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The Attitude Influence: Creating a positive life by taking accountability, building connections, & discovering how attitude influences everything

by LeAnn Shaw

(5 Stars – 9 Customer Reviews)

Price: $16.95

LeAnn Shaw’s “The Attitude Influence: Creating a positive life by taking accountability, building connections, & discovering how attitude influences everything.” Discovering the attitude influence is the foundation for an extraordinary life. LeAnn Shaw shares more than a decade of research and observations about the attitudes most affecting our lives as well as her real-world experience for making our attitudes work for us rather than against us. You will discover ways to use the GREAT attitude toolbox – Gratitude, Relationships, Energy, Authenticity, & Thoughtfulness to strengthen the power of your attitude as well as strategies to capitalize on ways to influence your environments.

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7 Tips on How to Ditch Bad Habits and Start Good Ones in the New Year

Habits, once formed, never go away. They are the outcome of old decisions, and they can be changed, but only through new decisions and choices. Habits aren’t necessarily bad; they make our lives easier and more predictable by removing the necessity of thinking about every detail of our daily existence. They let us execute our actions efficiently, freeing up our prefrontal cortex to express itself creatively and intellectually.

But sometimes bad habits can creep in and good habits can be so very difficult to cultivate. As we start out a new year with fresh resolutions, it seems the appropriate time to get advice on keeping those resolutions by forming healthy and productive habits.

Enter self-published Outskirts Press author Dr. Sylvie Heyman.

Although initially Dr. Heyman specialized in weight management and life style changes, she has expanded her area of expertise to other habits that affect body, mind and spirit. Here, she offers other writers and self-publishing authors like herself advice on how to stay on track in the new year. This information and much more is available in her book, Make It a HABIT!

How do habits form? A habit cue or trigger could be a specific time of day, a location, other people, emotions or other things that lead to a predictable response, or reward. With repetition, our responses to triggers become automatic and a habit is born. Motivation may get us started, but habit keeps us going.

If your resolution in the new year is to get published, Dr. Sylvie can help with these seven tips for identifying habits that might be holding you back, or establishing new ones that will move you forward:

  1. Be aware and mindful. We can’t change what we don’t acknowledge, right? Observe your habits, good and bad — write them down if that helps. Be honest with yourself about your habits, good and bad.
  2. Assess yourself. Ask yourself which habit you want to change or acquire first and why you want it. Think about how the habit you wish to change (or the one you wish to acquire) affects or will affect you and others.
  3. Be accountable. Share your habit change with someone. This makes you accountable for that change until you can ingrain new habits or break bad ones. Confide in another writer, a spouse, coworker or another reliable and honest confident.
  4. Make small changes, one at a time. Concentrate on establishing small habits until they become second nature, then move onto the next small change. If your habit is to get distracted when you’re supposed to be writing, first change the habit of turning on the TV or radio. Once you’ve broken that habit, move on to, say, writing for just 10 minutes straight to get the feel for focusing.
  5. Test your willpower — but not too much! When willpower is applied in small increments at a time, when you are energetic and ready to take on a little challenge, willpower becomes stronger. Practice willpower in small steps until it becomes a habit — until it’s automatic.
  6. Trick your triggers. Practice breaking the associations between bad habits and their triggers. The aforementioned habit of letting media distract you is a good example. Break the association between writing and watching TV by moving to a different room or chair during your writing session.
  7. Give it time. There are many theories about how long it takes to form or break a habit, ranging from a few weeks to years! Use 30 days as a guidepost, but know that some deeply ingrained habits will take much longer to break, and new habits without awareness, accountability and practice will take some time to take hold.


Want to learn more? In Make It a HABIT! Dr. Sylvie Heyman provides a different perspective on how habits can affect your body, mind and spirit. Through personal stories, case studies and a compilation of best practices for change, you can learn how to get rid of habits that are sabotaging your health, job, relationships and overall happiness.


Dr. Sylvie Heyman has extensive background in traditional and non- traditional healthcare practices and has incorporated health coaching in all her careers. She specialized in Obstetrics and later on headed the Open Heart Surgery Unit at prestigious St. Francis Hospital in Roslyn, New York. She earned her Doctor of Chiropractic in 1989 and her degree in Acupuncture in 1998. She served 12 years as a member of the Board of Trustees of the New York Chiropractic College and delivered a Commencement address during that period. Dr. Heyman is a certified Feng Shui Consultant, a certified Nutrition and Wellness Consultant (AFPA), a certified Senior Fitness Specialist (NASM) and Silver Sneakers Instructor.


