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Clamdigger

by Richard Collins

(5 Stars – 2 Customer Reviews)

Price: $23.95

Richard Collins’s “Clamdigger” is the memoir of Richard Collins growing up during some of the most world-changing times–the 1960s–and attended Kent State University when it made international headlines. Collins had plans for his future that were ripped away from him just like a clam that has its shell ripped off and is eaten. He had life on the half shell while still trying to make a positive difference. Feel life’s joy, hardship, rewards, and destruction. Perfect for young adults interested in making our world better in this brave new world.

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Self-Publishing Author Barbara Lamb Illustrated by Mary Edwards Discusses Kids’ Adventures With E.T. Friends in Space: Stories of Friendship and Learning Between Human Kids and Extraterrestrials

Author Barbara Lamb with Illustrator Mary Edwards is taking her latest book, Kids’ Adventures With E.T. Friends in Space: Stories of Friendship and Learning Between Human Kids and Extraterrestrials on tour – a Virtual Book Tour, that is, with Outskirts Press! Technology has created a wide variety of ways to reach audiences all over the world. All it takes is a little thinking outside the box, and nowadays you can market a self-published book in a variety of affordable and impactful ways. Virtual book tours, for example, are a great way to connect with readers from all corners of the globe, all from the comfort of your own home. Join Barbara Lamb Illustrated by Mary Edwards and Kids’ Adventures With E.T. Friends in Space: Stories of Friendship and Learning Between Human Kids and Extraterrestrials as they appear in features and interviews (such as the one below) in the weeks and months ahead!


Luckily for us, Barbara Lamb 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 Kids’ Adventures With E.T. Friends in Space: Stories of Friendship and Learning Between Human Kids and Extraterrestrials.

OP: Tell us a little bit about Kids’ Adventures With E.T. Friends in Space: Stories of Friendship and Learning Between Human Kids and Extraterrestrials. What is it about? 

Barbara:  This book is based on real accounts with extraterrestrial beings of various kinds, as reported by children and adults who have had these experiences. We hope that our stories will inspire you to believe in the possibilities in friendships that will come in many shapes and styles. The storyline begins with a young boy being thrilled to see our Earth from the window of a spaceship. He and a girl have 18 different kinds of experiences with a variety of beings, ending with the possibility of growing up to participate in a Galactic Federation. These are real events reported by real children. Each scenario is impactful for the child and inspires a feeling of adventure and excitement. Many children worldwide are having these experiences with extraterrestrials of different species.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story? 

Barbara:  Mary’s lifelong dream was to write a book like this to share with others her own unusual childhood experiences. It is designed to help children and families to recognize, affirm, and talk about our ET experiences and our place in the universe.

OP: How did you get your book published?

Barbara: Mary designed the book and found the great Outskirts Press to publish it!

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

Barbara: Millions of people of all ages, including children, have encountered extraterrestrials of many species, and this book helps to validate and legitimize their experiences!

OP: What is special about your book?  

Barbara: Firstly, both authors are experiencers themselves. We feel it is a unique and positive contribution and relates directly to the desire we have to share to and support people to have conversations about our ET experiences, reduce skepticism, fear and reassure those having encounters that there are many positive aspects in these experiences. This book is geared towards children but will be a value to all ages.

OP: What differentiates it from other books in the same category?

Barbara: It is based on real accounts told from children to psychotherapist Barbara Lamb who has conducted more than 4,000 hypnotic regressions to people’s encounters with extraterrestrial beings. Illustrator Mary Edwards has taught art to children and worked for NASA designing Space Station interiors and her father and grandfather were rocket scientists. Both authors have had their own ET contacts.

OP: Have you published any other books?

Barbara: Yes, I have co-authored three other books: Crop Circles Revealed, Alien Experiences, and Meet the Hybrids.

