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Much has been said and written about Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in the decades since it was first codified in medical literature, but one thing remains true: the people with the most to say about it are often the ones with the fewest resources, the least support, and the most to lose. That is, those who are themselves on the Autism spectrum or who live with someone else who is. One of the finer aspects of self-publishing is that this industry has a special relationship with the ASD community and is able to provide a platform for those all-important voices to be heard, as well as amplify their stories.
Here at Outskirts Press, we would like to celebrate our thriving community of authors, many of whom are members of the larger ASD community or otherwise neurodivergent! This month, the month of April, is widely known as Autism Awareness Month by those affiliated with the ASD community, and is increasingly coming to be known as Autism Acceptance Month by those who place on the Autism spectrum themselves. Both aspects–that is, awareness about ASD and its potential presentations, as well as acceptance of those on the Autism spectrum–are incredibly important, as is the work done by self-publishing authors dedicated to them. This is one of many reasons we’re excited to shine some light on those of our authors who are writing on this subject!
For a treatment-centered approach, consider prolific Soma Mukhopadhyay’s Understanding Autism through Rapid Prompting Method and all the other fascinating and helpful books in her series. They all center on the rapid-prompting method (RPM) mentioned in this book’s title, with the particular goal of improving academic success and communication for persons with ASD or similar disorders. The whole series is published by Outskirts Press and each one is available for purchase through the Helping Autism Through Learning and Outreach (HALO) website, which also offers a number of additional ASD-related resources, or from her webpages or from Amazon, of course.
Meet Mansah Gaisie Barnes’ fantastic book for readers of all ages, Yooku My Brother / The Enigma: Autism. Barnes puts her Master of Science degree in special education with a concentration in Autism to work in this special look at the effects of ASD on the individual as well as the joy that results from learning to understand those on the Autism spectrum. This book uses a fictional protagonist to guide readers through the experience, and backs up its conclusions with accessible research phrased in language we can all understand.
Author John Dukes is changing lives. His son, John Jr., passed away in 2016 after living with Autism Spectrum Disorder. In his latest book, Dadders, Can I Pet the Whales?, Dukes takes readers on an emotional journey through the story of his family and the story of his son, whose take on life and the world is both powerful and life-changing. We interviewed Dukes as his book began to receive public recognition.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) roughly 1 in 68 children has been identified with some form of ASD, and these are only the children whose placement on the Autism spectrum requires some form of treatment, educational assistance, or special care. The real numbers, which would include children who are considered “high-functioning” and who face fewer obstacles to self-determined success, are likely much higher. As activist and parent Kim Stagliano writes, those within the ASD community “need advocates committed not only to getting them the acceptance they deserve, but also the critical help they require to survive, in the form of social programs, education, safety and employment opportunities.” In short, they need action. Learning more about ASD and taking tangible action to help support those who live with ASD, research it, or are working to ameliorate the challenges it poses to those who have it, is paramount.
If you’re interested in learning more about Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in general, we highly recommend you check out our Pinterest page of ASD-related books published by Outskirts Press. Sometimes, buying a book can help change lives. These are some of those books!
Today, April 27, 2020 marks the day Ingram (the largest book wholesaler) begins to remove books from distribution that do “harm to buyers and affects the reputations of” publishers, libraries, and retailers.
That’s a pretty broad and generic statement, so what does it actually mean? In the most general sense, it most likely means if you published through a full-service self-publishing company, your book is safe since most of them vet manuscripts in advance of acceptance (with the help of an actual human being). For instance, when asked, an Ingram representative specifically informed Outskirts Press that Ingram had not identified any Outskirts Press books that would be removed.
On the other hand, for authors who submit manuscripts to automated online publishing platforms where the whole thing is done by lunch, you may have a greater concern since there was no human vetting process. “Automated publishing” accepts just about anything because their product isn’t your book, it’s you.
And that’s the problem. Automated, “free” online publishing platforms are making it possible for nefarious or unscrupulous individuals or companies to profit from publishing what Ingram identifies as content that “lacks integrity.” To that end, Ingram is positioning itself to be a “quality gatekeeper”, a role that has been sorely missing in the publishing industry since the advent of automated online publishing platforms. In other words, books that were published neither to educate nor entertain, but to make a “fast buck” through an automated publishing platform are most at risk of being removed starting today.
First Amendment pundits may be inclined to cry “foul” and wave their free speech cards, but Ingram’s use of “harm to buyers and affects the reputation of…” is not a subjective matter of opinion or free speech, but an empirical definition of value and quality. This is an important distinction that few humans have trouble making, but one that even fewer computers can make. For instance, no human would accept 200 blank pages titled “Scrapbook” as a legitimate manuscript, but a computer would consider 200 blank pages to be perfect. After all, there would be no mistakes, no copyright violations, an no libelous content!
To support that point, Ingram’s notification, which was sent to all the publishers for whom they distribute books worldwide, listed some examples of content lacking integrity, starting with number one:
1. Content containing 90-100% blank pages like notepads, scratchpads, journals, or similar type content.
2. Summaries, workbooks, abbreviations, insights, or similar type content without permission from the original author. For example: A Summary of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
3. Content that mirrors/mimics popular titles, including without limiting, similar covers, cover design, title, author names, or similar type content.
