Virtual Book Tour: Verse for the Day, by Lincoln S. Kokaram

With the abundance of self-published authors, you have to come up with creative ways to market a self-published book.  While book tours are a great way to connect with your readers, they aren’t the most affordable method of promotion.  However, technology has made it possible for an alternative.

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Take note from self-publishing Outskirts Press author, Lincoln S. Kokaram, who is taking his latest book, Verse for the Day, 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, Lincoln 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 Verse for the Day.


OP: Tell us a little bit about Verse for the Day.  What is it about?

Lincoln: This book is a Spiritual adjustment tool to help readers become more aware of the Divine intervention of the Holy Spirit in their daily lives. It will create tangible evidence of the presence of Jesus and how He impacts life – how He blesses; provides; protects; loves and forgives every day!

If this book is used as it is intended, relationships with Jesus will grow closer. People will have personal evidence of His presence. When trials and temptations to doubt, come (and they will), the physical evidence of the power of the Holy Spirit will equip people to be strong in faith and resist the temptations of the evil one.

This book could help people take their walk with the Holy Spirit to a higher level. Awareness empowers people to perform with confidence.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

Lincoln: To inspire people to walk closer to the Lord and become more aware of His Divine presence in their lives.

OP: How did you get your book published?

Lincoln: Self-Published through OutskirtsPress.com

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

Lincoln: Anyone who is looking for a guide to help them develop and live a closer relationship with Jesus.

OP: What is special about your book?  

Lincoln: It is simple, easy to read and understand.

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

Lincoln:  It is engaging as readers are encouraged to journal how God is blessing them; how they are serving Him and what they need to ask forgiveness for every day.

OP: Have you published any other books?

Lincoln: No

OP: Do you plan to publish more?

Lincoln: Already working on my second book; With P.A.S.S.I.O.N.©

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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

smallLincoln S. Kokaram was born in the twin islands country – Trinidad and Tobago. He is the founder of His Business Partners LLC; a training and consulting company with a mission of: ‘Helping as many people as possible to be the best they were designed to be.’ He has been teaching, training, coaching and sharing the Gospel, most of his adult life. Some of his writings and workshops are: ‘Designed for Success, God does not make junk! ….with P.A.S.S.I.O.N.©; Vanguard Leaders;  Capitalizing on Change; Memorable Presentations. He is certified in: The Birkman Personality Assessment; Social & Emotional Intelligence; DISC; InsideOut Coaching and several Franklin Covey workshops. He has conducted training seminars and workshops in 37 countries. He is a ‘Learnovator’.

He lives in Grayson, GA with his wife Vilma. He has 5 children and 6 grandchildren.  He enjoys a round of golf when he is able to fit it in to his schedule. Lincoln is an active Christian with a passion for serving the Lord. For more information or to contact the author, visit www.Hisbusinesspratners.com

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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Win a Touch-Screen Laptop When You “Show Us Your Love!”

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The experience of becoming published is like no other, and at Outskirts Press we like to celebrate our successes with equally unparalleled fun! We are excited to hear from our authors at all times, of course, but we are extra-excited to invite you to join us in sharing those experiences during our 6th Annual “Show Us Your Love” social media event and video contest. All you have to do to make yourself eligible to win our fabulous grand prize—a brand-new HP, 15.6-inch Touch-Screen Laptop Computer—is share a few of your reasons for loving Outskirts Press in a brief video!

Participating is easy! Here’s how it works:

  • Grab your video camera, smartphone, iPad, or tech-savvy neighbor and record a brief video between 1 and 3 minutes long which demonstrates—creatively—your deep and abiding love for your book, your publishing experience, and Outskirts Press.
  • Email your video file in an .mp4 or .mov format to love@outskirtspress.com. The contest is open from now until Friday, February 17th, so make sure to get your entries in before that time.
  • We at Outskirts Press will share your video on our Facebook page, YouTube channel, Twitter feed, and Google+ page, increasing exposure for you and your book (Please Note: By submitting a video for this contest, authors grant Outskirts Press permission to post videos to our YouTube channel, on our website and other social media platforms for promotional purposes).
  • The three finalists receiving the most “likes” on our Facebook page from among all the posted entries will be selected for a public vote on our blog to determine the winner from February 20th-27th. Be sure you follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and elsewhere so you can “like” your favorite videos and visit our blog to vote!
  • The winner of the free laptop computer will be announced via our blog on Wednesday, March 1, 2017.

Submit your video as early as you can! The sooner your video goes live, the more exposure you’ll receive and the more “likes” you can collect. Share the link to your video once we post it to our Facebook page with all of your friends, family members, fans, and social media followers! (And of course, don’t forget to “like” your own video.) Contests such as this one serve as valuable—and free!—promotion for your books, so we hope you have a chance to sit down and whip up a great video in the days to come!

