Outskirts Press Presents David D. Bernstein, author of ”Spirral” The CORT Chronicles Book 2

Author David D. Bernstein is taking his latest book, “Spirral” The CORT Chronicles Book 2 on tour – a Virtual Book Tour, that is, with Outskirts Press! Technology has created a wide variety of ways to reach audiences all over the world. All it takes is a little thinking outside the box, and nowadays you can market a self-published book in a variety of affordable and impactful ways. Virtual book tours, for example, are a great way to connect with readers from all corners of the globe, all from the comfort of your own home. Join David D. Bernstein and “Spirral” The CORT Chronicles Book 2 as they appear in features and interviews (such as the one below) in the weeks and months ahead!


Luckily for us, David D. Bernstein 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 “Spirral” The CORT Chronicles Book 2.

OP: Tell us a little bit about “Spirral” The CORT Chronicles Book 2. What is it about?

David:  This book is the second part of trilogy called The CORT Chronicles. A civil war rages on, and a world is about to be fully fall into deep darkness. Andy, John, Wendy, and Zack must figure out how to save everything they love, but before they win the battle against a powerful corporation named CORT, they must win the battles within. Our heroes must travel through this dangerous world and destroy a new powerful robot named Spirral who is causing death and destruction everywhere. The children are guided by powerful sages and given tools to survive. They soon discover that only teamwork, human connection, and emotions can truly triumph over evil.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

David: I decided to write this book to send a powerful message to our children who are suffering more then ever these days. They have been kept away from human connection to their school friends and teachers. They have been kept away from live learning by powerful organizations like teacher unions and others. Teachers are wonderful and want all the best for their students, but these leaders of the unions only care about profit and themselves. I hope this book will teach our kids and their parents that they can do anything they put their minds to. I hope this book also gives the readers a chance to escape the stress and problems they face daily. It sends a powerful message that anything is possible and even one person can make a huge difference in their lives and in others.

OP: How did you get your book published?

David: I self-published this book with Outskirts Press. They are a wonderful company that I have published five books with and plan to publish more in the future. The team that was assigned to me gave their full support as I went through the publishing process.

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

David: I believe that many people will be interested in this book. It sends a powerful message not only to our children but to the adults in this world as well. It shows that human emotions, teamwork, and connection to the natural world can triumph over evil. I recommend this book is for anyone who is ten to one hundred since it does have some mature subject matter that is not appropriate for younger children.

OP: What is special about your book?  

David: I believe that each book that comes out is special in its own way. Books create new worlds to explore and new characters to love. In this case if I were to share what makes “Spirral” special it is probably the strong message it teaches, the characters it brings to life and the struggles and adventures that happen with our heroes. The action-packed scenes and the wonderful illustrations also make this book special.

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

David: Every book is different from another book because each book is written with a different voice, a different point of view and a different vision.

OP: Have you published any other books, and do you plan to publish more?

David: Other books I published are: “Voices of the Heart” this is a collection of my poetry from high school to college and unfortunately is out of print, but I do plan to bring it back soon. Two picture books “The Enchanted Rope” and “Peanut.” They both deal with hard issues in life. One deals with the death of a loved one and how to connect to them and the other book deals with divorce and obsession and how to overcome those things. My latest books “Spirral” and “Rebirth” are part of my trilogy. The first book in this trilogy named “The Portal” won a CIPA EVVY Merit award in Juvenile Fiction in 2018. I do have plans to publish more books in the near future.

OP: How can someone learn more about your book or purchase it?

David: Both my picture books and the Trilogy are available on Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, Outskirts Press Bookstore and other online bookstores. “The Portal” is also available in as an audio book that you can find on Apple iTunes.

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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

David D. Bernstein is an energy healer and psychic who has worked with children for many years in different settings. He is the author of a book of poetry and two picture books: The Enchanted Rope and Peanut. His middle grade book, The Portal, won a CIPA EVVY Merit award in Juvenile Fiction in 2018. He also authored Spirral and Rebirth in The CORT Chronicles Trilogy and has had poems published in several magazines and anthologies. David is the recipient of five Editor’s Choice awards, and he is proud uncle of two young boys.

