Congratulations to the Outskirts Press Top 10 Best Sellers!

Periodically, Outskirts Press compiles book sales to identify our bestselling works. During our most recent tabulations, these 10 remarkable books sold nearly more than 3,500 copies in a variety of literary genres. From humor to inspiration to mystery, nearly every reading interest is represented is this impressive list.

At Gunpoint by Dr. Rahn Kennedy Bailey
One doctor takes a stand on firearm violence.”I have a great appreciation for the research presented by Dr. Rahn Bailey and his colleagues in the medical community. This anthology offers specific information that is unique to the concerns of gun violence. Firearms and gun violence in America have been at critical points of discussion for decades and this book challenges us to find solutions to this problem. Dr. Bailey and his colleagues offer a clinical medical perspective on gun violence and consider it a ‘health crisis.’ I was particularly drawn to a statement in the book that stood out for me: ‘We have a social responsibility to optimize the management, audit the outcome, and where possible, prevent the damage.’ As a member of the North Carolina Legislature, I find this medical view of gun violence to be a tremendous challenge that should be taken seriously.” – State Senator Paul A. Lowe, Jr. North Carolina District 32
The Polka Dot Tea Party by Vickie Riske
Polka dots are everywhere. Discovering shapes in nature is fun. Jackie loves polka dots and finds them everywhere in the desert. When you find polka dots of course you have to invite your friends to celebrate with a Polka Dot Tea Party. Can you find polka dots where you live?
Jerry’s Story by Robert W. Schrader
Jerry Burkley is a deputy sheriff in a fictional town and county in Wyoming. Jerry and others tell about his military experiences in Vietnam as a warrant officer helicopter pilot. Jerry meets, among other interesting people, an Army officer who becomes President of the United States. Jerry’s Story intertwines with a modern day western, chasing bank robbers through the mountains by airplane and on horses, Jerry’s progress as a deputy to becoming the Sheriff of Banner County, Wyoming, with a little bit of romance thrown in.
Purpose: A Shift by Joy E. Mason
In this book, author Joy E. Mason demonstrates how not to look in a distorted mirror for answers, not to be hijacked by our past, not to practice off-purpose thinking and self-grievance and more. She uses personal experiences, like joining a risky lawsuit and dealing with the reality of a brain tumor, as well as lessons of the spiritual leaders who guided her on her journey, to show how her perspective on a purpose-driven life changed over time and how that change led her to the peaceful space she’s in today. Warm, real, and relatable, this down-to-earth book is a practical roadmap to a more fulfilling way to be in the world.
What She Feels by Chidozie Osuwa
Dealing with love is never easy or straightforward, especially when it comes to prose and poetry, but Chidozie Osuwa handles this subject with a light touch and all of the grace of an artist sensitive to the complexities of experience. Hers is the heart of experience, and her language reflects the maturity of thought and wisdom gleaned from a lifetime of inquiry, exploration, and yes-the scars of heartbreak. Osuwa’s collection of poems avoids clichés and seizes upon fresh images, captivating readers everywhere and keeping this book in the Top 10.
Capitol Hill’s Criminal Underground by Richard Lawless
Perhaps one of the most thorough explorations of government corruption ever put in writing, this non-fiction account investigates the theft of trillions of U.S. dollars – money laundered in countries that are hostile to the United States. The ratings agencies, the banks and our politicians are funding anti-American activity against their own people. The FBI refuses to investigate, the U.S. Attorneys refuse to prosecute, and the Securities and Exchange Commission refuses to protect the public. With enough evidence to investigate and prosecute over one thousand high-ranking government employees, bankers, and politicians, Capitol Hill’s Criminal Underground will show that the level of arrogance and contempt our political leaders hold for the American people is boundless.
Legends of Beer-League Hockey by Curt Lesnau
Legends of Beer-League Hockey is a series of vignettes, memories and musings on the sport of hockey that are mostly funny and sometimes reflective. It’s the author and his hockey-loving, fun-seeking friends, their tournament road trips, and all the dicey and hilarious situations that go with it.
That None Should Perish by Harold B. Street Jr.
“‘Does God want me to be a missionary?’ he asked himself … Wasn’t he too old? And what about Mabel and the children?” Harold and Mabel Street became SIM pioneer missionaries to Ethiopia in 1933. They found harsh living conditions, sickness and tribal wars – but God was opening doors to establish an indigenous Ethiopian church. Mabel Street’s five-year diary of life in Ethiopia records the family’s daily experiences.
Living Life to the Fullest by Kevin Muldowney, PT
How to take your life back from Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome
This book was written to teach people with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) how to systematically progress through an exercise program to allow their muscles to support many joint subluxations commonly associated with this genetic disorder and have less pain. The exercise protocol outlined in this book was developed by a physical therapist from Rhode Island, Kevin Muldowney, MSPT, who has been treating people with EDS since 2005.
The King of NO by Loyall Wilson
Tony was Mrs. Smith’s Investment Advisor. She trusted and loved him like he was her son. He did everything for her from making home repairs, filing her taxes, installing a sprinkler system, too ensuring she received a monthly check to live on. Mrs. Smith’s statement actually indicated she was making a substantial return on her investments. Fast forward time and now some stranger was at her door, trying to convince her the person she loved most in the world and whom she had known his whole life, was a thief.

