Self-Publishing Author Dr. Darlene Pearce Featured in the New York Times Holiday Edition!

Throughout the holiday season, we feature our authors who have taken advantage of the 2019 Holiday Marketing Bundle and the benefits of the New York Times Holiday Book Review co-op ad! Co-op ads provide authors effective exposure through a well-known, established publication with millions of dedicated book lovers!

The New York Times Holiday Edition features Outskirts Press Self-Published author Dr. Darlene Pearce.

About the Author

Pastor Dr. Darlene Pearce is a native of Philadelphia. Her passion is God, who is the author and finisher of her faith. In 1997 she founded her non-profit organization, Ladies of Legacy Dynasty Foundation, which empowers, strengthens, and builds up women from prison and transitional homes to prepare and sustain professionalism in the work force with tea.

In 2013, she birthed the Ladies and Little Ladies of Legacy Tea Club, which hosts social tea parties monthly. She’s an author, poet and writer of many books. Look forward to the Tea Lady Queen’s series of tea books that are being soon released from her Teava Ladies Book Club- A Teava Lady Who’s Designed by God; Daya, the Black Princesses Tea Girl; Let’s Have a Tea Party Ladies; Hope is in Your Cup of Tea, and The Meaningful Tea Pearls.

Pearls of Wisdom in the Queen’s Tea Cup

Pearls of Wisdom in the Queen’s Tea Cup strings threads of wisdom that poured out of my heart for me to write this book to inspire Ladies and Little Ladies to know that they are precious Pearls of Christ. He has revealed through his Spiritual wisdom to me that his daughters are rare gems like as purity pearl with essence of innocence of beauty, which will turn her into a valued virtuous woman as she grows patient in grace with integrity, dignity, and poise to know she is a Beloved Pearl as a Lady in waiting for her betrothal. So ladies drink up on a cup of this Tea Love book, full of wisdom, one page at a time and you will find it will be a fulfilling time for you. Then after enjoying reading with Tea Time past it on to a sister friend as an heirloom treasure forever. By Dr. Darlene Pearce, Author and Poet – the Queen who is known by her Tea Cup of Wisdom. Look forward to indulging with her next tea book in this inspirational series, A Teava Lady Who’s Designed by God.

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Self-Publishing Author William Kunle Adeniyi Featured in the New York Times Holiday Edition!

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The New York Times Holiday Edition features Outskirts Press Self-Published author William Kunle Adeniyi.

About the Author

Dr. William K. Adeniyi is a chemist by profession. Although he developed a passion for reading and writing, he was driven by his interest in science.

He has been inspired by Victorian authors and has read many biographies. When not researching or writing, he enjoys photography.

Dr. Adeniyi lives with his family in Greensboro, North Carolina.

 

Stegomyia: The Story of My Life

There’s No Shortcut to the American Dream

Growing up in a small village in Nigeria, William Adeniyi knew that his opportunities in life would be limited unless he was relentless in his pursuit of education. The death of his father left William, his sister, and their mother in financial straits. Despite that, William’s mother was dedicated to her children’s schooling…until she too died, leaving William an orphan at a crucial juncture of his life. Stegomyia is the story of how William overcame seemingly insurmountable personal and financial challenges to graduate from Titcombe College, the prestigious high school run by Canadians and Americans of the Sudan Interior Mission, and his subsequent academic career in America as a student and then as a professor at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. From the perils of Nigeria’s political bloodbath to the frustrations of immigration to America, from bullies in elementary school to racist colleagues in the US, from despair when everything was taken from him to dawning hope thanks to helping hands from people who believed in William’s future, this memoir is a compelling chronicle of a life lived in defiance of the odds. A clear-eyed, honest assessment of what it means to embrace the American Dream, Stegomyia is both inspirational and cautionary, an epic true story of determination and hard work.

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The New York Times Features Outskirts Press Self-Publishing Author Kellie Sanchez!

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The New York Times Holiday Edition features Outskirts Press Self-Published author Kellie Sanchez.

About the Author

Kellie Sanchez was first published as a freshman in high school. She now teaches English at Nowata High School in Nowata, Oklahoma. She has several certifications and degrees in English, Education, and Business Administration.

She has worked with and around children for the past 20 years. She encourages reading with her students as fundamental to a good education. Writing has always been a passion and she uses this passion to help the next generation with difficult life situations. Follow Kellie Sanchez on Facebook @KLSanchez.

 

Skipper: Friend or Foe?
A Distracting Mystery within Life’s Traumatic Events

A mystery? A friend? A cure?

