Self-Publishing Author Spotlight: Walter F. Todd

At Outskirts Press, Inc., we take great pride in celebrating the work of our successful self-publishing authors, and we do so each week through our Self-Publishing Author Spotlight. This week we highlight self-publishing author Walter F. Todd who has published three successful titles with Outskirts Press.

Learn more about Walter, his family, and how they all find inspiration within their books through this week’s Self-Publishing Author Spotlight.

author (10)About the Author:
Walter F. Todd enjoys writing short stories about a wide variety of topics, including family history and adventure. He loves dogs and has lived with them all of his life. He currently lives in University Place, Washington.

author (12)Stacey A. Todd, Walter’s daughter, who also goes by the name of Loki Monroe, is an actor, artist, poet, dog lover, and author. She owns two Shih Tzu and is a graduate of both Marymount College and Loyola Marymount University. She currently resides in Huntington Beach, California.


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My Pack: Burney the Hollywood Puppy

Meet Burney, a Shih Tzu puppy who was born in Minnesota and sold to a Beverly Hills pet store. He misses his pack-mates but quickly forms a new bond with Stacey, the aspiring actor who purchases him from the pet store. With his new pack-mate, Burney experiences the joy and adventure of living in Hollywood. A loving and friendly puppy, he meets actors, policemen, robbers, and even has a part in a movie! His great joy is romping on the beach, running in big circles, and meeting other dogs and people. In the first three months of his life, Burney wards off a robber with deadly intent; is frightened by a monkey during an audition; breaks two toes when a woman with spiked heels steps on him; and is sprayed by a skunk. During a romp in Griffith Park, Burney makes a gruesome discovery and inadvertently helps the local police department solve a murder investigation, leading him to become an honorary member of the K-9 Platoon. This little pup has lived an exciting life—and it’s only just begun!

Product details…
Paperback
Format: 5.5 x 8.5 paperback white, 87 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Oct 10, 2013)
ISBN10: 1478705760
ISBN13: 9781478705765
Genre: FICTION / Action & Adventure

cover (51)The Studio: Stained Glass Art and Travel Helped Me Deal with the Loss of a Spouse

When Walt’s eye and heart are captured by two beautiful but damaged stained glass panels, he couldn’t have dreamed of how they would impact the course of his life. The Studio is the story of Walt’s journey with the art of stained glass, as he and his daughter enroll in a class with the idea of repairing the panels, but soon find themselves completely immersed in this fascinating craft, with Walt, who never considered himself an artist, even showing and selling his work. But when Walt is 69, life has some unexpected surprises for him. The expected death of his loving mother is followed by the tragic death of Sandy, his beloved wife of 40 years, and shortly after that, his brother. Walt stays focused during this year of loss—and then he and his daughter, Stacey, embark on a year-long adventure of travel and spending, leaving a lifetime of penny-pinching behind. Their wonderful trips to Canada, Scotland, Ireland, and the Caribbean culminate in a memorable Christmas in Hawaii. The road ahead has another detour in store for Walt, as Stacey’s unexpected illness causes him to pull up his roots in Washington and move to southern California to help her. Through it all, Walt’s love of art and the joy he finds in his studio help him to keep his perspective, and find inspiration and a reason to carry on during the hardest times. This candid, warm memoir will resonate with everyone who has experienced love and loss…and everyone who has found their center in a creative pursuit.

Product details…
Paperback
Format: 5.5 x 8.5 paperback white, 188 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (May 16, 2014)
ISBN10: 1478724366
ISBN13: 9781478724360
Genre: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs


cover (50)Secrets of the Pacific

Love, the most universal experience, is the central theme of this heartfelt collection of poetry…love in all its glory, pain, wonder, joy, hurt, betrayal, and power. Looking back over her lifetime of flirtations, boyfriends, true love, and heartbreak, Stacey Todd brings a unique transparency and honesty to her memories. From an innocent and yet deeply felt game of Spin the Bottle in childhood to the wrenching heartache of a first love lost…from the enjoyment of dating hot boys in Hollywood to the confusion of learning that one of them is not what he seems…from learning more about what love really means to learning more about herself…Stacey shares her courage, her humor, and her sensitivity. And at last, when life-altering physical symptoms lead to the diagnosis of a serious illness that she would need to manage for the rest of her life, she began to discover different definitions of love, in those who lifted her up in her time of need. With the support of her father, Walter Todd, Stacey has brought this collection of poetry to you. Share Stacey’s journey, and allow her to be your companion and confidante in your own quest for true love.

