Author Spotlight: Gabriel F. W. Koch

About the Author

In addition to being an award-winning fiction writer, Gabriel F. W. Koch has been recognized for his photography. His interests include climate change and learning about the growing adverse effects of it, as well as time travel.

Testimonial About Outskirts Press

“After frustrating attempts to interest a commercial agent and publisher, I decided to self-publish. As I researched online repeatedly, the name Outskirts Press appeared in my searches. I admit the name drew me since I was an author teetering on the outskirts of the publishing world.

Finally, I signed up and began preparing Paradox Effect for publication. My expectations were more about rejection than the actual process. However, the people I worked with were nothing but encouraging. The editor I hired gave me a boost of confidence. Nothing terrible was wrong with my manuscript.

The creation of the cover, which I love, was professionally crafted to meet and actually exceed my vision. Every aspect of the final book was amazing and impressive.

In the end, I had a book that gave me a sense of pride in my creation. Without the professionals at Outskirts Press, this would have been unlikely.

And to prove the point of my manuscript’s voice and the work my team at Outskirts Press did, Paradox Effect won three awards!

I never truly dreamed of winning writing awards.

Anyone doubting the ability to publish their book successfully needs to look no further than Outskirts Press.”

~Gabriel F. W. Koch

Books by Gabriel F. W. Koch

  • 2019 CIPA EVVY Merit Award Mystery/Crime/Detective Fiction
  • 2018 CIPA EVVY Merit Award
  • 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Awards Finalist Science Fiction
  • 2016 CIPA EVVY Award for Fiction/Science Fiction
  • 2016 Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Award (second place)
  • 2004 L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Award
  • 2016 Best Book of the Year Finalist
  • 2017 CIPA EVVY Second Place Science Fiction Award
  • 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Award Finalist Mystery

Soaring to Great Heights

Here at Outskirts Press, we’ve long known author Andrew Ceroni as a person who strives for—and reaches—impressive levels of success.

After all, we’ve helped him publish an incredible five suspense thrillers, and his sixth, David’s Sling, is due out with Outskirts Press this month.

He’s also been awarded an Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year—an impressive four times.

Over these years, we’ve come to know Andrew. He has a top-notch education with the US Air Force Academy and Case Western University, and he served as a senior special agent working in counterespionage and antiterrorism. He’s also a happy resident of Colorado, and we agree this beautiful state is a wonderful place to be based!

Now, he’s impressing us once again. World of Aviation, a radio show out of Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, which broadcasts to select radio stations nationwide, interviewed Andrew in March. They asked him to draw on his diverse air force experience, from the academy to the Office of Special Investigations, to discuss Ukraine and the many interconnected global facets of the war. “It was an exhilarating experience,” Andrew said.

It’s also an experience he’s used to putting himself through while writing. In crafting his award-winning novels, he rounds out the fiction with factual details from his own education and career experience. Thanks to that, his realistic-based thrillers truly soar! We’re grateful that Andrew always brings us along on his flights above the clouds. As he’s said, “Outskirts Press is simply the very best and at the top of the world of independent publishers.” It’s soaring authors like Andrew who help keep us up there!

Books by Andrew Ceroni

Author Spotlight: T. Charles Brantley Ph.D

T. Charles Brantley, Ph.D., Th.D., is one of Connecticut’s most prolific authors on intimacy, relationships, and theology and the intersections of those subjects.

Brantley has long combined his interests in relationships and spirituality. Among many certificates in therapy and two doctorate degrees in apologetics and theology, he has several accreditations that allow the two areas of study to complement each other. For example, he is a certified professional marriage coach and professional marriage mentor with a diploma in biblical counseling from the American Association of Christian Counselors. In addition, he is fully accredited by the International Board of Christian Counselors as a board-certified pastoral counselor, among other honors.

Brantley’s professional résumé is as diverse as the individuals and couples he has helped through his marriage counseling. He founded Strong Marriages (now S&M) and is the chaplain for both the Naugatuck Fire Department and the Connecticut State Trooper A&I. He is also the relationship expert for Hot 93.7 FM (Hartford, Connecticut), with DJ Buck, Nancy Barrow, and Joey F, and for Connecticut’s ABC Channel 8. Not only that, but he has also been featured on the nationally syndicated Bill Cunningham Show and is a frequent guest on Bread of Life on WIHS 104.9 FM (Middletown, Connecticut).

And, of course, he’s an author. Brantley has written and published twenty-five books with Outskirts Press. Browse his published books below.

Testimonial About Outskirt Press

Outskirts Press has been a part of my author journey since 2009. In 12 years, I have written and published 25 books and Outskirts Press has been my only publisher.

I appreciate the work that they do. Every question I have asked they have answered in a timely manner. Outskirts Press is a mall of publishing: editing, book covers, marketing, distribution and so much more.

So easy to publish with world-wide distributions. Hands down Outskirts Press is the only option for self-publishing.

Books by T. Charles Brantley, Ph.D.