Michael’s life has suddenly become very complicated. His mother is sick. His father is out of town. This summer he has more responsibilities than he ever dreamed of, and his sister Jennifer isn’t picking up any of the slack. Grateful for the opportunity to focus on something else and tired of the loneliness that plagues him, Michael turns to a new friendship with Sam, a girl who lives nearby. Then from out of nowhere, a dog appears-a beautiful, mysterious golden dog. Is he a friend? A hero? Or is he the villain! Michael can’t handle another complication; the dog just has to be the hero! But what about the dead cat? The clues don’t look good for one of his new friends… Michael, Sam and Jennifer will have to work together to solve this mystery!

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Self-Publishing Author Floras Athena Featured in the New York Times Holiday Edition!

Throughout the holiday season, we feature our authors who have taken advantage of the 2019 Holiday Marketing Bundle and the benefits of the New York Times Holiday Book Review co-op ad! Co-op ads provide authors effective exposure through a well-known, established publication with millions of dedicated book lovers!

The New York Times Holiday Edition features Outskirts Press Self-Published author Floras Athena.

We had the opportunity to ask Floras a few questions about her new book Art Fairy and what inspired her.

OP: Congratulation on your new book, Art Fairy. Tell us a bit about it.

Floras: My book is about music, art, family, school, education, and school violence. It’s infused with the experiences of Mozart, Beethoven, Joe Hisaishi, Da Vinci, and my own practice and discipline on the road of music and art. The story is about a young boy who loves music and art and how he creates happiness for the world. My book is based in reality but with new, fantastic, fairyland language. This book is full of funny, fantastic, and heartbreaking stories, as well as touching moments and a bright happy ending.

OP: What inspired you to write Art Fairy?

Floras: My road in the world of art was very hard and miserable, so I hope my book Art Fairy will inspire and encourage children to embrace happiness and follow their dreams. I think our educational concept has many absurd aspects, especially the methods of cultivating talent. In our education, a lot of valuable time and energy is used to force us to cram and practice every day. Measuring children by the standards of commodities is ridiculous and this is a problem that exists in almost all the of world’s educational methods. So, in my book Art Fairy, there are three important theories: one is “The reason why no great is born, it is we neglect the process of forming the great soul.” Another is, “All beings are created equal! All beings’ talents are created equal!” And the most important one looks into the methods of cultivating talent, “Read Practice Think”. The amount of reading, practicing, thinking, is also equivalent to the promotion of talent. It comes from my many years of research on the geniuses and greats of various fields. Painting, music, literature, philosophy, science, film, martial arts, politics, and military. Different fields have different proportions and contents. This requires us to look closely at the lives of the greats spanning both history and all fields of study. In my theory, the only way to measure the value of talent is by their contribution to the world. In other words, the value of a talent lies in our devotion; just as how much we read, practice, think, our talents are put to the best use when we create happiness for the world. Above of all, we must remember that all beings are created equal! All beings’ talents are created equal!

This book is inspired by the difficulties I experienced on the art road; all of my tears, sweat, blood. Every word comes from my art and my soul.

OP: What makes Art Fairy different from other children’s books?

Floras: The thoughts, stories, and language are singular to my book. Take a look at the excerpt below!

New year party, Oris played the piano and violin on the stage, and the solo of bel canto. “I dedicate my solo and singing for Cynthia!” Instant springbok sensation below the stage! In the Madagascar rainforest, the lemurs on the deer’ eyes trees was screaming! Leaves left and flowers danced! Melody was on the alpine cypress, Flora danced as flowering sakura sea. Singing was dreamed sun as a cloud butterflies in the flowers sea of Poland forest. After playing and singing, a deep bow, applause instantly exploded galaxy! Cheers volcano rained all dawn! After a long time, when cheers destroyed as stars, Cynthia said loudly to Oris that laughing as a whale on the stage, “Idiot! Hideous! Poor! Only big howling monkeys and dog raccoons in cloud forest would like you this only can play the piano and sing but poor and hideous, and grades are bad as tiger cats’ hind legs of Caribbean! You unicorn whale big idiot!!!” Instantly! The auditorium died like Lyra stars…

An ancient Roman scholar made such a request to literary and art workers, “Think of bee as model, very widely reading, practice our own inventive mind, melt all the flowers into our own nectar. All has the origin, but all has new hue.” This sentence can fully explain the language of my book, which is the hardest work. Because I often read a lot of books and imagined for a long time just for creating a new, beautiful and fantastic fairy world in a few words. Fortunately, everyone who had seen this book all praised it, so I believe more and more readers would enjoy the reading with this book.

OP: Tell us something about yourself.