And that’s all the information you need to get started. We’ll be standing by to receive and share your videos, as well as to answer any questions you might have. Swing on by our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/OutskirtsPress or our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/user/outskirtspress to get a glimpse of some spectacular self-publishing love!

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Announcing One-Click Publishing for Christian Books!

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You’ve probably heard the traditional rhyme before:

Something old,

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and a silver sixpence in her shoe.

… and you’ve probably also heard about our One-Click Publishing packages if you’ve spent much time on our website at www.OutskirtsPress.com or reading our newsletters, blog posts, and emails. For those of you who are brand-new to Outskirts Press, however, these packages incorporate a range of services which make up, in many ways, some of our finest offerings and keep us a top-ranked self-publishing company by authors and third-party evaluators alike.

But what if you were looking to publish a Christian book? Is there a One-Click Publishing package for you? We are happy to announce that, due to popular demand, we have put together a new offering to meet that exact need—our One-Click Publishing package for Christian Books! This package will “borrow” the same level of quality service and range of stellar products our other One-Click packages are known for—Expedited Service, Professional Custom Cover Design, five hours of consultation with one of our Personal Marketing Assistants, and much more.  Better still, our One-Click Publishing package for Christian Books has been retooled to provide services tailored to the specific needs of Christian books, such as, Spring Arbor Distribution.

A true One-Click Publishing package is distinguished from all other options by its ease of use, and by the fact that the synergistic connection between packaged services means we can offer our award-winning services at steep discounts when sold as a single unit. Yes, there’s an upfront cost, but One-Clicks offer a far greater return on your investment than tucking a sixpence in your shoe.

Publishing packages like our One-Click Publishing for Christian Books provide a truly crucial service in helping preserve two of your most important resources: time and energy. If you, an author of a Christian work, find yourself pressed for time or struggling to put together the final printed product you desire, it might be a good time to look into our One-Click Publishing package for Christian Books.

If you’re an author of non-fiction, fiction, children’s, or otherwise spiritual literature, take a moment to look into all of our other available One-Click Publishing packages! We hope you’ll consider publishing with us at Outskirts Press, and if you have any questions you can find out more on our website (www.OutskirtsPress.com) or by contacting us by phone (1-888-672-6657) or live chat online.

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Win a free copy of Destiny’s Call from Outskirts Press #AmazonGiveaway

Outskirts Press author, Janice N. Chapman, is giving you a chance to win a free copy of her book, Destiny’s Call!

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From the Unadilla Valley and Beyond with God: Edition II

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Roy Pierce’s “From the Unadilla Valley and Beyond with God.” From farming as a boy to an overseas missionary, God used this boy to start seven churches in ten years and now those have increased to twenty! An exciting refreshing book for any age group to showcase what God can do when a person is willing, available and listens to His voice!

 

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Virtual Book Tour: Bowfin , by Lee Hill

With the abundance of self-published authors, you have to come up with creative ways to market a self-published book.  While book tours are a great way to connect with your readers, they aren’t the most affordable method of promotion.  However, technology has made it possible for an alternative.


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Take note from self-publishing Outskirts Press author, Lee Hill, who is taking his latest book, Bowfin, 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, Lee 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 Bowfin.

OP: Tell us a little bit about Bowfin.  What is it about?

Lee: A large fish called a “Bowfin” is trapped in a water hole beside the river running through a country farm; the fish is doomed.  The boy who lives on the farm, Lee, 18, befriends a second boy, Christopher, 14; the book is about their struggle to free the Bowfin from its trap.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

Lee: Because of the multitude of inescapable traps I see people falling into.  The central trap in this book is a physical circle of water of course, and other physical traps echo this central image; for example, a carousel spinning too fast to let children jump free, and a woman (Lee’s grandmother) who is so shamed by her son’s (Lee’s father) killing of a little girl that she has imprisoned herself in her farmhouse.  But the book makes it plain that not all traps require a physical enclosure.  Some half-dozen self-defeating cycles are woven into the text.  For example, Lee refuses to retaliate against the bullies who beat up Christopher because, in his words, that would “just give the wheel another spin”; he refuses to join the local gangs (the Dukes and Princes) because his grandmother warns him he would be recycled into a Slave.  A Robin is unable to stop attacking her own reflected image in the barn window, because the harder she fights the harder the “other” bird fights back; her inability to learn and therefore her enslavement to preconception locks her into the cycle, unable to win and unable to quit.  Another lose-lose situation concerns an elderly dog who lives across the road from the farmhouse and an elderly bus driver who drives the route every day; the old beagle and the driver have hated each other for years.  The dog attacks the bus and the driver screams at the dog, and both will remain slaves to hatred.  The traps—the water hole and its analogs, physical and nonphysical—provide a pathway into the book’s heart:  identifying the commonality underlying so many of the harmful cycles we see in action on our planet.  These traps can thus function as a collective lens focusing on that which constricts life, limits potential, stops learning, and harms.  The book closes with new beginnings, literally; fresh lumber is stacked at the grandmother’s door; she has chosen to end her self-imposed exile. And Lee has chosen to end his lifelong feud with Mr. Higgins across the road (the owner of the beagle).  To save the Bowfin, the two boys have fashioned a simple net from tree branches and scraps of clothing; out of compassion for a fellow creature, they have done what they could with what they had, and that is why I wrote the book.

