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Robots and Mad Scientists

by James Smith

(5 Stars – 2 Customer Reviews)

Price: $22.95

James Smith’s “Robots and Mad Scientists.” A satirical collection of science fiction short stories that touch on many of today’s current events. The stories run the gambit of the science fiction genre; from time traveling robot secret agents to portals into alternate dimensions and wannabe evil overlords.

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Everything About Book Royalties

When authors decide on the best self-publishing company for their masterpiece, one critical area is sometimes overlooked: author royalties. It can be a confusing topic because many publishers use different definitions to define what “royalties” means and different formulas to determine how author royalties are calculated.

In the simplest terms of definition, “royalties” means the amount of money that is paid to the author for books that are sold.

How are Author Royalties Calculated? The formula used to calculate the author royalties often varies from publisher to publisher and that can make comparing Publishers X, Y, and Z challenging.

For instance, some publishers will pay a percentage directly off the Sales Retail Price of the book, regardless of how much the book costs to produce, or how much the trade discount is. In these instances, it is not uncommon for the percentage to be fairly low (in the 5%-10% range).

This formula sometimes works to the author’s detriment, however, since book printing and trade discounting play such an enormous role in the book’s overall profit and the author has no say in what the Suggested Retail Price is. Without any say in the matter, authors are often left at the publisher’s mercy.

On the other end of the spectrum are publishers that pay a percentage of the book’s profit, which is the amount left over after the printing costs and trade discounts have already been accounted for. In these instances, you will more often see percentages in the 50%-100% range.

Yes, there are some self-publishing companies, such as Outskirts Press, that pay the author 100% of the net profit of the book when it is sold through wholesale channels, such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

That royalty formula looks like this:

Suggested Retail Price – Trade Discount – Printing Cost = Book Profit

What is the Suggested Retail Price (SRP) of a Book? It’s just what it sounds like – the cover price as suggested by either the publisher or the author. While nearly all traditional publishers and almost all self-publishers set the SRP for the author there are a select few self-publishing companies that allow the author to set their own Suggested Retail Price. Outskirts Press is one of them; the only requirement is that the price being set by the author is above the sum of the trade discount and the printing cost. In other words, the Suggested Retail Price cannot be below what it costs to produce and sell the book. Makes sense, right?

Of course, the reason this is called the suggested retail price and not the final sales price is because retailers have the discretion to decrease the price (in the form of a sale) or increase the price (to improve their bottom line) if they choose to. But doing so has no affect on the amount the author ultimately receives, which is always set on the SRP.

What is the Trade Discount? This is the percentage of the book’s SRP that the retailer, wholesaler (if any), and distributor take to “handle” a book. It’s how they make money in the book industry. Every book that is for sale with a retailer has given a cut of its retail price to all the parties involved in the form of a trade discount.

What is the Printing Cost? In simplest terms, the “printing cost” is the per-unit cost of producing one book. The reason there is such a discrepancy between offset printing and print-on-demand, one-at-a-time printing is due to “economies of scale”. While that topic is beyond the scope of this article, we have a whole blog posting about the role economies of scale play with your printing costs, and you can read all about that here.

The benefits to choosing Outskirts Press don’t end with 100% author royalties, as important as that is. You also retain 100% of your book’s rights, and receive unlimited wholesale and retail availability thru channels including Amazon & Ingram. Our flexibility and adaptability to your needs, coupled with our phenomenal services and staff, is just one of many reasons Outskirts Press is the only A+ rated and #1 rated self-publishing company according to the Better Business Bureau and Top Consumer Reviews, respectively.

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Introducing Self-Publishing Author Laura Simmons’ Book Video Trailer for “Karma: The Resolution”

Announcing the Self Publishing News  premiere of the book video trailer for Karma: The Resolution (published by Outskirts Press, January  2021), by Laura Simmons.

From the author of Dark Karma: Sword of Vengeance comes the next thrilling adventure into alternate dimensions…

“From the first time I saw you back in the 14th century to the day I was imprisoned in the dark realm, you have lived in my dreams and my heart,” David said to Maddie. He knows that she is the reincarnation of his beloved Cara. Can he convince her that they shared a past life? Will she still want him once she learns the truth? And what about the evil immortal who wants her dead? “If I can pull a cat from a dream, I can rescue Mori from where she’s being held prisoner,” thought Noah Colton. Each night Mori comes to him on the astral plane, begging for him to save her and vanishing before he can follow. Terrified that she will soon be killed, he travels to another dimension to rescue her and bring her to his home. But what will happen when her captors track her down? Two, out-of-this-world romantic fantasy stories unfold as David and Noah battle dark forces to save the women they love. Find out what happens when the unexpected intervenes and changes everything in these interconnected stories.

Laura Simmons grew up in northern Virginia and spent most of her career working for various Department of Defense contractors in the Washington, DC area. She has a fascination with all things metaphysical. She enjoys adult coloring books, writing, jigsaw puzzles, vacationing at the beach with her husband, and studying tarot cards and other types of divination systems.

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Introducing Self-Publishing Author Nina Blakeman’s Book Video Trailer for “Blind Vision”

Announcing the Self Publishing News  premiere of the book video trailer for Blind Vision (published by Outskirts Press, October 2020), by Nina Blakeman.

Closed Mind Blind Eyes

If Hollywood wanted to entrance movie goers with small-town America, the ticketholder could rest assured that the hamlet would model such a place as Sperling, Texas. Just shy of twelve-thousand people, it possesses a charm of a by-gone era. The fact that the bubbly Callie hails from such a Rockwellesque burg is a surprise to no one. Callie Wallace met Richard Cortez in medical school, and they’ve come back to her hometown to set-up their neurology practice. When there’s a suspicious death of a hospitalized patient, Mr. Clyde Murphy, the situation presents a public relations nightmare for the administrator of Lake Sperling Medical Center. The Murphy’s are a wealthy, prominent family in the region, and when the fault points to the man’s admitting physician, Dr. Callie Wallace, an egregious widow is more than ready to take her pound of flesh. The situation at the hospital is a concern, but it soon becomes clear that Callie Wallace herself is having trouble with reality. Her head-trips can only be described as peculiar and she questions her own sanity. The analytical-minded Callie doesn’t want to accept that her visions have any relevance . . . but she’s in denial. This is because science dictates that hallucinations are nothing but the perception of a person’s truth. In Callie’s case, the truth is that bad apples don’t fall far from their trees.

Nina Blakeman, BSN, PhD is an experienced professional who takes her knowledge of the biomedical field to the fictional realm. Her psychological thrillers are meant to unhinge the reader’s sense of well-being. She lives in West Texas with her husband, Scot, and their three dogs. She enjoys classic rock, golf, a good suspense novel, and the Green Bay Packers. She’s also the author of the Faye Davis series, The Blow-up Man, Envy Rots the Bones, and Release.

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Amazon Featured Book of the Week

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What Day Is It? Everyday Seems The Same

by Nancy Panasci

(5 Stars – 5 Customer Reviews)

Price: $21.95

Nancy Panasci’s “What Day Is It? Everyday Seems The Same” is a story that helps to facilitate parents and children with what a new normal might look like with the presence of the COVID-19 pandemic in their everyday lives. Coronavirus became a household vocabulary item in the spring of 2020. Cities were placed on lockdowns and every human was encouraged to wear a face mask when in public. Social distancing became a mantra. Schools were canceled, sporting events were canceled, and all types of entertainment were canceled. Parents were confronted with working from home and school age children received online education. This book features Hope and her parents as they strive to make each day of the week special, helping to replace monotony with purpose as families learn to live in a changing world where “normal” is forever changed.

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Self-Publishing Questions Asked & Answered — Available for Free!

