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The Hour Glass: Transforming the Printed Biblical Word Into Inspired Spirit Filled Teaching

by O.N. Rider

(5 Stars – 1 Customer Review)

Price: $21.95

O.N. Rider’s “The Hour Glass: Transforming the Printed Biblical Word Into Inspired Spirit Filled Teaching.” Victorious living has to do with the quality of teaching that exists among believers. Life is often lived within the margins of subjectivity and our minds and emotions can be tossed to and fro. It is a responsibility for us to not only repent when need be, but to especially embrace and walk in the victorious position that Jesus has bestowed upon us.

 

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High Tails of High Adventure

by Karl Kronfuss

(5 Stars – 12 Customer Reviews)

Price: $12.95

Karl Kronfuss’s “High Tails of High Adventure.” You can rely on swashbuckling bravado Mac The Pug when trouble strikes or adventure calls. Follow The Pug with his athletic prowess, towering intellect, undaunted courage as he catches the perfect wave, explores the Arctic, leads an airborne assault on Yellowstone Park or defends his front yard in his own snappy style!

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A Leap of Faith or a Surety? Self-Publishing Supports Writers of Faith

April is a month packed full of faith-centered celebrations––with Passover on the 11th, Easter on the 16th, and Lailat al Miraj on the 23rd––and the deep, poignant reflections which so often and naturally accompany them. Traditionally, April is a month of profound religious insight with an emphasis on peace, generosity, and pilgrimages both physical and spiritual.

What better way to honor the tenor of the month than to publish a book borne out of your faith? Practically speaking, there’s no better time of year to do so, and at Outskirts Press we offer a variety of a la carte services in addition to our stellar One-Click Publishing packages for Spiritual and Christian literature, packages tailored to meet your needs as an author of faith seeking to reach readers of similar interests. Whether you’re putting together a work of fiction, non-fiction, or something which defies the conventions of genre, we have something made to order.

Readers are hungry for religious and faith-based literature! Several years ago, Publishers Weekly released some research on the world of Christian books, highlighting the massive success which this particular category of books has had as a result of self-publishing. Says PW’s Andy Butcher, “Christian self-publishing has moved from the Rodney Dangerfield era to the Aretha Franklin age. Once they couldn’t get no respect, but now self-publishers in the category are singing Aretha’s chorus and asserting themselves as an important and viable option for faith-based authors.” And the numbers only continue to climb!

So what’s driving those sales? An ever-broadening range of self-publishing services populated with smart marketing strategies and expert insight from professionals is one driving factor; so too is self-publishing’s movement beyond stigma to respectability, a respectability it has earned in part because the covers get better and more beautiful each year, the content more refined and polished, and the variety of religious books available more diverse. The better the self-publishing services provided, the more authors are able to translate their dreams for publishing into reality.

And we at Outskirts Press are so proud to offer exactly that––quality self-publishing options designed to place your vision for your book at the heart of what we do, to produce the best possible book of which you can be proud––and with which you can inspire your readers with the faith and insight you have found in life. We hope you’ll consider publishing with us, and if you have any questions you can find out more on our website (www.OutskirtsPress.com) or contact us by phone (1-888-672-6657)—or even live chat with us online! Our Publishing Consultants are on hand and eager to set you up for success as you take a leap of faith into self-publishing!

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Echoes in the Canyon: Adventures in the Desert

by Marco Behrens

(5 Stars – 9 Customer Reviews)

Price: $16.95

Marco Behrens’s “Echoes in the Canyon: Adventures in the Desert.” A fun-loving desert tortoise, Myra Louise and her close friend Minnie Squawking Bird, a cactus wren, live in the beautiful Arizona desert with their friends, Stinky and Smelly, the javelina brothers who have a propensity to seek out adventure…and trouble.

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Errors-B-Gone: How Can I Clear My Manuscript of Mistakes?

Errors are bad, right? Even though we’re often our own harshest critics, we often miss certain annoying little details. But the answer to our question is more life-affirming than you might think: the reason we slip up and our manuscripts include typos and other errors isn’t because we’re stupid — or even careless — but because we’re focused on conveying meaning, a high-level task neurologically speaking. To really catch errors, a person needs time, focus, and to be in the right frame of mind. So, what are some ways we can go about doing this?

Below are five tips you can employ to drastically decrease the chance of mistakes finding their way into your manuscript as you prepare to submit it for publication.

