This Week’s Amazon Featured Book of the Week is An Unstoppable Survivor by Judy Welden

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An Unstoppable Survivor by Judy Welden

(5 out of 5 Stars – 7 Customer Reviews)    Price: $22.95

Stifled for two decades by an unloving husband, after his drowning death in 1980, Judy Welden helped her new husband set up his Chiropractic office, began writing songs (eventually wrote 400 +), started two publishing companies and two record labels.

Her Memoir tells of her earlier life and the struggles she endured in an interesting, often humorous manner.

Reading Judy Welden’s story will uplift the reader, motivating them to never give up on their dreams!

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This Week’s Amazon Featured Book of the Week is Shadows of Swayne Field by Ronald R. Harrington

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Shadows of Swayne Field by Ronald R. Harrington

(4.7 out of 5 Stars – 5 Customer Reviews)    Price: $19.95

When the kitchen ceiling caved in, and the contents of his mother’s attic splayed across the floor, Ron, better known as “Punky,” knew he had to help clean up. With the assistance of his son and nephew, he would try to preserve as many of the dirty, mold-covered memories as he could, including a mysterious, old metal box, possibly belonging to his Grandpa Hash. What’s inside it takes him back thirty-two years earlier as he recalls the magical weekend in 1984 spent with his grandfather attending two baseball games. The first, at Tiger Stadium in Detroit to see their first-place heroes in action. Then to the local diamond to see their beloved Toledo Mud Hens the next day. The Beatles and Elvis on the radio, “crunchy” hot dogs, and plenty of baseball talk was on the agenda for this fun-filled road trip with many surprises along the way. The weekend takes an unexpected turn when the whereabouts of a long-lost family heirloom, a baseball signed by Abraham Lincoln, comes to light, setting off an impromptu detour, a bizarre return to a game at old Swayne Field—demolished twenty-nine years earlier, and uncovering the real holy grail of baseball collectibles.

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This Week’s Amazon Featured Book of the Week is Tempest by Charles Coffin

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Tempest by Charles Coffin

(4.8 out of 5 Stars – 19 Customer Reviews)    Price: $19.95

Based on a true story, the following is about human relationships as we journey life’s path. Although set within a military backdrop, similar interpersonal relationships could just as easily have been experienced in a small company, small town, or even within a smaller department of a large corporation. War, over simplified, is a contest of wills. People skills are not common to all of us. We each can react quite differently to the same set of circumstances. Scientists tell us through DNA research that all human beings are 99.9% genetically alike. And yet, one of the things that makes us interesting is that our personalities can be so varied, and we react to the same circumstances quite differently. Tempest offers humor as well as frustration. It demonstrates the manipulation of power and the subtle grooming of people toward the will of those in authority controlling us.

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How Local Media Marketing Can Make Your Book Skyrocket

How Local Media Marketing Can Make Your Book Skyrocket

If you’ve done any sort of local media marketing yourself, you know it is often easier said than done.

Success typically comes down to perseverance. But success also depends upon contacting the right people at the right time.

Every city has its share of radio stations, and each of those radio stations have on-air personalities for designated blocks of time. Some radio programs are geared exclusively to music. Others, exclusively to news. And still others exclusively to a mash-up of music, entertainment, and listener engagement. Media marketing involves identifying the appropriate people to contact and making those in-roads.

Since you’re a local author in their area, they’re exponentially more likely to be interested than if you send an unsolicited pitch to a national or global program.

Other than radio, every major city also has its fair share of local newscasts and entertainment programs on television. These program producers are constantly on the prowl for unique, original programming featuring someone, or something, of local interest. In much the same manner you located and pitched the radio stations, you’ll identify and pitch the television producers, too.

Do you want more than radio and television exposure? How about city-wide newspapers and/or community leaflets or fliers. Almost all commercial areas from the suburbs to the major cities harbor newsletters, newspapers, coupon periodicals, and the like. And what do you think the chances are that your local community newspaper will write an article about a local author with a published book? We’re betting pretty good! In fact, your local community newspapers should also be one of your very first steps on the road to marketing, but the success rate is so high.

If you’re thinking this sounds like a lot of work, you’re right. But the results can make it worthwhile if you have the patience to do it right. And nowadays, much (if not all of this) can be done remotely via email, chat, and the telephone, making it an effective and safe method of marketing your book, even during COVID-19.

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Self-Publishing Insight: JERRY L. JONES, EdD, discusses Go and Come Again: Segregation, Tolerance, and Reflection: A Four-Generation African-American Educational Struggle

Author JERRY L. JONES, EdD is taking his latest book, Go and Come Again: Segregation, Tolerance, and Reflection: A Four-Generation African-American Educational Struggle 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 JERRY L. JONES, EdD and Go and Come Again: Segregation, Tolerance, and Reflection: A Four-Generation African-American Educational Struggle as they appear in features and interviews (such as the one below) in the weeks and months ahead!


