Amazon Featured Book of the Week

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Threats

by Rodney D. Brooks

(5 Stars – 1 Customer Review)

Price: $18.95

Rodney D. Brooks’s “Threats.” A threat makes people do and act in ways that are not predictable. People who feel threatened are often driven toward action. Are threats essential to sustaining continual progress? Are we lawless without threats? Learn how the various sectors of society are affected by threats in this unique and thought-provoking study.

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A Look Back on 2018 and a Glance Ahead

Outskirts Press made huge strides forward in 2018, adding well-thought-out publishing products to help authors get their books to print and up for sale online, and marketing options to launch those books to new heights. But the strenuous efforts of our production and marketing teams in 2018 is just the half of it; thanks to the talents and determination of our authors, our joint efforts paid off in the form of priceless awards and recognitions.

Take a short walk down Memory Lane with us as we revisit all we have achieved. If the things we’ve accomplished together over the past year is any indication of what’s to come, 2019 will truly be amazing!

Outskirts Press Author Awards

Authors, you made us so very proud this year! Here is a sampling of the many highlights over the course of the year, including a terrific showing in awards competitions.

Katherine S. Egan, author of Genetics Isn’t Everything, won a 1st Place EVVY Award in August, which she was able to accept in person at the banquet in Denver, Colorado. She subsequently became one of three finalists in the 2018 Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Awards.

Jackie Fischer, author of The Lost Branch, won first place (and a new laptop computer) in the Outskirts Press “Show Us Your Love” annual video contest, which celebrates both Valentine’s Day and self-publishing. As she demonstrates in her video, she’s quite adept at rhyme, as well!

The annual Benjamin Franklin Awards are notoriously competitive, so it was no small feat when Dr. Jeanne Blanchet won a Silver Medal Award for Historical Fiction with her novel Man at the Cross Road. Proving herself to be anything but a one-trick pony, she quickly followed that up with an EVVY Award for her follow-up book, Cursed.

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In July, prolific novelist Gabriel F.W. Koch learned that he was once again a finalist in the Colorado Independent Publishers Association EVVY Awards. He walked away with a 2nd Place EVVY Award a couple years ago for his science fiction novel Paradox Effect (not to mention an Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year nomination). This year he picked up an EVVY Merit Award for Emma and the Dragon Tooth Sword. He has published four books thus far with Outskirts Press, including his latest, And Come Day’s End.

Speaking of science fiction, C.R. Norris discovered that she won 1st Place in the Science Fiction category at the EVVY Awards, for her book Wasp on the Wind. The book is the second in her Wasp Chronicles Series. She subsequently was nominated to be one of three finalists in the highly coveted Best Book of the Year Awards.

All those award nominations led us to the 2018 Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year award. This year, the honor, the award and the $1,500 Grand Prize went to T.D. Arkenberg for his biographical take on the events leading up to, and following in the shadows of, September 11. Two Towers is his fourth book but his first memoir.

In October we recognized our 50 bestselling authors for 2018. These high-achieving authors not only produced marvelous literary works but also exhibited the drive required to promote those works to readers!

Kevin Muldowney Aage Nost
Will Kautz Rasha Pecoraro
Michael McNamara Tui Rose
Lisa A. Romano Mohamed Elgendy
Mary Casey Asif Anwar
Vil Mirzayanov Brian Petit
L. Veach Bill McClain
Mike Gillette Tom Bisio
Mirtha Castro Mary Allison
Matthew DiGeronimo Rebecca Janes
Amy Pierotti Halo Lewis
Jane McConnell Jane Ostrow
Jill Jackson Bernard Nebel
Don Petterson Alex Cuoco
Ed Robinson Adrienne Anderson
Scott Imhoff Diana Arcieri
Patrick O’Connor Tiffany Anderson
Joseph Adegboyega-Edun Kathryn M. Mora
Bernard Nebel Jeffrey Howe
Magdaline DeSousa Steve Kelley
Michael Goodroe Hal Perkins
Jokima Hiller Rodney DuBose
Lisa Cicero Amy Meadows
Heidi Herman Paul Kotz
Luis Roman Seth Spreiter

New Publishing and Marketing Products

Our One-Click Publishing for Children’s Books was a hit from the moment we introduced this all-inclusive publishing package. At the very end of 2017, we launched One-Click for Children’s Books (author-provided illustrations) for juvenile book authors who don’t need illustrations, either because they have their own or their book does not call for them. It, too, was an instant hit and has helped another group of authors get published hassle-free.

Outskirts Press is proud to have introduced the Amazon Kindle eBook Box Set, which allows authors of multiple books to bundle their collection to capture additional sales from avid readers. This packaging increases the odds that a reader will buy not just one book but an entire series.

The new Author Book Banner Graphic provides authors with an attractive custom advertising banner to use any way they choose. The graphic is formatted according to the specific requirements and strengths of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or the Google search engine platform.

For authors interested in taking full advantage of the power of the Amazon selling platform, a professional Amazon Author Profile is now an option. This profile page gives readers valuable information about the author and connects them with other books by the author, social media, author blog and more.

