Top 5 Benefits of a Virtual Book Tour

Book marketing has changed due to the restrictions of the coronavirus pandemic. However, thanks to modern technology, you can take your book on tour without ever leaving your home. Take your book on the virtual road and connect with bloggers and readers all over the globe with the Virtual Book Tour Launch.

Being able to market your book efficiently while following social distancing guidelines is just one of the benefits of a virtual book tour. Following are five additional benefits:

    1. It’s faster, less expensive, and more convenient to “tour” from in front of your computer than from town to town in your car.  (That’s 3 benefits right there, and there are still 4 more to go!)
    2. It’s an opportunity to engage with readers.  Your appearance on blogs may generate reader comments, which you are encouraged to respond to.
    3. More book sales and book reviews. The whole point of going on a virtual book tour is to generate book sales, but you may discover an added benefit- the resulting book reviews, which will, in turn, become MORE book sales, and so on and so forth.
    4. Virtual Book Tours last “forever.”  On a “real” book tour, it’s over the minute you get home.  But a virtual book tour is archived and searchable online forever, available for search engines (and your readers) to discover days, months, or even years later.  And due to the power of POD and distribution-on-demand, your book will still be available for sale when those orders come in.
    5. Word of mouth.  While the initial “tour” may be a whirlwind, you may discover an additional benefit due to word-of-mouth.  Bloggers know each other, which can turn into more “appearances” down the road; and readers know each other (just ask members of GoodReads), which may turn into additional sales and reviews down the road, even if those secondary readers didn’t see you “on tour.”

Speaking of road, it used to be a long, hard road to put together a Virtual Book Tour on your own.  But Outskirts Press makes it easy with our Virtual Book Tour Launch…and for a limited time, you can save 10% on this valuable marketing opportunity!

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Outskirts Press Presents David D. Bernstein, author of The CORT Chronicles Book 1: “The Portal”

Author David D. Bernstein is taking his award-winning book, The CORT Chronicles Book 1: “The Portal” on tour – a Virtual Book Tour, that is, with Outskirts Press! Technology has created a wide variety of ways to reach audiences all over the world. All it takes is a little thinking outside the box, and nowadays you can market a self-published book book in a variety of affordable and impactful ways. Virtual book tours, for example, are a great way to connect with readers from all corners of the globe, all from the comfort of your own home. Join David D. Bernstein and The CORT Chronicles Book 1: “The Portal” as they appear in features and interviews (such as the one below) in the weeks and months ahead!


Luckily for us, Luckily for us, David 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 The CORT Chronicles Book 1: “The Portal”.

OP: Tell us a little bit about The CORT Chronicles Book 1: “The Portal”. What is it about?

David: My book is about two brothers named Zack and Andy who fall through a Portal and find themselves transported to a ghostly version of their hometown-101 years in the future. They soon discover that the city is controlled by CORT robots…and that this reality is Earth’s possible future. Together with the help of a girl named Wendy who is the leader of the Resistance movement here. Our heroes must journey together through a nightmare world that only they can change. How can three young people alter the present by saving the future?

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

David: I originally wrote this book back in 2017 so I can help people escape a political civil war between the elite politicians and the forgotten men and women who they treat as secondary citizens. These elite do not care one bit about this great country we live in. They always put America second and the world first so they can make a profit for their own pocketbooks. This was the case in 2017 and it is even worse in 2020. I wrote this book so people who are suffering from Covid-19 and this philosophy can have a few hours to escape reality and immerse themselves in an amazing adventure. I believe this book is needed more then ever today. It also seems that others agreed, since in 2018 my book won a CIPA EVVY Merit award in Juvenile Fiction

OP: How did you get your book published?

David: I self-published this book with Outskirts Press an amazing company that worked closely with me to make a wonderful book. They were very professional and fun to work with.

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

David: I think that all kinds of readers will be interested in this book, even though the target age are children 7 to 12, but are we all not children in heart?

OP: What is special about your book?

David: That is a tough question, any author will say their book is special, but I believe my book is not special, but unique. My characters live and breathe off the page. The readers will journey with our Protagonists and will be on the edge of their seats to see what happens next. “The Portal” will also affect them on a physical and emotional level. People will laugh and cry as our heroes grow from children to young adults and discover how they can reverse this dark world and bring it to the light.

OP: What differentiates it from other books in the same category?

David: I am not sure this book is different from other books in this category, but it does show our world in a different light. It also is just an amazing read, that puts our current world in a nutshell using fantasy, and great characters. The book helps individuals immerse themselves in a dark world where the spark of hope still shines.

