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Self-Publishing Author Spotlight: Georgann Prochaska

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 Georgann Prochaska, who has published three successful titles with Outskirts Press.

Learn more about Georgann, her caring background and how her experiences translated into her memoir and other published works through this week’s Self-Publishing Author Spotlight.

author (6)About the Author:

Georgann Prochaska lives outside of Chicago. After retiring from teaching, Georgann became a caregiver for her mother, an experience she wrote about in a memoir, On Little Cat Feet. Revisiting memories of family led to her writing mysteries. The Case of the Girl Who Didn’t Smile is the first of the Snoopypuss series and was named as one of the ten finalists in the 2015 Lascaux Prize. Her blog appears at weavingmysteries.blogspot.com a site for secrets, family, and friendships.

cover (37)On Little Cat Feet: Alzheimer’s Disease: Subtle, Meddlesome, Sinister

Alzheimer’s Disease slowly and silently tangled Isabella’ brain and triggered her daughter’s denial that her mother had the disease. Surely, forgetfulness and confusion come with aging. But, other health troubles like cancer, blindness, broken bones, and M.R.S.A. were boisterous and arrived in battalions. As troubles piled on, Georgann thought, “Are you kidding me? Fate doesn’t think this is overkill?” Isabella moved through the seven stages of Alzheimer’s, and her family adjusted her daily homecare. As Isabella hallucinated and her distrust threatened others, Georgann worried about nursing home care which felt like abandonment. One day she would say, “Uncle!” The memoir is for anyone who wonders: Is this Alzheimer’s? And if it is: What questions do I need to ask?

Product details…
Paperback
Format: 5 x 8 paperback white, 310 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (May 20, 2014)
ISBN10: 1478734299
ISBN13: 9781478734291
Genre: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs

cover (36)The Case of the Girl Who Didn’t Smile

In the spring of 1967, a child fearfully rolls diary pages into a tight cylindrical wad and hides them in the body cavity of a naked Toni doll. Forty-six years later, Lena Vincenti carefully unwraps the doll, an e-Bay purchase for her granddaughter. When she discovers the pages of the diary within it, the story that unfolds gives her both a surprise and a purpose. Lena immediately phones her dear friend, Alice Tricklebank, and together they set off on a road trip to learn the fate of the child who was wrongly accused of arson…and murder. The Case of the Girl Who Didn’t Smile is the story of two retired widows determined to unravel the secrets of the child’s diary and learn her fate, but their quest uncovers a forty-year-old secret—and someone is determined that the secret is kept, threatening the women’s very lives.

Product details…
Paperback
Format: 6 x 9 paperback white, 236 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Jun 30, 2015)
ISBN10: 1478759119
ISBN13: 9781478759119
Genre: FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths

cover (38)The Case of the Hound Who Didn’t Stay: The Second Snoopypuss Mystery

Female sleuths, Alice and Lena are once again snooping into lives, this time joined by Audrey the bloodhound. An elderly man of the Midwest town of Dingle Grove disappears, and the hound finds him digging in an open field, weeping. As Alice signals her dog it’s time to leave, Audrey lies down nearby, her jaw flat against the earth. Alice recognizes the expression in her dog’s eyes, the sad look more intense than the one Audrey reserves for dead squirrels and night crawlers. Unsure of her dog’s ability to find a cadaver, Alice questions whether she should alert the police to her suspicions. Will her report create needless trouble for the old man with dementia? Residents help Alice unravel the buried secrets involving an obsession with outlaws and gangsters.

Product details…
Paperback
Format: 6 x 9 paperback white, 251 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Jun 30, 2016)
ISBN10: 1478777427
ISBN13: 9781478777427
Genre: FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths

 

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Steal the Limelight With a Custom Book Video Trailer!

Voices echo in the auditorium as audience members take their seats. As the orchestra is tuning up, the overhead lights flicker to indicate a one-minute warning and a hushed but expectant silence falls. All eyes turn forward as the heavy velvet drapes are swept aside, leaving your book alone center stage, shining under the warm spotlights. This is the kind of metaphorical attention a book video trailer would have gotten you in the late 1800s, when playwrights were kings — but today, as you might have guessed, the advantages are even greater!

In the modern world, a custom video trailer will put your book in front of countless new readers. It can be easily shared across any number of social media platforms—Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and many more — and embedded in your personal website, emails, or your Amazon and Goodreads book page listings. It’s an immediate, visceral way to showcase your work and hook the attention of new readers!

Video is an ambitious medium, however. You need equipment, you need expertise, and above all you need lots of time to clip and edit and curate. The planning process alone is a gauntlet of tough choices, from theme to soundtrack to shot sequence — and this isn’t even to mention the hazards of navigating the legal side of things, with complicated copyright restrictions tied to using any music or images you didn’t compose or take yourself. It’s a lot to take on.

