Top 10 Self-Publishing Thanksgiving Books

Happy Thanksgiving!

In celebration, Outskirts Press is pleased to announce the Top 10 self-published books that are perfect for Thanksgiving. In alphabetical order, they are:

To all our current and upcoming authors, we wish you a warm and wonderful Thanksgiving Day!

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9 Reasons Independent Authors Can Be Thankful for Self-Publishing

Happy ThanksgivingThanksgiving is right around the corner — a time for family, friends, and reflection on our many blessings — and today’s self-published authors have more to be thankful for than ever before.

Self-publishing has empowered authors in exciting new ways. Self-publishing is quickly becoming the preferred publishing method for many authors — those who want to carve their own paths and create their own destiny. And the rewards are great.

Read on and be thankful for some of the wonderful blessings today’s independent authors enjoy.

  1. You’re in control. With electronic self-publishing, you retain complete control on the planning, editing, publishing, and marketing process. You set the pricing, you make the creative decisions, and you market on your own terms. No “artistic differences” with an editor who doesn’t share your unique vision! You — not an editor — retain the rights to your work and what ultimately becomes of it.
  2. Higher royalties. While traditional publishing houses net you somewhere in the ballpark of 15-20 percent of revenues, as a self-publishing author, depending on how you choose to set up your pricing/sales structure, you can keep much more of your book revenue.
  3. Print on demand. The ability to produce as many or as few books as necessary has opened the door for talented authors to realize their publishing dreams, even on a shoestring budget. No more astronomical upfront costs for printing, storage and shipping.
  4. Marketing help. While both independent authors and traditionally published authors must take control of their own self-promotion, Outskirts Press has resources specifically tailored for our authors.
  5. Digital editions. It’s a piece of cake to create a digital version of your book and tap into a huge market of e-book fans, increasing sales and exposure.
  6. Revisions. With a self-published book, it’s much easier to create a second edition or correct errors down the line than with traditionally published books. Again, you are in control.
  7. Support. Even if you write from a tiny corner of your living room, you can connect with the worldwide writing community with one tap of the mouse. Help, support, inspiration, and friendship are all available to authors online. (The Outskirts Press App can get you started!)
  8. You’ll get published sooner. A self-publishing author can write, design/format, and publish a book in the time it takes a traditional publishing house to review a manuscript and mail a rejection letter. While their authors wait for printing to commence, their self-published counterparts are already months into selling.
  9. You’ll get published, period. Of course, there are advantages to the infrastructure set up by most traditional publishers, but all of that is meaningless if they don’t agree to publish your book. Because a traditional publisher is focused on profit, they care less about the merits of your talent and ideas than they do about how much revenue those ideas will generate. Thanks to self-publishing, you can share your special talents with the world — on your own terms!

This Thanksgiving, take a moment between courses and reflect on the opportunities and freedom indie authors now enjoy. There’s never been a better time to self-publish! With e-books, social media, online payments, and other technology paving the way to wider audience reach, there’s more potential than ever for success. And for that, we are most thankful indeed…

Outskirts Press is thankful for YOU, our authors and soon-to-be-authors! Click here to see images of some of our authors.

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Amazon Featured Book-of-the-Week

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

On a Mission of Nutrition

by Joseph Esposito

Price: $13.95

Joseph Esposito’s “On a Mission of Nutrition.” A dinner conversation about nutritional, organic, raw foods while on a cruise ship turned into a divine anointing and produced this book as a tribute to God’s healing power. “On a Mission of Nutrition” is about the importance of healthy food and the miraculous changes he has seen in his own life.

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Top 10 Best-Selling Books in Self-Publishing for October 2015

Outskirts Press, the fastest-growing full-service self-publishing and book marketing company, is pleased to announce its top ten best-selling titles for October 2015, according to combined data from Ingram Book Wholesalers and Outskirts Press Direct via These authors have likely created a solid book marketing strategy and put it into motion either by themselves or with the help of a Personal Marketing Assistant.

In alphabetical order, the top ten best-selling books in self-publishing during the month of October 2015 were:

Congratulations to our best-selling authors for the month of October 2015!

How can you get your book on the bestseller list? While we can’t make any guarantees on sales success, many of our most successful authors invest time and money in marketing themselves and their book. Authors who are in need of a marketing boost often turn to a Personal Marketing Assistant for help.

All of these books (and other Outskirts Press titles) are available from all major online retailers like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Powells, Books A Million, and others, plus conveniently from the Outskirts Press Direct bookstore at for discounts ranging from 10% – 55%.

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Go Green and Save Green With The New Electronic Self-Publishing Package

An Elite E-book Package from Outskirts Press gives self-publishing authors increased distribution that promises less impact on the environment and publishing dollars.

Priced hundreds of dollars below what an author would pay for a la carte electronic publishing services, the Elite Ebook Package, bundles three valuable e-book distribution services into one discounted publishing package. The package represents more than 25 percent savings when compared to purchasing each electronic edition separately.

