Weekly Self-Published Book Review: The Job

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 by Midwest Book Review:

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The Job

Cramer Louis Jackson

Publisher: Outskirts Press

ISBN: 9781432784584


It is often said that good things come in small packages and this certainly is the case with this read. In the beginning we meet Joe, a man on a mission. Joe is out of work, and despite all his attempts to find a job, he keeps failing. However, good fortune is about to smile upon him as he receives a mysterious email offering him an opportunity for work, but it is cloaked with mystery. Joe is hesitant at first, but his desperate situation pushes him to respond and from that moment on, his life will never be the same. Joe is thrust into a world he never dreamed truly existed and the job that he must undertake will bring him into a realm that even Science Fiction Writers could never pen, but for Joe it is real. Here he finds adventure, and true love. For Joe, his journey is just beginning.

I really enjoyed this read; it definitely was not a storyline that I had encountered before. The character Joe can easily be identified with in our world today, and you will find yourself smiling at the good fortune that has come his way. It is ‘out of this world’ adventure, well packaged in a warm storyline that draws you right in and keeps you reading until the end. Very well done, and I am pleased to recommend it.

Weekly Self-Published Book Review: Puppies and Poems

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 by Midwest Book Review:

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Puppies and Poems

Nancy Sack

Illustrator: Kaitlyn Fuchs

Publisher: Outskirts Press

ISBN: 9781432784706

Poetry is just another way of telling a story and imparting solid values. “Puppies and Poems” is a collection of poetry from Nancy Sack, who presents a children’s picture book that embraces poetry as its storytelling method. Charming stories of friendship and festivities with full color illustrations from Kaitlyn Fuchs make “Puppies and Poems” a choice pick and very much recommended reading.

Self-Publishing Week in Review: 5/27/14

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 Tuesday to find out the hottest news.

Publishers Weekly Gets Into the Self-Publishing Business

Publishers Weekly is getting into the self-publishing business with the launch of a new site dedicated to self-publishing.  BookLife  will go live on May 29, 2014 at BookExpo America. The site will focus on three main subject areas: book creation, publishing,  and book marketing.

Publishers Weekly Releases eBook Guide to Publishing & Self-Publishing

Publishers Weekly has published a self-published eBook guide. Publishing 101: The Publishers Weekly Introduction to Publishing and Self-Publishing is designed to help authors navigate every step of the publishing process. This is an excellent resource for authors considering self-publishing.

Adventures in Self-Publishing: The Miraculous & Unexpected Venture of Poet Aaron Ozee

Poet Aaron Ozee shares his self-publishing journey and talks about self-publishing in print, ebook, and audiobook format. This is an interesting read for self-publishing poets.

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Friday Conversations With A Self-Publishing Writer 3/21/14


This past weekend I received the most marvelous news!  My very dear friend and mentor (now in her 101st year of advanced youth) will be receiving a prestigious award from the Colorado Author’s League this coming May.  Her name is Lois BeeBe Hayna.  She is a self-published author of delightful and thought-provoking poetry (and I’m still trying to pry her fingers loose from the novel she’s written that should already be published for her readers).  A few of her titles are: A Book of Charms (1983), View from Behind the Mirror (1998), and The Praying Mantis (2012).

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There really are no words that allow me to fully express my appreciation of her wisdom, insights and expertise.  So, in honor of Lois and all that she has sown into my life I am sharing just a few of the essential writing “tools” she’s given me.

š “You must have a good sense about words and their definitions, in order to be a good writer,” Lois instructed during one of her early Creative Writing Classes.  “But you must be in love with words in order to be an excellent writer.”  Truer words were never spoken!  If I’ve learned nothing else from her it is this: know the definitions of the words!  Of course, there is the dictionary definitions, the slang definitions and the social/cultural definitions.  That is where true creativity comes in play—knowing which definition fits best in the specific spot you’re placing it, or the “play” of multiple definitions that allow the reader a variety of ways to interpret what is on the page.

