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Over 1,000 Beatings, Spiritual Sanity and the Rejection of Evil

by Bill Neely

(5 Stars – 5 Customer Reviews)

Price: $26.95

Bill Neely’s “Over 1,000 Beatings, Spiritual Sanity and the Rejection of Evil” is a memoir about the author’s childhood during which he experiences relentless terror at the hands of his biological father in order to protect his younger brothers. As he attempts to cope with the reality of his situation, he realizes that in order to survive, he must reject the evil surrounding him.

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2020 Reader Views Literary Awards Includes Prophetic First Place Award-Winner

During these chaotic times, is there a more appropriate Award Winner in the 2020 Reader Views Literary Book Awards than that of Richard V. Battle’s timely Conquering Life’s Course: Common Sense in Chaotic Times, which just received the First Place Award in Reader Views’ Self-Help category?

Richard V. Battle is an award-winning author of five previous books and a public speaker and trainer for 30 years on topics including volunteerism, leadership, sales, and faith. He has 40-plus years of experience in executive management and leadership in various businesses. Conquering Life’s Course is a collection of time-proven principles communicated with bite-sized stories and humorous anecdotes that will make you think, laugh and realize a more fulfilling life.

Conquering Life’s Course is one of six Outskirts Press books honored with seven different awards in the 2020 Reader Views Literary Book Awards, the most among all participating publishers.

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SELF-HELP – First Place – Conquering Life’s Course by Richard V. Battle.
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HORROR – Second Place – Reaper’s Lament by Steven Lane Smith.

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LGBTQIA+ – Second Place – Collision Course by Frank Lowe.
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HEALTH AND FITNESS – Honorable Mention – Surviving the “Business” of Healthcare by Barbara Galutia Regis.
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Deconverted: A Journey from Religion to Reason

by Seth Andrews

(4.5 Stars – 332 Customer Reviews)

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Seth Andrews’s “Deconverted: A Journey from Religion to Reason.” A former religious radio host raised in the cradle of Christianity, Seth Andrews battled his own doubts for many years. His attempts to reconcile faith and the facts led him to a conclusion previously unthinkable, and this once-true believer ultimately became host of one of the most popular atheist communities on the internet.

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The Winds of Malibu: An Unexplainable Memoir by Jeff Lucas

Technology has created a wide variety of ways to reach audiences all over the world. It takes is a little thinking outside the box and you can market a self-published book in creative, affordable and impactful ways. Consider book tours! Tours are a great way to connect with your readers and technology has made them easier and more cost effective than ever!

Author Jeff Lucas is taking his latest book The Winds of Malibu: An Unexplainable Memoir, on tour — a Virtual Book Tour with Outskirts Press. This will allow Jeff to take his book into the far corners of the globe, all from the comfort of his own home! Keep an eye out for Jeff’s book as he will be featured on several blogs over the weeks and months ahead!


Luckily for us, Jeff 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 Winds of Malibu: An Unexplainable Memoir.

OP: Tell us a little bit about The Winds of Malibu: An Unexplainable Memoir. What is it about?

Jeff: The Winds of Malibu focuses on my teenage years in the 1970s in Malibu. In the 1970s there were outrageous movies being made in abundance, and under the circumstances, I turned the style and the feeling of this book into an outrageous 1970s film because that is how it felt to live there growing up. Everything was on the edge for no real reason at all other than all the personalities involved.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

Jeff: The Winds of Malibu was automatic writing on one hand and on the other hand it took decades to complete. I knew I had to finish and publish this eventually. It hung on me for over thirty years. I am grateful that I lived long enough to finish it and publish it. The main challenge was I did not want to face that time that closely, and yet I had to.

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

Jeff: People who like to read the realist writers should be interested in my book. Those interested in Louis Ferdinand Celine, John Fante, and Arthur Rimbaud. In other words, the writers who lived it in order to say it. The Winds of Malibu is really an excellent addition, I think, to learning about the feel of life in the 1970s among youth.

OP: What is special about your book?

Jeff: For a childhood memoir I have more genuine diary entries perhaps than any other childhood memoir. I have asked the Guinness Book Of World records to check on that.

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

Jeff: Like This Boy’s Life and Running With Scissors? I have got better subject matter.

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

Jeff: This might be my To Kill A Mockingbird. No other area of my life had the same intensity. I have got some ideas that I have thought about. There was my first four years in Malibu before I was eleven. After 1984 though, I lived a Blue-Collar life and Charles Bukowski already did a better job of writing about that than I could. I have got a screenplay I sketched out in the 1980s about my Blue-Collar world at the ice company. Maybe I will finish it.

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

Jeff: The Winds of Malibu is available at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and Outskirts Press.

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

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Jeff Lucas was a catalyst for local actors his age in Malibu in the 1970s. He is included in the Martin Sheen, Emilio Estevez autobiography, Along The Way (Free Press), and has published two stories in Rosebud Magazine, titled, “Young Frankenstein” and “Buried In The 1980s.”

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

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

With the exploding popularity of social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Pinterest, it’s easier than ever to connect with people all around the world. But, if you’re not sure how to get started or are unsure about how to make connections with your target audience, don’t worry! Here are 5 easy tips to help you!

1. Determine what your goals are.

  • Increase awareness? The average person spends nearly two hours on social media every day, and 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 to your listing on Amazon.
  • Generate new leads? These are people who have indicated 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 ten times per day
  • LinkedIn – Once or twice per day
  • Pinterest – Five to ten times per day

3. When should you post?

  • Twitter – 1-3pm weekdays
  • Facebook – 1-4pm weekdays
  • LinkedIn – 7-8:30am and 5-6pm Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday
  • Instagram – 5-6pm weekdays and 8pm on Mondays
  • Pinterest – 2-4pm and 8-11pm weekdays with weekends being the best
  • Google+ – 9-11am weekdays

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 key 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, 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). 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 that 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 that are happening on social media. These are conversations with potential customers, references, friends, and colleagues.
  • Don’t forget, 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 Author’s Book Becomes World-Premiere Documentary

Last year, this blog reported on the inspirational true-story of Amy Jordan and her triumph over tragedy that she shares in her autobiographical book, Dance Because You Can (a 2019 Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Finalist). We also announced that a documentary was in the works based upon her book and her life.

It’s done, folks!

Amy’s Victory Dance will premiere in New York City on April 5th, 2020 as a selection of the ReelAbilities Film Festival: New York, which was founded in 2007 and is the largest festival in the country dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and artistic expressions of people with disabilities.

Amy’s Victory Dance is directed by two-time Emmy Nominee Brian Thomas (who has previously worked with Michael Jackson, Pink, Jaimie Foxx, and Beyonce), produced by Spinkick Pictures, stars Amy Jordan and Chita Rivera, and runs 74 minutes long.

Click on the image below and watch the trailer. For tickets and showtimes, click here.

Are we looking at the next Documentary Oscar winner? Who knows! But with an inspirational force like Amy Jordan behind the scenes, we wouldn’t bet against it. Congratulations on all your successes and joys, Amy!