Here Comes Ingo by Odeta Xheka

Technology has made it easier than ever to reach wider audiences no matter where they are in the world. All it takes is a little thinking outside the box and you can market a self-published book in creative ways, affordably and impactfully. This is where book tours come in: Tours are a great way to connect with your readers, and technology has made them easier and more cost effective than ever!

Author Odeta Xheka is taking her latest book Here Comes Ingo, on tour — a Virtual Book Tour with Outskirts Press. This will allow Odeta to take her book into the far corners of the globe, all from the comfort of her own home! Keep an eye out for Odeta’s book as she will be featured on several blogs over the weeks and months ahead!


Luckily for us, Odeta 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 Here Comes Ingo.

OP: Tell us a little bit about Here Comes Ingo. What is it about?

Odeta: Here Comes Ingo is the story of Ingo, a scarlet macaw who while nursing her eggs in the hole of a dead canopy tree drifts off to sleep and dreams of flying about into the lush evergreen forest she calls home. Ingo’s dream is a beautiful visual story that exemplifies a progression of thinking leading towards love, kindness and inclusion because the world needs more empathetic, understanding and tolerant children. At first, things may not seem to make much sense. After all, it is not every day that 4-8-year olds get to come face to face with a shark eating cupcakes with gusto or a merry band of birds & frogs piggybacking on a chubby fish or even a solitary wolf improbably wrapped in a rainbow. Yet, page after page of exquisitely crafted compositions encourage children to resist feeling discouraged or scared in front of the unexpected and the unknown. Much like Ingo, they are to rely on their own ability to embrace what at first may seem strange in order to fully enjoy the book. Equally importantly, Ingo’s flying adventures invite children to put their thinking hats on and figure out what the characters are thinking, feeling and doing thus teaching them about setting, structure flow and attention to detail. As with the best of books, at the conclusion of the story, the journey is not over. Ingo invites children to visit again, and again in order to expand on Ingo’s dream world following into the tradition of classic books such as Good Night, Gorilla, The Adventures of Polo, Tuesday, Where’s Walrus, Sea of Dreams and The Red Book.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

Odeta: I believe that all books for children should offer a truthful depiction of reality all the while promoting a positive worldview. Here Comes Ingo is my honest attempt as an artist and a parent of young children to provide my young readers with a set of creative tools that can serve them in the future to push back against intolerance based on fear of the unknown. At the same time, this book is uniquely crafted to embrace children’s imagination and their innate sense of coloring, wonder and fun as they are invited to expand the story by drawing, coloring and painting on the page.

OP: How did you get your book published?

Odeta: This time around, I decided to go the self- publishing route in order to have complete artistic control over the aesthetics of what is for all purposes an art book. I am very happy with the way each paper collage stands out as a unique illustration drenched in superb colors.

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

Odeta: I believe that artistic expression is a crucial part of human development and while Here Comes Ingo is officially intended for 4-8-year olds, this picture book strives to create a sensory experience for the whole family. In conjunction with wall decals available through my art store the book illustrations create an interactive space for children to become the artist, not simply observe the art. Children, parents, grandparents, guardians and sitters alike are encouraged to incorporate Ingo and her friends into their everyday lives through play, crafting, games, writing, coloring, drawing and doodling on each picture. Ideal for kindergarten and grade school children this book may also be especially helpful to teachers who seek out opportunities for art projects, creative writing and other education avenues that grip young readers’ imagination while teaching them valuable lessons about comprehension (look at this picture- what do you think is happening?), predicting (what do you think will happen next?), inferring (what makes you think that?), reasoning (what do you think that happened?), sequencing (what happened first? next? last?)

OP: What is special about your book?

Odeta: The book has a very clear message, that of open mindedness in front of the unknown- a most timely message. At a time when old and young alike are continuously asked to think of the immigrant, the gender fluid, the poor, “the other” in terms that instill fear and confusion, Here Comes Ingo is the type of book that allocates agency to its young readers. The message is clear albeit a bit more direct and maybe a little less preachy than most books for young children. Let’s just say that as a longtime fan of Maurice Sendak and mother to a very inquisitive 8-year-old. boy and 6-year-old. girl I don’t believe in sugar coating reality. To me, this is another way of approaching children with truth, honesty and authenticity. Real life is not just colorful and happy; life also has darkness. I don’t believe we should coddle children and shelter them from life. With this book, I intend to make it safe for children to face things with their eyes open and to accept that things can be confusing and that not “getting” something at first glance is totally acceptable. They are invited to look harder, probe deeper and make sense of what is in front of them.

