Top 10 Black History Books

Originally posted on Self Publishing News For Self-Publishing Authors:

Today, we celebrate Black History Month with a selection of significant works from Outskirts Press self-publishing authors. This collection delves into black history from a variety of perspectives: thoughtful historical recounting, historically accurate fiction, American and international black perspectives, dramatic and true family histories and more. Among this curated selection are celebrated, award-winning books that readers of all walks of life will by moved by. So enrich yourself this February with our Top 10 Black History Books from Outskirts Press.

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John Waters Ticket Giveaway

Originally posted on BookPeople's Blog:


Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, we are oh-so-happy to announce that we are giving away a pair of tickets to see the one, the only, Mr. John Waters on Monday, February 16th at Austin City Limits Live at the Moody Theater

John Waters
Mon, Feb 16th, 2015
ACL at the Moody Theater
Tickets Available For Purchase Here 

TO ENTER: Tell us in the comments below why YOU are the ultimate John Waters fan. What’s your favorite book by Waters? Favorite line of his, from a book or otherwise? Share your John Waters love and YOU could win a pair of tickets to see him!

We’ll draw a winner at random on Friday, February 13.

The show, in his own words:

“I’ve been doing it for so long—it was originally developed when Divine and I were sent to colleges and nobody knew who we were, so we had to…

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Amazon Featured Book-of-the-Week

Originally posted on Self Publishing News For Self-Publishing Authors:

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

The Stolen Dragon of Quanx

by Becca Mann

(4.5 Stars – 15 Customer Reviews)

Price: $19.95

Becca Mann’s “The Stolen Dragon of Quanx.” In Quanx, there is no hiding who you are. People in the tribes are defined by the color of their eyes and disaster is ready to strike. With peace barely hanging by a thread, the King of Vitchreonyo makes a risky decision. What he doesn’t know is that his plan may not end how he thinks. The fisherman’s daughter makes a shocking discovery, which may very well lead to the destruction of the entire world. The Stolen Dragon of Quanx is the first novel in The Eyes Trilogy.

Please note that product prices and availability are subject to change. Prices and availability were accurate at the time of this posting; however, they may…

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Fairy Tale Kisses

Originally posted on Uncle Tree's House:

Hearts for Keith and Karo
 Like kindling and kin
crispy crackling flames within
leap forth to lick the stars
whilst twilight beckons
the dawning of fresh sunlight
beaming over lover’s aureoles
shattering light into rays reflecting
smooth pink skin, rosy red cheeks 
and eyes all agleam in gazes of glory
K & K In Love
 To dare set ablaze
fiery trails and flimsy bridges
with a controlled burn and a flaming passion
for Love’s idyllic best and Life’s fondest pleasures
all wrapped up in soft warm flesh
melted in fairy tale kisses
 ♥   ♥   ♥   ♥   ♥   ♥   ♥
 Uncle Tree

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Author Solutions titles honored as Kirkus Best Indie Books of 2014

WHIM NOTES - Jenn Andrew's Literature Blog:

With the year almost coming to an end, look through the list of 2014 books to see what you would be interested in reading. Being a better writer means keeping up with your reading!

Originally posted on Author Solutions - The Indie Book Writers Blog | Self Publishing | Get Published:


Once again, this year a number of books published through Author Solutions imprints received recognition from Kirkus Reviews as the best books of 2014 on their Indie list. Those titled honored were:

  • “Stein House” by Myra Hargrave McIlvain (iUniverse)
  • “Tales of a Country Doctor” by Paul Carter (Xlibris)
  • “Whirlwind & Storm” by Charles E. Farnsworth (iUniverse)
  • “An Adirondack Life” by Brian M. Freed (AuthorHouse)
  • “ A Century on New Brunswick’s N.W. Mmichiira” (Xlibris)
  • “Playing Until Dark” by John R. Alberts (AuthorHouse)

Each book has been awarded with the Kirkus Star from Kirkus Reviews, which is arguably one of the most trusted and respected sources for book discovery since 1933. The Kirkus’ Indie program began in 2005, when the editors wanted to expand their coverage to include the fastest-growing segment in the book industry—self-publishing. The program gives self-published authors the opportunity to earn critical acclaim from one of the most prestigious reviews…

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New Outskirts Press White Paper to Aid Authors in their Choice to Publish Independently

WHIM NOTES - Jenn Andrew's Literature Blog:

This is a good article to read for anyone that is thinking of self-publishing. I intend on submitting to a traditional e-book publisher as well as self-publish some of my unique work. It’s good to see what type of publishing is good for you.

Originally posted on Self Publishing News For Self-Publishing Authors:

While self-publishing has gained popularity in recent years, it remains a mysterious process to many authors. Outskirts Press, the fastest-growing self-publishing service provider, has released a free, downloadable white paper designed to help new and traditionally published authors decide whether self-publishing is right for them.

Getting a book to publication is a complex process, one that has driven many talented authors to solicit traditional publishing houses to publish their works, or has kept already published authors from considering independent publishing. Often, it’s fear of the unknown and a desire for author support that keeps traditional publishers in business. But there are distinct advantages to self-publishing that new authors – or authors who are cuDiving into Self-Publishing?rrently traditionally published – should consider: With self-publishing, authors enjoy much higher royalties, greater creative control and as much or as little support as they feel they need during the publication process.

Outskirts Press has released…

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Finish the story– White Knight

WHIM NOTES - Jenn Andrew's Literature Blog:

This is an amazing article. With the picture prompts that I have been attempting to send each week, you should try this “Finish the Story” flash fiction to practice your writing. You will love it.

Originally posted on Writing and other forms of suffering:

The Monday Finish the Story flash fiction challenge, 100 – 150 words based on the following picture–

Copyright 2014 Barbara W. Beacham Copyright 2014 Barbara W. Beacham
and the initial sentence “They say that life is a game of chess…”

I noticed something about the picture and went with it….

“They say that life is a game of chess,” said the Black Queen.

“Yes,” replied the White King. “Order, hierarchy, everyone in their place, according to their assigned roles. “

“And, then,” said the White Queen, “the clash of opposing forces, the constant of competition, the subtle machinations of the powerful, the maneuverings that produce victory or defeat….”

“It is how life itself is,” the Black King intoned. “We are but its noble reflection.”

“Let us begin the battle…,” said the Black Queen.

“Wait just a minute!” cried the White King.

“What is it, my lord?” said the White Queen.

“Where the bloody hell…

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