š Write about the things that interest you: what you care about, what you know about and/or what you might be considered an expert in.  There is no substitute for being passionate about your subject matter.  If you are bored with the topic, your readers will also be bored.

š Don’t be afraid to research!  Even though you are comfortable with what you know about a subject, there is always more to learn.  In this day of instant information, what was accepted as fact yesterday may be totally inaccurate today.  Readers will catch authors in misstatements very quickly and that is not the desired reputation to build.

THERE IS a Library Room at Regis University (Denver, Colorado) named for this marvelous lady: The Lois Beebe Hayna Creative Writing Center.  In it you will find several binders of her published and unpublished writings and, of course, copies of her books.  Her “bio” is also there encouraging every person who dreams of “being a writer” to step out and DO IT!  “I grew up in a village in central Wisconsin,” Lois tells us.  People there “regarded my attention to writing as a waste of time.”  She had a few pieces of poetry “published” when in college, but when family came along her focus changed.  She thought her writing dreams were in the past.  Then, when Lois was in her early sixties a remark from a college classmate sent her back to writing.  “I had to see if I still had anything to say, or any skill in saying it.  I was that close to never writing anything,” again.

WHAT A LOSS that would have been!  These last forty years have given us a priceless legacy, indeed, and we are expecting more from Lois.  So, if you are a writer who is holding back because of life’s circumstances—it is time to “let go” and find out what has been hiding within.  As Lois did, take the plunge to write what is on your heart and get it published!  Awards are waiting!

Royalene ABOUT ROYALENE DOYLE: Royalene Doyle is a Ghostwriter with Outskirts Press, bringing more than 35 years of writing experience to authors who need “just a little assistance” with completing their writing projects. She has worked with both experienced and fledgling writers helping complete projects in multiple genres. When a writer brings the passion they have for their work and combines it with Royalene’s passion to see the finished project in print, books are published and the writer’s legacy is passed forward.

5 Ways to Use Self-Publishing to Express Your Love

Valentine’s Day is only a few days away, and if you are like many people, you are probably looking for the perfect way to express your love. Well, self-publishing is here to help. Here are five ways you can use self-publishing to express your love.

1. Write your true love story.

Every couple as a love story. This Valentine’s Day, honor your significant other by writing down your story. You can self-publish the story to have a printed version to cherish forever, and if you choose, you can share it with the world. Readers are always looking for the next great true love story.

2. Share those love poems.

If you are a poet and enjoy writing love poems, gather up the poems you’ve written (or use Valentine’s Day as inspiration to write some new ones) and turn them into a poetry book to share with the person you love. Poetry is one of the most romantic forms of writing.

3. Don’t forget the other people you love.

Valentine’s Day isn’t just about your significant other. It is also a chance to express your love for the other people in your life — your kids, your parents, your friends, your pets. You can write and publish a book expressing your love for them or dedicate a story you know they will love.

4. Don’t forgot the other things you love either.

Love isn’t just between living things. I’m sure there are hobbies or places or other things in your life that you have a deepen connection with. Whatever it is you love (cooking, adventure, a special vacation spot), you can write about it and use self-publishing to share your love with the world.

5. Give the gift of self-publishing.

If the person you love is a writer and dreams of publishing, you can give the gift of self-publishing. It is a gift they can cherish forever.

I’d love to know, how are you using self-publishing to express your love?

ABOUT JODEE THAYER: With over 25 years of experience in sales and management, Jodee Thayer works as the Director of Author Services for Outskirts Press. The Author Services Department is composed of knowledgeable customer service reps, publishing consultants and marketing professionals; together, they all focus on educating authors on the self-publishing process in order to help them publish the book of their dreams and on assisting authors with marketing and promoting their book once published. Whether you are a professional looking to take your career to the next level with platform-driven non-fiction or a novelist seeking fame, fortune, and/or personal fulfillment, Jodee Thayer can put you on the right path.