Introducing Self-Publishing Author Dickson Lane & Alex Oleksij’s Book Video Trailer for “The 10 Little Indians”

The 10 Little Indians

Announcing the Self Publishing News premiere of the book video trailer for The 10 Little Indians (published by Outskirts Press, July 2021), by Dickson Lane & Alex Oleksij.

Learn from the Masters of Moviemaking about writing screenplays. “This is a valuable resource for cinematic professionals and movie fans alike!”

Steven R. Lindahl 4.0 out of 5 stars

An interesting, how-to book for screenwriters
Reviewed in the United States on April 7, 2022
This book is an interesting, how-to book for screenwriters. It could also be appreciated by film fans who want to look closer at the work they enjoy since it uses well-known films to emphasize points the authors are making. The writing is straightforward and easy to comprehend.

One of the points the writers made that I liked was that “The Best Screen Comedy is not ‘Funny’ (as much as Unexpected).” That’s something I can use in my writing and there are plenty of other examples where there is overlap between formats.

I recommend this book to anyone trying to write screenplays, especially someone just starting.

Claire H.
Someone gave me this book. He thought it would interest me since I love movies so much. Once, I got into it, I began to realize what made some of my favorite classic movies so special—John Ford westerns, The African Queen, The Great Lebowski, Butch and the Kid. I now see movies with very different eyes and a deeper appreciation for all it takes to make movies. Wow!

Richard A.
The book was given away at a book group event. What I found particularly interesting was the Introduction, describing how many “armies of armies” are needed to make a movie, and how expensive even one day of filming can be. The “Side by Side by Side” chapter, which compared really great movies next to ones that suck was really interesting too. I even checked “Ishtar” out of the library to see if it was as bad as it has been portrayed. It was! (I am so glad I did not have to pay for that POS!)

Emily J.
I am an aspiring independent filmmaker. The chapter on “Location Economics” was spot-on! What was described in that chapter was almost exactly what happened on one of my first film shoots where I was on the Second Unit camera team, almost verbatim! To this day, no one has screened it. I can’t even use it for my “reel.” I wish I had read this book before working on that film. It would have made my life so much easier to navigate. It is a great resource for cinema professionals and movie lovers alike. It really is.

Jake B.
I like that there was a reference to other good books about writing screenplays. That was cool. These guys sure have seen a lot of movies! OMG!

Steven L.
A straightforward clearly articulated reference book about movies and screenplays.

Maggie W.
Yep. This is what my brother, an award-winning screenwriter, director, and producer, goes through every day. If people are going to be in this business, they need to know this stuff.

Dickson Lane & Alex Oleksij

Dickson is a screenwriter, playwright, author, stage, and screen actor. Like Alex, Dickson has spent many years on the road with national tours and regional theaters. He has narrated many audio books. Formerly he was also a film critic in New York City. His play, And She Was There is currently on the Regional Theater Circuit. In his “other life” he is a Certified Technical Trainer and Instructional Designer. Alex has been a film maven since childhood and a discerning student of film for most of his adult life. After graduating from college with a degree history and archaeology, Alex then spent 20 years crisscrossing the country as a professional actor. Now the office manager for a Manhattan law firm, he is the author of three other non-fiction works: The Girl from Clark Street (a memoir of his family), and two books on British history, The Island Crown and The Throne of the World.

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Introducing Self-Publishing Author Katherine Thomas Leurck’s Book Video Trailer for “You’re Special”

Introducing Self-Publishing Author Katherine Thomas Leurck’s Book Video Trailer for “You're Special"

Announcing the Self Publishing News premiere of the book video trailer for You’re Special (published by Outskirts Press, December 2022), by Katherine Thomas Leurck.

Drew Shares Love, One Rainbow at a Time

Have you ever seen a wheelchair bound person with a smile bigger than you’ve smiled all week? Or a child with Down syndrome who is in a perpetual good mood, and you wonder, What’s the magic? Those moments are what make this daily devotional quite different. It is inspired by the words and actions of beautiful individuals with exceptionalities. The voices heard from the pages of this book include children with autism, Down syndrome, and cognition delay, to name a few. The language is simple, pure, refreshingly honest and reflects the author’s experience with this remarkable community which, some consider to be angels among us. This book is one of the first of its kind because it provides children with exceptionalities a limitless platform to teach and inspire. While often this community is encouraged to “change” or “improve,” they are quite perfect just as they are. Chances are if you interact with them, you will walk away in awe of their grounded trust in themselves and others, free of expectations. You will likely have a better day as a result of the interaction. At the center of this book is Drew, who is chronologically 22 years old but intellectually about 7. Every day, Drew passes out handmade rainbows that state, “You’re Special.”His mission is to remind everyone of their inner beauty that makes each individual special and unique. Let’s be eager students of individuals with exceptionalities and their unique experience. They have so much to share, and we have so much to gain! It’s where “special” meets truth—and in truth, there is wisdom. Enjoy your 365 days of reflections and embrace Drew’s purposeful words: “You’re Special.”