While self-publishing authors can still choose one or two electronic formats, combining the three allows them to reach a wider audience of readers, many of which are loyal to one reader device over another. Only books that have been submitted via the required process and format for each edition are available for electronic book readers to purchase and enjoy. Outskirts Press simplifies the process by offering one convenient and cost-effective package that includes three popular electronic book editions:

  • Amazon Kindle Edition: Kindle editions of books appear on Amazon and in Amazon search listings just like any other format (such as a hardback edition).
  • Apple iPad/iPhone Premium Edition: This service allows authors convenient, full distribution of iPad/iPhone electronic editions of their own books through Apple’s popular iBooks Bookstore.
  • Barnes & Noble NOOK Edition: There are upward of 2 million books available for Barnes & Noble’s NOOK. Inclusion in this virtual bookstore allows self-published authors to tap into an important, and growing, market of readers.

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Amazon Featured Book-of-the-Week

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

Bittersweet: Confessions, Secrets & Poetry

by Edna Rowell

(5 Stars – 2 Customer Reviews)

Price: $15.95

Edna Rowell’s “Bittersweet: Confessions, Secrets & Poetry.” In this collection of confessions, secrets, and poetry, the author shares about the tragic and painful events in her childhood and school years including a gang rape resulting in pregnancy. Feeling depressed and suicidal, she felt unloved and started on the road of learning life lessons…the hard way.

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Self-Publishing Author Spotlight: Ben J. Cox

We love to celebrate the work of our successful self-publishing authors, and we do so each week through our Self-Publishing Author Spotlight. This week we highlight self-publishing author Ben J. Cox, who has published four titles with Outskirts Press.

Ben offers readers thrilling suspenseful mysteries with three of his books while also giving us a glimpse into what made him the exciting writer that he is through his memoir. Learn more about Ben through this week’s Self-Publishing Author Spotlight.

About the Author:

Benjamin James Cox, writing under the pen name, Ben James, disliked writing until he was forced to take a writing class to enter college in 1973 Ben Cox Division Tto which he quickly realized writing was a natural talent as he scored an A+ on his first paper. Since that time he has written many poems and short stories and the novels.  Currently he is retired and lives with his wife, Betty in Pryor, Oklahoma but he is still plenty busy.

When Ben is not busy writing he enjoys activities, such as the President of Mayes County Writers Club, Treasurer of Pryor Creek Investment Club, being an active member of Will Rogers Toastmasters Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma and all the while he still has the energy to run five miles most days.

10007aInsider Dreams

Insider Dreams is a 911 thriller that pulses with drama and excitement as
it follows 50-year-old computer engineer Wade Foster through the ride of his life. What Wade originally thought would be a grandiose trip across the northern most United States in his new Jaguar, quickly turned disastrous through a number of confrontations with his independent and wealthy wife of a year, Amanda Rutherford. He also faces several close encounters with Islamist radicals while experiencing a series of strange dreams he can’t explain.  At the same time his oldest daughter, Megan receives a promotion and moves to New York City.  Then two weeks later, when the terrorists hit the World Trade Center, Foster fears Megan may be in one of the towers.

Product details…
5.5 x 8.5 paperback cream, 412 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (May 21, 2006)
ISBN10: 1598004905
ISBN13: 9781598004908
Genre: FICTION/Thrillers/Suspense

10007bTo Mama: The Long Road Home

Ben J. Cox was born in a sawmill camp on a dirt street in Waldron, Arkansas in 1943. When his mother abandoned the family in 1953 and his dad was unable to work and properly care for the children, Ben, his brother and two sisters were placed in an orphanage in Monticello, Arkansas.

In his book, To Mama, The Long Road Home, Cox attempts to reason with all that has happened and struggles to reap the best from a lifetime of both gaiety and sorrow until his mother dies in 1998.

Product details…
6 x 9 paperback cream, 520 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (June 18, 2008)
ISBN10: 1432722824
ISBN13: 9781432722821
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

10007cTall Order

This book brings readers through a hair-raising journey into a past filled with mystery, dead ends, and plenty of detective work. As Jake Foster, a retired computer geek, begins training for the 15K Tulsa Run, he discovers a deep, dark secret along his training route, on the banks of Pryor’s Creek. It’s a horrifying secret that will change a town’s history-and his own-forever.

Jake must use every tool available to him as he begins to reveal reveals the surprising truth about lore that has remained hidden for more than half a century.

A Tall Order mixes small-town intrigue, old-fashioned mystery, and plenty of twists and turns for a page-turning experience that will leave you hungry for more.

Product details…
5.5 x 8.5 paperback cream, 469 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (March 23, 2011)
ISBN10: 143276974X
ISBN13: 9781432769741
Genre: Fiction / Juvenile Fiction / Action Adventure


A Winding Road

A true poet can describe a lifetime with just a few lines.

When the Cox graduated from Tulsa University a member of the EE National Honor Society, Etta Kappa Nu, it appeared that he had done very well. But, his stint in college didn’t begin with a bang. His counselor explained that he would not need to take the college entrance exam, which included an English test, and when he failed, he was advised to still enroll but to take a writing class. It was that simple failed test that would lead to one of his greatest accomplishments – his first piece of writing titled “The Greatest Work of Art,” which was about the creation of man. That story can be found within The Winding Road along with the many poems and songs written throughout the Cox’s time spent in Oklahoma since 1969.

Product details…
6 x 9 paperback cream, 165 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (April 22, 2014)
ISBN10: 1478707879
ISBN13: 9781478707875
Genre: Poetry / American / General

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