4. Content that is misleading or likely to cause confusion by the buyer, including without limiting,inaccurate descriptions and cover art. For example: A book with a cover design that does not match the interior content; a cover that appears to be for a product other than a physical book.
5. Content listed at prices not reflective of its market value. For example: a blank journal listed at $99.99.
6. Content scanned from original versions where all or parts contain illegible content to the detriment of the buyer.
7. Content created using automated means or mass-produced processes.
These are all examples of books commonly accepted through automated online publishing platforms, but are rarely accepted by full-service self-publishing companies with a human vetting process, which is in place for precisely this reason – to protect writers and readers.
Therefore, the question legitimate authors who use automated publishing platforms may want to ask themselves is this: Is that the company I want to keep?
Bob Bogner’s “WILDER: A Social Justice Phantasy” is a life-changing mental experiment. It explains in a logical, easy-to-read manner a concept of social justice that is based on personal responsibility (Sartre), rationality (Kant), and fairness (Rawls). The experiment brings their theories together in a clear powerful way. The setting for the experiment is inside a mother’s womb; The characters are fetuses who do not know what their inborn traits are, or what type of society they will be born into. From this “original position,” a rational theory of social and political justice is developed, which hopefully will contribute to a better, fairer world.
Technology has created a wide variety of ways to reach audiences all over the world. It takes is a little thinking outside the box and you can market a self-published book in creative, affordable and impactful ways. Consider book tours! Tours are a great way to connect with your readers and technology has made them easier and more cost effective than ever!
Luckily for us, Duke 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 Search of the Body & Soul Connection.
OP: Tell us a little bit about In Search of the Body & Soul Connection. What is it about?
Duke: This book is a thought-provoking analysis for all of the spiritual seekers looking for answers. It’s for those who are open to all the possibilities of what could be. My research into spirituality and religion has led me to find common ground between them. The premise of this book is based on my interpretation and understanding of the three main aspects of spirituality; the “Body”, the “Soul” and the “Link” which connects them.
OP: Why did you decide to write this story?
Duke: I wrote this book to share with others my research, knowledge and interpretation on spirituality. I am legally blind and writing this book has been very therapeutic for me and has contributed to my own spiritual growth.
OP: How did you get your book published?
Duke: Researching many self-publishing companies I found that Outskirts Press stood out among the others. I chose them for their professionalism, experience and available options.
OP: What types of readers would be interested in this story?
Duke: It’s for anyone who is on a spiritual journey and looking for possible answers and growth.
OP: What is special about your book?
Duke: As a researcher for many years, I wanted to give my interpretation and understanding of the common ground between spirituality and religion. I also explain many simple techniques and exercises that anyone can use to help them grow spiritually.
OP: What differentiates it from other books in the same category?
Duke: I wanted to create a resource for those seeking spiritual enlightenment. In this genre there aren’t many books that incorporate full color images and quotes that relate to each chapter.
OP: Have you published any other books?
Duke: This is my first book.
OP: Do you plan to publish more?
Duke: Possibly, but I have not made any decision as yet.
OP: Thanks for your time, Duke! We look forward to learning more about you as you visit other bloggers!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Duke Saganich was born in Croatia and came to the United States when he was eight. Throughout his life his interests focused on research in spirituality, religion, philosophy, psychology, mysticism and meditation. He retired at age 62 and is living in Upstate New York with his wife Ellie. The author will be donating 50% of his royalties to various charities that are in need.
Part Two “The Soul”:
Chapter 5 “The Bridge of Consciousness” will show the bridges that are formed through the consciousness communication network. I will also discuss death as the transitional period between lives. During this period you reconnect with your soul and make choices for your next life experience. These choices will depend mostly on the level that your soul has evolved. There will be many other choices available to your soul when it has come to the end of its reincarnation cycles. The soul is continually evolving and has choices which include becoming Guides, or Teachers. Evolved souls can also choose to start a new reincarnation cycle to continue the experience of physical life and help other souls in their evolutionary process.
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We are so happy to announce that at least one of the many complications to your life posed by COVID-19, involving one of the most important events on the calendar for self-publishing authors, has at last been solved. Independent Bookstore Day, which had to delay due to restrictions and the inability of many vendors and presenters to travel during the international shutdown, will now take place on August 29th of this year.
The last few weeks have given event planners time to learn and organize within a new format, and as a result they will be carrying out a big social media “push” in the lead-up to the event’s original date of April 25th, so make sure to take part online if you’re able! The American Booksellers Association notes that “booksellers are invited to celebrate virtually during the week of April 19–25 using the hashtag #VirtualBookstoreParty,” and they offer a number of other suggestions for authors and booksellers alike to take advantage of both now and in August.
Until then, we look forward to interacting with you online!
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At Outskirts Press, we are extremely proud of our authors’ many accomplishments including raving reviews, prestigious awards, and even full-length movies. We have featured author Amy Jordan several times on this blog for her 1st Place EVVY Award and most recently for the debut of Amy’s Victory Dance, a documentary film based on her inspirational autobiographical book, Dance Because You Can (a 2019 Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Finalist).
As the publisher of Amy’s books, Dance Because You Can and 26 Tips FOR Easier Living with Diabetes, we are delighted with her success and proud to be part of her story. Please watch the video testimonial below to learn more about Amy’s experience publishing with Outskirts Press, the only A+ rated and #1-rated self-publishing company according to the Better Business Bureau and Top Consumer Reviews respectively.
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