Self-Publishing News: 1.15.2018 – New Releases!

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And now for the news!

Some highlights from this month in the world of self-publishing, specifically new releases written by self-publishing authors and published by independent presses! Today we’ll be featuring brand-new **nonfiction** releases in the Outskirts Press Bookstore!

Are you looking to self-publish a book? This latest book from the founder of self-publishing company Outskirts Press, Brent Sampson, identifies the most common questions related to self-publishing today and then provides clear and concise answers in a visually appealing format. You might be wondering, for example, what makes “independent” self-publishing unique from “free” self-publishing and “full-service” self-publishing … and Sampson has the answers! The book delves into 25 such questions, each of which elegantly encapsulates the ethic and philosophy of self-publishing. With a decade and a half of experience running a self-publishing company as well as self-publishing and marketing his own books, Sampson is an important voice in the world of indie, hybrid, and self-publishing literature, and if his previous books are any indication, this one will be an excellent addition to any prospective author’s bookshelf!

Are you a fan of works of creative nonfiction and autobiography such as Helen Macdonald’s H is for Hawk or Patricia Hampl’s A Romantic Education? Arvin F. Spell III’s narrative of a life during the timber and turpentine days of southern Georgia—stories from the turn of the 19th Century and into the early 20th Century—embodies everything we love about the genre as it weaves tales of sentiment, humor, drama, and sometimes even horror into a tapestry of personal insight. Spell grew up listening to these same stories as told by his father, whose family has its roots deep in the rich Georgia soil and the timber industry of the time, and now he’s here to share them with readers who love the atmosphere and mystery to be found in the half-light falling through virgin timber.

Once upon a time … okay, no. Let’s face it: these days, even in ultra-modern 2018, there’s a stigma attached to the career field of education. Commonly expressed sentiments include: “Anyone can teach, so why do you need a four-year degree?” and “The education system is so messed up, but if educators only did [x], everything would be better.” This is just a sampling; anyone who’s ever acquired a degree in the arts or humanities will sympathize. But the fact of the matter is that these sentiments are being expressed by people who have no (or very little) experience in the field, and as with any career or field or industry, the true inhabited experience can only be fairly represented by those who have lived and worked within it. That is why Doug Green’s new book, Teaching Isn’t Rocket Science, It’s Way More Complex is such a refreshing read. It’s packed full of insights garnered from a lifetime in education; Green has been an educator since 1970, teaching physics, chemistry, and computer science, as well as working as an administrator at various levels. With teaching experience at SUNY Cortland and Binghamton University and over 400 articles in peer-reviewed journals to his name, Green knows his stuff.


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As a self-publishing author, you may find it helpful to stay up-to-date on the trends and news related to the self-publishing industry.This will help you make informed decisions before, during and after the self-publishing process, which will lead to a greater self-publishing experience. To help you stay current on self-publishing topics, simply visit our blog every Monday to find out the hottest news. If you have other big news to share, please comment below.

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