This Week’s Amazon Featured Book of the Week is Lockdown: 100 Days in San Francisco Facing COVID-19, Protests, and an Uncertain Future by Conor Mitchell

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Lockdown: 100 Days in San Francisco Facing COVID-19, Protests, and an Uncertain Future by Conor Mitchell

(5 out of 5 Stars – 3 Customer Reviews)   

Price: $29.95 Paperback and $39.95 Hardback

On March 16th, 2020, San Francisco announced that it would be instituting a Shelter-In-Place to help combat the spread of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. It was the first major metropolitan area in California and the United States to enact such an action. Taking as many pictures as he could, Conor curated a collection of photos in this book to best illustrate what a total lockdown in one of the most famous cities in the world looked like. Aside from the pandemic itself, San Francisco was one of many cities that hosted a string of protests that swept through the country fueled by the death of George Floyd. It felt as though the entire country was beginning to pull itself apart. Wherever we may be in history relative to the pandemic and protests, Conor hopes these photos will act as a force for change. He hopes that some action will result in a better future for us after dealing with this pandemic, a summer of revolutionary protests, and what feels to be a lifetime of uncertainty.

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This Week’s Amazon Featured Book of the Week is Karate: Road to a Black Belt: How to be Successful in Martial Arts by Jerry E. Pyne

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Karate: Road to a Black Belt by Jerry E. Pyne

(5 out of 5 Stars -13 Customer Reviews)   

Price: $16.95

Perfect for those starting anew, starting over, or wanting to improve their training, Karate, Road to a Black Belt: How to Be Successful in Martial Arts identifies mental and physical hurdles when training and prepares you to succeed before challenges can cause you to stumble. Learn how to set personal goals and succeed in the ultimate goal of achieving your Black Belt.

It is said, “If certain things were easy, everyone would do them.” When finished with this book-and then with earning your Black Belt-you will say, “If it were this much fun for everyone, then everyone would do it.”

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This Week’s Amazon Featured Book of the Week is Making It After Breaking It by Charlene Hendricks

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Making It After Breaking It by Charlene Hendricks

(4.5 out of 5 Stars – 7 Customer Reviews)    Price: $14.95

Many people face adversities in their lives. It is what you do next after an adverse situation happens that makes the difference. Being single again does not have to be stressful. This book will show you options that have been tried and true and brought successful living for many.

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This Week’s Amazon Featured Book of the Week is In the Black by Andrew Ceroni

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In the Black by Andrew Ceroni

(4.5 out of 5 Stars – 36 Customer Reviews)    Price: $19.95

AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR ANDREW CERONI HAS UNLEASHED A BONE-CHILLING, BLOCKBUSTER OF A THRILLER!

CIA’s most valuable foreign agents are being methodically assassinated. With its intelligence network shattering, the Agency begins a desperate search to uncover the traitor within its ranks!

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Outskirts Press Presents DONNA GIBBS CSJ, author of THE SEAMLESS UNIVERSE: A DISCOVERY GUIDE THROUGH OUR GREAT HERITAGE

Author DONNA GIBBS CSJ is taking her latest book, THE SEAMLESS UNIVERSE: A DISCOVERY GUIDE THROUGH OUR GREAT HERITAGE on tour – a Virtual Book Tour, that is, with Outskirts Press! Technology has created a wide variety of ways to reach audiences all over the world. All it takes is a little thinking outside the box, and nowadays you can market a self-published book in a variety of affordable and impactful ways. Virtual book tours, for example, are a great way to connect with readers from all corners of the globe, all from the comfort of your own home. Join DONNA GIBBS CSJ and THE SEAMLESS UNIVERSE: A DISCOVERY GUIDE THROUGH OUR GREAT HERITAGE as they appear in features and interviews (such as the one below) in the weeks and months ahead!


Luckily for us, DONNA GIBBS CSJ 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 THE SEAMLESS UNIVERSE: A DISCOVERY GUIDE THROUGH OUR GREAT HERITAGE.

OP: Tell us a little bit about THE SEAMLESS UNIVERSE: A DISCOVERY GUIDE THROUGH OUR GREAT HERITAGE. What is it about?

DONNA: It is an inspiring origin story that promotes a healthy Earth/Human relationship through poetic narrative, vivid illustration, and sacred experiences.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

DONNA: In 2010, I switched from teaching one grade level to teaching the entire elementary school science program. I created this version of the emerging Universe story to help ground, increase meaning and connect the Kindergarten through eighth grade curriculum.