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

Odeta: Although Here Comes Ingo is technically a picture book for children, it can easily qualify as an art book. This book is a well-orchestrated visual story that familiarizes children with figurative collage, an ancient art technique. Each illustration is a multilayered collage on paper (made by hand) with special attention paid to the Disney-like palette and the carefully orchestrated arrangement of various animal, insects, birds, grass and trees paper cut outs in order to come up with a final composition that is as Surreal as it is imbued in suggestive possibilities. In other words, each book page collage is “a painting made with scissors” as Henri Matisse famously put it in reference to his paper compositions. Here Comes Ingo‘s artistic language is very inclusive and issues an open invitation to the readers to add to the story and take it as far as their imagination can stretch.

OP: Have you published any other books?

Odeta: Yes, years and years ago. It’s a collection of short poems. Although it was written in another land, another language and another cultural & social milieu Bosh Me Te Bardhe (Whitening Emptiness) offers clear parallels with Here Comes Ingo, my most recent book for children. It goes to show that I have always felt a sense of responsibility in tackling “heavy subjects” in order to come up with insightful and honest depictions of reality.

OP: Do you plan to publish more?

Odeta: Most definitely. I am already mapping out (visual) ideas about my next book. I’m at the stage when the giddiness of infinite creative avenues has not yet been dampened by the technical and practical aspects of bringing a book to life so my imagination is going wild. No matter the final direction of this next book, just like Here Comes Ingo, it will extend children the same message of being understanding, tolerant and kind beings.

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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Odeta Xheka is a mother, visual storyteller and fine artist who is busy raising her children and nurturing her art practice.

For more information or to contact the author, visit https://www.outskirtspress.com/herecomesingo or Odeta Xheka Visuals.

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Leadership Lessons Learned: Leading and Learning with Character By Earl Morrison

Technology has made it easier than ever to reach wider audiences no matter where they are in the world. All it takes is a little thinking outside the box and you can market a self-published book in creative ways, affordably and impactfully. This is where book tours come in: Tours are a great way to connect with your readers and technology has made them easier and cheaper than ever!

Author Earl Morrison, is taking his latest book Leadership Lessons Learned: Leading and Learning with Character — a Virtual Book Tour with Outskirts Press. What this means is that Earl will get his book into the far corners of the globe, all from the comfort of home! Keep an eye out for Earl’s book as 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, Earl 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 Leadership Lessons Learned: Leading and Learning with Character.

OP: Tell us a little bit about Leadership Lessons Learned- Leading and Learning with Character. What is it about?

Earl: This book is about the leadership lessons I have learned throughout my career and personal life. There have been many triumphs and struggles along the way.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

Earl: Leaders find themselves in difficult situations all the time. It is part of the job. I wanted to share with others how to best handle situations that come up in leadership positions. I designed this book to help others through some tough situations and decisions while learning along the way. This book is designed to help leaders be someone other people want to follow.

OP: How did you get your book published?

Earl: I went through Outskirts Press to publish my book.

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

Earl: Anyone who is in a leadership position, whether you are the Chief of Police, head of an organization, business owner, pastor, teacher, anyone who leads others and wants to be the kind of leader that others want to follow, this book will benefit you and change you.

OP: What is special about your book?

Earl: Leading and Learning with Character is the core of who I am. I have poured my passion for leadership into my book. I am real and talk bluntly about my struggles and triumphs as I have learned how to Lead and Learn with Character.

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

Earl: This book not only teaches 15 important and life changing lessons, it includes key points and key questions at the end of each lesson for the readers to ask themselves. Along with these are also self-reflection questions and actions that will aid in the readers’ growth and leadership. Also included for those that want to take each of the lessons even further and use them in their personal life, there is an appendix at the end of the book with Bible scriptures and prayers that coincide with each lesson.

OP: Have you published any other books?

Earl: This is my first book to write and get published.

OP: Do you plan to publish more?

Earl: I plan to write and publish many more books.

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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Please visit the author’s website to learn more about him or to purchase the book directly from him: www.earlmorrison.com.