Katherine Leurck

Katherine Thomas Leurck

Katherine Leurck admits that raising a child with exceptionalities is not easy. She considers it a journey from understanding, to accepting, and finally celebrating such a beautiful child from God. Her intent with this book is to share the voices, perspectives, and inspiration of children with exceptionalities, which has taught her so much. Katherine lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband David and their three children, Andrew, Alexandra, and Audrey who are all so exceptional in their own unique way.

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Introducing Self-Publishing Author Stephen C. P. Green’s Book Video Trailer for “LIFE – The Best Teacher Ever”

LIFE - The Best Teacher Ever
Live to Learn. Learn to Live.
by Stephen C.P. Green

Announcing the Self Publishing News premiere of the book video trailer for LIFE – The Best Teacher Ever (published by Outskirts Press, March 2022), by Stephen C. P. Green.

Learn. Imagine. Focus. Engage. LIFE!

The life we live is made up of the consistent thoughts and actions we exercise each day. An education must never be passive, boring, or totally dependent upon outside events or people. Take control of your learning, growth, and development. Respect the education you receive from your teachers but then continue your learning, applying a more personal application. This book guides you through a supplemental curriculum that will expand your mind, body, and spirit far beyond the classroom. Use these suggestions to enhance your experiences in life in ways most school systems aren’t equipped to offer. Be excited to learn. Be bold and brave to imagine. Be determined to focus. Be interested and curious to engage. Live to learn. Learn to live.

Stephen C. P. Green

Stephen C. P. Green

Stephen C.P. Green is a graduate of Howard University. He has lived in Los Angeles for thirty years. After working briefly in the entertainment industry, he started teaching at the age of 28. While studying for his teaching credential, he earned his master’s degree in Cross Cultural Teaching. Mr. Green has worked at Lillian Street Elementary (LAUSD) for twenty-five years. There he met his wife, Angelica Alvarado, who teaches as well. The students, parents, and coworkers at Lillian Street inspired his first published book, Chances, Choices, and Changes (2016). They were also the inspiration and motivation for this book.

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Introducing Self-Publishing Author Gregory Hagenston’s Book Video Trailer for “Greg and Doc, Two Souls Surrounded by Badlands”

Greg and Doc, Two Souls Surrounded by Badlands by Gregory Hagenston.

Announcing the Self Publishing News premiere of the book video trailer for Greg and Doc, Two Souls Surrounded by Badlands, Part II Makoshika (published by Outskirts Press, December 2022), by Gregory Hagenston.

Makoshika, a geological Disneyland!

From the chronologically bound pages of Dr. R. W. Hiatt’s Makoshika dossier, an optometrist’s avocation unfolds. Sink yourself into the years from 1956 to 1965 and join Doc Hiatt in his journey through the badlands. Along for the ride is Greg, a boy thirty years younger than his optometrist, Dr. Hiatt, and whose youthful adventures weave in and out of the unfolding story of Makoshika.

Gregory Hagenston

Gregory Hagenston

Greg Hagenston was born in Glendive, Montana. His firsthand Makoshika experiences and close personal relationship with his mentor, Dr. Hiatt, created the foundation for this book. Greg and his wife of 50 years, Evelyn, live in a historic old house nestled in the badlands with Makoshika State Park bordering their 30 acre triangular shaped property on two sides.

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Introducing Self-Publishing Author MP Kollman’s Book Video Trailer for “Promises”

by MP Kollman

Announcing the Self Publishing News premiere of the book video trailer for Promises (published by Outskirts Press, November 2022), by MP Kollman.

Special Agent Kevin Grayson made a promise seventeen years ago.

It isn’t in his nature to break a promise even if given to someone who doesn’t deserve it. But when he retires from the Bureau of Drug Enforcement, is he still bound by that promise? To not go after Lucias Chandler as long as he remains with the Bureau. He thinks not.

Samantha assumes her husband is on assignment until she discovers he has absconded with half a million dollars. His boss, Jeff Hand further confounds her with the news of Kevin’s retirement. Later, they both arrive at the same conclusion of where he’s gone. And why. An assignment possibly more precarious than any other. Less than two weeks later, Samantha suddenly collapses from a pain not her own; all those present know the worst has happened. But is Kevin alive or dead? And where is he?

MP Kollman

Promises is the sixth in the seven-book crime/adventure Brothers series: Brothers (1995), Sequela (2012), Honeymoon and Moirai (2021), and The Accident (2022). MP Kollman has also published Skin Deep (2016), a romance unrelated to the series. MP was raised on a dairy farm in central Minnesota. She began writing in grade school for her own enjoyment—whisking her on adventures far from the family farm. After graduating, she moved to Wisconsin, where she married and now has two adult children and three grandchildren. MP recently retired from a full-time job, which allows her to dedicate more time to her writing.