Finally, Outskirts Press retooled its Guaranteed Radio Interview option. While authors who purchase this high-profile promotion still receive valuable radio interview guidance and a generous timeslot before a huge radio audience, the new platform and format better targets the audiences an author wants to reach!

Want your book published in 2019? Or do you have a book you would like to be the next big prize-winner? Find out more about publishing, marketing, promoting and submitting your book for awards and reviews.

 

Did You NaNoWriMo? Yes or No, You Can CoREDoPa! Learn What It Is and How to Get It

There’s nothing like signing up for a challenge to force ourselves out of our comfort zones. Whether it’s a half marathon, fire-walking or a writing competition, big challenges push us to achieve something seemingly impossible.

This is what thousands of determined writers do every November when they tackle the fun and ambitious National Novel Writing Month, also known as NaNoWriMo. The annual writing marathon calls on writers to jot at least 50,000 words — about the length of the average novel — in a scant 31 days. It’s no small feat but what a sense of accomplishment it brings!

If you conquered the NaNoWriMo challenge in November — or if you completed a book by any other method — treat yourself in December to CoREDoPa: That’s FREE Copyright Registration and Editing Down Payment with the purchase of the Ultimate or Full-Color publishing package! We can’t think of a better way to quickly polish and publish the manuscript you labored over.

With this special offer, you’ll receive free Copyright Registration valued at $249, plus we’ll waive your $240 Editing Down Payment. That’s $489 worth of free services — and the peace of mind that your hard-won manuscript is on its way to publication.

To get published with hundreds of dollars’ worth of free services — namely, free Copyright Registration and complimentary Editing Down Payment — simply place the Ultimate or Full-Color publishing package in your shopping cart and enter promo code FreeCopyEdit at checkout. But hurry! This offer ends soon.

Would you like help choosing your best self-publishing option? Connect with Outskirts Press now in whatever manner is easiest for you:

 

On the 12 Days of Christmas, Outskirts Press Gives to Thee

The 12 Days of Christmas aren’t just about giving and receiving – at least they don’t have to be. The first half of December can also be a good stretch of time to check items off your holiday honey-do list without getting overwhelmed.

Simply break up your holiday tasks into 12 equal parts and tackle one a day. Day 1, shop for Christmas baking supplies. Day 2, make your first dozen cookies. Day 3, sign your greeting cards and Day 4, mail them. Day 5, clean the living room … and so on. Soon enough, you’ll have mailed and baked-up joy to the world and your own corner of it will be in order.

To help you check a few things off your self-publishing to-do’s, Outskirts Press is offering a deal a day—each of which you’ll find far more valuable than the partridge and pear tree of lore. There are a dozen amazing days of saving, so mark your calendar for the days and deals that warm the cockles of your heart—then get them while they last. Here’s what we’re planning:

1. $100 OFF the eBook Bundle – Promo Code: EliteSavings-100
2. Buy 1, Get 1 Author Book Banner Graphic ($100 value!) – Promo Code: Banner-Free
3. 20% OFF Book Video ($80 savings) – Promo Code: Save20-BkVid
4. FREE First Chapter Flipbook ($99 value) when you buy First Chapter Distribution – Promo Code: Free-FCbook
5. 50 FREE Bookmarks ($20 value) when you buy Custom Bookmarks – Promo Code: 50free-Bookmarks
6. FREE NOOK Edition ($249 value) when you buy the iPad Edition – Promo Code: NookFree-iPad
7. FREE Custom Sales Sheet ($149 value) when you buy the Personal Marketing Assistant option – Promo Code: FreeSales-PMA
8. $50 OFF the Amazon Launch Bundle – Promo Code: Save50-AmazonLaunch
9. FREE Google Books Submission Service ($99 value) when you buy the Book Launch Bundle – Promo Code: GetGoogleFree
10. $50 OFF Kindle eBook Edition – Promo Code: Kindle50
11. ONLY $1,000 for the Global Book Tour (save $169) – Promo Code: GoGlobal
12. FREE Author Banner Ad ($149 value) when you buy Author Platform Set-Up Through Social Media – Promo Code: FreeBannerads

 

The savings won’t last long, so mark your marketing calendar and visit our Facebook page for updates on the deal of the day. When your favorite rolls around, get it while it lasts!

When you’re ready to grab the deal of your choice, log into your account and click on the “Marketing Options” icon.

 

The Mind of a Deviant Woman by Paula Paul

Technology has made it easier than ever to reach audiences all over the world. It just takes is a little thinking outside the box and you can market a self-published book in creative, affordable, and impactful ways. Consider book tours! Tours are a great way to connect with your readers and technology has made them easier and more cost effective than ever!

Author Paula Paul is taking her latest book The Mind of a Deviant Woman, on tour — a Virtual Book Tour with Outskirts Press. This will allow Paula to take her book into the far corners of the globe, all from the comfort of her own home! Keep an eye out for Paula’s book as she will be featured on several blogs over the weeks and months ahead!


Luckily for us, Paula 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 The Mind of a Deviant Woman.

OP: Tell us a little bit about The Mind of a Deviant Woman. What is it about?