Floras: The cover is my own painting. I painted it 5 years ago. I have spent a great deal of time on the road of art, striving to create a perfect fairyland for readers.

The content of this book has two different part, one is “The old miserable world”, in this world everything is miserable, and one is “The new gorgeous world given by great nature and Art Fairy”, in this world everything is beautiful and happy. At the very beginning, the boy went through all kinds of oppressive tribulations in his cruel family and school, then frozen to death like the little match girl, and saved by the Art Fairy, and then, he had had a happy family, realized his art dream, the teachers, schools, and the whole world had become more and more bright and beautiful. Finally, the boy and a deaf-mute girl who loved playing the violin and saved by the boy did their best to create happiness for the world. This book also incorporates a lot of real events in reality, and strives to be close to reality and seek truth from facts. But the language of this book is fantastic and funny. This book is full of funny stories, fantastic stories, sad stories, heartbreaking stories, touching stories, and a bright happy ending. And there is a beautiful myth in the middle and end. Tolstoy said, “A good literary work should show the right direction for the world.” The second half of this book is the essence of my 15 years of exploration and the right direction of the world, I think. Direction of personal development, family, school, education, solutions to school violence, and the right direction of world. The first thought in this book is about education, in one nutshell, “The reason why no great is born, it is we neglect the process of forming the great soul.” The second thought in this book, is “The value of man lies in his devotion, and only by dedicating for the world can he receive the world’s reward, but only greater ability can make the greater contribution.” The extension and development in culture and art of this theory. There are many theories about art, talent, culture and education. Part of the plot is based on the real experience of Mozart, Beethoven, Da Vinci and Joe Hisaish, a little like Romain Rolland’s Jean-Christophe, but also very different. Most of the plot about music and piano is based on my own experience of practicing and being a piano teacher. I used to teach three 5-year-old little girls to play the piano, and I’m going to study composition and play the piano in New York. An ancient Roman scholar made such a request to literary and art workers, “Think of bee as model, very widely reading, practice our own inventive mind, melt all the flowers into our own nectar. All has the origin, but all has new hue.” This sentence can fully explain the language of my book, which is the hardest work. Because I often read a lot of books and imagined for a long time just for creating a new, beautiful and fantastic fairy world in a few words. Fortunately, everyone who had seen this book all praised it, so I believe more and more readers would enjoy the reading with this book. By the way, if you like the movies X-Men and Spider-Man, you will like my book, they have many common themes. And this book, is for the whole world, for everyone who is suffering.

OP: Did you learn anything from writing and publishing this book? What?

Floras: Yes. I understand that when you create happiness for the world, the world must also create happiness for you.

OP: Do you plan on writing any more books?

Floras: Yes, this is the first book, and I will publish Art Fairy 2 in about a year. The second book will be funnier and more beautiful. I also plan to paint hundreds of paintings for two painting books. The cover of Art Fairy is my own painting. At the very beginning, I began writing to express my dreams for painting and piano. For the past 15 years, I refused give up on my art dreams; although they are different fields, they have many common principles. I know Da Vinci very well, his biographies, his Note Book of Leonardo da Vinci… and Art Fairy has many stories based on the real experience of Da Vinci. Leonardo da Vinci proved that one can achieve in many fields, as long as the method is correct, and the time is used efficiently. So, everything and every dream is possible and achievable
Have a happy fairyland journey with Art Fairy!

OP: Thanks for your time, Floras! We look forward to seeing Art Fairy featured in the New York Times Holiday Book Review.

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The New York Times Features Outskirts Press Self-Publishing Author Frans Koning!

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The New York Times Holiday Edition features Outskirts Press Self-Published author Frans Koning.

About the Author

Frans Koning grew up on a tulip and dairy farm in Holland. He was born and raised during the 1929 worldwide economic depression.

After WWII, he attended the School of Medicine at Leiden University. In 1962 he joined the Peace Corps and practiced medicine for two years in Sierra Leone, West Africa.

Subsequently, he returned to the United States and practiced emergency medicine and family medicine in Washington State, where he still lives.

 

A Slice of History: Musing on Religion, WW II and Its Aftermath

A View of the World from Three Continents

From a farm in The Netherlands to poverty-stricken Sierra Leone…from the brief peace after the Great War to the horrors of World War II…from Europe to America…this extraordinary book of anecdotal essays ranges through the life of a man who has lived broadly and deeply. Author Frans Koning shares his observations and impressions on topics ranging from what it was like to be a teenager in a Nazi-occupied country, to his experiences in Africa with the Peace Corps, and his move to the United States. He has experienced the effects of brutality and fear and lived to tell about man’s inhumanity to man. With a perspective gained from three continents, he can see how human experience is both diverse and similar…and how patterns in human behavior emerge, from the Waffen SS to ISIS. Immediately engaging, loosely structured, and retaining a piquant flavor of his native land in a Dutchman’s English, A Slice of History is a uniquely personal yet immediately accessible memoir of life during the most turbulent decades of our time.