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Introducing Self-Publishing Author Vinh Linh Thi Hoang’s Book Video Trailer for “Lost”

Announcing the Self Publishing News premiere of the book video trailer for Lost: The Journey of The Vietnamese Tarzan Girl – Part I (published by Outskirts Press, October 2022), by Vinh Linh Thi Hoang.

People normally consider life’s tribulations as challenges.

Does it follow that whoever sheds many tears has also experienced the fullness of life? In this inspirational memoir, author Eo shares her philosophy that to live on earth is not just to experience enjoyment and delight, but also to understand feelings of sorrow and suffering. Sweetness and sunny days along with darkness and bitterness are subtle flavors of life. Those who taste life fully will understand how poetic it can be.

Loss is pain. But loss is also gain!

Not everyone can manage life’s difficulties with equanimity. Eo found herself out of energy to overcome seemingly never-ending struggles and distressing times, and felt it was her destiny to suffer. Her resentment from being forgotten, and in misery, pushed her toward suicide. Although life’s waves tried to drift over her and wash away everything that belonged to her, they could not obliterate God’s accompanying footsteps in her spirit, heart, and mind. Thanks to her faith, Eo met Godhead and his omnipotence, and her faith gave her the strength to overcome trials and tribulations.

Vinh Linh Thi Hoang

Hôm nay, Eo xin trân trọng trình “Làng Họ” món quà cao quý nhất mà Thượng Đế đã ban tặng cho Eo! MẤT / LOST Part I – Tác giả, VĩnhLinh Thị Hoàng xin chia sẽ tâm tình Hòa Bình, Tình Thương Mến Thương đến những người con Đất Mẹ! Sách tiếng Việt sẽ ra mắt độc giả soon! – “Không ai sinh ra mà đã ghét người khác vì màu da, nền giáo dục và tôn giáo của người đó. Mọi người phải học cách để ghét. Và nếu người ta có thể bị học cách để ghét, họ cũng có thể dạy được cách yêu thương. Vì tình yêu thương đến với con người tự nhiên hơn là lòng căm ghét – Nelson Mandela”. – Nhân gian có câu đề án chỉ về quyền lực Đời và Đạo: “Con Ông, Cháu Cha”. – “Ra đời, như con chiên vây quanh giữa nuông sói, hãy khôn ngoan như con rắn và hạy hiền lành như chim bồ câu – Jesus of Nazareth.” Đôi khi Eo nhận biết được sự độc ác của con “rắn đỏ” để mà tránh nhưng Eo lại dễ lầm tưởng với sự hiền lành bề ngoài của con “bồ câu trắng”. Nếu cuốn một tác giả Eo kể lại cuộc đời mình đã trải qua bằng nước mắt thì sự ức hiếp, kỳ thị của gia đình và xã hội dành cho Eo trong cuốn hai bằng máu. Khi Eo nhận được Certificate issued từ United States Register of Copyrights and Director. Ngay sau đó, Eo nhận được tới tấp proposals từ những nhà xuất bản nổi tiếng của nước Mỹ; Self-publishing and Traditional publishing. Eo vốn muốn liên lạc, tìm cho mình cơ hội, giới thiệu đến gặp những bậc “có tiếng nói” như MC. Nguyễn Cao Kỳ Duyên, NV. Nguyễn Ngọc Ngạn, Du Miên…v…v… thuộc ngành truyền thông, văn học trong cộng đồng Việt để hy vọng họ có thể hướng dẫn, giúp đỡ Eo kiếm người Việt dịch thuật và chỉnh sửa lại bản thảo theo lời đề nghị của nhà xuất bản Mỹ. May mắn lắm thì có người đồng ý cho hẹn gặp… Nhưng tất cả mọi nỗ lực của Eo gần như vô ích, khi chỉ nhận lại từ họ sau một vài lời hỏi han ắt có và đủ rồi thì quay ra phỏng vấn Eo với con mắt kỳ thị, khinh miệt và không tin tưởng nếu không dám nói là bị xúc phạm thẳng tay. Eo ngồi đó, nổi sợ hãi ùa tới làm lạnh cả gáy, khiến Eo run rẩy không “phát” thành tiếng! – Chị đã từng viết sách chưa hoặc giả chị đã làm cho hãng truyền thông nào…? – Nhìn mấy cuốn sách anh Đ.Q.A.T ở nhà sách Tự Lực Văn Đoàn ném ra trên bàn rồi hỏi: ” Chị có biết những nhà văn Ngô Thế Vinh, Dương Thu Hương… nhà văn… này…không? – Không cần coi hợp đồng, tôi đã nói là chị bị lừa