Self-Publishing Author Spotlight: Royal T. Honeycutt

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 author Royal T. Honeycutt, who has published four titles with Outskirts Press.

Royal T. Honeycutt has the unique talent of bringing the imaginary world to life through all of his published works. Honeycutt gives readers an experience of stepping into another place, time, or reality. Learn more about Honeycutt and where he became inspired through this week’s Self-Publishing Author Spotlight.

About the Author:

Royal T. Honeycutt was born in 1935 and was a farm boy raised in rural Minnesota. He moved to Napa, Californialester-pic, during World War II and later enlisted as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division during the Korean war. It was during those years that he became a well-known disc jockey in North Carolina. Royal has owned many corporations, both large and small, which have circled the globe with offices in Thailand, Vietnam, and Turkey. He has written over 30 novels, novellas, and short and was inducted into the Poetic Hall of Fame in 1997.

Honeycutt resides in Northern California. Through his storytelling, painting and even creating elaborate landscapes with waterfalls, a chapel, bridges and dwellings for gnomes at his home and place of business, he makes the magic real for everyone around.

The Adventures of Buckfart, Seabiscuit, Pedro and the Gang

510VSXkIlML._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_The Adventures of Buckfart, Seabiscuit, Pedro and the Gang gives readers twisters, ghosts, and good old-fashioned fun. The first in a three-part series, readers are introduced to Buckfart, Seabiscuit, Pedro, and the rest of the gang of boys from Tory Forks, Minnesota. Their adventures take them from fishing and swimming to tornados, illegal moonshine stills, and a visit to the cemetery in search of the ghost of Mr. Swartz and the tree from which he hanged himself. Readers are given the chance to lose themselves in the year 1943 and a time when people take “love thy neighbor” to heart, and the pain of war is shared by all. The boys from Tory Forks will entertain readers of all ages—those who want to lose themselves in nostalgia for days gone by, and those who can relate to kids on the verge of adulthood, experiencing the thrills of life as they existed during that era.

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6 x 9 paperback cream, 202 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (June 06, 2013)
ISBN10: 1432794361
ISBN13: 9781432794361
Genre: Fiction / Action & Adventure

The Adventures of Buckfart, Seabiscuit, Pedro and the Gang: Kill the Big One at Hawkins Bar

51+3ZHRl7tL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_The boys are back! This time they’re up against some big challenges. In the second book of the Adventures of Buckfart, Seabiscuit, Pedro and the Gang trilogy, a group of teenagers from a small farming community in the Midwest find themselves high in the Trinity Alps, facing challenges beyond their wildest dreams. Buckfart, Seabiscuit, Pedro and the gang head to California, looking for adventure and they leave the Bay area on their uncle’s fishing boat. As they travel north to the harbor of Trinidad, they encounter wild weather and a Japanese submarine. Then it’s back to Uncle Dominic’s mountain ranch, to join the local Indians in their quest for the mystical Firestone. There they come across the elusive and mysterious Bigfoot—called Sasquatch by the native Indians—and upon learning of their discovery, the locals set out to kill the creature.

Danger and adventure abound in this exciting installment, and for one of the Tory Forks boys, romance is in the air. Set in the 1940s, the trilogy continues to evoke nostalgia for simpler times, while entertaining readers of all ages with the timeless adventuresome spirit of teenagers and their uncanny ability to get into trouble.

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6 x 9 paperback cream, 228 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (June 25, 2014)
ISBN10: 1432794396
ISBN13: 9781432794392
Genre: Fiction / Action & Adventure

The Adventures of Buckfart, Seabiscuit, Pedro and the Gang: Search for the Firestone

cover (6)Buckfart, Seabiscuit, Pedro and the gang return in the third of the three-part series to continue their travels along the rugged mountains of northern California. Along with Crowfoot, the boys’ Indian guide and companion, they are part of a larger party, the Brotherhood of the Firestone, and the teenagers have been left behind to fend for themselves and finalize their commitment to Sasquatch. Now they must cross the highest pass in the Trinity Alps in search of the Kanakti Diamonds, found only on Kanakti Mountain, and they will uncover secrets of the ancient past as they zigzag the back country of lush green valleys and snowcapped mountains. Their quest will lead them to a lost culture…and eventually to the very bowels of the earth. The third installment of The Adventures of Buckfart, Seabiscuit, Pedro and the Gang is a classic blend of humor, adventure, and spiritual awakening that will appeal to readers young and old.