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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR AND ILLUSTRATOR:

BARBARA LAMB, M.S., M.F.T., C.H.T. In her psychotherapy practice, Barbara’s conducted 4,000 hypnotic regressions revealing details of people’s real encounters with extraterrestrial beings. For most of these people, these experiences begin during childhood and involve many different species of beings from other planets. barbara.lamb.therapist@gmail.com Youtube: Barbara Lamb, http://www.barbaralambregressions.com

Mary Edwards is an artist, interior designer, and teacher. She’s taught art to young kids and design to college students. Her father and grandfather were rocket scientists. At age eight, she applied to NASA to be the first woman astronaut. Mary helped design the International Space Station interiors for NASA. For many years, she has wanted to inspire kid’s interest in space and the cosmos. meedwards11@gmail.com, MaryEdwardsDesign.com

For more information or to contact the author, visit https://www.outskirtspress.com/kidsadventureswithetfriendsinspace

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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Editing Tips for Busy Writers

When readers are browsing for a new book, they’re going to be drawn to a great book cover and a catchy title. They’ll read the blurb on the back cover, but before actually taking the plunge and hitting the BUY button, most readers will skim the first few pages of a book that interests them… And if these pages are riddled with errors, the consumer is off to the next title.

In order to be taken seriously, self-published books must be professionally edited.

Often authors are so anxious to get their books in print that they skip this crucial step. Others feel their book is fine because their mother or their next-door neighbor checked it over… But take a look at Amazon reviews, and you’ll find that the biggest turnoff to a reader is a poorly edited book filled with silly mistakes and serious flaws — problems that an editor would never let slip through the cracks. If the reader is preoccupied with incorrect punctuation, word choice, and grammar, they won’t be able to focus on what your book is trying to say.

Most importantly, no matter how thrilling your thriller or educational your how-to, if your book is unedited (or edited by your former first-grade teacher), you will very likely be perceived as an amateur.

Many authors feel confident in their own editing abilities and believe their book is fine without a fresh pair of eyes to review it. They might run a spellcheck, check for typos, and call it good. But a professional editor does so much more than check for spelling.

What can an editor do for you?

A good editor keeps the rules of the English language in mind but also preserves the writer’s unique voice. Each writer is different, and sometimes their style overrides mandates handed down by the grammar police. A good editor will recognize and nurture individual style.

Copyeditors focus on a book line by line, looking for spelling and grammatical problems, consistency, clarity, word choice, sentence structure, verb tense, dialogue, and other issues of style. They also look at the big picture and flag general problem areas in plot, character, point of view, and overall flow.

Did your main character’s name change halfway through your book? An editor will catch it. They’ll also catch embarrassing errors like anachronisms (a smartphone in 1932?) or plot problems (how can your heroine be in two places at one time?). Does the book switch back and forth from past to present tense? Is it filled with long, confusing sentences and page-long paragraphs? An editor will fix these problems.

It’s difficult to edit your own work, as just about any author will tell you. Whether you’re a bestselling author or a brand-new writer with your first book, an objective professional review/edit of your work is a crucial step. And the readers you’re hoping to attract will be more willing to hit that BUY button if they’re not distracted by poor presentation and awkward sentence structure!

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Outskirts Press offers high-quality copyediting services for manuscripts of all lengths and types. This May, we will edit the first 15,000 words of your manuscript for free when you purchase the Ultimate Black & White or Full-Color publishing package.  Yep! That means most full-color children’s books will receive free editing of the entire manuscript all month long! Just enter promo code coverkdedi in your shopping cart during checkout.

Outskirts Press Presents Michele Towery, author of Let Me Count the Ways God Loves You

Author Michele Towery, M.A., MFCT is taking her latest book, Let Me Count the Ways God Loves You on tour – a Virtual Book Tour, that is, with Outskirts Press! Technology has created a wide variety of ways to reach audiences all over the world. All it takes is a little thinking outside the box, and nowadays you can market a self-published book in a variety of affordable and impactful ways. Virtual book tours, for example, are a great way to connect with readers from all corners of the globe, all from the comfort of your own home. Join Michele Towery, and Let Me Count the Ways God Loves You as they appear in features and interviews (such as the one below) in the weeks and months ahead!


Luckily for us, Michele Towery 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 Let Me Count the Ways God Loves You.

OP: Tell us a little bit about Let Me Count the Ways God Loves You. What is it about?

Michele: God’s love according to things God has made and things children love.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

Michele: A boy in my class was very depressed because his father was in jail and his mother was a drug addict. Also, he called himself a “bad boy.” I wanted to lift his spirits and also show him that he was a “good boy.” This was the inspiration for the book. Children need to be told that they are not alone in the world but are created and loved by God – wherever they are.

