Author Poll: Rayfield Walker Needs Your Help With His Book Cover

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

Book Summary

Out of the Jungle is the heart-wrenching story of Rayfield Walker’s abuse and neglect as a child growing up in Guyana, at the hands of his violent and repressed father, to his eventual escape to New York, where he found success as a star student and catharsis in painting, filmmaking and writing. In New York, Rayfield found wage work at art supply stores in order to save up thousands of dollars to hire professional book editors to help realize his dreams as a published author.

Rayfield’s accounts of repeatedly verbal, mental and physical abuse offer a grim portrait of life in rural Guyana. His father expressed the pain of an identity as a gay man living in an unforgiving homophobic society on young Rayfield, including daily beatings until he urinated or defecated on himself, only to stop in order to lock him in the kitchen cupboard for hours at a time. His grandparents home also became the location of sexual assault and rape by close friends and relatives. Despite enduring horrifying and repeated abuses, he fought for his life with an iron will and the utter determination that there had to be something better.

Rayfield eventually found refuge in his grandparent’s home where his grandmother instilled important virtues and strength of character. He eventually found himself a path to New York after accepting the truth embedded in the advice his grandmother had given him: remembering where you came from can give you strength, clinging to the past only leads to stagnation.

With the help of those who cared for him, he learned to grab hold of his dreams and to find comfort in the momentum needed to reach his next goal, believing that in this life, no one knows what they will experience, accomplish, or who they can become.

About the Author

Rayfield Walker is a young man in his early twenties who migrated from his native country Guyana, to the United States in search of better opportunities. Throughout Mr. Walker’s childhood and early teenage years, he lived with his grandparents who loved and took great care of him to the best of their abilities. Constantly, Rayfield was sent to visit his father who never loved and steady verbally, mentally and physically abused him. While Rayfield attended Junior high school in Guyana, he had to work a job so he could support himself and his household through the poor condition his grandparents go through. When Mr. Walker was given the opportunity to permanently live in the United States, he left his native land hoping someday to better the life of his grandparents.

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A Leap of Faith or a Surety? Self-Publishing Supports Writers of Faith

April is a month packed full of faith-centered celebrations––with Passover on the 11th, Easter on the 16th, and Lailat al Miraj on the 23rd––and the deep, poignant reflections which so often and naturally accompany them. Traditionally, April is a month of profound religious insight with an emphasis on peace, generosity, and pilgrimages both physical and spiritual.

What better way to honor the tenor of the month than to publish a book borne out of your faith? Practically speaking, there’s no better time of year to do so, and at Outskirts Press we offer a variety of a la carte services in addition to our stellar One-Click Publishing packages for Spiritual and Christian literature, packages tailored to meet your needs as an author of faith seeking to reach readers of similar interests. Whether you’re putting together a work of fiction, non-fiction, or something which defies the conventions of genre, we have something made to order.

Readers are hungry for religious and faith-based literature! Several years ago, Publishers Weekly released some research on the world of Christian books, highlighting the massive success which this particular category of books has had as a result of self-publishing. Says PW’s Andy Butcher, “Christian self-publishing has moved from the Rodney Dangerfield era to the Aretha Franklin age. Once they couldn’t get no respect, but now self-publishers in the category are singing Aretha’s chorus and asserting themselves as an important and viable option for faith-based authors.” And the numbers only continue to climb!

So what’s driving those sales? An ever-broadening range of self-publishing services populated with smart marketing strategies and expert insight from professionals is one driving factor; so too is self-publishing’s movement beyond stigma to respectability, a respectability it has earned in part because the covers get better and more beautiful each year, the content more refined and polished, and the variety of religious books available more diverse. The better the self-publishing services provided, the more authors are able to translate their dreams for publishing into reality.

And we at Outskirts Press are so proud to offer exactly that––quality self-publishing options designed to place your vision for your book at the heart of what we do, to produce the best possible book of which you can be proud––and with which you can inspire your readers with the faith and insight you have found in life. We hope you’ll consider publishing with us, and if you have any questions you can find out more on our website ( or contact us by phone (1-888-672-6657)—or even live chat with us online! Our Publishing Consultants are on hand and eager to set you up for success as you take a leap of faith into self-publishing!

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Author Poll: Rod Lewin Needs Your Help With His Cover

Rod Lewin is self-publishing his highly-anticipated 3rd book with Outskirts Press, and he wants your help deciding on his book cover.

Book Summary

In this third much-awaited novel in the series, Mitch Blaine and his learned sidekick Beyer have returned to their isolated retreat on Apache Lake in the Arizona desert, where a young Mexican girl had been ruthlessly tossed out of a low-flying aircraft. After saving her life, they had been drawn into a battle of retribution with the same gang of thugs who had attempted to slay her. Severely wounded himself in the ensuing fray, Beyer has unilaterally determined that it is time to ‘go home’. Now the intrepid duo has decided to fly back to Australia in their vintage PBY flying boat, the ‘Wayward Wind’. They plan a fuel stop in Vanuatu in the South Pacific to visit some old friends, who have retired to Havannah Harbor on the island of Efate. Port Havannah was a repair base for the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Fleet just prior to the Battle of the Coral Sea. Only thing is, it’s cyclone season down there, and one of the most devastating storms that part of the world has ever known is heading right towards Vanuatu. Blaine and Beyer arrive at the exact moment that the cyclone is battering the islands. They inadvertently fly into one of the most bizarre adventures they have yet encountered….and literally right into history!

