Self-Publishing Book Spotlight: The Persian Project

Award winning author Mark Irving’s latest historical thriller – The Persian Project – explores the roots of the Iranian American conflict and brings alive the people, places and events of 1970’s Tehran under the threat of nuclear catastrophe in the Middle East.

A prequel to Irving’s successful series of international thrillers, Deadly Passage and Sakura’s Stratagem, The Persian Project opens in 1978, the U.S. and the Soviet Union are suspicious of each other’s efforts to reduce their inventory of ICBM’s; and Tehran is near turmoil with a new coalition of political, religious and social forces threatening the reign of the Shah and the interests of the U.S. in the region. 

Into this nuclear tinderbox enters the indefatigable Clint Jagger as an undercover telecommunications consultant who soon finds himself under the oppressive thumb of the sadistic commander of the infamous Evin Prison. 

The author’s ability to draw from his own experiences in Iran in the late seventies and his career as bureau chief and political columnist are evident in this realistic portrayal of the region and the back story insights Irving provides his readers in this fast paced adventure.

About the Author:

Mark Irving is the pen name for Irv Sternberg, Denver Post bestselling author of five award winning novels.  A former journalist and speechwriter, he and his wife live in Colorado.

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If you are in the Greater Denver Area, July 7, be sure to visit him at the Boulder Bookstore where he will be signing books at the bookstore’s An Evening with Local Authors.  For more information, visit or visit the author’s website

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Colorado Book Award Finalists Announced

Congratulations to Outskirts Press author Irv Sternberg, who’s 2008 novel NEPTUNE’S CHARIOT is a finalist in this year’s Colorado Book Awards, sponsored by the Colorado Humanities/Colorado Center for the Book.

Finalists receive additional press exposure, compliments of the Colorado Humanities.

Neptunes Chariot by Irv Sternberg
Neptune's Chariot by Irv Sternberg

Book award winners will be announced this year at the Aspen Summer Words Literary Festival during the week of June 21 – June 26, in beautiful Aspen, Colorado.

A former journalist and public relations manager, Irv Sternberg is the Denver Post best-selling author of the popular Clint Jagger thrillers, Deadly Passage and Sakura’s Stratagem, under the pseudonym, Mark Irving. He is also the author of the Izzy Brand mystery, No Laughing Matter, under his own name. Neptune’s Chariot is his first historical novel. He and his wife live in Colorado.

“Outskirts Press came into my life at exactly the right time. Within 3 months they had published No Laughing Matter, which made The Denver Post bestseller list. When they published my next novel, Neptune’s Chariot became a bestseller, too. Outskirts Press will help you find your dream, especially if, like me, you hear the clock ticking and can’t afford to play the waiting game.”

Congratualtions, Irv, from all of us at Outskirts Press!

Interview with bestseller Irv Sternberg

When bestselling author Irv Sternberg published No Laughing Matter with Outskirts Press, he was already a well-established writer in the Denver community. He leveraged that success to turn No Laughing Matter into a bestseller, which bred further success for his recently published hardback, Neptune’s Chariot, which is currently sharing time on the Denver bestseller list along with Janet Evanovich, James Rollins, and James Patterson.

Mr. Sternberg, tell us about your first book…

I published my first novel, Deadly Passage, at the age of 66 with a traditional publishing house and optioned it for film. Five years later, I independently self-published my second novel, Sakura’s Stratagem, at a significant cost. Both books earned me a spot on the bestseller lists of both of Denver’s daily newspapers.

Why did you turn to Outskirts Press for your third book?

Outskirts Press came into my life at exactly the right time. After years of trying to publish my third novel by conventional means, I finally learned
of Outskirts Press. Within three months, they had published No Laughing Matter, an amateur sleuth mystery that also made The Denver Post bestseller list and sold out at the landmark Tattered Cover Book Store, a Denver literary icon. No Laughing Matter also won the Harvey Award from the Colorado Authors’ League for best genre novel of 2007.

And your fourth book?

When they published my next novel, Neptune’s Chariot, it became a bestseller, too.

Above James Rollins and James Patterson – pretty impressive! How was your publishing experience with Outskirts Press?

I’m indebted to my Author Rep at Outskirts for her friendly, prompt and professional assistance. The Outskirts Press cover artist shared my vision of the covers, and executed beautifully.

Any advice for fellow authors?

Outskirts Press will help you find your dream, especially if, like me, you hear the clock ticking and can’t afford to play the waiting game.

Thank you, Irv. And congratulations on your success!