OP: How did you get your book published?

Michele: I got my book published by Outskirts Press. The Cover art was done by Wendy Leach.

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

Michele: The types of readers that will be interested in my book are those who have low self-esteem, are angry at God, or whose parents would like a calming bedtime story for their child.

OP: What is special about your book?  

Michele: The illustrations are gorgeous, the story is calming, and it raises self-esteem. It shows how great God’s love is for the child.

OP: What differentiates it from other books in the same category?

Michele: The illustrations and the story are different than other Christian books.

OP: Have you published any other books?

Michele: I have also published, Grandma, I Want To Be the Boss.

OP: Do you plan to publish more?

Michele: Yes, I plan to publish more books.

OP: How can someone learn more about your book or purchase it?

Michele: You can buy my book through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Christian Family Supplies in Camarillo, CA, or http://www.christian.com.

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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Michele Towery lets the child discover how immensely he or she is loved by God. By reading about the sun, moon, rainbows, and more the child can help “count the ways” God’s love is given.

For more information or to contact the author, visit https://www.outskirtspress.com/letmecountthewaysgodlovesyou

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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Amazon Featured Book of the Week

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The Uninformed Voter

by Robert Levine

(4.5 Stars – 24 Customer Reviews)

Price: $21.95

Robert Levine’s “The Uninformed Voter.” Can Uninformed Voters be charged with Democracy’s decline? If voters do not have the real knowledge about the candidates, then the cycle of dysfunctional and inefficient government continues. The evidence is shocking and shows incompetent and corrupt politicians consistently elected to office. This is more than just a history lesson. The author also evaluates recommendations by political scientists and philosophers about how to improve democracy. Citizens should realize that their vote is their voice of We the People. Kirkus Review

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Have You Published a Children’s Book? Here’s How to Market It.

Children’s books may just be the purest distillation of self-publishing perfection: they’re beautiful, they have universal appeal to readers of all ages, and they pack an emotional punch which leaves readers hungry for more. But if you’ve recently self-published a children’s book, you already know that marketing your book successfully can still pose some unique challenges, regardless of these qualities. It’s time to put your creative gifts back to work, and to take advantage of your book’s unique place in the self-publishing marketplace. But how? Here are three simple suggestions to get you started.

ONE: Think of your book as an event, not an object.

Children’s books are best enjoyed collectively, aren’t they? Whether we’re talking about a grandparent reading aloud to a pack of children on the couch; or a librarian holding forth to a cluster of kids during Story Hour; or an educator teaching sight words to a roomful of young, eager minds, children’s books are events, not just physical objects that one can hold in the hand. When it comes to marketing, spend some time early on brainstorming all of the various contexts in which you see your book being enjoyed … and then start planning how you can make those events happen. And don’t just think analog … digital context matters, too! Think of all those book reviews on YouTube and TikTok; and look at all those readers on Goodreads who might love discovering your book with their children or grandchildren.

Nowadays, holding a book-reading event may not be enough to motivate parents to open their pocketbooks; they want to be convinced that there is more to your book than what can be experienced in a single reading. Many children’s are easy to pick up once and never again. So when you think about hosting an event, think about how to ensure it’s an engaging one that inspires children to enjoy it over and over again. Find ways to make clear connections to ancillary materials like related activities, website material, and educator-friendly resources. The point is to demonstrate that your book is worth coming back to, time and time again.

TWO: Schools are key, and schools are hard.

If you haven’t already developed educational supplements around your children’s book, that is a good place to start. For instance, collect activities and further readings, media, and so forth that relates to your children’s book. Package it as an educational unit. That way, when you arrange to visit a classroom or run a workshop for local teachers, you have already made it easy for them to meet state and federal core requirements.

Yes, schools are a difficult nut to crack, but if you really want your children’s book to move, you need to access them. Since teachers typically rely on resources that have been approved by, or perhaps even provided by, large traditional publishing houses and their marketing teams, gaining credibility is of utmost importance.  Level the playing field by winning a few awards, such as garnering recognition from the Mom’s Choice Awards, for example.  The opportunity schools offer makes the effort worthwhile.

THREE: Make hay while the sun shines … and the sun shines around the world!