From the award-winning and bestselling* author of Sell Your Book on Amazon comes Brent Sampson’s latest non-fiction guide to the world of independent publishing and marketing: Self-Publishing Questions Asked & Answered.

And it’s currently available in paperback, Kindle eBook, and audiobook formats from Amazon, or in this FREE Publishing Kit from Outskirts Press.

Do You Want to be a Published Author?

About the Book

Self-Publishing Questions Asked & Answered identifies the most common questions concerning self publication today and answers them clearly and concisely. What is the difference between “independent” self-publishing, “free” self-publishing, and “full-service” self-publishing? What should I title my book? How do I price my book? What is an ISBN and why is it important? How do I get book reviews on Amazon? These are just a small sample of the top 25 questions Ernest & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Semi-Finalist and self-publishing expert Brent Sampson has been asked over the years and now answers thoroughly and completely in this book.

About the Author

Ernest & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Semi-Finalist Brent Sampson is the award-winning and bestselling author of Sell Your Book on Amazon and The Book Marketing COACH. As the founder, president and chief marketing officer of Outskirts Press, Brent has helped writers from around the world experience the joy and satisfaction of bringing their high-quality, professional, and award-winning books into the marketplace. Learn more at

About the Free Publishing Kit

Your complimentary Publishing Kit from Outskirts Press contains:

  • Self-Publishing Questions Asked & Answered
  • Publish Your Passion
  • 7 Tips to Self-Publish Like a Pro
  • Book shepherd one-sheet: Meet Your Publishing Consultant
  • Author success white paper: 7 Highly Effective Rules for the Perfect Book Title
  • Author guide: Author Photo & Biography Guide
  • Author tip sheet: The Top 7 Marketing Elements to Include in Your Book
  • Author guide: Which Book Format Should I Choose?
  • Author white paper: How to Price Your Book
  • Publishing white paper: Diving into Self-Publishing

About Outskirts Press

Since 2002, Outskirts Press has helped thousands of authors just like you develop, publish, and market thousands of high-quality, award-winning books featuring…

  • exceptional cover design
  • professional interior formatting
  • high-quality printing
  • award-winning publishing
  • worldwide distribution
  • and extensive book marketing services

Outskirts Press is the only A+ rated and #1-rated self-publishing company according to the Better Business Bureau and Top Consumer Reviews, respectively, because we deliver outstanding customer service, affordable pricing, and industry-leading royalties.

* #29 overall Amazon bestseller, 2007. Royal Palms Literary Awards, Best Book of the Year 2007


Introducing Self-Publishing Author Robin Waites Tullier’s Book Video Trailer for “The “C” Book”

Announcing the Self Publishing News  premiere of the book video trailer for The “C” Book (published by Outskirts Press, October 2020), by Robin Waites Tullier.

Combat the Dreaded “C” Words


Messiah, Jesus, the ideal truth that comes as a divine manifestation of God to destroy incarnate error

Undoubtedly, this is the most powerful “C” word known to humanity. Despite that fact, many are not aware of the power found in Christ. First, there is the power of Christ to save. According to Luke 19:10, “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.” Once we give our lives to Christ, we go from lost to found, from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of light. He fills us with His Holy Spirit, who empowers us to live above our circumstances. Cancer and life crises seem to have the ability to strike fear in the human heart, but Christ said in Luke 12:4 & 5, “I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more. But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear Him who, after the killing of the body, has power to throw you into hell.” We need to place a reverential fear in God, that He alone deserves. When we do this, the things in life that bring fear come into proper perspective. Although cancer may be able to destroy the body, it cannot remove the promise of eternal life granted to us by our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. In believing this truth, we can find peace right in the middle of what would bring terror to most people.

Second is the power of Christ to heal. Although some people do not receive healing on this side of heaven, it does not change the fact that Christ indeed healed many. All those who came to him experienced healing. The lady with the issue of blood, the blind beggar, the lame man lowered by his friends through the roof, and many more were healed by the power of God.