Outskirts Press wishes to congratulate these successful authors for the dedication to craft that produced these amazing books, and to the dogged marketing efforts that led them to selling success.

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Rabbit: Chasing Beth Rider by Ellen C. Maze

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 Ellen C. Maze is taking her latest book Rabbit: Chasing Beth Rider, on tour — a Virtual Book Tour with Outskirts Press. This will allow Ellen to take her book into the far corners of the globe, all from the comfort of her own home! Keep an eye out for Elle’s book as she will be featured on several blogs over the weeks and months ahead!


Luckily for us, Ellen 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 Rabbit: Chasing Beth Rider.

OP: Tell us a little bit about Rabbit: Chasing Beth Rider. What is it about?
Ellen: Author Beth Rider’s Christian Fantasy novel is a best seller, but the plot is leading real-life vampires — the Rakum — down a path their leaders cannot abide. She must be stopped, and senior-Elder Jack Dawn takes it upon himself to ensure her demise. He did not expect his most ruthless lieutenant, Michael Stone, would choose to help the woman escape. Beth goes on the run, joining forces with Rakum sympathizers along the way, but will their contributions be enough to protect her from Jack Dawn’s rage? Ancient and wise as the ages, the powerful entity that created the Rakum, High Father Abroghia, will face off with the power inside Beth Rider and in the battle between light and dark, there can only be one victor. Vampires are fiction, but the Rakum are real, and they guard their power zealously.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

Ellen: Rabbit: Chasing Beth Rider began as a writing exercise to work on as I shopped my first novel — The Judging to publishers. The Judging is about a 15th-Century priest who is transformed into a vampire while unconscious. He spends the novel-time in the modern era justifying his bloodthirst, certain that he is killing for God. I started Rabbit after asking myself, what if real vampires read The Judging? Would it lead them to God? The more I played with it, the more it grew. Characters developed and the plot flowed on its own accord. Before I knew it, a novel had been born. When it was completed, a second popped out, seamlessly continuing the work done in Book One. When Two (Rabbit Legacy) was complete, a third book also poured out (Rabbit Redemption), and then a fourth (Anomaly: Beyond the Rabbit). When Book Four was nearly done, I realized the series would have six installments, each one more exciting than the previous and each one will dig deeper and deeper into the psyche of the Rakum. This 2019 edition reads “Special Anniversary Edition” because it has been ten years since Rabbit was first published, garnering hundreds of reviews and enticing readers across the globe to join the chase. It is my hope that this special edition will enable an entirely new generation of readers to dive in and enjoy this trip down the rabbit hole.

OP: How did you get your book published?

Ellen: Rabbit: Chasing Beth Rider was first published by Treasureline Press in 2009, a traditional publisher that has since gone out of business. The book never stopped bringing fun to new readers, so in 2019 it was accepted and re-released by Outskirts Press, with additional material and a brand-new chapter.

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

Ellen: I love this question because I am a reader, too. My work has been compared to that of Frank Peretti and Bill Myers. My influences as a young writer were Stephen King and Anne Rice, so many readers find a creep-factor in my work not present in most Christian fiction. Readers who enjoy vampire fiction and wonder what it might look like from a biblical perspective will enjoy this book and readers of paranormal and supernatural secular novels will enjoy it, too, as even though the main character is a Christian, the writing is not preachy. Does this mean my books are kid-friendly? Yes, if your child watches PG-13 movies or TV-MA television programming. My novels contain violence, mild profanity, (non-graphic) sexual situations, and adult themes, yet people can be edified by the messages hidden inside the fiction.

OP: What is special about your book?

Ellen: If one reads the reviews for this book, you find that readers are amazed at the messages intertwined with the plot. Anyone who enjoys vampire or paranormal tales will be entertained and edified (or provoked, as the case may be). Christian authors are often afraid to write of violence and horror, but isn’t the Bible peppered with such things? One reader said to me, “The Bible is often violent, and mankind suffers violence on the path to purity. God sharpens and cleanses us with trials and the Rabbit book puts its protags through the worst!”

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

Ellen: Along with the oddness of writing “horror” or “vampires” from a biblical perspective, which is extremely rare, this book has another bizarre oddity. The main plot of Rabbit: Chasing Beth Rider revolves around Beth’s bestselling novel, The Judging. In real life, The Judging is published and available, penned by Ellen C Maze. The Judging is Book One of The Corescu Chronicles, two of four are published already, so my readers can dive into that series when they finish Rabbit!

