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Outskirts Press Author Martina Potucek-Palladino’s Marketing Idea Is as Unique as Her Books!

Lorenzo, the Fifth Narrative of the Thru Eyes of REM series by Martina Potucek-Palladino, recently joined the author’s four previous titles with Outskirts Press. Each title has an adult version and a new adult version. But Potucek-Palladino isn’t sitting back, content to be comfortable in the familiar. Instead, she keeps pushing herself as the lead marketer for her series. Earlier this year, she began selling wine that pairs with her books.

“It’s something I wanted to do from the beginning,” Potucek-Palladino told My Life Publications, which covers life in New Jersey, where Potucek-Palladino lives. When she hit her goal of having at least three or four books in her series, she “went to a winery and tasted different wines that would remind me of the character on the cover of that book.” Then, her cover artist, Wendell Souza, revised each book cover image to become one suitable for a wine label while Potucek-Palladino came up with a name for each.

For example, Tink, the first book in the series, pairs perfectly with Sanguine Sangria, Potucek-Palladino says—the blood orange might be something her vampire-story-loving character would appreciate. Tommy, the second book, involves seven brothers in Sardinia, Italy, so the wine to pair with it is Sette Fratelli Sangiovese (“Seven Brothers Sangiovese,” in Italian).

Thru Eyes of REM is a fantastical adventure of love and hatred, acceptance and empowerment—all weaving together over a thousand years. The characters came to Potucek-Palladino more than 20 years ago in a dream. However, she still writes as she always has: one entire chapter at a time, never allowing herself to be interrupted midchapter.

While Potucek-Palladino is not licensed to sell her wine herself, interested readers may receive a wine giveaway if they meet her at a convention. The Marketplace in Flanders, New Jersey, also sells the wine directly to consumers—along with, of course, Potucek-Palladino’s action-packed books.

We love creative ideas like Potucek-Palladino’s! There are so many exciting, outside-the-(wine)-box ways to market a book! Outskirts Press marketing experts are always here to help you brainstorm!

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This Week’s Amazon Featured Book of the Week is The Tooth Fairy Makes a Mistake by Great-Aunt Rita

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The Tooth Fairy Makes a Mistake

by Great-Aunt Rita

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When Michael loses his front tooth, he puts it under his pillow. He wakes to find…a lot more money from the Tooth Fairy than he expected!

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Cheers to You and Yours!

Whether you spend Thanksgiving with family or friends, in person or via video call, with a big meal at your table, or by volunteering at a community table, we wish you well!

We are so thankful to be a part of our authors’ lives.

We feel that appreciation every day—with every check-in call, every successful consultation, and every book the moment it appears for the first time in stores—but today is an excellent opportunity to express that gratitude to you all. No matter where you are in your publishing journey, thank you for bringing Outskirts Press along with you!

Thank You for Being You, Authors. And Thank You for Being Ours Too.

Sometimes, we resist sentimentality around the holiday season because we feel as if everything worth saying has been said before. Still, we at Outskirts Press firmly believe that the truth is worth telling and retelling, especially at a time of the year when the hectic nature of our private lives can distract us from what’s really important: our friends and families. As one of our treasured authors, you are both friend and family—and we want to make sure you know how much we appreciate you this Thanksgiving. Your business, your support, and, yes, your friendship are the rock-solid foundation upon which we have built a company around the idea that your stories are the cornerstone of an energetic, radical, world-changing phenomenon.

In celebration of you and all that you do, we wanted to highlight some of the authors who have published through Outskirts Press in recent years.

These authors are, like the books they produce, representatives of a vibrant and diverse community engaged in storytelling. We are so excited that they—and you—have chosen us to come alongside you throughout the self-publishing process. Here are a few quotes from our Author Representatives on some of their favorite experiences:

I chose Outskirts for my first book, My Dog is More Enlightened Than I Am, because I loved how they package everything at a set price and make it easy for their first-time authors.

When publishing my second book, My Dog is My Relationship Coach, there wasn’t a question that I would use them again. The communication and expertise from editors, designers, and marketing are priceless! There is a continued relationship with Outskirts after publishing as well to share awards and achievements the books received. I will continue to use Outskirts for the streamlined process and the value of the price of publishing.

Maureen Scanlon, author of “My Dog is More Enlightened Than I Am and My Dog is My Relationship Coach”

My Author Representative kept me on schedule and made sure I completed all the required tasks so my book could be published on time. The process was simple and easy.

William Poteet, author of “Good Guys Die Too

I appreciated my Author Representative’s prompt responses, the clarity of her replies, and that her responses were comprehensive, well laid out, and accounted for pertinent information that was needed to understand her reply. I am completely satisfied.

Linda Buzzeo Best, author of “Antonio’s Story

I was very happy with the support I received for my first book. I always knew I would get the answer I needed promptly.

Carol L. Cohen, author of “REAL Selling

I had a wonderful and positive experience throughout the process. I truly enjoyed working with my Author Representative. She was efficient, knowledgeable, and professional. She always responded to my needs and addressed the issues to my satisfaction. I really appreciate her guidance.

Xiaorong Zhang, author of “The Story of Rice

My entire team, from beginning to end, was amazing and helped me every step of the way. I am a 79-year-old, first-time author and knew nothing about publishing, but these consultants made the journey a successful one. I am very grateful.

Joan E. Masaryk, author of The “Lone Javelina

Having an individualized author representative who understands the nature of your project and can steer you through the process smoothly really inspires confidence and creates peace of mind.

