Author Poll: Gloria Swift Wants Your Help With Choosing A Cover

Gloria Swift is self-publishing a book with Outskirts Press, and she wants your help deciding her upcoming book cover.

Book Summary:

Building for Retirement in Belize – How a Primary School Dropout Conned a Multiple-Degree College Client!

Belize is a thriving Caribbean mecca in Central America with a booming construction business and a plethora of contractors. But without governmental agencies regulating and monitoring these so-called contractors, many prey on unsuspecting, trusting, financially able clients from the U.S., like Ms. Gloria Swift.

What follows is the story of “one of the largest financial blunders and idiotic decisions of my life,” remarked Ms. Swift. When she was told, “You aren’t the first one that this happened to and you won’t be the last,” she wrote Building for Retirement in Belize as a cautionary tale for others—”Because I will be the last.”

About the Author:

Ms. Gloria Swift served in the U.S. Army and was the Distinguished Graduate in the Instructor’s Training Course and the first black female in the Color Guard on Post. She was also the first female officer on a police department where she was not accepted by the majority of men, including the Chief. In Banking, although she had a reputation for cleaning up branches in order for them to pass internal audits, promotions eluded her for years. Ms. Swift pursued multiple degrees and credentials in the field of Education and went back to her first love, Teaching. Her memoir, The True Story of an Illegal Immigrant, details the obstacles she faced…and overcame as a black woman and an immigrant in the U.S.

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Author Poll: W.F. James Wants Your Help With Choosing A Cover

W.F. James is self-publishing a book with Outskirts Press, and he wants your help deciding his upcoming book cover.

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Christmas Eve on the Christmas Unit

HELPING THE HEALING POWER OF CHRISTMAS WORK ITS MAGIC!

This suspenseful, touching, quirky little tale of Christmas is a fast-moving, frequently shocking, account of a children’s crisis hospital on one Christmas Eve. This one night of the year has a mysterious power, from millennia of pre-Christian harvest festivals and ancestor worship, when ghosts walked and admonished us to love our neighbor and give to those who suffer most in a time of plenty. Adopted by Christianity, but celebrated by all, this is a time embraced by family, to feel safe and loved, especially for children and teenagers.

The children’s crisis unit and its staff provide a safety net for abused, neglected, and traumatized children and teens. This little novella is a modern look at these issues, at some children’s harsh reality, directly confronting the age-old question of “ if God is good, why are bad things allowed to happen”, on a night when the whole world seems warm and fuzzy, except for some unlucky children and teens, who need the Children’s Unit and staff, and the healing power of Christmas .

About the Author:

The author has first-hand experience with all of the issues in this unusual little Christmas story, including Constitutional Law and efforts to stem the tide of abuse of children and teenagers. The author has been a therapist for children and adolescents in a crisis hospital setting for many years, spending many Christmas Eves there, treating and supporting children, teens and their families, and helping the healing power of Christmas work its magic.

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Author Poll: Nick Weber Wants Your Help With Choosing A Cover

Nick Weber is self-publishing a book with Outskirts Press, and he wants your help deciding his upcoming book cover.

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Recess Time: When Mind Gets to Play with Memory and Imagination

“A profound, vital and human delight.” Kevin Curdt, Courtroom Clerk, Santa Clara Co. Superior Court, San Jose, CA

This eloquent collection of 13 loosely connected essays covers topics from God to gifts, with plenty of help along the way from Einstein, Chopin, and Picasso to the great Ringling clown Lou Jacobs. The author’s 80 years of memories—from priestly ministry as a former Jesuit, professional acting, and over two decades of circus performance—visit this playful jaunt, as connections are made bearing on the art of life itself. Nick Weber brings an inquisitive and disciplined mind to this often festive romp through recall and celebration.