OP: Have you published any other books?

Ellen: Besides those mentioned above (the first four books of the Rabbit Saga and first two books of The Corescu Chronicles), I have also published a collection of short stories, 22 Sideways: Twenty-Two Bloodthirsty Tales, a dozen digital short stories, and edited and contributed to an anthology of Christian fantasy writers entitled, Feckless Tales of Supernatural, Paranormal, and Downright Presumptuous Ilk. Outside of this genre, I have published non-fiction, a dozen equestrian coloring books, and illustrated children’s books under the names Ellen C Maze and Ellen Sallas.

OP: Do you plan to publish more?

Ellen: Oh, yes! I am currently completing Book Five and Six of the Rabbit Saga (Conundrum: The Lost Rabbit and The Vestige: Final Chapter), and I am simultaneously writing stand-alone novel of spiritual warfare, pitting Old Testament gods against biblically-accurate angels, and deal with the mortals caught in the cross-hairs. This will be my first “young adult” novel with the main characters being aged 16 to 21.

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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Raised on Bram Stoker and Stephen King, Ellen read Frank Peretti’s This Present Darkness in 2000, and has never been the same. Now she takes the horror/ paranormal/vampire genre directly into the heart of spiritual matters, pitting good against evil within the confines of biblical truth. Scripture is often bloody and the struggle to escape the claws of evil is real and personal. With writing as her passion and her main hobby, Ellen lives in Alabama with her family and does NOT have holes in her neck.

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

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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6 Outskirts Press Authors Are Honored in the Reader Views Literary Awards

Book awards give readers an important clue about the quality of a self-published book, and this year’s award season says a lot about Outskirts Press and its authors. We’re thrilled to have six of our authors recognized in the 2018/2019 Reader Views Literary Awards. Your success speaks to the many reasons we’ve been rated the No. 1 self-publishing company by Top Consumer Reviews for three years running!

The Reader Views Literary Awards recognize writers who self-published or had their books published by a subsidy publisher, small press, university press or independent book publisher. Books that were self-published and copyrighted in 2018 and 2019 were eligible for this year’s awards and the cash prizes and kudos that come with a win. In years past, winners of the Reader Views Literary Award have received expert marketing assistance from renown marketing experts like The Kick-Start Guy, Author Marketing Experts, Perceptive Marketing and others.

Following are Outskirts Press’ finalists for the 2018/2019 Reader Views Awards. Information about each of these books (and their self-published authors) is available at the Outskirts Press Bookstore, where they are available for purchase.

HUMOR
First Place: Lexicon: American Style 2 by Patrick Ragains
RELIGION
Second Place: Unwelcome Opportunity by Richard V. Battle
CHILDREN — YOUNG READER (AGES 8 – 12)
Second Place: Night Life by Donna Somboonlakana
POETRY
Honorable Mention: Poems of Love, From My Heart to Yours, Vol. 1 by Kerry C. Irons
PARENTING/FAMILY/RELATIONSHIPS
Honorable Mention: My Backyard Garden by Debra Hester
SCI-FI
Honorable Mention: Tara by J.G. Possum

Please join us in also congratulating Outskirts Press authors on their success in the Reader Views Literary Awards. Then be sure to ask us how you can throw your hat into the ring for next year’s awards!

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Life in Ann’s World by Ladybug

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 Ladybug is taking her latest book Life in Ann’s World, on tour — a Virtual Book Tour with Outskirts Press. This will allow Ladybug to take her book into the far corners of the globe, all from the comfort of her own home! Keep an eye out for Ladybug’s book as she will be featured on several blogs over the weeks and months ahead!


Luckily for us, Ladybug 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 Life in Ann’s World.

OP: Tell us a little bit about Life in Ann’s World. What is it about?

Ladybug: The story is in the view from a 12-year-old girl’s perspective. At the beginning of the book she contemplates about her life up to her present.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

Ladybug: I got tired of almost every show you see these days or read about is another branch of law enforcement. There are other stories out there other than law enforcement. Don’t get me wrong some of the shows and stories you read are great, but I prefer a break from them. I can go in my living room right now and turn on the tv and there will only be some type of law show but, in the end, I wanted to create a story that the whole family could enjoy, I hope they do!

OP: How did you get your book published?

Ladybug: Outskirts press is a self-publishing company. I submitted my book for review, and they agreed to publish it. After paying a lot for having it published, it finally became published in May of 2018.

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

Ladybug: It is my hope that all walks of life will enjoy my book. My intentions were to send people in a different reality, even if it is for a little while.

OP: What is special about your book?

