Amazon Featured Book of the Week

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HELP! I Have A Brain Injury And It Feels Like I’ve Dropped Out of the Sky

by Kay Pratt, C.E.A.P., C.P.C.C., C.S.L.C

(5 Stars – 1 Customer Review)

Price: $23.95

Kay Pratt’s “HELP! I Have A Brain Injury And It Feels Like I’ve Dropped Out of the Sky.” What do you know about Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)? Will a survivor ever be the same again? TBI survivors share the answers to these questions and more through the voice of their experience. This book will provide answers to these questions and more. Beliefs about brain-injured individuals will be broadened and perspectives will be enlightened.

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How to Dazzle Your Readers With a Book Signing Event!

So: You’ve written a book, and now you need to sell it. How would you like to throw a dazzling book reading and signing event and read excerpts from your book to an audience hanging on your every word?

Book readings, and their close compatriots, book signings, are one of the keystones of a self-publishing author’s post-publication strategic plan. The benefits of a reading and signing event are endless, and the opportunity to meet potential readers (and buyers) in a comfortable face-to-face environment is often one of the most important parts of a successful marketing campaign. When the unstoppable force of a new book meets the immovable object of a local independent bookstore, that campaign has a rock-solid foundation!

But how exactly can you go about setting one up?

First, identify potential bookstores! Start local. While larger chain retailers occasionally organize book signings, your local independent bookstores offer far more chances and flexibility. They also have a vested interest in supporting local (and self-published) authors, as the “regionality” of their offerings can provide a significant boost to sales. You can check local newspapers to see if any bookstores are listing upcoming events on the paper’s “calendar of events,” just as you would a public bulletin board in years gone by. Libraries are also a great place to host readings and signings, but they don’t offer some of the same benefits as a bookstore … namely, they don’t usually stock books for sale.

Second, prepare your pitch! Craft a short, clear script which outlines what your book is about and why readers would be interested in meeting you or buying the book. Make sure you include some easily modifiable references to the specific store or location you’re pitching to, so that they feel right away that you’ve done your due diligence and your research, and that you really are interested in having a reading at their store … not just any store. Emphasize the timeliness and the “regionality” or local appeal of your book, as well as any other points about how your book, specifically, will resonate with the store’s customers and perhaps even boost their sales reach.

Third, make contact! Call in or stop by to ask after the store owner or communications manager (if a larger chain) and come prepared with a brief pitch and some ready-made promotional materials, your book’s ISBN, retail price, bulk discount (if applicable), and a review copy if you have one to spare. Make sure to start the process well in advance; even smaller stores often set their events calendars months in advance! The more organized you appear on your first impression, the more likely the store will be to embrace the chance to promote your book by offering a free reading!

Fourth, follow up! It is vital to follow up your pitches with stores which have not confirmed dates. Mark your own calendar a week or two after your store visit, and call! Store owners and communications managers really want to be convinced that you’re willing to do your bit to help with promotion, so keep a list ready to hand of all the ways (whether by setting up an event invitation on social media, papering the town with flyers and handouts, or footing the bill for a newspaper advertisement or radio spot) in which you plan on helping. Provide them with your website address and any additional material they might need to feel confident that you’re the best possible choice for that special date next month! In the book business, persistence really pays off, as does the personal touch … which is what readings are all about.

Follow these four steps and you’ll be well on your way to organizing a successful book reading and signing event!

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Amazon Featured Book of the Week

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The Seasons of Treaty Oak

by Jane Scoggins Bauld

(5 Stars – 1 Customer Review)

Price: $24.95

Jane Scoggins Bauld’s “The Seasons of Treaty Oak” is the life story of the beautiful and historic Treaty Oak of Austin, Texas. It is believed that under this Treaty Oak tree, Stephen F. Austin, the leader of the Austin colony, negotiated a boundary agreement with the nearby Indian tribes. The author tells the story sensitively and suspensefully with due respect for both history and legend.

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Author Poll: Thomas Shipp Wants Your Help With His Cover

Thomas Shipp is self-publishing a book with Outskirts Press, and he wants your help deciding his upcoming book cover.

Book Summary:

Turn boring and bland to outstanding and grand!

Colleges, hospitals, military bases, and many other companies all over the world share one thing in common: a cafeteria that may prepare food for hundreds if not thousands daily. Cafeteria fare can be downright plain and uninteresting, but Cafeteria Cuisine will show you quick and easy recipes and meal pairings created from the precooked food and condiments offered by your cafeteria—and how to turn them into fresh new delights.