Product details…
Paperback
Format: 6 x 9 color paperback, 186 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Jun 27, 2016)
ISBN10: 1478767065
ISBN13: 9781478767060
Genre: POETRY / General

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Top 5 Benefits of a Virtual Book Tour

Say thank you to modern technology! Today, authors no longer must schlep their books cross-country on promotional book tours. Instead, they can take part in virtual book tours without having to travel even one foot.

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Outskirts Press will announce your upcoming Virtual Book Tour to the blogosphere and solicit interest from bloggers. We will then forward you every inquiry we receive in response to the announcement about your tour. We will also send you a Virtual Book Tour Packet, which includes all of the materials you need to follow up with the bloggers quickly and easily in order to schedule your “appearance” on their blog, website, or social network. In most cases your appearance may include a book review and/or an author interview.

While on virtual tour, you’ll be spotlighted on our blog, which is cross-promoted publicly to our many followers on Facebook, Google +, and Twitter. Plus, your virtual book tour will be blasted to Outskirts Press’ entire social network, including our popular YouTube channel, where your very own Book Tour Video will be uploaded for viewing.

self publishing virtual book tourTop 5 Benefits of a Virtual Book Tour:

  1. It’s faster, less expensive, and more convenient to “tour” from in front of your computer than from town to town in your car.  (That’s 3 benefits right there, and there are still 4 more to go!)
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  4. Virtual Book Tours last “forever.”  On a “real” book tour, it’s over the minute you get home.  But a virtual book tour is archived and searchable online forever, available for search engines (and your readers) to discover days, months, or even years later.  And due to the power of POD and distribution-on-demand, your book will still be available for sale when those orders come in.
  5. Word of mouth.  While the initial “tour” may be a whirlwind, you may discover an additional benefit due to word-of-mouth.  Bloggers know each other, which can turn into more “appearances” down the road; and readers know each other (just ask members of GoodReads), which may turn into additional sales and reviews down the road, even if those secondary readers didn’t see you “on tour.”

Speaking of road, it used to be a long, hard road to put together a Virtual Book Tour on your own.  But Outskirts Press makes it a snap. And this week we are offering an additional 10% savings! Simply enter promo code 10PctVBT during check-out before this discount expires on August 26th.  Don’t miss out on this affordable, exciting marketing opportunity.

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Congratulations to our EVVY Award Winners!

The Colorado Independent Book Publishers Association Annual EVVY Awards Banquet took place in Denver, Colorado last Saturday night, and once again Outskirts Press walked away with the most awards of any participating publisher, demonstrating that award-winning writers publish award-winning books at Outskirts Press.

Outskirts Press executives were on-hand for the event, and President Brent Sampson accepted the awards on behalf of authors unable to attend.  Published Outskirts Press authors from as far away as Florida traveled to Denver to accept their awards personally.

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The Advantages of Going Digital in the Modern Age

It can be hard to keep up with the rapid changes—and opportunities—that technology brings into our lives. Less than twenty years ago, families faced the challenging decision as to whether they ought to swap out their digital typewriters for computers running on “Pentium Processors.”

That was a cutting-edge debate in 1996! Fast forward ten years, and it was no longer a question of whether or not to get a computer, but rather which computer—and did you want a desktop or a more portable laptop? Boomboxes became iPods. iPods became smartphones with streaming music and augmented reality games like Pokemon GO. And for a moment in time, corporate giants like Microsoft, Dell, and HP dominated the technological landscape, and the second you turned around, Apple or Sony or Samsung was making the front page of TIME magazine.

One thing has not changed in all of the years since Johannes Gutenberg banged out the first book on his printing press over five hundred years ago: authors need to be—and have usually been—well ahead of the technology curve. And today, the new frontier is not necessarily some innovative piece of hardware that will change the way we read forever but rather a whole host of hardware and software developments that an infinitely diverse readership adapts to its infinitely diverse wants and needs.

Finding a way to keep ahead of that curve in the modern age—an age where readers want to access their books not just on their physical bookshelves but also on their home computers, their dedicated e-readers or tablets, their smartphones, and their car stereos—means that authors must create digital editions of their books that can translate across devices and platforms.

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