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6 x 9 paperback cream, 199 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (November 28, 2015)
ISBN10: 143279440X
ISBN13: 9781432794408
Genre: Fiction / Action & Adventure

Our Names Are Written In Blood 

cover (5)Our Names Are Written In Blood  is about an interesting and intriguing love affair. The story leads readers to two countries, The United States and Ireland. The tale unfolds in Minnesota and other interesting areas of America and The Emerald Isle. Readers follow a young medical student, a father, a medical doctor, their families, a prostitute from the south of Ireland and her American girlfriend. The characters spellbind readers though situations that include the unresolved murder and reappearance of the missing prostitute.  It involves a Catholic priest, Protestants, his father, the IRA, a prison break in northern Ireland and many aspects of life as we know it.

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5.5 x 8.5 paperback cream, 350 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (October 19, 2015)
ISBN10: 1432749668
ISBN13: 9781432749668
Genre: Fiction / Thrillers / Suspense

 

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Self-Publishing Author Spotlight: Leigh Crane-Freeman

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 author Leigh Crane-Freeman, who has published four titles with Outskirts Press.

Leigh’s passion is evident in all of her published works. She brings readers through an effective business book focused on marketing and advertising, then catapults readers into a closer relationship with God with her later works. Learn more about Leigh through this week’s Self-Publishing Author Spotlight.

About the Author:author

For more than 30 years Leigh wrote and produced everything from television commercials and DVDs, to newspaper and radio ads, hundreds of brochures, seminars, marketing plans and presentations. During much of that time, she also wrote a variety of freelance articles for a number of publications. In the last several years, she has written and published several books focusing on her expertise she has gained in the marketing world along with her knowledge and inspirational works bringing readers closer to God.

Leigh currently resides with her family on a ranch in the Panhandle of Oklahoma.

The Truth in Advertising: Produce Simple, Honest, Effective Advertising9781432734633_cov.indd

If you are weary of wasting money on advertising that is not bringing in results, and you really need to see results, then Leigh’s The Truth in Advertising is for you. This book helps business owners the importance of advertising what makes you different from your competition while creating fresh, simple and effective marketing materials. Leigh believes that once your thinking is based on the truth, then the simplicity and power of marketing and advertising will unfold. Part I of The Truth in Advertising explores many of the current misconceptions about advertising while Part II readers learn some personal insights and experiences of Leigh’s that illustrate the book’s lesson.

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5 x 8 paperback cream, 126 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Sept 5, 2009)
ISBN10: 1432734636
ISBN13: 9781432734633
Genre: Business & Economics / General

The Desperate Christian: Disappointed With Church, It’s Time For The Serious Christian To Come Straight To God.

coverLeigh shares Biblical principles and answers key questions that help you enjoy a closer, deeper and more fulfilling relationship with God, trade guilt, despair and frustration for joy, peace and hope all while you develop  an unshakable faith in God.

In the Desperate Christian, you will exchange frantic anguish for a clear understanding that God is right next to you, leading you now when you listen. You will trade confusion and frustration for the realization that He is teaching you and guiding you to enjoy Him and to serve Him in fulfilling and exciting ways that far surpass what you could ever hope for, dream or imagine.

The Desperate Christian is a handbook for helping you develop this one-on-one relationship with God.

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6 x 9 paperback cream, 164 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Feb 28, 2011)
ISBN10: 1432741586
ISBN13: 9781432741587
Genre: Religion / Inspirational

Kisses From God

cover (4)In Kisses from God, Leigh conveys to readers that our greatest witness for God is our life spent in the enjoyment of Him and His creation. She delves into what it means to truly serve God and in order to do so, we must slow down in our daily lives. Through the book, readers learn that when you stop trying to improve and change yourself, and you give yourself and messes to God, then you will feel at peace and live with joy as He does the work for you. Follow along in Kisses from God to find peace and learn to live and enjoy the gifts from God now.

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5.5 x 8.5 paperback cream, 202 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Nov 20, 2013)
ISBN10: 1432788647
ISBN13: 9781432788643
Genre: Religion / General

 

cover (2)The Desperate Christian Study Guide and Workbook: Develop a Closer Relationship with God NOW!

In The Desperate Christian Study Guide and Workbook, you learn that the responsibility for an intimate relationship with God is up to you and God, because the relationship you seek is between you and God.

In this workbook, which the author designed to be used by itself or in conjunction with her book, The Desperate Christian, you discover the principles of faith that is vital to become closer to God. Leigh also explains the fundamentals of developing a personal relationship with God. The author creates lessons within that will help quickly improve your relationship with God.
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7.5 x 9.25 paperback, 52 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Apr 30, 2014
ISBN10: 1478727810
ISBN13: 9781478727811
Genre: Bibles/Christian Standard Bible/ Children

 

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Self-Publishing Authors Can Receive a Complimentary Custom Cover When Self-Publishing in April!

