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Reflections: Home and Abroad

by Gary E. Miller

(5 Stars – 1 Customer Review)

Price: $8.95

Gary E. Miller’s “Reflections: Home and Abroad” is a stunning new collection of his poetry–reflections of his wide-ranging travels, observations, and general musings. The author has spent a lifetime exploring the world and indulging his curious nature. With service in the Teacher Corps, Peace Corps, and the US Navy, and traveling and meeting people around the world, Miller shares a broad range of personal experiences and observations in Reflections. Rounded out with ideas from other writers and philosophers, Reflections encourages others to continue their own efforts in thinking and writing.

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Reinvented by Bernice Schaefer

Technology has created a wide variety of ways to reach audiences all over the world. It takes is a little thinking outside the box and you can market a self-published book in creative, affordable and impactful ways. Consider book tours! Tours are a great way to connect with your readers and technology has made them easier and more cost effective than ever!

Author Bernice Schaefer is taking her latest book Reinvented, on tour — a Virtual Book Tour with Outskirts Press. This will allow Bernice to take her book into the far corners of the globe, all from the comfort of her own home! Keep an eye out for Bernice’s book as she will be featured on several blogs over the weeks and months ahead!


Luckily for us, Bernice 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 Reinvented.

OP: Tell us a little bit about Reinvented. What is it about?

Bernice: This is a memoir that follows my journey from childhood to a respected psychologist and marriage/family therapist. The chapters in Reinvented depict powerful chapters of my life: my New York City childhood, marrying and reluctantly moving to Connecticut, opening a drama school, becoming a counseling psychologist, losing my husband, finding and losing another love, and so much more. This book shows my frailties, vulnerabilities, uncertainties, but more importantly my strength and resilience.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

Bernice: I wanted to leave a legacy for my family, and after finishing the book, I realized other people might enjoy the story. I published this book because while my journey is unique to my life, these events are relatable to so many other people.

OP: How did you get your book published?

Bernice: I decided to self-publish. At my age, I didn’t want to wait to find an agent who would in turn find a publisher. I thought this would be much more expedient.

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

Bernice: People who are curious about other people and the world.

OP: What is special about your book?

Bernice: I wrote it to leave a legacy for my family and friends and commemorate valuable slices of my life. Reinvented portrays a lifetime of struggle, love, and gratitude.

OP: Have you published any other books?

Bernice: In 2014, I published All That And So Much More through Author House Publishing. Some chapters in that memoir now compliment new chapters and themes in Reinvented.

OP: Do you plan to publish more?

Bernice: Perhaps. I am currently writing a book of essays with three other women.

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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Bernice Schaefer resides in Pittsburgh, PA. She spends most of her time lost in her thoughts. When she emerges to involve herself in the outside world, she chooses to share her inward adventures through her writing; whether it be fiction, poetry, or children’s books.

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

This author purchased the Virtual Book Tour marketing option, which allows self-publishing authors to connect with bloggers and harness the power of the blogosphere by taking their book on the “virtual road.” Learn more about this service by visiting your Publishing Center and reviewing the available marketing options.

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Busted: Wheelin’ N Dealin’

by Thomas Frederick Mills

(4.5 Stars – 53 Customer Reviews)

Price: $23.95

Thomas Frederick Mills’s “Busted: Wheelin’ N Dealin’.” Sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll helped fuel Big T’s decision to take a risk and make the big money he’d always dreamed about… But he didn’t predict that the drug business would cost him over 20 years in a prison cell with nothing but his passion for success in an unforgiving world. Told from an outlaw’s point of view, this book is a baby boomer’s anthem. Infused with author’s own childhood experiences with music, movies, books, and TV, this is a story everyone in his world-changing generation can relate to.

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New in 2020! Announcing the Media Marketing Blitz Only From Outskirts Press

Are you interested in getting more local media and worldwide exposure for your book? Outskirts Press can help. We are excited to introduce our new Media Marketing Blitz to all our published authors–a comprehensive and laser-focus marketing service that is specifically tailored to introduce (or reintroduce) your book to the media in 2020. Global platforms will be included (like influential bloggers with a worldwide audience), but the Media Marketing Blitz is customized to your immediate vicinity, where your odds for media success and traction are much higher.

  • Local news stations? Check.
  • Local & community newspapers? Check.
  • Local and regional radio stations? Check.
  • Local community outreach and speaking/training opportunities? Check.

After your initial one-on-one personal consultation with your Specialist, we will hand-select, and contact on your behalf, the applicable opportunities listed above as well as specific influential bloggers around the world who we feel have a high probability of either interviewing you or writing about you and/or your book. Don’t worry! Book Blitzing means we do all that heavy lifting for you!

Here are the personal services you receive with your Media Marketing Blitz:

  • 5 hours of personal marketing assistance with a professional, experienced Book Marketing Specialist, which includes a 30-minute 1-on-1 Strategy Session (typically via telephone).
  • Researching, vetting, and contacting up to 10 local media and/or event opportunities in your area
  • Follow-up with each local media outlet
  • Researching, vetting, and contacting influential blogs related to your book’s subject matter for a book review, author interview, or other online event (we guarantee at least two blog “appearances” but it’s not usual to receive many more)
  • Digital “Clipping Service” that automatically notifies you every time your book is mentioned online
  • Promotion of your success on our aggregated social media network (all you have to do is let us know!)