Author Spotlight: Maureen Scanlon

Maureen Scanlon is the founder and CEO of Maureen Scanlon Life Coaching. Maureen’s certifications include Life Coaching, NLP, DBT, REBT, ACT, and Pet Psychology. She has held group coaching and retreat for mindful change and created a 5-Step program for Fostering Meaningful Relationships. Maureen and her husband, Dennis, live in Mesa, Arizona, with Jade, a 15-pound chihuahua, and Brodie, an Australian shepherd mix. They have four children and three grandchildren. Maureen is also the author of My Dog Is More Enlightened Than I Am. Follow Maureen on Facebook:

Testimonial About Outskirt Press

I chose Outskirts for my 1st book, My Dog is More Enlightened Than I Am, because I loved how they package everything at a set price and makes it easy for their first-time authors.

When publishing my 2nd book, My Dog is My Relationship Coach, there wasn’t a question that I would use them again. The communication and expertise from editors, designers, and marketing is priceless! There is a continued relationship with Outskirts after publishing as well to share awards and achievements the books received. I will continue to use Outskirts for the streamlined process and value of the price of publishing.

Books by Maureen Scanlon

Author Spotlight: Jane Gandolfo

About the Author

E. J. Gandolfo is a former advertising agency copywriter and sales executive. She is an artist and antique dealer and resides in the Boston area. Gandolfo is the author of the EVVY CIPA award winning book, To Paint A Murder and the EVVY CIPA nominated book, A Tale of Deceit, both Veronica Howard Vintage Mysteries.

Testimonial About Outskirt Press

Several years ago, when I decided to write my first book, I searched diligently for a company that offered the quality options and support that I felt I required.  Coming from a background in advertising and public relations as well as being the owner of an antique business, I knew from personal experience and from the trade that a lot of the outfits calling themselves “experts” to self-published authors were anything but.  The horror stories were abundant! 

I decided on Outskirts Press partly as a leap of faith and partly from their excellent track record.  I’m delighted to say that my decision to trust Outskirts with “my baby” has paid off many times over.  I am currently writing my fifth novel and will once again put my manuscript into their hands.  The customer service is excellent and I have never doubted the skills of the editors, proofreaders, cover artists and author representatives that I have been assigned to work with.

I have won two CIPA EVVY Awards which would not have been possible without Outskirt Press.

Am I happy with Outskirts Press?  You’d better believe it!     


  • To Paint a Murder, 1st place in the mystery/crime/detective fiction category at the 25th annual EVVY CIPA Awards for 2019.
  • A Tale of Deceit, EVVY CIPA nominated book

Congratulations to Andrew Ceroni’s Book-Cover-of-the-Month Award!

Can a custom cover make your self-published book an award-winning book? The answer is a resounding “Yes!” Just ask Andrew Ceroni who’s book, Special Means, just won June’s Book-Cover-of-the-Month Award!

As a three-time Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year winner, Andy knew expectations were high for his latest novel so he elected to once again include the Professional Custom Cover Design option for his book with Outskirts Press.

And we’re happy to say, the results speak for themselves!


CIA agents must play catch-up in order to stop powerful men in Homeland Security and the Defense Department from overthrowing the President and his administration.

Escalating gang violence in Denver, Colorado, and in other large U.S. cities captures the attention of the first term President. He wants a solution, and he wants it NOW—but legislation takes years. The Director of Homeland Security suggests that the remedy to the deteriorating situation may be a highly classified program deep within the special charter of FEMA known as Annex K. This deep-black program, nicknamed STARDUST, would be executed beneath the heaviest cloak of secrecy and without the informed consent of Congress.

When the CIA sends Agent Dave McClure to Denver to investigate inexplicable lethal violence being waged with advanced weaponry against organized street gangs, McClure discovers that what has been unleashed is a sinister solution far worse than the problem. He unearths a nightmarish plot to do much more than eliminate gangs in America—rather, it’s an attempt to seize the military district of Washington and overthrow the federal government. McClure’s own life is now at especially high risk, and the CIA must act quickly and with overwhelming force.

But time is short…and the clock is ticking!

About the Author

About the Author: ANDREW CERONI served a distinguished career as a Senior Supervisory Special Agent in the conduct of global counterespionage and antiterrorism operations. He received his BS degree from the U.S. Air Force Academy; MA from Case Western Reserve University; and studied several foreign languages at the University of Maryland, MD. He is a member of the Authors Guild and lives in Colorado with his family.

Congratulations from all of us at Outskirts Press, Andrew!

Order the book for up to a 50% discount at Outskirts Press here.

Interested in publishing your own award-winning book with professional services like custom cover design? Visit Outskirts Press today.

Outskirts Press Congratulates Author Guido Roberto Deiro For His Recent Appearance on PBS

As the world slowly (hopefully) begins its recovery from an international pandemic that has forced millions of people to shelter for months, the self-publishing industry continues to flourish. Perhaps it is due to the combination of extra time, increased saving habits (which shot from approximately 5% to over 30% in the United States between the first and second quarter), and the proliferation of worldwide catastrophes and causes–which have ranged from an unprecedented virus outbreak to an unprecedented unification of people from all walks of life demanding the overdue resolution of racial inequality.  We are living in a time of big moments. And nothing cements into time big moments quite like big books.

