Self-Publishing News: 2.19.2018 – New Releases!

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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 releases in the Outskirts Press Bookstore!

Our first book for the day is Crystal H. Vo’s fantastic new memoir, Finding My Voice: A Journey of Hope. Vo, who had her start as a refugee from Vietnam, made her way to the United States by way of Indonesia while still a teenager. Her childhood was about as traumatic as you can imagine, and she spent years coming to terms with the various sources for the depression which (understandably) resulted. This memoir is a powerful, compelling look at what it means to fight with mental disorders like depression as well as a complicated backstory. A transplant to this country, Vo overcame many struggles to acquire her GED as well as her Associate’s and Bachelor’s degrees, all while acclimating to a new country and raising two children as a single mother. If you like poetry (this book includes several) as well as stories of loss and triumph, Finding My Voice: A Journey of Hope may just be the book to launch you into Spring!

 

Every now and then, there comes along a picture book for kids which has all of the right components: beautiful art, the perfect ratio of text-to-image for young readers, a story that catches the child’s mind, and a package which will entice parents and grandparents to invest in pulling out their wallets. The Ten Brave Squirrels of Bryson City is one of those books, and Rory Smith has given us an absolute gem of a picture book which will appeal to readers of all ages! The story follows the adventures of a group of squirrels living outside of Bryson City (North Carolina), in the Great Smokey Mountains National Park. These squirrels live a safe playful life … or they did, up until their food supply is put at risk by forces outside of their control. The squirrels are tasked with figuring out how to protect their acorns and stave off disaster, making for a spectacular adventure narrative as well as nurturing an interest in our National Parks system and the preservation of these special places.

Sometimes, we really need to hear the voices of those who’ve gone before, who’ve shattered glass ceilings and pushed past all obstacles to carve out successful narratives on their own terms–and that’s what the authors of The Black Pearls Club: A Woman’s Guide to Success in the Workplace have provided us here, with this book chronicling the high points and highlights of their careers as well as advice for readers looking to make their own way. These authors know their stuff, and they’ve seen it all: this book tackles heavy-hitting subjects, including common issues like sexism, racism, and ageism which often shape and limit women’s abilities to reach positions for which they are fully qualified. But this book is more than just an impassioned look at societal evils … it’s also a powerful encouragement, full of positivity and action points for the up-and-coming female worker. We can’t recommend taking a tour of the women’s workplace with these fantastic women authors by your side! Men, that goes for you, too: there’s a lot to learn on how you can be part of the solution and a support to the women in your lives.


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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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Self-Publishing News: 2.5.2018 – The Company Files!

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Some highlights from this month in the world of self-publishing, specifically news from or regarding self-publishing companies!

The title might be straightforward, but as Forbes contributor Adam Rowe wrote this week, the recent history of self-publishing is anything but, unless you’re looking at sales numbers … and if you are, those numbers tell a very simple story, one of rapid exponential growth in both production and publication as well as readership and market share. As Rowe puts it in the opening to his article, “In September 2014, there were “perhaps two million” titles in the Kindle Store, according to digital publishing expert David Gaughran. Today there are seven million.” Rowe interviewed Gaughran for his article, unspooling his origins in the self-publishing industry as well as his thoughts on where things have gone (and how they’ve gotten here). Says Gaughran, “It’s not just that the market has swelled; the tools we have for reaching readers have evolved at an incredible rate. It’s harder today, in some ways, and easier in others. But definitely more complex overall.” Complex is our forté! We highly recommend you check out the full article on the Forbes website.

Looking to take the next step in self-publishing your book this February by branching out in your marketing? The best deal around seems to be this one from Outskirts Press, which offers 15% off their Global Book Tour service package. For those unfamiliar with book tours, we can’t recommend them enough (no matter whom you choose to incorporate into your team) here on Self-Publishing Advisor. Interested in knowing more about book tours in general, and what they can do for your book? Check out Elizabeth’s brilliant blog post on the subject, and check out the Outskirts Press website for more information on their February deal.

Remember Medium? It’s been going through a lot of changes lately (some of which we’ve documented on our blog in various news posts), some of them significant. This one seems to be less dramatic than the usual, just a change in chief editor (as if that weren’t still an incredibly significant change!). But Siobhan O’Connor comes with an experience portfolio to rival the best, with experience at Time Inc. and a number of other important traditional print institutions, and many think she has a real chance of making the company finally turn a profit. Medium, a Twitter platform dedicated to longform self-published articles, has struggled to find a financial model which might do so. We’ll be watching closely!


