Self-Publishing Author Spotlight: Jerry Snodgrass

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 Jerry Snodgrass, who has published an astounding 9 successful titles!

Learn more about Jerry through this week’s Self-Publishing Author Spotlight.

About the Author:

Jerry Snodgrass was born in Butler, Missouri, in 1938. He was raised and went to school in Indianola, Iowa. He entered the military after graduating from high school in 1957, and successfully fulfilled his dreams of serving in the military and federal service, traveling to exotic locations for over fifty years. Jerry is a Vietnam Veteran and is a Life Member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion. His passion for romance and suspense and the lives of the American cowboy inspired him to write, Night Shadows Over Sandy Creek. He provides exciting reading with a fiction romance novel set in Southwest Texas. Jerry lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife Rosemary and their little Yorkie, Stormy.

Forgotten Honor Book CoverForgotten Honor

From the steamy jungles of Vietnam, to the ancient city of Istanbul, Blake Tanner is a man you want on your side. Follow him as he travels from his home in Colorado to New York City, Atlanta, London, Istanbul, Naples, Athens, and Barcelona in search of clues and answers connected to his friend’s death.

 

 

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Paperback
Format: 6 x 9 Black & White Paperback, 225 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Dec 08, 2007)
ISBN10: 1432718177
ISBN13: 9781432718176
Genre: FICTION / Thrillers / Suspense

 

Moments to Remember 1957 Book CoverMoments to Remember 1957

It’s the summer of 1956, and how teenagers lived and loved and played, when James Dean was the coolest and rock ‘n’ roll was the only music worth listening to, comes to life in Moments to Remember 1957. In a small town in the Midwest, at Indian Falls High School, we meet the greaser and the misfit, the farm boy and the girl next door, and the dreams they thought were “made in the shade.” Here’s a slice of American life – both good times and bad – that will have you digging up your old 45s, sipping on some cherry Coke floats, and wondering what happened to all the friendships that were going to last forever.

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Format: 6.14 x 9.21 Black & White Paperback, 130 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Oct 07, 2008)
ISBN10: 1432732803
ISBN13: 9781432732806
Genre: FICTION / General

 

Lone Star Destiny Book CoverLone Star Destiny

It is 1878, as young John Wesley Steel leaves home for the wild Texas Frontier. It is a deadly time in the state’s fledgling history as Indian, Mexican, and white men fight for their beliefs. Wes works as a cowboy and then begins the life of a Texas Ranger, he soon falls in love and marries. But as Steel’s family grows, so do the dangers, and now he must fight to save his dear ones and the land he loves.

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Format: 6.14 x 9.21 Black & White Paperback, 311 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Jul 31, 2009)
ISBN10: 1432744151
ISBN13: 9781432744151
Genre: FICTION / Westerns

 

Memories – The Class of 1957
“The Fifties Was a Time of Excitement and Joy”

The story is a snapshot view of the fabulous 50s and the Indianola, Iowa graduating class of 1957. Too much happened during the final five months of the class’s senior year of high school. Also, too many years have passed to present accurate memories of activities and events. The 1950s, and especially the year 1957 was a very exciting decade and still is. It was a time of happiness, individually, and plain good old fun.

 

CASTLE ON THE RHINE
International Suspense

Brady Lane is happy to be retired from the US Army Criminal Investigation Command (CID). He is enjoying life with his second wife, Julie, and his two lovely daughters. But at the age of forty-five, Brady finds he’s not quite ready to retire when his expertise is requested to help solve the murder of his close friend and former partner. Brady and Julie relocate to Germany, where they find themselves enmeshed in an international intrigue, chasing down an arms and drug smuggler whose only motivation is money. This deftly plotted thriller will have you on the edge of your seat as you discover what really goes on beneath the tranquil exterior of the Castle on the Rhine.

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Format: 5 x 8 Black & White Paperback, 195 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Jun 04, 2014)
ISBN10: 1478731192
ISBN13: 9781478731191
Genre: FICTION / Action & Adventure

Crystal Lake Secrets:
Kurt Chapel Book 1

 

Kurt Chapel former CIA operative, Navy SEAL, and mercenary decides to give up his dangerous occupation after the successful rescue of a Croatian politician’s daughter. During the rescue in the countryside near Zagreb, he killed the three kidnappers that were holding her for ransom. Kurt makes the decision to hide his past and relocate to the small central Texas city of Kingston and begin a new life as a novelist. But it isn’t long before he realizes that this pleasant little town is bursting at the seams with corruption and danger. Beautiful blonde realtor Norma Price enlists his help to figure out what her seemingly mild-mannered husband, Bill, has been doing at high-end listings represented by Price Realty. The truth they uncover will catch several people in a web of blackmail and corruption, and Kurt’s CIA connections will be priceless in bringing the criminals to justice. Smart, funny, and fast-paced, this romance/thriller will keep you guessing and leave you anticipating the next book in the Kurt Chapel series.