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

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Self-Publishing Author David D Bernstein Discusses Rebirth: The CORT Chronicles Book 3

Author David D Bernstein is taking his latest book, Rebirth: The CORT Chronicles Book 3 on tour – a Virtual Book Tour, that is, with Outskirts Press! Technology has created a wide variety of ways to reach audiences all over the world. All it takes is a little thinking outside the box, and nowadays you can market a self-published book in a variety of affordable and impactful ways. Virtual book tours, for example, are a great way to connect with readers from all corners of the globe, all from the comfort of your own home. Join David D Bernstein and Rebirth: The CORT Chronicles Book 3 as they appear in features and interviews (such as the one below) in the weeks and months ahead!


Luckily for us, David D Bernstein 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 “Rebirth: The CORT Chronicles Book 3.”

OP: Tell us a little bit about Rebirth: The CORT Chronicles Book 3. What is it about?

David: Over one hundred years in the future, eleven-year-old Andy and his brother Zack come home to 2009, hoping to live normal lives. Yet something has gone wrong, they get back to a terrifying version of their hometown. In this edition strange new technologies have taken over and an underground city is about to reborn. The brothers find them self in a different world that they left. They must set out on a quest to save Trinity, New York, and Earth again. They need to find the source of this chaos and destroy it.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

David: I wrote this book to help people escape from the hard life and stress they are going through for the last one and half years, but especially with the Covid-19 epidemic. This virus continues to change lives forever. Yet, there is still hope at the end of this dark tunnel. This book looks at a world that is changing rapidly and going into the light. I hope this final chapter in my trilogy will bring an optimistic view of the world to children eleven to sixteen and to everybody who are losing hope right now. I also believe this book and my trilogy will change lives forever.

OP: How did you get your book published?

David: I got this book self-published through Outskirts Press and like my other books had an amazing experience going through this process. The staff was great and helpful throughout. I recommend them to any new author who wants to get there book out into the world.

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

David: This book is a wonderful read for children eleven to sixteen and adults that love a great story. I believe it is a book anyone will love.

OP: What is special about your book?

David: “Rebirth” is special because it looks at the world in a different view. It is fast paced, action packed, great living characters, emotional and it shares an important message with everyone that is found rarely in other books in its genre.

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

David: Every book that is published is different from others, because individuals have different stories they created. This is because every person sees their own world differently. The books they publish also create different worlds and characters.

OP: Have you published any other books, and do you plan to publish more?

David: I am the author of a book of poetry “Voices of The Heart” and two picture books: “The Enchanted Rope” and “Peanut” both cover real life situations. I also wrote a middle grade novel called The Portal the first book in the Cort Chronicles Trilogy. This book received a CIPA Merit award in Juvenile Fiction in 2018. A hardcover version and an audio book have published in 2021. The next two books “Spirral” and “Rebirth” came out in Spring 2021. He also had several poems published in magazines and anthologies and is the recipient of five Editor Awards. I do have plans to publish more books in the near future.

OP: How can someone learn more about your book or purchase it?

David: My books are available on Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, Outskirts Press and other online bookstores.

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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

David D. Bernstein is an energy healer and psychic who has worked with children for many years in different settings. He is the author of a book of poetry and two picture books, The Enchanted Rope and Peanut. His middle grade book, The Portal, won a CIPA EVVY Merit award in juvenile fiction in 2018, and he authored Spirral and Rebirth in The CORT Chronicles Trilogy. David has had poems published in several magazines and anthologies and is the recipient of five Editor’s Choice awards. He is also the proud uncle of two young boys.

For more information or to contact the author, visit https://www.outskirtspress.com/rebirth3

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Outskirts Press Presents Michele Towery, author of Let Me Count the Ways God Loves You

Author Michele Towery, M.A., MFCT is taking her latest book, Let Me Count the Ways God Loves You on tour – a Virtual Book Tour, that is, with Outskirts Press! Technology has created a wide variety of ways to reach audiences all over the world. All it takes is a little thinking outside the box, and nowadays you can market a self-published book in a variety of affordable and impactful ways. Virtual book tours, for example, are a great way to connect with readers from all corners of the globe, all from the comfort of your own home. Join Michele Towery, and Let Me Count the Ways God Loves You as they appear in features and interviews (such as the one below) in the weeks and months ahead!


Luckily for us, Michele Towery 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 Let Me Count the Ways God Loves You.

OP: Tell us a little bit about Let Me Count the Ways God Loves You. What is it about?

