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Our Ultimate publishing packages are our most popular – and for good reason. They include everything you need to publish your book, including professional cover design, interior formatting, ISBN assignment, and more. With this package, you’ll also receive a free author webpage, press release, and distribution through major online retailers like Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

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If traveling to promote your book in person is not currently an option for you, a Virtual Book Tour is a quick, cost-effective way to instantly promote your book on a variety of high-profile venues—venues that could result in valuable book reviews and interview opportunities.

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Yes, “judging a book by its cover” is an idiom referring to first impressions and snap judgments, but the idiom holds true when referring to actual books. If your cover looks amateurish, readers and reviewers alike will question the quality of what’s inside.

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Celebrating Self-Publishing Success: John Russell’s Achievements in the Literary World

Join us in celebrating the exceptional achievements of John Russell, a talented author whose literary prowess and financial success has propelled him to become a regular member of The Authors Guild. With an impressive array of awards and recognition, John Russell has firmly established himself as a formidable force in the world of literature. Let’s explore the remarkable accomplishments that have led him to this well-deserved milestone!

Riding With Ghosts, Angels, and the Spirits of the Dead

Riding With Ghosts

John Russell’s book, “Riding with Ghosts, Angels, and the Spirits of the Dead,” has captivated readers worldwide and garnered numerous accolades and honors. Notable achievements for this enthralling work of nonfiction include:

  1. PENCRAFT AWARD WINNER: Best Book for Nonfiction—Religion/Phil. (2023)
  2. SILVER AWARD from the Nonfiction Book Awards (2021)
  3. BRONZE MEDAL from the Readers’ Favorite International Book Award Contest (2021)
  4. FIVE STAR REVIEW from Readers’ Favorite (2020)
  5. LONGLISTED for the Santa Fe Writers Project Literary Awards (2019)

These prestigious achievements highlight John Russell’s remarkable ability to craft engaging narratives that delve into the realms of religion, philosophy, and the supernatural. The international recognition his book has received speaks volumes about its universal appeal and John Russell’s talent for captivating readers from around the globe.

A Knock in the Attic

A Knock in the Attic

In his book, “A Knock in the Attic,” John Russell continues to mesmerize readers with his masterful storytelling and insightful exploration of metaphysical phenomena. This gripping nonfiction work has garnered a host of awards and commendations, including:

  1. BOOK EXCELLENCE AWARDS WINNER: Paranormal Category Winner (2023)
  2. HONORABLE MENTION & Compelling Read Award, BooksShelf’s Nonfiction Writing Contest (2023)
  3. 2022 BIBA® WINNER, Non-Fiction: Metaphysical Category Winner (2022)
  4. GOLD AWARD from the Nonfiction Book Awards (2021)
  5. QUARTERFINALIST in the 2021 BookLife Prize Nonfiction Contest (2021)
  6. TOP NOTABLE BOOK in the Shelf Unbound 2021 Best Indie Book Competition (2021)
  7. FIVE STAR REVIEW from Readers’ Favorite (2021)

John Russell’s remarkable talent for exploring metaphysical realms with clarity and intrigue shines through in this book. The numerous accolades he has received showcase his dedication to delivering captivating narratives and his ability to engage readers in the fascinating world of the paranormal.

As we celebrate John Russell’s well-deserved induction into The Authors Guild as a regular member, we cannot overlook the profound impact his works have had on readers worldwide. Through his captivating storytelling, meticulous research, and unwavering dedication to his craft, John Russell has carved a prominent place for himself in the literary world. His books have not only enriched the lives of readers but have also earned him prestigious awards and international recognition.

We extend our warmest congratulations to John Russell on his phenomenal achievements and wish him continued success as he continues to captivate and inspire readers with his extraordinary literary talents. May his future be filled with even more remarkable accomplishments and enthralling narratives!

Memorial Day Top Picks

Today we honor the brave men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country. Whether they served in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, or National Guard, these courageous individuals put their lives on the line to defend the freedoms we cherish.

While there are countless stories of heroism and sacrifice, we’ve compiled a list of 10 books that pay tribute to these fallen heroes and their families. From real-life accounts of war to fictional tales of military intrigue, these books cover all the bases.

To those who have returned home, we express our gratitude for their service and sacrifice. And to those who have not, we honor their memory and the legacy of their bravery. On this Memorial Day, we humbly salute you.

