miPhoneography by Eric Raddatz

Technology has made it easier than ever to reach wider audiences no matter where they are in the world. All it takes is a little thinking outside the box and you can market a self-published book in creative ways, affordably and impactfully. This is where book tours come in: Tours are a great way to connect with your readers and technology has made them easier and more cost effective than ever!

Author Eric Raddatz is taking his latest book miPhoneography, on tour — a Virtual Book Tour with Outskirts Press. This will allow Eric to take his book into the far corners of the globe, all from the comfort of his own home! Keep an eye out for Eric’s book as he will be featured on several blogs over the weeks and months ahead!


Luckily for us, Eric 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 miPhoneography.

OP: Tell us a little bit about miPhoneography. What is it about?

Eric: It is made up of an eclectic group of images made with iPhone technology and editing apps such as Snapseed.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

Eric: I have been a photographer since the 70’s utilizing 35mm analog and digital SLR. In capturing the images, it has been me alone, a selfish endeavor, in the belief that I, like each of us, need to have something that is completely my own. But I don’t want to work in a vacuum, so I have entered contests, displayed in group and solo exhibitions in the US and the EU and have received a number of awards. This work reflects the changes in our world that were brought about by the smartphone cameras’ growth and enhancements. I wanted to share my vision beyond the social media outlets — that large amounts of equipment are not necessary in creating fine art photography. Like the song says, “Love the one you’re with!”

OP: How did you get your book published?

Eric: I looked up self-publishing on Google and found Outskirts Press and inquired. They returned stating their interest. They were great. You actually get to talk to a real person who guides you through the process from beginning to publishing, and even after, and all with patience and grace. Also, you get to spend a goodly amount of money but it was most definitely worth it.

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

Eric: I hope that any person into photography whether SLR or smartphone would
enjoy these pictures and the work involved. But also, any person who has given some thought to using their device beyond the snapshot and selfie would be inspired to step out and share their vision with us (though, granted, I have twisted the selfie for my art)

OP: What is special about your book?

Eric: I have seen any number of books or magazines devoted to the iPhone or the Droid in teaching the how and why. My vision is to share the result of my exploration and vision. The exposure beyond the community of mobile-artist to the general audience might truly bring new life and ways of seeing things differently.

OP: What differentiates your book?

Eric: It’s Mine

OP: Have you published any other books?

Eric: Yes. My first book was published through Blurb. It is the sharing of images and words of my mother’s passing “Memories Dying Dream.” I shot it using a flip phone which of course has its limitations, but I was able to surmount them and produce a meaningful and heartfelt experience both as a book and an exhibition. The second one I also produced through Blurb, “Eric L. Raddatz Photography: A Retrospective.” In it are images from my days using 35mm SLR and Digital SLR plus some early iPhone, both of the cameras and lenses are tucked away in a drawer of my dresser.

OP: Do you plan to publish more?

Eric: I continue to go out and explore my world through my lense (s) and am always discovering new images and ideas. I love taking time to rework the images to create something totally new. The possibility of additional publications is ever present. I will take it one book at a time.

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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Eric Raddatz lives in Raleigh, North Carolina with his wife, Bonnie. They have three children who are off on their own adventures. Eric works as Chaplain for Heartland Hospice. Photography has been his way of taking care of himself in the face of the issues that challenge the individuals he serves, finding peace and comfort as he walks the greenways and streets in the world in which he lives.

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

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 Esoteric Apprentice by Steven Chernikeeff

Technology has created a wide variety of ways to reach audiences all over the world. All you have to do is think outside the box and you can market a self-published book in creative, affordable, and affective ways. Consider book tours! Tours are a great way to connect with your readers directly through their phones and computers! Thanks to technology expanding your readership is easier and more cost effective than ever!

Author Steven Chernikeeff is taking his latest book The Esoteric Apprentice, on tour — a Virtual Book Tour with Outskirts Press. This will allow Steven to take his book into the far corners of the globe, all from the comfort of his own home! Keep an eye out for Steven’s book as he will be featured on several blogs over the weeks and months ahead!


Luckily for us, Steven 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 The Esoteric Apprentice.

OP: Tell us a little bit about The Esoteric Apprentice. What is it about?

Steven: This book is about my personal journey with an esoteric group working in group formation along the lines as taught by Alice A. Bailey and her work with the Master D.K.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

Steven: I led the group for over 20 years in different countries. The book chronologically details that work.

OP: How did you get your book published?

Steven: It was a long time wish to publish this work together as a reference, especially for those who are interested in karma and planetary change.

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

Steven: Students of the Theosophical, Esoteric, or even the Occult.

OP: What is special about your book?