Michele: God’s love according to things God has made and things children love.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

Michele: A boy in my class was very depressed because his father was in jail and his mother was a drug addict. Also, he called himself a “bad boy.” I wanted to lift his spirits and also show him that he was a “good boy.” This was the inspiration for the book. Children need to be told that they are not alone in the world but are created and loved by God – wherever they are.

OP: How did you get your book published?

Michele: I got my book published by Outskirts Press. The Cover art was done by Wendy Leach.

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

Michele: The types of readers that will be interested in my book are those who have low self-esteem, are angry at God, or whose parents would like a calming bedtime story for their child.

OP: What is special about your book?  

Michele: The illustrations are gorgeous, the story is calming, and it raises self-esteem. It shows how great God’s love is for the child.

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

Michele: The illustrations and the story are different than other Christian books.

OP: Have you published any other books?

Michele: I have also published, Grandma, I Want To Be the Boss.

OP: Do you plan to publish more?

Michele: Yes, I plan to publish more books.

OP: How can someone learn more about your book or purchase it?

Michele: You can buy my book through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Christian Family Supplies in Camarillo, CA, or http://www.christian.com.

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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Michele Towery lets the child discover how immensely he or she is loved by God. By reading about the sun, moon, rainbows, and more the child can help “count the ways” God’s love is given.

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

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Self-Publishing Author Ruth Premo-Berkowitz Discusses The Barber’s Daughter and the Pink Frog Pond

Author Ruth Premo-Berkowitz is taking her latest book, The Barber’s Daughter and the Pink Frog Pond on tour – a Virtual Book Tour, that is, with Outskirts Press! Technology has created a wide variety of ways to reach audiences all over the world. All it takes is a little thinking outside the box, and nowadays you can market a self-published book in a variety of affordable and impactful ways. Virtual book tours, for example, are a great way to connect with readers from all corners of the globe, all from the comfort of your own home. Join Ruth Premo-Berkowitz and The Barber’s Daughter and the Pink Frog Pond as they appear in features and interviews (such as the one below) in the weeks and months ahead!


Luckily for us, Ruth Premo-Berkowitz 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 Barber’s Daughter and the Pink Frog Pond.

OP: Tell us a little bit about The Barber’s Daughter and the Pink Frog Pond. What is it about?

Ruth: Is about a Young Girl named Ruthie who loves life on the farm with her Family & adores all creatures & animals along with freedom of country living. Ruthie finds out her family moving to a small apartment above a butcher shop in a city and her father is not moving with family. Her mother and father are getting a divorce and her father is moving with his new family. Ruthie is only four and a half years old and feels so lonely and confused, but in this new world, Ruthie finds herself a wonderful new friend, Rachel, a Fly Fairy Princess and together they journey to many exciting places while helping many people and creatures along the way. Ruthie and Rachel embrace all the differences of these gifted people and creatures that they meet along their many journeys.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

Ruth: My writing began when I started the first day of Kindergarten Class. Our class was told not to write with our left hand or we would be punished. I picked up the pencil and all I knew how to write was my name and the alphabet. I went running home that first day of school crying because I wrote with my left hand. My mother handed me a piece of paper and said, “Start writing. It is okay you can write with your right or left hand!” I was confused but I sat down at the kitchen table and wrote and wrote my name over and over again as I cried. I found that I could write with both my right hand and left hand. By the end of my Kindergarten Class that year, I was writing with my right hand. I have kept journals my entire life after that year in school. I began at a young age writing in my journals about my life and the adventures of my family of 13 children. When my mother became ill with Leukemia, she asked me, “to publish this book series, called the “The Barber’s Daughter.” I said, “Yes!” Ruthie and Rachel adventures come from my life in a big family and the daughter of a Barber who was also a very talented musician. The wonderful part of this book series is when my mother was in the hospital and I read her the first Book in the series “The Barber’s Daughter and the Little Window, Book 1” and I described each picture to her from my hand drawings. She was so excited that I would put this book in print. My mother was so pleased with listening to the adventure of Ruthie and Rachel and the Little Window Book 1. My mother was my inspiration for the love of writing. I read it to her before she passed. Memories are forever!

OP: How did you get your book published?

Ruth: I published through Outskirts Press Inc.

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

Ruth: I believe all children in grade school and all ages will like this book, this series ;The Barber’s Daughter embraces difference and fears many of us have, fear of bugs & snakes , meeting new people, swimming, learning to ride a bike, dealing older and younger siblings of larger family , moving to new place, dealing with divorce and it shows how Ruthie and Rachel deal and coped with all these adventures and somehow helps all along with way. Wonderful way to look at everyday life and how to cope with it as you follow Ruthie and Rachel on their adventures their new World.

