Author Poll: Writer Darlene Hancock wants your help with her cover

Darlene Hancock is self-publishing a book with Outskirts Press. And Darlene wants your help deciding her book cover.

Book Summary


Where in the world did Mamy come from? Are those crows really going to eat the Bugdom inhabitants? Oh, and what about Razz, is he going to be the winner of the competition? The answers to all these questions are inside so, GOOOOOOOOOOOOO for it! These are tales about an insect community called the Bugdom. No two are alike, and they all share in a “lesson learned” philosophy that is revealed by their own Bumblebug Bob at the end of each tale.

About the Author

Darlene is a nurse by profession, and has always been very creative. She loves painting, making jewelry, scrapbooking life’s adventures, photography ,gardening, reading, and the list goes on and on. The inspiration for her stories comes from her family that she holds very dear, and nature, both beautiful, and unpredictable.

Please take a look at two possible covers below and then vote on the choice you recommend for Darlene.

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Posted by on January 28, 2015 in Survey Poll, Uncategorized


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Four More Days To Receive 3X Author Copies!

Now is the perfect time to finish up your work and get published today! There is only a few days left to take advantage of the incredible offer of receiving 3X author copies when you order with the promotion code 3XJAN15.

Authors beginning their self-publishing process are eligible to receive three times as many free author copies with their respective self-publishing package. To receive the promotion, simply purchase the Diamond or Pearl publishing package by Saturday, January 31, 2015. Each of the eligible publishing packages includes a unique ISBN, standard interior formatting, a variety of professional cover styles, and distribution which includes availability through major online retailers such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

For authors choosing the most popular “Diamond” publishing package, this promotion delivers 30 free paperback author copies when the book is published. Authors publishing full-color books with the popular “Pearl” package can receive 15 free paperback copies.

Now through Saturday, simply click here to add this option to your cart, enter the promotion code 3XJAN15 and receive your free copies. Don’t delay, this offer isn’t around long!

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Posted by on January 28, 2015 in Promotions, Uncategorized


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Amazon Featured Book-of-the-Week

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

Growing Up Ugly

by Fritzie von Jessen

(4.5 Stars – 2 Customer Reviews)

Price: $16.95

Fritzie von Jessen’s “Growing Up Ugly.” When eighteen-year-old Orchid Faye leaves her childhood home behind, she takes with her the baggage of a negative self-image imposed upon her by a  narcissistic mother. Determined to prove her value as a person and escape her mother’s influence, she heads for New York City where she believes the “impossible is possible.” When she meets the divorced Sam LeVine, a handsome and charismatic businessman, Orchid believes she has found true love but also long-buried secrets.

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Top 10 Self-Publishing Book Marketing Tactics for December 2014

Book marketing is one of the most important pieces of being a successful self-publishing author. Outskirts Press is an industry leader in providing post-publication support, products, and services to its growing family of published authors.

Your book is written. Your book is published. Now what? Our list of Top 10 Book Marketing Tactics can help you prioritize your book marketing efforts by providing you with excellent marketing and promotional tactics you should consider pursuing.

These are the marketing products and tactics determined to be most popular by our authors for the month of December 2014, listed below in alphabetical order:

Amazon Cover Enhancement Amazon Cover Enhancement: Get your cover on Amazon faster or enhance the way it looks to increase exposure
Amazon Extreme Package Amazon Extreme Package: Save 25% on 3 of our marketing services focused on This package includes a Kindle Edition of your book, participation in the Amazon Search Inside the Book and Amazon Cover Enhancement.
Amazon Kindle Submission Service Amazon Kindle Submission Service:  Make your book available on Amazon’s Kindle ebook reading device. More formats on Amazon means more exposure on Amazon, and the Kindle is heavily promoted by Amazon.
Barnes & Noble NOOK Submission Service Barnes & Noble NOOK Submission Service:  Millions of books are available on Barnes & Noble’s NOOK. If your book isn’t one of them, you are missing out on tapping a very important, and growing, market of readers.
Boston Review Co-op Ad Boston Review Co-op Ad: This option allows you to promote your book to the 30,000 intellectual readers of Boston Review for a fraction of what it would cost to do on your own.
Custom Press Release Custom Press Release:  Have our professional press release writer compose an original, unique press release for your book, submitted to you for your review/approval, and then distributed to our newswire service on your behalf.
Foreword Book Award Contest Foreword Book Award Contest: Winning a book award helps separate your book from the rest, especially when it is the coveted “Book of the Year” award, held annually by industry trade magazine, ForeWord.
Google Books Preview Program Submission Google Books Preview Program Submission: An inexpensive and extremely effective way to get your book in front of millions of readers quickly and easily.
Personal Marketing Assistant Personal Marketing Assistant: Do you need help developing a book marketing plan? Arranging book signings? Establishing/developing your author platform? Hire your own Personal Marketing Assistant today!
PR Publicist Campaign PR Publicist Campaign: Imagine having a publicist handle your custom press release distribution with targeted distribution and phone call follow-up? Imagine receiving the media leads personally and a clipping service that notifies you whenever your book is mentioned on the Internet.

Outskirts Press Published authors who are interested in any of these (or many of our other available services) can find further details and ordering information from the Marketing Options page of your author’s center.

Not yet published with Outskirts Press? Today is the perfect day to start and take advantage of our current publishing promotion.

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Posted by on January 27, 2015 in Bestseller Spotlight, Bestsellers, Top 10


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Press Releases: Not Just for Book Releases

When your new book hits the bookstore shelves, you crow about it — it’s a no-brainer. Newly published authors generally pull out all the stops: They post on social media, they alert friends and family, they celebrate with a launch party and, of course, they announce their new book with a professional press release. But what many self-publishing authors don’t realize i

s that the need for press doesn’t end when the ink is dry on your book announcement press release.

Unfortunately, self-published authors all too often overlook valuable opportunities to bring new awareness to a not-so-new book. In your journey as an independent author, you’ll experience many important benchmarks that newspaper, TV, radio and other news outlets may be interested in knowing. Each of these benchmarks is an opportunity for you to once again highlight what’s so special about your book and get yourself and your book new moments in the spotlight. And each time you take advantage of these opportunities could bring a welcome spike in page views and book sales.

Not sure when the time is right for a new press release? Here are some examples of events that are ideal for capturing new press attention for your book:

  • Positive reviews. Are you getting raves on, NOOK or another bookseller’s site? Use a press release to make the media aware that your book is getting attention elsewhere. This could renew interest in booking interviews with the author.Press Releases
  • Reviews in prominent publications. If you’re lucky enough to get a nod from the New York Times or a similar prominent publication, that’s press release worthy.
  • Sales benchmarks. Did your book sales just pass the 10,000-unit mark? It’s a sure bet that your local newspaper, TV and radio affiliates will perk up their ears.
  • Special offers. Don’t just drop prices and hope readers stumble upon it. Send out a press release and proactively get the word out.
  • Your new website. Consider your new book and your new author platform separate issues/entities. Once your website or author page is up and running, send out a new release or update your original with your website link to make it easier for editors to find you and follow up.
  • New or enhanced versions. If you’ve updated your cover or contents, or you’ve added special eBook extra features after your original release, send out a new one. It’ll be worth it.

 Have you hit an important milestone in your self-publishing journey? Outskirts Press will help you get the word out nationwide with a targeted, professionally produced press release.

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Amazon Featured Book-of-the-Week

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

Without Rhyme

by Bles Chavez-Bernstein

(5 Stars – 6 Customer Reviews)

Price: $13.95

Bles Chavez-Bernstein’s “Without Rhyme” is a poignant account of the author’s life as a young girl, from growing up in a small rural town to her unexpected adventure in a foreign country that has become her home. Her poetry captures beauty and love, joy and triumph, as well as tragedy, grief, and isolation. It celebrates the spirit of innocence and wonderment, while painting the face of struggle, passion and sacrifice. The author takes you on an earthly journey while in search of a spiritual path.

