Introducing Self-Publishing Author Tom Betts’s Book Video Trailer for “The Forgotten Phoenix”

The Forgotten Phoenix
The Inner-City of Phoenix, Arizona
by Tom Betts

Announcing the Self Publishing News premiere of the book video trailer for The Forgotten Phoenix
The Inner-City of Phoenix, Arizona
(published by Outskirts Press, March 2022), by Tom Betts.

The Phoenix You Never See

Phoenix, Arizona is a modern, pleasant, and exciting city that is increasingly a destination location for its climate and amenities. However, like most major cities in the United States, Phoenix has an inner city that few are aware of or want to know about. This part of the city is run down, with neglected, abandoned homes and buildings. Crime is common, and people retreat into houses with gates, fences, and bars on the windows, hoping to maintain safety and privacy with “No Trespassing” signs on their front doors. There are homeless and others in distress, wandering the streets with nowhere to go. Restaurants and stores struggle to stay afloat and serve the needs of those in the area. This book of photos reveals the stark truth of the forgotten city of Phoenix—and the people who deserve to be noticed, respected, and seen.

Tom Betts

Photographer Tom Betts has lived in a wide range of American cities. He grew up in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho and Spokane, Washington, and has lived in Portland, Denver, San Francisco, Bettendorf, and Des Moines. He spent his working career as a court administrator in Bettendorf before retiring in 2005. Later he bought a Canon camera at The Camera Corner photography store in Davenport, Iowa and his interest in photography took off. He and his wife now live near Phoenix. They have a daughter and three grandchildren.

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Introducing Self-Publishing Author Latesha Gilchrist’s Book Video Trailer for “A Living Epistle of A Servant of Christ”

A Living Epistle of A Servant of Christ
by Latesha Gilchrist

Announcing the Self Publishing News premiere of the book video trailer for A Living Epistle of A Servant of Christ (published by Outskirts Press, March 2022), by Latesha Gilchrist.

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“She’s done it again! Another page-turner and it is just as powerful, riveting, and transformative as her last book, if not more…”

No theology degree, an unorthodox message that the living God put on Latesha Gilchrist’s heart. A living Epistle is the living, breathing, walking, and talking testimony of Latesha transition as she takes the steps of allowing God to transform her life; past, present, and future. Gilchrist is the surname of Gaelic language origins, meaning a servant of Christ according to Wikipedia. God threw the world a curveball when he chose Latesha. For every inch taken, a step has to be made and Latesha takes the reader through every step while on her wild but truthful and liberating journey of redemption. So, buckle your seatbelt and get ready to take the ride of your life.

About the Author

Latesha Gilchrist

Latesha Gilchrist is a Christian who dedicates her life to helping others discover their true authentic selves through unorthodox methods. She is a mother, Certified Peer Support Counselor, author, speaker and is currently working on her third book.

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This Week’s Amazon Featured Book of the Week is Karate: Road to a Black Belt: How to be Successful in Martial Arts by Jerry E. Pyne

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Publishing Reflective: Sonia Lewis, Discusses FROZEN MEMORY: THE SPLINTERED SILENCE

“Author SONIA LEWIS is taking her latest book, FROZEN MEMORY: THE SPLINTERED SILENCE 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 SONIA LEWIS and FROZEN MEMORY: THE SPLINTERED SILENCE  as they appear in features and interviews (such as the one below) in the weeks and months ahead!”

Luckily for us, SONIA LEWIS  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 FROZEN MEMORY: THE SPLINTERED SILENCE.

OP: Tell us a little bit about FROZEN MEMORY: THE SPLINTERED SILENCE. What is it about?

Sonia:  My book is Emotive, Dystopian Poetry, and is about the suppressed anger of our ancestors. They coped with songs of hope and dreams of returning to the motherland of Africa. Today we, the descendants, are fighting for change that is slow in coming, so we try to make Peace with a past that continues to invade our daily lives, and we continue to believe in GOD. We pray for acceptance and Peace in Surrender

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

Sonia:  In my own country, Jamaica, we were exposed only to British and European History in schools. The scant curriculum did not include certain facts. For example: During the middle passage from Africa, there were many warrior chiefs on board who rebelled and were labeled as “Mutinous”. The slave ships stopped in the Islands to obtain fresh supplies like citrus to prevent scurvy among the crew, and other fresh supplies. The Mutinous slaves were left on the Islands. WE are descendants of those chiefs, and although I cannot revisit the past to fight, I have a pen through which I push the inherited, (perhaps genetic) pain.

