This Earth Day, consider Eco Friendly Book Publishing with Outskirts Press!

On April 22, we celebrate Earth Day by honoring our planet and raising awareness about pollution and the depletion of natural resources. If you’re a self-publishing author who is also concerned about environmental issues, you can rest easy joining the Earth Day movement by publishing with Outskirts Press.


Well, at Outskirts Press, we don’t print thousands of copies the moment an author releases a book, leaving unsold copies to be tossed out with the trash. With print-on-demand, our books are printed only when they are ordered, one at a time, saving paper and energy. Further, many of our books are printed on recycled paper.

We also offer Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, Apple iPad/iPhone e-book editions, and digital download e-books for authors who want to reach even more readers — without the need for chopping down more trees.

Converting your book to an electronic edition is easy, and it helps you reach a large group of readers who won’t have access to your book if it’s only in print form. If you want your book to reach as many readers as possible, it makes sense (for you and the planet!) to release it in multiple formats. More formats mean more exposure, and more exposure translates to more success for you!

Mother Earth will be grateful for your decision to go digital. E-books save paper, and they can be easily updated or modified without having to scrap hundreds of copies of a print version.

This Earth Day, join the millions of authors that have their books digitally published!

To learn more about self-publishing with Outskirts Press, call us at 1-888-672-6675 to speak with a Publishing Consultant or visit our website at to chat with a member of our staff via the live chat option.

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Amazon Featured Book-of-the-Week

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God and the gods

by Genesis T. Yengoh

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Genesis T. Yengoh’s “God and the gods” is a fascinating story of culture clash in contemporary Africa. Lydia Ngoske, the mother of a very successful son, believes in the protection of the Christian God but she demands a renowned traditionalist to provide protection for him through the occult. Beliefs shape destiny but one person’s mistake may have irreversible consequences. This book will draw you into a world of intricate ritual, family love and something very unexpected.

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Book Reviews: Do Self-Published Authors Really Need Them?

There are long and short answers to this question, but the general gist of both is yes. Yes, self-published authors most definitely should make book reviews a part of their larger marketing strategies, and yes, this is a need, an absolute necessity. And an entire industry has sprung up around meeting this need! When readers are polled to find out where they most often discover the books which they’re buying, an overwhelming majority point to reviews hosted on websites like Amazon and Goodreads, as well as on private blogs or professional websites.

Readers searching online for new books often credit these reviews—and their average star rating—with playing a decisive role in whether or not they actually click the “buy now!” button. Even brick and mortar bookstores have been known to get in on the trend, both at Amazon’s pilot physical bookstores and in local independent shops, where handwritten tags often point readers to well-reviewed books. These reviews help everyone—whether a reader or a bookstore owner—narrow down the available options to those which are more likely to strike the right note.

Book reviews are the most effective publicity a book could receive, since they are easily shared both online and offline, using social media and word of mouth to spread into new markets. Reviews are easily transferred between people, and their content is easily accessible to readers of all shapes and sizes! Reviews are a badge of credibility, and the building blocks of your reputation as authors of self-published works. Even poor reviews are good publicity, so it’s a win-win situation. They are also a major time-saver, since the burden of the work is shifted onto the shoulders of the reviewer instead of the author in this particular circumstance, freeing up more of your time to do what you love most—writing your next book!

At Outskirts Press, we recognize the value of reviews and want to make them accessible to you! We offer a guaranteed book review service for Kirkus as well as for Blue Ink Reviews. And since it’s always a good idea to keep spare copies of your book on hand to ship off to potential reviewers, we recommend taking advantage of our discounts and other services in order to do so!

Our guaranteed book review services are just two of many options that we offer to help our authors market their books! For more information about our book marketing services, log into your Publishing Center and select Marketing Solutions from the menu.

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Author and Actress Kim Weiler Talks Book Marketing Success with Outskirts Press

As an actress, Outskirts Press author Kim Weiler waged a singular battle with psoriasis that carried a special significance in her life. The painful condition is characterized by over-multiplication of skin cells that causes raised, red plaques on the skin. It can wreak havoc on an individual’s life and health, and tackling the disruptive disease is never a simple or straightforward process – especially during a career in the public eye.

The years-long journey led Kim to self-publish her memoir, Ps – It’s All About Love, chronicling the pain of this condition and her inspiring path to wellness. Her compelling personal journey has resonated with readers … and her marketing efforts have paid off. With determination, and help from Outskirts Press, Kim has already made remarkable strides in publicizing her book.

Recently, Outskirts Press sat down for a Q&A with Kim Weiler to learn more about her experiences since the publication of Ps – It’s All About Love.

Outskirts Press: A lot has happened since you published Ps – It’s All About Love earlier this year! Give us the highlights of the attention the book has gotten in the last few months.

Kim Weiler: The exciting news is that the minute I had leverage that I would truly have a book published to support my story and self-healing journey, along with the fact that I had been in the TV and film industry for years, I got accepted to attend a very exclusive NYC Publicity Summit. This jump-started my success by getting media contacts who wanted to schedule me the minute my book got published. While writing the book and working on creating a marketing hook, I also worked hard at getting my website re-vamped and polished, reaching out to people I knew and starting to schedule group events to share my story, my business and my book. All these actions have gotten attention for me.