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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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Self-Publishing News: 1.22.2018 – Publishing Trends Roundup

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Some highlights from this month in the world of self-publishing, specifically regarding publishing trends within the publishing industry, and their implications for all authors!

If there was an article title I thought least likely to ever appear in print or the digital sphere, it was this one: gig economy workers looking to romance writers (including, specifically, self-published authors!) for tips on how to get ahead in the digital age. This fascinating article comes to us from the Associated Press by way of Washington’s Top News (WTOP) and was written by Chris Larson of the University of Colorado and released through The Conversation (“an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts,” according to the article). In short, this has top of the line credentials, and speaks to a felt need in the self-publishing community: to be recognized not just by and within the publishing industry for the many successes and strengths of self-publishing, but also to be recognized by those outside of it–by other professionals in other fields, as a peer among peers. With a caveat to E.L. James (authors of the immensely popular Fifty Shades series), Larson writes that his research indicates that “the median income for romance authors has tripled in the e-book era. And more and more are earning a six-figure income.” This is great news, especially if the reasons why can be extrapolated and translated to other fields. Larson has some thoughts on that, too, and we highly recommend you read the full article at the link!

In another article with shockingly good credentials and authority, New York Times regular contributor Alexandra Alter describes in an interview just how e-books and the digital revolution, self-publishing included, have affected her job. Alter, for context, “covers the book industry” (according to the article) for the Times, and is a regular contributor to their very popular podcast, “The Book Review.” In other words, she’s one of the best-placed individuals to comment upon significant and ongoing trends in publishing at large. Here, Alter writes of how she came to e-books with the birth of her eldest daughter, a familiar tune to many e-book aficionados, all of whom need their hands free for various parenting duties. And despite being deeply vested in traditional publishing and print media, Alter sees value in the self-publishing industry: “Self-publishing has been one of the most fascinating corners of the industry to me,” she writes. “There have been a handful of massively successful self-published authors who have started their own publishing companies, and they’ve started to publish other ‘self-published’ authors. But publishers have survived so far through consolidation, and we’ll probably see more of that.” There’s lots to unpack throughout this article, and we highly recommend you take a look at the original on the Times website!

In one of the more useful trends to arise in the self-publishing industry, companies are now beginning to see the value in providing aspiring authors with tools for taking charge of and organizing their own publication and marketing needs. The latest release comes from Outskirts Press, a self-publishing company with which we are familiar. This month, it released its 2018 book marketing calendar, which comes complete with “valuable book competition deadlines, marketing tips and other up-to-date information they need to successfully promote all year.” If this sounds like the sort of thing which might prove helpful to you (and we’ll be the first to admit that we love bullet journals and budget and daily planners!) we recommend you take a look at the full article on Benzinga.


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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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Self-Publishing News: 1.15.2018 – New Releases!

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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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Tuesday Book Review: “Toxic Sphere”

Book reviews are a great way for self-publishing authors to gain exposure. After all, how can someone buy your book if he or she doesn’t know it exists? Paired with other elements of your book promotion strategy, requesting reviews is a great way to get people talking about what you’ve written.
When we read good reviews, we definitely like to share them. It gives the author a few (permanent) moments of fame and allows us to let the community know about a great book. Here’s this week’s book review:

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Toxic Sphere

by C.N. Sky

Publisher: Outskirts Press

ISBN: 9781478733751

Synopsis*:

A package vanishes. A ship sets sail. A manhunt begins. The year is 1007 EE, and four great powers–Cadona, Domataland, Sohn-Sur, and Visstel–are battling for world dominance. Leeha Ritsagin is one of the seventeen billion humans caught up in the battle of the giants. She enjoys old movies, works hard, longs for a boyfriend, fears elevators, cares about the world, and is a wanted criminal. Her story begins on a drive across town, and while she worries about getting lost, the danger she faces doesn’t wait for her in the slums of Cadona City. Rather, it comes inside a simple paper bag that appears in the backseat of her old car. Powerful members of the Back-to-Basics Club launch a manhunt to catch the thief who stole their package at a time when Club leaders are primed to take control of the Cadonan government, start a war against fabricated enemies, and deploy the world’s most powerful weapon: Toxic Sphere.

In response to growing international peril, the rising nation of Domataland dispatches its Goodwill Ship to aid a threatened ally. When news of the package’s disappearance reaches the desk of Domataland’s president, he instructs his intelligence chief to find the thief, hoping to use the mysterious package against his Cadonan adversaries. With Leeha’s life in danger, investigative journalist Bob Fullerby begins his own search to find the young woman before her hunters do. C. N. Sky’s debut novel is an ambitious saga with engaging characters, pulse-quickening action, and well-crafted suspense-a definite must-read by an up-and-coming new voice in fiction.

