Amazon Featured Book of the Week

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Why Does Government Need to be Funded?

by Amphidromus

(4.5 Stars – 22 Customer Reviews)

Price: $16.95

Amphidromus’s “Why Does Government Need to be Funded?” This little book provides deep-search introspection of our most basic organizing principles. Its hope is to be the new American shot heard ’round the world. The simple core idea, based around properly understanding the concept of money, will provide what was unimaginable before: a solution to what divides us so. Individual liberty and social justice will be unfettered, free at last to simultaneously flourish.

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5 Ways to Get the Most Out of Self-Publishing Creative Services

Whether you’re a new author, a seasoned pro or just thinking about self-publishing, there’s always much to consider along the publishing journey. In fact, as much blood, sweat and tears as you poured into your first draft manuscript, it’s usually the easiest part of the journey if you opt to go it alone!

Many authors find themselves overwhelmed with all the “little finishing touches” that add up to a huge workload just to get their book in tip-top shape for publication: creating a beautiful cover; crafting cover copy that’s both SEO-friendly and compelling to prospective buyers; polishing the manuscript until it’s flawless; formatting for a beautiful paperback and hardcover book, as well as for a fully functional ebook … You’ll need to be a Jack/Jill-of-all-trades with a lot of time on your hands to cover all that creative territory!

Understandably – and wisely, we might add – many authors hire professional creatives with specialized skills to take these tasks off their hands. Here are five smart ways to get the most out of these creatives services and save money in the process.

  1. Look for money-saving bundles. No one wants to get nickeled and dimed when they self-publish. Our publishing packages are assembled to help you get everything you need to publish and market your book at a discounted package price. From comprehensive One-Click Suites tailored to specific book genres to publishing packages such as the Ultimate and Full-Color, bundles save you time and money, and spare you the stress of cherry-picking services.
  2. Think outside the bundle. There’s no need to accept an all-or-nothing approach. Not only does Outskirts Press package the essentials into convenient publishing suites, but we have scores of optional custom creative services you can select or add to your publishing package, including Custom Cover Design, Custom Illustrations, Professional Copy Editing and Enhanced Interior Formatting. In fact, we offer more creative options than any other self-publishing company.
  3. Personalize, customize, revitalize. Never feel you must purchase more or less than what you need. Although Outskirts Press publishing packages are exceptionally well-crafted, you’re always free to build your own menu of services to get something that’s even more precise to your needs. It costs nothing to chat with an Outskirts Press Publishing Consultant at 1-888-672-6657 or via our live online chat option; a consultant can help you choose the perfect products.
  4. Rely on specialized expertise. Once you’ve chosen your package and/or creative options, know that you can relax and hand off the heavy lifting to graphic designers, professional formatters, marketing copywriters, seasoned copy editors and other talented creative service providers with experience in the publishing industry.
  5. Never be afraid to ask for help. It’s our desire to always tell you “yes.” We realize every author’s work is unique and every situation is different – so if anything is ever “close but not quite,” let us know and we’ll make it perfect for you. Outskirts Press will always work with you one-on-one to ensure you have the services you need and that those services are delivered to you in a manner that works best for you.

At Outskirts Press, we want to help bring your unique vision to life. Your book is a one-of-a-kind work, so we’ve designed a full range of products from which you can pick and choose to get service that’s as unique as your book! Learn more about which ones are right for you by speaking with an Outskirts Press Publishing Consultant at 1-888-672-6657 or via the live online chat option on our website.

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Amazon Featured Book of the Week

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by Angel Desean

(5 Stars – 2 Customer Reviews)

Price: $12.95

Angel Desean’s “LOST…then…FOUND.” Throughout our life, we will experience ups and downs. There are moments of love, moments of joy, moments of humor, moments of fun and moments of tragedy that cause us pain and heartbreak that we must overcome. There is hope. As you read these poems, may they bring joy and peace to your life.

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Author Poll: Donna M. McNamara Needs Help Choosing a Cover

Donna is self-publishing a book with Outskirts Press and wants your help deciding on a book cover.

