Self-Publishing Author David D. Bernstein Discusses The Enchanted Rope

Author David D. Bernstein is taking his latest book, The Enchanted Rope 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 The Enchanted Rope as they appear in features and interviews (such as the one below) in the weeks and months ahead!

Luckily for us, 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 The Enchanted Rope.

OP: Tell us a little bit about The Enchanted Rope. What is it about?

David: This book is about a young boy named Jack who has just lost his mother to cancer, unfortunately, a common cause of death in people of all ages. In this book, Jack decides to find a way to connect to his mother and see where her world is. So, under the Alaskan sun, in a field of dreams, Jack gathers up one hundred wildflowers and starts to weave a magic rope he can climb up to the world of angels that his mother is in. A school of salmon, a clan of wolves, a brown bear and a bold eagle watch him as he weaves and weaves a finally sends the magic rope far up into the air to go where his mother is.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

David: This book was published originally in 2010. It was actually based on a poem I wrote called “Moment” which was featured in a poetry chapbook called “Voices of the heart.” That poem grew into the picture book The Enchanted Rope. The main reason I wrote this was because my Grandmother got cancer and I researched this topic and saw how many people that cancer kills and the long-lasting effect it has on the children and family members. I figured by writing this book and using fantasy and folk tale style that it would help families who lost loved ones. It was especially for the children who went through death even if it was a friend, a pet, or a family member. Like in 2010 this book is once again valuable with the Covid-19 cases and death growing daily in the world. The Enchanted Rope is a kind of self-help picture book that can not only change children’s lives but adult lives as well.

OP: How did you get your book published?

David: This was the first book I published with Outskirts press and it did very well back in 2010 and I think it can also do well here in 2021. Outskirts press was professional and helpful on the process and that is why I have been publishing with them ever since.

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

David: Any person rather they are 6 to 100 will be interested in this book. It helps them cope with death and overall, it is just a good folk tale for anyone to read and learn from.

OP: What is special about your book?

David: I think what makes this book special is the style of it which is my own Fairy Tale and at the same time it also is a self-help book and picture book. That combination is rare these days. I am not sure I found that many types of books out there. It also is a very touching story that will make individual’s emotions act out. It also will help people cope with tough issues like death and guide children in healing and use their own imagination to grow and move on in life.

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

David: I am very sure, many books like this are out there so I really cannot answer that question. Probably I think this book is unique in how it is written and the story and guidance it gives to individuals who are facing hard times. The book gives you that fuzzy feeling of comfort a person can find within their own imagination, which is something all of us whatever the age is very comfortable with.

OP: Have you published any other books?

David: I have published a chapbook of poetry called “Voices of the Heart” it is a combination of poems from my teenage years to my college years spanning about ten years. A picture book “Peanut” that helps children cope with diverse and obsession. I also have a trilogy of books known as The CORT Chronicles “The Portal” an CIPA Award winner Book 1 is already published and “Spirral” and “Rebirth” book 2 and 3 will be out in the next few months. I also have poetry published in several magazines and Anthologies that also have won awards.

OP: Do you plan to publish more?

David: I do have plans to publish more books. In the next 5 to 10 years, I plan to publish two picture books “Betty’s Dreams” and “Angry James” and I also plan to publish another trilogy called “Living Library Chronicles.” I do not have any set publishing years for those books, but I do plan to release them soon.

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


The Enchanted Rope is David Bernstein’s first children’s book. He is also the author of one book of poetry and of many individual poems that have been published in magazines and anthologies. He has been awarded five Editor’s Choice Awards and a Certificate of Participation in the 15th Annual Writer’s International Self-Published Book Awards. David has worked with children for many years as a librarian, a camp counselor and a sports.

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