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Marbles – Eye of the Tiger by Myrna Doreen White

Technology has created a wide variety of ways to reach audiences all over the world. It takes is a little thinking outside the box and you can market a self-published book in creative, affordable and impactful ways. Consider book tours! Tours are a great way to connect with your readers and technology has made them easier and more cost effective than ever!

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


Luckily for us, Myrna 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 Marbles – Eye of the Tiger.

OP: Tell us a little bit about Marbles – Eye of the Tiger. What is it about?

Myrna: When Kyle, his mother and cat, move from San Francisco to India, Kyle’s life changes – a lot. And not just because his new city is so different from what he’s used to. Kyle’s life changes because of the people he meets, the mystery of the marbles, and the mystical events that happen. Finding a marble with special powers sends Kyle on a quest across his new city, and deep below it, where animals talk. Kyle and his new friend end up in a jungle that is filled with these animals and one who has lost his eyesight, which only a special marble can repair.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

Myrna: I find that boys, especially, are less able to ‘find something to do’ on their down time, Whereas, girls have an array of activities, like doing things with their hair, making fancy girly things with friends, or of course, reading. Boys do read as well, however, it appeared to me; not as much. They seek adventure and look for an outlet, which I felt could be given through a book that had adventure, along with mystery, as well as friendships and values. A place where they can focus their energy on.

OP: How did you get your book published?

Myrna: I decided to self-publish so looked into different publishing outlets. I wanted and needed someone to help me to get it published and marketed as I’m not in a position to do all of that. After reading through various publishing firms, I felt that Outskirts Press showed that they had the ideas and help which could meet my needs the best at this point of publishing, for the first time.

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

Myrna: Readers between the ages nine to twelve are at the level of reading my book. Both boys and girls could be interested in the type of story line I have written.

OP: What is special about your book?

Myrna: My book is easy to read and is not overly long as well as has short chapters that will allow a new reader to set it down comfortably and go back after each chapter, if needed, making it easier for them to read.

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

Myrna: I believe that the story itself is more interesting and relatable to both, boys and girls but boys especially; along with the mystery, spirit and adventure.

OP: Have you published any other books?

Myrna: I have written short stories but this is the first book I’ve published.

OP: Do you plan to publish more?

Myrna: Yes. I hope to do a sequel as well.

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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Myrna White’s gift for listening and her interest in people’s life stories led her naturally to a career in mental health. Now retired, she enjoys the company of her three children and six grandchildren, whose imagination inspires her lifelong love of writing. Myrna also enjoys gardening, watercolors, photography, and gatherings of friends and family.

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

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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THE KING OF NO: A Financial Firefighter

by Loyall Wilson

(5 Stars – 3 Customer Review)

Price: $14.95

Loyall Wilson’s “THE KING OF NO: A Financial Firefighter.” Many have heard of Bernie Madoff as he most notably stole 50 billion dollars from various clients. What is rarely talked about are the thousands of smaller stories, which happen every day. Come with me as I show you what can happen on the other side of trust. This memoir will take you behind the scenes with me as Chief Compliance Officer of a large investment firm, with the arduous task of detection, prevention and putting out financial fires. I expose how a beautiful smile and a great personality can be used as instruments of deception. You will learn how to spot “red flags” even when you don’t think anything is wrong. You will learn how I placed dozens of people in prison for stealing millions of dollars from clients and how I fought the company, advisors, and clients, in my efforts to protect them.

 

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Top 10 Marketing Options: Here’s What You’ve Been Ordering!

It’s no secret that writing a book is a massive undertaking … until you learn what goes into successful selling! Successfully selling your book is a labor of love for the long haul. Lucky for you, Outskirts Press can ease some of the burden of marketing, so you can focus on writing while we turn our expertise toward promoting your book and increasing your readership!

And, boy, have we ever been hard at it! Here, in no particular order, is an overview of the our most sought-after Marketing Options, based on the latest survey of sales numbers.

EVVY Awards Submission Service

EVVY Awards Submission Service: The EVVY Awards recognize excellence in independently published books. Sponsored by the Colorado Independent Publishers Association (CIPA), the EVVY Awards are judged by a panel of professionals on a qualitative scale of merit in approximately twenty different categories. Every year, Outskirts Press nominates a small percentage of the books published during the course of the previous year for official submission to the EVVY Awards..

Personal Marketing Assistant

Personal Marketing Assistant: Do you know how to develop a book marketing plan or even what should be included in it? Do you have the time and know-how to snag and schedule book signings? Are you confused about when, where and how to implement these and other elements of your book marketing plan? Let your Personal Marketing Assistant do the heavy lifting for you!.

eBook Bundle

eBook Bundle: Save time and money by bundling all three of our e-book editions together. This e-book publishing package is one of our most popular, and no wonder! It includes formatting and distribution of an Amazon Kindle Edition with distribution on Amazon, an Apple iPad/iPhone Edition with distribution through iTunes and the iBooks bookstore, and a Barnes & Noble NOOK Edition with distribution through the NOOK bookstore on Barnes & Noble’s website..

First Chapter Distribution

First Chapter Distribution: With First Chapter Preview Library Distribution, your book cover, synopsis, pricing information and ordering details will run for three consecutive months in a quarter page ad in First Chapter Plus, a monthly catalog where viewers/customers can download and preview the first chapter of your book. Those who are interested in buying copies will have all the ordering details right there in the catalog for their convenience and your benefit.