From stuffed croissants to lemon-buttered crab legs, Thomas Shipp created unique meals in the Army’s dining facilities while stationed in Kuwait—using anything he could find to make his precooked meal taste better. Now he shares these recipes with you. Whether you rely on cafeteria cuisine or prefer to cook at home, Cafeteria Cuisine will open your eyes—and appetite—to new possibilities. Let’s eat! Bon appétit!

About the Author:

Thomas Shipp, born and raised in Byhalia, Mississippi, is the proud father of two beautiful young daughters—Maleah and Meilani. He has served as an active duty soldier in the U.S. Army for 19 years and is a self-taught cook. His popular Instagram account showcased some of the meals he created while deployed in Kuwait (2016–2017) and led to the creation of this book.

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Self-Publishing Author Spotlight: Mary Wineberg

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 and Olympic  Gold Medalist Mary Wineberg.

About the Author:

The story of Mary Wineberg is one of extraordinary perseverance. She overcame astronomical odds and monumental challenges to grace the top step of the Olympic podium. Her path to Olympic Gold is unlike any the sport has ever seen. She was not a high school standout. She was not a star in college, and she came up short five years in a row trying to run post-collegiately. How could a young girl, abandoned by her mother, and from a disadvantaged background, take what seemed to be average talent all the way to Olympic Gold? She is truly an inspiration to all! Mary Wineberg is a 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist and a 2007 World Championship Gold Medalist in the 4×400 meter relay in track and field. She is now retired from the sport and was inspired to write her story in order to heal from her past, be able to forgive and move on, and motivate others to strive for their dreams. As an educator, Mary loves to give back as a positive role model, and show that dreams can come true. Mary Wineberg resides in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband and two daughters. She is an elementary schoolteacher in the Cincinnati Public School District.

“Always strive for your dreams” — Mary Wineberg

Unwavering Perseverance: An Olympic Gold Medalist Finds Peace

Life is full of choices, decisions, and opportunities. Your perseverance determines your destiny.

I struggled and needed answers. I wanted to know why? I had to know why. Would the choices made for me determine my destiny? Who would raise me? Where would I go? What would happen to me? Could I ever overcome these circumstances? My life was not perfect, but with faith, this girl was able to accomplish her dream! Dream, Believe, and Achieve.

Product details…
Paperback
Format: 6 x 9 Black & White Paperback, 133 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Oct 13, 2017)
ISBN10: 1478775890
ISBN13: 9781478775898
Genre: SPORTS & RECREATION / Olympics & Paralympics

 

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Author Poll: Viola D. Wants Your Help With Her Cover

Viola D. is self-publishing a book with Outskirts Press, and she wants your help deciding her upcoming book cover.

Book Summary:

In many cultures, girls are engaged in early childhood to a future husband chosen by their relatives. This is the story of one such girl, who at the age of 16 found her dreams and desires cut short by a fate handed down by tradition. Mistreated, discriminated against, and a victim of the worst habits and customs of the older generations, she can endure no more. But will she find a way to stop the violence, fight for her freedom, and dare to dream beautiful dreams? You Cannot Imprison Eagle’s Dream is a powerful story, filled with anger and pain. The all-too-real traditions dominating societies in some countries can serve the stability of the family and culture—but when these practices suppress or threaten young girls, it’s time to say, No more!

About the Author

Viola D. was born in Eastern Europe to an intellectual family. Her childhood was happy and comfortable, despite the hardships of living under a communist dictatorship for over 30 years. Witnessing the violence and unfair treatment perpetrated against girls in her country led her to author her debut novel, You Cannot Imprison Eagle’s Dream, the story of her girlfriend’s dysfunctional arranged marriage.

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Amazon Featured Book of the Week

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The Perfect Narcissist

by Ronald A. Kojis

(5 Stars – 14 Customer Reviews)

Price: $19.95

Ronald A. Kojis’s “The Perfect Narcissist.“Can a narcissist actually love someone?” Dr. Wellington smiled ruefully. “Of course she can. She’s been deeply in love for a long time… with herself.”  With strong character development and realism, this book provides an inside look at narcissism through the humorous but explosive situations of a heartbreak marriage. Bunky is thinking about divorce and there’s no telling what the narcissist wife is capable of.

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