This Week’s Amazon Featured Book of the Week is A Visit to Nicaea by C. Ray Wimberly, PhD

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A Visit to Nicaea

by C. Ray Wimberly, PhD

(5 out of 5 Stars – 2 Customer Reviews)

Price: $17.95

In A Visit to Nicaea: A Search for Truth in the Bible, author C. Ray Wimberly, PhD, compares events described in passages from the Bible with physical evidence stating that the events could not have logically occurred and often are contrary to physical science. Wimberly wrote A Visit to Nicaea for the reader who has an open mind and who seeks the truth in all things. A Visit to Nicaea was written to seek reality–and the truth about who we are.
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The Outskirts Press Affiliate Program offers you a great—and profitable—way to help other writers publish!

If you’re already telling prospective authors about your experience with Outskirts Press, you may want to start doing so in a more official capacity by becoming an Affiliate. You will earn a commission for each new writer you introduce to us, who then publishes with Outskirts Press.

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Not only do we pay you to refer other writers to us, but we also help you succeed with lots of ideas and resources for signing up, not just friends and family but also strangers hungry to follow your lead to publishing success. What an incredible passive income stream—that also benefits fellow writers!

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Outskirts Press featuring author Jo-Ann Vega

Outskirts Press author Jo-Ann Vega’s memoir, Moments in Flight, has earned a coveted review on Readers’ Favorite, one of the largest and most respected book review sites.

It has also received Best Websites for Authors and Honoring Excellence awards from the Association of Independent Authors. The review, by Edith Wairimu, applauded the book’s careful historical details and the “raw and thought-provoking” journal entries and poems Vega included. Wairimu wrote:

I was inspired by [Vega’s] grandparents’ courage and Vega’s willingness to learn, go to college, and make a life for herself despite the gender barriers that existed at the time. . . . [The memoir] also beautifully captures the tenacity of many immigrants who left their countries in the hope of a better future for their families.

Moments in Flight: A Memoir examines Vega’s family’s history from her grandparents in Italy (first section) to Vega’s memories of her own childhood in the South Bronx in the 1950s, college, and early career (second section), then through to her more recent personal experiences and reflections (third section).

Moments in Flight is Vega’s first book with Outskirts Press. Wolf Woman & Other Poems is a collection of fifty poems written over fifty years. The collection’s distinctive organization groups poems by life stage and includes a brief preview of each section. Influenced by Sylvia Plath, Vega writes about being a woman of substance in a world still largely hostile to women’s talents and ambitions.

All of us at Outskirts Press congratulate her!

This Week’s Amazon Featured Book of the Week is 24: What Can Happen in a Day by Michael Ford Jr.

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24: What Can Happen in A Day

by Michael Ford Jr.

(5 out of 5 Stars – 19 Customer Reviews)

Price: $19.95

Life is a fragile, unpredictable adventure. Yet all too often, we squander our twenty-four-hour days with complacency, fear, and petty fights, not appreciating that none of us are guaranteed another day. Michael Ford Jr. wrote 24: What Can Happen in a Day from his perspective as a 24-year firefighter and emergency medical technician, and as someone who knows all too well how we should treasure every moment in the day. From 24, readers will be motivated to overcome every fear, adversary, and obstacle to achieve healthy love, a vibrant life, and the understanding that anything can happen in a day.

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Entrepreneurs, Invest in Yourself by Writing a Book!

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Entrepreneurs love a new idea—after all, it’s what makes you . . . you, no matter what your field of expertise.

Outskirts Press has a great new idea for you: write a book! It really pencils out—for you and your business.

Get to Know Your Brand

Writing a book requires you to think critically, carefully, and thoroughly about what you do, why, and how you’ve positioned yourself. While outlining, researching, and writing, you pay a new level of attention to who your customers are, what they need from you, and how your business helps them above and beyond the competition. That level of introspection will translate into building a better brand.

Add to Your Credibility

Few things say, “I’m an expert on X,” like a book does. And entrepreneurs trade in credibility. You’re presenting something new, often solo, perhaps even without a long track record in that exact field behind you. The only way you can convince people to join you—as customers or investors—is if you can fast-track yourself to credibility. Then, when you point someone to your book, they will assume you have done the work and put in the time to know something about this topic.