Without further ado, here are our top 10 picks in no particular order:

Child of War

Child of War by Ingrid Maria Polonius

James A Seals

Life of Lieutenant Colonel James A. Seals by Michele Seals McConnell

Before Terror Strikes

BEFORE TERROR STRIKES by William Michael Seddon Sr.

Notes From the Trenches

Hired to Serve

Hired to Serve by Madelyn I. Sawyer

The Last Jump

The Last Jump by John E. Nevola

The Best Care in the Air

The Best Care In The Air by TSgt Richard H. Childs, USAF, Ret. / Col Michael A. Germain, USAF, Ret.

The Domino War

The Domino War by G. Mason

Vignettes From Vietnam

Vignettes From Vietnam by Brice H. Barnes

Joeys War

Joey’s War by Robert J. Ardoin

Introducing Self-Publishing Author Justin Israel’s Book Video Trailer for “Penning Patience”

Penning Patience

What you are about to read is ALL of my pain and misery, written down over the course of 5 years After Full-Time Active Duty service for our country.

You are going to read about all of the hurts that I obtained, both past and present: dealing with PTSD, struggling on to stay sane.

Like I said in the beginning, you are going to have to forgive me for my sins and while you read, if you feel the need to label me, then label me correctly — that “I Believe.”

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Now is the time to self-publish

Self-publishing is the process of publishing your own book without the involvement of a traditional publisher. It gives you complete control over your creative vision, your marketing strategy, and your earnings. It also allows you to reach a global audience through online platforms such as Amazon, Kobo, and Apple Books.

Self-publishing has many benefits for authors who want to share their stories with the world. Here are some of them:

  • You can publish faster. Traditional publishing can take months or even years to get your book from manuscript to print. With self-publishing, you can publish your book as soon as it is ready, and update it anytime you want.
  • You can keep more of your profits. Traditional publishers take a large cut of your royalties, leaving you with a small percentage of your sales. With self-publishing, you can keep up to 70% of your royalties, depending on the platform you choose.
  • You can retain your rights. Traditional publishers often require you to sign away your rights to your book, such as the right to make adaptations, translations, or sequels. With self-publishing, you own your book and can do whatever you want with it.
  • You can reach a niche market. Traditional publishers tend to focus on books that have mass appeal and can sell well in bookstores. With self-publishing, you can target a specific audience that is interested in your genre, topic, or style.
  • You can build your brand. Self-publishing allows you to establish yourself as an author and create a loyal fan base. You can interact with your readers directly through social media, newsletters, and blogs. You can also use your book as a tool to promote your other products or services.

Self-publishing is not without its challenges, however. You have to take care of everything yourself, from editing and formatting to cover design and distribution. You also have to invest time and money into marketing your book and building your platform. You may face competition from other self-published authors and traditional publishers. And you may have to deal with negative reviews or low sales.

But despite these difficulties, self-publishing can be a rewarding and empowering experience for authors who want to share their stories with the world. It gives you the freedom to express yourself, the opportunity to reach a global audience, and the potential to earn a passive income from your passion.

If you are interested in self-publishing, here are some steps you can take to get started:

  • Write your book. This is the most important and challenging part of the process. You need to have a clear idea of what you want to write about, who you are writing for, and how you want to structure your book. You also need to write in a clear and engaging way that captures your voice and personality.
  • Edit your book. This is the second most important and challenging part of the process. You need to polish your book until it is free of errors, inconsistencies, and gaps. You can hire a professional editor or use online tools such as Grammarly or ProWritingAid to help you with this step.
  • Format your book. This is the part where you make your book look professional and appealing. You need to choose a font, a layout, a size, and a format for your book. You can use software such as Microsoft Word or Scrivener to format your book for print or ebook.
  • Design your cover. This is the part where you make your book stand out from the crowd. You need to create a cover that reflects your genre, theme, and tone, and that attracts your target audience. You can hire a professional designer or use online tools such as Canva or BookBrush to create your cover.
  • Publish your book. This is the part where you make your book available for sale. You need to choose a platform that suits your goals and budget, such as Amazon KDP, Kobo Writing Life, or Apple Books. You also need to set a price, a category, and a description for your book.
  • Market your book. This is the part where you spread the word about your book and generate sales. You need to create a website, a blog, a newsletter, and social media accounts for your author brand. You also need to use strategies such as SEO, ads, reviews, giveaways, and collaborations to reach more readers.

Self-publishing is not easy, but it is possible and rewarding for authors who are willing to learn and work hard. If you have a story to tell and a passion for writing, self-publishing may be the best option for you.