rồi nhé, sách gì mà giá 30-40 chục đồng một cuốn…? – Một anh làm cho Litle Sài Gòn TV (LSTV) Đương nhiên, những điều này xảy ra, Eo cũng xin hoàn toàn nhận lỗi về phía mình vì không lường được thân phận chông chênh, lý lịch hèn kém của mình khiến một lần nữa Eo đã làm giới trí thức, sang chảnh Việt phải thất vọng. Càng nghĩ Eo càng thấy tủi thân, đường cùng. Ra về, Eo tự trách và tự đánh mất luôn niềm tin vào chính mình không hay. Làm sao Eo có thể nói cho anh Trúc Hồ, Tô văn Lai, đại diện Viêt Face, báo Người Việt… rằng Eo không có nhiều tiền nói chi đến 50- 60 ngàn đô la trả chi phí cho nhà xuất bản Mỹ tìm người translator cho cuốn sách 350-400 trang, tiền chục-chục ngàn đô la trả cho editor, Proofreading cho hơn 100,000 words… v..v… Eo cũng ái ngại nói cho họ hiểu rằng ngay cả tiếng Việt, khi bắt tay viết cuốn hồi ký MẤT (2015- Present) Eo phải ra chợ Việt Nam xin lượm báo tiếng Việt free để về học tiếng Việt và học cách hành văn từ những thầy viết văn hay, viết có tính cách nhân văn con người mà thôi. Không thích mình đang sống trên một đất nước giàu mạnh, nhân đạo mà các bậc tiền bối còn mang ý tưởng tôn giáo, tính cách bè phái, đã kích, chia rẽ, rồi đưa nhau ra trên đài, báo chí bôi bác lẫn nhau. Mời đi họp đâu, hội đoàn nào của cộng đồng người Việt cũng chia ra hai, ba nhóm phe đối lập. Eo nghe lòng mình buồn càng nản chí hơn. Đừng trách con cháu mình sẽ học được gì từ “mớ” con ông, cháu cha này nữa chứ! Sau 10 năm dài, đi tới đâu cũng nghe người Việt rêu rao, miệt thị Eo là một con điên, nuôi ảo tưởng viết sách, nghe nói thế thì bao giờ sách nó mới ra? Ngay cả những nơi, mà hằng ngày Eo thường đi thờ phượng cầu nguyện thì cũng bị “thượng tế” ở đó rảy nước Thánh đuổi (kẻ mà họ cho là bị quỷ ám) đi… Eo xấu hổ chỉ muốn độn thổ, chỉ biết khóc và khóc… rồi Eo đành nghe lời, lặng lẽ kiếm một shelter thật xa, tránh người Việt cho lành thân. Nhạc sĩ Trần Thiện Thanh đã viết: “Người điên không biết nhớ và người say không biết buồn. Nhưng cuộc tình dương gian, muôn đời không nghĩa lý…” Dương gian có nghĩa lý khi cán cân Công Lý nghiêng về Sự Ác chăng? Lần đầu tiên rời bỏ thành phố thân quen, về sống ở một thành phố lạ cảnh, lại lạ người, đã sợ cô đơn lại cứ thu mình trong phòng kín. Một mình với website tự điển Việt-Anh, mò mẫn, tập tành đọc MẤT- Part I, những con chữ rặt ròi tiếng Mỹ, từng hàng, từng hàng của từng trang sách đã được nhà xuất bản đánh số cho Eo chỉnh sửa và Eo đã làm việc tù tì với sự dẫn dắt, tin tưởng của Authors in Production. Eo gần như muốn xa luôn cả giờ giấc, cuộc sống sinh hoạt ngoài, bên ngoài cửa sổ. Căn bệnh trầm cảm của Eo thời gian này cũng trở lại khá nặng tuy rằng luôn được các bác sĩ và đội ngũ về thể chất cũng như tinh thần luôn khuyến kích, chăm lo tận tình. Eo, người đàn bà homeless, thực chất cô độc, không muốn kéo lê cuộc sống “câm điếc” và buồn bã của mình thêm nữa. Mạng sống như sợi chỉ căng, chỉ cần đụng nhẹ là sẽ đứt. Ăn uống, uống thuốc hay làm gì Eo phải có người nhắc nhở. Không biết tự bao giờ, có lẽ lâu lắm rồi, từ cái thủa Eo có thể còn nhớ được thì niềm tin vào con người trong Eo đã bị cạn kiệt. Lòng đố kỵ, tàn ác của những kẻ “quyền lực” cũng làm niềm tin, ý chí sắt đá của Eo ngày hôm nay “bốc hơi” mất tiêu. Nghe theo sự dẫn dắt, xắp đặt của những ân nhân vì muốn Eo an toàn để khôi phục lại trí nhớ. Ngắm cảnh đất trời tĩch lặng, hiền hòa, nơi không có chợ Việt, chùa, nhà thờ hay hàng quán để tụ họp, để trăn trở, để bon chen, cạnh cựa với mớ đời “đảo điên”. Khi xác tín: ông Trời đóng cánh cửa này của Eo thì có một cánh cửa khác mở ra, cũng vậy, nếu lấy đi những người xấu thì sẽ thay vào những người tốt. Làm bạn, làm việc, học hỏi văn nhân từ những người Mỹ trí thức có bằng cấp cao, nhưng đầy lòng nhân văn và nhân ái, cùng nắm tay chia sẽ, nâng đỡ và cho Eo một