Steven: It details working in Groups of Twelve people for planetary change.

OP: What differentiates your book?

Steven: It’s never been done in Groups of Twelve before – ever.

OP: Have you published any other books?

Steven: No.

OP: Do you plan to publish more?

Steven:  Yes, I am currently working with contributing authors on a book about the significance of the year 2025.

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

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

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Self-Publishing Author Spotlight: Gabriel F.W. Koch

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 author Gabriel F.W. Koch, who has published three successful titles with Outskirts Press.

Learn more about Gabriel F.W. Koch and his published works through this week’s Self-Publishing Author Spotlight.

About the Author:

Gabriel FW Koch is the winner of the 2004 L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future award; the 2016 CIPA EVVY award for science fiction; a second-place winner of the 2016 Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year; and a 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Awards Finalist.

Emma and the Dragon Tooth Sword

Emma must disarm an evil pirate’s spells by using his own Dragon Tooth Sword

I move as a prisoner caught, for behind me comes my shadow, and before me goes my thought. The sculpture showed three people. The central figure was a young woman. Using one hand, she guided the bent form of an elderly woman, her other arm wrapped around the shoulders of a young boy. At the base, a plaque read: Between Yesterday and To-morrow, Edith Howland, and then, the poem. Emma’s hands rested on the carved bare foot of the central figure. A chill raced from the soles of her feet to the back of her scalp. Joan dropped to her knees and asked, “What’d you find?” Emma pointed to the small sign and watched as Joan read the words. Of course, Joan did not know the significance of what she read. Emma, her voice muffled by a reverence brought on by the awe of discovery, said, “This is where the sword’s buried. I can feel it.” Emma Dug frantically with her fingers. She tore at the grass and roots, lifted handfuls of wet, dark soil. “I see you’ve located my sword, young lady.” Emma felt George’s hand on her shoulder as her finger grasped the edge of the sword’s hilt. She shook him off as the air wavered, shimmering the marble sculpture. Emma heard Joan cry out, “Oh my God!” The garden faded and shifted. She felt Joan’s arm go around her waist. “Let go of the sword, Emma!” Then she could no longer draw in a breath. The alien roar again vibrated the air and was closer this time. Emma, heart pounding harder than a minute ago, leaped to her feet when she heard what could only have been the beating of wings, large wings, incredibly large wings. No, huge, she thought. Huge wings. “The dragon’s arrived,” she calmly informed Joan, although she could feel her heart in her throat. Joan released Emma, and stood directly in front of her, hands planted on her hips. “Do you know how to get us home?” “No.” Emma shook her head. What did I get us into? How do I get us home? Are we stuck here forever? And where’s here? “Sorry, Joan. I don’t know how. I wish I did. Maybe the pirate will know.” “Who? What darn pirate are you talking about?” “Dragon Sanglant. He’s the pirate.”

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Format: 6 x 9 Black & White Paperback, 200 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Feb 13, 2017)
ISBN10: 1478782714
ISBN13: 9781478782711
Genre: JUVENILE FICTION / Science Fiction

Paradox Effect: Time Travel and Purified DNA Merge to Halt the Collapse of Human Existence
  • CIPA EVVY 2nd place science fiction winner
  • Next Generation Indie Book Awards finalist in science fiction

In 2554, the World is Coming to its End, unless an impossible mission through 600 years of time travel succeeds.

Maternal instinct knows no boundaries, including the nano-neural-net intravenously installed in Dannia Weston’s mind to repress her identity, allowing her to perform a mission 300 years before her time.

Transported to the year 1954, Dannia becomes a woman with a mid-twentieth century persona, college educated with an aptitude for mechanical invention. Due to her work during the war, she is employed by the U.S. government on a secret project. But what no one knows—including Dannia or those who sent her back to tinker with the mechanical past to reduce future pollution—is what might happen should she become emotionally involved in 1954.

The 2254 science team programmed the nano-net to prevent the possibility of pregnancy, but each person reacts to strong emotional stimuli differently, and using birth control not available in 1954 is out of the question.

When Dannia falls in love with Peter Hersh and becomes pregnant, her hormones erode a small section of the nano-chained network that stabilizes her new identity, triggering a mild memory rebirth…and threatening her mission and the fate of the world.

