If you will indulge us for just a moment, we’d like to compare the self-publishing process to conflict resolution and the scientific method.

Wait, what?! These things have been distilled down to five simple steps, as we have done with the publishing process.

Just as with conflict resolution, self-publishing is a negotiation of complex relationships. And just like the scientific method, self-publishing through Outskirts Press is a careful, thoughtful, and exploratory enterprise which produces reliable—and sometimes revelatory—results!

The comparison, perhaps, ends there. But when we talk about the five steps to self-publishing success, we’re not being overly simplistic or reductive. Within those five steps, you are:

  1. Registering for a (free) Author’s Account
  2. Contacting a Publishing Consultant and receiving a Custom Publishing Profile
  3. Submitting your manuscript
  4. Reviewing your digital files and approving them for print
  5. Sending your book out into the world to meet its eager readers

Your entire Outskirts Press publishing experience, including everything done both by you and our team of experts who will labor behind the scenes to ensure your masterful vision for your book is fully realized, is contained within these five steps. It is no simple thing to produce a masterpiece.

However, we are committed to ensuring that you retain complete creative control, full rights, and royalties without spending invaluable hours in labor or your hard-earned dollars in dimes on services that might not pan out. At Outskirts Press, we put your investment to work and commit ourselves daily to walking you through these five easy steps! So, connect with a Publishing Consultant today to learn how Outskirts Press can help YOU publish YOUR masterpiece:

Outskirts Press Author Mary Nolan Brown Takes Her Book on the Road to Florida!

Picketing the President, by Mary Nolan Brown, is a historical fiction novel for teens that is an inside look at girls and women fighting for the right to vote a hundred years ago and a coming-of-age tale. And now, it’s a selection of the Amelia Island (Florida) Book Fair. Brown will present to a local AP American history class as part of this honor.

In Picketing the President, Delia accompanies her grandmother to Washington, D.C., to demonstrate for women’s right to vote. While there, interest in the suffrage movement blossoms in Delia, as does a romance with a captain in the army, and her troubled relationship with her grandmother is mended. Weaving well-researched historical facts with a warm, personal story that many teens can relate to, Brown has written a novel applauded by critics and readers alike.

Outskirts Press Author Cynthia L. Clark Receives a Great Write-up in the Midwest Book Review!

Authors love reviews from any source—but when it comes to a major and respected publication like the Midwest Book Review, a nod of appreciation is extra sweet! And that is precisely what Outskirts Press author Cynthia L. Clark received for her picture book Wilbur and the Watering Can.

The Midwest Book Review called it “a gentle, fun story of gardening and family enjoyments,” complemented with “bright, colorful drawings.”

We couldn’t agree more. The story of children Magnolia and Lily, Mama, and their new friend Wilbur the toad is a charming, cheerful read for all!

You can see more books that Cynthia L. Clark published below.

Outskirts Press Self-Publishing Payment Plan

We understand that getting just the right services to make your book the best it can be is important.

That’s why we offer flexible payment plan options to fit your self-publishing goals and timeline.

If you’re ready for us to get started preparing your book for its publication debut, you’ll want to select our 3-Part Payment Plan. If you aren’t quite done with your book but want to start paying for your package, you’ll want to choose our Monthly Payment Plan.

3-Part Payment Plan

With the 3-Part Payment Plan option, you will work with your personal Publishing Consultant to determine which services you want for your book. Your Publishing Consultant will provide you with a personalized quote covering the costs of publishing your book. The total is divided into three equal parts for payment over 90 days. Once the first payment is received, and your publishing agreement has been signed, your publishing team will start working on your book. There are no additional payment plan fees, and no interest is charged. Payments are nonrefundable with this plan.

Payment 1: 1/3 of the total—work is done with your PC and then transferred to an AR. Payment 2: 1/3 of the total—preproduction steps completed/production approval made. Payment 3: Balance due of the total—once payment three has been made, you can see your proofs, and the remainder of the publishing process is completed. Flexible—100% Interest-Free.

Monthly Payment Plan

With the Monthly Payment Plan option, you will work with your personal Publishing Consultant to determine which services you would like for your book. Your Publishing Consultant will provide you with a personalized quote covering the costs of publishing your book. Your Publishing Consultant will set up a payment plan that works for your timeline and budget. Minimum payments are $100. The publishing process cannot begin on your book until the complete publishing package has been paid. Likewise, work cannot start on optional services until your complete publishing package and the optional service have been paid in full. There are no additional payment plan fees unless you pay by check (where our $5/payment fee will be charged). This is also interest-free, and payments are fully refundable.

