Self-Publishing News: 10.15.2018 – 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 releases in the Outskirts Press Bookstore!

If you are looking for a gritty period redemption story, this may just be the book for you. Set in a 1930s port city somewhere in the South, it features Joseph Curcio–homeless, disillusioned, recovering alcoholic–and Amanda, his former student,  who gives him shelter. Their platonic friendship gives him the stability to heal and a foundation upon which to resurrect his career in the writing of a diary–a diary he hopes to use to confront and understand his own failures, and recover his sense of self. Despite his best efforts, though, it seems as though his project is doomed to failure, and that the flaws which brought him down the first time will do so once more. Portrait in Broken Glass is written in sharp and incisive prose, with all the humor, humanity, and realism of the best fiction out there.

As a Marriage and Family Therapist with a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology, Lari Kathleen Quinn specialized in domestic violence treatment and prevention–and her expertise shows! Teddy O’Brien, the protagonist of Kiss the Doors, finds herself stranded and struggling to get by in South Dakota when a road trip with her fiancé ends in tragedy. Later a witness to a domestic violence incident and surrounded by hostile strangers, Teddy begins to seek help–and begins to understand more about her own past as a survivor of domestic violence. As she slowly begins to rebuild her life and emerge from her depression, things in town take a sudden unexpected turn (or two!). This book is full of heart and, like Portrait in Broken Glass, finds its feet in a voice of sincerity and insight.

As the season begins when we must close down and mulch our own gardens for the winter, Debra Hester chronicles the days leading up to her mother’s death, and seeks to paint a portrait of all of the wisdom she left behind even while showing, in unflinching prose, the challenges remaining for those left behind: fear, anger, grief, and loss. Debra sets much of the book in the family garden as she grapples with all of those things and more, seeking healing in the beautiful backyard garden which was their shared legacy. A powerful, if heartbreaking tale, My Backyard Garden doesn’t flinch away from the difficulties of loss, but it ends on a hopeful note–reflecting the healing which is ultimately to be found in shared memories and a life well lived.

Last but certainly not least, we couldn’t close out this week’s new releases without mentioning Gabriel F.W. Koch’s latest book: And Comes Day’s End. Koch’s credentials are stellar: winner of the 2004 L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Award, winner of the 2016 CIPA EVVY Award for Fiction/Science Fiction and Merit Award recipient in 2018, finalist for the Next Generation Indie Book Award in Science Fiction and Mystery, a nominee for the 2017 CIPA EVVY awards, and the second-place winner of the Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year award, Koch knows his stuff. This book features a new and compelling voice for Koch, and centers on Michael McKaybees, a private investigator working in New York’s five boroughs. When his best friend is killed and he himself is implicated in the murder, McKaybees must fight to clear his name by investigating the city’s criminal elements as well as its most preeminent citizens–all before he himself is locked away for crimes he did not commit. Murder gets personal in this great new mystery, and it’s a definite must-read for longtime Koch fans!


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Self-Publishing News: 9.17.2018 – 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!

Colorado native Katie Patterson brings us Ride, her first novel, a story about a city girl forced to reconsider her life of privilege, wealth, parties, and independence in the midst of rural Minnesota. Daughter of two Hollywood professionals, Alyson Butler happens to make an unwise decision at the beginning of the summer between junior and senior year of high school–the consequences of which have Alyson’s parents sending her to spend that summer with her grandparents at Davis Lake, far from the glamor and parties she’s so used to. And just when things are looking like she’ll have the most miserable summer of her life, Alyson meets Marc Maylore and his friends. And that’s when the secrets spin out of control, and Alyson is forced to contend with the fact that there may be more to those who live around Davis Lake than she thought, and that love, loss, friendship, lies, and self-discovery all await her should she find it in herself to open her heart.

Anyone who’s been pregnant in the last decade–and anyone who’s stepped foot in the “used books” section of their local thrift store–will likely be aware that there is a certain book series out there which claims to offer all the wisdom a pregnant person and their loving supporters might need to know during the pregnancy process. Spoiler! It doesn’t. And for many years, readers have been asking for a more nuanced approach to pregnancy. Dr. Nemchenko is here for those readers! And she has the experience to back it up; Dr. Nemchenko has been seeing my obstetric patients for over 10 years. This book addresses pregnancy and pregnancy-related issues in a holistic, effective and efficient way, giving attention to parts of the experience which are often neglected in public discourse, including myths about pain and second pregnancies. With positive reviews from other medical professionals, this is a book with the pedigree and the accessible voice we’ve long needed.