 * courtesy of Amazon.com

Featured Review: Dystopia, religion, politics, and a girl.

This book was quite a surprise! It kind of echoes the scenario of the lord of the rings, wherein a simplistic person is whipped out of their comfortable shell, into a world being manipulated by a handful of different powers. It weaves two themes throughout the book: the workings of a few elite; and the struggle of one “small” person. It’s generally done quite well, and the author is a master at whipping you through mystery and action scenes. The visions of various lands and people are left imprinted very strongly in your mind. One thing that didn’t suit my taste, though, was the presentation of the “elite, royalty” types of characters. They were quite a jarring, deliberate, slow-down from the main character’s journey. If you like classic sci-fi, you’ll love this book! If it had Heinlein or Philip K. Dick’s name on the cover, I’d have been fooled! Looking forward to seeing more like this, if anyone has more recommendations to share?

– reviewed by Waytoofunky

A friend asked me to give this book a read. Usually I ignore such requests but, for some reason the story sounded interesting. Something really resonated with me for some reason.
Long story short: I devoured it in short order.
The story is not from Earth but it so eerily reflects elements from the societies of our planet. People do bad things for selfish reasons, hurting many others in the process. This book presents a similar but different narrative though there always seems to be hope. For every bad thing that happens there is someone ready to stand up and at least try to do right. Even as the tension grows.
There must be a whole series of books because this first volume seems to set up soooo many more twists and turns than one more book could deliver.
Honestly, I kept thinking that this could be a story for a TV series or movie. There are just so many visually dramatic opportunities.

– reviewed by David R. Grindy

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Self-Publishing News: 10.16.2017 – New Releases!

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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 releases in the Outskirts Press Bookstore!

Are you looking for a whodunit to liven up your October evenings? You can’t go wrong with Reginald Buchanan’s Deceived, a killer story with a serious twist. It follows the story of Joan Witherspoon, a rising star of an athlete and the kind of senior everyone hopes their children grow up to be: a bright spark, full of life and passion. But her life is about to get very complicated indeed. Tragedy strikes while she’s away at volleyball practice, and while her parents’ deaths are explained away by the local law enforcement at the time, she finds herself years later at the heart of a burgeoning serial murder story. There’s plenty of deceit to go around, as the book’s title indicates, but you won’t see the end coming until it arrives! Sure, it may not be as overtly spooky as a book with “Halloween” in the title, but Deceived is a fantastically creepy exploration of the various sides of grief, tragedy, and the mind of a killer.

On a lighter note, who hasn’t wanted to go backpacking or river boating or parasailing through Europe? (Okay, so that last one may be a bit too much, but there’s always room for a personal fantasy or two in the midst of a book review!) Francis J. Clauss is here to walk us through the jewel of the grand European tour of ages gone by: Italy, land of Roman ruins and lush wineries and volcanoes galore. But Clauss has something more to offer than just a smidgen of sight-seeing! A regular at the San Francisco Opera, West Bay Opera in Palo Alto, Opera San Jose, Santa Fe Opera, the New York Metropolitan Opera, and many foreign venues, he and his wife have volunteered behind and in front of the scenes at various venues and know the lay of the operatic land, so to speak. In this volume, Clauss takes readers on a journey through not just the heart of Italy’s opera scene, but also the history of opera and why it has become such an emotional lynch-pin for those like him, and why it has become a city- and nation-building force throughout the ages. Fascinating, right? More than worth a look!

Following up on the joyous ride that was the first book in this series, Tom Boyhan is back with a new installment! If you or someone you know has loved Harry Potter, The Adventurer’s Guide to Successful Escapes, or How to Train Your Dragon, here’s another fantastic fantasy series for young readers that really knows how to blow your socks off! With fire! Dragonfire! What’s cooler than that? I’ll tell you what: a story which combines the allure of martial arts (they win belts!) with boarding school (which we’d much rather read about than attend, except when it’s a magical boarding school for magical kids and DRAGONS) and podracing. I mean, dragon racing! Dragon racing is even cooler than podracing, in our humble opinion. But of course, not all is fun and games at the academy, and our intrepid cast of heroes must fight a shadowy organization in order to survive, save the world, and make it to class on time in the morning. They’ve got a full semester ahead of them, and we have a full evening by the fire reading ahead of us. Can’t wait for book three!