Teaching science based knowledge and science skills develop in my students the ability to influence everything that happens to living Earth. I believe a “planetary wisdom” to help them form an “Earth-identity” would be beneficial as they learned the standard Science curriculum

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

DONNA: I wrote it in a format that would enable a young reader to grow with the story. Parts of the narrative are for reading aloud to the youngest and as the child grows, they learn more and begin to experience their personal connection with Earth.

OP: What is special about your book?

DONNA: It has evolved from my own advanced studies in Child Development, Earth Literacy and Art Therapy.
I myself engage in the experiences as they open an ever-new wonder and appreciation for all that is.

OP: Have you published any other books? Do you plan to publish more?

DONNA: Yes, The Quilter and the Quail is a true story about a woman who raised two wild quail. It follows their life in juxtaposition with the life of the wild quail. As the babies grow, the reader begins to understand how humanity links with wild nature.

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

DONNA: There are very few books in this category. Surprisingly, adults seem to enjoy this book as much as the child and glean a new appreciation for our place in the Earth community.

OP: How can someone learn more about your book or purchase it?

DONNA: Any questions about these books can be sent directly to me: seamlessuniverse@yahoo.com
Both books are available from Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Bulk orders can be made through me and/or Outskirts Press.

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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Donna Gibbs CSJ has taught for thirty years in the elementary classroom. She has a degree in child development and Earth literacy and a master’s in art therapy. She gives workshops and lectures that focus on deepening our connection with the universe.

For more information visit https://www.outskirtspress.com/theseamlessuniverse

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This Week’s Amazon Featured Book of the Week is HILL TOWN by D.S. Walsh

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Hill Town by D.S. Walsh

(4.5 out of 5 Stars – 5 Customer Reviews)    Price: $13.95 PB $26.95 HB

Lying in bed, I put in a request for sweet dreams for my girls, adding a mention of one for me.

Who’d of thought I would receive such a gift.

Waking this morning, I felt a sense of could be, still far removed from the reality of the day. Curious how hard it is to hang on to such things. You would think that all of us would long for the same thing, wanting only to get along and to make a difference. What poison I wonder is behind the motive of anything else?

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Outskirts Press Presents CAROL A. LINDEMULDER, author of COLOR & CONTRAST: A BOOK FOR EVERYONE

Author CAROL A. LINDEMULDER is taking her latest book, COLOR & CONTRAST: A BOOK FOR EVERYONE on tour – a Virtual Book Tour, that is, with Outskirts Press! Technology has created a wide variety of ways to reach audiences all over the world. All it takes is a little thinking outside the box, and nowadays you can market a self-published book in a variety of affordable and impactful ways. Virtual book tours, for example, are a great way to connect with readers from all corners of the globe, all from the comfort of your own home. Join CAROL A. LINDEMULDER and COLOR & CONTRAST: A BOOK FOR EVERYONE as they appear in features and interviews (such as the one below) in the weeks and months ahead!


Luckily for us, CAROL A. LINDEMULDER 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 COLOR & CONTRAST: A BOOK FOR EVERYONE.

OP: Tell us a little bit about COLOR & CONTRAST: A BOOK FOR EVERYONE. What is it about?
CAROL: color techniques: color and contrast used together

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?
CAROL: As an artist and also art teacher, I see contrast and color knowledge missing from so many art works in shows and classes.

OP: What types of readers would be interested in this story?
CAROL: Emerging artists without art school; professional artists wanting better understanding of contrast. Also, families with talented and creative children or students, people who just love color but know little about it, anyone just loving learning!

OP: What is special about your book?
CAROL: It is what I teach, as mentioned above, not about just my own techniques and colors used, but a book for everyone.

OP: Have you published any other books? Do you plan to publish more?
CAROL: I do not have any other published books and I do not plan on publishing another one at this time.

OP: What differentiates it from other books in the same category?
CAROL: Most art books are either scientific color books, or specific palette colors and techniques used by the author artist. color and contrast for everyone in simple basic terms is no longer taught in schools today.

OP: How can someone learn more about your book or purchase it?
CAROL: It is available on Amazon (paperback, or kindle, and also Barnes & Noble, and publisher Outskirts Press bookstore.

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

For more information visit https://www.outskirtspress.com/colorandcontrast

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Go ahead—judge your book by it!

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Author Poll: Writer Thomas Tinnin wants your help with his cover

Thomas Tinnin is self-publishing a book with Outskirts Press. And he wants your help deciding his book cover.