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

Sonia: People who love poetry. Readers who have experienced loss and known deep sadness, and people of Faith who believe that with GOD, ALL, not some, but ALL things are possible

OP: What is special about your book?  

Sonia:  Much of the material on these pages was gleaned from my early years of nursing school in England, my first love affair AND heartbreak, the Ebb and Flow of recovery, and the shocking revelation that the biological imperative results in a unique struggle that, at times, is reflected as desperation i.e. “I have to meet someone to love before I am older” versus “It’s OK to be alone”. I should also point out that my ignorance of the suffering of my ancestors began to disappear when I was introduced to a series of books starting with “The Mandingo”. My hunger to learn sent me on a quest that is still in progress

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

Sonia: This book of poetry is unique. Rather than dwelling on one subject, there is a mélange of situations that runs the gamut of human emotions.

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

Sonia: Yes, I published “A Corona of Clouds”. The idea began to take shape while I was visiting the “High Atlas” mountains of Morocco. The cover photograph is emblematic. There I am standing in blazing sunlight, with a backward glance at the clouds that formed a corona (crown) on the mountain. A perfect example of how far I had come from a troubled past (the clouds), to emerge into bright sunshine. The pain was left behind.

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

Sonia: I firmly believe that this little book is one that can be handed down to the younger generation, and the owner of this little treasure, will return to its pages again and again. Amazon carries it in both the printed version and Kindle. The publishers, Outskirts Press will be happy to forward purchases from them. When you read the poetry, share your feelings about whatever poem has touched you, and tell others but keep your own copy for reference.

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


Sonia Lewis is a retired registered nurse/midwife who spends half her time with her husband in Morocco, from where she writes as she is inspired and half the year in her second city, Miami, Florida. Her first book, “A Corona of Clouds”, is available on Amazon Kindle.

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Introducing Self-Publishing Author Geeta Pati’s Book Video Trailer for “A Cosmic Voyage”

A Cosmic Voyage by Geeta Pati

Announcing the Self Publishing News premiere of the book video trailer for A Cosmic Voyage (published by Outskirts Press, December 2021), by Geeta Pati.

Book Details

“Science begins in wonder and curiosity. Geeta Pati’s imaginative rendering of the strange world revealed by modern physics brings it to life for young people.” — Dr. Frank Wilczek, Physics professor at MIT, Nobel Prize winner in Physics, 2004.

This is the first part of a book series titled A Cosmic Voyage. After the moon adventure of the three animal astronauts—a fish named Finny, a rabbit named Happa, a crow named Chalu, and their counselor, a wise owl named Guru—leaves them stranded on a lunar orbit, they helplessly wait for rescue. While waiting, the wise owl Guru decides to teach the animal astronauts about the universe and its contents. While listening to Mr. Guru, Finny is astonished to find himself alone, zipping through total darkness in space-time in a spaceship—an ultimate time machine with an on-board supercomputer. Finny travels 13.8 billion years back in time, and witnesses the Big Bang and the creation of the basic elements of matter in the universe within the first three minutes of the Big Bang. After a lo-o-o-ng interval of 380,000 years, Finny witnesses the creation of atoms, leading to the creation of stars and galaxies in the cooled-down universe.

The story and the characters in the story are fictional, but the science and the scientific facts in the book are up-to-date. To make science interesting for children, the elementary particles and other space entities are personified: they talk, they sing, and they even dance like performers on the stage.

About the Author

Geeta Pati

Geeta was born in India and received a graduate degree in Psychology prior to immigrating to the United States. Since then, she has been devoted to the education of children in the physical and biological sciences. She was a volunteer teacher in an elementary school in Maryland, she raised four children. Her husband is a Physics Professor.

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Introducing Self-Publishing Author Sandy Little’s Book Video Trailer for “My Little Green Umbrella”

Announcing the Self Publishing News premiere of the book video trailer for My Little Green Umbrella (published by Outskirts Press, January 2022), by Sandy Little.

“Where will your imagination take you?”

When a young girl finds a very special green umbrella in a thrift shop, she soon finds a world of adventure at her fingertips.

But as she grows older, the magical umbrella and its wonders are put away in the back of a closet….only to be rediscovered years later.