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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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Tuesday Book Review: “e-Love”

Book reviews are a great way for self-publishing authors to gain exposure. After all, how can someone buy your book if he or she doesn’t know it exists? Paired with other elements of your book promotion strategy, requesting reviews is a great way to get people talking about what you’ve written.
When we read good reviews, we definitely like to share them. It gives the author a few (permanent) moments of fame and allows us to let the community know about a great book. Here’s this week’s book review:

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e-Love: Escapades in Search of Romance in the Digital Age

by I. A. Nova

Publisher: Outskirts Press

ISBN: 9781478776727

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Synopsis*:

Swipe right for E-Love, I. A. Nova’s charming, witty tale of love in the digital age. After being dumped by the man she thought was her one and only, Claire, a romantic, finds herself looking for love online.

A romantic using an online dating site? What could go wrong?

To Claire’s surprise, after only a few missteps, she meets Ian, an enigmatic musician and horseman. Their love burns bright and true.

For a while.

Once again, Claire finds herself alone, but this time she understands that romantic love is not the only thing that can fill the space in her heart. She decides to make her way to Africa, where she will fully devote herself to helping others by volunteering at an orphanage.

Claire’s life is not done twisting and turning, though. The online world is infinite, and so are the paths our real lives can take. After a chance encounter, Claire finds herself at a crossroads. Which way will she swipe this time?

 * courtesy of Amazon.com

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Nowadays new technologies have affected all spheres of life, including love. Virtual love supplanted the real, affecting the quality of relationships and values between women and men. True love has become sort of a ghost and found its place in the imagination and hopes of desperate cyberspace voyageurs. Claire is one of them. She is bathing in the rays of loneliness and disappointment, living through truth and lies, tears and joy, occasionally sharing the mystery of her heart with her dear friend. The book is about a chapter in a life of a young, intelligent, and divorced woman who realized that “the world is made for couples” and in her efforts to find “the One” dives into the world of online dating. She discovers not only surprises that come along with online dating but also herself, the new Claire, who is ready to share the warmth of her heart at any distance in the cyberspace in order to find true feelings in the second world, which is the reality. Unfortunately, virtual love hurts the real heart. Will Claire be able to say goodbye to e-cards and e-flowers ending online love games and textationships and lay a solid foundation for the lasting and beautiful relationship with someone from the real world; or will she drown in the gigabytes of virtual memories and affection? It is for the reader to find out.
I highly recommend this book for both women and men. It will grasp your attention to the last page. Witness the richness of imagination intertwined with bitter reality that single women often face when exposing their souls to e-love. The book is well-written and contains numerous scenes that will make you laugh and cry (the scene with the river otters made me cry and feel so much for Claire). I read this book non-stop for 8 hours and, in the end, I wanted to know more. I think the author should consider writing the second part, and, in my opinion, the story is an excellent choice for a modern romance movie.
Single men, who face difficulties in finding a partner online, are recommended this read because they can learn more about the mysterious mind of a woman in search of love, her inner desires, and what she really wants in a man. The novel reveals the author’s mastery of interpreting the matters of the heart and explores the mind of a single woman. Very compelling and details-rich story. Impressive debut by a new and talented American author who, no doubt, should be noticed and rewarded. I.A. Nova rocks!

– Review by Natasha R on Amazon

 

Here’s what some other reviewers are saying:

This isn’t a short book, but it reads quick. It starts off quickly and keeps going all the way to the end — never slowing a bit.

If you’re looking for a quick, clean, fun look at a woman’s journey through the tangled mess of internet dating, this is a good choice.

The only thing I didn’t like was the end. I didn’t know if Claire ended up with Ian, Yves or just went to Africa by herself. The story just sort of ends… with that question hanging in the air… and I prefer endings where everything is wrapped up neatly with a bow.

But, regardless… I enjoyed the heck outta this little book. It’s probably one of the sweetest reads I’ve had in a long time.

– Amazon Reviewer J Carl

I recently had the pleasure of reading “E-Love” by I. A. Nova, and was happily surprised. The readers follow the “online” adventures of Claire, the main character, whose great personality and determination takes her on a roller coaster ride of emotions and experiences. The story is eloquently written, filled with twist and turns, and presented with a touch of humour. Everyone can easily identified with Claire and her adventures, frustrations, and hopes that comes with joy of “finding love” online and in life! I highly recommend this book! 🙂

– Amazon Reviewer Vic

 


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