Congratulations to the Outskirts Press Top 10 Best Sellers!

Every month, Outskirts Press reviews book sales to identify the bestselling works! This impressive list showcases the wide range of genres and readership that our authors reach.

Los Chimayosos: A Community History by Victor Dan Jaramillo

“This is a community history that contains lasting value, that uses the voices and traditional values and knowledge of the people who have lived there for centuries. This is a story that should be read by native Chimayosos and all New Mexicans and must be passed onto future generations for a true understanding of Chimayó and this region of Rio Arriba.” – B. Michael Miller / / “Dan has spent much of his life studying the history and traditions of Chimayo. He began interviewing old-timers in Chimayo in 1984 and has quietly compiled a rich archive of oral history and reminiscences that is a valuable and irreplaceable record. In addition to this wealth of oral history, he has studied almost every available document, book, article, map or photograph having any relevance to his subject. He has thoughtfully woven all this material together in this book to present a full picture of the history and traditions of a community that is only partially known by the outside world.” – William Wroth

East Brother: History of an Island Light Station by Thomas K. Butt and Frank Perry

Popular history book on rebirth of East Brother Lighthouse updated East Brother Island is the location of one of America’s best-preserved Victorian-style light stations. First lighted in 1874, the lighthouse still guides mariners across San Francisco Bay. Since 1980 the lighthouse has been open to the public, both for day visits and as a bed and breakfast inn. This book traces the fascinating history of East Brother from the 1870s to the present. In part it is a story of changing lighthouse technology. But more importantly, it is a story of people: from the faithful keepers and their families who lived on the island through the many years, to the many volunteers who more recently helped restore the station after ten years of neglect. At first publication, the author had been studying the history of California’s lighthouses for six years. This was his third book, the second on the history of a lighthouse.

My Winning Seasons: Discovering the Champion Within by Joe Crochet

A Legendary Season with a Legendary Team. My Winning Seasons is Joe Crochet’s compulsively readable memoir about his experience as a cadet-student-athlete at The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina. From the rigorous challenges of the exhausting first year to the exaltation of being part of the team that took Citadel football to the next level, Joe paints a portrait not only of what it takes to succeed at The Citadel, but what it takes to win in life: vision, dedication, determination, focus—and the will to win. Inspiring and entertaining, this book is a compelling read not just for college football fans, but for anyone who wants an example of how to succeed.

The Legend of the Icelandic Yule Lads by Heidi Herman

This modernized version of the Icelandic Yule Lad tale brings new life to this very old story. After accidentally being seen by a human, Stekkjastaur finds he must rely on a young Shepherd boy to keep his secret. He gives a gift just to protect his troll reputation, but the little boy’s happiness made him happy as well. He learns that one of the greatest gifts you can receive is the joy in giving to someone else. One by one, the Yule Lads each take a break from his own mischief, and each one learns the happiness gained from gift-giving. Even from a source as unlikely as a troll, a selfish act wrapped up in the Christmas spirit can grow into something wonderful.

The Foot Soldier by John DeFoore

John’s other books are titled INTIMACY, MYSTERY OF MARRIAGE, MILES AND SMILES, ECHOES ACROSS THE RIVER and others. THE FOOT SOLDIER is the story of John’s six years of military service.

Daily Brew: A 365-Day Guided Journal by Maria Pita, BA, Morgan DeSimone, BA and Gary Robinson, LMHC

Have you ever started a personal journal only to give up because you didn’t know what to write about? Have you ever wanted to keep a journal but didn’t know how to start? Well, The Daily Brew Journal might be just the thing for you! The authors have painstakingly created a 365-day template for writing about your thoughts and feelings as well as a nice mix of active, hands-on exercises to keep it interesting and to help you avoid “journal fatigue.” So, find a comfy chair, grab your favorite hot beverage, a good pen and start journaling!

A Joyful Journey Through Advent: Daily Devotional and Activity Journal for Young Families by Debby Morris

The word advent means the arrival of a notable person, thing, or event and as Christian, it means the coming of THE most notable person in our lives: Jesus. As a Christian mother and now grandmother, Debby wants to encourage parents and grandparents to pass to the next generation traditions to celebrate this season of advent, Jesus’ birthday.