#1 — Have a professional copyeditor edit your manuscript
The most common mistakes are minor, such as misspellings or incorrect use of punctuation. Other common errors are incorrect word use (their, they’re, there). A professional editor is skilled at noticing and correcting these kinds of mistakes. Do not make the mistake of relying solely upon a computerized spell-checker, which cannot tell the difference between “worse” and “worst” since they are both properly spelled words. Use an editor — a human one.

#2 — Get a second (and third) set of eyes
Even if you do not wish to pay a professional, anyone who reviews your writing will find mistakes you invariably missed. Since you are overly familiar with your own work, you are much more likely to miss obvious mistakes because your mind already knows what the text is trying to say, rather than what it actually says. When someone else reads your work, they have no preconceived notions about your intent. In addition to finding mistakes, a professional editor can offer helpful suggestions to make your writing stronger.

#3 — Come back to it later
Do you wait long enough after writing something to begin editing it? Many writers edit their work as they write it. Not only does this slow down the creative process, it increases the chances that your mind will ignore blatant errors in deference to your intentions. Once your brain thinks a paragraph is free from errors, it tends to overlook any new errors that are introduced during the rewriting process. Put your writing away for several hours, days, or weeks and revisit it later. After some time away from your work, you will be more likely to read the words as they appear on the page, not as you envisioned them in your mind. The mind is error-free, the page is not.

#4 — Read your material backwards
You are only familiar with your writing in one direction — forward. Reading your material backwards makes it seem entirely different and fools your mind into ignoring the content and only concentrating on the reality. Furthermore, your critical view of the writing at its most technical level will not be corrupted by the flowing exposition you have massaged into sparkling prose. When you read your manuscript backwards, it becomes a collection of words. Without contextual meaning, the brain has nothing to focus upon other than the words and punctuation. Mistakes literally jump off the page!

#5 — Read your material out loud
When you read words aloud, your brain must slow down and concentrate on the material. How fast can you read the following sentence? The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dogs. Now how fast can you read it out loud? It takes at least twice as long, and those precious milliseconds sometimes make all the difference between a typo that is missed and one that is caught and corrected. An extra bonus for reading your material out loud is that you may discover stumbling blocks like awkward sentence structure and choppy dialogue.

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Mediocrity in America: A Point of View

by Andrew Rodriguez

Price: $12.95

Andrew Rodriguez’s “Mediocrity in America: A Point of View.” A warning has been issued to future generations about mediocrity in America and the fragility of freedom. Will we walk through life without teaching and without learning? Will we become a dogmatic, narrow-minded, inflexible group to fill the vacuum and establish a paralyzed society that will disintegrate as mediocrity becomes the norm? Told by a St. Bernard doggy guru named Titan, this narrator makes a compelling case against these dangers.

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Your Book Can Make a Great First Impression with a FREE Custom Cover!

There’s a saying: “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” But we do! It’s a fact. And more than this, we judge quickly. First impressions matter in the world of book publishing, and self-published authors sometimes find themselves at a disadvantage. A custom cover, however, can establish your book as a standout on every bookshelf—and reap all the benefits of making a good first impression. Your book will:

  • look professional, lending you credibility as an author;
  • be visible, hooking potential readers’ attention as they browse through their options;
  • reach your ideal readers, and be encoded with all of the subtle visual hints specific to their favorite genres; and
  • be informative and comprehensive, providing all of the necessary components to make your book marketable, including details like ISBN numbers and details to convey your book’s story, characters, themes, motivations and underlying messages.

But how do you acquire a custom cover for your book, especially if you have a limited budget? We at Outskirts Press have the best of all possible solutions! For a limited time during the month of March, we will be offering a FREE Custom Cover Design (valued at $399) with the purchase one of our Ultimate or Full-Color publishing packages. All you need to do to participate is select one of the eligible publishing solutions, above, and enter the promotional code FreeCover at checkout. It really is that simple! But hurry because this offer will only be available for a limited time during the month of March.

Our dedication to putting together high-quality publishing solutions and services for authors doesn’t end with even such a stellar offer as this. Our staff and customer support, as well as the comprehensive and affordable nature of our packages, placed us among the top tier of self-publishing companies last year, a trend we intend to continue.

To learn more about our publishing packages and services, call us at 888-672-6657 (OP-BOOKS) or communicate with one of our staff using the live chat option on our website, www.OutskirtsPress.com.

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