Amazon Featured Book-of-the-Week

Here’s this week’s Featured Book-of-the-Week available now on!

Distorted Mind

by Michael Fortnam

(5 Stars – 4 Customer Reviews)

Price: $8.95

Michael Fortnam’s “Distorted Mind.” Distorted Mind is an inspiring personal story of overcoming mental illness. It describes the experience of depression, hallucinations, and mania in a straightforward, accessible way that readers will easily empathize with and understand. It also provides ways in which caring people can provide support for a successful outcome.

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Top 5 Things to Look for When Self-Publishing Your Book

There’s never been a better time to self-publish your book. Attitudes about self-publishing are changing every day. What used to be viewed with skepticism is gaining traction and recognition as authors from E.L. James to J.K. Rowling, and hundreds of thousands of others, find success in the self publishing world. What’s more, quality is no longer a concern (as long as you do it the right way).

Self-publishing a book the “right” way is what separates all those amateur self-published books from the high-quality, professional product you want your name on. As such, here are five things to consider when publishing your book.

  1. High-quality. Is your publisher equipped with a stable of qualified, experienced experts in every aspect of book publishing and marketing to assist you in achieving the highest quality book possible? Whether it’s professional copy writing, cover design, or a host of custom marketing options, choose a publisher with the widest variety of services tailored to each author’s needs and delivered by skilled service providers.
  2. Publishing support. Forget the stress of trying to figure out for yourself all the little details that go into properly formatting and publishing a professional looking book. Instead, select a full-service publishing firm with a professional staff of experienced gurus who are always on hand to assist you with the nitty-gritty details, so you can spend your time doing what you do best – writing!
  3. Post-publication support. For many authors, the period after publication is the most challenging, although most authors don’t realize this until after they’re published. This is when 99% of the publishers out there forget all about you. You’ve written and printed your book – now what? Choose a self-publisher that follows through after publication with tons of free advice, a robust social media community, and competitively-priced marketing options to help you boost awareness of you and your book.
  4. 100% royalties. Once you publish your book, you should keep 100% of the profits it generates, through paperback sales, hardcover sales, Kindle and Nook sales, etc. Equally important: your royalty shouldn’t vary (in other words, it shouldn’t go down) if someone buys your book from Amazon or Barnes & Noble rather than from your publisher’s own website. 100% is 100%, and there’s nothing better.
  5. Satisfaction. Are other authors satisfied with your publisher of choice? Does your publisher have an active Facebook community filled with satisfied writers? Does your publisher post new comments from recently published authors multiple times a week? Does your publisher have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau?

If your publisher is Outskirts Press, the answers to all these questions is: Yes.


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Authors who start with Outskirts Press by choosing the Diamond or full-color Pearl publishing packages will receive this $300 service for free.

In addition to saving the $300 on this option, you’ll also get the following savings with your Diamond package:

  • Standard Press Release. $99 value included free when you order your Diamond publishing service today.
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“My Author Representative went the extra mile several times during the initial pre-publication process. Bridget stayed right on top of it and kept me informed until a few technical problems were resolved. I have used Outskirts Press for five books and very pleased with the representation and service.”

Charles L. Fields grew up surrounded by the seaside beauty of Rockport, Massachusetts and the artists who attempted to depict it. His varied and bizarre careers went from banana boat engineer to lobster dealer to chicken hatchery manager and include being an author, poet, sculptor and world traveler. These lifetime experiences enriched his published memoir, Many Lands Many Hearts and add realism and depth to his fictional writing. He is married and divides his time between Massachusetts and Arizona. This book follows Sentimental Me, Canyons of the Soul and Broken Spirit in the Charles Stone travel mystery series.

– Charles L. Fields, author of Tainted Dish