Increase Investment and Sales

  • Entrepreneurs often rely on outside investors to help them get their business up and running or inject a momentarily stalled idea with some much-needed financial relief. And, of course, all entrepreneurs require a steady stream of new and loyal customers or clients to keep their business afloat. A book will help you do just that.
  • If you have customers lining up outside the literal or figurative door, you have customers who would appreciate your product or expertise no matter where they are or what time of day it is. They will want to buy your book in addition to buying your main offering.
  • Investors and customers have many options, no matter how unique your product or service is. Make it easy for them to choose you by showing them who you are with a book you can give away or sell as a low-cost entry to your work. Let them “hear” your voice—your humor, your communication style, your thoughtfulness—and take their time to really understand your perspective.
  • Stand out from the crowd in other ways, like by offering a copy or excerpt of your book instead of a business card or other swag at an event. No branded magnet, pen, or chocolate bar speaks as loudly or lasts as long (after all, that chocolate is eaten and the wrapper tossed before the next disappointing conference or tradeshow-boxed meal is over) as a book.
  • Stay top of mind by making a place for yourself on your target audience’s bookshelf. As an entrepreneur, you know how precious your time is, and there’s never enough of it for all the tradeshows you could attend, all the cold calls you could make, all the doors you could knock on, and all the customers or clients you could serve. A book means you never turn your “open” sign to “closed.”
  • Attract the media. The 24/7 media always needs stories and experts to comment on stories. Publishing a book may be a story to the right media outlet, or it may position you as an expert so that when they need someone at a moment’s notice to respond to an unfolding story, they’ll know to reach out to you. Earn free advertising for your business by talking about your book.

Enhance Your LinkedIn Presence

As a published author, you’ll not only have an extra line on your CV, but you’ll also be able to connect with different groups on LinkedIn, widening your network of people who may end up interested in your business’s product or service.

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This Week’s Amazon Featured Book of the Week is Sometimes Mommy Works and Sometimes Mommy Plays by Stephanie Cathey

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Sometimes Mommy Works and Sometimes Mommy Plays by Stephanie Cathey

(5 out of 5 Stars – 3 Customer Reviews)   

Price: $14.95 Paperback & $26.95 Hardback

This simple yet purposeful book was written to help parents explain that while working may be a necessity in life – nothing is more cherished than their time with their children.

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Outskirts Press Voted #1 by Top Consumer Reviews Six Years in a Row!

Outskirts Press voted #1 Self-Publisher by Top Consumer Reviews

It can be hard to decide where to publish your manuscript with so many options available.

But Top Consumer Reviews just made it easier to identify who you can trust. For the sixth consecutive year (2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022), the consumer product and services review site has again named Outskirts Press #1 in the self-publishing industry!

According to TCR, there are many reasons Outskirts Press has garnered this honor multiple years in a row. They cite a wide range of affordable products, an important level of customer service, and our 100 percent royalties structure. To quote TopConsumerReviews.com, “Everything you could need from a self-publishing provider can be found at Outskirts Press. This company’s strong reputation, excellent range of packages, and à la carte services are just a few of the reasons why they remain at the top of our rankings. Outskirts Press continues to be our top pick among self-publishing services.”

Now, it’s time for YOU to experience the service that is #1 in the industry. Our Publishing Consultants are waiting to help you get what you need to achieve your goals for your project.

Now your dreams of becoming a published author are just a click away!

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Five Ways Social Media Can Help Self-Publishing Authors With Book Marketing

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With the exploding popularity of social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Pinterest, it’s easier than ever to connect with people worldwide.

But if you’re unsure how to get started or how to make connections with your target audience, don’t worry! Here are five easy tips to help you!

1. Determine what your goals are.

  • Increase awareness? The average person spends nearly two hours on social media daily; therefore, social media is one of the best places to grab a reader’s attention.
  • Drive traffic to your book? Drive visitors to your author webpage or your listing on Amazon.
  • Generate new leads? These are people who have indicated an interest in your book in some way, shape, or form but haven’t yet purchased it.
  • Build your royalties? You can use social media to turn your audience into paying customers.

2. How often should you post?

  • Facebook—Two or three times per day
  • Instagram—Once or twice per day
  • Instagram Stories—Eight to 16 stories, twice per week
  • Twitter—Three to 10 times per day
  • LinkedIn—Once or twice per day
  • Pinterest—Five to 10 times per day

3. When should you post?

  • Twitter—1:00–3:00 p.m. weekdays
  • Facebook—1:00–4:00 p.m. weekdays
  • LinkedIn—7:00–8:30 a.m. and 5:00–6:00 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday
  • Instagram—5:00–6:00 p.m. weekdays and 8:00 p.m. on Mondays
  • Pinterest—2:00–4:00 p.m. and 8:00–11:00 p.m. weekdays, with weekends being the best

4. What should you post?

  • Facebook—Post videos about your book, live videos of you talking about your book or at book events, photos of you and your book, blog posts, and curated content.
  • No matter what type of post you’re sharing on Facebook, the copy you add alongside your content can be critical in how it performs.
  • Instagram—Post hi-res photos (your cover, your author photo, any images or illustrations within your book), behind-the-scenes photos of your book events, quotes, and user-generated content (sharing other photos, such as attendees at a book signing), but give credit to the original creator (known as a re-post), and Instagram stories. Captions are limited to 2,200 characters, and after three lines of text, they become shortened with an ellipsis (those 3 dots you see on posts). Of course, you want to grab the readers’ attention with your opening line or two.
  • Twitter—Post news about your book, blog posts, photos of you and your book at events, curated content, and images. The type of copy in your tweets can drive huge improvements in your results.
  • Pinterest—Images are the best thing to post on Pinterest. Post hi-res photos of your book, the cover, book events, step-by-step photo guides, and infographics.
  • LinkedIn—Post professional information about your career as a writer. Since LinkedIn is a professional networking platform, the most suitable content will revolve around you as an author. Share news about your book and milestones on your LinkedIn page, particularly if the book involves career advice.

5. Automate, engage, and listen

  • Automate posting of your social media content. A tool like Buffer is great for automation. It allows you to create all the content you want to, all at once, and then place everything into a queue to be sent out according to whatever schedule you choose.
  • Social media requires engagement. When people talk to you, talk back. Set aside time during your day to follow up with conversations on social media. These are conversations with potential customers, references, friends, and colleagues.
  • Don’t forget that the ultimate purpose is to sell copies of your book. So always be polite, helpful, and generous. Book sales will follow.

For more information on marketing your book, log into your Publishing Center for a complete list of marketing options and to access the free Book Marketing Resource Center.

Self-Publishing Insight: David MacFawn, discusses “Applied Beekeeping in the United States”

“Author David MacFawn is taking his latest book, Applied Beekeeping in the United States 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 MacFawn and Applied Beekeeping in the United States as they appear in features and interviews (such as the one below) in the weeks and months ahead!”


Luckily for us, David MacFawn 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  Applied Beekeeping in the United States.

OP: Tell us a little bit about Applied Beekeeping in the United States. What is it about?

David: This book is about applied or practical beekeeping.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

David: I wrote this book because there is a void in beekeeping literature. There are plenty of theoretical books and purely beginners’ books available, but very few applied books have been written.

OP: How did you get your book published?
David: Outskirts Press, Inc. published my book. I worked with Outskirts Press on the formatting, editing, and compilation of the book. Dr. Dewey Caron wrote the foreword.

OP: What types of readers would be interested in this story?
David: The readers interested in this book are those seeking an applied practical approach for beginners through advanced beekeepers. It is a compilation of articles I published in Bee Culture, American Bee Journal, and Beekeeping Your First Three Years over the past five to seven years, plus some unpublished material.

OP: What is special about your book?  

David: My book is unique because the information covers a broad range of beekeeping topics. It begins with basic beekeeping (smokers, moving hives, pulling honey, going through a colony, laying workers, the bee year, splitting, extracting your honey crop, when is a colony worth saving, swarming, drawing out comb, feeders, installing a package of bees, safety in the beeyard, frames and foundation, beeswax candles, bottom boards, walk-away splits, feeding, rotating old comb, and determining how many colonies to have at each location). I also discuss equipment (assembling frames and foundation, amassing equipment), planning (establishing out-yards, sales and marketing, pollination, mentoring, and starting a bee club) and finance (when and how much equipment should you purchase), as well as other items of interest. I have over 50 years’ experience working with honey bees, mainly in the southeastern United States.

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

David: This book stands out from other books because it is an applied book and not theoretical.

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

David: I have published Beekeeping Tips And Techniques For The Southeast United States, Beekeeping Finance (Beekeeping Tips and Techniques for the Southeast United States, by David E. MacFawn, and Getting The Best From Your Bees, by David MacFawn/Chris Slade. Both books are published by Outskirts Press). In addition, I plan to publish another bee book.

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

David: My book can be purchased via Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, and Dadant & Sons bee supply.

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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

David Elgie MacFawn is a North Carolina Master Craftsman Beekeeper (1997); he co-founded the South Carolina Master Beekeeping Program and was awarded the South Carolina Beekeeper of the Year in 1996. He received his Eastern Apiculture Society Master Beekeeper certification during the Eastern Apicultural Society meeting in Greenville, SC, in 2019.

For more information or to contact the author, visit

www.outskirtspress.com/appliedbeekeepingintheus

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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This Week’s Amazon Featured Book of the Week is Shamanomics by Giles Conway-Gordon

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Shamanomics by Giles Conway-Gordon

(5 out of 5 Stars – 12 Customer Reviews)   

Price: $20.95 Paperback & $34.95 Hardback

The global financial Crisis of 2008 demonstrated the comprehensive failure of Economics and of the theory of economic management which has dominated Economics for more than 50 years. It was, in particular, a disastrous failure for macroeconomists, those economists who deal with the big economic factors like growth, inflation and employment and who act as policy advisors to governments.
     The book reviews the post-Crisis literature, including the accounts of the guilty parties (We Didn’t Do It!), conference reports and the commentaries of central bankers, other professional economists and journalists. Finally, the recent work of some social and political thinkers, with the insights of behavioral economics and randomized controlled trials, are welcome signs of a future where moral and social consequences resume their rightful place as the proper yardsticks for measuring how useful Economics and economists really are.
     With very few exceptions macroeconomists have proven little better than shamans – witch doctors – muttering their opaque ritual incantations and failing in their social function. Yet they continue to enjoy an attention and respect which is wholly undeserved. It is time for this dangerous delusion to stop.
     The book is written in plain language for the average reader. The book’s website – http://www.shamanomics.info – provides more detailed information.
     This book was written before the Corona virus struck but its conclusions remain fully valid.

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