Self-Publishing Author Spotlight: Carole Molchany

At Outskirts Press, Inc., we take great pride in celebrating the work of our successful self-publishing authors, and we do so each week through our Self-Publishing Author Spotlight. This week we highlight self-publishing author Carole Molchany, who has published 2 3 successful titles with Outskirts Press.

About the Author:

Carole Molchany was raised by an emotionally unstable parent, but she rose above, thanks to the influences of strong individuals who offered guidance, an ear, an arm around the shoulder, or just a place at their table. Carole is from New Jersey, and currently lives in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Silent Speak Volumes

One woman proves that painfully shy children can become successful, even when raised by an emotionally unstable mother.

In The Silent Speak Volumes, a mother responds to her grown child’s question: “Why don’t we know more about your childhood, Mom?” This sweet yet painfully honest memoir examines one woman’s formative years, in which her mother’s words and actions were not always rooted in loving guidance. Despite her resulting low self-esteem and crippling shyness, the author is able to overcome the emotional manipulation of her past in order to find success and happiness. Her memoir was written for her children, but it’s a story that will resonate with everyone.

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Format: 5.5 x 8.5 Black & White, 429 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Sep 30, 2016)
ISBN10: 1478773138
ISBN13: 9781478773139

Let’s Go On An Adventure:

Dreams really can come true. At the age of ten, the author, Carole Molchany, had a dream of owning her own bike. That dream became a possibility after a grandparents visit, which concluded with a one dollar bill for ice-cream money. Instead, the dollar bill was spent for the purchase of a comic book. The back of the comic book held an advertisement which read, Kid’s Sell This, And Win That! Boxed Christmas cards, that was the pitch, and the grand prize was a bike. This is where the adventure begins.

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Format: 7 x 10 Black & White, 36 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Mar 20, 2017)
ISBN10: 1478715855
ISBN13: 9781478715856
Genre: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs


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Self-Publishing Author Spotlight: Carlo Armenise

At Outskirts Press, Inc., we take great pride in celebrating the work of our successful self-publishing authors, and we do so each week through our Self-Publishing Author Spotlight. This week we highlight self-publishing author Carlo Armenise.

About the Author:

Carlo Armenise has been writing for several years and has written short stories, screenplays and television episodes across different genres, ranging from comedy to horror. Writing has always been Carlo’s passion, and now with Footsteps In the Dark, that passion comes to life and is shared with readers who enjoy great story-telling.
Footsteps in the Dark:

“Footsteps in the Dark” is a collection of eight horror/supernatural short stories, with a Twilight Zone flavor, that highlight the eternal struggle between good and evil, brought on by the human condition and the lengths we go to satisfy our desires. Each of the stories present an intricate character study that identifies the flaws, frailties and weaknesses of a host of interesting characters, and the outcomes of the actions they take to get what they want. “Footsteps in the Dark” is written in an extremely engaging and intriguing story telling style that will get and keep your attention as you take each of the “Footsteps in the Dark”. For more insights go to

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Format: 5 x 8 Black & White Paperback, 136 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (May 09, 2017)
ISBN10: 1478786736
ISBN13: 9781478786733
Genre: FICTION / Occult & Supernatural



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Author Poll: Douglas Richie Wants Your Help With His Cover

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

Book Summary:

The Restless Richies: How We Survived 1001 Cruises and Assorted World Travels

What’s the secret to happiness? Travel!

Annie and Doug Richie believe the recipe for a long, happy life together requires a willingness to take risks, a sense of humor, and a sense of anticipation that comes from discovering new places and meeting new people. After they took their first cruise to Mallorca, Spain, after fifteen years of marriage, they knew they were hooked! Now in their late eighties, the Richies have enjoyed several land tours and over one hundred cruises, and their courage and willingness to explore new territories is one of the many reasons they are still together. The Restless Richies explains how travel added excitement and romance to one couple’s sixty-nine years of marriage. And their new book encourages others to experience the joy that travel can bring!

About the Author: Richie spent the first 14 years of his life in a small town in lower New York state. He completed his education in Philadelphia where he met his wife, Annie. Her story can be read in My Annie, an autobiography that is available on Amazon. With their four chillden, they moved to Californian in 1961. Richie worked in the field of institutional food service management. He took early retirement and moved to Palm Springs where he and Annie managed s small hotel for the next 13 years. Now fully retired Richie indulges his passion for writing.

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Self-Publishing Author Spotlight: Stephen Groak

At Outskirts Press, Inc., we take great pride in celebrating the work of our successful self-publishing authors, and we do so each week through our Self-Publishing Author Spotlight. This week we highlight self-publishing author Stephen Groak.

About the Author:

Stephen J. Groak is originally from the South, the Deep South—New Zealand. He grew up in West Auckland and currently lives in Los Angeles County with his wife, four daughters, and a menagerie of other critters. Stephen received his bachelor’s degree in English from California State University, Los Angeles, and a master’s degree in Creative Writing from Southern New Hampshire University.

Christmas Yve: A Kiwi Elf’s Dream to Join Santa

This is the story of a Kiwi elf named Yvette (her friends call her Yve) who lives on Stewart Island—the third largest island in New Zealand. And this little elf has a very big dream…

The great wish of her heart, of her mind, of her soul
Was to join St. Nick’s team at the frosty North Pole.
But how does an elfish lass follow her dream?
With a smoldering passion, and a will full of steam.

New Zealand is a long, long way from Santa and the North Pole, but Yve is determined to join St. Nick and his eight reindeer…and this Christmas Eve, her wish just might come true!