A heartwarming tribute to the power of imagination, “My Little Green Umbrella” is sure to be a favorite with readers both young and old.

Sandy Little

Sandy Little Is an award winning children’s book author. Her last book “Montgomery Rabbit” enjoyed five star reviews and inspired an enthusiastic fan base. Sandy has also enjoyed a long career in the entertainment business.

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Outskirts Press Authors Are Honored in the Reader Views Reviewer’s Choice Literary Awards

Book awards give readers an important clue about the quality of a self-published book, and this year’s award season says a lot about Outskirts Press and its authors. We’re thrilled to have six of our authors recognized in the 2021/2022 Reader Views Reader’s Choice Literary Awards. Your success speaks to the many reasons we’ve been rated the No. 1 self-publishing company by Top Consumer Reviews for six years running!

The Reader Views Literary Awards recognize writers who are published by small presses, university presses, independent book publishers, and self-publishing companies like Outskirts Press. Following are Outskirts Press’ winners for the 2021/2022 Reader Views Reviewer’s Choice Awards, listed below in no particular order. Information about each of these books (and their self-published authors) is available at the Outskirts Press Bookstore, where they are available for purchase.

1. Bronze Award in Business/Sales and Economics: Life Is The Project, Doyle Davis, Outskirts Press

Life Is The Project, Doyle Davis
Outskirts Press, Published Feb 08, 2021

2. Bronze Award in Humanities: Emotional Frustration: The Hushed Plague, Mario O. Laplume

Emotional Frustration: The Hushed Plagu
Outskirts Press, Published Aug 16, 2021

3. Overall Grand Prize Winner, Bronze winner in the Non-Fiction category and Gold Award Non-Fiction Art: Lockdown: 100 Days in San Francisco, Conor Mitchell

Lockdown: 100 Days in San Francisco
Outskirts Press, Published Jun 30, 2021

4. Fantasy Bronze Award: Albobonnae’s Way, Bella Rayne

Albobonnae’s Way, Bella Rayne
Outskirts Press, Published Jun 29, 2021

5. Bronze Award in Parenting/Family/Relationships: My Dog Is My Relationship Coach, Maureen Scanlon

: My Dog Is My Relationship Coach, Maureen Scanlon,
Outskirts Press, Published Jan 18, 2021

6. Poetry Silver Award: Your Sun Will Rise Again, Joseph Jean Baptiste Jolicoeur

Your Sun Will Rise Again Joseph Jean Baptiste Jolicoeur
Outskirts Press, Published Dec 20, 2021

Congratulations to all the winners!

Congratulations and Good Luck to the 2022 Outskirts Press EVVY Award Nominees!

This year, Outskirts Press has an impressive 41 EVVY Award nominees to thank for their dedication and high-quality work as self-published authors. The EVVYs are an acclaimed annual book award program sponsored by the Colorado Independent Publishers’ Association (CIPA), which recognizes superior independently published books. The EVVYs are judged by a panel of professionals on a qualitative scale of merit in dozens of distinct book categories.

Each year, Outskirts Press nominates a small percentage of the books published during the year for submission to the EVVY Awards. Since a nomination is the first step toward the Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Award, the standards are high and these nominations represent the very best of our publications as determined by our executives and members of our production teams.

Outskirts Press official nominees and winners receive additional exposure for their books in featured Outskirts Press marketing channels, including our blog, social media networks, and in our email newsletters. We will be announcing the EVVY Award Finalists and Awards Ceremony details soon on Self-Publishing News so keep an eye out for the blog post and email.

Congratulations to this year’s Official Outskirts Press EVVY Award nominees, presented here in no particular order:

What I'd Miss Moravian Falls God Heard My Cry

The Men Trial and Triumph Lazy Creativity 

Kilo 3 Picketing the President The Hero Inside

The Reunion

A Knock in the Attic  Grandpa Don't Worry



Demi and Brooklyn Covid 19 Playdate  Escape to Justice and Love   

  Emma's Waterloo

Chasing Santa Barbara Granger's Cabin Viva Puccini! 

The Twenty-five Years that Changed the World  My One Extraordinary Life  Refugee on a Pendulum

Dark as Dickens Eating Yellow Paint Voices of the Heart

Rebirth Spirral

Best of luck to all of the nominees!

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CIA’s most valuable foreign agents are being methodically assassinated. With its intelligence network shattering, the Agency begins a desperate search to uncover the traitor within its ranks!

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