Outskirts Press is helping authors get noticed with Custom Covers this month. Authors who publish in April receive a complimentary Custom Cover for their self-publishing book – perfect for making that book stand out above the others.

April 7, 2015 – Parker, CO – Outskirts Press, the leading self-publishing and book marketing services provider, announces a promotion that will help self-publishing authors stand out in a crowd of books. Throughout the month of April, authors who publish with Outskirts Press can receive a free Custom Cover, a valuable way to get a book noticed.

Any author wants to make the best first impression with his or her cover when it hits the shelf or is posted on the web, and an exclusive custom cover, designed specifically for that book, is probably the single most important element in making that striking first impression.

“A custom cover design not only gives authors a far greater chance for an immediately favorable response to their books,” says Outskirts Press Executive Vice President Kelly Schuknecht, “it also helps them convey a sense of the style, tone and content inside, and that too has an immediate effect on potential buyers.

A custom cover design led by a professional cover designer not only gives authors a far greater chance for an immediately favorable response to their books, it also helps them convey a sense of the style, tone and content inside, and that too has an immediate effect on potential buyers.

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Write for a Cause: Get Exposure – and Benefit a Worthy Charity — with Fandemonium Volume 5

Outskirts Press is now accepting submissions from its Facebook fans of short literary works to be included in Fandemonium Volume 5, now through April 30.

Fandemonium has become an anticipated annual tradition for the self-publishing community. This unique crowdsourcing effort is not only a collection of superior writing from the Outskirts Press Facebook community, but the profits also provide much-needed funding to a worthy cause. So, once again, Outskirts Press is calling out to that community online for contributions of short literary works for the annual Fandemonium anthology, slated to hit the bookshelves this summer.

The annual Fandemonium compilation includes a variety of literary works: short stories, poetry and other short-form literary works submitted by fans of the Outskirts Press Facebook page. Over the past four years, Fandemonium has brought Outskirts Press Facebook members together to experience the joy of publishing first-hand, while benefiting a great cause. Proceeds from the sale of the 2015 Fandemonium collection will be donated to a charity of choice on behalf of Outskirts Press and its Facebook fans. The American Red Cross will receive the proceeds from the sale of the Fandemonium Volume 5 anthology.

Members of the Outskirts Press Facebook community can submit poetry, short stories, excerpts, recipes or anecdotes for free publication – you’re limited only by your imagination! Submissions can be fiction, non-fiction or poetry, though entries of fewer than 5,000 words will be considered first. Getting published in the Facebook Fandemonium is simple:

  • Submit your entry as a comment on our Facebook Page before April 30th.
  • Encourage your Facebook friends to “like” your entry by visiting our Facebook page.
  • You can also “share” your post with your Facebook friends to encourage more “likes.”

Submissions with the highest number of likes will be considered for inclusion in Fandemonium Volume 5.

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A Custom Cover Design not only gives authors a far greater chance for an immediately favorable response to their books, it also helps convey a sense of the style, tone and content inside, and that too has an immediate effect on potential buyers.

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Vickie McGillis is a native of Winona, Minnesota. Although this is her debut novel, she is a seasoned, award-winning published poet, as well as a longtime supporter of animal rights groups. Vickie and her wonderfully-supportive husband still reside in the Winona area, along with their rescued four-legged companions.

Katie Munson was a struggling, poor young mother with four small children. At just 22 years of age, and freshly divorced, Katie had relocated her young family to their new home in a small rural town in southeastern Minnesota. In the comfort of her new surroundings, Katie presumed that she, along with her son and three baby girls, were safe from harm’s way. She believed they had escaped the iniquity from her past and were free to begin a renewed and happy life together. While Katie prepared for the toddler’s birthday party, nothing could have prepared her for the unforeseeable winter storm that was blowing in her direction, or the unspeakable terror that accompanied it. This particular day would prove to be just the beginning of a perpetual, formidable journey for Katie and her young family in their pursuit of peace and happiness.
– Vickie McGillis, author of Detours to the Good Stuff

It’s That Time of Year Again — Time for the Bologna Children’s Book Fair!

Bologna Children's Book FairAh, spring! A time of renewal and growth — and new and enriching books. The Bologna Children’s Book Fair takes place March 30 through April 2, highlighting the best of both self-publishing and traditional books for young readers.

