Self-Publishing Book Spotlight: Once More Into the Breach by Mark Brian Swart

Self publishing a book is an exciting undertaking. Because we understand the dedication that is required to write a quality book, we like to feature our top authors each week so that you can get to know a little bit more about them and their book. This week, we are featuring Mark Brian Swart’s Once More Into the Breach.

In his latest book, self-publishing Outskirts Press author, Mark Brian Swart, shows that he knows that reenacting is not just what you see on TV. It’s a reality all its own: a combination of high emotions, glowing triumphs, tremendous satisfaction, robust humor, always unbeatable camaraderie, and occasionally even a heartache or two. Most reenactors are superb historians, good friends, and excellent “Pards” – even though every once in a while there’s a moron or a bonehead in the crowd.

Just like real life.

Once More Into The Breach lays out – with no strings pulled – the Full Monty of Civil War reenacting so that the reader can find out the actual real-life story behind today’s reenacting of the War of the Rebellion. Becoming a Civil War reenactor begins with a little money, a love for history and a calling to preserve it, and finding a club that will take a “Fresh Fish” into its fold. After that, those that do all the “right stuff” are very successful and have one helluva great time. Those that do the “wrong stuff” get awfully lonely out there.

Once More Into The Breach takes the reader through the whole chronicle of how Civil War reenactors keep history alive, how they learn and teach the lessons of the past (and why!), how they have so much fun with some of the finest folks in the world, and the cherished memories that they acquire in the pursuit of preserving one of the most incredible events in American History.

And it’s a whole lot better than what you sometimes get out there in the other “real life.”


Mark Brian Swart has always enjoyed history. He discovered reenacting back in 1998 when he began to explore “Living History” as a Civil War soldier. He began keeping a diary in his second year of reenacting and his thoughtful, amusing and candid comments were the catalyst for ONCE MORE INTO THE BREACH. Mark has realized that too little is known about Civil War reenacting, or about those who give so much and work so hard at it – both to Preserve History and to Honor the Brave Americans who gave their lives during its Creation. His book has been written to fill that gap.

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2011 Outskirts Press Indie Book Award Winners

In February, we mentioned the Indie Book Awards. We received quite a bit of interest from authors, and are pleased to report our award winners/finalists:





Say Yes to Grace book cover 

Say Yes To Grace: How To Burn Bright Without Burning Out

by Kirk Byron Jones



Command Influence book cover

Command Influence: A Story of Korea and the Politics of Injustice

by Robert A. Shaines



Once More Into the Breach book cover

 Once More Into The Breach: A Personal Account: Reliving the History of the Civil War

by Mark Brian Swart


Truck book cover

 Truck: A Quarter Life Crisis Handled Poorly

by Eric Hall West



Suicide Run book cover

Suicide Run: Love & Bullets

by Radcliff Lance


The Beads of Lapis Lazuli book cover

The Beads of Lapis Lazuli: A Greek Mystery

by Doris Kenney Marcotte

(also the Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Award Winner)

Awards given to the Finalists and Winners of the Next Generation Indie Book Awards are:

  • $1,500 Cash Prize and trophy awarded to the best Fiction Book
  • $1,500 Cash Prize and trophy awarded to the best Non-Fiction Book
  • $750 Cash Prize and trophy awarded to the second best Fiction Book
  • $750 Cash Prize and trophy awarded to the second best Non-Fiction Book
  • $500 Cash Prize and trophy awarded to the third best Fiction Book
  • $500 Cash Prize and trophy awarded to the third best Non-Fiction Book
  • $250 Cash Prize and trophy awarded to the Best Cover Design Book entry
  • $100 Cash Prize and a Gold Medal awarded to the winner of each of the 60 categories
  • Finalist Medals will be awarded to up to three finalists in each of the 60 categories

Finalists and Winners will also receive:

  • A listing in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards Catalog which will be distributed to book buyers, media, and others!
  • Exposure for a full year as a Winner or Finalist at
  • The opportunity to display Finalist or Winner gold award stickers on your book.
  • Other benefits of an award-winning book (such as potential increased revenue).

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