James T. Farley, author of “American Cop

A new journey without a road map always begins with a first step in the general direction of your destination. Writing, publishing, and marketing a book is a similar venture. Outskirts Press and our Author Representative provided targeted information via many Outskirts Press articles and emails to guide my coauthor and me through the publication process. We actively participated in the presentation design of our text, images, and book cover. Our book was published three months ago and is presently available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Apple Books. We couldn’t have arrived at our destination without the professional help of our Outskirts Press team. It was both an educational and pleasurable experience. Thanks!

Diane Wheeler & Mike Kohut, authors of “Dandelions of Key West: A Collection of Whimsical Short Stories by Two Military Brats Who Blossomed Within the Conch Community They Now Call Home

My Author Representative was amazing. This was my first time publishing a book, and I had a little bit of anxiety before we started the process due to my lack of experience. My Author Representative walked me through each step and proved to be a tremendous resource and help. Fast-forward a few months and my book is published. I’m beyond excited. Thank you so much for your help!

Răzvan Petrea, author of “The Champion Mindset: How I Went From Homeless to CEO

This was my 3rd book with Outskirts Press. From sales to production, my team was always available to promptly answer my questions and guide me through the process. And what patience these ladies have to deal with me! The customer service and friendly professionalism provided by the team were 5-star all the way. Why, yes, I will be using Outskirts Press again! Thank you, and see you on book 4.

Rick Lawin, author of “Whispering Winds

I am a seventy-six-year-old rookie in the publishing process, and I needed help. My Author Representative provided excellent assistance. She was competent but also sensitive, flexible, and patient while guiding me through the necessary steps. I was really impressed with the whole Outskirts Press operation. They provided opportunities and assistance at every step and clearly cared about turning out the highest quality product while respecting the author’s freedom and goals. They provide high-quality support at a reasonable price.

Gene Gade, author of “The Fearing Time

Self-Publishing Author Lionel “L Boogie” Binyard Discusses One Out Of Ten

Author Lionel “L Boogie” Binyard is taking his latest book, One Out Of Ten 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 Lionel “L Boogie” Binyard and One Out Of Ten as they appear in features and interviews (such as the one below) in the weeks and months ahead!

Luckily for us, Lionel “L Boogie” Binyard 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 One Out Of Ten.

Outskirts Press: Tell us a little bit about One Out Of Ten. What is it about?

Lionel: The book follows the path of Lance who is our main character. It follows life’s ups & downs as Lance navigates life through his Junior year of college. The book takes a nostalgic look back at 1980’s HBCU college life.

Outskirts Press: Why did you decide to write this story?

Lionel: I decided to write the book to reminisce about college life and have a chance to relive the best of times which were the 1980’s. I wanted to give those who were attending college life during that time a chance to relive some of the memories they experienced during that time. And for those that are too young and didn’t get a chance to experience what life was like during those times I wanted to give them some insight as to what life was like and what was going on during 1988-1989.

Outskirts Press: What types of readers would be interested in this story?
Lionel: The readers who would be interested in my book would be those students especially Africa-American who were attending Historically Black College & Universities during that time. Also those readers who are into the 1980’s who would like to reminisce about the music, the fashion, the entertainment, news etc.

Outskirts Press: What is special about your book?  

Lionel: What makes the books special to me is all the references to music and fashion. The music references especially help set the mood and tone for the book. It’s like a late 1980’s playlist of hip hop, R&B and club music.

Outskirts Press: Have you published any other books? Do you plan to publish more?

Lionel: I have not published any other books as of now, however I do have some ideas for new books. I am thinking about working on a sequel to my book One Out Of Ten. I’m also considering some other ideas, such as short stories.

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

Lionel: my book is being told from personal experience and those from family and friends whose shared experiences helped provide the content for the book. Each experience is unique and this provides a fresh and different perspective from other books in the same category.

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

Lionel: They can visit my author webpage at Outskirts Press. I am also on Instagram.
Additionally my book One Out Of Ten is on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Outskirts Press: Thanks for your time, Lionel! We look forward to learning more about you as you visit other bloggers!


Lionel “L Boogie” Binyard is an author, entrepreneur, business owner and writer. He has been writing for over 20 years. He is a proud graduate of an HBCU along with friends and family that have shared experiences at Historically Black Colleges & Universities and have helped contribute to the story in this book. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, sports, reading, writing, bartending, music and other hobbies.

This author purchased the Media Marketing Blitz 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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Introducing Self-Publishing Author MP Kollman’s Book Video Trailer for “Promises”

by MP Kollman

Announcing the Self Publishing News premiere of the book video trailer for Promises (published by Outskirts Press, November 2022), by MP Kollman.

Special Agent Kevin Grayson made a promise seventeen years ago.

It isn’t in his nature to break a promise even if given to someone who doesn’t deserve it. But when he retires from the Bureau of Drug Enforcement, is he still bound by that promise? To not go after Lucias Chandler as long as he remains with the Bureau. He thinks not.

Samantha assumes her husband is on assignment until she discovers he has absconded with half a million dollars. His boss, Jeff Hand further confounds her with the news of Kevin’s retirement. Later, they both arrive at the same conclusion of where he’s gone. And why. An assignment possibly more precarious than any other. Less than two weeks later, Samantha suddenly collapses from a pain not her own; all those present know the worst has happened. But is Kevin alive or dead? And where is he?

MP Kollman

Promises is the sixth in the seven-book crime/adventure Brothers series: Brothers (1995), Sequela (2012), Honeymoon and Moirai (2021), and The Accident (2022). MP Kollman has also published Skin Deep (2016), a romance unrelated to the series. MP was raised on a dairy farm in central Minnesota. She began writing in grade school for her own enjoyment—whisking her on adventures far from the family farm. After graduating, she moved to Wisconsin, where she married and now has two adult children and three grandchildren. MP recently retired from a full-time job, which allows her to dedicate more time to her writing.

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