Here are the actionable deliverables you receive with your Book Blitz:

  • A Custom Press Release, including worldwide distribution
  • A Custom Sales Sheet
  • Personal 90-day local book marketing calendar customized to your area
  • A Digital Downloadable Edition of your book to include in digital press kits
  • Additional contacts/opportunities to reach out to above and beyond who your Strategist contacted personally
  • Email and letter templates for use contacting those additional opportunities after your Media Marketing campaign has ended
  • A personal, customized “Author Interview” and “Blog Post” that you can share in its entirety for the convenience of additional bloggers you discover

Authors engaging the services of one of our Marketing Specialists with the purchase of this option can expect an intensive amount of time being spent by the Specialist. As such, reservations are limited and are only available on a first-come, first served basis until our Specialists’ calendars are full.

 

Amazon Featured Book of the Week

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Art Fairy: Flower Sea

by Floras Athena

(5 Stars – 2 Customer Reviews)

Price: $26.95

Floras Athena’s “Art Fairy: Flower Sea. “All Beings Are Equal In Art! In the kingdom of art, only struggle to enhance talent and create happiness for the world, then you can be the happiest little prince and little princess of the whole world! A long-golden-haired boy with an exquisite lyre in his hands flowing brilliant melody. A florid butterfly gyrating and dancing with the melody. Her wings shining aquamarine blaze, gorgeous like Sea Goddess Feather.  But meanwhile, a lot of evil creatures are coming for this Mirror Lake Fairyland….Demon knights.  Thousands of dark fire dragons and flaming ice dragons…… In another flower sea world, Oris early heard Cynthia’s notoriety of night queen under the dark tulips just like Thor puncturing your mermaid heart. Blink! Sunshine of heaven hymn is shining all over the Snow Ice Demon World! All flower seas of whole world are blooming and stretching!

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Resolutions Every Author Should Have for the New Year!

Structured and manageable goals are important to those of us who consider ourselves works in progress. Well, it’s that time of year when we all start thinking about those goals — in this case, New Year’s resolutions. They’re especially necessary to moving a book from an unknown publication to a chart-topper. It’s a big project!

But, whether you’re just starting to figure out marketing or already a best-selling author, there are simple things you can resolve to do in 2020 that will make you an even better at selling … or simply a better you. Here are resolutions for published authors or anyone bent on self-improvement.

  1. Set goals. “Wait, I thought a resolution was a goal!” Well, yes, it is, in a sense. Ideally, your New Year’s resolution is the culmination of your goals throughout the year. It’s important — and ultimately more productive — to make goal-setting a habit, not just a tradition we do once a year and promptly forget. So set lots of small, attainable goals rather than one insurmountable to-do you never actually do. For example, if your resolution is to sell 2,000 copies, break it down into smaller goals. Resolve to promote one giveaway in January, schedule a book-signing in February, then a book fair in March and so on for the entire year. Or, set a goal to schedule 20 book-signings next year and average 10 sales per event. Way less intimidating, right?
  2. Facilitate goals. If you’ve resolved to sell big in the new year without so much as a marketing calendar in the house, you’ve not facilitated your goals or your year’s resolution. Remove barriers to progress and instate conditions that help you achieve. Buy an entry-level PC for getting on social media to promote or gather a list of bookstores you can call to set up events. Then, resolve to reach out until you get the bookings you need to fulfill your resolution.
  3. Make marketing a priority. Once you’ve divided your marketing resolutions into smaller goals, it’s much easier to give them top priority. Knock out those little to-do’s first thing in the morning!
  4. Read, read, read. Top-notch authors are always top-notch readers. Get to know your genre not just by practicing it but by being an avid consumer of it. That way, you’ll get to know your audience and what appeals to them.
  5. Master the basics of social media. No matter what your stripe, there’s are many others with similar interests on social media. Facebook “friend” other authors and readers, and learn from them. Follow publishers. Rub elbows with book clubs. You’ll find kindred spirits in the virtual world who can enlighten you with real wisdom. Use that wisdom to refine how you communicate with potential readers.
  6. Try something new. Make 2020 the year you branch out. Start a blog. Meet new people with similar interests. These new experiences will all enrich and inform so many other aspects of your life. At the very least, you’ll be a more social and well-rounded person. Hey, you might even discover a whole new audience for your book!
  7. Just do you. Yes, you should be reading a lot, meeting people and making connections that pay off in sales. Ultimately, you’ll assimilate all these influences into a voice that is uniquely yours, and you’ll find your true audience. Don’t fight it — feed it.
  8. Consider “cheating” a little. Many of us are afraid to ask for help. It feels lazy, like we’re cutting corners. Let us put your mind at ease: It’s not cheating to ask for help reaching your marketing goals! In fact, it’s pretty smart, if you ask us. And, if you’ve tried new things, delved into social media and checked off other goals, you likely have crossed paths with new people who may be able to help you get past the hump. Reach out to friends and family to help you get the word out or purchase inexpensive marketing service options to help you reach the goals you set on the road to your resolution. (Even full-time professionals parse out their duties from time to time.)

Whatever your resolution, the important thing is to keep moving, to take whatever steps necessary to move you toward fulfilling the great things you planned for your life.

Need help moving toward your New Year’s resolution? Consider hiring a Book Marketing Specialist for 5 hours of expertise and a Custom Marketing Plan. You can log into your Publishing Center to see what book marketing options are available to you or chat with us using the live chat option on our website (www.outskirtspress.com).

 

Local Media Outreach For Self-Publishing Authors: Go Big and Go Home (to your hometown, that is!)

If you’ve done any sort of media outreach 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 Outreach involves identifying the appropriate people to contact and making those in-roads. That typically involves having a media kit.

Since you’re a local author in THEIR area, they’re exponentially more likely to be interested than if you sent an unsolicited pitch to a national or global program like, say, Howard Stern, or NPR.

But Media Outreach doesn’t begin and end with 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, since the success rate is so high.

For your own free Publishing Kit filled with valuable resources, including “7 Tips to Self-Publish Like a Pro”, visit https://outskirtspress.com/book-publishing.html#ebooks