OP: How did you get your book published?

Lee: By working with Outskirts Press.

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

Lee: Most likely the twelve-to-twenty age group.  This book after all is for the young-adult genre, so it is essential that it be a good action-read for younger readers; and it must also have another level beneath the action-surface for those readers interested in symbolic content.  I think anyone any age who likes fully developed characters and a storyline that can be both enjoyed as itself and at deeper levels will find the book readable.  When Jesse straddles the bus’s ruts in the dust, looks down the creek toward the Bowfin and at his grandmother’s new lumber, he tells Christopher “we’ll get her out of there,” it is plain he means freeing much more than a fish in a water hole.

OP: What is special about your book?  

Lee: The bonding between the boys, their compassion for an ugly, ancient fish, the clear-eyed pragmatism, and the seamless, easy fusion of action-storyline and subsurface symbolism.

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

Lee:  I have taken pains to create a living, breathing story that speaks in its own voice.  The book’s ideas and motifs are always embodied in character, dialogue, and action rather than authorial declarations.  I have done my best to avoid the pulpit, the soapbox, and the drum.  The setting by the river, the grace and power of the creature in the water, the excitement of the struggle, and the warmth between the boys should be enough to carry the day even for those with little interest in “subsurface symbolism.”

OP: Have you published any other books?

Lee: No

OP: Do you plan to publish more?

Lee: Yes, I plan to publish others.

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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Lee Hill studied fish biology at Southern Illinois University, where he edited and published books for the Center for Archaeological Investigations. He then worked in the university’s Information Technology department, learning some half-dozen programming languages, editing and publishing a newsletter, and training staff and students at the university’s campuses. Today, he lives by a lake in Southern Illinois.For more information or to contact the author, visit www.outskirtspress.com/Bowfin_LeeHill

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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The Outskirts Press Book Launch Kit: Success is in Your Hands

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So, you’ve written your manuscript. The Outskirts Press team has helped you create a professional book. You’re sitting in your living room, book in hand, and one thought crosses your mind.

Now what?

You’re not alone. Most authors go through that moment of uncertainty, wondering what they need to do next. And we can sum that up for you in one word.

MARKET.

That’s right. It doesn’t matter which publishing avenue you decide – whether it’s self-publishing or traditional – every author is in many ways in charge of his or her own publicity. And figuring out how to go about it can be an overwhelming task.

But don’t panic. Outskirts Press is here to support you long after your book has gone to press because you’re not just an author to us…you’re part of our publishing family. And we celebrate your success.

That’s why we’re excited to announce that we’ve created comprehensive marketing assistance for our One-Click, Ultimate, and Full-Color authors. This Book Launch Kit is included with your package and offers guidance on publicizing your book and getting it into the hands of your future customers.  Here’s what it includes:

  1. An official gold-sealed Certificate of Publication, recognizing and acknowledging your accomplishment.
  2. The 7 Tactics of Successfully Published Authors, which outlines 7 major marketing considerations
  3. A congratulatory letter outlining your next steps and how to take full advantage of all the free marketing assistance in your Publishing Center (like access to the new Book Marketing Bookshelf).
  4. An example of a custom bookmark, which details how you can create your own branded marketing materials.
  5. Details about the Personal Marketing Assistance available at Outskirts Press.
  6. The 28 Day Book Launch Calendar. (The first month of publication can be the most important, and sets the stage for long-term book marketing success, so we tell you exactly what to do every day for the first 4 weeks.)
  7. The Book Marketing RoadMap – an infographic to hang up on the wall of your office as you check-off important marketing milestones like identifying your audience, creating a marketing plan, hosting a book. launch party, acquiring book reviews, attending author events, and so much more.

As you move forward through your next steps, always remember that you’re not alone. Our team is here to help you. We celebrate when you win awards. We cheer for you as you earn 100% of your royalties. We love it when our authors keep in touch and tell us all of the great things that have happened since their book has been published.

And many of these things are made possible by the tools above – things that other publishers charge hundreds of dollars for – that we’re giving you with the amazing package you’ve already purchased.

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