Please schedule a consultation with your Publishing Consultant today to learn more about how our payment plan options can work for you and get your free publishing quote.

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It starts from the moment you make contact. Our associates are people just like you: writers, readers . . . driven individuals who love books and want to help authors share their talent with the world. When you choose Outskirts Press, you’re assured personal attention from U.S.-based industry professionals, including:

  • Customer Support, available by email, phone, appointment, or live chat
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Ready to begin YOUR self-publishing journey? Know that you don’t have to go it alone. Outskirts Press is there for you every step of the way, with real people eager to lend a hand. Connect with Outskirts Press today in whatever manner is easiest for you:

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Self-Publishing Author Maisha Daniels Discusses In The Event I Die: Instruction Manual and Information Guide In The Event I Pass Away

Author Maisha Daniels is taking her latest book, In The Event I Die: Instruction Manual and Information Guide In The Event I Pass Away  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 Maisha Daniels and In The Event I Die: Instruction Manual and Information Guide In The Event I Pass Away as they appear in features and interviews (such as the one below) in the weeks and months ahead!

Luckily for us, Maisha Daniels 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 In The Event I Die: Instruction Manual and Information Guide In The Event I Pass Away.

Outskirts Press: Tell us a little bit about In The Event I Die: Instruction Manual and Information Guide In The Event I Pass Away. What is it about?

Maisha: My book is a wealth transfer tool where individuals can list their beneficiaries, life policies, properties owned, etc. all in one spot. Loved ones no longer have to wait to see what comes in the mail to take care of final preparations; all assets can be found in this book.

Outskirts Press: Why did you decide to write this story?

Maisha: My paternal grandmother passed away in August of 2021. She was the matriarch and business woman of the family. Unfortunately, when she passed, we had no idea where her life insurance polies were, bank accounts, etc. It was a stressful time on top of grieving and I thought to myself this is ridiculous, there should be something where someone can keep a log of their assets and important information. That is exactly where the inspiration for me to write this book came from.

Outskirts Press: What types of readers would be interested in this story?
Maisha: Business owners, grandparents, adult children, etc. This book will honestly help so many people, especially those who don’t have wills in place or are unable to afford an attorney.

Outskirts Press: What is special about your book?  

Maisha: With my background in life insurance and the experience in losing my grandmother, this book was carefully thought out to fill in the gaps or missing pieces that people may have not thought about.

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

Maisha: This book gives so many different types of assets that people may not have thought of such as passwords and pin numbers listed, different financial apps people may have. It also has a page where you can have your wishes notarized.

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

Maisha: I haven’t published any other books, but I am in the process of writing a book on growing a business. I managed portfolios as a wealth manager for clients that had net worth upwards of 5 million. I assisted in growing their businesses and assisting with strategies for income and growth. I will be pouring my experience and expertise into this book.

Outskirts Press: How can someone learn more about your book or purchase it?

Maisha: They can find me on social media; Instagram: maishadaniels_biz Facebook: Maisha Daniels. My book can be purchased online www.intheeventidie.com and on Amazon.

Outskirts Press: Thanks for your time, Maisha! We look forward to learning more about you as you visit other bloggers!


Maisha Daniels has over 17+ years in the financial services industry as a wealth manager and licensed life insurance agent. She worked for one of the largest banking institutions in America, managing portfolios for clients from $500k – 5 million, growing businesses through commercial credit and retirement planning through life insurance. Maisha is now bringing that expertise to her clients, through her business A1 Financial Consulting.
She is passionate about wealth generation and leaving a legacy and firmly believes that we can create wealth through financial education and using our God given gifts and talents to create businesses. She is happily married to her husband Adam and adores her children.

For more information or to contact the author, visit www.outskirtspress.com/maishadaniels

This author purchased the Media Marketing Blitz 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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This Week’s Amazon Featured Book of the Week is A Life Begins by Keith Harrison Walker

Now available on Amazon!

…a life begins…
by Keith Harrison Walker
Paperback $39.95; Hardback $49.95

This is a personal story of a boy from a small town in Illinois who manages to be the first person in his family to attend college (Northwestern), earn an officer’s commission in the Navy, go on to be a tv news reporter in Tucson, Arizona, become a film script writer, then public relations executive first for a small California firm, then MGM, and later for several of Hollywood’s top PR agencies, eventually forming his own firm, capping his career with nearly 35 years working for the Hyatt Foundation on their Pritzker Architecture Prize. All this, or most of it, in the closet, while in a sixty year relationship with another man.

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