cơ hội; Xây lại niềm tin yêu và học đứng lên làm Người! * Eo muốn sống tiếp, kiếp “con người” mà mẹ Eo đã đặt tên cho khi cất tiếng khóc chào đời. Không muốn ra đời bị người ta đổi tên là một con điên, con đĩ tàn mạt, kẻ quỷ ám… trở về từ cõi chết đâu? – TỰ TỬ không phải là một “con điên” vì người điên không có CAN ĐẢM để tự tử! – Quyền Lực của Bóng Tối đã bao trùm và treo sẵn một dây thòng lọng rồi ép Eo bức tử, CHẾT như vây là HÈN NHÁT, oan ức quá phải không Eo? – Con đĩ, con nghiện, kẻ cướp, giết người… mà Eo join in Recovery Group of the Psychiatric Hospitals, họ là Med-student, lawyer, coach, businessman, entertainers, media person… Họ cũng là một con người! Nghe câu chuyện họ tâm tình và những giọt nước mắt đau khổ lăn dài trên má, Eo lại nghe trái tim mình đang nhói đau, rướm máu! Bác sĩ tâm lý luôn tỉnh thức Eo: Ráng học tập, cố gắng hồi nhớ lại và viết xuống những abusive, stigma mà gia đình, xã hội đã đối xử với bệnh nhân depression như Eo. Bệnh nhân người Á Đông thường ngại, sợ, không dám mở lòng cho ai để bác sĩ dễ dàng chuẩn đoán và chữa trị. Sự kém hiểu biết của xã hội phong kiến cũng làm cho gia đình của bệnh nhân thường khó hợp tác với con em của mình và bác sĩ. Đặc biệt là Doctor Soldier: nhóm cựu chiến binh tham gia chiến trường (post-traumatic stress disorder) và Doctor of Theology, Psychotherapist: nhóm tâm linh- spiritual bị áp bức (bullying). Là một “nạn nhân” bị gia đình bỏ rơi, Eo không mong mình sẽ chữa lành, Eo bất lực, khóc lóc vẫy vùng trong những cơn ác mộng, khủng hoảng… Và rồi một ngày phép lạ (miracle) cũng đã xảy đến! * Eo chợt nhận ra, mình còn có trọng trách với gia đình và tổ quốc. Ngày mai Eo sẽ ra đi, để lại hành trang đau thương, của mảnh đời tỵ nạn trôi dạt đến nơi đây, và ký tích Mất/Lost là một nhân chứng Việt đóng góp cho nền Văn học, đã được lưu lại trong thư viện Mỹ hầu cho con cháu mai sau đọc lại dòng lịch sử của cha ông mình. Vâng, Eo phải sống, phải “tỉnh lại” để đấu tranh, phải đứng lên mạnh mẽ, hùng dũng trước tòa móng ngựa, giữa bồi thẩm đoàn Đạo và Đời, đòi lại Đạo Lý làm Người. Phải van lạy “oan gia” để Eo được quyền nói ra lời trăn trối “tâm huyết” từ trái tim thiêng liêng của người Mẹ điên này, đến với những đứa Con của mình. Phải can đảm đối diện người chồng cũ, tha thứ cho bố của con mình, vì đã “qua cầu rút ván rồi nhận chìm Eo”. Và hơn thế nữa Eo phải trở về quá khứ, đi qua những nơi mình đã từng một lần sống qua, để mở khóa cho tiềm thức vì quá thương tâm, khiếp hãi mà bị đóng kín từ lâu! MẤT/ LOST như một bức tranh xếp hình. Eo sẽ ráng tìm lại những mảnh ghép theo thứ tự rồi hoàn thành một bức tranh chân thật, sống động để trình Làng. *Tất cả những nhân vật sẽ là nhân chứng sống, chỉ một số tác giả đã đổi tên. – MẤT là đớn đau nhưng mất cũng là để ĐƯỢC. Thế đó! Cầu xin Mất/ Lost được độc giả ưu ái khắp nơi ủng hộ. Ước gì đó sẽ là hành trình giúp Eo sắp xếp tiếp những bước đệm nhảy an toàn, là hành trang “khí cụ bình an” mang trên vai Eo bớt hận thù, giúp trái tim đồng cảm của Eo ngày được bước gần lại bên người anh em, trẻ em bị tổn thương tinh thần. Vì ở đó có nước mắt đau khổ và cũng có nụ cười chia sẽ của những người có trái tim Hòa Bình. – Bên em đang có ta, hát về em tương lai xót xa- Ns Trúc Hồ. – Có tin vui giữa giờ tuyệt vọng! Hãy nói cho mọi người cùng nghe; Người đã cứu người… Xiết tay nhau cúi đầu gạt lệ, Tạ ơn Trên; Người vẫn thương người- Ns Trầm Tử Thiêng. Phúc cho ai có lòng thương xót người; Thì họ sẽ được Thượng Đế xót thương! Hẹn gặp các bạn trong tập tới: MẤT / LOST Part II & III- Bút ký, hồi tưởng tâm lý dài của người đàn bà điên- Hoàng Thị VĩnhLinh. Xin nhận nơi đây lòng Tri ân và Đa Tạ! Texas October 2022 Today, Eo would like to present my first book Lost to the people, the most noble gift that God has bestowed on me!