OP: What is special about your book?

Ruth: The main character Ruthie, has many hidden talents, her ability to talk with insects and all creatures along with animals. Ruthie never judges she sits and watches the world around her and embraces differences of all. She takes her fears and turns them into strengths and insights which then helps others. Rachel the Fly Fairy Princess is her best friend, but when they first met, Fly’s was one of Ruthies worst fears. Ruthie has many hidden talents but one she wanted the most was the gift of Music that her family shares with her Dad. I shared in these books of my personal experiences as lived them as young girl; of these fears, bugs, Horses, swimming, meeting new child, and writing with my left hand, feeling different because I never played a musical instrument which was so important to my father. Growing up in a big family you learn quick the pecking order and where you fit in, but I never fit in to this big wonderful musical gifted family. What is so unique is each person has talent, you just have to find it, I hope this book series inspires people of all ages to enjoy and embrace who you are and be positive with each moment. Being positive with each moment bring happiness. With Happiness you can over come anything life has to share with each you.

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

Ruth: The Barber’s Daughter is based on my real-life adventures with a little imagination along the adventures of Ruthie and Rachel. When it comes to real life adventures in the 1960s & 1970s no one can make this stuff up. Life in the real world is heart breaking and wonderful at the same time. Life in a very big family where most members inherited the musical gene from Dad but yet it was hard as a family member who did not play a musical instrument. Ruthie had her writing and pen as her musical instrument. Our wonderful family of 13 children had its hardships and but yet there is this great silent “golden” cloud that each one of us carried within us of an abundance of love for each other no matter what. I have tried to share and describe this love of a larger family whose lives went in so many different directions. The special gifts this book brings is there is no judgment of what you look like, how you look, talk or walk, but it is about your gifts that you carry with you everyday which makes each person, creature, and animal special. This book is just about life and how to learn to embrace life adventures and make today a better place to live and stay positive about tomorrow. A young girl’s adventures with life in a new world with no judgment but an excitement to meet all new adventures positively. Also, you can find all the information on my website http://www.Ruthiesbooks.com and Facebook, Ruthpremoberkowiz. Also, two of my brothers, Jon Premo and Bob Premo, wrote and recorded the music to theme song “Ruthie Little Window” video for “The Barber’s Daughter” Book Series. Jon Premo wrote the words and music to the video theme song and Robert(Bob) Premo recorded the CD theme song to the videos in his “Charlie the Barber’s Music Studio.” You can purchase the theme song by contacting Jon Premo at Jon.premo01@gmail.com. A big thank you to these two wonderful talented brothers who are so gifted with their musical talent.

OP: Have you published any other books?

Ruth: I now have two books published in The Barber’s Daughters Series: First book is The Barber’s Daughter and the Little Window, Book 1. The second book is The Barber’s Daughter and the Pink Frog Pond Book 2. (also has Coloring book with it)

OP: Do you plan to publish more?

Ruth: Yes! I plan on many more books with “The Barber’s Daughter” Series of books where Ruthie and Rachel go on many wonderful adventures. I am also writing an Adult Murder Mystery book series with some fun and twist with Who Done it.

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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Ruth Premo-Berkowitz was born in Constableville, New York. She grew up in the city of Rome and visited her family farm every weekend. She loved growing up on the farm, learning the cycles of planting and harvesting, and enjoying the neighbors’ animals. Ruth has been writing since early childhood, keeping a journal to record the adventures of her large family, as well as keeping track of the twists and turns of her life’s journey. Ruth’s creative talents include throwing pottery, painting, and stained glass/fused glass. She is married with grown children, and grandchildren who bring lots of love into her home. The Barber’s Daughter books are based on Ruth’s experiences growing up in New York.

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

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Self-Publishing Author David D. Bernstein Discusses The Enchanted Rope

Author David D. Bernstein is taking his latest book, The Enchanted Rope on tour – a Virtual Book Tour, that is, with Outskirts Press! Technology has created a wide variety of ways to reach audiences all over the world. All it takes is a little thinking outside the box, and nowadays you can market a self-published book in a variety of affordable and impactful ways. Virtual book tours, for example, are a great way to connect with readers from all corners of the globe, all from the comfort of your own home. Join David D. Bernstein and The Enchanted Rope as they appear in features and interviews (such as the one below) in the weeks and months ahead!