New York Times Features Outskirts Press Self-Publishing Author Upward Bright

Throughout the holiday season, we feature our authors who have taken advantage of the 2018 Holiday Marketing Bundle and the benefits of the New York Times Holiday Book Review co-op ad! Co-op ads provide authors effective exposure through a well-known, established publication with millions of dedicated book lovers!

The New York Times Holiday Edition features self-published author Upward Bright.

About the Author

Upward Bright is a life development initiative to show and remind each person that inspiration is rooted in and around you.

There Is a Lantern In Every Heart

Wherever you are in life, this book is a resource for you. There Is a Lantern in Every Heart is the first in a series written by the Upward Bright™ life development initiative, to show and remind each person that inspiration is rooted in and around you. This book offers you words and photos to which you could return anytime and as often as you’d like, especially to feel uplifted, refreshed, understood, and reconnected with yourself, people, nature, and life in general. There Is a Lantern in Every Heart centers around the human experience and relates to all. Each time you read this book, new insights and feelings of possibility could emerge for you.

Are you ready to publish your book and perhaps find yourself in the New York Times next year?


Conquer Life by Nate Dinet

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, Nate Dinet, who is taking his latest book, Conquer Life, 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, Nate 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 Conquer Life.

OP: Tell us a little bit about Conquer Life. What is it about?

Nate: Conquer Life is a guide designed to get the reader from whatever their current situation is in life, to their desired state. Meaning, this book gives insight on how to manage your life to achieve your dreams and goals. I put you in the driver’s seat and take the ambiguity out of getting things done so the only real question is, how bad do you want it? If you want to achieve your dream, this book will give you the tools to start your journey towards the desired state of life.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

Nate: I absolutely believe that everyone in the world can do anything they want to, if they want it bad enough. But I also know a lot of people (like me) struggle to get traction on working towards their dreams or goals. A lot of people I coach spend time spinning their wheels and don’t know how to start or can’t gain momentum because they succumb to self-criticism or are simply blocked by from the outside world: work, school or otherwise. I wanted to give people a “how-to” for achieving their dreams, with no strings attached. Thusly, if you want it bad enough but don’t know how to get from point A to point B thru Z, Conquer Life can help.

OP: How did you get your book published?

Nate: I used an awesome company called: Outskirts Press! They are a great self-publishing option for new authors. Everything is very streamlined, and the process is fantastic.

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

Nate: Although I definitely have a very candid and unique voice throughout the book, I think it can appeal to most everyone. But who I hope picks up the book is anyone who finds themselves in a weird “transition” point in their life. For those who are just out of college, but their first job isn’t anything close to what they thought it would be, or for those who know they are missing something in their life but don’t know what that something is exactly, I hope they find Conquer Life – or maybe Conquer Life finds them. Could be like a Jumanji situation where it seeks out readers. Though, I wouldn’t want any of those negative impacts that comes with that autonomous board game.

OP: What is special about your book?

Nate: My book is just enough information, just in time. You won’t find theoretical debates on the human condition in it. I designed the book to be a quick guide so that the reader can absorb what they need to so they can start enacting change in their life, right away. My book is also full of my unique sense of humor so hopefully I can get a couple laughs but more importantly my humor is there, so the reader knows I’m with them the entire way. I want readers to know that I will be their coach, I’m not some get rich quick guy spewing nonsense their direction. I love helping people, plain and simple and I think that theme is evident throughout the book.

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

Nate: Conquer Life takes proven methodologies that many of the most successful companies use to create new products and stay competitive in their market place and applies it on the micro scale for the individual. There are so many self-help books out there, but Conquer Life leverages the same foundational elements that make companies like Google, Microsoft, and John Deere (just to name a few) incredibly efficient. My book gives the reader what they need to operate in the most efficient way to achieve their dreams.

OP: Have you published any other books?

Nate: This is my first published work!

OP: Do you plan to publish more?

Nate: I am currently working on two separate books at the moment, a pseudo sequel to Conquer Life and a thriller novel. I’m targeting to get the first draft of each of the books complete by the end of 2018.

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


My name is Nate Dinet, and I am in love with my beautiful wife, Caitlin, and the proud father of our adorable daughter, Mia. For several years I have acted as a coach for organizations, helping them change the way they operate to enhance their efficiency in developing new products. While working in this environment, I found myself applying the same principles I used to help the organizations in my personal life with outstanding results. Now my focus has shifted from helping enterprises to helping individuals. My approach in Conquer Life is to be your hands-on coach, and I hope you give me that chance by picking up my book!

