Gearing Up for NaNoWriMo!

50,000 words.

Just let that sink in for a moment:

50,000 words!

That’s a lot of words—but don’t panic! It’s only 1,667 words a day. You can do that!

November is right around the corner, and for those ready to accept the challenge, that means NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) is fast approaching with its 50,000-word goal looming on the horizon.

NaNoWriMo isn’t just a vanity project; it’s a chance to tackle some of the thorniest issues related to writing and authorship that emerge when we settle into a long and sustained attempt to generate material. Issues like finding inspiration, maintaining motivation, vanquishing writer’s block, and navigating an author’s complicated relationship with editing.

To help you prepare, we’ve created a to-do list for all self-publishing authors participating in NaNoWriMo!

  • Read some pep talks to boost your motivation to get started—and succeed! (Available on nanowrimo.org)
  • Add a NaNoWriMo badge to your website/blog/social media pages as a fun way to let everyone know that you are taking the challenge. (Also available on nanowrimo.org)
  • Spend time doing things that refresh your writing: listen to music, people watch, drink coffee, and read books!
  • Relax: NaNoWriMo is inevitably hectic, so prepare your mind and body by practicing relaxation techniques such as exercising or meditating.
  • Bring your friends and family on board! You will need their support during this process, so remind them of your goals and writing schedule.
  • Have fun. NaNoWriMo is a fun process, so enjoy it.

Good luck to all self-publishing authors who are participating in NaNoWriMo. We hope you’ll keep us posted on your progress throughout November, and we can’t wait to help you get your books in print when you’ve achieved your goal!

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Outskirts Press Presents David D Bernstein, author of ‘Voices of the Heart, a collection of poems’

Author David D Bernstein is taking his latest book, Voices of the Heart, a collection of poems 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 David D Bernstein and Voices of the Heart, A Collection of Poems    as they appear in features and interviews (such as the one below) in the weeks and months ahead!

Luckily for us, David D Bernstein 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 Voices of the Heart, A Collection of Poems.


OP: Tell us a little bit about Voices of the Heart, A Collection of Poems.  

OP: What is it about?

David:  My book has a collection of poems that I wrote over the course of about ten years. These poems were written when I was in middle school through my college years.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

David:  I decided to write this poetry book because I strongly believe that poetry is very important in our lives, and it also is a great way to express someone’s life story through poetic language and photography. This art is even more important today than ever.

OP: How did you get your book published? 

David: I published my book with outskirts press a self-publishing company that has been very good and professional with all my books which I now have six off.

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

David: I think that readers of all ages will be interested in my book. I also think it is a great book to read for inspiration, growth, and to learn the story of a young man’s journey through life, which was not that perfect.

OP: What is special about your book?  

David:  My book is special because it tells the story of how I survived in an urban society, where a gang war raged, murder was common, and being a young boy that had to watch his back all the time. It was these wonderful and emotional poetry that helped me survive in such a scary place. If it was not for my poetry and connecting with others through open mic nights, I might not have been alive to see this book of poetry come out.     

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

David: Each poetry book is unique and different because poets are human, and they each have a wonderful story to tell. This story can be told through fiction, non-fiction, poetry or through writing.  I think the more books that are out there the better.

OP: Have you published any other books, and do you plan to publish more?

David: Yes, I have published many books. This includes two picture books “The Enchanted Rope” and “Peanut” they deal with real life issues we face death and diverse and help readers out in their own lives. I also published a collection of tween books named “The CORT Chronicles” This includes “The Portal” which won a CIPA EVVY Merit Award in Juvenile Fiction. “Spirral” and “Rebirth”. Finally, “Voices of the Heart, a collection of poems.”

I do plan to publish more books two more middle grade series one called “Living Library Chronicles”, A pre sequel named “His-story” for CORT Chronicles”, a trilogy of books based on elements and some more picture books. I am not sure when these books will be out yet.  

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

David: You can find my books on amazon, Barnes & Nobles, outskirts press and other online bookstores like Target and Walmart.   

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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

David D Bernstein was born in Moscow and immigrated from the Soviet Union in 1981. He has been writing poetry from the heart since high school. Several of his poems have been published in anthologies and magazines, and David has been the recipient of five Editor’s Choice awards. He has hosted several open mic events in bookstores and in college was the co-founder of The Poetry Society. He is the author of two picture books, The Enchanted Rope and Peanut. His middle grade book The Portal won a CIPA Envy Merit award in Juvenile Fiction in 2018. He also authored Spirral and Rebirth in The CORT Chronicles. David is the proud uncle of two teenage boys.

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All people need to show respect for their fellow human beings, man or woman, no matter what country or continent their homeland of origin. Perhaps what will follow this aspect of respect is love and appreciation of the contributions that all races have contributed to the overall advancement of the human race that shares this planet earth we all call home. Education is not a spectator sport, but young students and their family members must all buy in, to achieve a level of success. Everyone in the village needs to share the experience of this book. It is a Sankofa journey for the African Diaspora, but not exclusively for people of African descent. All people whose story is not told in truth are encouraged to seek their own truth in order to establish a strong foundation of self-esteem for young students of all backgrounds. “To be what you want to be, you must first know who you once were.”

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Martha’s Vineyard Burning: A Tragicomedy Memoir of Drugs, Sex & Arson is the coming-of-age story of David Duarte, a second-generation son of Martha’s Vineyard who also descends from Portuguese whalers first arriving in the area in the 1800s. Along with coauthor Ginger Martin, Duarte chronicles the pitfalls and obstacles he overcame without the help of a male mentor. Humans have the ability to do horrible things to fellow humans, but Martha’s Vineyard Burning reminds readers that we’re never alone, no matter how much we may feel we are, in times of deep pain.

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Are you struggling with finances, relationships, or personal growth? Then you will want to read this book. You do not need extraordinary talents to master the principles taught here in order to improve the conditions in your life. You will gain the ability to live by the laws that govern how things are manifested in the world in general and in your unique life in particular.

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The votes are in! The winner of the 2021 Best Book of the Year is IN THE BLACK!

Our three finalists have already won in their respective categories at the 2021 CIPA EVVY Awards; but only one can claim our highest honor — Outskirts Press’ Best Book of the Year!  You’ve weighed your options and voted for your favorite book for this incredible distinction!

The winner of the 2021 Best Book of the Year award goes to In the Black by Andrew Ceroni.

In the Black

CIA’s most valuable foreign agents are being methodically assassinated. With its intelligence network shattering, the Agency begins a desperate search to uncover the traitor within its ranks!

The CIA’s most valued Russian double agents are being assassinated one by one. In Langley Center itself, Jack Barrett, Director of Central Intelligence, barely escapes assassination. When the Agency discovers the attacks originate from a Russian top secret cyberwarfare program called Chernyy Almaz, or Black Diamond, they must respond swiftly to shut down the attacks and extract their top prized agents before they’re lost forever. Chief among them is Dr. Armand Mishenkov, the head of Russia’s research and development for cold fusion weaponry. Pursued by Russian assassins and Spetsnaz teams, Agent Dave McClure must find Mishenkov and smuggle him across Europe and to the United States—but can they make it alive?

About the Author – Andrew Ceroni

Award-winning author Andrew Ceroni served a distinguished career as a Senior Supervisory Special Agent focused on global counterespionage and antiterrorism operations. He received his BS degree from the U.S. Air Force Academy and an MA from Case Western Reserve University, and he studied the German and French languages at the University of Maryland. Andrew is a member of the Authors Guild.

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