Self-Publishing Spotlight: An African Tale

An African Tale, is a rich story for children that opens them to the world of Africa; a world of extremes, drought, floods, beauty, devastation, vibrant life and miserable death. The tale  begins with a history of how the Okavango Delta in Botswana was formed when the people were still hunter-gatherers and food and water were scarce. A waterfinder of the time finds a magical stone in the shape of a diamond, which enables him to produce rain whenever needed. He becomes a semi god with eternal life and lives into modern times when belief in gods starts to fade and so does he. He leaves the stone with the prophecy that there will be two children born born at the same time, one from a rural village and the other from the urban city center who will together through cooperation be able to harness mythical power of the magical stone.

Author Enna Uren wrote a story about African children growing up in two worlds (one old and the other new) using some of the old myths and beliefs to create a fantasy world; An African Tale is also a story about environmental issues particularly water which is such a central part of Botswana life. Throughout An African Tale we meet talking geckos, friendly snakes, flying donkeys and a host of other creatures as we travel from the beginning of human time to the present day. Beautifully narrated, An African Tale, is bound to be treasured by children who love tales of adventure.

About the Author: Enna lives on the edge of the Okavango Delta where an inland delta turns the dry Kalahari sands into a wildlife paradise. She owns and operates a resort that takes visitors on safari into Botswana’s National Parks the Kalahari and the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans. Visit her resort’s website at

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Outskirts Press Receives 2009 Best of Parker Award


Outskirts Press Receives 2009 Best of Parker Award

U.S. Commerce Association’s Award Plaque Honors the Achievement

WASHINGTON D.C., — Outskirts Press has been selected for the 2009 Best of Parker Award in the Publisher Representatives category by the U.S. Commerce Association (USCA).

The USCA “Best of Local Business” Award Program recognizes outstanding local businesses throughout the country. Each year, the USCA identifies companies that they believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2009 USCA Award Program focused on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the USCA and data provided by third parties.

About Outskirts Press, Inc.

Outskirts Press, Inc. offers full-service, custom self-publishing services for authors seeking a cost-effective, fast, and flexible way to publish and distribute their books worldwide while retaining all their rights and full creative control. Available for authors globally at and located on the outskirts of Denver, Colorado, Outskirts Press represents the future of book publishing, today.

About U.S. Commerce Association (USCA)

U.S. Commerce Association (USCA) is a Washington D.C. based organization funded by local businesses operating in towns, large and small, across America. The purpose of USCA is to promote local business through public relations, marketing and advertising.

The USCA was established to recognize the best of local businesses in their community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations, chambers of commerce and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to be an advocate for small and medium size businesses and business entrepreneurs across America.

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Book Blast Featured Book: What Are You, Stupid?

What Are You, Stupid? is a part-humorous, part-serious and always politically incorrect take on what constitutes stupidity, how widespread it is and how to live in a decidedly stupid world.“We do not have to, and should not try to, totally understand stupid people,” Shephard writes with characteristic wryness. “However, we do have to co-exist with them.”

That’s not always easy, at least for the non-stupid, Shephard explains. Readers will meet the fried-chicken joint that ran out of chicken; the fast-food worker who locked the doors because “we’ve got too many customers”; the jail guards whose head count kept coming up wrong because they were counting themselves; and – unfortunately – much, much more. There’s also a section to help readers determine if they or someone they know is, in fact, stupid.

More than an entertaining romp, What Are You, Stupid? examines how stupidity often rises to the top of even the largest corporations, hindering efficiency and holding back organizations and people. Yet many people are afraid to confront stupid decisions and behavior head-on. With What Are You, Stupid?, Shephard seeks to raise awareness of the prevalence and impact of stupidity while providing a rallying cry for change.

About the Author: Henry Shephard is a graduate of Shaw University and A&T State University, with degrees in psychology and counselor education. He is a veteran school counselor and teacher. Shephard has worked with the North Carolina Prison System and in the mental health industry. He and wife Faye live in Statesville, NC.

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Award Winning Self-Published Book: The Days of Peleg

The Days of Peleg by Jon Saboe

Winner of Allbooks Review 2009 Editor’s Choice Award!

Book Description:

Why Is Humanity Dying?

It is now one hundred years since the Great Awakening, and the human race is finally colonizing the world with new settlements and centers of commerce.

Reu-Nathor, High Minister of the Citadel, announces an expedition to explore their new world, and Peleg is commissioned as Chief Cartographer aboard the Urbat.

Peleg’s core beliefs are challenged and his sense of reality is undermined by the new cultures and tremendous tragedies he encounters during his twelve-year voyage. But he has also been given a secret mission to discover the answer to the one question that no one dares to ask aloud:

Why is the human race dying?

What he discovers forces Peleg to re-evaluate all he has ever known—and also provides him with staggering revelations that will determine the eternal destiny of the entire human race!

Books don’t win awards without being submitted to award contests.  Fortunately, Outskirts Press offers a Book Award Submissions Package to help published authors submit their books to six different award contests.

Outskirts Press also offers an Award Recognition Cover Enhancement option (as seen on the cover image above), so award winning authors can display the award on the cover of the book, further publicizing the accomplishment.

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Self-Publishing Author in Honolulu Star Bulletin

Outskirts Press author, Larry Solomon, was recently featured in the Honolulu Star Bulletin. Read the full article here: Finding laughs in layoff

Outskirts Press author and humor writer Larry Solomon takes a timely look at unemployment in his new book, Wrongsized — Become Chronically Unemployed in 26 Easy Steps. It’s a story about an unemployed executive struggling to find a job in today’s market, and, not surprisingly, it’s a laugh-out-loud read. Larry Solomon not only has plenty of corporate experience, he also has written material for TV shows such as Laugh-In, The Smothers Brothers, and The Dean Martin Show.

Solomon has worked in the computer field for over 30 years, holding management and consulting positions with companies such as Anteon, AST Research, AMFAC, General Electric, the U.S. Navy, the City of Torrance, California, and Verifone. While computer programming is his forte, comedy is his true love, and he has written material for hundreds of radio commercials, and for various radio programs, including those of Jay Lawrence, Gary Owens, Jack Gale, and Dave Garroway. He even had his own popular radio show, “The Larry Clark Show.” (He dropped his last name due to the townsfolk’s penchant for white sheets with cut-out eye holes.)

Wrongsized is the story of Lance D. Boyle. As the CIO of a branch of a major corporation, and a computer programmer, Boyle has redesigned many of his company’s systems, resulting in his branch showing a profit for the first time in years. But when corporate sends in an efficiency expert with a Harvard MBA and a fistful of pink slips, Boyle finds himself suddenly out of work. His retirement fund is nonexistent, and he leaves with next to nothing to show for his hard work and loyalty. After an appropriate period of grieving, Boyle decides to take on temp work, admirably approaching each new task with a can-do attitude, but somehow he manages to royally and humorously screw things up at every turn.

Despite its humorous nature, Wrongsized also offers real-world tips for job hunting. Larry Solomon has decades of experience to draw from, and has also been on the receiving end of a pink slip a time or two. “When I was unemployed I really needed a laugh,” he says, and this was the motivation behind Wrongsized. “And after you have finished reading it, you can spend some more time following the tips I have cleverly included to broaden your job search scope. Or, you can color the drawings. Your call.”

About the Author: Larry Solomon and his wife, Theresa Vita, live in Kakaako, a neighborhood just outside of downtown Honolulu, Hawaii. He is currently designing computer applications for the Navy at Pearl Harbor.

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