The Outskirts Press Self-Publishing Kit

Nearly all self-publishing companies offer writers an “incentive” to join their newsletter or mailing list. In most cases, this is the company’s own “Publishing Guide.” These guides vary from sleek sales brochures to informative books covering the process of self-publishing (typically with that particular self-publishing company).

Other self-publishers offer “white papers” or “tip sheets” or “advice columns” focusing on specific topics or obstacles an author may face when self-publishing a book. While often more informative (at least about said topic or obstacle), these white papers are usually much shorter, and therefore, of less-perceived value.

A few self-publishing companies combine their publishing guide with a robust collection of white papers and tip sheets to create a treasure trove of helpful resources for writers. The guide typically markets the company and its offerings, perhaps sheds light on the self-publishing and book marketing processes, and shines a spotlight on successful authors. The white papers, advice columns, and tip sheets, on the other hand, identify core questions or issues facing many writers and offers suggestions or solutions to pave an author’s path toward publication and success.

Outskirts Press offers just such a Publishing Kit to new clients for free at the following link:

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Your complimentary Publishing Kit contains the following:

  • 7 Tips to Self-Publish Like a Pro
  • The most recent book by Outskirts Press President Brent Sampson: Self-Publishing Questions Asked & Answered
  • Our definitive publishing guide: Publish Your Passion
  • Book shepherd one-sheet: Meet Your Publishing Consultant
  • Author success white paper: 7 Highly Effective Rules for the Perfect Book Title
  • Author guide: Author Photo & Biography Guide
  • Author tip sheet: The Top 7 Marketing Elements to Include in Your Book
  • Author guide: Which Book Format Should I Choose?
  • Author white paper: How to Price Your Book
  • Publishing white paper: Diving into Self-Publishing
  • About Outskirts Press: Publishing brochure
  • One-stop shop: Custom Illustration Samples in Color and Black & White

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The 100 Greatest Children’s Books of All Time

We all have fond memories of the books we read as children, whether in school or at home. They shaped our imagination, our curiosity, our sense of wonder. But how do we decide which ones are the greatest of all time?

That’s the question posed to BBC Culture this year, who contacted hundreds of experts in children’s books from around the world, including authors, illustrators, editors, publishers, academics, librarians, writers and readers. They were asked to vote for their favorite children’s books, from picture books to novels, from classics to contemporary works.

The result is the following 100 titles, spanning more than a century of children’s literature. Some books are widely known and loved, others are more obscure or surprising. Some are old favorites while others are recent discoveries. Some are serious and profound, others are funny and whimsical.

But they all have one thing in common: they are great children’s books that have stood the test of time and continue to delight and inspire readers of all ages.

If this list inspires you to write and publish your own children’s book, Outskirts Press can help (and even illustrate it for you).