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Paperback
Format: 5 x 8 Black & White Paperback, 243 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (May 30, 2015)
ISBN10: 1478757655
ISBN13: 9781478757658
Genre: FICTION / Thrillers / Suspense

More books by Jerry Snodgrass include
WOODCREST 911
Man from the Sea
NIGHT SHADOWS

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Author Poll: Author Rory Smith Wants Your Help With His Cover

Rory Smith is self-publishing a book with Outskirts Press, and he wants your help deciding on his book cover.

Book Summary

The Burning Man Festival in the Nevada desert attracts thousands of people each year. They come to camp out in the middle of a dry lake bed—to “find” themselves, for artistic expression, or just to live a week in a non-monetary trade environment. Rock and his friends simply want to see what all the fuss is about.

Burning Man seems like fun, and the young men meet interesting new people. But what Rock and his friends learn about themselves is mindboggling—and it will change their lives forever…possibly even the world. Follow Rock and his friends, new and old, as they attempt to cheat death and carry the weight of a secret that has been kept for over 2,000 years.

About the Author

Rory Smith is an avid adventurer, dreamer, and world traveler who enjoys seeing new things and experiencing differing cultures, believing in goal-based travel. He is an ex-football player on multiple levels of the sport and is actively involved in the field of nuclear technology and electrical power production. He is a published novelist and has sequels for each of his projects beating on the basement door of his mind in a mad scramble to be put down on paper.

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

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Outskirts Press Self-Publishing Authors Represent at the 2017 EVVY Awards

Winners of the 2017 CIPA EVVY Awards were announced August 19 in Denver, and we couldn’t be prouder: Outskirts Press self-publishing authors took home a total of 15 impressive 1st-, 2nd- and 3rd-place awards. Now in their 23rd year, the CIPA EVVY Awards are sponsored by the Colorado Independent Publishers Association (CIPA) and the CIPA Education and Literacy Foundation (ELF), and recognize the finest works of independent authors in dozens of book categories. Way to go, authors, for making a great showing in 2017!

Outskirts Press hand-selects only the highest quality books for nomination each year. In fact, we generally nominate only 2 to 5 percent of the books we publish in any given year so your EVVY wins represent an incredible showing in a year where we were able to send 47 nominees then 21 finalists to the judging committee. These winners will now be eligible to compete in the annual Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Award — but more on that in a bit.

Alas, here are the self-published books that earned top honors in the 2017 EVVY Awards:

1st Place Winners

Interior Layout/Design
Family & Relationships

Religion & Spirituality

2nd Place Winners

Fiction: Fantasy

Fiction: Romance

History

Inspirational
Juvenile Non-Fiction
Motivational

Performing Arts

3rd Place Winners

Cooking

Fiction: Fantasy

Fiction: Literary & Comtemporary

Fiction: Mystery & Detective

Fiction: Romance

Politics/Political Science

Merit Recognitions

So, what’s next? Well, the EVVY Awards are also the first step toward nomination for the Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Award. Three EVVY-winning books will be selected as finalists and will receive promotion in our newsletters and on our social networks, including links to the respective author webpages, book video trailers (if any), ebook or Kindle editions (if any), and any other marketing efforts the three authors have put into place.

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Why Does Government Need to be Funded?

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Amphidromus’s “Why Does Government Need to be Funded?” This little book provides deep-search introspection of our most basic organizing principles. Its hope is to be the new American shot heard ’round the world. The simple core idea, based around properly understanding the concept of money, will provide what was unimaginable before: a solution to what divides us so. Individual liberty and social justice will be unfettered, free at last to simultaneously flourish.

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5 Ways to Get the Most Out of Self-Publishing Creative Services

Whether you’re a new author, a seasoned pro or just thinking about self-publishing, there’s always a lot to consider along your publishing journey.

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LOST…then…FOUND

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Angel Desean’s “LOST…then…FOUND.” Throughout our life, we will experience ups and downs. There are moments of love, moments of joy, moments of humor, moments of fun and moments of tragedy that cause us pain and heartbreak that we must overcome. There is hope. As you read these poems, may they bring joy and peace to your life.

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