Last but certainly not least, we switch emotional gears to bring you word of this dark thriller from M. J. Meister, a writer with plenty of experience cataloging the human experience in an Emergency Operations Center. The press copy for this book lays some eerie groundwork: “With a dangerous cop for a father, a mad beauty for a mother, a grandmother in denial and unforgivable deeds secreted away within the shadows of Dead Man’s Woods, Josie had been forced to find a way to survive. No one had a clue about what was going on behind closed doors at the McGinnis home.” And that’s how this book begins–no one outside of the McGinnis home knows just how deep and dark the secrets are within that house, or how the perfect facade conceals unfathomable cruelty and pain. Little Josie grows up behind closed doors, tempered by her family’s harshness to become something else entirely. Dead Man’s Woods is her first novel, and it’s a killer.


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Self-Publishing News: 8.20.2018 – 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!

Here’s a debut for the ages! In The Escapee: Happiness in a Bottle, setting and timing is everything. It is New York City, May of 1950, and Hollywood screenwriter Harrison Harper is in turmoil—devastated by the death of his fiancée, Amelia, and torn by his feelings for the newest woman in his life, film star Venus Kingsley.  Struggling through alcoholism, Harrison suddenly finds himself being blackmailed by a mysterious stranger who claims to know the truth behind Amelia’s death—a truth that Harrison has kept secret for two agonizing years. As dangers rise and situations worsen, Harrison must conquer his vices and his enemies, and overcome the agony of lost love, all the while trying to resist the call from a bottle of liquor … and to stay alive in the process. This book is packed with tension, texture, and thoroughly researched details of the time and place. If you’re a history buff, or like a good star-crossed romance, or a hero in the process of bec;oming, this is the novel for you!

Looking for a magical tale to take home to the junior reader in your life? This may just be the perfect book for you and your preteen to enjoy together. Its fascinating premise, replete with the titular dragons and fairies, begs one very important question: What does the Queen want most of all? Welcome to the Kingdom of Ing, where dragons are playful and kind, and where fairies surround the land with enchantment. It should be the very happiest place—but King Alexander and Queen Arabella are downcast because they don’t have a baby dragon. Time is passing, and the kingdom needs a prince or princess. Night after night, the Queen can be heard sighing and weeping. The queen dreams of a baby to love, and somewhere, an orphaned baby dreams of her. Can the queen of the fairies and her very best team work their magic to bring a bundle of joy to the Kingdom of Ing? This book carries you along as their two stories dovetail. With delightful rhyming lyrics focused on words with “-ing” endings, this imaginative fable is fun to read aloud, while providing opportunities for early reader, vocabulary, and counting skills. With its whimsical illustrations and heartwarming story, this tale of a mother’s longing for a child is sure to become a family favorite.

Are you feeling stuck and looking for a way forward? Or, are you looking for a way to boost your already existing mindfulness practices over the coming months? This book is for you, and for anyone interested in understanding themselves and their place in the world a little better. The authors, each of whom is in possession of a lifetime of rich experience and expertise, have painstakingly created a one-year, one-a-day template for writing about your thoughts and feelings as well as a nice mix of active, hands-on exercises to keep it interesting and to help you avoid the so-called “journal fatigue.”

All three of the authors have been working with individuals, including students and adults, with mental health concerns; their clinical and practical expertise includes peer mentoring, stress management, mood and anxiety disorders, and life coaching as well as mentoring. This is a guided journal with specific application in those circumstances, as well as a broader appeal based on shared and universal human experiences. So, as the sales copy encourages you to do: find a comfy chair, grab your favorite hot beverage, a good pen and start journaling!


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Self-Publishing News: 7.16.2018 – 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!

Linda Klein Means knows the world and what it can be like. Born on a farm in Illinois and survivor of a number of family struggles, she spent time in Venezuela, Brazil, and France, sampling the world’s treasures and encountering a number of her own misadventures. This collection of literary essays deals with issues as diverse as grief, uncovering a family legacy of racial policing, tackling unconscious prejudices, growing up alongside a sibling with Down Syndrome, and negotiating one’s own peace with the past and all that comes along with it. Means’ background in news writing—she started in college as a reporter and editor, then moved on to write for The Wilmington (Del) Morning and Evening JournalThe Chicago Tribune, and US News and World Report—lends this collection a pith and appeal for readers of both news reporting and personal memoir.