Google Books Preview Program Submission

Google Books Preview Program Submission: Make your book more discoverable on Google with the Google Books Preview Program, complete with your book cover, an enticing sample for readers to browse and convenient links for buyers to purchase a copy through the major online retailers..

Amazon Kindle Submission Service

Amazon Kindle Submission Service: Amazon is the number one retailer in America (yes, even bigger than Wal-Mart!), and the Amazon Kindle is the #1 e-reader. More formats on Amazon means more exposure on Amazon, and the Kindle is heavily promoted by Amazon..

Amazon Search Inside the Book

Amazon Search Inside the Book: Our Amazon Search Inside the Book marketing option will allow you to take advantage of Amazon’s online equivalent to browsing a bookstore. Books that participate in this program feature a “Look Inside” icon over their Amazon cover image, which invites potential customers to electronically “flip” through a small section of the book. This increases the level of confidence a customer has in your book – most likely leading up to a higher volume of book sales. According to Amazon, books participating in this program enjoy significant sales improvement, on average, over books that do not..

Amazon Launch Bundle

Amazon Launch Bundle: Save 25% on 3 of our marketing services focused on Amazon.com. This bundle includes the following options: Amazon Search Inside the Book, Amazon Listing Optimization and Amazon Author Page.

Custom Press Release

Custom Press Release: Have our professional press release writer compose an original, unique press release for your book, submitted to you for your review/approval, and then distributed to our news wire service on your behalf.

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One Loony Eclipse: A Real Full Moon

by Gordon Pless

(5 Stars – 2 Customer Reviews)

Price: $16.95

Gordon Pless’s “One Loony Eclipse: A Real Full Moon” is a comedic play on names, places, occupations, and more. Follow the descendants of perpetually penniless Odem Jack Schitt as they interact with characters on both the right side of the law, like police officers Lauren Order, Jason Crooks, and Brook M. Danno, and those who take the law a little more into their own hands, like Mauri Pulsive, Izzy Normal, Moe Lester, and Lou Smorels. If you are looking for one-liners developed into a full novel as well as saucy humor delivered without profanity and vulgarity, readers will love Pless’s One Loony Eclipse.

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Quality Matters in Self-Publishing—and Outskirts Press Delivers

Readers are a discerning bunch. They take cues on mood, tone and content from a book cover alone, gauge the appropriateness by the cover text, and measure the value of the contents in the sample pages. They complete this assessment with surprising accuracy—and in a matter of seconds!

When you have but a moment to impress, quality matters. It matters in all things related to your book—not just your meticulously chosen words. As the saying goes, “You’re only as strong as your weakest link.” If the quality of your book cover, formatting, cover scribing, editing, book selling pages and marketing materials are less than stellar, your whole presence as an author falls short.

Your reputation as a polished, professional author will be carefully crafted by Outskirts Press. We are in the business of delivering to authors high-quality published books that are indistinguishable from anything produced by a traditional publishing house. We provide self-publishing authors a variety of professional services they need to create a professional book:

  • custom cover art
  • interior formatting design
  • editing and ghostwriting options
  • book marketing services and materials
  • comprehensive publishing packages with everything you need to get published at a discounted bundle price

Book buyers will skip over an amateurish cover in a nanosecond and just as quickly zero in on one with professionally designed art and composition. Typos and formatting irregularities will leap from the page, and poor color rendering, binding and cover material will sour them on what could have been a supremely enjoyable reading experience. Don’t let this happen to you.

Protect your precious investment! Choose the quality you deserve … choose Outskirts Press.

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5 Reasons You Need a Book Marketing Calendar

A book marketing calendar is a priceless document in the self-publishing realm. It contains valuable guideposts to steer your marketing and, ideally, includes ambitious but attainable benchmarks, such as promotion deadlines, book events and other to-do items in one place. It also should serve to inspire you to progress in your marketing efforts by making you accountable for your goals and the timeline for achieving them.

But where do you even begin to create a book marketing calendar? Here are five essential items to include on your marketing calendar for a successful year of selling:

  1. Literary contests. Your calendar should include submission deadline dates for literary competitions that interest you, as well as a list of submission requirements (or a link where you can find them). Remember to set a series of smaller goals for each step of the process so you can complete your registration on time.
  2. Book reviews. Some book reviews do have a submission window, so track these and schedule other reviews that aren’t time-sensitive for other times of the year.
  3. Book fairs and expos. There are many local, regional, national and international book fairs where authors can display their books and make valuable industry connections. Research ones that are appropriate for your genre and track registration deadlines and requirements on your calendar.
  4. Other marketing prompts. There are many little things you can do in between competitions and events to boost your visibility, such as book-signings, book giveaways, social media posts and advertising opportunities. You may wish to schedule specific types of activities for certain days of the week or month so you can easily keep track of your agenda. Social media Saturdays, book-signing Fridays, advertising on the 15th of the month, end-of-the-month giveaways, etc. This would also be a good place to note your monthly marketing budget.
  5. Resources. Add helpful links directly to your calendar for future reference. These should include book competition webpages, online forms, how-to articles and more. This will ensure the information you need is close at hand when you need it, and that you never miss an important deadline.

With careful advance planning and organization, you’ll save time down the road and will be prepared to take advantage of every opportunity available to you.

Want an even quicker path to a well-organized book marketing calendar? The new and improved Marketing Calendar from Outskirts Press offers more than 150 marketing tips, resources and deadlines to help you make 2019 your best year yet — all for just $25!