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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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Amazon Featured Book of the Week

Here’s this week’s Featured Book-of-the-Week available now on!

The Teenage Years: Hope For A Bright Future

by Gary Cammenga

Price: $9.95

Gary Cammenga’s “The Teenage Years: Hope For A Bright Future” is about hope for teenagers. This book has been written for the benefit and well-being of those who are teenagers in middle school, high school, and college; it is written with a great deal of love and concern for each one of you who want to avoid the wrong roads, wrong choices and pitfalls of teenage life.


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Amazon Featured Book-of-the-Week

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Transformed: From Ghetto To Glory – The Life You Can Live

by Dr. Keith Driscoll

(4.5 Stars – 5 Customer Reviews)

Price: $12.95

Dr. Keith Driscoll’s “Transformed: From Ghetto To Glory – The Life You Can Live.” Is it time to change? This book is a must read if you really want to become the person that God wants you to be. You can significantly improve every aspect of your life if you’re willing to transform your inner self by following the simple steps that God has for you.

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Self-Publishing Author Spotlight: Debra Ann Healey

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 Debra Ann Healey , who has published three successful titles with Outskirts Press.

Learn more about Debra Ann Healey and her published works through this week’s Self-Publishing Author Spotlight.

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Debra Ann Healey spent many years as a school teacher witnessing the challenge and struggle many children face as society fills their lives with expectations while she believes that their souls quite often have another calling. My own life experiences as one of those children, my spiritual journey, love of nature and photography as well as a deep connection with the children and the child in us all, has led her  here to teach a different way of educating and preparing children for the true journey of life.

After losing her father at a young age, a deep yearning for connection with him led Debra Ann to discover his presence around her. At first, it was small touches like a gentle breeze across her face but she became more open and receptive to these experiences throughout life, she came to know that Heaven is not so far away and that our loved ones who have left this world are still very close by wanting to communicate with us. Debra Ann uses her spiritual connection and knowledge to bring her three books to life and inspire others to find their true self.

cover (65)An Unclouded Day: My Personal Journey Home

Written under the name of her spirit name, Holly James,  this book is the amazing and unforgettable story of a period in Debra Ann’s life where she releases all of the wrongs this world had taught her and waking up to remembering who she really is. It is a true account of the divine guidance that was given to her along the way and the beautiful messages shared. The book follows Debra Ann’s journey as she lost everything that once identified her including her career, marriage, physical abilities, home, finances and many loved ones, but through these losses, she learns to let go and forgive.

The book details her journey of blessings, of miracles, of the divine love, which surrounds us all right here, right now longing to lead us home.


Product details…
Format: 6 x 9 color paperback, 103 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Sep 18, 2013)
ISBN10: 1478701617
ISBN13: 9781478701613
Genre: BODY, MIND & SPIRIT / Angels & Spirit Guides

cover (64)There Is a Rainbow Inside of Me: Chakra Balancing for Children of All Ages

During her own healing process, Debra Ann was inspired to create this book, as she discovered the amazing benefits of chakra clearing for herself. Through the benefits of chakra clearing, she pondered why she had not learn this earlier in life and decided to share this gift with from the very beginnings of their development as not only human beings but as individual spirits and souls having a human experience.

The book is designed to encourage and teach young children from an early age the importance of caring for the body, mind and soul through an early introduction to chakra balancing. Debra Ann believes that being given such knowledge and guidance from an early onset greatly benefits both children and society as a whole.

Product details…
Format: 8.5 x 8.5 color paperback, 24 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Dec 17, 2013)
ISBN10: 1478722398
ISBN13: 9781478722397
Genre: SELF-HELP / Inner Child

cover (63)Heaven’s Not So Far Away: Finding Peace In The Loss Of A Loved One

Death is not an ending but the beginning of a new form of relationship, for life is eternal and no living thing ever truly dies, it changes form. This book signifies the revelation of a truth and understanding about death that the author came to know and experience, after losing her own father at a young age as well as many other loved ones throughout her life. Although people may leave this world in their physical form, no one or no one thing ever really dies, they simply change form and their energy lives eternally. When this is understood, the realization that a new relationship and form of communication is available between us can begin to unfold, if we allow it.


Product details…
Format: 8.5 x 8.5 color paperback, 23 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (May 23, 2014)
ISBN10: 1478732288
ISBN13: 9781478732280
Genre: BODY, MIND & SPIRIT / Inspiration & Personal Growth


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