Paula: This is the story of Carrie Buck, a young woman in the 1920s targeted to be sterilized because she was considered a deviant for having a child out of wedlock. It is also the story of Louisa Van Patten, a young New York socialite, who like many intellectuals of the era, supports the movement known as eugenics that advocates sterilization  of people who have been labeled deviants for a variety of reasons. The aim of the movement is to bring about a more perfect society. When Louisa meets Carrie as well as a Ben Newman, a journalist, her life veers off course in ways she never imagined. This is a work of fiction based on a true story.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

Paula: I was captivated by the story of Carrie Buck’s trial that resulted in a Supreme Court decision that made sterilization of so-called deviants legal. The court’s decision influenced the thinking and actions of Adolf Hitler.

OP: How did you get your book published?

Paula: I submitted it to Outskirts Press.

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

Paula: Readers who are interested in history, social movements, or simply a good story will be interested in this book.

OP: What is special about your book?

Paula: Carrie’s story, as far as I have been able to determine, has never been told in the form of a novel. It is also concerning a part of the American people’s history that few are aware of.

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

Paula: The subject has never been explored in novel form, as far as I could determine, although a few non-fiction reports of the trial have been published. Also, the blend of real and fictitious characters makes it somewhat unique.

OP: Have you published any other books?

Paula: Yes, I have published a total of 35 novels, five of which are for children, and four of which are ebooks. The rest are mysteries and general fiction published by major publishers.

OP: Do you plan to publish more?

Paula: Yes, I have a book currently with my agent who is in the process of sending it to publishers. I have also started writing another book.

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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Paula Paul is an award-winning author of more than thirty novels. She is best known for her Dr. Alexandra Gladstone Mysteries and her literary novels, Crazy Quilt and Forgetting Tommie, both set in her native Texas. She has won a Willa Award, a Texas Institute of Letters Award, a National Press Women Award, and others for her novels. Before her career as a novelist, Paula was a journalist in Texas and New Mexico and received several state and national awards in that field. She lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, with her two dogs, Alexandra Gladstone and Wolfgang Mozart.

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

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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It’s the Season of Giving: Give Yourself the Gift of Self-Publishing

The day after Thanksgiving, Black Friday, marks the official launch of the holiday buying rush – and a time we can all be grateful for seasonal sales!

Outskirts Press wants to help you kick off your holiday shopping with big savings on your choice of one of our most popular and comprehensive publishing packages! Starting Black Friday (Nov. 23) through Cyber Monday (Nov. 26), we’re offering $500 OFF any One-Click publishing package of your choice, or 20% OFF the Full-Color or Ultimate publishing package.

And, despite the hustle and bustle of the holidays, this is actually the perfect time of year to self-publish. Think about it: With an inclusive, full-service package from Outskirts Press, you barely have to lift a finger! That means more time to spend shopping, baking Christmas cookies and cozying up with dearest friends and family.

The choice is yours, but there’s no wrong publishing package selection! There’s so much to be thankful for in these comprehensive packages from Outskirts Press: included cover art, formatting, ISBN number, and unlimited wholesale printing, fulfillment and distribution via Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Ingram, Baker & Taylor, Bertram and others. Choose from dozens of formats, plus 20 free image insertions and 3 free rounds of galley revisions.

Here’s how to take advantage of the Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale:

  • Add your choice of the One-Click, Full-Color or Ultimate publishing package to your cart
  • Enter the promo code 500BlackFriday to receive $500 off the One-Click Package
  • OR enter promo code BlackFriday-20pct to receive 20% off the Full-Color or Ultimate publishing package

Check publishing off your holiday to-do list and enjoy the holiday season.

Would you like help choosing your best self-publishing option? Connect with Outskirts Press now in whatever manner is easiest for you:

 

Get Professional Writing Help With the Writing Consultation Option!

Every writer needs a jump-start at one time or another. If you’re struggling with certain aspects of your book or you’ve simply run out of steam, the Writing Consultation service from Outskirts Press may be just what you need to fine-tune your writing and get your book back on track. This is your ticket to becoming a published author!

In a Writing Consultation with one of our professional writers, you have a one-on-one brainstorming session to address the writing issues that have slowed your progress…or ground it to a halt. Our consultants are experienced writers with a thorough knowledge of grammar, composition, and other writing building blocks. You’ll also receive valuable advice and a plan of action for moving forward.

For $99 per one-hour block, you can use your Writing Consultation time to:

  • Troubleshoot plot, characters, technique, or execution of your ideas
  • Work through writer’s block
  • Take inventory of usable book materials
  • Organize book ideas into a usable outline
  • Get ideas on how to proceed with a book
  • Gather ideas on how to finish
  • Negotiate tricky passages
  • Ask for general writing advice
  • Get help moving to the next step in writing

Afterward, your writing consultant will provide a follow-up summary of your meeting, along with constructive information you can use to overcome personal writing obstacles and regain your forward momentum.

For more information and help choosing your best self-publishing options, contact an Outskirts Press Publishing Consultant in whatever manner is easiest for you: