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Modern Day Leadership: Tips for Successful Leadership in the Board Room, at the Kitchen Table and in Life

by Michael G. Salicco

(4.5 Stars – 2 Customer Reviews)

Price: $15.95

Michael G. Salicco’s “Modern Day Leadership: Tips for Successful Leadership in the Board Room, at the Kitchen Table and in Life.” Whether you are an aspiring leader or currently in a leadership role and you’re looking for new ideas, strategies, and tactics to continue your evolution, Modern Day Leadership is a must-read. Becoming a better leader is a crucial yet never-ending process. This powerful yet easy-to-follow guide outlines tips for success that will enable forward movement for leaders—tips that focus on innovation, the little things that make a huge difference, and constant individual growth. In this fast-paced, modern world, accomplishing growth without neglecting ourselves is a challenge. Modern Day Leadership outlines strategies, tactics, and real-life examples of how to constantly remain calibrated and productive, all while moving forward and growing as a leader in business—and in life.

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Author Poll: Writer Carolyn Bryant wants your help with her cover

Carolyn Bryant is self-publishing a book with Outskirts Press. And she wants your help deciding her book cover.

Book Summary

“I love you Holli!” “I love you Brooklyn!” The author shows how precious a sisters bond can be when developed by spending time together. This sweet story of two sisters who learned that a walk together was creating a bond that will last a lifetime.

About the Author

CAROLYN BRYANT – Author of her first book “No Shoes”, wife, mother and Granny to her amazing grandchildren. Sister to the siblings she disagreed with from time to time!

Please take a look at two possible covers below and then vote on the choice you recommend for Carolyn.

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Self-Publishing Author David D Bernstein Discusses Rebirth: The CORT Chronicles Book 3

Author David D Bernstein is taking his latest book, Rebirth: The CORT Chronicles Book 3 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 Rebirth: The CORT Chronicles Book 3 as they appear in features and interviews (such as the one below) in the weeks and months ahead!


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 “Rebirth: The CORT Chronicles Book 3.”

OP: Tell us a little bit about Rebirth: The CORT Chronicles Book 3. What is it about?

David: Over one hundred years in the future, eleven-year-old Andy and his brother Zack come home to 2009, hoping to live normal lives. Yet something has gone wrong, they get back to a terrifying version of their hometown. In this edition strange new technologies have taken over and an underground city is about to reborn. The brothers find them self in a different world that they left. They must set out on a quest to save Trinity, New York, and Earth again. They need to find the source of this chaos and destroy it.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

David: I wrote this book to help people escape from the hard life and stress they are going through for the last one and half years, but especially with the Covid-19 epidemic. This virus continues to change lives forever. Yet, there is still hope at the end of this dark tunnel. This book looks at a world that is changing rapidly and going into the light. I hope this final chapter in my trilogy will bring an optimistic view of the world to children eleven to sixteen and to everybody who are losing hope right now. I also believe this book and my trilogy will change lives forever.

OP: How did you get your book published?

David: I got this book self-published through Outskirts Press and like my other books had an amazing experience going through this process. The staff was great and helpful throughout. I recommend them to any new author who wants to get there book out into the world.

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

David: This book is a wonderful read for children eleven to sixteen and adults that love a great story. I believe it is a book anyone will love.

OP: What is special about your book?

David: “Rebirth” is special because it looks at the world in a different view. It is fast paced, action packed, great living characters, emotional and it shares an important message with everyone that is found rarely in other books in its genre.

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

David: Every book that is published is different from others, because individuals have different stories they created. This is because every person sees their own world differently. The books they publish also create different worlds and characters.

OP: Have you published any other books, and do you plan to publish more?

David: I am the author of a book of poetry “Voices of The Heart” and two picture books: “The Enchanted Rope” and “Peanut” both cover real life situations. I also wrote a middle grade novel called The Portal the first book in the Cort Chronicles Trilogy. This book received a CIPA Merit award in Juvenile Fiction in 2018. A hardcover version and an audio book have published in 2021. The next two books “Spirral” and “Rebirth” came out in Spring 2021. He also had several poems published in magazines and anthologies and is the recipient of five Editor Awards. I do have plans to publish more books in the near future.

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

David: My books are available on Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, Outskirts Press and other online bookstores.

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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

David D. Bernstein is an energy healer and psychic who has worked with children for many years in different settings. He is the author of a book of poetry and two picture books, The Enchanted Rope and Peanut. His middle grade book, The Portal, won a CIPA EVVY Merit award in juvenile fiction in 2018, and he authored Spirral and Rebirth in The CORT Chronicles Trilogy. David has had poems published in several magazines and anthologies and is the recipient of five Editor’s Choice awards. He is also the proud uncle of two young boys.

For more information or to contact the author, visit https://www.outskirtspress.com/rebirth3

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Author Poll: Writer Joe Stearns wants your help with his cover

Joe Stearns is self-publishing a book with Outskirts Press. And he wants your help deciding his book cover.

Book Summary

What one wishes not to be; may not be avoided. Greentea Gravelt just wants to be a loyal Cleric Dwarf to her Clan. Her King and her Great Uncle Wizard know differently. Can she be the answer to what the Dwarves have long desired?  Jackrol Tiller just wants to be a normal young teenager and maybe a great swordsman for the Wyndswept people, but his first opportunity goes all wrong.  Vonn, the Magi, of the Mounties knows the world of Magic is changing. Can he make it work for The Mounty Republic?  Wyndliege, land of Dragons, but the Dragons are gone, the Elves are slaves, and the Dwarves and Humans are dominated by the diminutive Mounties. The odd pairing of the Recorder and Protector has all the important leaders scared and confused! But first, the Battle of Beardly must be decided.

About the Author

After many years of reading every fantasy book out there, I realized that the story I wanted to tell had still not been written. A few years later, the story emerged onto paper. The art of creating my world, with my characters, my rivers, mountains and cities, and my conflicts was exhilarating, exhausting and unbelievably fantastic. I give my thanks and blessings to all who write a story and give a part of themselves to the world, for that’s what writing really is. As a native Idahoan, I am blessed to have beautiful mountains, stately forests, wonderful rivers, and beautiful open plains in my State to draw inspiration from. God bless the USA.
Joe Stearns

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Amazon Featured Book of the Week

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Clamdigger

by Richard Collins

(5 Stars – 2 Customer Reviews)

Price: $23.95

Richard Collins’s “Clamdigger” is the memoir of Richard Collins growing up during some of the most world-changing times–the 1960s–and attended Kent State University when it made international headlines. Collins had plans for his future that were ripped away from him just like a clam that has its shell ripped off and is eaten. He had life on the half shell while still trying to make a positive difference. Feel life’s joy, hardship, rewards, and destruction. Perfect for young adults interested in making our world better in this brave new world.

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Editing Tips for Busy Writers

When readers are browsing for a new book, they’re going to be drawn to a great book cover and a catchy title. They’ll read the blurb on the back cover, but before actually taking the plunge and hitting the BUY button, most readers will skim the first few pages of a book that interests them… And if these pages are riddled with errors, the consumer is off to the next title.

In order to be taken seriously, self-published books must be professionally edited.

Often authors are so anxious to get their books in print that they skip this crucial step. Others feel their book is fine because their mother or their next-door neighbor checked it over… But take a look at Amazon reviews, and you’ll find that the biggest turnoff to a reader is a poorly edited book filled with silly mistakes and serious flaws — problems that an editor would never let slip through the cracks. If the reader is preoccupied with incorrect punctuation, word choice, and grammar, they won’t be able to focus on what your book is trying to say.

Most importantly, no matter how thrilling your thriller or educational your how-to, if your book is unedited (or edited by your former first-grade teacher), you will very likely be perceived as an amateur.

Many authors feel confident in their own editing abilities and believe their book is fine without a fresh pair of eyes to review it. They might run a spellcheck, check for typos, and call it good. But a professional editor does so much more than check for spelling.

What can an editor do for you?

A good editor keeps the rules of the English language in mind but also preserves the writer’s unique voice. Each writer is different, and sometimes their style overrides mandates handed down by the grammar police. A good editor will recognize and nurture individual style.

Copyeditors focus on a book line by line, looking for spelling and grammatical problems, consistency, clarity, word choice, sentence structure, verb tense, dialogue, and other issues of style. They also look at the big picture and flag general problem areas in plot, character, point of view, and overall flow.

Did your main character’s name change halfway through your book? An editor will catch it. They’ll also catch embarrassing errors like anachronisms (a smartphone in 1932?) or plot problems (how can your heroine be in two places at one time?). Does the book switch back and forth from past to present tense? Is it filled with long, confusing sentences and page-long paragraphs? An editor will fix these problems.

It’s difficult to edit your own work, as just about any author will tell you. Whether you’re a bestselling author or a brand-new writer with your first book, an objective professional review/edit of your work is a crucial step. And the readers you’re hoping to attract will be more willing to hit that BUY button if they’re not distracted by poor presentation and awkward sentence structure!

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How Understanding Book Discounting Can Pack Your Pocketbook

When you are a self-publishing author, making sense (and cents) out of convoluted terms like “trade discount” can make all the difference between being a struggling writer and a profitable one. Today we’re going to discuss the term “trade discount” in depth and learn how understanding it can help to improve your bottom line as an author.

To understand “trade discount” one must first understand what the word ‘trade’ refers to. In this case, “the publishing trade” consists of wholesalers, distributors, and retailers, all of whom practice the trade of helping you distribute and sell your book. The “trade discount” in its simplest terms is simply how those “trades” make money. The higher the trade discount, the more money those wholesalers, distributors, and retailers make. It’s not surprising, therefore, that they all prefer higher trade discounts to lower ones, especially since they have to split it amongst themselves. In other words, the higher your trade discount, the more motivated they’re going to be to sell your book, because doing so is more profitable to them. This usually presents itself in the form of greater distribution, greater retail availability, and perhaps even greater “findability” on retail sites. The lower the trade discount, the less distribution opportunities for your book.

Trade discounts can range from a now almost-unheard of 20%, which results in basically NO distribution, to an equally painful 60-70% (for places like Costco and Wal-Mart). Why “painful” you ask? Well, because the trade discount has a direct effect on either your retail price or your royalties (or, usually, both). You see, in order for a book to have a higher trade discount, it either must have a higher retail price, or a lower author royalty (or, again, usually both). Since many authors are price-sensitive about the book’s cover price, as are most retailers for that matter, balancing a book’s retail price with its trade discount becomes something of a compromise.

Let’s take a look at an example. A book with a retail price of $20 and a 50% trade discount means wholesalers, distributors and retailers are going to receive $10 to split amongst themselves. Now $10 remains. To make the math easy, let’s say the print-on-demand book has a production cost of $5. That leaves $5 remaining. Some publishing companies take a percentage of this remaining amount for themselves, up to 80% in extreme cases, before paying the rest to the author in royalties. Outskirts Press is among a select few who don’t take any of this remainder and instead pay 100% of this remaining amount to the author. To summarize: A $20 retail price, $10 for the “trade”, $5 to produce the book, and $5 for the author’s royalties (100% net profit of the book). By way of comparison, the same $20 book with a 40% trade discount means the “trade” receives $8. The book still costs $5 to produce. And now the author receives $7 instead of $5. Two extra dollars for every book sold. This is why it is important to choose a self-publisher, such as Outskirts Press, that gives you control over your book’s trade discount.

Here are the most common trade discounts offered by the few full-service self-publishing companies that give you any control over the matter (few do; we recommend finding one that does):

40%: Generally allows retailers enough profit to stock and re-order your book, although sometimes with “delayed” availability. This plan is recommended for an author who wants to achieve some online availability while maintaining a good profit margin. This discount is also better suited for speakers and other professionals who are planning on selling the majority of their books through methods other than bookstores and websites, like for instance, through “back-of-room” sales, or through their businesses to clients directly.

50%: Full online availability with consistent stocking and reordering queues, plus the ability to pursue offline sales for stocking within retail stores.

55%: The highest trade discount offered through print-on-demand distribution, resulting in maximum distribution potential for your book.

This can be a challenging subject to understand. Overall, we recommend that you select a publisher that allows you the flexibility to choose your own trade discount. To learn more, schedule a no obligation consultation with one of our knowledgeable Publishing Consultants here.

 


Outskirts Press Presents Dr. James K. Ocansey, author of A New Lease on Life

Author Dr. James K. Ocansey is taking his latest book, A New Lease on Life 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 Dr. James K. Ocansey, Ph.D. and A New Lease on Life as they appear in features and interviews (such as the one below) in the weeks and months ahead!


Luckily for us, Dr. James K. Ocansey 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 A New Lease on Life.

OP: Tell us a little bit about A New Lease on Life. What is it about?