Every now and again, a person really … needs … a good ol’ fairy tale. But not every fairy tale is created equal, and sometimes what a person needs and wants is an update on the original. Enter Moshe Sonnheim, stage left. Sonnheim’s revelatory collection of fairy tales for parents and children brings in the age-old appeal of dark forests, magic mountains, hidden castles, and talking animals, and adds a modern sensibility. These fairy tales are designed to provide both pleasure in inverting your expectations and in stimulating a child’s imagination. Fairy tales may be vehicles for conversations about morality, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be fun and current in their application! In an added pop of bonus fun, Sonnheim pairs each fairy tale with relevant pictures and bird songs.

“Everyone has neighbors,” writes Becky Condon in her book pitch: “Neighbors are an obvious arrangement in cities or towns. Good or bad, tidy or messy, quiet or noisy, nice or mean; there are all types.” And for those who move from the city, the country often symbolizes space and solitude, peace and healing. What they often forget about is … the neighbors. In her novel, Condon follows a young family who finally realizes their dream of owning land and operating a farm, building a dream house in what they think is paradise. And then … along came the neighbors: neighbors with sticky fingers for things that are not theirs, and with no respect for boundaries or property rights. Using all the means at their disposal, these neighbors from Hell attempt to usurp the family’s rightful place on their hard-earned land in a battle that may cost them everything. “Sometimes,” writes Condon, “you have to stand and fight.” This new release makes a perfect summer read.

Reality is a tricky beast, isn’t it? In this special book of science and philosophy, retired aerospace engineer Allan Arnold brings all of his experience on the Apollo command and service modules as well as USAF satellite and space systems to bear on the subject of reality. His grasp of project management and engineering lays the groundwork for a rigorous inquiry into the basis for the human perception of reality, and enables him to deliver a book that’s both a pleasure to read and structurally compelling. He asks tough questions, such as: Can you trust your senses? What does it mean to live in the world with the bodies and brains that we possess?  What is our place on this planet surrounded by mostly empty space? What does our atomic structure have to do with reality? This book marries big-picture science with the sense-making possibilities of philosophy. How We Perceive Reality is thought-provoking and a delight to read, perfect for readers of Carlo Rovelli and Neil deGrasse Tyson.


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Self-Publishing News: 6.18.2018 – 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!

If you’re anything like us, every now and again you just really need a good and powerful historical mystery to set its hooks and draw you in, and Daniel K. Edmondson’s new novel, The Parchment, is exactly what the doctor ordered! A pastor with more than 40 years of experience, Edmondson knows more than a little about life and how the human mind works, and he brings that knowledge to this book. Steeped in biblical archaeology, The Parchment follows the intrepid James and Anne down a path which leads to both religious epiphany and historical revelation as they uncover the mysteries of an ancient library, one hard-won clue at a time. For readers of both Dan Brown and Frank Peretti, but with a voice and a style all of its own, The Parchment is sure to remind all of us why books like these and films like National Treasure remain the bedrock of many people’s love of history.

Life was different way back when, wasn’t it? If you’ve spent much time in the American public school system, you’ll already be more than aware how tightly budgeted the average child’s time is, and how little of that time is given over to play. Well, other sources have dedicated a great deal of time arguing for more play and freedom from sociological, psychological, and developmental perspectives, but until now it has been rare to find nonfiction narratives for the kids themselves which point to an alternate way of doing things. In My Nana Was a Free-Range Kid, author and illustrator (and all-around Rennaissance woman) Nancy Peek Youndahl lays out the story of her grandmother, “an outrageously mischievous child that was left to her own devices” and who grew up running “free range” in North Carolina during the 1940s and 1950s. Part biography, part entertaining story, and part argument for more freedom and more play during a child’s formative early years, this book covers a lot of ground and does so with grace.

With its eye-catching cover, Titanus’ Rage is sure to be a popular pick with lovers of science fiction and fantasy, but this latest book from author Miles Monahan has a lot going on under the surface to delight readers of any genre: biting prose, interesting characters, and a crisis of galactic proportions to avert. The first installment of what will hopefully be a long-lived series, Titanus’ Rage proves once and for all that genre does not define or limit a book, but rather opens doors for comparison and connection. Here is a book to satisfy even the most hungry of space-shenanigan lovers!


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Self-Publishing News: 6.4.2018 – 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!

Every once in a while, an article comes along which is the complete package, in that it will address issues relating to self-publishing as a whole, to the authorial experience, and to the method behind our not-madness as we each separately pursue our own writing and publishing goals. This article by Sabine Brix of ArtHub, profiling Melbourne author Alice Boer-Endacott, is one such article–and it’s special in part because rather than placing the establishment (i.e. academia) at odds with self-publishing, it finds the middle ground. Boer-Endacott, writes Brix, sees her graduate studies and her self-publishing experience as complementing her overall goals. Says Boer-Endacott, “I definitely credit the EMA as crystalising what all my various interests were that I loved and then pushing me back towards what I had always – at the heart of it – been circling around.” What was she circling around? Writing, and making a life from it. Boer-Endacott goes on to say: “I am my own business and I think that’s what the course gave me [….] Even if I am not working in a business, to view the world though that lens and be professional in my communications and learn how to set standards for myself and how to protect myself.”

That’s a message for writers and entrepreneurs of all kinds that we can get behind.

Self-publishing isn’t limited to books, as you are probably already well aware, especially if you spend much time on our blog here at Self-Publishing Advisor. We’ve written extensively about the relationship between self-publishing and zines, comics, and video games, after all. But what about other media–is there a place for other forms and kinds of material to be published with a indie or self-publishing ethic?

You bet there is! In fact, that’s exactly what’s been happening with adult coloring materials in the last year. Writes Adam Rowe of Forbes, the adult coloring movement really took off in 2015 and 2016, but in 2017 the bottom fell out of the market.  But only out of the traditionally published market! As Rowe explains, the sharp decline in numbers is indicative of a shift away from traditional methods of publishing by creators of adult coloring books and other materials. If you’re an artist with an interest in line-work and creating interactive coloring pieces, this may just be the year you ought to consider putting that out into the world … and retaining complete artistic control of the process, while at it. Rowe’s article makes for a great starting point if you’re looking to identify some options to get started.

In this week’s news of important self-publishing company discounts, here comes the good word from Outskirts Press: for this month only (the month of June, 2018), authors who publish through this top-rated company will receive a free custom cover design with the purchase of one of their two top self-publishing options. It’s worth a look, especially in light of our various arguments for seeking out professional assistance when it comes to cover art and graphic design.


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Self-Publishing News: 5.21.2018 – 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!

 

Remember when Internet dating websites were still young and those who met their future partners online were still rare enough to shock everyone and raise eyebrows? 2018 sometimes feels like a different world from 2008, and Patricia Little-McCrain is here to update us on the latest research into online dating and the increasing number of both successful and unsuccessful relationships which result. This book collects the stories and anecdotes of online dating from a number of men and women who reached out to Little-McCrain after the publication of her first book, a book which detailed the trials and tribulations of looking for love online as an older woman. This book serves as a necessary and delightful counterpoint to both the naysayers and the unrelentingly optimistic; there’s room aplenty for all kinds of stories online, and Little-McCrain has put her finger on the pulse of the whole lot of them. This book is an absolute must-read if you are considering online dating, are already involved in online dating, or if you simply want to share in the joys and struggles of those who are.

Well, we’ve all been there, and by there I mean cranky about other people–and boy, does Charles Hastings have it right. This hilarious autobiography is packed with dry witticisms and bleakly humorous observations on the ways people go about living. “I didn’t always hate everyone, it was an acquired taste,” says Charles in this book’s summary blurb–but he got there, with a lively sense of humor and a willingness to fall in love with the world even as he struggled through some of its more tormenting moments. And Hastings really does love dogs (I mean, who doesn’t?) and that really shines through in this book, a book which he wrote “to keep everyone laughing and feeling like they’re not alone in their view of the world.” If that’s not a generous-hearted thing to say and do, we don’t know what is. Hastings really is one of those crusty-on-the-outside, warm-on-the-inside people who you always wished was your friend. Now you have a chance to peek inside his mind!

The legendary St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital looms larger than life in much of the medical literature, and Walter T. Hughes, Jr (MD) is here to unspool some of its history for those of us interested in learning the backstory behind one of America’s premiere medical institutions. And you couldn’t look for a better guide! Dr. Hughes has such a long and storied history with St. Jude’s that you really ought to look into some of his other five hundred publications (mostly essays and papers, not books, but still, what an incredible body of work!). Then, dig into this deeply satisfying history of the hospital, replete with suffering, happiness, intrigue, and … Conquistadors? That’s right–the plot of land upon which the hospital was built was part of the area claimed by Hernando de Soto in 1541 AD. Talk about history! This is a story full of history and full of heart.


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