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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.

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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.

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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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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:

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  • 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.
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Amazon Featured Book-of-the-Week

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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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2013 Outskirts Press EVVY Award Finalists Announced

Each year, Outskirts Press officially nominates a small percentage of the books published during the year for submission to the EVVY Awards. Since a nomination is the first step toward receiving the Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Award, the standards are exceedingly high; we nominated fewer than 5% of the books we published in 2013. These nominations represent the very best of our publications as determined by Outskirts Press executives and members of the production teams.

The CIPA EVVY Award judges have since reviewed all the submissions received from all eligible authors and publishers to arrive upon the EVVY Award Finalists. Those finalists will all be honored with either 1st Place, 2nd Place, 3rd Place, or Merit Award within each applicable category at the annual EVVY Awards on August 23rd in Denver, Colorado. Outskirts Press executives will be on hand to accept the awards on behalf of authors not able to appear in person.

Outskirts Press is proud to announce that it has 27 talented finalists being honored, the most among all participating publishers. We’re sure the CIPA judges had to make tough choices to narrow our amazing list of nominees to these 27 finalists. Here are the 2013 Outskirts Press EVVY Finalists in alphabetical order. Congratulations to them all!

Wait! There’s more!

As a result of being nominated for the 20th Annual EVVY Awards, these Outskirts Press authors have taken the first step toward winning the coveted Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Award. Three of the nominees above who subsequently win an EVVY Award during the CIPA banquet this coming August will be selected as Semi-Finalists for our annual Best Book of the Year Award and its $1,500 Grand Prize. Stay tuned.

Wouldn’t you like to win an extra $1,500, and bragging rights as the author of the best book of the year published by Outskirts Press? Start publishing now and your book could be in the running for the “Best Book of the Year Award” for 2014 and its $1,500 grand prize. For more information on rules and eligibility, click here: Best Book of the Year Award.

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Gain Valuable Author Name Recognition with Professional Business Cards

As a self-publishing author, you are called upon to be a jack-of-all-trades: author, spokesperson, entrepreneur, publicist, networker … Your ability to fulfill these multiple roles has a huge impact on your brand as an author and, by extension, the success of your book.

To that end, it’s important to use every marketing tool at your disposal to connect with others and enhance your brand as an author and connect not only with your audience but with other professionals in the field. Promotional products available to self-published authors through Outskirts Press can help you do just that. Professional Business Cards offer self-published authors an attractive, professional-looking connection to the world. Not only are business cards an inexpensive way to gain name recognition, but you never know when a connection can be just the person to push your book to the next level. Use business cards with your printed announcements to get the word out to TV, radio, newspaper and magazine editors about the release of your book, positive reviews, book awards and special book promotions — any news that can bring your name and your book to readers’ attention.Outskirts Press Professional Business Cards

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Amazon Featured Book-of-the-Week

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TaNellie

by Richmond Lafayette Holton

(5 Stars – 9 Customer Reviews)

Price: $20.95

Richmond Lafayette Holton’s “TaNellie.” Society’s rules vanish when trumped by power and wealth. Meet Frank Leo who can be your best friend or worst nightmare, Mattie Matt, a career racketeer, who came up the hard way and young Bessie Mae Purifoy, a southern girl who flees New Orleans but her heart holds a haunting secret – TaNellie, the hustler. A woven tapestry of America’s fast life during the depths of the Depression, TaNellie will fascinate you until the last page is turned.

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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3 Ways Investing in an Editor Pays for Itself

A professional editor is your last, best hurdle before sending your book off to publish. While it may seem an optional service, there are compelling reasons why you may not want to think of it as “optional” – not when your reputation and product quality are at stake.

It’s humbling to submit a highly personal work to someone we imagine gleefully buying red ink by the barrel. However, in this case, red ink is your best friend. Here are three ways your investment in a professional editor will pay for itself:

  1. An editor is your best beta tester. Your book is your product, and there’s no better way to “test” your product before it goes to market than with a professional editor – more than one editor, if it’s feasible. A test run of how your product might perform in the marketplace more than pays for itself, allowing you to tweak your writing and marketing to reach the right readers and keep them hooked once you do. In a perfect world, every publishing author would have the luxury of both an editor and a team of beta readers, but if you have to choose, hire a pro.
  2. Editors help you get your point across. You know what you mean to say – but will readers understand the ideas you’re trying to get across? There’s no way to know until you get someone “outside your head” to view your work from the perspective of a potential reader. This is one of the main missions of the editing process, and one that ensures that your words have the intended effect on the intended target audience so you can resonate with readers – and sell more books!
  3. Editors see “invisible” problems. By the time a book is close to finished and nearly ready for publication, most publishing authors have gone through it with a fine-toothed comb, often multiple times. But no matter how thoroughly and how often you review your own work, even the most conscientious authors can become blind to errors in their own prose. Even a couple of minor errors in your book can destroy your credibility and hurt your sales, making the services of a professional editor well worth a modest investment.

Remember, editors are, like you, avid readers and writers with the added advantage of having expertise in their field. Use that expertise to your advantage to get the most polished product possible. You’ll never regret it.