LOST Part I – The author, VĩnhLinh Thị Hoàng would like to share her feelings of Peace, Love and Joy to the children of Mother Earth!
Vietnamese books will be available to readers soon!

– “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to loved. For love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite – Nelson Mandela.”
– The world has a meaning about the Power of Life and Religion “Nepotism”. “Like sheep among wolves, therefore, be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves – Jesus of Nazareth.” Sometimes Eo recognizes the cruelty of the “red snake” to avoid, but Eo is easily mistaken for the gentle appearance of the “white dove”.

If Lost 1, the author Eo recounts the life she has experienced with tears, the bullying and discrimination of family and society for Eo in Lost II are in blood.
When Eo received the Certificate issued from the United States Register of Copyrights and Director. Soon after, Eo received numerous proposals from famous American publishers, Self-publishing, and Traditional publishing. Eo originally wanted to contact, find opportunities, introduce herself to “voice” people like MC. Nguyễn Cao Kỳ Duyên, author’s Nguyễn Ngọc Ngạn, Du Miên, Dương Như Nguyện…v…v… belong to the media and literature industry in the Vietnamese community, in the hope that they can guide and help Eo find Vietnamese people to translate and edit the version. At the request of the American publisher. Fortunately, someone agreed to an appointment… But all Eo’s efforts were almost in vain, when they only received back from her after a few questions and enough, then turned to interview Eo, with eyes of discrimination, contempt and distrust if not dare to say is directly insulted. Eo sat there, fear rushed to chill the nape of the neck, making Eo shiver without “speaking” out!
– Have you ever written a book or did you work for any media agency…?
– Eo look at the books that Mr. Đ.Q.A.T at Tự Lực Văn Đoàn’s bookstore threw out on the table and asked: “Do you know these writers Ngo The Vinh, Duong Thu Huong… these writers… ?
– No need to look at the contract, I told you that you were cheated, what book costs 30-40 dollars for it…? – A guy works for Little Saigon TV (LSTV)… Of course, these things happen, Eo also fully apologizes on her part for not being able to measure his precarious status, her poor background, causing once again Eo has failed the educated and the famous people of the Vietnamese luxury’s hope.

The more Eo thinks, the more she feels sorry for herself in the end. Leaving, Eo blamed herself and lost faith. How can Eo tell Mr. Trúc Hồ, Tô Văn Lai, the representative of Việt Face, Người Việt newspaper… that Eo doesn’t have much money to spend 50-60 thousand dollars to pay for the cost of the American publisher to find the translator for the book of 350-400 pages, tens of thousands of dollars to pay the editor, proofreading for more than 100,000 words… etc. Eo was also afraid to tell them that even the Vietnamese, when she started writing the memoir LOST (2015- Present) Eo had to go to the Vietnamese market to ask for free Vietnamese newspapers and magazines to go home to learn Vietnamese and learn how to write from good writers, who write with human personality only. Eo don’t like that people live in such a rich, strong, and humane country where her forebearers still have religious ideas and prejudice personalities, provoked, divided, and then bring them on the podcast to insult each other. Wherever the people go to the meeting, every association of the Vietnamese community is divided into two or three opposing sides. Eo hears her heart sad even more depressed. Don’t blame your children and grandchildren for what they will learn from this “matter”!
After 10 long years, everywhere Eo go, she hears Vietnamese people talking and slandering Eo as a crazy person, rising the illusions of writing a book. Let’s see when will the book come out? Even the places where Eo often goes to worship and pray every day, the “high priest” there sprinkles holy water toward her, who they think is possessed by demons should chase her away…Where should Eo hide, she could only cry and cry… then Eo obeyed the doctor’s advice, quietly looking for a shelter far away, avoiding the Vietnamese for her good health.

Musician Trần Thiện Thanh wrote: “Crazy people can’t remember, drunk people can’t feel sad. But the worldly love life makes no sense …” It makes sense when the balance of Justice tilts towards Evil. Is this so?
For the first time, Eo has left her hometown, and go to live in a strange, strange city. Eo was afraid of loneliness and kept her confined in a closed room. Alone with the Việt-Anh dictionary website to practicing, reading Lost – Part I, the clear American words, line by line, row by row, number by numbers, and page by page have been edited by the publisher for Eo. She has worked diligently with the Authors in Production’s guidance and trust. Eo almost wants to be away from time, away from everyday life on the street. Eo’s depression this time also was flashback quite badly. Although she was encouraged and cared for by the doctors and the team, both physically and mentally. Eo, was a homeless woman, lonely, and doesn’t want to drag her “dumb deaf” and sad life any longer. Life is like a tight thread, just a light touch and it will break. Eating, taking medicine, or doing anything Eo must be reminded.