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Format: 6 x 9 Black & White Paperback, 282 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Sep 28, 2015)
ISBN10: 1478756225
ISBN13: 9781478756224
Genre: FICTION / Science Fiction / Action & Adventure

Beholden: A Marlowe Black Mystery
Rare gold coins, a beautiful woman, and a walk with death

Marlowe Black, a WWII combat veteran, walks the streets of New York with a PI license to serve justice, a .45 automatic and his fists to enforce it, and a steely determination to solve a case…regardless of the consequences. When a stranger’s body mysteriously lands in his office after a long Fourth of July weekend, Black is determined to learn why, regardless of what New York City cops say or do. As bullets fly, he hunts the killer through a maze of government agents, missing Russian gold coins, Nazi SS fugitives, dangerous greed, and women worth fighting for and knowing intimately. But to succeed, Black must right an old mistake, make a heart-wrenching discovery, and wrestle with a decision to adhere to personal principles of honor that will force him to look beyond love and death. Beholden paints a grim picture of American city life, corruption, and death. And with a morally insecure protagonist and an irresistible love interest, this hard-boiled detective novel promises to be darkly satisfying.

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Format: 6 x 9 Black & White Paperback, 200 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Sep 18, 2017)
ISBN10: 1478792191
ISBN13: 9781478792192
Genre: FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Hard-Boiled

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Self-Publishing Author Spotlight: Rodney D. Brooks

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About the Author:

Rodney D. Brooks, co-founder of What If?, is the president and founder of Brothers Brooks Vision 2 Mission LLC, has over 30 years of experience in Human Resources and Operations in several Fortune 100 and 500 companies. Rodney has been a Sunday school teacher for over 25 years and a church deacon for over 15 years.

What IF? Just A.S.K.: How Our Youth Can Change, Improve or Become An Influence In Those Things They Desire

What if you could change, improve, or become an influence in areas of your life that are important to you? What if you could have a positive impact on people around you, while fulfilling your own goals? What if you could apply a simple, effective tool to every situation, and have a better outcome? Would you do it? If someone asked you how to do it, could you tell them? Just A.S.K. is the result of an eye-opening, world-changing collaboration between Rodney Brooks and his daughter Breanne Brooks. This simple yet profound process allows individuals to begin asking the right questions, seeking the answers, and utilizing resources. Most of all, it encourages people to accurately assess and believe in their abilities. Just A.S.K. is a particularly valuable tool to teach self-confidence and critical thinking skills to young people who are looking for reliable, practical guidance as they step out into the wider world. Just A.S.K. how this book can make your life better—you’ll be glad you did!

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Format: 6 x 9 Black & White Paperback, 76 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Jan 17, 2017)
ISBN10: 1478783605
ISBN13: 9781478783602
Genre: JUVENILE NONFICTION / Social Issues / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance

What If I Want to Be a Christian?: Just A.S.K.

There are some facets of Christianity that are hard for young people to fully grasp! This fun, easy-to-follow guide uses the A.S.K. process to help our youth discover what it means to be Christian and to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior:

• Ask the question

• Seek the answer within yourself first and then use your resources

• Know and believe in your abilities

What If I Want to Be a Christian? offers a simple yet compelling way to answer this question and others, along with resources for greater understanding of young people’s roles in Christianity. It all starts with A.S.K.!

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Format: 6 x 9 Black & White Paperback, 77 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Jul 31, 2017)
ISBN10: 1478788054
ISBN13: 9781478788058
Genre: JUVENILE NONFICTION / Religion / Christianity

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Self-Publishing Author Spotlight: Lee Hilling

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About the Author:

Lee Hilling has been Chairman of FMIC’s governing body since 2006 and has traveled to Afghanistan nearly sixty times. He has held board and senior executive management positions at academic health centers in the United States, Pakistan, and East Africa. A native of Ohio, he now lives with his wife in Bethesda, Maryland.

Since the release of his book, Lee Hilling has participated in 46 presentations, in 21 cities, in 6 countries (Afghanistan, the UAE, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Canada, and the U.S. My events have been held at prestigious sites and co-sponsored by Universities (the University of Central Asia [Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan], the University of Alberta [Edmonton, Canada], USC, Stanford, Emory, and Augusta); French Consulates (New York City and Houston); religious centers; and the Mayor and City Council of the City of Fremont (California).

Prominent individuals either participating in or attending his events include Ministers of Foreign Governments, Ambassadors, a former President (Kyrgyzstan), a member of the ruling family of Dubai, Consulates General, the Mayor of Fremont, and Ambassadors to the United Nations. Some of his presentations have been broadcasted on global webcasts and he has been interviewed by numerous TV and radio stations, some of which have also been broadcasted globally, e.g., the Voice of America.