Earl Morrison has been a peace officer for seventeen-plus years in the state of Texas. During his career as a peace officer he has risen through the ranks and held several leadership positions, such as sergeant, lieutenant, and chief of police. Earl has a great passion for training and developing others and has been an instructor/trainer in those areas for the last twelve years. Earl has implemented several development and leadership programs to aid in the advancement of others throughout his career. In addition to this book on Leadership Lessons Learned, Earl has written several papers on Mentoring in Law Enforcement addressing the need to grow and develop others. Earl has also held several leadership positions in his private life within the church community as a men’s group leader and church elder and chairman of the board for a city’s employee credit union.

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

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Keep Working On That Book During Small Press Month!

You’ve probably heard us crowing about Small Press Month this month. March is the perfect time to promote the amazing work of independent publishers and self-publishing authors. High quality self-publishing is easy. Marketing your book afterwards is the key.

We hope you’re taking advantage of this celebration to finish and promote your own book using the 31 tips (one per day) provided by Outskirts Press. The idea is to take a few moments each day to implement one important step in your efforts to complete, market and promote your self-published book.

Once that book gets completed, we hope you take our suggestions to stock up on hard copies, connect on social media, send out press releases and reach out to local schools, universities, fellow authors, small businesses and sales channels. Don’t worry if you’re just ramping up now. These small steps are simple enough to take two at a time. Here’s what the next few days of your Small Press Month should look like:

March 16 – Get talking. Small, local radio stations – particularly news/talk formats – are constantly on the lookout for interesting guests. Contact local radio producers in your area and pitch them on your book, tying it into Small Press Month. Not sure where to start? Outskirts Press offers a Guaranteed Radio Interview option to get you started.

March 17 – Think green. St. Patrick’s Day green, that is. Take the day to get started on electronic editions of your book, which save trees and open you up to huge audiences of ebook consumers. Outskirts Press can set up a Kindle, Nook or Apple iPad edition of your book in no time at all.

March 18 – Think big. Local is a great starting point, but don’t forget to contact the major newspapers about Small Press Month, too. They’re more likely to cover something if they are contacted by authors, so reach out in person. Be ready to tell your press contact what sets your book apart from others (unusual topic, great reviews, a sudden spike in sales, past media attention, etc.). Here’s one to get you started:
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March 19 – Center yourself. Contact local community centers and inform them of Small Press Month; post information on their community bulletin board, if one is available. Gather the local authors with whom you’ve teamed up and schedule an impromptu event, celebrating Small Press books.

March 20 – Make a leap. If you’re considering all of your publishing options, this may be the month to start with Outskirts Press. If things have stagnated with your current publisher, a fresh start may be just what you need to get sales moving again. Even if you’re not quite ready to publish, Outskirts Press can still help. We offer a variety of marketing products and services for authors. Browse those marketing products today at: http://outskirtspress.com/services/marketing.

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Self-Publishing Author Spotlight: Barbara Fifield

Outskirts Press works hard to help self-publishing authors make their dreams come true, and we’ve had had the good fortune to work with many talented and successful individuals over the years. For that reason, it’s important to give a nod to the authors who’ve, in turn, contributed to our success. Every now and then, we celebrate one of our successful authors in our Self-Publishing Author Spotlight.

This week Outskirts Press proudly features author Barbara Fifield, self-publishing author of three books of fiction and poetry through Outskirts Press: Lucifer Rising, Photographs and Memories, and Passion’s Evidence.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:Barwbara Fifield
Barbara Fifield is a retired social worker and journalist who has published widely in newspapers and literary journals. She is the author of two novels, Photographs and Memories and Lucifer Rising, and is a member of several writing groups, including the Tomoka Poets and the Ormond Beach Writers’ League. Fifield lives in Port Orange, Florida.

Lucifer RisingLucifer Rising

When ace reporter Elsa Eldridge is assigned to profile a local religious cult leader named Tyrell, she doesn’t expect to fall under his spell. But Tyrell’s charismatic personality, muscled body and piercing gaze make him hard to resist, and soon Elsa is enamored. But all isn’t what it seems. And what Elsa doesn’t know could make her regret the day she ever laid eyes on this spiritual seducer. Before long, cracks show in Tyrell’s glossy veneer. There’s the intense possessiveness that threatens to burst into violence; the not-even-trying-to- hide-it womanizing; and the rumors about his prior life. Lawsuits from former lovers dog him; an ex claims he committed the ultimate sin. But through it all, Elsa is drawn as if by some mystical force into his world. Every time she succeeds in breaking away, he brings her back into his snare. Can Elsa find the strength and courage to stand up to the man she lusts after? What’s the truth behind the whispered allegations? And what explains the bizarre sensations Elsa has that Tyrell is visiting her when he’s not around? Savvy, sexy and spiritually aware, Lucifer Rising mixes romance with paranormal intrigue for a thriller that will keep you guessing right up until the very last page.

