a tremendously positive effect on the success of your book.

With the 2015 event now it full swing, it’s too late to get in on BIBF for this year; however, registrations for the Beijing International Book Fair are currently being accepted for the 2016 event – why not plan ahead for an exciting international trip?

Outskirts Press published authors who are interested in participating in the fair next year can find details and ordering information in the Author’s Center (or find out how to save 25% on all four book fair events throughout the year with the Global Book Tour package).

It’s never too early to plan for a thrilling trip to market your book internationally. Let Outskirts Press get your tour of the 2016 Beijing International Book Fair in order for you, so you can get the word out!

 
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Posted by on August 26, 2015 in Book Fairs, Uncategorized

 

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Top 10 Best-Selling Books in Self-Publishing for July 2015

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 2015, according to combined data from Ingram Book Wholesalers and Outskirts Press Direct via http://outskirtspress.com/bookstore. 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 2015 were:










Congratulations to our best-selling authors for the month of July 2015!

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 http://outskirtspress.com/bookstore for discounts ranging from 10% – 55%.

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Video Can be Worth a Thousand Words

With the emergence of YouTube and other video websites, in many ways social media has become a largely video-centric world. Consumers of news, pop culture, marketing and other information, it seems, are digesting more of that information in video format. For self-publishing authors, it’s never been more important!

That’s not to say the written word is dying out – books do, and will, remain a popular form of entertainment – but Internet users looking for a quick bite of magazine-style information are turning to video in greater numbers. Videos offer a number of advantages over the printed word to both the communicator and the consumer.

Consider this: It is fairly easy for a reader to glance over a page and skip to passages they wish to read, possibly ignoring other vital information in the process. That’s less likely to happen with video, which disseminates information in a linear fashion and often in an entertaining way, making viewers less likely to skip around. With video, the communicator has the power to control what information the consumer gets, and when. That’s a powerful tool!

Simply add this option to your shopping cart and when you check out, Outskirts Press will handle the rest! Once your video is completed, we will help you kick off your video marketing efforts by distributing it to YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and a number of other popular video sites.

You can save 25% every day on our popular Book Blast bundle which includes five of our most popular marketing services, including a Book Video!

 

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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!


Speedball Kelley’s Autobiography

by Robert Kelley

Price: $42.95

Robert Kelley’s “Speedball Kelley’s Autobiography.” A true story of the life of Robert Kelley and the volume of Robert’s thoughts, ideas, inventions, politics and poems. Included is the story of the big white goose and how the goose’s life was saved by duct tape.

Please note that product prices and availability are subject to change. Prices and availability were accurate at the time of this posting; however, they may differ from those you see when you visit Amazon.com.© Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Amazon, Amazon.com, the Amazon.com logo, and 1-Click are registered trademarks of Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. Amazon.com, 410 Terry Avenue N., Seattle, WA 98109-5210.
 

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Self-Publishing Author Spotlight: Clay Lifto

Each week we celebrate one of our successful self-publishing authors with our special Author Spotlight post.  This week Outskirts Press proudly features Dr. Clay Lifto, author of five published titles.  Dr. Lifto inspires, encourages, challenges, amuses, and entertains his readers as he shares stories from his life, lessons he has learned through years spent in military service and creates a platform for contemplation through anecdotes and questions for reflection.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Dr. Clay Lifto comes from a military family and has served at Kirkwood College since 1982, where he is now Professor Emeritus of Marketing and Management.  Since 1993, Dr. Lifto and his wife Ruth have been involved with missionary humanitarian projects in Ukraine, where they have been teaching, and helping to establish Family Centers for medical and dental care, clothing and food distribution, and post-prison counseling.  Dr. Lifto speaks four languages and holds an AA and BS in Business Management, a master’s degree in Education, and a doctorate in Pastoral Leadership.

