Introducing Self-Publishing Author Virginia Rodriguez’s Book Video Trailer for “Big Hair One with Bear Feet”

Announcing the Self Publishing News premiere of the book video trailer for Big Hair One with Bear Feet (published by Outskirts Press, August 2022), by Virginia Rodriguez.


“A long time ago there was a little girl named Big Hair One with Bear Feet.”

Wearing the hard black and white shoes with the red heart on the side was torture. But what’s even more torturous is when people make fun of you. Big Hair One with Bear Feet maintains that childlike being. The freedom of running barefoot and without the pain of shoes was simple. Just don’t wear any. But when she does this, little does she know the attention her feet will bring. What happened to your feet? Look how funny your feet are! Tinge of doubt set in, and Big Hair One with Bear Feet grows an uncomfortable feeling inside. She starts to believe there must be something wrong with her feet and asks God why He gave her Bear Feet anyway. Not only did kids make fun of her but grown-ups did too. Echoes of her mama’s voice telling her she must wear shoes to protect her feet haunt her after she cuts her foot on a broken piece of glass. When her mama learns that Big Hair One with Bear Feet is being bullied, she decides it’s time to tell her about her ancestors and buy her a pair of shoes that fit.

Virginia Rodriguez

Big Hair One with Bear Feet
by Virginia Rodriguez

Virginia Rodriguez is an eight-time marathoner. Raised in Magna, Utah a long time ago with her mama and nine siblings, a good pair of shoes were not easy to come by. She has authored several poems and in 2005, her poem FEATHERS took first place at the First Latino/Latina Poetry Contest at Kimball Arts Center in Park City, Utah. She currently lives in Taylorsville, Utah.

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Introducing Self-Publishing Author Valerie Sumter’s Book Video Trailer for “Transformed”

Announcing the Self Publishing News premiere of the book video trailer for Transformed:
Breaking Free from the Thoughts and Words that Bind You
(published by Outskirts Press, August 2022), by Valerie Sumter.


The power of thoughts and words—and how they affect our lives.
Our thoughts are frequencies that have the ability to transform our lives in powerful ways. Transformed reveals the potential inside each one of us for greatness, and how we can create a life of personal power and fulfillment. It shares the science and spiritual truths behind our creative words and thoughts, and how we can use them, to break the cycle of destructive thought patterns! With Transformed you will:

Discover the power to be intentional and creative with your thoughts and words.

Become more aware of the spiritual laws of the universe and how to tap into those laws and allow them to work for you rather than against you.

Be the master of your thoughts and intentions by learning to give your brain the right programs until they become automatic responses.

Become more empowered and then help empower others, as you begin to experience firsthand the connection between your thoughts and your reality.

Realize the true power you possess to create a life you love. As your thoughts begin to transform, they will create joyful moments that become joyful days, weeks, months, and years. In turn, you too, will experience a “Transformed life of Joy.”

Valerie Sumter

Valerie Sumter

Valerie Sumter is from the Pacific Northwest, but has lived and traveled throughout the United States. Coming from an abusive background caused her to develop a victim mentality in her younger life, so she knows the pain of that negative mindset and the destructive patterns it can create. Valerie now works as a life coach and facilitator to teach others the techniques and principles that keep her on a successful path.

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Introducing Self-Publishing Author Vicki Guggenbickler’s Book Video Trailer for “I’ll Never Forget You”

Announcing the Self Publishing News premiere of the book video trailer for I’ll Never Forget You (published by Outskirts Press, January 2022), by Vicki Guggenbickler.

Death stinks! Sharing memories helps it stink less!

Willow’s Aunt Lindy dies and she is very sad. Her friends and family visit Willow to comfort her by sharing their memories of Aunt Lindy. Through captivating drawings of dogs and cats and simple language, this book can help you guide your child through their experience with death. We hope that Willow and her friends inspire your child to share memories of their loved one often with friends and family so death stinks less!

Vicki Guggenbickler

Vicki Guggenbickler

Following the death of her sister, Vicki Guggenbickler decided to use her artistic talents to write and illustrate a book to help young children facing the death of a loved one. Vicki loves animals and hopes her drawings will bring a smile to readers as each share their fond memories with Willow, the main character of her story. All of the characters except two are either her family or friend’s pets. Willow and Tabasco live with Vicki and her husband in Georgia.

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Introducing Self-Publishing Author Sandy Little’s Book Video Trailer for “My Little Green Umbrella”

Announcing the Self Publishing News premiere of the book video trailer for My Little Green Umbrella (published by Outskirts Press, January 2022), by Sandy Little.

“Where will your imagination take you?”

When a young girl finds a very special green umbrella in a thrift shop, she soon finds a world of adventure at her fingertips.

But as she grows older, the magical umbrella and its wonders are put away in the back of a closet….only to be rediscovered years later.

A heartwarming tribute to the power of imagination, “My Little Green Umbrella” is sure to be a favorite with readers both young and old.