Book Summary

When the era of the nation-state has ended, it will be replaced by corporate city-states under a world government.

About the Author

Thomas Tinnin was raised and lives in Colorado. After having joined the Navy at an early age, he obtained his MA in economics from the University of Colorado and has since been employed as a statistician for the government. Always an avid reader, his pastimes include reading philosophy, history, and political science—and writing in his spare time, both fiction and nonfiction. This fictional work, set in the near future, was started over 20 years ago as a result of a dream, but was subsequently set aside over career demands, along with a companion nonfiction work. The two works have endured all these years, mostly unchanged, and are even more relevant today.

Please take a look at two possible covers below and then vote on the choice you recommend for Thomas.

 

 

Cover A

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Marketing Your Travel Book in Five Simple Steps

If you’ve spent much time reading the literature of travel, you’ll already know that there are many handy quotes about the process. St. Augustine, for example, is credited with saying that “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.” If you’ve recently self-published a book on travel, clearly you’ve seen more than one page of that book … but what about your readers? How do you ensure that they move from browsing to buying?

We have a few ideas to get you started. Take advantage of them all and before you know it, you’ll have put your travel book on the map… so to speak:

ONE: Consider the “Who?” Who are your readers, really? Are they travelers like you, in that they actually move through the physical world and are looking for templates to follow? Or are they what publishers used to call “armchair travelers,” those readers who much preferred to live vicariously through others than to conduct the trips (and endure potentional hardships) themselves? This being 2021, the conversation about ableism is now well-developed, and we now know that many readers pick up travel books to empower themselves, and to enable themselves to experience the world in a way that maybe they couldn’t have otherwise.

So, with your readers in mind, share content that gets them excited about travel, such as quality social media content and engaging lists and articles. Also provide content that helps your readers plan a trip themselves, including sample itineraries and how-to videos. And lastly, provide content and links that will help them take action, such as booking a trip, making a reservation, or contacting a travel agent.

TWO: Consider the “What?” As in, what’s your niche? Travel books happen to occupy a difficult niche, as do many other genres, in that they’re read heavily but only by very specific audiences, and sales numbers only occasionally make them blockbuster successes. (Cheryl Strayed’s Wild is a great example of an exception, for example.) What this means for self-published authors is that you need to find people who are already interested in travel narratives. Once you find these people, they are an easy sell. And in the age of information, finding them is easier than previous generations could even dream about. Look for those Facebook groups dedicated to travel and ask if anyone is interested in experiencing a new travelogue. Hop on Reddit and start a conversation about the destinations you visited. Use your niche to your advantage!

THREE: Consider the “When?” When it comes to travel, the time of year really matters. Take care to highlight seasons in your marketing, especially on visually-driven platforms like Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook: fall colors, winter activities, and seasonal foods go over really well in framing your marketing strategies! Also highlight local holidays, destinations to celebrate, and festivities to attend. Tackle other timely elements that can become the focal point for effective marketing content. Extra content to include on your blog, social media, or website might include local events guides or seasonal restaurant menus.

FOUR: Consider the “Where?” As with the time of year, your destination really and truly makes a difference in your marketing strategy! In your marketing materials, make sure to explore destination-specific highlights such as exclusive events and local sights. Take care to showcase the local food and beverage scene, including restaurant recommendations, wine tastings, and foodie-favorite festivals. And lastly, intentionally acquaint your readers with little-known travel tips, such as where to find off-the-beaten paths and little-known treasures which will enable them to truly appreciate your favorite experiences.

FIVE: Consider the “Why?” Why do your readers read? Why do you write? And most importantly, why do we travel? Remember, the art of a travel book is evoking the feeling of expansion, of exploration, for those who have not had the liberty or means or luck to travel the way that you have. In a sense, this puts a burden of responsibility on you. What can you say and do in your marketing to embrace those readers of limited mobility, who are perhaps constrained by money or by their own bodies and prevented from conducting a trip like yours? You have the ability–and the opportunity–to bring this grand world of ours to your readers. If there’s a more beautiful idea, we haven’t heard it yet.

As Henry Miller put it, “One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” What better way of helping make the world a better place than by making it possible for your readers to see our beautiful planet through fresh eyes? We hope you’ll take the time to invest in your book’s marketing success now that it exists in this beautiful world of ours.

Do you need some fresh ideas to market your book?  FREE resources in the Outskirts Press Marketing COACH Dashboard are available for all our self-published authors.