Staying at Home or Headed to the Beach? Check out our List of Summer Must Reads!

Despite an unusually eventful spring, we have officially made it to the first days of summer! June 20th marks the summer solstice, and with summer comes a wave of new feelings and new hopes comes rolling in. The damp and chilly days of spring give way to sunshine and a need for new reading material, whether the celebrated “beach read,” a stunning debut, an insightful nonfiction work, or all of the above and more. What’s more, you can also celebrate the work of self-published authors at the same time! We have just the book for you … for all of you … in our recommendations, below.

Science Fiction


Where the Moon Stood Still: From the Janus Project Files
by Brad Anderson


EVVY (Nominee)


IPPY Award (Recipient)

With tech billionaires making the news seemingly every other day, we can’t think of a more fitting book to kick off our list than When the Moon Stood Still, a book which blends aerospace technology with a good thrill, and then adds a good dash of science fiction.

Fiction


Full Circle
by Richard Ellis Shaw


NGIBA (Finalist)


EVVY (Nominee)

If you’re looking less cosmic and somewhat closer to home, you might consider Richard Ellis Shaw’s Full Circle, which tracks a couple moving through life together and apart, navigating personal troubles from college to adulthood.

Short Stories


Short Stories of Life, Love, and Remembrance
by Alexander Rassogianis


EVVY (Nominee)

Rassogianis’ short stories are special, but you might already have guessed that from this collection’s CIPA EVVY Award nomination. It includes sixteen globetrotting gems, each one packed with feeling and emotion, covering everything from childhood to old age. This is a book worth saving.

Self-Help


Conquering Life’s Course: Common Sense in Chaotic Times
by Richard V. Battle


Reader Views Literary Awards (First Place Winner in Self-Help Category)


EVVY (Nominee)

Is common sense really all that common? In Conquering Life’s Course, Richard Battle delivers some extremely timely suggestions for navigating life’s many challenges (which right now seem more challenging than ever). This is a practical book for those looking to take some concrete steps toward realizing a more fulfilling life.

Romance (Fiction)


Too Late the Homecoming: A Gambler’s Love Story
by Fred Preiss


EVVY (Nominee)

What could be more romantic than a gambler going straight for the first time in twenty-five years? A love triangle gone wrong, that’s what! Too Late the Homecoming includes deft notes of the thriller genre, all while diving deep into the complexities of a love come … well … late. But is it too late?

Mystery (Fiction)


A Tale of Deceit: A Veronica Howard Vintage Mystery
by E. J. Gandolfo
(Book Three in the Veronica Howard Vintage Mystery series)


EVVY (Nominee)

The third book in the Veronica Howard Vintage Mystery series, A Tale of Deceit takes readers back to a small seaside town north of Boston to the vintage antique shop owned by a now-imperiled Veronica Howard. Not everything is as it seems as she and her boyfriend Harry Hunt set out to solve a repeat robbery mystery. The glittering world of Art Deco Boston and rich descriptions of both setting and clothing lend this series an edge over the competition. If you’ve watched and liked Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, or are in general a fan of strong women in fine clothes taking on the role of a detective, this is a must-read series!

Action & Adventure (Fiction)


Life in the Morgue
by Lance Anderson


EVVY (Nominee)

The morgue turns out to be a fair bit livelier than Greg Benson expected when he took a position as a morgue technician. Murders, strange accidents, and ghosts are just a few of the many hazards he must face if he’s to survive his job, and author Lance Anderson knows what he’s writing about, having worked in a medical examiner’s office for six years, in which time he handled 2,000 cases. (That’s a lot of cases.) With two movie scripts in production, Anderson’s name is one to watch.

Fantasy (Fiction)


Rise of Serpents
by B. A. Vonsik
(Book Three in the Primeval Origins Epic Saga)


Reader Views Literary Award (Honorable Mention)


EVVY (Nominee)

With rave reviews from both Reader Views and Kirkus, the Primeval Origins Saga has collectively won dozens of awards, with Rise of Serpents serving as finalist or winner for 15 of those dozens. As is true for our other series, we recommend either catching up on the latest addition to the series or digging in for the first time. Those who love complicated, conceptually unique fantasy that interrogates very real concerns will love Vonsik’s ambition and scope.

Thriller (Fiction)


Special Means
by Andrew Ceroni


Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Awards
(this author is a three-time winner!)