Luckily for us, JERRY L. JONES, EdD 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 Go and Come Again: Segregation, Tolerance, and Reflection: A Four-Generation African-American Educational Struggle.

OP: Tell us a little bit about Go and Come Again: Segregation, Tolerance, and Reflection: A Four-Generation African-American Educational Struggle. What is it about?

Jerry:  My book is about growing up African American in Appalachia in the 1950s and the early 1960s. It is about being an educator and teaching for 52 years. My book analyzes the issues of race, career success, life’s journey, and destiny.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

Jerry:  I wrote this book to show respect to the legacy of African Americans of earlier times and honoring those African Americans who are living today. I use this book as a center point for discussions about race relations and analyzing my own life’s story.

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

Jerry: All ages can benefit from reading Go and Come Again.

OP: What is special about your book?  

Jerry:  The pictures are priceless. The humor is real. The details are stunning and the empathy is apparent.

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

Jerry: Few educators have stayed in the classroom for 50 years; my perspective is different than that of administrators. The Appalachian location is unique.

OP: Have you published any other books? Do you plan to publish more?

Jerry: Yes, and yes.

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

Jerry: To purchase, they can go to my website at https://www.jjonesgladespring.com AND by internet searching, jerry jones glade spring.

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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

An African American born in 1947 in the Southwest Virginia small town of Glade Spring, Dr. Jerry L. Jones attended public schools in the era of segregation. He holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from Virginia State University and a doctoral degree from Virginia Tech. Starting his teaching career as a high school teacher in Baltimore in 1969, he became a professor at J. Sergeant Reynolds Community College in Richmond in 1974. Returning to his hometown in 2001 to take care of his elderly mother, Jones is currently a professor at Emory & Henry College, which is located only four miles from the Glade Spring home where he grew up and that has been in his family since 1870. With nearly sixty years in education, both as a student and as a teacher, Jones provides a unique prospective about society, education, and minority status in America—past and present. When Jerry Jones’s mother, Mary Waugh, finished the seventh grade in the 1920s, there was no high school for black children in Washington County, Virginia. She and one of her brothers were homeschooled during the eighth grade by a paid teacher. Later, Mary and her brother were sent to Morristown Junior College in Tennessee which—at that point in time—had a high school department. The author details four generations of black public-school education in his hometown, from his great grandfather (a former slave) to his own education, which involved being bused about 60 miles a day to and from high school. With nearly fifty years as a teacher, Jones writes his book as a tribute to the struggles that many African Americans faced in their pursuit of an education. The stories about his family may not be overly unique. However, these stories are representative of the time and of the geographic location. The education of Negro children in the early years of the twentieth century in most Southern school districts was not a priority. This was a case of separate and unequal—a situation which took decades and federal intervention to remedy. Hesitant to call his book autobiographical, Jones does detail many of his life experiences—tracing his journey from the segregated public schools of Virginia, to his college experiences at the historically black Virginia State University, and to his teaching career in Baltimore, Richmond, and Emory. Additionally, he analyzes his own shortcomings and reflects on his personal traits and strengths.

For more information or to contact the author, visit http://www.outskirtspress.comgoandcomeagain

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This Weeks Amazon Featured Book of the Week is Hans-Peter by David Poland

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Hans-Peter by David Poland

(4.3 out of 5 Stars – 9 Customer Reviews)    Price: $19.95

With a Tri-Propellant
Rocket Engine

When Hans-Peter pushed

the hypersonic envelope

toward Low Earth Orbit, he

encountered an astonishing

secret.

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Author Poll: Writer L.I. ter Meulen wants your help with her cover

L.I. ter Meulen is self-publishing a book with Outskirts Press. And she wants your help deciding her book cover.

Book Summary

Meet Alejandro—aka Alex the lover, aka “A” the gigolo—the rough-edged scoundrel who sanded and polished himself into the smooth, hard object of everyone’s fascination. For Emily he has been a subject of serious inquiry from birth. When her mother Jante returned to New York from France nurturing the secret seed in her tummy, she didn’t know that two decades later, Em and A would discover each other—boastful, sad, and wayward mirrors of each other’s capricious charms and their own intimate, intentional rebellions. Daughter and father. Found and lost. As Alejandro lies dying of the gay plague in a Paris hospital, Emily tries on and inherits his cape of seduction and trade. Smooth Hard follows their separate, converging paths of curiosity and deception across a generation, through the light of self-discovery, and into the dark shadows of the Life.

About the Author

A native New Yorker, L.I. ter Meulen has been taking her cues from its streets, its people, and its soul since childhood. A graduate of City University of New York, and an entrepreneur, she was the visionary behind “Heatwave,” CUNY’s first compendium of student feminist poetry and fiction. Author of Kismet; Home. Heart. Twigs.; Red Coal, and numerous other poetry collections, she is a winner of the NFSPS prize for her singular poem “Splendid Child.” Smooth Hard is her debut novel.