Eo doesn’t know when, maybe a long time ago, from the time Eo can still remember, the belief in people inside her has been exhausted. The cruelty and stigma of the “powerful” people also make Eo’s faith strong as rock and iron has been “evaporated”.

Follow the guidance and arrangement of the benefactors because they want Eo to be safe to restore her memory. Admire the quiet environment, peaceful sky, where there are no Vietnamese markets, pagodas, churches, or shops to gather, to ponder, to jostle, side by side dealing with the “crazy” life. When she is convinced: God closes this door of Eo, another door opens, likewise, if He takes away bad people, and He replaces with good people. Making friends, working, learning from American people with advanced degrees, but full of humanity and compassion, holding hands to share, support and give Eo a chance; Rebuilding trust in love and learning to stand up as a Person!

* Eo wants to continue living, the “human” life that Eo’s mother named when she was born crying. I didn’t want to live and be renamed as a madwoman, a damn slut, or a demon possessed who coming back from the dead?
– Suicide is not “crazy” because mad people don’t have the courage to commit suicide!
– The Power of Darkness has covered and hung a noose and forced Eo to commit suicide, DEATH like this is cowardly. So unjust isn’t it Eo?
– Whores, addicts, robbers, murderers were all in the Recovery Group that Eo joined in the Psychiatric Hospitals, they are Med-students, lawyers, coaches, businessmen, entertainers, media person…They are also human. Listen to their stories emotions and tears of pain rolling down their face, Eo heard her heart aching, bleeding again! Psychiatrist encouraged Eo to awaken: Try to study, try to recall, and write down the abuses and bulling that family and society have treated patients with depression like Eo. Asian patients are often afraid, not daring to open their hearts to anyone so that doctors can easily diagnose and treat. The ignorance of feudal society also made it difficult for the patient’s families to cooperate with their doctors. Especially the army’s Doctor: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Doctor of Theology, Psychotherapists: oppressed Christian group. Eo, as an abandoned victim, did not expect to be healed, Eo was helpless, crying and struggling in nightmares, flashbacks, crises…
And then a miracle happened!
* Eo suddenly realized that she also has a responsibility to her family and country. Tomorrow Eo will leave this life, leaving behind the painful baggage of a refugee life drifting here, and the record of Lost, a Vietnamese victim contributing to literature, has been saved in the America library so that future descendants can read the history of their ancestors. Yes! Eo must live, must awaken to fight, must stand up strong and and show courageous in front of the horseshoe, between the Power of Life’s Jury, reclaimed as being human. Eo must beg the “wrong family” so that she could have the right to say her last “words” from the sacred heart of a mother to her children. She must have the courage to face her ex-husband, forgive him for having “burned the bridge” and drowned Eo. Moreover, Eo must go back to the past, go through the places she once lived through, to unlock the subconscious because it was so horrific and frightening that it was closed for a long time!
LOST is like a jigsaw puzzle. Eo will try to find the pieces of the puzzle to complete a realistic and vivid picture to present to the people. *All characters are living witnesses, only some, Eo has changed their names.

Loss is painful but loss is also gain. That’s it!

Eo wishes for Lost to be supported by readers everywhere. Hoping it to be a journey to help Eo arrange safe steppingstones, a “tool of peace” carried on Eo’s shoulders to reduce hatred, help Eo’s compassionate heart to step closer to the brothers and sisters in need, along with mentally damaged children. Because there are tears of suffering and shared smiles of people with Peaceful hearts.
– I have you by my side, singing about you, the children’s future is sad – Musician Trúc Hồ.
– There is good news amid despair! Speak for everyone to hear; The person who saved people… Holding hands together, bowing to wipe away tears, Thank You Above; People still love people – Musician Trầm Tử Thiêng.
Blessed is those who have mercy on others; Then they will have mercy from God!

See you in the next episodes: LOST Part II & III- The Diary of the Crazy Woman- Hoàng Thị Vĩnh Linh.

Thank you and God bless!

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Introducing Self-Publishing Author Wayne Detzler’s Book Video Trailer for “Philippians: A Preacher’s Commentary”

Philippians: A Preacher's Commentary
With Reference to the Greek Text
by Wayne Detzler

Announcing the Self Publishing News premiere of the book video trailer for “Philippians: A Preacher’s Commentary” (published by Outskirts Press, August 2022), by Wayne Detzler.

This commentary is designed for those who preach sermons of biblical exposition.