So how do you get started?

The key is building a competent and creative team who can lift the burdens and leave you the fun choices — and this is where Outskirts Press can help! When you purchase the Book Video Trailer & Distribution package, we place the full power and expertise of our talented team behind your project. It’s as simple as 1-2-3!

“It’s never that simple,” I hear you saying. But it is, it really is!

  1. Click the “Add to Cart” button and finish the check-out process;
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See? 1-2-3…your book is now out there in the world, stealing the limelight and reeling in the new readers. What could be more exciting than that? This kind of exposure with all of its built-in “shareability” is the stuff of playwrights’ dreams, and all you need to do is select the Book Video Trailer & Distribution package online at Outskirts Press. The rest, as they say, is history!

Click here to get started commissioning your very own custom book video trailer! It’s Your Book’s Time to Shine.

 

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Amazon Featured Book-of-the-Week

Here’s this week’s Featured Book-of-the-Week available now on Amazon.com!


God Is Aloha

by R.K. Lindsey Jr.

(5 Stars – 1 Customer Review)

Price: $15.95

God is Aloha, therefore God is Love. This book tells the story of two married couples and two dramatically different endings; one couple following the First Corinthians biblical definition of love — and the other is not. God Is Aloha.

 

 

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Tapping Into the Reader’s Ultimate Resource: Go Big with Goodreads!

When we talk about putting the power of Goodreads into your hands, we’re talking about big numbers, big impact, and an extraordinary edge in a crowded market. We’re talking about accessibility and visibility. We’re talking about tapping into Goodreads’ user base of over fifty million users, its tight links to Amazon’s product reviews and Google indexing algorithms, and its ability to bump your book from the bottom of a person’s “to-read” list to their “recently purchased” pile.

All you need to do to reap the rewards of joining this online community of avid readers is to sign up for the Goodreads Marketing Campaign at Outskirts Press, and our expert marketing staff will help you promote — and sell — your books through this stellar service! Best of all, we will be offering you a full 10% discount during the month of July.

You can beat the heat without ever working up a sweat! When you invest in the Goodreads Marketing campaign, you will automatically receive a thirty-minute consultation with one of our dedicated staff as you collaborate to set up your Goodreads Author Profile. Your consultant will demonstrate the various features of Goodreads as well as show you how to connect with more readers — the right readers — by engaging with them through the platform’s social components, giveaways, and paid advertisements. Together you will create a “per-click” advertisement which will target your readers by genre, location, gender, or age. You set the budget, reap the rewards, and browse analytics showing your ad’s efficacy by clicks, views, and other metrics of engagement. Goodreads users can even add your book to their “to-read” lists directly from the ad!

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For more information about the Goodreads Marketing Campaign, click below:

 

 

Read how Goodreads is helping our author, Joseph Bronson:

As an author, the Goodreads campaign has worked out great. The book giveaway garnered a lot of attention for the book, and I am expecting an increase in reviews and sales by utilizing this campaign. While I am new to Goodreads, I see the potential in cultivating new readers. Since I recently read that 21% off all Goodreads members have a book blog, I am looking forward to reaching out to the membership to boost my readership.

– Joseph Bronson, author of Golf Chronicles

 

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Win a free copy of The Inheritance from Outskirts Press #AmazonGiveaway

Outskirts Press author, Carol Leslie Bradley, is giving you a chance to win a free copy of her book,The Inheritance!

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Even if you don’t win one of the free copies, you can still order it from Amazon for an amazing price!

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Say Hello to the New Outskirts Press…

The second half of 2016 is going to be an exciting time at Outskirts Press.  On August 1st, Outskirts Press is rebranding and relaunching with a whole new look, new packages, and even better client-services support & offerings.

This relaunch includes a major facelift to the “front” of the Outskirts Press website, which will be visible for new clients, as well as current clients who are “logged-out” of their Publishing Center.   Current authors who are “logged-in” to their Publishing Center will continue to see the current website, although some moderate changes to the logo, background colors, and select pages will start to “sprinkle in” throughout July in preparation for the August 1 relaunch.  Don’t worry, these are visual changes only; your production, publishing, or post-publication process won’t change at all.

You can keep apprised of these exciting changes as they occur by following us on one of our social media channels:

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Amazon Featured Book-of-the-Week

Here’s this week’s Featured Book-of-the-Week available now on Amazon.com!


My Mom’s from Lublin My Dad’s from Seattle

by Gene Olson

(5 Stars – 1 Customer Review)

Price: $9.95

Gene Olson’s “My Mom’s from Lublin My Dad’s from Seattle” documents the vastly different childhoods of Olson’s parents. His mother was Norwegian and his dad was Swedish and living in Seattle. His in-laws were from Communist Lublin, Poland. This nostalgic and loving tribute is filled with photos and childhood memories.

 

 

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