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!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
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.

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

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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A Dog for Michael by Janie Nugent

With the abundance of self-published authors, you have to come up with creative ways to market a self-published book.  While traditional 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, Janie Nugent, who is taking her latest book, A Dog For Michael, on tour – a virtual book tour, that is. She will be featured on several blogs over the weeks and months ahead so keep your eyes peeled to learn more about Janie and her book.

Luckily for us, Janie 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 A Dog For Michael.

OP: Tell us a little bit about A Dog For Michael: Doug To The Rescue. What is it about?

Janie: Adopting an adult dog and the joy it brings to everyone in the family.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

Janie: It is based on my son Michael and his dog, Doug. We adopted Doug when he was eight years old and our lives were forever changed.

OP: How did you get your book published?

Janie: I self-published with Outskirts Press.

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

Janie: Parents, young readers, grandparents, schools, childcare workers, adoptive parents and all animal lovers.

OP: What is special about your book?

Janie: It is beautifully illustrated and the story about the love between a child and their pet is honest and heartfelt. It was very important for me to encourage reading with and to your child. I believe the book will grow with them as they understand the story in different ways. Initially, it is a pretty book with a cute dog. It is also about pet adoption, friendships and families. Recently, I was invited to speak at a local Women’s club to discuss the book. A member approached me and stated she adopted a child and felt the book would be special to her child. I gave her a book and she contacted me to tell me how much her child loved the book. I am now partnering with her to get the book to adoptive agencies to share with the new parents.

OP: What differentiates it from other books in the same category?

Janie: The story is through the eyes of Doug, the adopted adult dog. The proceeds of the book go to support pet adoption programs. I have given books to schools to add to their libraries and read to children at the schools. I also have been giving books to animal shelters to sell and keep the proceeds.

OP: Do you plan to publish more?

Janie: I would love to do a sequel since Doug is on the way to New York with Michael at the end of this book. My goal is to raise money for pet adoption, so continuing with Doug’s story would keep the process going.

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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Janie Nugent always dreamed of becoming a writer. As a lifelong supporter of animals both personally and financially, sharing Doug’s story was the perfect reason to write her first book. The opportunity to raise awareness and provide financial support with proceeds from this book is a dream come true.

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

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Congratulations to the Outskirts Press Top 10 Bestsellers for February!

Each month, Outskirts Press compiles book sales to identify bestselling works. In February, these 10 remarkable books sold nearly 2,500 copies and appealed to readers of every stripe. From humor to inspiration to mystery, nearly every genre is represented is this impressive list.

How Toxic Are You? By Dr. James Martin  How Toxic Are You? Serves as the definitive authority on unknown toxins, the methods of exposure and how we can address them to move forward toward better health. With practical advice on reducing our own toxin levels, this easily digestible book is a valuable resource for anyone seeking to live longer and more healthfully.
Letters, to the Men I Have Loved by Mirtha Michelle Castro Marmol Whoever said poetry was losing popularity clearly hasn’t looked at our list in the last couple of years; ever since Mirtha Michelle Castro Marmol published Letters, To The Men I Have Loved, this debut collection of poems has held its ground on our bestsellers list. And from all accounts, her popularity is well-earned, her poems unfolding with all the warmth and authenticity of the actress herself. Her second book of poems, Elusive Loves: Amores Esquivos, was released late last year, and continues her legacy of taking contemporary love poems to the next level.
Nei Gong: The Authentic Classic translated by Tom Bisio, Huang Guo-Qi and Joshua Paynter Nei Gong: The Authentic Classic offers martial arts practitioners a practical guide to internal energy development and its fundamental importance in the martial arts and fa jin (emitting force). Hand copied and passed down from master to student, the guiding principles draw heavily on Daoist meditation and alchemical practices which are said to promote health and longevity.
What She Feels by Chidozie E. Osuwa Dealing with love is never easy or straightforward, especially when it comes to prose and poetry, but Chidozie Osuwa handles this subject with a light touch and all of the grace of an artist sensitive to the complexities of experience. Hers is the heart of experience, and her language reflects the maturity of thought and wisdom gleaned from a lifetime of inquiry, exploration, and yes-the scars of heartbreak. Osuwa’s collection of poems avoids cliches and seizes upon fresh images, captivating readers everywhere and keeping this book in the Top 10.
Murder in Gales: A Rose Hanged Twice by Patricia Lubeck This true murder mystery relates the tale of the Lufkin and Rose families, neighbors in southwestern Minnesota in the late 1800s. Embroiled in a bitter feud, the families’ rancor ratchets up in 1888 after a mysterious murder, a slew of riveting trials and a baleful call for justice that may, or may not, have been delivered.
The Seed of Nothingness by SHIV In his newly published The Seed of Nothingness, author Shiv invites readers to reunite with themselves and join the journey of life, a life without fear. This book reveals the utter simplicity inherent in “Everythingness.” Shiv explores how attitudes, motivations, projections, and even our spiritual practices, can bind us to an ego-centered version of spirituality. The mindsets and heart-sets he offers provide clarity on how we may walk the path to spiritual liberation.
Race in America: A Call to Heal by Greg “Coach T” Thomas and David Smale Greg “Coach T” Thomas draws on 35 years as a coach and educator to off this honest and open discussion of race in America. This call to healing has spoken loudly to readers, keeping it firmly in our Top 10 for weeks.
Sharecropper’s Daughter by Cora A. Givhan Ford It didn’t take Cora Ford’s captivating story long to make its way to our bestseller list. This autobiography takes readers on a winsome journey through her roots in Mississippi. Released in January 2017, Sharecropper’s Daughter quickly resonated with readers who’ve reveled in the physical, mental and spiritual journeys retold.
Jail House Cuisine by Louise Mathews Louise Mathews takes takes readers on a tasty trip behind bars—without the strip search! The first book to take a look at what it is like to cook and eat behind bars, it’s a unique, funny and entertaining insight to a side of prison life most of us never see, from naked men in her kitchen on her first day to her one-woman crusade to improve the food served in jails. In addition to a peek behind the bars, Louise offers delicious recipes like Easy Chocolate Cake with Mocha Frosting, Thai Chicken Curry, Cream of Broccoli Soup, Miss Marie’s Fried Chicken, and Ugly Duckling Cake.
The Road Back to Me by Lisa A. Romano Told through the jagged peephole of the author’s awareness, The Road Back to Me examines Romano’s formative wounds and influences from the perspective of newfound experience and wisdom. The chaos of a once-fragile childhood mind, the sting of a lonely childhood, feelings of abandonment, the torment of being bullied … Romano’s childhood self was once so lost that she was crippled by poor self-esteem, food addiction and fear, and contemplating suicide. Only years later does she hit a vital turning point to healing and recovery.

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