Sandy Little

Sandy Little Is an award winning children’s book author. Her last book “Montgomery Rabbit” enjoyed five star reviews and inspired an enthusiastic fan base. Sandy has also enjoyed a long career in the entertainment business.

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Introducing Self-Publishing Author MP Kollman’s Book Video Trailer for “MOIRAI”

Announcing the Self Publishing News  premiere of the book video trailer for Moirai (published by Outskirts Press, November 2021), by MP Kollman.

Book Details

Samantha Grayson has done everything she can to stave off the chances of losing her baby—and possibly her own life—except tell Sandy, her husband, that miscarriage is a very real possibility. When the unthinkable does happen, Sandy is devastated, not just because of the loss of his first son, but also because Samantha had failed to warn him. In hurt and anger, he demands to go to Puerto Rico on assignment. An assignment they haven’t fully prepared for. The drug lord known to them only as Vargas is possibly the most vile, ruthless man the Bureau of Drug Enforcement has ever faced. Sandy’s boss, Jeff Hand, best friend, Jimmy Bauer, and Jeff’s secretary, Angela Crawford, listen in horror to a recording of Sandy being tossed overboard fifteen miles out at sea. And who knows what his condition was at that time. But where, only a week after the miscarriage, has Samantha disappeared to? And why did she remove any reference to herself in the government’s files?

MP Kollman

MP Kollman grew up on a dairy farm in central Minnesota. After high school, she moved to Wisconsin, where she married and raised two children. As a stay-at-home mom, she wrote a series of nine crime/adventure stories: Brothers, Sequela, and Honeymoon have been published, and Moirai is the fourth in the series. MP is also the author of Skin Deep, an unrelated romance novel. Her children are now grown and she and her husband have three grandchildren. MP recently retired from a full-time job, leaving more opportunity to pursue her writing career.

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Introducing Self-Publishing Author John Morgan and Illustrated by Susan Tansill’s Book Video Trailer for “The Tickle Tarantula”

Announcing the Self Publishing News  premiere of the book video trailer for The Tickle Tarantula (published by Outskirts Press, October 2021), by John Morgan and Illustrated by Susan Tansill.

Book Details

From a young age the power of a great story has always had a powerful impact on my life; whether it was my grandmother reading the classics or the Fair Haven Loafers and Liars Club in upstate New York keeping local history alive from the bench in front of a two pump Sinclair gas station. A lifelong passion for volunteering as coach, scout leader, robotics mentor, and historical docent became my outlet for inspiring youth through story telling. Now with my first grandchild on the near horizon it was time to put some of those stories in print.

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Introducing Self-Publishing Author Sarah Sebring Binder’s Book Video Trailer for “Kitty S. Hawk”

Announcing the Self Publishing News  premiere of the book video trailer for Kitty S. Hawk (published by Outskirts Press, November 2021), by Sarah Sebring Binder.

Join Kitty in the adventure of a lifetime!

By day, Wilbur and Orville Wright owned and operated the Wright Cycle Exchange Company, where they fixed broken bicycles and designed and built them, too. By night, the brothers worked on their pride and joy—the first motor-operated airplane. Together, they made the perfect pair: Wilbur dreamed up the designs; Orville built the things. Kitty S. Hawk is the story of a special feline stowaway who shared the Wright brothers’ grand adventure. Kitty, named Katharine, accompanied Wilbur from Dayton, Ohio, to the Outer Banks of North Carolina, and Orville followed. The trip took Wilbur and Kitty by wagon, train, steamer, skiff, and schooner. Orville and Wilbur had found the perfect spot to test their new invention in the Kill Devil Hills, which had strong winds, soft sands, and very few people, as the brothers did not want the whole world to know what they were up to. The journey was an exciting expedition in itself, but the Kill Devil Hills was where the real excitement began. And Kitty, with her nine lives, was in the thick of it from start to finish!

Sarah Sebring Binder

Sarah Sebring Binder has been an educator for more than 40 years, sharing her love of reading, writing, and storytelling with students. Her stories share the joy of family, friends, and the great big world around us. When she is not writing, she loves to garden, dance, fiddle, travel, and quilt. Brad, her husband of many years, is her biggest fan.

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Steal the Limelight With a Custom Book Video Trailer!

Voices echo in the auditorium as audience members take their seats. As the orchestra is tuning up, the overhead lights flicker to indicate a one-minute warning and a hushed but expectant silence falls. All eyes turn forward as the heavy velvet drapes are swept aside, leaving your book alone center stage, shining under the warm spotlights. This is the kind of metaphorical attention a book video trailer would have gotten you in the late 1800s, when playwrights were kings — but today, as you might have guessed, the advantages are even greater!

In the modern world, a custom video trailer will put your book in front of countless new readers. It can be easily shared across any number of social media platforms—Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and many more — and embedded in your personal website, emails, or your Amazon and Goodreads book page listings. It’s an immediate, visceral way to showcase your work and hook the attention of new readers!