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Format: 6.14 x 9.21 paperback, 87 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Oct 26, 2009)
ISBN10: 143274478X
ISBN13: 9781432744786
Genre: FICTION / General

Photographs and MemoriesPhotographs and Memories

When Angela finds out her alcoholic sister, Martha, is sponging off their aging parents in Florida and making herself a problem they are now far too old to deal with, Angela must persuade her husband to give up all they have in New York and move south to help out. Struggling with new jobs, a new climate and the impossible Martha, Angela and her husband, Kevin, find their nerves becoming more and more raw and their lives more and more strained. They never had to deal with anything like this in their peaceful life in New York.

Suddenly and unexpectedly, Angela’s mother dies. Angela turns to her husband for support, but in the cruelest turn of fate, he too suddenly passes away. All alone, except for the helpless Martha, Angela must now gently coax her failing father into a nursing home. How does Angela cope? How will she fare when her need to act has passed and, alone, she must quietly face her losses?

Photographs and Memories is a novel based on the author’s own experience with aging parents and with losing a parent and a husband. It is an emotional story and one that will ring true for anyone who has had similar losses in his or her life.

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Format: 6 x 9 paperback cream, 203 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Mar 31, 2010)
ISBN10: 1432752383
ISBN13: 9781432752385
Genre: FICTION / Contemporary Women

Passion's EvidencePassion’s Evidence

You are in my vein’s pulse,
the air that beats past,
the car’s rhythm.

Remove the blade
so I may heal.

From the lush and sensual to the quiet and serene, Passion’s Evidence opens up a newly observed world for women and men to appreciate and experience in this collection of finely crafted poems.

Composed over the last twenty-five years, Fifield’s free verse offers the honesty and clarity of an attentive woman’s observations of family, men, nature, and other aspects of life she has graced with her artist’s eye. Her poetry ranges from the rich lines of “Picking Strawberries”

blushing rubies of succulent flesh
food for ancient deities

to the quietly dramatic opening of “Memories in the Orchard”
Through knotted grass, dandelions

gnarled roots, bracke,
I enter the apple orchard.

Fifield not only explores the panoramic emotions of love—sometimes satisfied, sometimes unrequited—and the connections of a woman’s heart to her husband, her daughter, her mother-in-law, but she also conveys with skill and grace the sometimes complex emotions a woman may have in life:

You ask me to dance with the wind
but knees are stiff from
too much bending.

In this impressive collection of poems, Fifield presents in full color the real, the actual, the tangible in life and then delicately laces it with hints of the shimmering potential still therein.

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Format: 7 x 10 color paperback, 83 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Apr 14, 2010)
ISBN10: 1432753576
ISBN13: 9781432753573
Genre: POETRY / American / General

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Self-Publishing Author Spotlight: Frank Stepnowski

Outskirts Press works hard to help self-publishing authors make their dreams come true, and we’ve had had the good fortune to work with many talented and successful individuals over the years. For that reason, it’s important to give a nod to the authors who’ve, in turn, contributed to our success. Every now and then, we celebrate one of our successful authors in our Self-Publishing Author Spotlight.

This week Outskirts Press proudly features Frank Stepnowski, self-publishing author of three books, including Why Are All the Good Teachers Crazy?, S.C.R.E.W.E.D. An Educational Fairy Tale and Teaching Sucks – But We Love It Anyway!

Carol RogneABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Frank Stepnowski is your basic grizzly bear: big, warm, surprisingly mobile and perpetually hungry. A study in dichotomy, he would prefer to roll around in the sunshine all day eating healthy foods while scratching himself at will, yet he is not above gutting you with frightening precision should you threaten his mate or cubs. While it is perfectly legal to hunt and/or antagonize him, he possesses a skill set that may manifest itself in an undesirable outcome should you choose to do so. Like most grizzlies, he enjoys salmon, sarcasm, sleeping and the emergence of the marginalized voice in early 1800s American Romanticist literature. Step’s first book, Why Are All the Good Teachers Crazy? was very well received by teachers, antisocial deviants and the other creatures of the forest.