Book Summary

Lying in southwestern Montana are the towns of Virginia City and Nevada City. In 1864 the towns possessed the lure of instant wealth, excitement, and adventure that came from gold mines. Along with this excitement came danger. Danger posed by men of unsavory character who would not stop at anything to get what they desired. Five men who were residents of the towns fought back by forming a Vigilance Committee with the goal of bring justice to the men who terrorized the towns. There have been many theories throughout the years of how the vigilantes financed their quest for bring law and order to the territory of Montana. This book explores the work of John Lott as territorial treasurer, author of the Vigilante Oath, and book keeper of the Ferreting Fund, a register of names and amounts of money donated to the Vigilantes to restore law and order. This paper is written not as an attempt to legitimize the actions of the vigilantes, but rather to explore the funding of the organization provided by citizens of Alder Gulch; ordinary people who refused to live in an environment where terror reigned and they feared for their lives and livelihoods.

About the Author

Donna M. McNamara is a special education teacher. For the past sixteen years she has volunteered as a living historian for the Montana Heritage Commission at Nevada City, Montana. She holds BA degrees in History, Elementary Education/Special Education, and a MEd in Curriculum and Instruction in Reading.

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Outskirts Press Self-Publishing Authors Snag 21 EVVY Awards Finalists

The results of the EVVY Awards judging is back, and it’s good news: Outskirts Press self-publishing authors garnered a company record of 21 finalists for the 2017 CIPA EVVY Awards, including one book, Gramma Darling by Lissa Schroeder, which placed in six competition categories! A second, The Thundering Herd by John E. Peltier, will be recognized in two.

Now in their 23rd year, the CIPA EVVY Awards are sponsored by the Colorado Independent Publishers Association (CIPA) and the CIPA Education and Literacy Foundation (ELF), and recognizes the works of independent authors in dozens of book categories. Outskirts Press hand-selects only the highest quality books for nomination each year. In fact, we generally nominate only 2 to 5 percent of the books we publish in any given year. (This is also the first step toward nomination for the Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Award, which comes with a $1,500 Grand Prize. Authors who publish using an Ultimate, Full-Color or One-Click publishing package are automatically eligible for Best Book of the Year.)

First, second and third place winners in the EVVY Awards are, for now, a closely guarded secret — and the suspense is killing us! Winners will be revealed and recognized at an awards banquet on Aug. 19 in Denver, Colorado. Outskirts Press would love to see as many of these amazing authors at the ceremony as possible. If you can’t make it, no worries: Executives will be on hand to accept the awards on behalf of authors not able to appear in person.

Here are the self-published books that have been selected as finalists in the 2017 EVVY Awards:



Children’s Picture Books


Family & Relationships

Fiction: Fantasy

Fiction: Literary & Contemporary

Fiction: Mystery & Detective

Fiction: Romance




Interior Layout/Design

Juvenile Fiction

Juvenile Non-Fiction


Performing Arts


Politics/Political Science

Religion & Spirituality

Congratulations to all our EVVY Award finalists — we couldn’t be prouder of all you’ve accomplished! Visit Self-Publishing News August 22 to find out who took home top honors.

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Self-Publishing Author Spotlight: M.S. Matassa

At Outskirts Press, Inc., we take great pride in celebrating the work of our successful self-publishing authors, and we do so each week through our Self-Publishing Author Spotlight. This week we highlight self-publishing author M.S. Matassa who has published two successful titles with Outskirts Press.

Learn more about Matassa, his background and the real well house that inspired his The Well House series through this week’s Self-Publishing Author Spotlight.

About the Author:
 Michael S. Matassa is an attorney and Municipal Court Judge in Arvada, Colorado. He discovered the well house in the late summer of 1994, standing by a field of corn on a small farm just south of Brighton Colorado, where it still stands today. Mr. Matassa studied at Regis College in Denver and the University of Colorado School of law. He has also written several short stories, a screenplay and is presently working on the third book of The Well House series. He writes under the pen name of M. S. Matassa. 

