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.

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Self-Publishing Author Spotlight: William Guthrie

Each week we highlight one of our exceptional self-publishing authors and this week we turn our attention to William Guthrie.  William has published four titles with Outskirts Press and, throughout his body of work, speaks to matters of the heart. He weaves his unique voice with wisdom that comes from experience and devotion to provide greater understanding to his readers.  Learn more about William and his work through this week’s Self-Publishing Author Spotlight.


William Guthrie is a student of the human condition, wielding the written craft to enrapture the mind much like an artist wields a brush. The pages are a blank canvas on which to draw from a talent heralded by many and matched only by an imagination that rises to the task.

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Transformed and Renewed:
The True Story of a Pastor’s Struggle with Depression

All too often I have gone to clergy conferences where the mere subject of “Clergy Wellness” is treated with dispassionate academic abandonment. It might have been a college course entitled “Clergy Wellness 101.” For the first time I have come across a read…indeed a position that treats the “cause and effect” elements of the problem with passionate understanding and grace. Our brother, William Guthrie, a devoted priest of the church, seeks healing and wholeness for us all. He understands, more than most, that physicians are indeed capable of healing themselves when they acknowledge that we all have an illness of some sort which keeps us from being effective tools of grace for the Holy Spirit. His honesty and forthrightness give us hope that we may have healing in the body at last! ~The Rev. Dr. C. David Williams, Retired Dean, Trinity and St. Philip’s Cathedral, Episcopal Diocese of Newark, New Jersey. Depression is a serious medical condition that affects millions of people. In “Transformed and Renewed,” William Guthrie offers fellow clergy a safe space to face this condition in a spirit of hope and acceptance. This is an important resource to help change the mindset of the community as to how we all can provide support for pastors in distress. ~John E. Harris, Jr., National President, Union of Black Episcopalians.

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Format: 5.5 x 8.5 paperback white, 94 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Jun 29, 2012)
ISBN10: 1432793004
ISBN13: 9781432793005
Genre: HEALTH & FITNESS / General

“Whenever effective preaching is done, three acts of “exegesis” are operative. There is the responsible exegesis of biblical texts, drawing from the words of scripture a word for the contemporary church. There is the exegesis of day to day life, where one “reads” the human situation with wisdom, strength, and honesty. Lastly, there is the exegetical witness of the preacher who from the riches of his or her own personal experience dares to proclaim good news to those who hunger for it. In his collection of sermons, Speaking Truth to Power, William Guthrie has brought these three acts together in a compelling and dramatic manner as he lets us hear in his own voice the Old and New Testaments speaking to the varied seasons of human life.” ~The Reverend Canon Lloyd Alexander Lewis, PhD, DD, Downs Professor of New Testament Emeritus, Virginia Theological Seminary, Alexandria, Virginia; and Canon Theologian to the Episcopal Bishop of Long Island “From his rich experience as a priest in Guyana, Virginia, California and New Jersey, Father William Guthrie gives us reflections on the gospel’s relevance to public life, private morality and personal hope with a crisp particularity and keen observations on the range of human experience.” ~The Rt. Rev. Peter James Lee, MDiv, DD, Bishop of Virginia (Retired), Provisional Bishop of East North Carolina


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Format: 5.5 x 8.5 paperback white, 397 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Apr 30, 2015)
ISBN10: 1478752653
ISBN13: 9781478752653
Genre: RELIGION / Christian Ministry / Preaching

David and Jonathan—The Tale of Two Friends by William Guthrie bridges a divide of thousands of years, from friendship rehearsed in oral tradition to friendship rehearsed on Facebook but always the same in essence, i.e., friendship. In a world of greater isolation where individuals spend so much time by themselves in front of computers, it is refreshing and life-giving to see the banner of friendship raised high and promoted. This book has the potential of propelling people into deeper satisfaction and even deeper meaning in their lives. ~The Rt. Rev. William E. Swing, D.D. 7th Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of California President and Founder of the United Religions Initiative This is indeed a timely undertaking to celebrate life-enhancing friend-ships. Fr. Guthrie is to be applauded for making such a passionate point that wholesome, platonic relationships are vital for all human beings, especially for alienated young men at this time. From my experience as a pastoral counselor for more than twenty-five years, I can wholeheartedly support his well presented arguments that there is a great need for more spiritually nurturing relationships which promote accountability, loyalty, transparency, trustworthiness, honesty, integrity and caring communication and bring glory to God. ~The Rev. Angela C. Bosfield Palacious, M.A., M.Div., Th.M., Anglican Hospital Chaplain in The Diocese of The Bahamas and The Turks and Caicos Islands

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Format: 6 x 9 economy color hardback w/jacket, 77 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Mar 31, 2014)
ISBN10: 1478728698
ISBN13: 9781478728696

Step back with the Author for a memorable tour of this Guyanese village on the South American Continent. A revealing look at a young man’s growth and development in his native village and the influences upon him and others like him during that time. These memoirs will make you laugh and make you weep with poignant reminders of a bygone era that still continue to reverberate in a land whose motto is “One People, One Nation, One Destiny.”