A Place of Miracles: The Story of a Children’s Hospital in Kabul and the People Whose Lives Have Been Changed by It

An unusual partnership created the French Medical Institute for Children – two private, non-governmental organizations – the Aga Khan Development Network and the France-based humanitarian entity, La Chaine de l’Espoir, and two governments – the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and France. The result is an institution that has enabled children’s lives to be saved that might have otherwise been lost. Nearly 1,600 children have been treated for congenital and acquired heart diseases, almost half of which had open-heart surgery. Arising during a time of seemingly never-ending war, FMIC is one of Afghanistan’s most remarkable success stories. It has become the enabling catalyst for lives to be changed and dreams to be realized – a place where people have succeeded and survived against overwhelming obstacles and odds. As the U.S. and its allies prepare to shift their missions in Afghanistan from military and combat to aid and development, the general consensus is that nothing done in that war-torn country has been successful. FMIC is one of Afghanistan’s most remarkable reconstruction success stories. It is a model that can be emulated as the U.S. and others strive to complete their development missions there.
“FMIC has achieved many successes and achieved excellence in many fields in healthcare in Afghanistan. This Institute is a true example of a successful public-private partnership.” Dr. Suraya Dalil, Afghanistan’s Minister of Public Health, speaking at FMIC’s 2nd International Pediatric Conference, December 2012
“When we have international societies with us and partnerships like FMIC, we can have hope for the future. This hope gives me the energy to go ahead.” Dr. Jalil Wardak, Head of Pediatric General Surgery at FMIC.

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Format: 6 x 9 Black & White Paperback, 220 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Feb 18, 2015)
ISBN10: 1478746912
ISBN13: 9781478746911
Genre: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Medical

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Self-Publishing Author Spotlight: Katherine S. Egan

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About the Author:

Katherine S. Egan combines an MS in Professional and Technical Communication with over 20 years of writing experience and numerous awards; a BS in Computer Science/Mathematics; a US Coast Guard Third Mate unlimited license (and a commission as an ensign in the US Navy); and lessons learned as a vibrant and healthy, loving wife, step-mom, blogger, optimist, philanthropist, lifelong learner, traveler, and outdoors enthusiast. Katherine found her true calling when her beliefs were validated at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Today she is an internationally certified Holistic Health Coach helping clients rediscover their path toward optimal health. She shares stories of women who have suffered and conquered illness, and she wants to help you find your extraordinary life, too.

Katherine is currently working on her second book.

Genetics Isn’t Everything:

Epigenetics proves that environment, food, lifestyle, and daily toxin exposure can lead us down a path of health or illness, depending on the decisions we make every day. By supporting the genes you were born with, you can live a healthier and happier life—and your jeans will fit better too. Guaranteed!

Working outside our passion is exhausting, but facing a life with illness or even a lack of energy is what really stops us from achieving our true potential. From a young age Katherine S. Egan intuitively avoided Styrofoam, plastic containers, and microwaves without ever thinking she would one day be destined to write, teach, and become an internationally certified holistic health coach, helping others learn how to achieve an extraordinary and healthy life. Her true mission? To spread hope.

“My passion is to help people understand that genetics isn’t everything. Just because you have certain family traits and genes or certain diseases seem to run in your family, there is no guarantee that you will get the same illnesses or conditions as your parents or grandparents.”

Genetics Isn’t Everything shares wrenching yet heartwarming stories about women who have taken health into their own hands and ultimately changed their lives with nutrition and self-care. A happy and healthy life, while not guaranteed to everyone, is within reach. You can change your genetic destiny. You can take back your life!

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Format: 6 x 9 Black & White Paperback, 345 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Sep 24, 2017)
ISBN10: 1478790377
ISBN13: 9781478790372
Genre: HEALTH & FITNESS / Alternative Therapies

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Self-Publishing Author Spotlight: Carlo Armenise

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About the Author:

Carlo Armenise has been writing for several years and has written short stories, screenplays and television episodes across different genres, ranging from comedy to horror. Writing has always been Carlo’s passion, and now with Footsteps In the Dark, that passion comes to life and is shared with readers who enjoy great story-telling.
Footsteps in the Dark:

“Footsteps in the Dark” is a collection of eight horror/supernatural short stories, with a Twilight Zone flavor, that highlight the eternal struggle between good and evil, brought on by the human condition and the lengths we go to satisfy our desires. Each of the stories present an intricate character study that identifies the flaws, frailties and weaknesses of a host of interesting characters, and the outcomes of the actions they take to get what they want. “Footsteps in the Dark” is written in an extremely engaging and intriguing story telling style that will get and keep your attention as you take each of the “Footsteps in the Dark”. For more insights go to http://www.Footstepsinthedark.com

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Format: 5 x 8 Black & White Paperback, 136 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (May 09, 2017)
ISBN10: 1478786736
ISBN13: 9781478786733
Genre: FICTION / Occult & Supernatural

 

 

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