As of now, here are some of the amazing opportunities I can share:

  • I’ve had almost 10 radio station interviews from Fox Sports Radio with Dr. Veronica Anderson to Maggie Linton on Sirius XM Radio.
  • I’ve had the pleasure of writing articles for various publications: everything from newspapers to magazines to blogs. I just got the news that USA Today Magazine will be publishing an article I wrote some time in the near future, which is fantastic!
  • I’m extremely excited to have completed my very first TV talk show appearance on a show called “Beyond My Crisis” for public access TV in New Jersey. It’s the start to so much more.
  • I have big goals to be on “Dr. Oz” … one day! Most importantly, I’ve been hearing from lots of people with wonderful feedback about how well-written and beautiful every part of my book is but more importantly that it is helping them; even people without a skin condition. That’s really the best result of all!

OP: What inspired you to share your story through a book in the first place?

KW: I’ve always loved to write and have been blogging about my healing journey for almost two years now. My heart really goes out to all those millions of people suffering in the world from skin disease, and I was ready to give back and do something where I contributed to the world. My dad once said, “Helping people makes your soul feel good.” It really does! It’s so rewarding when you help someone feel relief and hope, sometimes for the first time in their life.

In the end, I healed my skin naturally but the 21 years of struggle, confusion, pain, medications and doctor visits was such a hard journey that I don’t want other people with skin conditions to suffer the way I did. My goal is to get my book into the hands of as many people as possible so that they, too, can take control of their health and heal! Outskirts Press is making all this possible!

OP: What was the most difficult part of that process?

KW: Finding patience when it came to the moments where I had to “hurry up and wait.” My patience wasn’t tested so much in the writing of the book – that was the easier and more enjoyable part. It was when the book was out of my hands and in the editor’s hands or Outskirt’s hands that I found myself really wanting it to be done. [But] good work takes time! After each and every re-read of the final manuscript, after each correction, and correction after that, I ended up with one incredible book! Did I mention it was all done in less than a year?

OP: When it came time to publish, how did you go about choosing a publishing company? What were the deciding factors that led you to choose Outskirts Press?

KW: My writing coach recommended Outskirts Press to me from the start. She was aware of their wonderful reputation, and she shared how many delays would be involved if I went the traditional route with a large publisher. We researched their publishing packages and loved what we saw! It wasn’t until my manuscript was approved that we realized what a great decision that was.

OP: It sounds like the partnership with Outskirts Press has worked out for you. What’s been the best part of self-publishing with Outskirts Press?

KW: The best part was the team of people who helped me along the way and are still helping me! Everyone at Outskirts Press has been so supportive, efficient, and overall amazing to work with. I’ve felt very safe the entire time with my baby in their experienced hands!

OP: What advice would you give authors who might be on the fence about publishing their own stories?

KW: The world needs to hear your story! No one else can tell it like you can. Just write. Don’t overthink anything about structure or outline or chapters – just write and see what happens! Just know that your writing can and will help someone! If you have any desire to write a book about your story, that means the universe is nudging you to do so … It needs to be out there. Start with a blog or email to friends or a journal, but whatever you do, WRITE.

Want to learn more about how to authors like Kim Weiler are achieving success through Outskirts Press? Call a Publishing Consultant at 1-888-672-6657 (OP-BOOKS), or chat with us using the live chat option on our website for information about our affordable, effective publishing and marketing options.

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Paper Roses: A Story of Imitation Love

by Lori Bassett

(4.5 Stars – 3 Customer Reviews)

Price: $18.95

Lori Bassett’s “Paper Roses: A Story of Imitation Love.” Have you ever lost yourself so badly that you didn’t recognize the face staring at you in the mirror? I fell, so hard, in love with a man who turned me into someone I didn’t know. I became his pawn and he put me where he wanted me to be. Eventually, he tossed me aside like yesterday’s trash. But, there is life after misery. I survived and I am really happy now.


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Make Your Memories Last With Our One-Click Publishing Suite!

There’s never a bad time to jot your memories down for posterity! At Outskirts Press, we continue to work hard to make your life easier—and your publishing experience more smooth. We’re proud to announce the launch of a brand-new One-Click Publishing suite for those of you who are looking to preserve your memories of the past and enrich the historical record with a beautifully published book containing them. We’re talking about memoirs!

This comprehensive addition to our ever-expanding constellation of One-Click Publishing suites is designed to lift the burden of detailed decision making from your shoulders and allow you to return to what you love most while our expert publishing consultants, editors, designers, and marketing associates collaborate to produce a book that meets and perhaps even exceeds your expectations in all of the ways that matter most.