Why Are All the Good Teachers Crazy?Why Are All the Good Teachers Crazy?

A refreshingly honest look inside the teaching profession, Why Are All the Good Teachers Crazy? is a captivating collection of hilarious stories and unreserved observations from one man’s odyssey in the classroom. With equal parts humanity, insanity and profanity, Frank Stepnowski, a 20-year veteran of the academic wars, offers unique insight into a world everybody knows about but very few understand. “Step” as he was re-christened by his students, pulls no punches in the classroom, and takes no prisoners in his writing debut. The title, which comes from a line that the author heard many times throughout his career, is both a confession and a confirmation. “I wanted a book,” he explains, “that would make people laugh out loud but also open their eyes to just how insane the teaching profession can get. With that in mind, the book is a riotous success, providing searing insight into the classroom and giving an iconoclastic voice to a profession that often goes unheard. Why Are All the Good teachers Crazy? is a wake up call for some, a rallying cry for others, and an invitation to laugh and learn for everyone.

Based on actual events, the vivid imagery, colorful characters, and incendiary dialogue of this nuclear powered novel will take readers on a roller coaster ride that they will be talking about long after the ride is over.

S.C.R.E.W.E.D. An Educational FairytaleS.C.R.E.W.E.D. An Educational Fairytale

The year is 2012 and the President has passed The Absentee Parent Act, suddenly making parents accountable for the academic and moral shortcomings of their offspring! Legal guardians everywhere turn to the places that have been raising their children for years – the schools. Alas, our current educational system is a farce, a fact suddenly of great concern to the soon to be punished parental population. Meanwhile, in a New Jersey classroom, a frustrated teacher has an epiphany, and soon T.E.A.M. (Trust in our Extreme Alternative Methodology) schools begin to spread across the country, providing the kind of common sense instruction, uncompromising discipline, and political incorrectness that other schools wish they could employ. Of course, no good deed goes unpunished, and an army of antagonists line up to challenge this Brave New School; but Frank Stepnowski, aka: Captain America, and his dedicated band of teachers will not go quietly! The battle lines are drawn, and comedic (sometimes cathartic) chaos ensues. With a delightfully demented cast and enough metaphoric mayhem to power a bulldozer aimed at the educational status quo, S.C.R.E.W.E.D. is another perfect storm of fury, fun and foreshadowing from the gloriously twisted mind that gave you Why Are All the Good Teachers Crazy?

Teaching Sucks – But We Love ITeaching Sucks - But We Love It!t!

“I find it fascinating, and a bit insulting,” confides Frank Stepnowski, the iconoclastic author of Why Are All the Good Teachers Crazy? and S.C.R.E.W.E.D., An Educational Fairytale, “that so many people feel so enabled to criticize teachers. Folks get their homes repaired multiple times, but they don’t automatically think they could be construction workers, plumbers, etc. People and their family members undergo surgeries and visit hospitals, but they don’t instantly assume they could be doctors. I could go on and on and yet, because they went to school, or have children in school, legions of people feel like they know what it is to be a teacher. They’re wrong; and the evidence is in both the children they send us, and the fact that they stand idle, ignorant to so many “educational” decisions being made about our children that could irreversibly damage future generations.” Teaching Sucks – But We Love It is an unapologetic retaliation to those that would blame teachers exclusively for the ills that plague modern education, a wake-up call to the uninformed masses, and a love letter to those good teachers that continue to fight the good fight in the face of nearly insurmountable odds, in a nation that seems to increasingly devalue their importance.

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Self-Publishing Author Spotlight: Danny Odato

For many self-publishing authors, the publication of a book is the realization of a lifelong dream—one that often had to take a backseat to a paying career, family and unforeseen events for months, years or even decades. Writing a book is not a job; it’s a passion, a calling. But it’s a calling that only the most dedicated writers are able to see through to publication.
Danny Odato

It would be difficult to think of a better example of this dedication than Danny Odato. His life’s journey took him from his birthplace in Italy to marriage to a busy life with four children.While a hectic life as a husband, father and provider may have delayed his dream of publishing his own book, Danny stayed dedicated to his craft and his pursuit of authorship. The result is an inventive horror fiction that takes readers into a culture steeped in long-held tradition and a family plagued by an evil presence.