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Self-Publishing Author Spotlight: Robert Lovelace

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 children’s author Robert Lovelace. Lovelace is a veteran, family man and the self-publishing author of three fiction and family/relationships books through Outskirts Press.Robert Lovelace

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Robert Lovelace is retired from business and the United States Army, and fills his time writing. He served in the Army Medical Service during his entire Army career. His medical experience during his Army tenure in and after World War II gave him the opportunity to successfully own and operate nursing homes in San Antonio and Mason, Texas, after leaving the Army. The author is a family orientated individual as is his wife, Betty, and their three children, Tommy, Nancy and Allan. He also has two grandchildren, Jennifer and Michael, and two great-grandchildren, Christian and Madison. Robert Lovelace’s life is family, and depicts that in his books.

JIMJIM

JIM deals with an individual who was a marijuana and alcoholic addict from the age of 6 until his 17th birthday. His family was so busy with their business they did not know what was going on. Impossible??? No, not this day and time. When he decided to be rehabilitated his family rallied around him and the family became one of the closest knit families anyone could hope for. Jim became a doctor like his father and his wife and sister were RNs. He became very interest in a church program he organized to help those who were like him and had the desire to be rehabilitated. He never forgot to give God credit for his good luck of overcoming his addiction. The outcome is unique and interesting with God getting the credit along with a short time friend in a foreign country and family love.

The novel JIM stresses family and gives a picture of a family being dysfunctional before becoming so closely knitted that it was difficult to let outsiders such as friends and visitors get close to them. Estrangement from grandparents finally came to a conclusion with their death and made their heirs more closely knitted as a family. Jim’s entire family except his mother was affiliated with and worked as doctors and nurses in the medical profession. The family in the novel “JIM” is a wonderful example of “family love and caring for each member.”

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Format: 6.14 x 9.21 paperback, 631 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Oct 25, 2008)
ISBN10: 1432710974
ISBN13: 9781432710972
Genre: FICTION / General

The Incredible MindThe Incredible Mind

The following excerpt shows what the life of the individual is all about. “A kid with an old mind in his brain.: “Mom, getting my doctors degree when I was a kid has taught me a lot of good lessons on growing up physically and has enumerated the pitfalls of adolescence. It is not that I would not like to try the things the indulging kids my age are crazy about but I still feel like a king being in control of myself. I do not feel that I was ever a kid except when we lived in New York. I do not let it bother me but I sometimes wonder how it would have felt or whatever. I know that someday I will find a lady that I will love forever and then I will let you know. How is that?” I explained to her.”

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Format: 5.5 x 8.5 paperback cream, 503 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Jun 20, 2012)
ISBN10: 1432791672
ISBN13: 9781432791674
Genre: FICTION / Action & Adventure

My Darling DaughterMy Darling Daughter

“Phillip, this is just one leg in your worldly education on travel. Just you wait until Dr. Long might decide he would like for you to go with all of us around the world. Now that is traveling. We have had two trips around the world and seen different places each time. You will just love it,” Gary said. “Mr. Irving, I don’t think I could take it. I would be afraid I would die and never get back home,” he said. Everyone laughed and I said, “Phillip, you would be too busy to die. That will be the last thing on your mind. The ships have everything to keep you busy as well as just talking with all of us and friends you will make on the ship. We would probably not let you out of our sights as you might decide to stow away and never be found.” “Why would I ever think of a thing like that? I would probably never let you all out of my sight just in case something did happen. I love life and I can see that with all of you I am going to love it more. My parents will never believe what I tell them when I get back home. Junior, you are so quiet I did not hardly know you were with us,” Phillip said.

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Format: 6 x 9 paperback cream, 361 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Oct 29, 2013)
ISBN10: 1478706988
ISBN13: 9781478706984
Genre: FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS / Life Stages / General

A Stone Is CastA Stone Is Cast

“A STONE IS CAST” depicts how a family can become so close due to protection from kidnapping, even murder.

“A STONE IS CAST” is the protection of a family who moved from New York to the State of Arkansas after inheriting a fabulous fortune from the grandfather when he died. Kidnapping and attempted murder was prevented by a family member who was familiar with Law Enforcement and Security .

“A STONE IS CAST” is the third book about a family the author, Robert Lovelace, desires to show as an ideal example for everyone. It goes from a normal medical family to one in which a genius son is born and from the age of 7 required and receive protection from the time he graduated from high school at the age of 8 until he graduated as both a Medical Doctor and a Lawyer at the same time at the age of 17. Protection of the entire family and especially the boy throughout the entire novel is intriguing.

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Format: 6 x 9 paperback cream, 376 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Jun 16, 2010)
ISBN10: 1432758217
ISBN13: 9781432758219
Genre: FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS / General

 

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Amazon Featured Book-of-the-Week

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Virginia Primitive

by Sallie Reynolds

(4.5 Stars – 3 Customer Reviews)

Price: $13.95

Sallie Reynolds’s “Virginia Primitive” is set in the racist South of the 1940s when the black “help” did the parenting and house-work of white families, and lies were never acknowledged. Raised half in one world, half in the other, Sally, a white child, struggles to establish a base of love and identity. The person Sally really loved in her childhood was a black woman named Lila who’d given her affection and hope. Thirty-five years later the two come together again, seeking to define a new relationship.

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Get the Word Out About Your New Book with Professional Publication Announcements

A self-publishing author must be a jack-of-all-trades: author, entrepreneur, publicist, networker … How you fulfill all of these roles has a direct effect on your brand and, by extension, the success of your book.

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