An Uncommon Journey: Leadership Lessons From a Preschool Teacher Who Became A University President by Shirley Raines

Dr. Shirley Raines, now a much sought-after speaker, consultant, and author, earned her way from a humble farm in Tennessee to the office of the President of the University of Memphis as the first woman president of that institution. In this frank and heartfelt volume, Dr. Raines shares how this unlikely journey transpired. She describes challenges she faced and lessons she learned along the way that may encourage other young women to pursue careers as leaders, whatever the leadership title. She tells us about how special, loving people in her life guided and supported her along the way, including the touching story of how a professor saved her from giving up on her college education before she even got started. The narrative shows how Dr. Raines starting as a young woman prepared for every opportunity by doing her homework. Those around her who came to respect her described her as “spunky” and labeled her a “steel magnolia.” Read how Dr. Raines developed successful relationships with famous and powerful people in every walk of life including other university presidents, high profile celebrities, state governors, and wealthy philanthropists. At the same time, discover how she never forgot the working men and women who served in support roles and kept the gears turning. This is a must-read for people, especially women, considering or pursuing a leadership role in education or related fields. And an enjoyable read for the rest.

Living Life to the Fullest with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome 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. This will allow people living with EDS to have less pain throughout their body. 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. Kevin has lectured to numerous EDS support groups, as well as, at the Ehlers-Danlos National Foundation Learning Conference. He currently owns two physical therapy clinics in Rhode Island that specialize in treating people with EDS. All of the physical therapists at Kevin’s clinics were trained by him to use specific manual therapy techniques and the exercise program outlined in this book to guide people, living with EDS, to decrease their pain and increase their function of daily life. Hopefully this book will serve as a guide for you to live a better quality of life while having EDS.

Vertical Stories for Horizontal People by Mitch Rapoport

PUT THIS BOOK DOWN… Unless you want to be totally entertained! The most compelling feature of this sweeping variety of short stories, some memoir, some fiction, by author Mitch Rapoport, is that each paint infinitely detailed pictures that breathe life into them. The Molly Chair saga spans over 100 years and follows the path of Solomon’s finely hand-crafted gift for his wife, as it travels down through the generations, and carries with it a trail of triumphs, loss, and memories. Another tale is of the widow, Estelle, whose lifetime is indelibly tainted by a thread of shocking and catastrophic tragedies for the men who share her life. There is the touching story of a man whose profound, but unrequited love, is for a woman above his station, and from it, he provides the world with an astonishing spectacle. The story of Mortimer Barnes, an ineffectual and modest man, will fill you with foreboding when a nightmare turns into a gruesome and bizarre end. You’ll meet Celeste, whose unrepentant miserly existence alienates the world around her. You’ll recognize the contemporary irony in the amusing tale of a man who finds humor in the appalling side effects of drugs advertised on television. You might recognize yourself in the coming-of-age true sagas of a 13-year old’s first experience with physical love and the hilarious account of 2 mischievous young boys who nearly drive their gentle grandfather mad!

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. These titles and many others are available from major online retailers like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Powells, Books-A-Million and elsewhere-not to mention, through the Outskirts Press Bookstore at a considerable discount. To learn more about our products and services, as well as upcoming and current promotions, visit us online at www.outskirtspress.com!

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Master the Market with the Indispensable Marketing Calendar!

Do you get overwhelmed trying to keep up with all the deadlines? Do you find yourself missing deadlines and wondering how to fix it? For busy self-published authors, it’s easy to lose track of deadlines when literally every day of every week of the year is packed full of opportunities!

This is where our 2019 Author Marketing Calendar comes in. At Outskirts Press, we know that successful book promotion requires organization, dedication, and access to resources. You supply the dedication, and we supply the necessary organization and resources to keep you on track!

The Outskirts Press Author Marketing Calendar is a compilation of the most up-to-date, effective and actionable tactics available to help you market your book. It contains literally hundreds of promotional tips, advertising opportunities, important deadlines, social media recommendations, and information about marketing options and services available through Outskirts Press. It even includes photo opportunities for you to post to increase engagement on your social media sites and ideas on how to market your book when you’re on vacation! All of this information is organized in an easy to follow, month by month format including monthly marketing objectives and recommendations to help focus and direct your initiatives.

The Author Marketing Calendar is just one of many options that we offer to help our authors market their books! If you’ve published a book with Outskirts Press, you can purchase the new and improved 2019 Author Marketing Calendar for just $25, and it will become available for review and download immediately upon placing your order.

You can also visit us online at www.OutskirtsPress.com, where you can view additional marketing options here: Marketing Services.

 

Submit Your Book for Award Season and Save 15%!

Did you publish a book in 2018? Now’s the time to get a head start on those upcoming award submission deadlines for books published in this last calendar year, and the list of to-dos stretches far ahead. And while no one disputes that awards are important, and perhaps even vital, to a book’s overall sales, the logistics are a daunting challenge!

What if you could ensure that your book is in contention for a number of awards without having to worry about those logistics? And what if you could do so at an affordable price? This is exactly what Outskirts Press can offer you with our successful Book Awards Submissions package at a 15% discount! After all, you should have the chance to enjoy the incredible benefits of submitting your book for awards without all the hassle.

What are those rewards? When you win an award, you receive third-party validation that your book is worthy. You may win prize money (two of the awards included in the Book Awards Submissions package offer cash prizes). Your book will be featured on the awards website in question. It is also traditional for these awards to send out press releases with winners and finalists included, and you can send out a press release of your own announcing your award!

Winning an award means you can add a sleek award emblem to your book cover that customers, librarians, and booksellers will take note of. After all, people really do judge books by their covers … and they buy accordingly! But there are other, less tangible, benefits to the awards submission process, including the fact that you gain credibility as a writer and a competitive edge in the self-publishing market, as well as serious bragging rights and a fantastic conversation-starter and linchpin for interviews. It summons an immeasurably great feeling to say “My book is up for an award!”

If you choose to purchase the Book Awards Submissions package, your book will be submitted to:

  1. The Writer’s Digest International Self-Publishing Book Awards
  2. The USA Book News’ National Best Books Awards
  3. The Next Generation Indie Book Awards
  4. The Reader Views Literary Awards
  5. ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year Awards
  6. The Benjamin Franklin Awards

Each of these awards represents a significant investment of time, energy, and yes, occasionally money, in order to be considered. By purchasing the Book Awards Submissions package, however, you get to leave that work up to our talented team of professionals, who will run all the checks and vault all possible obstacles in order to ensure that your book receives the best possible advantage in the awards circuit by managing all of the logistics and individual submissions requirements.

For a limited time, you can purchase the Book Awards Submissions service for $849.15 which is 15% off the regular bundled price of $999. You save $149.85!

To take advantage of this great deal, log into your Publishing Center, add the Book Awards Submissions package to your shopping cart and enter promo code Awards15 at check out.

 

Amazon Featured Book of the Week

Here’s this week’s Featured Book-of-the-Week available now on Amazon.com!


The Irate Pirate

by James Edward Best

(5 Stars – 6 Customer Reviews)

Price: $15.95

James Edward Best’s “The Irate Pirate.” Petie is a young pirate-in-training until one day, he begins to doubt that he is cut out for this life. After making a list of pros and cons, Petie realizes his moral dilemma: he cannot steal from others, yet that is exactly what his destiny tells him he must do.

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Resolutions Every Author Should Have for the New Year!

Structured and manageable goals are important to those of us who consider ourselves works in progress. Well, it’s that time of year when we all start thinking about those goals — in this case, New Year’s resolutions. They’re especially necessary to moving a book from an unknown publication to a chart-topper. It’s a big project!

But, whether you’re just starting to figure out marketing or already a best-selling author, there are simple things you can resolve to do in 2019 that will make you an even better at selling … or simply a better you. Here are resolutions for published authors or anyone bent on self-improvement.

  1. Set goals. “Wait, I thought a resolution was a goal!” Well, yes, it is, in a sense. Ideally, your New Year’s resolution is the culmination of your goals throughout the year. It’s important — and ultimately more productive — to make goal-setting a habit, not just a tradition we do once a year and promptly forget. So set lots of small, attainable goals rather than one insurmountable to-do you never actually do. For example, if your resolution is to sell 2,000 copies, break it down into smaller goals. Resolve to promote one giveaway in January, schedule a book-signing in February, then a book fair in March and so on for the entire year. Or, set a goal to schedule 20 book-signings next year and average 10 sales per event. Way less intimidating, right?
  2. Facilitate goals. If you’ve resolved to sell big in the new year without so much as a marketing calendar in the house, you’ve not facilitated your goals or your year’s resolution. Remove barriers to progress and instate conditions that help you achieve. Buy an entry-level PC for getting on social media to promote or gather a list of bookstores you can call to set up events. Then, resolve to reach out until you get the bookings you need to fulfill your resolution.
  3. Make marketing a priority. Once you’ve divided your marketing resolutions into smaller goals, it’s much easier to give them top priority. Knock out those little to-do’s first thing in the morning!
  4. Read, read, read. Top-notch authors are always top-notch readers. Get to know your genre not just by practicing it but by being an avid consumer of it. That way, you’ll get to know your audience and what appeals to them.
  5. Master the basics of social media. No matter what your stripe, there’s are many others with similar interests on social media. Facebook “friend” other authors and readers, and learn from them. Follow publishers. Rub elbows with book clubs. You’ll find kindred spirits in the virtual world who can enlighten you with real wisdom. Use that wisdom to refine how you communicate with potential readers.
  6. Try something new. Make 2019 the year you branch out. Start a blog. Meet new people with similar interests. These new experiences will all enrich and inform so many other aspects of your life. At the very least, you’ll be a more social and well-rounded person. Hey, you might even discover a whole new audience for your book!
  7. Just do you. Yes, you should be reading a lot, meeting people and making connections that pay off in sales. Ultimately, you’ll assimilate all these influences into a voice that is uniquely yours, and you’ll find your true audience. Don’t fight it — feed it.
  8. Consider “cheating” a little. Many of us are afraid to ask for help. It feels lazy, like we’re cutting corners. Let us put your mind at ease: It’s not cheating to ask for help reaching your marketing goals! In fact, it’s pretty smart, if you ask us. And, if you’ve tried new things, delved into social media and checked off other goals, you likely have crossed paths with new people who may be able to help you get past the hump. Reach out to friends and family to help you get the word out or purchase inexpensive marketing service options to help you reach the goals you set on the road to your resolution. (Even full-time professionals parse out their duties from time to time.)

Whatever your resolution, the important thing is to keep moving, to take whatever steps necessary to move you toward fulfilling the great things you planned for your life.

Need help moving toward your New Year’s resolution? Consider hiring a Personal Marketing Assistant for 5 hours of expertise and a Custom Marketing Plan. You can log into your Publishing Center to see what book marketing options are available to you or chat with us using the live chat option on our website (www.outskirtspress.com).

 

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

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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You Voted, We Listened! Here Are Your Favorite Marketing Options!

Marketing. It can cause more trepidation in writers than the looming task of writing itself. Thankfully, Outskirts Press can take some of the burden of marketing off your shoulders, so you can focus on writing while we focus on promoting your book and increasing your readership! Here is an overview of our most popular Marketing Options, based on the latest survey of sales numbers.

Amazon Kindle Submission Service

Amazon Kindle Submission Service: Amazon is the number one retailer in America (yes, even bigger than Wal-Mart!), and the Amazon Kindle is the #1 e-reader. More formats on Amazon means more exposure on Amazon, and the Kindle is heavily promoted by Amazon.

Reader Views Literary Awards Submission

Reader Views Literary Awards Submission: Every year Reader Views honors exemplary books from independent self-publishers with the Literary Book Award. Make sure your book is among the ones being considered.

Amazon Launch Bundle

Amazon Launch Bundle: Save 25% on 3 of our marketing services focused on Amazon.com. This bundle includes the following options: Amazon Search Inside the Book, Amazon Listing Optimization and Amazon Author Page.

eBook Bundle

eBook Bundle: Save time and money by bundling all three of our e-book editions together. This e-book publishing package is one of our most popular, and no wonder! It includes formatting and distribution of an Amazon Kindle Edition with distribution on Amazon, an Apple iPad/iPhone Edition with distribution through iTunes and the iBooks bookstore, and a Barnes & Noble NOOK Edition with distribution through the NOOK bookstore on Barnes & Noble’s website.

Personal Marketing Assistant

Personal Marketing Assistant: Do you know how to develop a book marketing plan or even what should be included in it? Do you have the time and know-how to snag and schedule book signings? Are you confused about when, where and how to implement these and other elements of your book marketing plan? Let your Personal Marketing Assistant do the heavy lifting for you!

ForeWord Magazine Co-op Ad

ForeWord Magazine Co-op Ad: Reach over 10,000 influential book buyers, store owners, publishers, editors, and agents with a co-op advertisement in the leading independent publishing trade magazine.

Google Books Preview Program Submission

Google Books Preview Program Submission: Make your book more discoverable on Google with the Google Books Preview Program, complete with your book cover, an enticing sample for readers to browse and convenient links for buyers to purchase a copy through the major online retailers.

Custom Press Release

Custom Press Release: Have our professional press release writer compose an original, unique press release for your book, submitted to you for your review/approval, and then distributed to our news wire service on your behalf.

We would like to thank the many authors who have trusted us to assist them in marketing their way toward successful books — and we’d love to help you, too!