“Nick Weber has shown that even the sacred is potentially humorous.”—Daniel Kendall, S.J., Professor of Theology, University of San Francisco, CA

“Words that are dense but accessible, strident but poetic, completely authentic.”—Judith Gillespie, Chair, Theology Department, Divine Savior Holy Angels High School, Milwaukee, WI

“A primer for any person serious about becoming.”—Carlo Pellegrini, Co-founder, Amazing Grace Circus, circus producer, director, choreographer, Nyack, NY

About the Author:

Nick Weber brings his playfulness as a professional clown and eight decades of memories to Recess Time. Here he creates a free space allowing new connections between those memories. With graduate degrees in theater and theology, his chief concerns in these essays focus on how his past can serve the future. Mr. Weber is also the author of The Circus that Ran Away with a Jesuit Priest and Shakespeare with Hearing Aids.

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Author Poll: Hugo Marinucci Wants Your Help With Choosing A Cover

Hugo Marinucci is self-publishing a book with Outskirts Press, and he wants your help deciding his upcoming book cover.

Book Summary:

Iris Maloney is the new no-nonsense nurse manager of the busy Medical-Trauma ICU. She inherits a close-knit staff that do their job in a happy-go-lucky way. Iris embarks on a mission to professionalize the unit but gets frustrated in her every attempt.
Will Iris accept this present culture? Or will she resort to other means to achieve her goals?

About the Author:

“Likable, laughable, and lovable” describes the staff in the Medical-Trauma ICU. And yet they always rise up to the life-and-death challenges and the many personalities that come with them, including a new nurse manager that wants to change everything.
I should know. I’m one of those nurses. And I wrote Traumatized. I also published Rome 2020 and The Capitano and Rita.

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New! Faster, Easier Book Ordering at Outskirts Press

At Outskirts Press, we are constantly working to improve the experience for our author-clients, whether it is with new services (like the recently launched AudioBook service), or new publishing packages (like our suite of One-Click bundles), or improvements to the website to make actions easier and more streamlined.

For example, this week, we are excited to announce that buying books from your Publishing Center is now easier and faster than ever before.  When it goes “live” this week, your page for ordering Author’s Copies will look a little different, and this blog post will help you identify all the improvements.

In the past, ordering Author Copies from your Publishing Center has been “split” between two separate pages, depending upon the number of copies you were ordering.  If you were ordering less than 100 copies, you would see the “main” ordering page, and select the format you wished to order, and enter the quantity.

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Even if you wanted to order copies of both formats (paperback and hardback, for example), you would need to place your order for each format separately. Time consuming, and certainly not ideal.

What’s more, if you wanted to take advantage of bulk orders for higher author discounts, you would have to go to an entirely different page:

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The discounts were great, but the process? Not so much.

This week, the new book ordering page will be uploaded to your Publishing Center to allow you to order multiple formats and receive your Author Discounts all at once.

If you only have one format, you will see this new page, which displays the cover of the book you are ordering, it’s format type/details, and the quantity discounts.  Black and white books still receive up to a 50% discount when ordering in bulk while full-color books still enjoy a discount of up to 35%!  Now you can enjoy these discounts all from the same page.

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If you have two formats, you will see all the relevant information for each format, and you can place orders for both formats simultaneously:

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To celebrate this exciting new improvement, please enjoy our popular FREE SHIPPING promotion throughout the month of September. Simply order 50 or more copies of any format and US Commercial shipping throughout the continental United States is FREE!

Stay tuned to this blog in the coming weeks and months for more announcements about other improvements coming to your Publishing Center.

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Jeanne Blanchet’s “Forger of Empire: A Novel of Genghis Khan.” In this impeccably researched novel, this historical fiction author provides fascinating insight into the varied facets of the renowned Genghis Khan, the shrewd and brutal conqueror. Two rare occurrences at his birth were considered signs portending future greatness and power. As a young man, he rose from poverty and obscurity against all odds to become a military warrior and political leader who builds the largest contiguous land empire the world had ever known.

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Author Poll: Melody Monroe Wants Your Help With Choosing A Cover

Melody Monroe is self-publishing a book with Outskirts Press, and she wants your help deciding her upcoming book cover.

Book Summary:

Pete Cluckington is a young chicken, who just moved away from a chicken farm to a farm with lots of different kinds of animals. Never being around other kinds of farm animals, not to mention his father’s beliefs about them, sets Pete up for a challenging adjustment. Even though he has a hard time adjusting to the diverse population of his new farm and his new school, deep in his heart, Pete wants to make friends with the other farm animals. But, can he? What will his dad say?