OP: Have you published any other books?

David: Yes, I have my first book was a collection of poems from my high school and college days. It is called “Voices of the Heart” and was published in 2004. I also have written two picture books that deal with real life situations that children face death of a parent and divorce. They are called “The Enchanted Rope” published in 2010 and “Peanut” published in 2018. There is also “The Portal” published in 2017. I also have several individual poems published in various magazines and anthologies and have received several Editor awards.

OP: Do you plan to publish more?

David: I do have plans for future books. The next fantasy trilogy I am considering is for a younger age group and it named “Living Library Chronicles.” I also have two picture books I am considering. There are no titles yet. As for publishing dates, I am not sure about those. Right now, I will be focusing on marketing my two new books “Spirral” and”Rebirth” which are do out Spring or Summer 2021 and my award winner “The Portal.”

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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

David Bernstein is a tennis instructor and energy healer who has worked with children for many years. He’s the author of a book of poetry and The Enchanted Rope, a children’s picture book. He has also had poems published in magazines and anthologies and is the recipient of five Editor’s Choice awards. The Portal is his debut novel.

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

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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Self-Publishing Editors Jonathan Goodrich & Owen Everard James Discusses OUR STORY: Jamaica’s Visionary Experimental Secondary Classes 1954 – 1960

Editors Jonathan Goodrich & Owen Everard James are taking their latest book, OUR STORY: Jamaica’s Visionary Experimental Secondary Classes 1954 – 1960 on tour – a Virtual Book Tour, that is, with Outskirts Press! Technology has created a wide variety of ways to reach audiences all over the world. All it takes is a little thinking outside the box, and nowadays you can market a self-published book in a variety of affordable and impactful ways. Virtual book tours, for example, are a great way to connect with readers from all corners of the globe, all from the comfort of your own home. Join Jonathan Goodrich & Owen Everard James and OUR STORY: Jamaica’s Visionary Experimental Secondary Classes 1954 – 1960 as they appear in features and interviews (such as the one below) in the weeks and months ahead!


Luckily for us, Jonathan Goodrich & Owen Everard James were kind enough to answer a few questions as the tour was getting started so that we can give you a sneak peek into the minds of the Editors of OUR STORY: Jamaica’s Visionary Experimental Secondary Classes 1954 – 1960.

 

OP: Tell us a little bit about OUR STORY: Jamaica’s Visionary Experimental Secondary Classes 1954 – 1960. What is it about?

Owen: The most visionary intervention in the policies & practices of secondary education in the history of Jamaica. Its purpose was to provide the children of poor families equal opportunity for access to secondary education. Children from selected elementary and all-age schools were allowed to sit the internationally recognized Senior Cambridge/GCE examinations while attending their elementary schools.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

Owen: Although the success rate of the intervention surpassed that of nearly all of the traditional, elite secondary schools, the narrative of the history of secondary education in Jamaica does not reference either the existence or the remarkable success of the visionary Experimental Classes.

OP: How did you get your book published?

Owen: After much investigation, Outskirts Press was chosen to publish the book.

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

Owen: Those generally interested in education but more particularly readers with an interest in developing countries as well as policy makers in universities and government in such countries.

OP: What is special about your book?

Owen: It is the only documented history of the existence and outcomes of the visionary, experimental intervention in Jamaica’s system of secondary education. The book uniquely reveals the fact that the intervention of 70 years earlier instigated what has become known as Jamaica’s New Deal in Education.

OP: What differentiates it from other books in the same category?

Owen: The book tells the previously unknown story of an important aspect of Jamaica’s system of secondary education while simultaneously presenting insights into Jamaica’s socio-political climate and its relevance to education policy & practice immediately preceding and following national Independence in 1962.

OP: Have you published any other books?

Owen: Goodrich has published three books; James has published four books.

OP: Do you plan to publish more?

Owen: Perhaps!

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

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

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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Introducing Self-Publishing Author G.S. Wisner’s Book Video Trailer for “Securing America’s Victory”

Announcing the Self Publishing News  premiere of the book video trailer for Securing America’s Victory  (published by Outskirts Press, December 2020), by G.S. Wisner

We have lived through the first volleys of the Third Episode of General Washington’s Vision: COVID-19, rioting & more…NOW WHAT?

Are COVID-19; suppression of assembly, especially worship; economic woes, riots, and election crises the first volleys of the Third Episode of General Washington’s Vision? WHAT’S NEXT?