This week Outskirts Press proudly features Fiction writer Danny Odato, self-publishing author of the novel, The Witch’s Revenge.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Born in Italy in 1953, Danny Odato, a father of four, had to provide for his family at a young age instead of following his dream of writing. With The Witch’s Revenge, his debut novel, his dream has finally come true.

The Witch’s Revenge

In Harangul, a village in the Latur district of Maharashtra, the Nehra family wakes up to what they believe is an ordinary day. But things are about to take a dark turn in the little village when a mysterious old woman moves into the abandoned house next door. Padma, a simple woman, is married to Mohan, a hardworking tailor. They have four children and are raising them in a loving, traditional Hindu family. They enjoy the culture of their small community and rely on their many friends, elders and traditions to lead happy and spiritual lives. But soon after the arrival of the strange woman next door, a child is involved in a horrible, fatal incident. Another child becomes seriously ill, and a woman falls to her death from her roof. Then Padma’s own family suffers a tragic loss. Mohan and Padma seek spiritual advice, to no avail, and the authorities offer no assistance. Finally in desperation, as things become more bizarre in the colony, a party of brave men ventures out to seek a strong baba from far away. With faith, strength and a very strong sense of community, the people of Harangul work tirelessly to free their home from the grasp of a terrible evil presence—a daayan who threatens their very existence. The Witch’s Revenge is a striking novel that The Witch's Revengeseamlessly blends Indian tradition with suspense and horror—a book eloquently presented by a gifted new storyteller.

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Format: 6.14 x 9.21 hardback w/ jacket, 177 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Jan 28, 2014)
ISBN10: 1478725648
ISBN13: 9781478725640
Genre: FICTION / Horror

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Format: 6 x 9 paperback cream, 187 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Jan 28, 2014)
ISBN10: 1478725648
ISBN13: 9781478725640
Genre: FICTION / Horror

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Self-Publishing Author Spotlight: Jody C. Loos

Self-publishing authors have taken the publishing world by storm, producing books in every literary genre imaginable, often stretching and redefining their chosen genre. We at Outskirts Press have had had the good fortune to work with many talented and successful individuals over the years. For that reason, it’s important to give a nod to the authors who’ve, in turn, have contributed to our success. Every now and then, we celebrate one of our successful authors in our Self-Publishing Author Spotlight.

This week Outskirts Press proudly features Jody Loos, self-publishing author of the Alex the Alien children’s book series.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Jody C. Loos is a graphic designer who lives in Quincy, Ill. Her adventure tales of Alex the Alien have enchanted children and adults alike, and readers are eager to find out what Alex will do next.

Alex the Alien: The Cars of MarsAlex the Alien: The Cars of Mars

Jody Charles Loos is the creator of Alex The Alien, a book series about a lovable alien that has adventures all throughout space. Alex travels with some of his closest friends visiting different solar systems, planets and moons. His favorite place to visit is Earth. He finds Earth creatures friendly and he enjoys everything Earth has to offer.

Paperback
Format: 5.5 x 8.5 color paperback, 16 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Nov 21, 2012)
ISBN10: 1478717572
ISBN13: 9781478717577
Genre: JUVENILE FICTION / Imagination & Play

Alex the Alien: Bubble MagicAlex the Alien: Bubble Magic

Alex The Alien Bubble Magic

Jody Charles Loos is the creator of Alex The Alien, a book series about a lovable alien that has adventures all throughout space. Alex travels with some of his closest friends visiting different solar systems, planets and moons. His favorite place to visit is Earth. He finds Earth creatures friendly and he enjoys everything Earth has to offer. Please check out the next alien adventure, Bubble Magic! Children love these books because of the simplistic rhymes and bright colors used. Each book tells a different and fun story.

Paperback
Format: 5.5 x 8.5 color paperback, 20 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Aug 12, 2013)
ISBN10: 1478703229
ISBN13: 9781478703228
Genre: JUVENILE FICTION / General

Alex the Alien: Train RideAlex the Alien: Train Ride

A great first train ride book! Come join Alex on your first train ride experience!

Paperback
Format: 5.5 x 8.5 color paperback, 20 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Aug 30, 2013)
ISBN10: 1478701382
ISBN13: 9781478701385
Genre: JUVENILE FICTION / Transportation / Railroads & Trains

 

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