Product details..
Format: 7 x 10 Color Casebound, 25 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Jan 21, 2016)
ISBN10: 1478766735
ISBN13: 9781478766735
Genre: JUVENILE FICTION / Fairy Tales & Folklore / Country & Ethnic

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It’s National Book Lover’s Day! 3 Ways Self-Publishing Authors Can Celebrate

Today is National Book Lover’s Day — now that’s a holiday we can get into. Imagine, a day dedicated solely to people who satisfy their immense curiosity through books!

As a self-publishing author, you’re a driving force behind national days such as this. So, how should you mark the occasion? Here are three ways to celebrate the day with your readers:

  1. Give the Gift of Reading: There’s still plenty of time today to host a book giveaway on social media. Give bookworms in your network of friends a chance to win an autographed hardcopy. Consider giving copies to the first five friends who share or retweet your contest post, or a gift basket with your book, a mug, hot cocoa and other knick-knacks to the person who tags the most friends in the comments section. Oh, and remember to use hashtags such as #NationalBookLoversDay in all related posts.
  2. Feed the Reading Bug: Encourage reading through philanthropy. Donate copies of your book to local libraries in honor of the occasion. Other great places to donate include nursing homes, veteran’s organizations, hospitals and shelters.
  3. Stick Your Nose in a Book: Relaxing with a juicy read is always an option, too! Besides, the best writers are those who are also avid readers. Tuck into a steamy novel or fast-paced mystery. Consider it “personal development.”

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3 Ways to Give Your Dad the Gift of Self-Publishing

Father’s Day is June 18th, and perhaps you are still looking for the perfect gift to give your dad? Don’t worry–it happens, and we have the solution! If your dad has always wanted to publish a book, self-publishing may just be the perfect present, and if he prefers to read over writing, we have a great range of self-published titles that just might pique his interest! Here are three ways you can give your dad the gift of self-publishing this Father’s Day.

1. Buy him a publishing package.

Self-publishing companies offer a variety of publishing packages to meet a range of needs. Purchase a publishing package with your dad’s favorite publishing company–Outskirts Press! Outskirts Press even offers instant gift certificates you can order online.

2. Self-publish in his honor.

If you’ve written a book in honor of your dad, either a memoir or a work of fiction, now is the perfect time to publish it. He will be deeply touched by the special gift and cherish it forever.

3. Buy him a book!

The Outskirts Press bookstore is packed with great books with appeal for readers of all ages, including such diverse titles as A.L. Skip Mahaffey’s Adventures With My Father: Childhood Recollections of Divorce Dysfunction and the Summer of Love, a memoir which chronicles the author’s dysfunctional existence growing up with one of the strangest, most bizarre people Mahaffey ever encountered — his dad. There’s also father stories: experiences being a father, a book of (deliberately lowercase) reflections by stewart l wolff as he struggles to be a “good enough” dad — and child psychologist. In a similar vein, Kevin Patrick’s Fatherhood charts the effects of a traumatic car accident which left the author paralyzed from the waist down, with a two-month old daughter to raise. And lastly, Jon J. Masters’ Fear, Fathers and Family: In Search of the American Dream lays out the work of living underground, harboring secrets both within one’s family and from the world outside. All four of these books make for a compelling read, and serve as excellent examples of the memoir form!

Pick up a copy of these or any other Outskirts Press titles in our online bookstore, and spend your Father’s Day immersed in the rich world of books and the people who write them! You can find out more information about these books, their authors, and how you yourself can become a self-publishing author online at!

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5 Self-Published Books for the Special Moms in Your Life

One of my favorite quotes about motherhood is “To the world you are a mother, but to your family, you are the world.” Moms are amazing. They work around the clock caring for their families, they sacrifice so much to provide for their children, and they do it all with little thanks or recognition. Mother’s Day is an opportunity to thank the amazing mothers in your life. Whether that special lady is a mom-to-be, new mom in the trenches of the newborn stage, or a seasoned professional, Outskirts Press offers books that make wonderful Mother’s Day gifts. Here are five of our favorites.

Gramma Darling by Lissa Schroeder  is an EVVY award nominee. Beautifully written and stunningly illustrated, this delightful book for children, parents, and grandparents paints a nostalgic picture of unhurried summer days at a dear grandmother’s house. Seen and felt through the eyes of a child, every discovery is full of innocence and wonder.
Milk & Ink  is a charity project created out of the belief that starting with small acts of generosity and the wealth of relationships we can make changes and help others. While the Milk & Ink anthology focuses on the experience of motherhood, the creators also hope that the stories speak to fathers, daughters, and sons.
Parenthood: A Life Sentence by Robert Nicoletti, PhD  describes what parenthood requires from the moment of conception all the way to the role of grandparent, and possibly great grandparent. Each chapter in the book dwells on a particular period in the lives of children and their parents.
The Back-up Mom: A Stepmother’s Journey by Laura K. Wanger  focuses on the unique gifts and challenges of stepparenting that are rarely discussed. The Back-Up Mom is an invaluable, candid guide to stepparenting from the personal experience of a mom who has been there.
The Poetry of Motherhood: Baby-Inspired Wisdom from Their First Year by Rachel Bruhnke  is for new and seasoned moms. Different than any “baby advice” book, The Poetry of Motherhood gives both insight and inspiration to moms in that incredibly emotional and wonderful first year of their baby’s life. Through baby-inspired haiku poetry and reflections, many of the comical, practical, and poignant lessons of first-year motherhood and babyhood are represented.

All of these books, along with other Outskirts Press titles, are available from the major online book retailers like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Powell’s, Books-A-Million and others, plus conveniently from the Outskirts Press bookstore. To learn more about our products and services, as well as upcoming and current promotions, visit us online at or call us at 1-888-672-6657 to speak with a Publishing Consultant.

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