Please take a look at two possible covers below and then vote on the choice you recommend for L.I. ter Meulen.

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Your Second Finalist for the 2021 Best Book of the Year Award is … Paul E. Kotz, Author of Profiles in Kindness: Stories of Inspiration & Everyday Leadership!

Congratulations to our three finalists for the Outskirts Press 2021 Best Book of the Year award: In the Black by Andrew Ceroni, Profiles in Kindness: Stories of Inspiration & Everyday Leadership by Paul E. Kotz, and Whale of Wonder
by Marie-Paule Mahoney.

All three books took home first place awards from this year’s EVVY Awards, qualifying the authors for Outskirts Press highest honor! Remember, only one book can win — so look into your choices, order their books and cast your vote. Voting will begin Monday, September 13th on Self-Publishing News and will close promptly on Friday, September 17th at 12:01 AM Mountain Time.

So, come back on Monday, Sept. 13th, to cast your vote for the book you believe to be the best of the three.

Meet Your Second Finalist

Profiles in Kindness: Stories of Inspiration & Everyday Leadership

Leadership. You know it when you see it.

Those who make an impact – leave a mark on us. Hopefully, it is a positive one, grounded in those who bring us joy, and those who inspire us. They give us examples of how we can live our own lives, and also push us to be better.

You have so much time. There are plenty of people who have opened my eyes. Often it comes on unexpectedly. You can give back to society. You can bring your community together. You have relevance.

I am not going to tell anyone in this collection of stories of servant leadership, combining unexpected surprises, and lessons learned exactly what to do. I am going to give you examples of those who do make an impact, observations of people who can help us to realize our gifts and those who assist us in consciously or unknowingly changing for the better.

About the Author

Paul E. Kotz wrote the CIPA Award winning – Something Happened Today (2018), featuring stories of mentorship, advocating keeping eyes and ears open to the present and the positive. It addresses seeing the good each day – facing difficulties and adversity with hope and compassion. Dr. Kotz is a lifelong learner with education and business expertise. This includes working as faculty and advisor with undergraduate, graduate students and since 2013, in a doctoral program in leadership. Kotz has taught and served as an executive/life coach to graduate students and business professionals; and has assisted high school students in navigating adolescence. Teaching Ethics, Organizational Effectiveness, Strategies for Adult Learning Theory, and Statistical Research Methods, Kotz brings practical decision tools and discussion to assist in creating opportunities, facing situations that arise in our own lives and organizations. Some of his work in leadership practice includes – Teaching Examples of Extraordinary Leadership – Influence and Inspiration – An Ethnographic Study; Women Who Have Run for President – An Examination of Leadership Qualities; and Reaching Millennials in the Classroom. In addition, he continues to give motivational talks on examples of influence and inspiration. He is a resident of Saint Paul, Minnesota and continues to collect new experiences that shape and challenge his perspectives. Feel free to contact Paul at pkotz@smumn.edu or paulekotz@yahoo.com.

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Your First Finalist for the 2021 Best Book of the Year Award is … Andrew Ceroni, Author of In the Black!

Congratulations to our three finalists for the Outskirts Press 2021 Best Book of the Year award: In the Black by Andrew Ceroni, Profiles in Kindness: Stories of Inspiration & Everyday Leadership by Paul E. Kotz, and Whale of Wonder
by Marie-Paule Mahoney. These works are impressive and it’s going to be an interesting sprint to the finish!

All three books took home first place awards from this year’s EVVY Awards, qualifying the authors for Outskirts Press’ highest honor! Remember, only one book can win — so look into your choices, order their books and cast your vote. Voting will begin Monday, September 13th on Self-Publishing News and will close promptly on Friday, September 17th at 12:01 AM Mountain Time.

So, come back on Monday, September 13th, to cast your vote for the book you believe to be the best of the three.

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In the Black

CIA’s most valuable foreign agents are being methodically assassinated. With its intelligence network shattering, the Agency begins a desperate search to uncover the traitor within its ranks!

The CIA’s most valued Russian double agents are being assassinated one by one. In Langley Center itself, Jack Barrett, Director of Central Intelligence, barely escapes assassination. When the Agency discovers the attacks originate from a Russian top secret cyberwarfare program called Chernyy Almaz, or Black Diamond, they must respond swiftly to shut down the attacks and extract their top prized agents before they’re lost forever. Chief among them is Dr. Armand Mishenkov, the head of Russia’s research and development for cold fusion weaponry. Pursued by Russian assassins and Spetsnaz teams, Agent Dave McClure must find Mishenkov and smuggle him across Europe and to the United States—but can they make it alive?

About the Author – Andrew Ceroni

Award-winning author Andrew Ceroni served a distinguished career as a Senior Supervisory Special Agent focused on global counterespionage and antiterrorism operations. He received his BS degree from the U.S. Air Force Academy and an MA from Case Western Reserve University, and he studied the German and French languages at the University of Maryland. Andrew is a member of the Authors Guild.

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