The Well House

The dream is back and Ben Carson is terrified. His pregnant wife, Anne, is locked in a coma and Ben is the only person who can save her but he has no idea how to accomplish this. His dreams contain clues but they make no sense. Ben can’t figure what a small white well house and black flying creatures have to do with Anne. Then he meets a mysterious woman named Thelma Grippe. What he learns from Thelma shakes him to the core, but gives him the knowledge to free Anne from the force keeping her in the coma. Once he locates the well house, Ben finds a passage to another dimension, where he searches for Anne. After a long, arduous journey, Ben faces the ultimate evil that holds Anne captive. The Well House is an exciting, unique and thoughtful story of a man’s fight against unbelievable odds to save his wife. Part drama, part fantasy and part parable, The Well House is a multi-layered tale that takes you on an amazing journey, from the mountains above Boulder Colorado to the depths of the dark zone.

Product details…
Format: 5 x 8 Black & White Paperback, 306 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Feb 24, 2014)
ISBN10: 1478723351
ISBN13: 9781478723356
Genre: FICTION / Fantasy / Contemporary

The Well House II: The Revenge

The Well House II: The Revenge: The ultimate evil comes to earth in a human body to carry out a sinister plan of retribution against the man who defeated him seventeen years earlier.

In 1998, Ben Carson saved his pregnant wife, Anne, from the ultimate evil. Now, in the summer of 2015, the future looks great for Ben and Anne. Their son Taylor is married to his longtime love, Jenny, and they are expecting their first grandchild. Their daughter, Molly, now almost seventeen, is a beautiful, intelligent teenager. Life has never been better for the Carson family. But that is about to change. The disturbing dreams are back and Ben is terrified. The ultimate evil force has not forgotten what Ben took from him and he is back in human form seeking revenge with the help of a handsome young man who befriends Molly and infiltrates the Carson family. This sequel to The Well House takes the reader on another incredible journey through the depths of the underworld to the gates of hell. Familiar characters return to help Ben on his journey together with a wizard, a shape shifter and a Basque priest. Ben, together with his wife Anne, his dog and his friends encounter terrifying creatures on their arduous journey to defeat evil and save the family. The Well House II: The Revenge is part drama and part fantasy and continues the exciting, unique and thoughtful story of a man’s fight against the ultimate evil. Will Ben be victorious again or will he and his family be destroyed?

Product details…
Format: 5 x 8 Black & White Paperback, 329 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Mar 21, 2016)
ISBN10: 1478768479
ISBN13: 9781478768470
Genre: FICTION / Fantasy / Contemporary

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It’s National Book Lover’s Day! 3 Ways Self-Publishing Authors Can Celebrate

Today is National Book Lover’s Day — now that’s a holiday we can get into. Imagine, a day dedicated solely to people who satisfy their immense curiosity through books!

As a self-publishing author, you’re a driving force behind national days such as this. So, how should you mark the occasion? Here are three ways to celebrate the day with your readers:

  1. Give the Gift of Reading: There’s still plenty of time today to host a book giveaway on social media. Give bookworms in your network of friends a chance to win an autographed hardcopy. Consider giving copies to the first five friends who share or retweet your contest post, or a gift basket with your book, a mug, hot cocoa and other knick-knacks to the person who tags the most friends in the comments section. Oh, and remember to use hashtags such as #NationalBookLoversDay in all related posts.
  2. Feed the Reading Bug: Encourage reading through philanthropy. Donate copies of your book to local libraries in honor of the occasion. Other great places to donate include nursing homes, veteran’s organizations, hospitals and shelters.
  3. Stick Your Nose in a Book: Relaxing with a juicy read is always an option, too! Besides, the best writers are those who are also avid readers. Tuck into a steamy novel or fast-paced mystery. Consider it “personal development.”

Interested in learning more about self-publishing with Outskirts Press? Get in touch with a Publishing Consultant today! There are three convenient ways to connect:

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