Video is an ambitious medium, however. You need equipment, you need expertise, and above all you need lots of time to clip and edit and curate. The planning process alone is a gauntlet of tough choices, from theme to soundtrack to shot sequence — and this isn’t even to mention the hazards of navigating the legal side of things, with complicated copyright restrictions tied to using any music or images you didn’t compose or take yourself. It’s a lot to take on.

So how do you get started?

The key is building a competent and creative team who can lift the burdens and leave you the fun choices — and this is where Outskirts Press can help! When you purchase the Book Video Trailer & Distribution package, we place the full power and expertise of our talented team behind your project. It’s as simple as 1-2-3!

“It’s never that simple,” I hear you saying. But it is, it really is!

  1. Click the “Add to Cart” button and finish the check-out process;
  2. Review and respond to the rough cut of your video; and
  3. Wait for the final cut of your book video trailer to be delivered to you by email and distributed to the public online!

See? 1-2-3…your book is now out there in the world, stealing the limelight and reeling in the new readers. What could be more exciting than that? This kind of exposure with all of its built-in “shareability” is the stuff of playwrights’ dreams, and all you need to do is select the Book Video Trailer & Distribution package online at Outskirts Press. The rest, as they say, is history!

Click here to get started commissioning your very own custom book video trailer! It’s Your Book’s Time to Shine.

Top 5 Marketing Options for Self-Publishing Authors in 2014

2014 is quickly coming to an end. As you begin planning your marketing goals and setting your marketing budget for 2015, we wanted to share with you the top 5 marketing options selected by Outskirts Press authors this year. The following options have been highest in demand by Outskirts Press published authors in the last 12 months.

  1. Amazon Kindle Edition – This electronic edition makes your book available on Amazon’s Kindle ebook reading devices (and apps) for readers to instantly purchase and download. It’s the perfect way to make your book more visible and accessible to a wider reading audience.
  2. Book Blast Package – This cost-effective package contains five powerful book marketing services, all at a 25% discount below the a la carte price:Custom Press Release, PR Publicist Campaign, Book Review Submission Service, Book Video with Distribution and Personal Marketing Assistant (5 hours).
  3. Amazon Extreme Package – Benefit from three valuable marketing services for one great price: Amazon Kindle Edition, Amazon Search Inside the Book Submission and Amazon Cover Enhancement
  4. Barnes & Noble Nook Edition – We’ll ensure that your book is properly submitted to Barnes & Noble so you can take advantage of the huge Nook  ebook marketplace.
  5. Standard iPad Edition – Reach out to millions of dedicated iPad/iPhone ebook readers through the popular iBookstore.

Now is the time to start planning your marketing efforts for the New Year. These are just a few of the marketing options Outskirts Press offers. To view the full list, click the Marketing Solutions button below.



Outskirts Press Gift CertificateSelf-publishing gift certificates make the perfect holiday treat for your favorite writer! As we approach the holidays (Christmas is 10 days away! Yikes!), it’s time to buckle down on your last minute decisions for shopping during the holidays. What kind of gift can you get in a crunch? What about a gift certificate that allows the writer in your life fulfill their dreams of getting their book published? Here’s how it works:

  1. Click here and complete your purchase of the certificate.
  2. We will email you to find out who the special author is and whether you want to include any special messaging on your gift notification.
  3. If the writer isn’t yet registered with us, we will create a free account for them and apply the $99 credit to their new account.
  4. If they are already registered and/or published with us, we will apply the $99 credit to their existing Publishing Center account.
  5. Once the credit has been applied to the writer’s account, we will notify them via email of your special gift using any messaging you provided to us.

No waiting. No fuss. No rushing to ship off a gift at the last minute. It’s perfect – in every sense of the word! Get your favorite writer a self-publishing gift certificate today!

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Outskirts Press Offers Self-Publishing Authors A Professional and Affordable Book Teaser Option!

Have you considered a Book Teaser Video for your masterpiece? A 30-Second Book Video Teaser is a terrific way to announce the publication of your new book and get your social and video networking efforts off to a flashy start!

With the popularity of online video and sites like YouTube and Facebook, any author can create an account, a profile, and start uploading videos for the purposes of promotion. The trick becomes having something worth uploading. Producing professional looking videos is complicated, time-consuming, and difficult. That’s where Book Video Trailers and Book Video Teasers direct from the publisher can really come in handy.

The Book Video Teaser is a randomly generated 25-35 second video clip that features the following specific elements of your book: Title, author byline, cover, author photo (if supplied), retail price and a specific and unalterable snippet of licensed music. It’s fun, it’s flashy and it’s effective!

Your Book Video Teaser will be delivered to you as an .mp4 file that you can use to jump-start your viral video promotion, just in time for the holiday buying season!

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