Some of the most underutilized opportunities for children’s book authors are book fairs, and there are so many wonderful ones around the world to choose from! These days, it’s easy to take part, too, as self-publishing companies like Outskirts Press offer Global Book Tour packages designed to get your book in front of and into the hands of educational administrators, librarians, retailers, parents, and readers in an efficient and effective way.

If you are looking to market your children’s book, there’s never been a better time than now to inquire. Visit us online at www.outskirtspress.com and check out our Marketing Solutions menu. And to see our staff picks of amazing children’s books from many of our authors, visit our Pinterest page by clicking here.

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Prepare for a Summer of Book Sales with FREE Shipping In May!

There are many reasons to be excited about summer this year. With COVID-19 vaccinations on the rise and hospitalizations on the decline, businesses are reopening and we are starting to gather again with family and friends.

Many authors are making plans to start marketing their book(s) again with in-person events such as book fairs, book signings, and tours. It is important to make sure you are ready when these marketing opportunities arise by having plenty of copies of your book on hand. Not only are author copies a great marketing tool but people love the convenience of buying directly from you instead of having to go to a store or order online. For more ideas on how to effectively use author copies to market your book, check out the free flipbook in your Book Marketing COACH Dashboard titled Ten Local Ways to Use Your Author Copies.

To help you prepare for the summer book marketing season, we are currently offering FREE SHIPPING within the continental United States on orders of 50 or more copies of your book. And when you combine free shipping with high-volume bulk discounts to receive up to an additional 50% off your printing costs, you can save even more!

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to save! Order your author copies before the FREE SHIPPING offer expires on May 31st! No promotion code is necessary.

Celebrate Children’s Book Week With These Tips for Writing Your Own!

If you are one of the many writers around the world finding themselves at home with more time to write, you may be one of the many children’s book authors who are thinking about writing a new book for kids in celebration of Children’s Book Week (May 3-19).

Writing a book for children never grows old because there are SO many possibilities!  And nowadays, children’s books are more popular than ever, with more lucky parents spending more time at home with their children.

Let’s look at six things to keep in mind when writing and publishing children’s books:

  1. Mind your length. As any preschool teacher or children’s librarian can confirm, reading with children is most enjoyable for both parties when the book in question contains just enough text to carry the story along without exhausting a child’s attention.
  2. Pick a timely subject. Picture books are more likely to be picked up by parents, teachers, and librarians on the prowl if they tackle subjects which these adults want to prepare their children to face. Take advantage!  Talk about a perfect time to write about the “boogy monster” or “having cooties!”
  3. Don’t dumb it down. You heard right—baby talk doesn’t carry as compelling of a story as a book which treats its younger audiences with a rich vocabulary and age-appropriate but sophisticated sentence structure.  Kids who are learning to read are much more accepting of new information than when they become kids who are reading to learn.
  4. Voice morals carefully, and cleverly. Few will argue against picture books as prime tools for teaching sound decision-making skills, but most of these success stories find clever, quiet ways to do so without alienating readers by being too “preachy.”  Use subtle metaphors for larger issues (ahem, like boogy monsters and cooties, for example).
  5. Think about those end materials! Many of today’s best picture books include a few pages at the end which include notes for adults on how to make best use of the book in teaching a skill or an idea to young readers. Hint: this is especially useful to parents grappling with becoming educators as a result of stay-home directives.
  6. Humor them! Children have a keen sense of humor, and often embrace farce and comedy with both zeal and a squeal. While the story itself can’t always be humorous, more often than not, the illustrations can be.

At Outskirts Press, we are here to support you during every stage of the publishing process, whether you’re using our One-Click Publishing suite to publish your next children’s book, or if you need custom-drawn full-color illustrations. We offer a comprehensive list of services which we hope you’ll take advantage of as you work to translate your vision to the page! Your kids, grand kids (and even their friends and family) will thank you!

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Amazon Featured Book of the Week

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Just a Piece of Me

by Diana McIntyre

(5 Stars – 5 Customer Reviews)

Price: $24.95

Diana McIntyre’s “Just a Piece of Me” is a memoir of laughs, entertainment, and survival as experienced by the Spears clan. These short stories are a glimpse of life during the 1950’s and 1960’s in a small, rural, farming town in Florida. With 9 children in a two-bedroom house, daily life is full of surprises and amazement!

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