Luckily for us, Luckily for us, David D. Bernstein 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 Enchanted Rope.

OP: Tell us a little bit about The Enchanted Rope. What is it about?

David: This book is about a young boy named Jack who has just lost his mother to cancer, unfortunately, a common cause of death in people of all ages. In this book, Jack decides to find a way to connect to his mother and see where her world is. So, under the Alaskan sun, in a field of dreams, Jack gathers up one hundred wildflowers and starts to weave a magic rope he can climb up to the world of angels that his mother is in. A school of salmon, a clan of wolves, a brown bear and a bold eagle watch him as he weaves and weaves a finally sends the magic rope far up into the air to go where his mother is.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

David: This book was published originally in 2010. It was actually based on a poem I wrote called “Moment” which was featured in a poetry chapbook called “Voices of the heart.” That poem grew into the picture book The Enchanted Rope. The main reason I wrote this was because my Grandmother got cancer and I researched this topic and saw how many people that cancer kills and the long-lasting effect it has on the children and family members. I figured by writing this book and using fantasy and folk tale style that it would help families who lost loved ones. It was especially for the children who went through death even if it was a friend, a pet, or a family member. Like in 2010 this book is once again valuable with the Covid-19 cases and death growing daily in the world. The Enchanted Rope is a kind of self-help picture book that can not only change children’s lives but adult lives as well.

OP: How did you get your book published?

David: This was the first book I published with Outskirts press and it did very well back in 2010 and I think it can also do well here in 2021. Outskirts press was professional and helpful on the process and that is why I have been publishing with them ever since.

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

David: Any person rather they are 6 to 100 will be interested in this book. It helps them cope with death and overall, it is just a good folk tale for anyone to read and learn from.

OP: What is special about your book?

David: I think what makes this book special is the style of it which is my own Fairy Tale and at the same time it also is a self-help book and picture book. That combination is rare these days. I am not sure I found that many types of books out there. It also is a very touching story that will make individual’s emotions act out. It also will help people cope with tough issues like death and guide children in healing and use their own imagination to grow and move on in life.

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

David: I am very sure, many books like this are out there so I really cannot answer that question. Probably I think this book is unique in how it is written and the story and guidance it gives to individuals who are facing hard times. The book gives you that fuzzy feeling of comfort a person can find within their own imagination, which is something all of us whatever the age is very comfortable with.

OP: Have you published any other books?

David: I have published a chapbook of poetry called “Voices of the Heart” it is a combination of poems from my teenage years to my college years spanning about ten years. A picture book “Peanut” that helps children cope with diverse and obsession. I also have a trilogy of books known as The CORT Chronicles “The Portal” an CIPA Award winner Book 1 is already published and “Spirral” and “Rebirth” book 2 and 3 will be out in the next few months. I also have poetry published in several magazines and Anthologies that also have won awards.

OP: Do you plan to publish more?

David: I do have plans to publish more books. In the next 5 to 10 years, I plan to publish two picture books “Betty’s Dreams” and “Angry James” and I also plan to publish another trilogy called “Living Library Chronicles.” I do not have any set publishing years for those books, but I do plan to release them soon.

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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

The Enchanted Rope is David Bernstein’s first children’s book. He is also the author of one book of poetry and of many individual poems that have been published in magazines and anthologies. He has been awarded five Editor’s Choice Awards and a Certificate of Participation in the 15th Annual Writer’s International Self-Published Book Awards. David has worked with children for many years as a librarian, a camp counselor and a sports.

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

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Outskirts Press Presents David D. Bernstein, author of The CORT Chronicles Book 1: “The Portal”

Author David D. Bernstein is taking his award-winning book, The CORT Chronicles Book 1: “The Portal” on tour – a Virtual Book Tour, that is, with Outskirts Press! Technology has created a wide variety of ways to reach audiences all over the world. All it takes is a little thinking outside the box, and nowadays you can market a self-published book book in a variety of affordable and impactful ways. Virtual book tours, for example, are a great way to connect with readers from all corners of the globe, all from the comfort of your own home. Join David D. Bernstein and The CORT Chronicles Book 1: “The Portal” as they appear in features and interviews (such as the one below) in the weeks and months ahead!


Luckily for us, Luckily for us, David 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 CORT Chronicles Book 1: “The Portal”.

