Virtual Book Tour

Knowledge to Power: Understanding and Overcoming Addiction by Kal W. Rissman

With the abundance of self-published authors, you have to come up with creative ways to market a self-published book. While book tours are a great way to connect with your readers, they aren’t the most affordable method of promotion. However, technology has made it possible for an alternative.

Take note from self-publishing Outskirts Press author, Kal W. Rissman, who is taking his latest book, Knowledge to Power: Understanding and Overcoming Addiction, on tour – a virtual book tour, that is. He will be featured on several blogs over the weeks and months ahead so keep your eyes peeled to learn more about him and his book.

Luckily for us, Kal was kind enough to answer a few questions as the tour was getting started so that we can give you a sneak peek into the mind of the creator of Knowledge to Power: Understanding and Overcoming Addiction.

OP: Tell us a little bit about Knowledge to Power: Understanding and Overcoming Addiction. What is it about?

Kal:   The book is about understanding addiction as a disease and giving direction to what can overcome this cunning, baffling and powerful illness.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

Kal:   I have worked with addictions of all kinds for almost 40 years and have lots of practical experience in helping people with addictions. I wanted to get this information out to a wider audience to help more individuals and their families.

OP: How did you get your book published?

Kal: I self-published the book through Outskirts Press.

OP: What types of readers would be interested in this story?

Kal:  It is hard to imagine that there is anyone in our culture who would not be interested in a book on addictions, since it is our greatest health issue. I was speaking at a conference recently and asked if there was anyone in the audience who had never been affected by the disease of addiction with either themselves or with family and friends and nobody raised their hand. Everybody has some experience with the disease and yet it is so misunderstood.

OP:  What is special about your book?  

Kal:   This book gives a clear understanding of the addictive illness but does it in a way that is very readable and interesting, because of the real life examples used from my experience.

OP: What differentiates it from other books in the same category?

Kal: This is a book that can be used by professionals and lay people alike. It does not use technical psychological terms to explain the disease or to explain what needs to be done about it. It is simple, yet profound.

OP: Have you published any other books?

Kal: Yes, I published a book on male-female relationships several years ago entitled, “A Farm Boy’s Guide to Love and Sex.” It is currently unavailable.

OP: Thanks for your time, Kal! We look forward to learning more about you as you visit other bloggers!


Kal William Rissman has a unique background of broad education and experience in behavioral health coupled with farm boy common sense. He is a certified Master Addiction Counselor, Marriage and Family Life Counselor, Social Worker, Hospital Chaplain and ordained parish pastor of the ELCA. Past employment includes building construction, plumbing and life-guarding. He currently lives in the country and raises beef cattle as his hobby. He has worked with addictions his entire career.

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EVVY Book Awards

Congratulations and Good Luck to the 2018 Outskirts Press EVVY Award Nominees!

This year, Outskirts Press has an impressive 46 EVVY Award nominees to thank for their dedication and high-quality work as self-published authors. The EVVYs are an acclaimed annual book award program sponsored by the Colorado Independent Publishers’ Association (CIPA), which recognizes superior independently published books. The EVVYs are judged by a panel of professionals on a qualitative scale of merit in dozens of distinct book categories.

Each year, Outskirts Press nominates a small percentage of the books published during the year for submission to the EVVY Awards. Since a nomination is the first step toward the Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Award, the standards are high; we nominate, on average, just 2% of the books we publish each year-and these nominations represent the very best of our publications as determined by our executives and members of our production teams.

Outskirts Press official nominees and winners receive additional exposure for their books in featured Outskirts Press marketing channels, including our blog, social media networks, nationally distributed press releases and in our email newsletters. The finalists will be announced July 31, 2018, and award winners will be announced during a ceremony hosted by the Colorado Independent Publishers Association; the date for the ceremony has not yet been determined.

Congratulations to this year’s Official Outskirts Press EVVY Award nominees, presented here in no particular order:

Congratulations to the authors of these 46 amazing works!

What’s next?
As a result of being nominated for the EVVY Awards, these Outskirts Press authors have taken the first step toward the coveted Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Award. Three of the nominees above who subsequently win an EVVY Award during the CIPA banquet will be selected as semi-finalists for our annual Best Book of the Year Award and its $1,500 Grand Prize. Visit the blog often for updates.

All of these books, along with other Outskirts Press titles, are available from the major online book retailers like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Powell’s, Books-A-Million and others, and from the Outskirts Press bookstore. To learn more about our products and services, as well as upcoming and current promotions, visit our website or call us at 1-888-672-6657 to speak with a Publishing Consultant.

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