About the Author:

Melody Monroe is a music teacher with National Board Certification in early to middle childhood music. She loves to celebrate diversity in her classroom and school. Her love for diversity and children helped inspire Pete Cluckington and the Others, her debut children’s book. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Appalachian State University and a Master’s degree in Arts Management from George Mason University. Although born and raised in North Carolina, Melody currently lives in Maryland with her husband and three children. She enjoys teaching her students to sing, perform folk songs and dances from world cultures, read and create their own music, and of course, play Freeze Dance! She also loves going to the movies with her family and eating lots of buttered popcorn!

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Author Poll: Calvin D. Trowbridge, Jr. Wants Your Help With His Cover

Calvin D. Trowbridge, Jr. is self-publishing a book with Outskirts Press, and he wants your help in deciding his upcoming book cover.

Book Summary:

The indigenous North Americans above Mexico had successfully held off repeated European efforts to invade, settle, and hold territory for over a century. In 1610, Europeans had settlements only around Quebec City, St. Augustine, and Santa Fe. But thirty years later, Europeans controlled most of the Atlantic Ocean seaboard and central New Mexico, and European-style governments had been created in Canada and the United States. Thousands of Native Americans had died in warfare. Tens of thousands had died of disease, and epidemic after epidemic debilitated and depopulated villages, chiefdoms, and nations.

Three Bloody, Diseased, Deadly Decades is the first book to delve into the fascinating history of this 30-year period marking the beginning of modern Canada and the United States.

About the Author: Calvin D. Trowbridge, Jr. is the author of Marconi, Father of Wireless, Grandfather of Radio, Great-grandfather of the Cell Phone: The Race to Control Long-Distance Wireless. A graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy, Yale University, and Harvard Law School, Trowbridge was a corporate partner of Isham, Lincoln & Beale, and senior vice president, general counsel, and secretary of Norton Simon, whose subsidiaries included Avis and Canada Dry. He is currently managing director of Trowbridge International Consultants.

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Author Poll: Richard Siciliano Wants Your Help With His Cover

Richard Siciliano is self-publishing a book with Outskirts Press, and he wants your help deciding his upcoming book cover.

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Love and redemption intervened by violence and death.

This is the mosaic journal of Joseph Curcio, a homeless ex-alcoholic who once considered himself a progressive intellectual and the future mayor of his city. It is composed of fragments of memory, pieces of accomplishment, holes of loss, and shards of guilt and regret that are too sharp to touch. But in the isolated cabin of a woman who calls herself Amanda, Joseph believes that he has discovered the glue of insight, and that when he is able to hold the completed journal to the light he will see his reflection redeemed and his life will be restored. What he cannot see, however, are the character flaws that were his undoing and which take him once again from the brink of success to tragedy, violence, and death.

About the Author:

Richard Siciliano attended Washington and Lee University and worked with community action and social service agencies for many years. He writes about the ethos of his generation and lives in a small town in Northern California.

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Author Poll: Author Rory Smith Wants Your Help With His Cover

Rory Smith is self-publishing a book with Outskirts Press, and he wants your help deciding on his book cover.

Book Summary

The Burning Man Festival in the Nevada desert attracts thousands of people each year. They come to camp out in the middle of a dry lake bed—to “find” themselves, for artistic expression, or just to live a week in a non-monetary trade environment. Rock and his friends simply want to see what all the fuss is about.

Burning Man seems like fun, and the young men meet interesting new people. But what Rock and his friends learn about themselves is mindboggling—and it will change their lives forever…possibly even the world. Follow Rock and his friends, new and old, as they attempt to cheat death and carry the weight of a secret that has been kept for over 2,000 years.

About the Author

Rory Smith is an avid adventurer, dreamer, and world traveler who enjoys seeing new things and experiencing differing cultures, believing in goal-based travel. He is an ex-football player on multiple levels of the sport and is actively involved in the field of nuclear technology and electrical power production. He is a published novelist and has sequels for each of his projects beating on the basement door of his mind in a mad scramble to be put down on paper.

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