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 www.OutskirtsPress.com!

For more information about self-publishing with Outskirts Press, get in touch with a Publishing Consultant. There are three convenient ways to connect:

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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 www.outskirtspress.com or call us at 1-888-672-6657 to speak with a Publishing Consultant.

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Author Poll: Author Carole Molchany Wants Your Help With Her Cover

Carole Molchany is self-publishing her second book with Outskirts Press, and she wants your help deciding on her book cover.

Book Summary

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.

About the Author

This is Carole Molchany’s second book. Carole is from New Jersey and currently lives in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Please take a look at two possible covers below and then vote on the choice you recommend for Carole.

Click on the thumbnail below to enlarge each cover.


Cover A


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Win a free copy of Born-Again Losers from Outskirts Press #AmazonGiveaway

Outskirts Press author, Rick Hoover, is giving you a chance to win a free copy of his book, Born-Again Losers!


Even if you don’t win one of the free copies, you can still order it from Amazon for an amazing price!

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Win a free copy of Dear Dad from Outskirts Press #AmazonGiveaway

Outskirts Press author, Jerome Rabelista Caluyo, is giving you a chance to win a free copy of his book, Dear Dad!


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Win a free copy of Destiny’s Call from Outskirts Press #AmazonGiveaway

Outskirts Press author, Janice N. Chapman, is giving you a chance to win a free copy of her book, Destiny’s Call!


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Shoe Fetish 2 Grown Into High Heels by Sharon Bennett & Beatrice Moore Virtual Book Tour

With the abundance of self-published authors, you have to come up with creative ways to market a self-published book.  While book tours are a great way to connect with your readers, they aren’t the most affordable method of promotion.  However, technology has made it possible for an alternative.

Take note from self-publishing Outskirts Press author, Sharon Bennett & Beatrice Moore, who is taking their latest book, Shoe Fetish 2 Grown Into High Heels, on tour – a virtual book tour, that is. He will be featured on several blogs over the weeks and months ahead so keep your eyes peeled to learn more about them and their book.

Luckily for us, Sharon was kind enough to answer a few questions as the tour was getting started so that we can give you a sneak peek into the mind of the creator of Shoe Fetish 2 Grown Into High Heels.

Shoe Fetish 2 Grown Into High Heels book cover

OP: Tell us a little bit about Shoe Fetish 2
Grown Into High Heels
. What is it about?

SB: There is definitely an immediate emotional attachment we experience when we see “the one”—that shoe (or that man) and try them on, praying for the perfect fit, and Oh, Lord Have Mercy, how we pray that it will fit! These three friends continue to find their way through life, love, and its relationships transferring all power and emotions via their shoes, which hold secrets. Some harmless and some deadly; and, though Carmen is untrusting of men and their secrets, she has a few deadly secrets of her own. Women love their shoes for varied reasons. Shoes are not only for protection, beauty, and sex; but, for the life that they can transcend you to, and the secrets that may not have been shared with another person are sometimes within the soles of the shoes.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

SB: We’ve written and journaled since childhood. As we have matured and experienced a multitude of life’s issues, it became a way to channel our celebrations, frustrations, and disappointments. Writing offered a healing process. Then, it dawned on us to help others heal by writing the books.

OP: What types of readers would be interested in this story?

SB: Our target audience is women ages 18 and up.  We also hope that our storyline will transcend gender lines and resonate with anyone seeking a good read.

OP: What is special about your book?  What differentiates it from other books in the same category?

SB: It’s not a flowery romance; but, it involves real issues that women of all ages face in relationships.  With those challenges comes a loss of self-love, self-esteem, and self-worth as well as growth, maturity and wisdom.  Their journey is to heal and regain those attributes.  In the process the shoes /shoe shopping is used as a vehicle to draw analogies between the style of shoes and type of male.  These analogies are used in our empowerment speaking engagements, as well.

OP: Have you published any other books? Do you plan to publish more?

SB: Yes, the first book is Shoe Fetish 1: A Woman’s Love for Her Shoes & Her Men.  The first part of this romantic journey.  We are currently working on expanding our Shoe Fetish brand with the release of an extensive workbook to accompany the Shoe Fetish book series. This workbook may be used by book clubs to facilitate meetings or by an individual reader. We are also in the development stages of The She Fetish diaries and journals as well as Shoe Fetish 3.  And the possibility of a self-help book on healthy relationships is in the hopper!

OP: Thanks for your time, Sharon! We look forward to learning more about you as you visit other bloggers!

Shoe Fetish 2 Grown Into High Heels Author Sharon Bennett & Beatrice MooreABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Sharon Bennett is a health care professional. She has a bachelors of arts, and a bachelor’s of science degree. She currently resides in the Atlanta, GA area near her adult children & her grandchildren. Shoe Fetish 2 is her third published work. It’s part of a 3-book series. Her poem entitled “I Never Dreamed.” It was published in True Reflections, and won the Library of Poetry’s Editor’s Choice award. She’s had articles placed in several business publications. Sharon’s second work, authored independently, was THE L.E. BENNETT STORY: Living the Dream, a biography about her father’s civil rights activities, and the ministry. Life being raised in the church had its moments.
Beatrice Moore has earned both a bachelor and master’s degree and works as an independent educational consultant, specializing in the area of mathematics. She has co-authored numerous mathematics textbooks and published professional articles in various education publications. She has realized a lifelong dream of authoring fiction with the publication of Shoe Fetish. She resides in the Houston, TX, metro area with her family.
Shoe Fetish: A Woman’s Love actually was an Amazon top seller in its first release. The authors have been friends since 6th grade and Shoe Fetish: Grown Into High Heels is the sequel to Shoe Fetish: A Woman’s Love for Her Shoes & Her Men.



For more information or to contact the author, visit http://www.outskirtspress.com/shoefetish

This author purchased the Virtual Book Tour marketing option, which allows self-publishing authors to connect with bloggers and harness the power of the blogosphere by taking their book on the “virtual road”.  Learn more about this service by visiting your Publishing Center and reviewing the available marketing options.

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