Another author who knows what he’s about is Andrew Ceroni, whose latest book, Special Means, promises to be a worthy addition to his already repeatedly-award-winning backlist of previous titles. This story follows CIA Agent Dave McClure as he’s dispatched to Denver to determine who is taking out organized street games with suspiciously advanced weaponry. What he discovers places his own life, the President’s life, and the future of the entire country at risk. Thrilling and timely, this is not one to miss.

Biography & Autobiography (Adventurers & Explorers)


Old Man on a Bicycle: A Ride Across America and How to Realize a More Enjoyable Old Age
Don Petterson


Multiple Five-Star Reviews on Amazon

Like many before him, Don Petterson felt the lure of the American West. Unlike many before him, Petterson decided to do so by bicycle. In Old Man on a Bicycle, readers join Petterson on his 3,600 mile journey from New Hampshire to the California coast, enjoying stunning vistas and thoughtful reflections on what it means to be an aging person on a cross-country cycling trip, warts and all. This is a lovely, compelling autobiographical read to fill your summer with inspiration and encouragement.

Leadership (Non-Fiction)


Rise of the Gig Leaders: Why Interim Leaders Are Vital In Today’s Organizations
by Neil Grant


Multiple Five-Star Reviews on Amazon

Speaking of topical experts, Neil Grant is another author worth keeping an eye on. As owner of Focal Leadership, LLC, he and his company consult with leaders in key strategic positions who are in need of their skills in organization development. Rise of the Gig Leaders reflects his expertise, chronicling and explaining the notion of gig economics in language understandable to those not already in the know. What does this project-based, results-oriented world have to say and do in respect to more traditional economics? What opportunities does it offer? Grant is here to tell us exactly what and how gig leaders do what they do.


This may not be just another summer, but then … these is not just another list! These books represent the intersection of high-quality self-publishing options and some of the most exceptional, compelling, and immersive reads that you could pick up this summer. There’s always something exciting happening in the Outskirts Press Bookstore, where you can find all of the titles we’ve mentioned here today, and more, for sale online. And if you haven’t yet published a book yourself, there’s never a better time than now to inquire. Visit us online at www.outskirtspress.com, where you can chat with a Publishing Consultant!

 

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Announcing the Next Generation Indie Book Awards Finalists from Outskirts Press

The Next Generation Indie Book Awards remain the largest nonprofit book awards program for independent or self-published authors and publishers. Now almost fifteen years old, the NGIBA was founded in order to recognize and honor the most exceptional independently published books in 74 different content and 4 additional design categories. And, once again Outskirts Press is well-represented, with a number of brilliant self-published authors taking home honors in several categories.

The awards are presented by the Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group in cooperation with Marilyn Allen of Allen O’Shea Literary Agency. Congratulations to the following Outskirts Press authors for your amazing work and boundless talent! As a side note, now might be the perfect time to reach out to the Allen O’Shea Literary Agency with a carefully crafted query for representation if you’re on this list…

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Congratulations and Good Luck to the 2020 Outskirts Press EVVY Award Nominees!

This year, Outskirts Press has an impressive 79 EVVY Award nominees to thank for their dedication and high-quality work as self-published authors. The EVVYs are an acclaimed annual book award program sponsored by the Colorado Independent Publishers’ Association (CIPA), which recognizes superior independently published books. The EVVYs are judged by a panel of professionals on a qualitative scale of merit in dozens of distinct book categories.

Each year, Outskirts Press nominates a small percentage of the books published during the year for submission to the EVVY Awards. Since a nomination is the first step toward the Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Award, the standards are high and these nominations represent the very best of our publications as determined by our executives and members of our production teams.

Outskirts Press official nominees and winners receive additional exposure for their books in featured Outskirts Press marketing channels, including our blog, social media networks, and in our email newsletters. We will be announcing the EVVY Award Finalists and Awards Ceremony details soon on Self-Publishing News so keep an eye out for the blog post and email.

Congratulations to this year’s Official Outskirts Press EVVY Award nominees, presented here in no particular order:

Technical Awards – Cover Design and Illustrations

What’s next?

As a result of being nominated for the EVVY Awards, these Outskirts Press authors have taken the first step toward the coveted Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Award. Three of the nominees above who subsequently win an EVVY Award during the CIPA banquet will be selected as semi-finalists for our annual Best Book of the Year Award and its $1,500 Grand Prize. Visit the blog often for updates.

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Children’s Book Week May be Over, But Writing One is Just the Beginning

If you are one of the many writers around the world finding themselves stuck at home with more time to write, you may be one of the many children’s book authors who started writing a new book for kids last week in celebration of Children’s Book Week (May 4-10).

