Outskirts Press Presents David D. Bernstein, author of ”Spirral” The CORT Chronicles Book 2

Author David D. Bernstein is taking his latest book, “Spirral” The CORT Chronicles Book 2 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 David D. Bernstein and “Spirral” The CORT Chronicles Book 2 as they appear in features and interviews (such as the one below) in the weeks and months ahead!

Luckily for us, David D. Bernstein 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 “Spirral” The CORT Chronicles Book 2.

OP: Tell us a little bit about “Spirral” The CORT Chronicles Book 2. What is it about?

David:  This book is the second part of trilogy called The CORT Chronicles. A civil war rages on, and a world is about to be fully fall into deep darkness. Andy, John, Wendy, and Zack must figure out how to save everything they love, but before they win the battle against a powerful corporation named CORT, they must win the battles within. Our heroes must travel through this dangerous world and destroy a new powerful robot named Spirral who is causing death and destruction everywhere. The children are guided by powerful sages and given tools to survive. They soon discover that only teamwork, human connection, and emotions can truly triumph over evil.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

David: I decided to write this book to send a powerful message to our children who are suffering more then ever these days. They have been kept away from human connection to their school friends and teachers. They have been kept away from live learning by powerful organizations like teacher unions and others. Teachers are wonderful and want all the best for their students, but these leaders of the unions only care about profit and themselves. I hope this book will teach our kids and their parents that they can do anything they put their minds to. I hope this book also gives the readers a chance to escape the stress and problems they face daily. It sends a powerful message that anything is possible and even one person can make a huge difference in their lives and in others.

OP: How did you get your book published?

David: I self-published this book with Outskirts Press. They are a wonderful company that I have published five books with and plan to publish more in the future. The team that was assigned to me gave their full support as I went through the publishing process.

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

David: I believe that many people will be interested in this book. It sends a powerful message not only to our children but to the adults in this world as well. It shows that human emotions, teamwork, and connection to the natural world can triumph over evil. I recommend this book is for anyone who is ten to one hundred since it does have some mature subject matter that is not appropriate for younger children.

OP: What is special about your book?  

David: I believe that each book that comes out is special in its own way. Books create new worlds to explore and new characters to love. In this case if I were to share what makes “Spirral” special it is probably the strong message it teaches, the characters it brings to life and the struggles and adventures that happen with our heroes. The action-packed scenes and the wonderful illustrations also make this book special.

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

David: Every book is different from another book because each book is written with a different voice, a different point of view and a different vision.

OP: Have you published any other books, and do you plan to publish more?

David: Other books I published are: “Voices of the Heart” this is a collection of my poetry from high school to college and unfortunately is out of print, but I do plan to bring it back soon. Two picture books “The Enchanted Rope” and “Peanut.” They both deal with hard issues in life. One deals with the death of a loved one and how to connect to them and the other book deals with divorce and obsession and how to overcome those things. My latest books “Spirral” and “Rebirth” are part of my trilogy. The first book in this trilogy named “The Portal” won a CIPA EVVY Merit award in Juvenile Fiction in 2018. I do have plans to publish more books in the near future.

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

David: Both my picture books and the Trilogy are available on Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, Outskirts Press Bookstore and other online bookstores. “The Portal” is also available in as an audio book that you can find on Apple iTunes.

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


David D. Bernstein is an energy healer and psychic who has worked with children for many years in different settings. He is the author of a book of poetry and two picture books: The Enchanted Rope and Peanut. His middle grade book, The Portal, won a CIPA EVVY Merit award in Juvenile Fiction in 2018. He also authored Spirral and Rebirth in The CORT Chronicles Trilogy and has had poems published in several magazines and anthologies. David is the recipient of five Editor’s Choice awards, and he is proud uncle of two young boys.

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

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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The Value of Self-Publishing Multiple Formats/Editions

We all remember the fervor that overtook the publishing industry when eBooks hit the mainstream. Suddenly, it was the fastest-growing segment and everyone was anxious to make sure their books had an Amazon Kindle eBook Edition, a Barnes & Noble NOOK Edition, an eBook edition that was available on iTunes, and through Apple iBookstore, etc.

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And the excitement of the new eBook market lasted for several years, in fact, to such a degree that some authors began publishing their books ONLY as eBook editions, because they liked the speed and convenience of it.

But then a funny thing happened. With the exception of a fortunate few (you know, the eBook authors you’ve read about in the news), eBook-only editions failed to reach the lofty promises of all that hype! It turns out, people still like touching actual books. So the publication of paperbacks and hardbacks jumped back into the fray, along with their newfound format–the eBook!

And then, almost overnight, another new format caught readers’ (or should we say listeners’) attention: audiobooks.  With longer daily commutes, not to mention the convenience afforded by Audible, and the tendency of people to multi-task more than ever, audiobooks soon became the fastest-growing segment.

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Add Large Print and/or multi-media-enabled editions, and traditional publishers were looking at greater complexities and thinner profit margins for each book they gambled on. Soon, in many cases, particularly for the “mid-listers,” traditional publishers were having to make tough choices about which format(s) they would publish/maintain, and which format(s) they would allow to “expire” (much to the chagrin of their authors). Without the zero-inventory convenience available through POD self-publishing, traditional publishers frequently could not justify the time/expense of supporting a growing family of formats for every book. It just stopped making economic sense.

Which is why more books are now self-published than are published by all the traditional publishers combined! With print-on-demand (POD) self-publishing, you never have to worry about your publisher expiring one of your editions, ceasing future print runs, or not helping you pursue each and every format you are interested in.

Hint: You should be interested in all of them.

After all, you never know whether the potential reader you reach via your marketing efforts is going to prefer a paperback, an eBook, a hardback, a large print edition, or an audiobook; so make sure all those choices are available. Once the initial cost of publishing each format is absorbed, the economies of scale in the POD self-publishing world allow authors to affordably maintain all the formats they want, for as long as they want.

Talk about a happy ending!

To learn more about publishing your book in multiple formats including paperback, hardback, Kindle eBook, iPhone/iPad eBook, Barnes & Noble Nook eBook, large print AND audiobook, contact Outskirts Press today. There are three convenient ways to connect: