Author Poll: Writer Jack Hodges wants your help with his cover

Jack Hodges is self-publishing a book with Outskirts Press. And he wants your help deciding his book cover.

Book Summary

A Lifelong Love Story

How do we define true love? What makes a marriage successful? In our modern age of mass media and instant gratification, it’s easy to lose sight of what’s really important. My Life with Honey Bear and Beyond is a lyrical, tender memoir celebrating fifty-two years of two people who shared deep trust and daily intimacy, who took seriously their vows to support one another for better or for worse, in sickness and in health. Take a journey of love with this remarkable couple, and learn what is truly important in a lasting partnership: acceptance, compassion, honesty, forgiveness. Be reminded that attraction is only one facet of a marriage, and that real love seeks the best for the loved one at all times, with no strings attached. Witness the transcendence and tragedy as Jack accepts the privilege and honor of caring for his wife during her harrowing cancer treatment, and experience with them the realization that death will part these devoted lovers. My Life with Honey Bear is a love letter to a marriage that serves as a testament to the ways in which people can commit to stand by one another, bring joy to one another, and enrich the lives of everyone they meet through their example of dedication, kindness, compassion, and bliss.

About the Author

Jack Hodges was born in Washington, DC on the eve of World War II. He had a 27-year career with AT&T, where he wrote Bell System practices for a number of devices. Jack currently lives in Anderson, South Carolina where he enjoys writing nonfiction essays about the lives of family members, visiting the local bookstore, and spending time with friends. He also enjoys playing video games, and occasionally target shooting. Jack and his late wife had two daughters and a son, fourteen grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

Please take a look at two possible covers below and then vote on the choice you recommend for Jack.

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The American Library Association annual conference attracts librarians from all levels of management, from all types of libraries, from 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. Attendance is estimated at 25,000!

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I am very happy that Outskirts Press exists. My cover design is incredibly professional. As soon as I show my children’s book to someone they become overjoyed. The color, the illustrations, and the book itself is so admired.

L. Gina Davis attended York College in 1997, where she studied child psychology. She is the author of a poem entitled “Sweetheart,” featured in Moonlight Wishes, a collection of poems published in 1996 with the National Library of Poetry. She is happily married with three children and lives in Queens, New York.

In this fast-paced, riveting tale, we meet a cranky old witch named Lolita who delights in being miserable. When she hears the laughter and witnesses the fun and merriment the children are having at the playground, she is furious. With the help of her loyal cat Bufu, Lolita comes up with a scheme to transform herself into a beautiful queen to lure the happy children away from the playground-and put an end to the joyful noise once and for all! Humorous and entertaining, Ooh Lolita also carries an important reminder for children about the dangers of putting their trust in strangers-even a strange and beautiful queen who asks for help to find a lost pet.

– L. Gina Davis, author of Ooh Lolita

Author Poll: Writer Okechukwu Ogori wants your help with his cover

Okechukwu Ogori is self-publishing a book with Outskirts Press. And he wants your help deciding his book cover.

Book Summary

A TRUE LIFE STORY

Okay happened to be born in a family when it’s wealth and affluence had disappeared, as he grew up he had to fight against penury and failure. How did he achieve this? It was through perseverance, industriousness and self determination. Though there were so many bottlenecks along his way but he strived to aspire.

About the Author

Okechukwu Emmanuel Ogori was born on 15th August 1963. He hails from Abia state of Nigeria. He has a wife, Anna and two children: Okechukwu (Jr) and Joanna. He had his elementary education at Otumoye primary school Fegge Onitsha Anambra state, Nigeria ;High school at bishop Shanahan College Orlu ,Imo state Nigeria and institute of continuing education Asaba Delta state, Nigeria. He later went to Lagos state College of Education ( now Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education ) Lagos Nigeria where he acquired Nigeria certificate in Education majoring in Physical and Health Education. He went further to acquire Bsc. in Accounting from Olabisi Onabanjo university Ago-Iwoye, Ogun state, Nigeria. He is a certified internal control Auditor (CICA) from Institute of internal control, Chartered Accountant and Chartered Administrator (ACAA) from Institute of Chartered Accountant and Administrators Delware USA, Texas licensed insurance Agent. More so he has worked with Lagos state Ministry of Education as a Tutor in High and middle schools respectively for twenty three years, worked with Decan Concepts ltd Nigeria as an internal Auditor (Part time) for twelve years. Currently a Teacher in Alief Independent School District Houston Texas, USA. He is also a writer of fiction and non fiction books.

Please take a look at two possible covers below and then vote on the choice you recommend for Okechukwu.

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Outskirts Press, the fastest-growing full-service self-publishing and book marketing company, is pleased to announce its top ten best-selling titles for March 2015, according to combined data from Ingram Book Wholesalers and Outskirts Press Direct via http://outskirtspress.com/bookstore. These authors have likely created a solid book marketing strategy and put it into motion either by themselves or with the help of a Personal Marketing Assistant.

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