Ladybug: Other than I wrote it? It is not a law story, it captures the imagination of the people reading it. I love a story where all the characters get along and work together to help with an imminent crisis.

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

Ladybug: Towards the end of the story Ann’s friends are beginning to go their own separate ways. These things happen in real life as when young children become young adults and after high school these young adults will pursue college, work, family or all three. It is a time in their lives when major changes take place in their lives and Ann is no different. Ann’s changes are a little more obvious than real peoples’ lives, but I think everyone can relate to her and the fast pace of her life. Ann is always wanting her life to slow down but, for her it does not.

OP: Have you published any other books?

Ladybug: No, not yet.

OP: Do you plan to publish more?

Ladybug: Maybe.

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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

After high school, Ladybug received an AA degree in business, but when she was younger, she used to go on tons of different adventures. Ladybug would carry her little dog in the basket on her bike wherever she went. She would go to the lake and lay there and watch the waves from the lake hit the shore and her dog would run around playing in and around the lake.

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

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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Take Action During National Library Month

April is National Library Month, and National Library Week is April 7-13. Let’s face it, if there’s one place we go to find out information about books, it’s our public library. The act of browsing is not a lost art; readers and book buyers do it regularly. As a writer, you probably do it yourself, and if you don’t, take this month as a symbol to start. Feel free to study the shelving arrangement, the genres, the popular nooks and crannies, the competition, and the various ways and means librarians “sell” their collections to the public. In fact, if you’re “caught” browsing in a library and the librarians find out you’re a local author, you’re likely to get hooked into offering an author reading or signing or other such public session. You know what that means? More book reviews and more book sales! Local libraries LOVE local authors!

Every year the American Library Association (ALA) holds a national book fair that attracts librarians from all levels of management, from all types of libraries, from all across the country. It serves as a meeting place for leadership, a place to learn, a place to network and as a forum to exchange ideas on the multitude of issues affecting libraries. And, most importantly, it serves as an avenue to introduce your book to this super-important marketplace.

Outskirts Press can handle all the details of representing your book at the ALA Book Fair this year if you reserve one of the limited spots before April 19th at https://outskirtspress.com/p/ala.

Want to increase your chances for success with librarians? Register for the ALA Book Fair using the link above, and then submit your first chapter into the 1st Chapter Library Preview. With 1st Chapter Preview Library Distribution, your book cover, synopsis, pricing information and ordering details will run for three consecutive months in a quarter page ad in First Chapter Plus, a monthly catalog where viewers/customers/librarians can download and preview the first chapter of your book. Those who are interested in buying copies will have all the ordering details right there in the catalog for their convenience, and your benefit. If you order today by clicking here, you’ll immediately receive a 10% discount if you use promotion code: Save10FCP.

 

Boost Your Sales With 10% Off Our Promotional Materials Bundle!

Have you ever promoted your book at a local fair? What about at the library? At the movie theatre or a local restaurant? This is a season of promotions, book fairs, and festivals–making it the perfect time of year around which to build your marketing plan! And the perfect event requires, even demands, the perfect complementary takeaway for attendees to remember you and your book by.

I’m talking about promotional materials! This month, we’re offering our Promotional Materials Bundle for 10% off the already bundled price. You get great savings on the design and printing of five different types of materials, all of which adds up to a fantastically useful and affordable range of over 1,525 custom promotional items featuring your book’s beautiful cover! More specifically, this package provides:

  • 500 bookmarks
  • 500 business cards
  • 500 postcards
  • 25 small posters

This bundle normally sells for $599 but order today and you can receive all 1,525 items for just $539.10. To take advantage of this limited-time offer, simply enter promo code Save10PromoPack at checkout!

But … what do you do with these items? Where does an author get started? We’ve put together a list of our top five tips for getting the most out of your promotional events and materials!

  • Use the 500 bookmarks included in this package to stock the counters of local businesses, libraries, and bookstores; anywhere that people read, or have to take a pause while reading, is perfect
  • Hand out the 500 business cards at public readings, book signings, and other events where you’ll meet potential future readers
  • Mail the 500 postcards to distant friends or to those likely to purchase copies of your book, or recruit friends and family to use them in place of regular correspondence! Two birds with one stone, right?
  • Use the 25 small posters to paper the town! Inquire at local businesses, including grocers, movie theaters, and restaurants, if they wouldn’t mind you putting up a poster on their public bulletin boards or paste it in their shop front windows!
  • Whatever else you do, make sure it’s portable! You literally want your promotional materials to walk out the door, so make it easy! Stock materials that will really move, tucked away neatly in a wallet or pocket or book, and stock them in places or at events where people won’t hesitate to grab one and take it home!

For more information on marketing your book, log into your Publishing Center and click on the Marketing Solutions menu or chat with a Publishing Consultant via the live chat feature on our website.