OP: Tell us a little bit about The CORT Chronicles Book 1: “The Portal”. What is it about?

David: My book is about two brothers named Zack and Andy who fall through a Portal and find themselves transported to a ghostly version of their hometown-101 years in the future. They soon discover that the city is controlled by CORT robots…and that this reality is Earth’s possible future. Together with the help of a girl named Wendy who is the leader of the Resistance movement here. Our heroes must journey together through a nightmare world that only they can change. How can three young people alter the present by saving the future?

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

David: I originally wrote this book back in 2017 so I can help people escape a political civil war between the elite politicians and the forgotten men and women who they treat as secondary citizens. These elite do not care one bit about this great country we live in. They always put America second and the world first so they can make a profit for their own pocketbooks. This was the case in 2017 and it is even worse in 2020. I wrote this book so people who are suffering from Covid-19 and this philosophy can have a few hours to escape reality and immerse themselves in an amazing adventure. I believe this book is needed more then ever today. It also seems that others agreed, since in 2018 my book won a CIPA EVVY Merit award in Juvenile Fiction

OP: How did you get your book published?

David: I self-published this book with Outskirts Press an amazing company that worked closely with me to make a wonderful book. They were very professional and fun to work with.

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

David: I think that all kinds of readers will be interested in this book, even though the target age are children 7 to 12, but are we all not children in heart?

OP: What is special about your book?

David: That is a tough question, any author will say their book is special, but I believe my book is not special, but unique. My characters live and breathe off the page. The readers will journey with our Protagonists and will be on the edge of their seats to see what happens next. “The Portal” will also affect them on a physical and emotional level. People will laugh and cry as our heroes grow from children to young adults and discover how they can reverse this dark world and bring it to the light.

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

David: I am not sure this book is different from other books in this category, but it does show our world in a different light. It also is just an amazing read, that puts our current world in a nutshell using fantasy, and great characters. The book helps individuals immerse themselves in a dark world where the spark of hope still shines.

OP: Have you published any other books?

David: Yes, I have my first book was a collection of poems from my high school and college days. It is called “Voices of the Heart” and was published in 2004. I also have written two picture books that deal with real life situations that children face death of a parent and divorce. They are called “The Enchanted Rope” published in 2010 and “Peanut” published in 2018. There is also “The Portal” published in 2017. I also have several individual poems published in various magazines and anthologies and have received several Editor awards.

OP: Do you plan to publish more?

David: I do have plans for future books. The next fantasy trilogy I am considering is for a younger age group and it named “Living Library Chronicles.” I also have two picture books I am considering. There are no titles yet. As for publishing dates, I am not sure about those. Right now, I will be focusing on marketing my two new books “Spirral” and”Rebirth” which are do out Spring or Summer 2021 and my award winner “The Portal.”

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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

David Bernstein is a tennis instructor and energy healer who has worked with children for many years. He’s the author of a book of poetry and The Enchanted Rope, a children’s picture book. He has also had poems published in magazines and anthologies and is the recipient of five Editor’s Choice awards. The Portal is his debut novel.

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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!

 

Another Award-Winning Self-Publishing Author From Outskirts Press

Outstanding-Fiction-2019-sCongratulations to George Yuhasz for his extraordinary wins at the Independent Author Book of the Year Awards, where his Outskirts Press book Imagine That was a finalist in the Children’s Juvenile Fiction Category and a winner in the Outstanding Children’s Fiction Illustrated Category.  (Just take a look at his book to see why!)

George Yuhasz is a passionate advocate for the preservation and protection of our natural world. A proud father and grandfather, lifelong learner, and world traveler, he especially delights in sharing with children his knowledge and enthusiasm for appreciating the joy and wonder of connecting with nature. George lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina and is currently working on another children’s book and a suspense novel.

 Book Details for Imagine That: The Magic of the Mysterious Lights

On a night when the sky is full of stars, sometimes there appears light that cannot be explained, even by the smartest astronomers…

Evelyn is a little girl who lives with her parents and brother in a house with a big backyard. On nights when the sky is filled with brightly shining stars, she loves to go outside before bed to see the Milky Way and the Big Dipper and dream about the planets.

But Evelyn has a secret: She is able to see flashes of light streaking across the night sky that no one else can see. And she’ll soon learn that her secret is actually a wonderful gift!

What an accomplishment, George!

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