Self-Publishing Author Spotlight: Martha Gabour Manuel

At Outskirts Press, Inc., we take great pride in celebrating the work of our successful self-publishing authors, and we do so each week through our Self-Publishing Author Spotlight. This week we highlight self-publishing author Martha Gabour Manuel, who has published three successful titles with Outskirts Press.

Learn more about Martha, her political background along with her life experiences and how they translate into her successful published works through this week’s Self-Publishing Author Spotlight.

authorAbout the Author:

Martha retired from state civil service in 2007 to run for state senator. While unsuccessful in her bid for office, the experience offered her an opportunity to view the electoral process firsthand. Martha’s eminence as a registered representative with a major Wall Street investment firm; director of the EBR Parish Health Unit; and executive director of the Governor’s Office of Elderly Affairs only highlight a few of the varied and coveted positions she has held, adding an unusual degree of credibility to her stories.

A Louisiana native, residing in Ventress, 32 miles from the state’s capitol of Baton Rouge, Martha’s strong ties to Louisiana are what inspire her writings. Martha invites readers to experience Louisiana’s beauty, mystery, dubious politics, and enduring characters, through the eyes of her characters.

coverMurder on False River

Listen to me…” Savannah tried to call out from her hospital bed, but no one could hear. In a coma, she could not communicate the dangers she had discovered as her happily ever after world crumbled around her. While her race for political office had uncovered a web of scandals and lies, it paled in comparison to the darker secrets surrounding her husband Michael. If she could speak again, would it be too late? “Murder on False River delivers suspense, romance, and danger in a gripping page-turner.” —Christee Atwood, Author In Celebration of Elastic Waistbands “You’ll be on the edge of your seat until the very last page!” —Erica M. Kennedy, Author Jane Bond and the Missing Romance Writer

Product details…
Format: 6.14 x 9.21 hardback w/ jacket, 367 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Sep 18, 2012)
ISBN10: 1432789864
ISBN13: 9781432789862
Genre: FICTION / General

perf6.000x9.000.inddPolitical Treason
A shooting at the Louisiana State Capitol sends shockwaves through Baton Rouge…and leaves Senator Devereaux’s stepson, Dylan, in critical condition. Not since Governor Huey P. Long has there been a shooting at the capitol, and the already politically charged city is on high alert. Is there a sinister plot designed to manipulate and take control of the state of Louisiana? And what is in the mysterious missing envelope that triggered the shooting? When speculation meets actual fact, it’s hard to know who to trust or what to believe. In this fast-paced political thriller, even the ghost of the late Huey Long is rumored to be roaming the halls of his beloved state capitol at night, searching for answers.

Product details…
Format: 6 x 9 paperback cream, 285 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Sep 26, 2014)
ISBN10: 1478728590
ISBN13: 9781478728597
Genre: FICTION / Action & Adventure

cover (2)Underwriting is Murder

Margie grabbed the police chief’s arm as he was taking aim; instinctively he swung around. There was a loud explosion as the gun went off. The illustrious Dr. Marguerite Hinckley’s body plummeted to the floor. Henry dropped to his knees beside her and began crying out, “Oh my God, what have I done?” In shock and disbelief, Mel watched from her vantage point outside the window. An extra surge of adrenaline shot through her body, reminding the relatively new private investigator she had to quickly distance herself from the unimaginable scene just witnessed. Mel had been hired to follow Margie by her husband, Seth, in order to find out if his wife was having an affair. Little did she know that the horror viewed scarcely minutes earlier was only a preview of what was to come, as she is thrown into the middle of what may be the strangest and most bizarre murder investigation she will likely ever know.

Product details…
Format: 6 x 9 paperback cream, 163 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Sep 08, 2015)
ISBN10: 1478762829
ISBN13: 9781478762829
Genre: FICTION / Mystery & Detective / General

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Vote Now For the Best “Show Me Your Love” Video!

heart-bigIn celebration of the month of love, Outskirts Press has been “sharing the love” and inviting its family of successfully published authors to do the same. During the month of February, we asked our ‘fans’ to create a 1-3 minute video showing their love for Outskirts Press and their self-publishing book. The video submissions have been collected, the best of them have been posted on our Facebook Page, and the “likes” have been tabulated.

Now it’s time for you to vote for the winner of “Show Me Your Love” and the free laptop!

From among all the submissions we received, the top videos are presented below. Simply vote for your favorite in the polling box below the last video. The polls will be open until end-of-business on Thursday, February 26th. The winner will be announced on Friday, February 27th.

Because it was so close this year, we have decided to include 4 videos and let you decide on the winner. Good luck to the four finalists. And thank you to all our wonderful authors who took the time to submit their videos:

Now, without further ado…

VIDEO #1: Jokima Hiller, co-author of The RevPar Formula

VIDEO #2: Martha Gabour Manuel, author of Murder On False River and Political Treason

VIDEO #3: Eunice Welch, author of Victorious Living Growing In Christ

VIDEO #4: Lizzie Bowen, Future self-publishing author


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Top 10 Best-Selling Books in Self-Publishing for October 2014

Outskirts Press, the fastest-growing full-service self-publishing and book marketing company, is pleased to announce its top ten best-selling titles for October 2014, according to combined data from Ingram Book Wholesalers and Outskirts Press Direct via These authors have likely created a solid book marketing strategy and put it into motion either by themselves or with the help of a Personal Marketing Assistant.

In alphabetical order, the top ten best-selling books in self-publishing during the month of October 2014 were:

Congratulations to our best-selling authors for the month of October 2014!

How can you get your book on the bestseller list? While we can’t make any guarantees on sales success, many of our most successful authors invest time and money in marketing themselves and their book. Authors who are in need of a marketing boost often turn to a Personal Marketing Assistant for help.

All of these books (and other Outskirts Press titles) are available from all major online retailers like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Powells, Books A Million, and others, plus conveniently from the Outskirts Press Direct bookstore at for discounts ranging from 10% – 55%.

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Books of Self-Publishing Authors Featured in the New York Times

The December 2nd issue of the New York Times Book Review focuses on the top 10 books of the year.  For six Outskirts Press authors, this proves to be a very exciting time when their books will appear in the New York Times Book Review.

The New York Times Holiday Edition of the NYT Book Review is distributed to nearly 5 million people, and in the pages of that edition is the Outskirts Press co-op announcement featured below:


All of these books, and other Outskirts Press titles, are available from all major online retailers like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Powells, Books A Million, and others, plus conveniently from the Outskirts Press bookstore at for discounts ranging from 10% – 55%.