Well, Children’s Book Week May be over, but writing a book for children never grows old because there are SO many possibilities!  And nowadays, children’s books are more popular than ever, what with more lucky parents spending more time with their children.

Children’s books are shorter and quicker to write and edit! They’re easier and faster to publish. They’re simpler to market and promote. And, they’re more popular than ever!  If you’ve never fancied yourself a children’s book author, maybe it’s time to rethink that.

Let’s look at six things to keep in mind when writing and publishing children’s books:

  1. Mind your length. As any preschool teacher or children’s librarian can confirm, reading with children is most enjoyable for both parties when the book in question contains just enough text to carry the story along without exhausting a child’s attention.
  2. Pick a timely subject. Picture books are more likely to be picked up by parents, teachers, and librarians on the prowl if they tackle subjects which these adults want to prepare their children to face. Take advantage!  Talk about a perfect time to write about the “boogy monster” or “having cooties!”
  3. Don’t dumb it down. You heard right—baby talk doesn’t carry as compelling of a story as a book which treats its younger audiences with a rich vocabulary and age-appropriate but sophisticated sentence structure.  Kids who are learning to read are much more accepting of new information than when they become kids who are reading to learn.
  4. Voice morals carefully, and cleverly. Few will argue against picture books as prime tools for teaching sound decision-making skills, but most of these success stories find clever, quiet ways to do so without alienating readers by being too “preachy.”  Use subtle metaphors for larger issues (ahem, like boogy monsters and cooties, for example).
  5. Think about those end materials! Many of today’s best picture books include a few pages at the end which include notes for adults on how to make best use of the book in teaching a skill or an idea to young readers. Hint: this is especially useful to parents grappling with becoming educators as a result of stay-home directives.
  6. Humor them! Children have a keen sense of humor, and often embrace farce and comedy with both zeal and a squeal. While the story itself can’t always be humorous, more often than not, the illustrations can be.

At Outskirts Press, we are here to support you during every stage of the publishing process, whether you’re using our One-Click Publishing suite to publish your next children’s book, or if you need custom-drawn full-color illustrations. We offer a comprehensive list of services which we hope you’ll take advantage of as you work to translate your vision to the page! Your kids, grand kids (and even their friends and family) will thank you!

 

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Amazon Featured Book of the Week

Now available on Amazon.com!


WILDER: A Social Justice Phantasy

by Bob Bogner

(4.5 Stars – 3 Customer Reviews)

Price: $11.95

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.

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Independent Bookstore Day Moves to Aug. 29

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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War of Dreams by Anton Venter

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!

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


Luckily for us, Anton 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 War of Dreams.

OP: Tell us a little bit about War of Dreams. What is it about?

Anton: The book tells the story of a German teenager who rapidly comes of age during the Second World War. Alexander’s involuntary participation in the War is interwoven with settings, plots and real characters (including Nazi officials) that are described in many historical WW2 books.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

Anton: More has been written about the Nazi regime than about ordinary Germans and how the Second World War affected their lives. Many of their stories will never be told. Although fiction, Alexander’s story is told as he rapidly grows into adulthood and becomes an involuntary cog in the wheels of the Nazi machine.

OP: How did you get your book published?

Anton: I self-published with Outskirts Press.

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

Anton: Readers who are interested in the Second World War, especially the Nazi regime. Readers who are interested in how events such as a world war influence the development of a teenager into a young man and how he has to deal with the traumatic effects of a war on himself and his family. Readers who find dreams interesting and look at ways of interpreting them.

OP: What is special about your book?

Anton: The main character, albeit mostly in the background, features in World War Two plots and settings that were real and based on thorough research. The character’s development and early adult life follow a timeline that is accurately aligned with that of the Second World War.

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

Anton: I had much inspiration from dreams. I recorded my dreams over a period of fifteen years. Many of them were about a character in the context of a world war and I enjoyed weaving these dreams into factual WW2 settings and scenarios.

OP: Have you published any other books?

Anton: No, I currently do not.

OP: Do you plan to publish more?

Anton: I plan to publish a follow-up in which the same character will feature. The setting will be the Cold War that followed the Second World War. Again, it will be inspired by dreams that I have continued recording since publishing War of Dreams.

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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Anton Venter is a retired Information Technology professional doing freelance IT work in Cape Town, South Africa. He started writing as a hobby shortly before retiring and this is his first published novel.

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

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