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Only a Soldier Understands: Every GI’s Reflections and Reminiscences of Military Life

Nobody understands what it feels like to be a soldier…except another soldier. In Only a Soldier Understands, Vietnam veteran Dr. Clay Lifto examines his early days in the Army, sharing feelings and milestones that are universal to young men and women entering the military and finding their identity. This book takes a look at the deeply personal journey of a new soldier. It’s about family back home, and gaining their respect. It’s about living far from home and feeling lonely. It’s about good and bad bosses. It’s about successes and failures, excitement and frustration. But most of all, it’s about gaining insight and perspective about your life-changing experiences. Told in a series of short anecdotes full of humor and honesty, this book offers you the opportunity to compare and contrast your own feelings and facts, and provides questions designed to help you delve deeper, as well as compassionate advice from the best Commander of all. If you’re stuck in a particular place in your career, the Table of Contents can guide you to the section you need most right now. But each of the 37 stories has something valuable for you. Equally relevant to both the new recruit and the career soldier, Only a Soldier Understands gives you a mentor you can trust, and a colleague who’s been where you are.

Product details…

Paperback / Hardback
Format: 5.5 x 8.5 paperback cream, 102 pages / 5.5 x 8.5 hardback w/ jacket, 102 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Jun 12, 2013)
ISBN10: 1478710349 / 1478710314
ISBN13: 9781478710349 / 9781478710318
Genre: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Military

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Only A Soldier Understands: A Military Devotional and Bible Study for Warriors with a Story Book 2: Training

Clay Lifto knows what it’s like to be a soldier. In Book 2 of Only a Soldier Understands, he continues the journey past basic training into the next phase of the adventure. With his trademark warmth and candor, Clay shares his story in 38 short anecdotes, covering ground that will resonate with readers. Topics include adjusting to being away from family, gaining respect among peers, finding success after failure, feeling lonely, moving to new places, and discovering women. It’s about breakthroughs and dead ends, excitement and frustration. As Clay’s stories bring back memories of your own experience, each anecdote ends with a series of thought-provoking questions designed to allow reflection on your personal experience. This book is for the new recruit, the career soldier, and the veteran. It’s for anyone who has served in the military—and it’s a great book to share with friends, to exchange stories and thoughts. You don’t even need to read it in chronological order…the Table of Contents provides detailed guidance if you’d like to target a specific area of your career.

Product details…

Paperback
Format: 5.5 x 8.5 paperback cream, 137 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Jan 28, 2014)
ISBN10: 1478720883
ISBN13: 9781478720881
Genre: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Military

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Only a Soldier Understands: A Military Devotional and Bible Study for Warriors with a Story – Book 3: First Duty Assignment

This book is personal. And it’s about you. Nobody understands what it feels like to be a soldier except another soldier. It’s about your family back home. It’s about trying to gain respect. It’s about achieving something important after feeling like a failure. It’s about living far from home and feeling lonely. It’s about discovering women. It’s about good and bad bosses. It’s about successes and failures, excitement and frustration. Sound like you yet? And the book will bring back memories. I’ll share my story while you reflect upon your own. In fact, it will draw you back to your childhood, and spur visions of your future. No soldier’s story is dull if you have a sense of humor. And you’ll laugh at my story as well as your own as we quickly turn the pages together. It’s an easy read, too. Stories of my life in the military are a quick, two-page read for the most part. I follow up with a few questions directed to you about your own story. That’s why sometimes a bunch of guys might get together over lunch and read some of these together. It gets you laughing and sharing about your own journey down the road.

Product details…

Paperback
Format: 5.5 x 8.5 paperback cream, 143 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Mar 24, 2014)
ISBN10: 1478722932
ISBN13: 9781478722939
Genre: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Military

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Only a Soldier Understands: Book 4: Vietnam