Healing can come in an instant, or it can progress over time. I have seen and experienced both personally. We will not debate the age-old question about why some people are healed, and some are not in this little book of “C” words. However, I do encourage you to search out the scriptures on healing because healing is for today.

We must realize that healing and deliverance from our situations are not the end game for God; a relationship is. He is more concerned about the condition of our hearts and the relationship He wants to build with us. We can never let the things we want or desire from Him take precedence over just knowing Him. Sitting in His presence and communing with Him far outweighs any temporary fix we receive from Him.

Christ desires a relationship with us, one that is active, vibrant, and very much alive. We need to accept the truth that Jesus is a resurrected man that is alive at this very moment, seated at the right hand of God, the Father. He is not like our deceased loved ones that are currently waiting, as are we, for the resurrection of the dead. Jesus, my dear friends, is ALIVE. He was a person that walked this planet and experienced life in every way as a human, yet He did it without sin. He died a cruel death on a cross, although He had committed no wrong. Our sinless Savior rose again after three days and visited with His disciples. He ate with them, yet He could walk through walls. He showed them His scars. He discussed with them His plans of sending the promised Holy Spirit. He gave them sure promises of never leaving them or forsaking them. He issued the Great Commission of sharing the Good News, and then He was taken up to heaven. This man Jesus is the CHRIST; He is the Messiah.

If this is news to you and you have never realized your individual need for a Savior, then you can now prepare your heart for the great exchange. By coming to grips with your sinful nature and realizing that Christ is the only remedy for that condition, you can place your trust in Him and ask Him to forgive you. Repent (turn away) from your sins and ask him to empower you with His Holy Spirit, who will come to live inside of you. Logically, it is hard to understand. However, spiritually, it makes all the sense in the world. Choosing to follow Christ will be the most significant decision of your life and will affect all eternity. Your journey begins now.

Robin chose to finish an idea started by her late husband, George Waites. While battling pancreatic cancer, he mentioned the idea of “C” words stronger than cancer. Robin also authored a book called George’s Journey, which explores his cancer battle. Robin has since remarried Brad Tullier and is mom to two, bonus-mom to three, and has two precious granddaughters.

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Introducing Self-Publishing Author Lahra Nelson’s Book Video Trailer for “The Russian Cow and the Colorful Birds”

Announcing the Self Publishing News  premiere of the book video trailer for The Russian Cow and the Colorful Birds (published by Outskirts Press, January 2021), by Lahra Nelson.

Meet Anastasia—the beautiful Russian cow who wants to be different!

Anastasia had been admired since she was a tiny calf. Her marvelously long eyelashes, delicate ears, and silky soft coat made her the most beautiful cow in town! As Anastasia grew, she began to adorn herself with bright, colorful clothing—with silks, sparkling jewels, and towering hats—to enhance her natural beauty. But when her attire attracts the local birds, who land on her back and cover her beautiful outfit, will she still be adored by all?

Lahra Nelson creates imaginative children’s books based on original, whimsical paintings that she created for her children when they were young. She was inspired to write The Russian Cow and the Colorful Birds, her debut children’s book, from Russia’s beautiful, colorful buildings and fine arts. She also gains inspiration from architecture and art from around the globe. Lahra lives with her husband and three children in Fort Mill, South Carolina.

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Amazon Featured Book of the Week

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Disappeared And Found

by Kerry Reis

(4.5 Stars – 4 Customer Reviews)

Price: $15.95

Kerry Reis’s “Disappeared And Found.” Was Dorothy Adopted or Kidnapped? A young woman’s search for her biological family opens up a mystifying twenty-year old cold case of a mother and her baby daughter disappearing while on a walk, a development that arouses interest and surprise from a couple of television programs, local and federal law enforcement, and a splintered family. Unexpectedly hearing that she was adopted, Dorothy decides to research the truth about her biological family. Unexpected twists and turns brings in the FBI and police to investigate. Thrilling, this book will stir your heart and soul.

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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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