Bob Ralston wins a free Apple iPad Mini

The competition was fierce throughout, but when all was said and done, Bob Ralston, author of God, Physics and Me was named our big winner for his technically impressive and charming video submission below:


Bob wins a Wi-Fi enabled Apple iPad Mini for being the finalist receiving the most public votes for his video in our “Give Thanks” video contest. Congratulations, Bob!

After Bob’s discharge from the Navy in July 1946, he attended the University of California at Berkeley, and studied at its outstanding physics department. After graduation, he worked at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, doing exciting applied research that focused on nuclear safety, nuclear waste disposal, and environmental studies. Born in 1926 in Los Angeles, Bob was drawn at an early age to science and spirituality. A prolific writer and reader since the third grade, he currently lives in Northern California.

God, Physics, and Me is a book that serves as a living example of how science and religion can indeed peacefully coexist.


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In “God, Physics and Me,” physicist Bob Ralston writes about his quest to reconcile his spiritual beliefs and faith in God with his scientific knowledge of the physical world. Ralston candidly writes of a childhood filled with wonder for and confusion about the spiritual world and, later, his thirst for scientific knowledge.

Strangely, perhaps, Ralston’s increasing understanding of physics fueled a spiritual quest that pervaded his professional and personal life. “God, Physics and Me” explores one man’s spiritual quest and path to peace through God and science. It’s a must-read for anyone who struggles to find peace and understanding in their spiritual and physical worlds.

Congratulations, again, to Bob on his victory!

Are you ready to publish your book with the self-publishing company that is as thankful for its authors as its authors are thankful for their publisher?

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Vote now for the winner of the free iPad Mini

Earlier this month, Outskirts Press invited members of its Facebook community and family of successfully published authors to participate in a “Give Thanks” video promotion for the chance to win a free Apple iPad Mini.

Now it’s time for you to choose the winner of the iPad Mini! From among all the submissions we received, the top videos are presented below.

Vote for your favorite in the polling box below the last video. The polls will be open until 11:59 PM EST on Wednesday (November 28th). The winner will be announced on Friday, November 30th. Thank you to all our wonderful authors who took the time to submit a video; and good luck to our fantastic finalists.

Now, without further ado…

VIDEO #1: Melissa Burke, author of Poetry and Short Stories by a Bipolar Girl


VIDEO #2: Maribel Grunloh, author of Confessions of a Tour Guide


VIDEO #3: H Robert Ralston, author of God, Physics and Me


 

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Win a Free Apple iPad Mini in the Outskirts Press “Give Thanks” Video Contest for Self-Publishing Authors

Outskirts Press, the fastest growing self-publishing and book marketing company, announced today their new “Give Thanks” video contest in celebration of Thanksgiving 2012. Outskirts Press gives its authors an opportunity to win a free Apple iPad Mini by recording a video segment showing or explaining why they are thankful for being a published writer!

Give Thanks and Win a Free iPad MiniPublishing a book allows you to share your story. Now, Outskirts Press authors can grab their video cameras or video-enabled smartphones and expand upon their artistic creativity this Thanksgiving by recording a 1-3 minute video that “gives thanks” for being a published author.

“Get your cameras rolling,” encourages Outskirts Press Manager of Author Support Elise Connors. “Our contest is open to all 8,000+ of our published authors who want to share their love of writing, being published, and Outskirts Press. We receive written and audio testimonials all the time from our many satisfied authors. Now here’s one more medium to share the love and be in the running for a free iPad Mini! Even if an author doesn’t win the grand prize, they will receive a free e-book of Outskirts Press CEO Brent Sampson’s Amazon bestseller, Sell Your Book on Amazon.”

Authors who record a brief video – between 1 – 3 minutes in length – that creatively shows why they are thankful for publishing with Outskirts Press will be eligible for finalist consideration. All video files should be sent to givethanks@outskirtspress.com and shared on Facebook or uploaded to YouTube by midnight on November 23rd***.

Among all the entries received, Outskirts Press will choose three finalists based in part on the number of comments/likes received on social media channels for the shared videos. The three finalists are at the ultimate discretion of Outskirts Press and will be showcased in a blog post at http://www.selfpublishingnews.com in which everyone will be invited to vote for the winner in a public poll.

Authors who submit a video should make sure all their family and friends press the “Thumbs Up” button on Facebook and/or YouTube and vote for their videos if they are selected for the final poll.

“This is truly the season for giving thanks,” added Mrs. Connors, “and we’re so thankful for our authors that we’re giving one of them a free Apple iPad Mini.”

***This date has been updated since the original contest announcement

Win a FREE Apple iPad Mini in our Thanksgiving video contest

Give Thanks and Get a Free iPad Mini!
Give video thanks and you could win a free Apple iPad Mini!

Happy (early) Thanksgiving from Outskirts Press! To get you into the holiday spirit, today we’re announcing the “Give Thanks” social media event for self-publishing authors.

Publishing a book allows you to share your story. Now, Outskirts Press authors can grab their video cameras or video-enabled smartphones and expand upon their artistic creativity this Thanksgiving by recording a 1-3 minute video that “gives thanks” for being a published author.

Why are you thankful for being published? How has it helped your life, career, family, or the lives of others?  Or, alternatively, who do YOU want to thank for being published? Maybe your parents, or a college professor? Maybe your spouse or children? Maybe your author representative or publisher?  Whoever you wish to thank (sure, thank more than one), now is the time to record your thanks, show off your beautiful book, and share your 1-3 minute Thank You video with fellow writers.

It’s easy!

If you are published with Outskirts Press, or currently in the publishing process with Outskirts Press, here is all it takes for your chance to win a free Apple iPad Mini:

1. Record a brief video – between 1 – 3 minutes in length – that creatively shows why you are thankful for publishing with Outskirts Press or who you wish to thank for being a published author. Creativity really counts here – so don’t hold back. Watch some samples below from our “Show us the Love” contest last Valentine’s Day.

2. Email your video file as an attachment to givethanks@outskirtspress.com before midnight on Friday, November 23rd***.

3. We will share the best videos on one or more of our social media channels like Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter, furthering exposure for you and your book (so don’t forget to say who you are in the video and what the title of your book is. Video is a visual medium. Show your book, too!   Just one video submission per author, please.

That’s it!

The sooner you submit your video, the more exposure you’ll receive.  You are encouraged to share your video yourself on your social media channels like Facebook and Twitter, too.

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What do you win?

Every video submission will receive a free e-book pdf of Outskirts Press CEO Brent Sampson’s Amazon bestseller, Sell Your Book on Amazon.

Among all the entries received, Outskirts Press will highlight select videos on one or more of our social media channels, increasing exposure of your book.

From among all the entries, Outskirts Press will also choose three finalists based in part on the number of comments and/or “likes” each video receives on our Facebook page.

The three finalists will be showcased on this blog on Monday, November 26th*** where everyone will be able to vote for their favorite.

The finalist receiving the most votes before the voting period ends will receive free Apple iPad Mini. We will announce the winner on November 30th***.

Here are some examples from our “Show Us Your Love” contest earlier this year:

 

 

 

 

We can’t wait to see yours! So get started — record your video thanks, email it to givethanks@outskirtspress.com, upload it on YouTube, and share it. It’s REALLY that simple.

*Authors who submit videos are giving Outskirts Press permission to post said videos to our YouTube channel, on our website, and other social media platforms for promotional purposes. Video entries must be new; videos for past contests are not eligible. Only one video submission per author wh is actively published or publishing with Outskirts Press. Void where prohibited.

***These dates have been changed since the original announcement.