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Self-Publishing Author Spotlight: J.T. Dossett

A book that takes us back to the glory days of our youth is a precious thing indeed. This week in our Self-Publishing Author Spotlight, she shine a light on a self-publishing author who hearkens back to the past with his works of fiction. This week Outskirts Press proudly features J.T. Dossett, author of three coming-of-age fiction novels through Outskirts Press.

Jim Dossett embarked on his journey to determine his origins in the “back forty” of his life. That’s when he discovered the identity of his biological parents, and that his given name was “Bobby Ray.” He lives in East Tennessee, with his wife, Brenda, and is in the process of writing his second novel.

Finding Bobby RayFinding Bobby Ray

My name is Harley. I was thrown away when I was a child. But I was found by angels that folded me in their wings and delivered me to a safe place. It wasn’t heaven; it was imperfect in ways that mere mortals are apt to gaum things up, but it was close to paradise, especially for a young ‘un; with creeks to swim, hollers and cool, deep woods to explore; and hillsides on which to lay down in the sun, surrounded by fields of wildflowers and the whisper of the wind in the long, waving grass. In this heaven, on the Cumberland Plateau, in East Tennessee, I felt blessed to be a child of the earth, which made me feel sacred; nurtured by folks who taught me many lessons; about humility, the sanctity of simple living, and that family, blood- kin or not, like love, is everything. As I grew older, I began to believe I was different than these angels that called me their own. I believed that I was not like them; that I had borrowed my identity from those who found me. Surrounded by their glory, I still felt alone and wondered worriedly, about my beginnings. A rage filled me that I couldn’t explain and I drifted away from my divine nature, wondering why I came into this life in the first place. After several hard-learned lessons, I felt sacred once more. But my sweet life was interrupted when I discovered Bobby Ray, and was confronted by the unhinged entity that wanted to reclaim him. This is our story.
Product details…
Format: 6 x 9 paperback cream, 339 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Jan 11, 2013)
ISBN10: 1478720085
ISBN13: 9781478720089
Genre: FICTION / Coming of Age

Starvin’ Dog and the GuardiansStarvin’ Dog and the Guardians

Harry Cunningham often likened bad luck to “a starving dog that followed him everywhere, eager to lap up his misery.” He was correct. Since childhood he was dogged by bad, even disastrous luck. Unbeknownst to him, there were Guardians posted along the treacherous road he travelled; from the peanut fields of Georgia, to the jungles of Colombia; to the Arabian gulf, Texas, Mexico, and to the vast prairie of Illinois. Some of these Guardians were residents of this earthly plane and some were sons of light and twilight; hidden within our fellow human beings. All were sent to point Harry in the direction of his destiny, and ensure that, in the end, he regained peace; to eventually see his actions from a higher perspective and that angels come in forms other than those attired in robes and halos.
Product details…
Format: 6 x 9 paperback cream, 349 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (May 13, 2014)
ISBN10: 1478727047
ISBN13: 9781478727040
Genre: FICTION / Coming of Age

Glory on Stinking Creek Glory on Stinking Creek

The Baird family migrates right up the road, to their patriarch’s ancestral home on Stinking Creek. It’s a paradise on earth for them to live communally; in many ways similar to the way their ancestors did for centuries. The family grows and so does their love and affection for one another. Their devotion is sorely tested though, when the scourge unfurls its tentacles and rips one of their own away from them. They rejoice when their prodigal daughter returns from the depths of debauchery, but life will never be the same, as those orchestrators of an endemic plague of drugs pose a continual threat to the fortress on Stinking Creek, throughout Southern Appalachia, and beyond.
Product details…
Format: 6 x 9 paperback cream, 179 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Nov 26, 2014)
ISBN10: 1478744936
ISBN13: 9781478744931
Genre: FICTION / Coming of Age

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