Outskirts Press offers a range of One-Click Publishing suites geared towards other book genres, including Non-fiction, Fiction, Spiritual, Children’s, Christian, and Cookbooks, but our One-Click for Memoirs service is designed to cater to your needs as an author of this unique genre! With this suite, you acquire a team of publishing professionals who assist you in producing your dream book, high-quality color paperback and hardcover editions of your book, professional editing and custom cover design, copyright registration and an ISBN, as well as 40 image placements and a custom book trailer! Our One-Click Publishing for Memoirs suite combines the best of our pre-production to post-production and marketing services to give your memoir the boost it needs to shine in a competitive marketplace!

You get over a dozen collected services with one single click of your mouse or touchpad. Your book will be promoted online with broad distribution of your book trailer and a PR publicist campaign, and benefit from expedited service as well as the insight of a five-hour session with one of our experienced Personal Marketing Assistants. We offer unbeatable customer service!

At Outskirts Press, we’re fully committed to expanding our services to meet your ever-evolving needs, and we’re excited to announce this most recent addition to our roster of One-Click Publishing suites! With One-Click Publishing for Memoirs, you can accomplish a lifelong dream with a minimum of fuss!s

Interested in learning more about One-Click for Memoirs or any of our One-Click Publishing suites? Call us at 1-888-672-6657 to talk to a Publishing Consultant or visit our website at to chat via our live chat option.

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He Strived to Aspire by Okechukwu Ogori

With the abundance of self-published authors, you have to come up with creative ways to market a self-published book.  While book tours are a great way to connect with your readers, they aren’t the most affordable method of promotion.  However, technology has made it possible for an alternative.

Take note from self-publishing Outskirts Press author, Okechukwu Ogori, who is taking his latest book, He Strived to Aspire, on tour – a virtual book tour, that is. He will be featured on several blogs over the weeks and months ahead so keep your eyes peeled to learn more about him and his book.

Luckily for us, Okechukwu 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 He Strived to Aspire.

OP: Tell us a little bit about He Strived to Aspire. What is it about?
Okechukwu:  My book is mainly about a boy who grew up as part of a poor family, and who worked incredibly hard to achieve success despite enormous obstacles. His story demonstrates the fact that success can be achieved by hard work and determination, and shows how one can always triumph over poverty by being optimistic and removing from oneself the spirit of despair.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?
Okechukwu: It is written to encourage everybody, and to show that hard work, patience, and optimism are key to success. That fear of the unknown and self-defeat are what bring failure. That if I can move from grass to grace, despite my socio-economic background and mountainous obstacles, then everyone can succeed as well. It is only a matter of time.

OP: How did you get your book published?
Okechukwu: I wrote the book myself and prepared the manuscript before I discovered Outskirts Press, where I was given a lot of encouragement.  After the manuscript passed through the design and proofing phases, my book was then published. I performed a vigorous self-edit beforehand as well.

OP: What types of readers would be interested in this story?
Okechukwu: My book is meant for everybody, but especially those who have met with a lot of obstacles in life either as a result of natural causes, personal mistakes, and unknown forces, as well as young people who may be dwelling in the world of illusion and fantasy.

OP: What is special about your book?
Okechukwu: I hope it inspires anyone who reads it; it will surely change one’s perception of life. Moreover, it’s filled with authentic life experience which I hope will captivate and move readers to greater aspirations for industriousness, not laziness.

OP: What differentiates it from other books in the same category?
Okechukwu: Inasmuch as it is a true-life story, my book was written with a touching and stimulating style of writing so that readers immediately grasp the heart of the matter. I wrote it to encourage those who may think that they cannot succeed again in life because of so many drawbacks, not merely for commercial purpose or to amass wealth.

OP: Have you published any other books? Do you plan to publish more?
Okechukwu: Yes, I have published a science textbook which focuses on the fundamentals of integrating science and work.  It is comprised of multiple choice questions and answers. I intend to make some adjustments to that book soon, and I have three other works of fiction which are still at the manuscript stage.

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

Okechukwu Emmanuel Ogori was born on 15th August 1963. He hails from Abia state of Nigeria. He has a wife, Anna and two children: Okechukwu (Jr) and Joanna. He had his elementary education at Otumoye primary school Fegge Onitsha Anambra state, Nigeria; High school at Bishop Shanahan College, Orlu, Imo state, Nigeria, and institute of continuing education Asaba Delta state, Nigeria. He later went to Lagos state College of Education (now Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education) Lagos, Nigeria, where he acquired Nigeria certificate in Education majoring in Physical and Health Education. He went further to acquire Bsc. in Accounting from Olabisi Onabanjo university Ago-Iwoye, Ogun state, Nigeria. He is a certified internal control Auditor (CICA) from Institute of internal control, Chartered Accountant and Chartered Administrator (ACAA) from Institute of Chartered Accountant and Administrators, Delaware, USA; Texas, licensed insurance Agent. More so he has worked with Lagos state Ministry of Education as a Tutor in High and middle schools respectively for twenty-three years, worked with Decan Concepts ltd, Nigeria, as an internal Auditor (Part time) for twelve years. Currently a Teacher in Alief independent school district, Houston, Texas, USA. He is also a writer of fiction and non-fiction books.

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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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