About the Author

Rod Lewin was born in Brisbane, Australia.  His acclaimed autobiography, ‘Steel Spine, Iron Will’, wherein he narrates his recovery from paralysis after a near-fatal plane crash, has been in constant demand for over two decades. Rod has spent the last thirty-five years as a professional aviator.  He has experienced all manner of adventure as a true “knight of the air,” from operating seaplanes on the Great Barrier Reef, the far outback of Western Australia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Greece, to airline flying in DC-3’s, 727’s, and 737’s in the U.S.  ‘The Port Havannah Paradox’, the third in the series, is based on some of his own astonishing exploits.

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Self-Publishing Author Spotlight: TJ Viola

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 authors Tom and Judy Viola (TJ Viola), who has published three successful titles with Outskirts Press.

Learn more about the Violas and their published works through this week’s Self-Publishing Author Spotlight.

About the Author:

Tom and Judy Viola were both raised on Staten Island, New York. Tom is a retired engineer with an interest in the Roaring Twenties and its impact on American culture. Judy is a retired middle school science teacher and registered nurse with an interest in history, science, and the power of language. Since completing The Gumshoe Chronicles, the Violas are currently working on a new science fiction project.
The Gumshoe Chronicles: 1920

In New York City during Prohibition, only gutter rules apply.

New York City, 1920. “I’ve killed more people in the last year than I did in the entire war,” says newly minted private eye Joey Batista.

No wonder the DA is after him. But so are Chicago mobsters, a New York drug lord, a corrupt politician, a viperous hit man and even his old gang. Not even Joey’s tight Italian family can keep him out of trouble. In fact, they’ve got secrets of their own. It helps to have a friend on the police force and the respect of the local mob boss.

And it doesn’t hurt to have two gorgeous assistants who keep their wits sharp, their knives close and their beds warm. But only Joey can solve the one case that truly haunts him — the mysterious deaths of several young girls at the hands of a serial killer, the same thug who might have murdered the only woman Joey ever loved.

In New York City during Prohibition, only gutter rules apply. And Joey learns if you’re gonna survive, you gotta call up your demons, and just hope they don’t destroy you.

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Format: 5.5 x 8.5 Black & White Paperback, 425 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Nov 20, 2008)
ISBN10: 1432736914
ISBN13: 9781432736910
Genre: FICTION / General

The Gumshoe Chronicles 1921

In 1920s New York, the streets hold no secrets—if you’ve got the right connections.

New York City, 1921. “Get too close to the Mafia and you’ll be nothing more than a puppet with the Syndicate pulling the strings.” It’s not the first time Joey Batista, private eye, has heard this warning, but this time he’s honor-bound by his family’s ties to Castellano, the neighborhood mob boss. When Castellano brings in Joey to solve a local waterfront murder, then sends him to Detroit to help settle a Mafia power struggle, Joey realizes his hopes of building a nice, quiet PI business with his gorgeous partner, Jackie, are dashed. If that weren’t enough, he’s also being pursued by a killer with a blood vendetta, an unscrupulous DA, and a pair of notorious hit men. When Castellano’s family is threatened, Joey is drawn deeper into the inner workings of the underworld, pitting him against a foe so deadly that even Joey’s wartime skills as an assassin might not save him. As the neighborhood braces for a Mafia standoff, Joey must decide once and for all where he stands.

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Format: 5.5 x 8.5 Black & White Paperback, 433 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Apr 13, 2012)
ISBN10: 1432787950
ISBN13: 9781432787950
Genre: FICTION / Mystery & Detective / General

The Gumshoe Chronicles 1922

In 1920s New York, sometimes enemies make surprising bedfellows.

New York City, 1922. “I can’t protect the neighborhood forever,” says private eye, Joey Batista, but what choice does he have? With Prohibition in full swing, the rules are changing, and Mafia bosses, like Big Ben Napoli, will sacrifice anything to claim their place in the new order. When Castellano steps down and appoints his ruthless son as the new godfather, Joey finds himself once again in the middle of a Mafia power struggle. To restore balance, he seeks assistance from two unlikely allies, former members of his WWI elite fighting troop who have ties to the growing Communist Party. When Joey’s best friend, Sergeant Mike O’Reilly, is arrested for a crime he didn’t commit, Joey’s long-standing feud with the corrupt DA comes to a head, just as the streets of his neighborhood turn into a battleground. But how can Joey keep the peace without sacrificing what matters most – his family and the love of the only woman who has stood with him through it all?

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Format: 5.5 x 8.5 Black & White Paperback, 431 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Sep 09, 2014)
ISBN10: 1478738936
ISBN13: 9781478738930
Genre: FICTION / Crime

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