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1 Where the Wild Things Are (Maurice Sendak, 1963)
2 Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (Lewis Carroll, 1865)
3 Pippi Longstocking (Astrid Lindgren, 1945)
4 The Little Prince (Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, 1943)
5 The Hobbit (JRR Tolkien, 1937)
6 Northern Lights (Philip Pullman, 1995)
7 The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (CS Lewis, 1950)
8 Winnie-the-Pooh (AA Milne and EH Shepard, 1926)
9 Charlotte’s Web (EB White and Garth Williams, 1952)
10 Matilda (Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake, 1988)
11 Anne of Green Gables (LM Montgomery, 1908)
12 Fairy Tales (Hans Christian Andersen, 1827)
13 Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (JK Rowling, 1997)
14 The Very Hungry Caterpillar (Eric Carle, 1969)
15 The Dark is Rising (Susan Cooper, 1973)
16 The Arrival (Shaun Tan, 2006)
17 Little Women (Louisa May Alcott, 1868)
18 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Roald Dahl, 1964)
19 Heidi (Johanna Spyri, 1880)
20 Goodnight Moon (Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd, 1947)
21 The Adventures of Pinocchio (Carlo Collodi, 1883)
22 A Wizard of Earthsea (Ursula K Le Guin, 1968)
23 Moominland Midwinter (Tove Jansson, 1957)
24 I Want My Hat Back (Jon Klassen, 2011)
25 The Secret Garden (Frances Hodgson Burnett, 1911)
26 Duck, Death and the Tulip (Wolf Erlbruch, 2007)
27 The Brothers Lionheart (Astrid Lindgren, 1973)
28 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (JK Rowling, 1999)
29 Brown Girl Dreaming (Jacqueline Woodson, 2014)
30 The Three Robbers (Tomi Ungerer, 1961)
31 The Snowy Day (Ezra Jack Keats, 1962)
32 The Tiger Who Came to Tea (Judith Kerr, 1968)
33 Howl’s Moving Castle (Diana Wynne Jones, 1986)
34 A Wrinkle in Time (Madeleine L’Engle, 1962)
35 Watership Down (Richard Adams, 1972)
36 Tom’s Midnight Garden (Philippa Pearce, 1958)
37 Grimm’s Fairy Tales (Brothers Grimm, 1812)
38 The Tale of Peter Rabbit (Beatrix Potter, 1902)
39 The Railway Children (Edith Nesbit, 1906)
40 Noughts and Crosses (Malorie Blackman, 2001)
41 The BFG (Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake, 1982)
42 Rules of Summer (Shaun Tan, 2013)
43 Momo (Michael Ende, 1973)
44 The Story of Ferdinand (Munro Leaf and Robert Lawson, 1936)
45 The Lord of the Rings (JRR Tolkien, 1954)
46 The Owl Service (Alan Garner, 1967)
47 Ronia, the Robber’s Daughter (Astrid Lindgren, 1981)
48 The Neverending Story (Michael Ende, 1979)
49 The Panchatantra (Anonymous / folk, -200)
50 Treasure Island (Robert Louis Stevenson, 1883)
51 Mary Poppins (PL Travers, 1934)
52 Ballet Shoes (Noel Streafield, 1936)
53 So Much! (Trish Cooke and Helen Oxenbury, 1994)
54 We’re Going on a Bear Hunt (Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury, 1989)
55 The Adventures of Cipollino (Gianni Rodari, 1951)
56 The Giving Tree (Shel Silverstein, 1964)
57 The Gruffalo (Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, 1999)
58 Julián Is a Mermaid (Jessica Love, 2018)
59 Comet in Moominland (Tove Jansson, 1946)
60 Finn Family Moomintroll (Tove Jansson, 1948)
61 The Witches (Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake, 1983)
62 A Bear Called Paddington (Michael Bond, 1958)
63 The Wind in the Willows (Kenneth Grahame, 1908)
64 Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry (Mildred D Taylor, 1977)
65 Karlsson-on-the-Roof (Astrid Lindgren, 1955)
66 The Phantom Tollbooth (Norton Juster and Jules Feiffer, 1961)
67 The Cat in the Hat (Dr Seuss, 1957)
68 The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane (Kate DiCamillo and Bagram Ibatoulline, 2006)
69 Peter and Wendy (JM Barrie, 1911)
70 One Thousand and One Nights (Anonymous / folk)
71 From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs Basil E Frankweiler (EL Konigsburg, 1967)
72 When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit (Judith Kerr, 1971)
73 Shum bola (G’afur G’ulоm, 1936)
73 Ernest and Celestine (Gabrielle Vincent, 1981)
75 A Kind of Spark (Elle McNicoll, 2020)
76 Little Nicholas (René Goscinny and Jean-Jacques Sempé, 1959)
77 Black Beauty (Anna Sewell, 1877)
78 Daddy-Long-Legs (Jean Webster, 1912)
79 No Kiss for Mother (Tomi Ungerer, 1973)
80 My Family and Other Animals (Gerald Durrell, 1956)
81 Jacob Have I Loved (Katherine Paterson, 1980)
81 The Lorax (Dr Seuss, 1971)
83 Fairy Tales / The Tales of Mother Goose (Charles Perrault, 1697)
84 The Moomins and the Great Flood (Tove Jansson, 1945)
85 The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (L Frank Baum, 1900)
86 Just William (Richmal Crompton, 1922)
87 The Twits (Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake, 1980)
87 The Mouse and His Child (Russell Hoban, 1967)
87 Out of My Mind (Sharon M Draper, 2010)
87 Moominvalley in November (Tove Jansson, 1970)
87 Little House in the Big Woods (Laura Ingalls Wilder, 1932)
92 Danny the Champion of the World (Roald Dahl, 1975)
93 The Snowman (Raymond Briggs, 1978)
94 Wave (Suzy Lee, 2008)
95 The Black Brothers (Lisa Tetzner, 1940)
96 The Velveteen Rabbit (Margery Williams, 1921)
97 The Bad Beginning (Lemony Snicket, 1999)
98 The Graveyard Book (Neil Gaiman, 2008)
99 American Born Chinese (Gene Luen Yang and Lark Pien, 2006)
100 Haroun and the Sea of Stories (Salman Rushdie, 1990)