The Bologna Children’s Book Fair has been at the forefront for publishing insiders since it’s inception in 1963, presenting valuable opportunities for authors, publishers, illustrators and readers to mix, lBologna Children's Book Fair Logoearn about industry trends and, of course, bring awareness to their own products. Bologna is famous for spotlighting children’s publishing with a focus on the sale of rights and international co-productions. Outskirts Press is always well-represented at this event — and a number of other international book fairs and domestic events — throughout the year, so we’re following this exciting event closely again in 2015.

You, too, can keep up with the goings on a the fair by visiting the Bologna Children’s Book Fair on Facebook or checking them out on Instagram. Or stay tuned right here for news specific to Outskirts Press!

If you are a published children’s book author with Outskirts Press and interested in exhibiting your book with the Bologna Children’s Book Fair next year, you can register for this event conveniently from your author’s center Marketing Options screen. Space is limited and filled on a first-come, first served basis. Remember: Due to the specific requirements of Bologna, this event is not a part of our Global Book Tour package and must be registered for separately if you are interested.

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5 Reasons to Market Your Book at a Book Fair

Why reach out to agents, media pros and traditional publishing houses one at a time over many months when you can have them all under one roof at one time? That’s what book fairs are for! Everyone who’s anyone in the publishing world is well within reach – literally – at these much-anticipated industry events.

In addition to the sheer convenience of it, a book fair offers a number of other instant benefits to self-publishing authors. Here are five benefits you can reap through attendance at a big book fair.

  1. Bump in sales. Any event that puts you face to face with readers is an opportunity to sell. That’s especially true when the event puts you in close proximity to a very large number of them, as book fairs tend to do. Make an impression there, and odds are you’ll sell plenty of copies the day of the fair, and in the days and weeks to follow.
  2. Exposure. Never underestimate the value of name recognition. Even if someone doesn’t purchase a book from you the day of the fair, the exposure you gain by putting a face to your byline can help you down the line.
  3. That personal touch. Just the thought of rubbing elbows in person with readers, publishers and other literary professionals gives us the warm fuzzies. Reaching out to others in the industry – or the consumers who made it what it is – is an inspiration that fuels further creativity.
  4. The opportunity to make your case. Readers and industry professionals who have no trouble deleting marketing emails or navigating away from a page are inevitably far more receptive to information about your book when they can meet and greet the author in person. This gives you the opportunity to get them excited about your book in ways a summary or cover art cannot.
  5. Networking. Whether you’re looking for beta readers to test a work in progress, fellow authors with whom to share creative ideas and marketing strategies, or an agent to help you take your career to the next level, there’s no place like a book fair to get all of them in one small space at the same time! That’s an ideal situation that allows you to cultivate connections that would otherwise take months to make.

If you’re new to the book fair scene, consider dipping your toe into the waters with one of the following (epic) book events. Or better yet, take the plunge by getting your book in front of hundreds of thousands of curious eyes around the world at all four events via the Global Book Tour.

  • LONDON BOOK FAIR
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  • FRANKFURT BOOK FAIR

For each of these events (or better yet, all of them with the Global Book Tour), your book will receive valuable, face-out exposure on an exclusive shelf of Outskirts Press titles, with a representative on hand to personally answer questions about your book. Outskirts Press also provides copies of the book and all the necessary information so interested parties can make further contact during or after the fair. All inquiries Outskirts Press receives about your book are forwarded directly to you for personal follow-up. The Global Book Tour is the best way to get all of the benefits of book fair marketing without all of the expense of traveling.

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Let Outskirts Press send your book on a first-class trip to London! The London Book Fair is right around the corner and you don’t want to miss this great opportunity to get in front of over 23,000 publishing professionals at the largest and most popular industry book fair and publishing event in the UK. If you’re an American author, this is your chance to get your book “across the pond.”

The deadline for the 2014 event is this Friday, February 7.

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Last Chance! Three More Days to Get a Free Custom Cover for that Self-Publishing Book

It’s not too late to make January your most attractive month with a FREE Custom Cover from Outskirts Press. Upgrade the look of that self-publishing book and make your cover stand out in a crowd.

Any author wants to make the best first impression with his or her cover when it hits the shelf or is posted on the web, and an exclusive custom cover, designed specifically for that book, is probably the single most important element in making that striking first impression.

A custom cover design led by a professional cover designer not only gives authors a far greater chance for an immediately favorable response to their books, it also helps them convey a sense of the style, tone and content inside, and that too has an immediate effect on potential buyers.

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