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Format: 8.5 x 8.5 color paperback, 76 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Jan 25, 2008)
ISBN10: 1432706616
ISBN13: 9781432706616

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Self-Publishing Author Spotlight: Tom Jenkins

We just adore the creativity and diversity of the talented authors who publish their works through Outskirts Press! In fact, we can’t imagine a traditional publishing house giving readers a mix of works quite like what our authors churn out. Cop thrillers, history books, memoirs and romance novels are in our bookstore, right alongside cookbooks, political tomes and chilling mysteries.

But this week’s spotlight author., Tom Jenkins, has more to teach us about our world that most through his politically intriguing fiction books. Get to knTom Jenkinsow more about Tom in this week’s Self-Publishing Author Spotlight.

Tom Jenkins is a Vietnam veteran and retiree who has visited the many locations mentioned in his books, both through his world travels and his work as a contractor.

Shadow to ShadeShadow to Shade
Jake Thomas, aka “Backfire,” is one of 12 shadows – a Black Operative whose identity is known only by his controller and the President of the United States. The Shadow Program has been set up for covert operations directed by the Executive Branch and is shrouded in secrecy. Shadows go to their graves without ever being recognized for their patriotic deeds, and Jake Thomas has certainly had his share of successful assignments, which include every adventure from monitoring a possible government overthrow in Grenada to investigating the disappearance of American citizens in Lebanon to digging into human trafficking in Florida. And these are just a few of the missions Jake’s career requires of him. His ultimate mission? To stay alive long enough to enjoy going from Shadow to Shade – the government’s term for retirement.

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Format: 6.14 x 9.21 paperback, 228 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Aug 29, 2009)
ISBN10: 1432744402
ISBN13: 9781432744403
Genre: FICTION / General

Only Eagles Need ApplyOnly Eagles Need Apply
In the beginning (Shadow to Shade) Jake and his controller John Scallone went through four decades as shadows. Now comes Only Eagles Need Apply. Jake (Backfire) and John Scallone (Osprey) are out of the shade (retirement) to select their replacements and mentor them in their first assignment. First North Korea becomes more unstable and then Iran flirts with threats and destruction. The President sends the shadows into action.

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Format: 6 x 9 paperback cream, 223 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Dec 31, 2009)
ISBN10: 1432751530
ISBN13: 9781432751531
Genre: FICTION / Action & Adventure

Terror In A New ArenaTerror in a New Arena: We Are Under Attack
The shadows under Jenny Masters are put in charge of a threat of terrorism by the President of the United States. First a trail run on one of our allies and then a direct threat.

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Format: 6 x 9 paperback cream, 220 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Mar 14, 2014)
ISBN10: 1478729589
ISBN13: 9781478729587
Genre: FICTION / Science Fiction / Military

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3 Book Marketing Tips to Boost Holiday Sales

Tis the season for giving. And sharing. Why not share your book with others so that they may give your book as a gift to everyone on their shopping list!

The holiday season is the biggest consumer buying peak of the year. It’s not too late to maximize your book marketing strategies this holiday season. To help you make the most of it, here are three tips to help you market your book painlessly and profitably for maximum impact:

  1. Go Local: For those authors who are comfortable meeting and greeting readers, the holiday season is a perfect time to reach out to libraries, bookstores and coffee houses who are often open to inviting a local author to read a chapter of their book. Asking two or three of your friends to join you that day-to sit and listen-will attract other store patrons and before you know it, people will be buying your book and asking for an autograph. Be sure to have business cards or other promotional materials available to handout.
  2. Host A Party: Consider doing a Pre-Holiday “Coffee & Tea with the Author.” Invite your friends, family and neighbors. This morning or afternoon gathering could be in your home-or the home of a friend or two. It could also include a time for you to read from your book and/or invite book buyers to have their photo taken with you, the author.
  3. Give and You Shall Receive: Have you met another self-published author and/or read their book? The saying-two are better than one-is true when getting the word out about your book. Consider posting a review for that author’s book, mentioning it on your Facebook page or in a Tweet. If their book is a similar genre to yours, ask them to read your book and post a review for it as well.

With these great holiday marketing tools and ideas your book sales will reach new heights!

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Outskirts Press Self-Publishing Authors Featured in the New York Times

The December 8th issue of the New York Times Book Review focuses on the top 10 books of the year. For six Outskirts Press self-publishing 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%.