Dr. James:  This title is an extension of Dr Batmanghelidj’s book: Your Body’s Many Cries for Water: You’re Not Sick, You’re Thirsty, Do Not Treat Thirst with Medication. This book was based on his experience in an Iranian political jail where he was able to cure over 3,000 inmates with water, the only thing available to him. My title is to expand on that vision to include nutrition but also ionized alkaline water. It’s about how recent research shows that you can add over 20 years to your life span through proper nourishment and detoxification. Based on autopsies performed on 750,000 animals of over 454 species and 3,000 humans for comparison over a 12-year period, Dr. Joel Wallach came to the conclusion: “it was apparent that every animal and every human who dies of natural causes dies of a nutritional deficiency disease.” To protect yourself from nutritional deficiency diseases, all you need do is to provide your body the essential nutrients in the form of 60 minerals, 16 vitamins, 12 amino acids and 3 essential fatty acids and the body will self-repair or heal itself. Ionized alkaline restructured negative water is the best means to both nourish and detoxify.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

Dr. James:  As a Christian believer and a prostate cancer survivor before I came to learn of vitamin B17, who also suffered a serious back ache at age 75 before I learned of alkaline antioxidant water, I wish to share my knowledge with all who will be interested in longevity and a healthy life. If God has given us 120 years and there are cultures in which people live to over 120 years in perfect health, all we need to do is find out what they did correctly so we can follow their example. God’s Word says: “I will bless your food and water and take sickness away from you.” This principle of food and water as the means of healing still holds for all people.

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

Dr. James: All those interested in good health and longevity should be interested in this book. Anyone over age 50 experiences a downturn in their body’s ability to perform as expected. This is because of toxic build up which undermines our health causing many underlying conditions. Dr Coanda, a Nobel Prize winning scientist who lived among the Hunzas for over 70 years studying their water said: “The water in Hunza land contains the secret of health and longevity and we should all live to be at least 125 years old and in excellent health. We should not die in a decrepit state with loss of mind, memory and bodily functions.” He told his Assistant Dr. Flanagan to invent a machine that will create that kind of water and “you will save many, many lives.” He invented Micro-Cluster technology to produce this kind of water. The Japanese have been using this since 1965. (https://3john2pros.com).

OP: What is special about your book?  

Dr. James:  My book is a summary of research done over many decades by many authorities in their fields of study and calling for paradigm shift in medical science. It teaches that the human body is created to self-repair, given the correct nutrients using the right type of water, not just any water. Dr. Horzt Filtzer of Harvard Medical School said: “Drinking the right water, not just any water, is critical to your health and prevention of disease. This is true, now more than ever, in our acidic 21st century society.” If we want to live a long healthy life free from disease and pain, we need to heed this advice and also make sure that we stay away from nutritional deficiency diseases.

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

Dr. James: Most likely, God willing. My other books include: The Case for Cancer as a Deficiency Disease; The Roots of Our Faith: Ancient Egypt and the Bible; Jesus Christ: The Missing Years and the Mysteries; Meet Jesus the Christ: According to the Book of God’s Remembrance.

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

Dr. James: Many books in this category focus on exercise/work out mostly for physical development. They also include nutritional supplementation. The problem is that they do not focus on ionized alkaline hexagonal water as the best type of water for hydration and detoxification. Page 29 of my book compares beverages, their pH (Potential Hydrogen) and ORP (Oxidation Reduction Potential) which is whether they oxidize (rust) or reduce that oxidation. Perrier, Gatorade, Snapple Antioxidant Drink, Aquafina, Evian, Tap water, Smart water (Glaceau), Zaqual & Essentia even when it says 9.0 pH on the bottle, they are all positive or acidic, (+227 to +542). Only ionized Alkaline water 9.5pH is negative (-470). This is the only water good for the body. All the healing testimonies in chapter 8 of this book are the result of using this ionized alkaline water by the Enagic gold standard.

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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

As a retired International Educator, a Ph.D. with over 50 years’ experience in my field, my desire is to educate people how they can help their body with the necessary raw materials needed to enable it to heal itself.

For more information or to contact the author, visit https://www.outskirtspress.com/ANewLeaseOnLife

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Season’s Greetings from Outskirts Press, the A+ Rated and #1-Rated self-publishing according to the Better Business Bureau and Top Consumer Reviews, respectively. What do we have for you during this end-of-year Holiday Event? Start publishing your book today with the Ultimate Black & White or Full-Color package today and you will receive $300 in credit to apply toward any pre-production option (like a custom cover or editing, for example), and we will include a free Amazon Kindle eBook edition of your book, too!

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