The solution to all of today’s crises is remarkably simple! For those who wish to connect to the spiritual component of what is happening in America and the world today, Securing America’s Victory reveals the two secrets to sustainable Justice and the “Highest Common Denominator” we all share. It will unify all people and enable us to transcend toxic diversity. Together, we will replace the hatred, division, violence, and madness with clarity, love, respect, inclusion, and sustainable justice.

The only true antidote, the only effective and sustainable solution to our national and global crisis, is the full intervention of I AM WHO I AM—Our Father God wielding the fullness of His Love, Wisdom, and Power. The only key to this manifestation is our loving, true obedience to His Law of Love, as taught and demonstrated by Jesus the Christ. Herein lies the true foundation of “one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

G.S. Wisner has invested 25 years of research in the creation of this book. With it, the hope is that we siblings in Our Father’s family return directly to God in a personal, reciprocal, and loving relationship—what Jesus demonstrated through his life. G.S. left a six-figure career in obedience to God’s invitation to His service. It has led along an illumined path, where God and Jesus are undeniably present.

Visit https://outskirtspress.com/securingamericasvictory for formats, editions, pricing, and availability.

 

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5 Reasons to Fall in Love With Self-Publishing

Times have changed, haven’t they? And self-publishing has changed the world … and the publishing industry right along with it. There are so many reasons why authors, including those who may have previously been traditionally published, are eschewing the old ways and trying something new, and February is the perfect month to try it out yourself. Once you learn more about self-publishing, you may even find that you love this option, too! Here are five reasons why publishing in the lead up to and in the immediate aftermath of Valentine’s Day might just be exactly what your year needs to kick into gear.

1. Timing

It’s a new year, yes, but it’s also not quite brand new anymore. Which is to say, the hectic holidays are past, and the doldrums of spring are opening up before you. What better time of year to knock out that project you’ve always wanted to? Finishing your book and preparing it for publication takes a lot less time than it used to with the advent of self-publishing. The period between mid-February and Memorial Day is an excellent time to finally complete your manuscript and submit your book for publication … just in time for a late spring or early summer debut!

2. Velocity

Traditional publishing is a slow process. There are the dreaded query letters, the time spent waiting to hear back from agents or editors, and the time spent agonizing revising your manuscript to meet someone else’s editorial suggestions. If your book does get picked up by a firm, it can take over a year to see your book in print … and that’s a best-case scenario! The self-publishing process is often completed within a few months, as we’ve indicated above. Not only does this mean you don’t have to wait to see your book in print, but it also opens up even more doors for writing adaptive, timely, and responsive works that touch upon issues still being actively discussed in the public sphere. You can now publish books that are current and in response to readers’ desires!

3. Rights

When a book is traditionally published, its author may have very little control over the fate of the manuscript. Editors and agents decide if a book is print worthy, while a publishing firm decides upon the book’s cover art, layout, and price point … all without consulting you, the author. Once you hand over your manuscript for a traditional publishing company to publish, you are essentially giving up all rights and control over the final product. Meanwhile, should you choose to self-publish your book, you remain in charge, and you decide when your manuscript is ready to be published. The final outcome and the final product are the product of your singular vision, not publication by committee!

4. Quality

The quality of print-on-demand (POD) books has come a long way since the inception of self-publishing more than two decades ago. In addition to higher quality printing methods and a wider variety of formatting options, many self-publishing companies now offer a variety of professional services such as copyediting and cover design to ensure that your book receives truly top-notch, red-carpet treatment. There are no barriers to a high-quality product anymore, and your book will positively shine in both digital and print formats.

5. Individuality

Traditional publishing is all about making money, and traditional publishing professionals end up choosing to publish “sure thing” bestsellers over unique, specialized works in order to cover their corporate bottom line and satisfy shareholders. To do so, they need books that appeal to the mass market, but not all authors are targeting the mass market. Self-publishing allows you to write for a niche market … and better yet, it allows you to print, distribute, and market for a niche market, as well! In the world of self-publishing, blockbuster success doesn’t have to come at the price of your book’s individuality, its unique voice and architecture. Everything special and unique which wrapped you up in writing can still be there in its final form, and what’s not to love about that?

So, are you ready to publish your masterpiece with the A+ rated and #1-rated self-publishing company according to the Better Business Bureau and Top Consumer Reviews, respectively? If so, connect with Outskirts Press right now in whatever manner is easiest for you:

 

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Are you looking for new ways to market your book while following social distancing guidelines? Thanks to modern technology, you can take your book on tour without ever leaving your home. Outskirts Press makes it easy with our Virtual Book Tour Launch…and for a limited time, you can save 10% on this valuable marketing opportunity!