While under house arrest as a prisoner in Rome around 62 AD, the Apostle Paul wrote a letter of joy and thankfulness to the clergy and the believers of Philippi. Despite his own hardships, he shared that he had found contentment in every circumstance—and the secret to his contentment was based on knowing Jesus Christ. Paul encouraged believers to rejoice in the Lord (4:4), be strong in the Lord (4:13), and trust in the Lord’s provision (4:19). Philippians: A Preacher’s Commentary is designed for those who preach sermons of biblical exposition, and represents the life work of the author, who for more than fifty years has studied, preached, and taught the book of Philippians. This book will be a helpful component of the reader’s devotional life and is meant to be shared with others for their encouragement. And God shall ever and always have all the glory.

Wayne Detzler

Dr. Wayne Detzler was ordained to ministry in 1960. Since that time he has engaged in pastoral ministries in Europe, England, China, and the United States. In each case he has preached biblically expository messages.

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Introducing Self-Publishing Author D. L. Norris’s Book Video Trailer for “Where the Heart Is”

Announcing the Self Publishing News premiere of the book video trailer for Where the Heart Is (published by Outskirts Press, October 2022), by D. L. Norris.

A fresh, new beginning may be eclipsed by tragedy and dark family secrets in Where the Heart Is, a captivating story about friendship, loss, reconciliation, and love.

Jenna Davis-Wilson and her two lively children have returned to the nostalgic home of her childhood in Madison County, Nebraska. This spontaneous decision to take up permanent residency at the old Victorian manor following her father’s sudden death ushers in a myriad of unexpected twists and turns. Jenna’s husband, Marcus, a well-respected obstetrician in New York, also relocates to smalltown Tilden, where tensions mount with a longtime family friend and her opinionated, prejudicial tirades. The discovery of a dark family secret—locked away for decades in an old attic trunk—threatens to overshadow a highly esteemed ancestral image and brings into question everything that Jenna believes about her cherished legacy.

D. L. Norris

D.L. Norris is a notable author and motivational speaker who has written numerous short stories and articles on health, emotional wellness, family, and cultural history. Norris’s novels, The Long Way Home and Where the Heart Is, capture in colorful, humorous style the actual events and cultural mindsets of her beloved Scandinavian family and personal life experiences. She and her husband, Quincy, make their home in beautiful Hartford, Connecticut.

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Introducing Self-Publishing Author Doris Rivezzo Kitchell’s Book Video Trailer for “Algebra Book”

Announcing the Self Publishing News premiere of the book video trailer for Algebra Book (published by Outskirts Press, September 2022), by Doris Rivezzo Kitchell.

Math Lessons

The Algebra Book is for students in grades 7 and 8 to facilitate their understanding of algebra. The book is divided in two parts. The first part contains 18 math lessons and practice work, plus answers. The second part has the same lessons and practice worksheets in Spanish.

Doris Rivezzo Kitchell

Doris Rivezzo Kitchell earned a master’s degree in Education/Math from St. John’s University in Queens, NYC, and is currently a retired high school math teacher. She wrote this algebra book in English and Spanish to help math teachers motivate students whose native language is Spanish. She was also inspired by her children, Alfonso and Michael. For more information on her math lessons, go to her website,

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Introducing Self-Publishing Author Paul Nankivell’s Book Video Trailer for “Courageous Love”

Announcing the Self Publishing News premiere of the book video trailer for Courageous Love (published by Outskirts Press, April 2022), by Paul Nankivell.

Two protagonists with cerebral palsy overcome their real and imagined obstacles to find true loves they never imagined possible.

Despite his cerebral palsy, Alan Jones has overcome many obstacles in life. As a senior systems analyst at a Fortune-500 company, he makes a great living and owns a generous condo in West Hills.

Alan’s attendant Selena Harris lives with Alan but occupies the other bedroom. Despite their chemistry, Alan doesn’t believe a woman like Selena would ever be with a man like him.

Meanwhile, Catherine O’Malley has also vanquished many obstacles of cerebral palsy. She’s a corporate attorney who defines herself by her career success, but she’s starting to have mixed feelings about representing the faceless corporations who ruin innocent lives. Desperate to escape her guilt, she finds herself tempted by a male coworker’s intense gaze.

At Catherine’s side through her conquests is the pretty and supportive Nicole, who listens to Catherine with a conflicted heart.

In these layered and thoughtful love stories, Alan and Catherine must overcome their imagined obstacles to realize that true love has no limits.

Book Excerpt

Unlike most people, Alan Jones doesn’t abhor Mondays.  Monday, is the start of a new week.  And, another chance to prove his worth to a society that frowns upon individuals who don’t fit.  And, by no fault of his own, his power wheelchair stands out like an orchid in a rose garden.  Orchids can be beautiful in their own right. But, nobody expects to come across one in a homogeneous field of 

He has worked at P & N Networking Solutions in downtown Los Angeles since graduating college eighteen years ago.  Beginning as a junior programming intern and slowly climbing the ladder to his present position of senior systems analyst.  Now, at age forty, he enjoys the perks of being one of the top analysts in the city.

Paul Nankivell

Paul Nankivell was born with cerebral palsy. He became one of the first differently-abled students to mainstream into public schools in the 1970s. Since graduating from college, he’s advocated for disability rights,

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