Clay Lifto knows what it’s like to be a soldier. In Book 4 of Only a Soldier Understands, he branches out into a new phase of his military experience, past the Middle East, and into deployment…in Vietnam. In 38 short anecdotes, Clay explores not only the physical realities of deployment, but also the emotional and psychological growth and challenges that come from experiences ranging from being under fire from the enemy to discovering a disheartening need for dental work. Money management, a last visit home, a girlfriend, R & R in Australia, homesickness, and fear and panic in combat are all discussed with Clay’s trademark warmth and candor. The topic of Vietnam vets’ horrible homecoming is a particularly important piece of Book 4. As Clay’s stories bring back memories of your own experience, each anecdote ends with a series of thought-provoking questions designed to allow reflection on your personal journey. The Only a Soldier Understands series is for the new recruit, the career soldier, and the veteran. It’s for anyone who has served in the military—and they are great books to share with friends, to exchange stories and thoughts. You don’t even need to read this book in chronological order…the Table of Contents provides detailed guidance if you’d like to target a specific area of your career.

Product details…

Paperback
Format: 5.5 x 8.5 paperback cream, 168 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Jul 08, 2014)
ISBN10: 1478729996
ISBN13: 9781478729990
Genre: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Military

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Only a Soldier Understands: Book 5: Lessons I Learned in the Army

Clay Lifto knows what it’s like to be a soldier – not the great hero, but an ordinary guy performing his duty, raising his family and trying to live the Christian life. In this 5th book in his series, Only A Soldier Understands, he becomes a bit reflective in his personal story as he shares some life lessons he learned as he enters the Army a second time. He branches out into a new phase of his military experience, past the Middle East, past Vietnam, and into the spy games of the European Cold War. As the chapters of Clay’s life continue, he shares amazing things that can happen in a soldier’s life when he makes a commitment. Not a lecture, not a Bible study, just a personal story of God’s grace. Clay explores not only the physical realities of deployment, but also the emotional and psychological growth and challenges that come from experiences ranging from finding the woman of his life to frustrations with civilian life to the relationship with his family back home to breaking up with his wife to surrendering to the truth about himself and his own life to getting into a job far over his head to finding his true calling in life. As Clay’s stories bring back memories of your own experience, each chapter ends with a reflection of a major lesson in life that he learned – maybe a lesson you could apply to your own personal journey in life. The Only a Soldier Understands series is for the new recruit, the career soldier, and the veteran. It’s for anyone who has served in the military—and they are great books to share with friends, to exchange stories and thoughts. You don’t even need to read this book in chronological order…the Table of Contents provides detailed guidance if you’d like to target a specific area of your career. And if you enjoy this book, go back and read Books 1, 2, 3, and 4 in the series, and look forward to new books by Clay Lifto, coming soon.

Product details…

Paperback
Format: 5.5 x 8.5 paperback white, 149 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Apr 24, 2015)
ISBN10: 1478754826
ISBN13: 9781478754824
Genre: RELIGION / Inspirational

 

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Posted by on August 20, 2015 in Author Spotlight

 

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The USA Book News Best Book Award Submission Deadline is This Friday!

Time is running out! If your book was published in 2013, 2014 or 2015, you are eligible for the 2015 USA Book News Best Book Contest, but only for a limited time before your copyright date is too old. Now is the time to submit your book for this prestigious award competition.

Every year USA Book News honors outstanding mainstream and independent books with their National Best Books Award. These awards are specifically designed to garner MEDIA COVERAGE & BOOK SALES for the winners & finalists throughout the 2015 holiday retail season and into 2016!

Winners and finalists in each category receive:

  • USA Book News Exposure
  • Unprecedented National Media & Industry Exposure
  • Ability to Promote Your Title as an Award-Winning Book (we make this easy, too!)
  • And MUCH more!

Submitting books to contests can be a lot of work, and who has the time? As a result, many deserving books never get entered at all.

But the good news for you is that Outskirts Press handles all of the submission details for you, so you don’t have to worry about a thing. We’ll print the judges copies of your book, fill out the forms, submit the entry fee…everything. And we love to promote our award-winning books on our social media channels, too!

Click here for details or to order the USA Book News Best Book Awards submission today. The registration deadline is this Friday, August 21, 2015

 
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Posted by on August 19, 2015 in Awards, Uncategorized

 

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