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Self-Publishing Author Nathan Roberts Discusses I’ll Fix America Tonight (well, at least by the weekend)

Author Nathan Roberts is taking his latest book, I’ll Fix America Tonight (well, at least by the weekend) on tour – a Virtual Book Tour, that is, with Outskirts Press! Technology has created a wide variety of ways to reach audiences all over the world. All it takes is a little thinking outside the box, and nowadays you can market a self-published book in a variety of affordable and impactful ways. Virtual book tours, for example, are a great way to connect with readers from all corners of the globe, all from the comfort of your own home. Join Nathan Roberts and I’ll Fix America Tonight (well, at least by the weekend) as they appear in features and interviews (such as the one below) in the weeks and months ahead!


Luckily for us, Nathan Roberts 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 I’ll Fix America Tonight (well, at least by the weekend).

OP: Tell us a little bit about I’ll Fix America Tonight (well, at least by the weekend). What is it about?

Nathan: My book proposes creative, revolutionary, apolitical, nonpartisan, and outside-of-the-box solutions to some of the societal, economic, and governmental problems hampering America as a country.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

Nathan: I am frustrated by people on both ends of the political spectrum constantly turning to government officials to “fix” their problems and those of our country. A country made for the people, by the people, and of the people should not turn to government. They should fix problems themselves.

OP: How did you get your book published?

Nathan: I went the self-publishing route through Outskirts Press.

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

Nathan: Those who like humor and self-deprecation along with reasonable people who see the good in others instead of the bad first, those who reject political labels and can recognize the good parts of left-wing and right-wing ideas/policies while rejecting the disastrous and immoral ones.

OP: What is special about your book?

Nathan: In addition, my book is a buffet of ideas. When you’re at a buffet, you don’t have to take every food item. Doing so actually might lead to health problems. I mention this in the introduction. If a person dislikes one idea, they do not necessarily have to discard the whole work. I propose creative solutions that have never been tried before but which can give all people on the political spectrum at least a part of what their agenda states while doing what is more important than power grabs; solving problems.

OP: What differentiates it from other books in the same category?

Nathan: Political commentary and societal critique as genres are sorely lacking in humor and suffering from an overabundance of self-importance. I wanted to make people laugh along the way, because I refuse to take myself so seriously. In addition, most books of this nature are written by pundits, former politicians, and self-styled experts. They are not written by the people who are in the trenches, solving problems every day. Thomas Paine puts it best when he says: “Of more worth is one honest man to society and in the sight of God, than all the crowned ruffians that ever lived.”

OP: Have you published any other books?

Nathan: Yes, my first book is entitled Other-Land and the Extraordinary Birthdays. It is a young adult fantasy that is an homage to the works of J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis; my favorite authors. My second book is entitled Randomedy. It is a comedic novel that is a random mishmash of silly plots (some of which are satirical of blockbuster movies and novels) in which I set out to prove that it’s possible to be funny without being vulgar or profane. It is also intensely personal. I wrote it at the time of my divorce when I was so discouraged and depressed by life circumstances, I thought I had lost my ability to be funny anymore.

OP: Do you plan to publish more?

Nathan: Yes, I plan to publish more books. I am a busy single father with two businesses and a full-time job to handle, but I do intend to write more books if given the chance. I’d love to sit at the side of a lake for seventeen years and churn out a monumental masterpiece like The Lord of the Rings, but if given seventeen years off work, I’d probably end up watching Netflix most of the time anyway.

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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Nathan Andrew Roberts has led a pretty interesting life, but probably not anymore interesting than yours. He used to be an English teacher and purposely violates many of the language’s conventions of grammar, spelling, and word construction in the writing of this book. So that’s pretty legit.

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

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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George H. Rothacker’s “The Diverse Artistic Universe of George H. Rothacker: A Memoir with Pictures.” How important is DNA to the development of an individual as opposed to the teachings he or she receives throughout his life? George Rothacker addresses this and other aspects of his personal development as he takes you on an artistic journey from childhood to a lifetime in the profession of art, design and creative thinking that has endured for more than 50 years. The memoir offers the reader a glimpse into the influences of his two artistic parents, and maternal grandmother who strove to elevate her family beyond the working classes. It also provides a portfolio of the development of the artist/writer own work, and the insights into the choices he made, and the people and circumstances who guided him throughout his career. “Those who are not both blessed and tortured by an artistic nature often don’t understand the jagged and often impractical path taken by a people in the arts,” says the author. “It has taken me to the last segment of my life to see the precipices upon which I walked throughout many of my years, and how fortunate I was to survive and realize the dreams imagined by my maternal grandmother.”

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