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Also by Franz Koning

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5 Ways Authors Can Finish Strong in 2019

It’s hard to believe there are less than five full months left in the year. But for authors trying to sell books, the good news is that those months include the holidays, when die-hard bookworms are gifting and gobbling up books of all kinds.

What that means for you is that opportunities still abound for to boost book sales and make 2019 a banner year. If you plan accordingly, your most successful months of selling lay ahead.

For instance, did you know the Reader Views Literary Awards are in December? And is October’s Frankfurt Book Fair on your radar? Put them on your marketing calendar (or get an Author’s Marketing Calendar from Outskirts Press and have important dates like these available to you in an instant).

A well-crafted marketing calendar is priceless. It gives you solid promotion deadlines to meet, keeps important events and benchmarks in one place, and inspires you keep moving toward your marketing goals. Here are five things you can track on your marketing calendar to finish strong in 2019:

  1. Literary contest deadlines. It’s not just important to know when a contest is being held; it’s vital to keep track of submission deadlines, too. That way, you can plan ahead to complete submission requirements on time.
  2. Book review opportunities. There may or may not be a firm deadline for a book review. You’ll want to track the ones that do have submission timelines and plan for open-ended reviews in between.
  3. High-profile book expo dates. There are scores of local, regional, national and international book fairs where you can display your book. It helps to research which ones are appropriate for your book genre, what level of exposure to expect and when you need to complete registration.
  4. Smart and doable book marketing prompts. Think about some of the little things you can do in between big events to boost your visibility, such as creating a Pinterest page for your book or acknowledging holidays on social media.
  5. Include resources you can access for more information and assistance. Save links and helpful articles directly to your calendar for future reference. This not only serves as a prompt but keeps you from digging around for the information you need to complete a task.

Needless to say, your marketing plan has a lot of work to do! If you’re not sure how to draft a marketing plan and put it into action, Outskirts Press can help. Or, hire a Personal Marketing Assistant with expertise in promoting all genres of books!

Now, let’s make 2019 epic! Order your Marketing Calendar today and finish strong in 2019.

 

How to Get the Most out of Amazon

Everyone knows that in order to successfully market and sell a self-published book nowadays, you have to leverage Amazon. But there are so many different ways to utilize all that Amazon has to offer the independent author, it can be easy to get overwhelmed. Well, worry no more! Today we’re going to discuss some of the easiest, quickest, and most effective tactics you can pursue (or have a Personal Marketing Assistant pursue for you) in order to get the most out of Amazon.

Your product detail page, or sales page, is the page on Amazon that features your book, its cover image, and its marketing copy. Your author photo and biography may also be displayed here, especially if you already have an Author Page. If you don’t, make sure to create one at authorcentral.amazon.com/ or Outskirts Press can do this for you at https://outskirtspress.com/p/amazonauthorpage. Once you have an Author Page, your biography (and your author photo if you upload one) will appear on all your product detail pages.

Make sure your product detail page is as complete, compelling, and comprehensive as you can. This means making sure your cover image is uploaded and that you have “Look Inside” active on your book. You can personally sign-up for Look Inside from Amazon here https://amazon.com/sitb or Outskirts Press can do this for you at https://outskirtspress.com/p/sitb.

Next, make sure all your different formats are “connected” so that different “Buy” tabs show prospective readers your different editions. You can “connect” them from your Author Page (see above about getting one), or from your Amazon Author Central account. The best formats to have available, in addition to the paperback, of course, is a Kindle e-book edition and an Audio book. If you don’t have either or both of these additional important formats, Outskirts Press can publish and distribute these additional formats for you at https://outskirtspress.com/p/kindle and https://outskirtspress.com/p/audiobook, respectively.

Now that the important logistic steps are taken care of, the next step is educating yourself on all the opportunities Amazon offers self-publishing authors. Fortunately, we’ve made this easy for you, too, by creating the following white papers and tip sheets on the following Amazon topics:

There you have it. Now, you are ready for your masterpiece to take Amazon by storm! Start publishing and marketing today with the A+ rated and #1-rated self-publishing company, according to the Better Business Bureau and Top Consumer Reviews, respectively.

Would you like help choosing your best self-publishing option? Connect with Outskirts Press now in whatever manner is easiest for you:

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