Outskirts Press authors have always been able to secure amazing levels of exposure for their self-published books, whether it be a TNT-series starring Star Trek alum Chris Pine or an inspirational documentary based upon an inspiring woman’s autobiography/self-help book. And while we are sure to see a fair amount of books about COVID-19 and Black Lives Matter in the coming months (and we look forward to helping those authors with all of them), today we’ll shine the spotlight on a book that, while it may not be as culturally relevant, is still an amazing story in its own right. So much so, that Outskirts author Guido Roberto Deiro was recently interviewed for an American Masters documentary on Mae West, which aired two days ago on PBS.

The book that led to the interview, Mae West & The Count, takes you inside Mae’s relationship with the man who launched her career and stole her heart.

Set in the first half of the 20th Century, this is the heretofore untold story of the torrid romance, lust-filled five-year marriage, and entwined show business careers of the Vaudeville headliner “Deiro” and the “Queen of Camp” Mae West.

Unpublicized by mutual agreement, the improbable, humorous, and often heartbreaking, personal and professional relationship between the Italian nobleman, who rose to “rock-star” fame, and the Brooklyn-born fifth-grade dropout who became a show business legend and an icon of sexual freedom, is intimately and elegantly exposed in this volume.

About the author

Retired after successful careers in casino gaming, aviation, and real estate sales, Guido Roberto Deiro resides with his wife, Joan Marlene, at their estate Villa Kismet in the outskirts of Las Vegas, Nevada. The writing of Mae West & The Count – Love and Loss on the Vaudeville Stage came about because of an instruction given to the author by his father, Count Deiro, shortly before his father’s demise: “Never forget that I introduced and made popular the piano-accordion, and tell everyone, including someday your children, who I was and what I did with my life. And if Mae West ever says anything to you, I want you to listen to her…she could have been your mother.” The author hopes that the publication of this biographical novel meets his late father’s imperative.

For more information about the book or to purchase directly from the publisher for up to a 50% discount, click here.

Congratulations on your PBS interview, Guido. And for memorializing such a romantic yet complicated tale. We’re sure your father would be proud!

Introducing Amy Jordan, award-winning author of Dance Because You Can and 26 Tips FOR Easier Living with Diabetes

At Outskirts Press, we are extremely proud of our authors’ many accomplishments including raving reviews, prestigious awards, and even full-length movies. We have featured author Amy Jordan several times on this blog for her 1st Place EVVY Award and most recently for the debut of Amy’s Victory Dance, a documentary film based on her inspirational autobiographical book, Dance Because You Can (a 2019 Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Finalist).

As the publisher of Amy’s books, Dance Because You Can and 26 Tips FOR Easier Living with Diabetes, we are delighted with her success and proud to be part of her story. Please watch the video testimonial below to learn more about Amy’s experience publishing with Outskirts Press, the only A+ rated and #1-rated self-publishing company according to the Better Business Bureau and Top Consumer Reviews respectively.

Are you ready to publish your masterpiece and join the ranks of award-winning authors like Amy Jordan?


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!


Review Blurbs for Self-Publishing Authors

Positive book reviews are great for any book, and they are particularly helpful for self-published books, where the quality from book to book can be so disparate that readers often rely upon online reviews from either 3rd party readers or established reviewers to help them make their purchasing decision.

Enter Kirkus, Foreword, and Blue Ink, three established magazines that cater to book buyers, wholesalers, libraries, and readers as the sources for unbiased book reviews. All three offer guaranteed book reviews, if you know how to get them. And as we’re about to demonstrate, getting a positive book review from a source like this can provide an author with an arsenal of promotional power.

See Exhibit One, below, the Blue Ink review of Brad Anderson’s When Is Sylvia Wallace? (Outskirts Press, 448 pages).


How many blurbs or excerpts can you extract from this review for the purposes of marketing? Let’s see…

“…adrenaline-fueled thriller…”
“The pacing is relentless…”
“…a highly appealing fusion of time-travel adventure and post-apocalyptic thriller…”
“…impossible to put down.”

Can’t you see any one of those excerpts featured predominantly above the title? Or all of them on the author’s webpage and used in all promotional material (blurbs like that are particularly effective on posters). We can! What’s more, once you’ve received a review like this, with blurbs like that, you can parlay them for the remainder of your career to further enrich your author biography on future book covers, your author webpages, and your online social media author profiles — all of which helps you promote your “author platform” and all your future books, too.

Speaking of books, Brad Anderson is the author of 9 books (so far) with Outskirts Press, including the award-winning Guardians Trilogy. Brad Anderson lives and works in San Antonio, Texas. He spends most of his longer vacations hiking and camping in America’s National Parks, including Guadalupe Mountains National Park. Anderson is the author of Ribbon Falls, After the Falls, and The Janus Project, among others. Visit him at

Congratulations on a great review, Brad, and on an amazing writing career. We’re with you.

To join us, and Brad, on your own writing, publishing, and award-winning adventure, visit today.