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Discover The Value of eBooks

As you launch yourself into the world of self-publishing, you will at some point face a series of decisions about your book’s form of publication. Do you want to publish your book as a hardcover, a paperback, or an e-book–or some combination of these three options? Ultimately, your decisions depend on what you know about each of these forms.

Since e-books are the newest addition to the publication market, some of the benefits remain less well-known than others. As you navigate the options available to you, we want to help you on your way by unlocking a few of the main advantages to publishing your book as an e-book.

  1. They are popular. While in recent years e-book sales have begun to level out in terms of the percentage they occupy of the total book market, the e-book industry has begun to mature and reach a wide and stable readership. According to the Pew Research Center, which tracks trends in the book industry, more than 50% of adults own a smartphone, tablet computer, e-reader, or other e-book-compatible device. More than seven out of every ten adults had read a book in some format or another over the prior year, and three out of every ten had read an e-book. These numbers demonstrate just how pervasive and important the e-book market is to an author.
  2. They cost less to produce. Since e-book production requires little more than a digital copy of your manuscript to create, most authors choose to price their e-books cheaper than they do their print editions. This price reduction serves as a lure to new readers.
  3. They cost less to buy. Because they cost less to produce, and due to the competitive pricing of the e-book market, most readers can purchase more e-books for less money than they might be able to purchase in print editions at a bookstore or online. Since they are purchasing digital files, they don’t have to cover the additional shipping costs, either. All in all, e-books provide cost benefits on a purchase-by-purchase basis to both authors and readers.
  4. The reading experience is customizable. Not only can e-book readers take them on road trips and plane flights much more easily than print editions, they can also customize their reading experience. With an e-book, readers can instantly change the appearance of the page they’re reading by modifying the brightness, contrast, and font settings. Most e-readers allow users to change the font size to approximate the lettering in large print books, so you only need to create one e-book edition to reach multiple niche markets.
  5. The reward to author and reader is instantaneous. When readers elect to purchase e-books, they can send their purchases directly to their e-reading devices. Instant gratification is a powerful marketing tool!

Outskirts Press offers comprehensive publication packages with the option of digital editions. Given the advantages that e-books offer to readers, be sure not to miss out on this huge and growing market. Let us utilize these advantages to publish your book across a variety of e-reading platforms, including the Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, and Apple iPad.

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Make your book available on the 2 most popular e-book reading devices, the Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble NOOK. More formats on Amazon and Barnes & Noble means more exposure in the e-book device world. Only books that have been submitted to the Amazon Kindle and the NOOK in the required formats are available for Kindle and NOOK readers to purchase and enjoy.

These 2 valuable, popular options are now FREE for authors who start publishing today. If you start right now and choose to publish with our industry-leading Diamond publishing service or our full-color Pearl publishing service, you will receive a FREE Amazon Kindle e-book edition and a NOOK edition at the time of publication.

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In addition to receiving a FREE Kindle and NOOK format of your book, you’ll also receive the following with your Diamond package:

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Susan Brougher is a professional nurse. As a nurse and writer, she created written training manuals, speech presentations, and recommendations for Army Nurse Corps applicants. She lives near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with her husband, Jim, and their dog, Bridgette.

Sensitive and shy, with a rich inner world full of golden dreams, Susan spent her childhood relying on the grounding and guidance of her mother’s love. But when Susan was just twelve years old, her life was broken apart in a way that would change her forever. Her mother was diagnosed with cancer, and two years later, she left an empty seat at the table, and an empty place in her family that nothing else could fill. Without a center, the family began to change; Susan’s relationships with her siblings and her father unraveled and knitted back together in an unfamiliar shape. Bereft, disconsolate, and profoundly alone, Susan navigated adolescence as best she could without her mother’s wisdom and comfort…but the ache of that lost love remained with her. For many years, Susan searched for answers, but most of all, she wanted to hear someone say, “I know what you mean. I felt that way too, when my mother died.” The years went by. She never heard those words. But now, the feelings and experiences she kept buried for so long have found a voice in this beautiful, transparent, and soul-searching book. This is not just the story of Susan and her mother…it is the lyrical elegy of the world’s loss, and the humanity’s heartbreak. This is Susan’s story, and it is your story.
- Susan Brougher, author of The Strongest Bond

 
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Posted by on September 15, 2014 in Book Awards, Uncategorized

 

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And the winner of the 2013 Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year is…

The votes are in! Outskirts Press announced today that Lesha Acker has won the Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Award for 2013 for her book, No Fear. Lesha’s work was voted the top honor from the four finalists selected from the most recent Colorado Independent Publishers Association EVVY award winners. Lesha Acker will receive the $1,500 Grand Prize from Outskirts Press as well as wide recognition through social networks, and a widely distributed press release. An exclusive award seal will also be added to her cover for all future printings of her paperback novel.

No Fear is Lesha’s second book. She published her first book, Powdered Donuts on Monday, in 2010. She graduated from Texas Tech University, Magna Cum Laude, with a degree in Early Childhood Education. Over the last week, thousands of readers and writers among our writing & publishing social community were invited to vote. The Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year award recognizes not only the author with the writing talent to compose an award-winning book, but with the marketing prowess to promote one. No Fear ultimately collected the greatest percentage of votes.

Besides receiving the $1,500 Grand Prize, Lesha Acker will now reap the benefits of extensive promotion of her book by Outskirts Press. A feature story that covers her inspiration to write the book, her own writing process and her personal story will be widely distributed throughout the social networks in the near future.

Congratulations, Lesha!

 

The results of the poll were:

Lesha Acker, “No Fear” 54.54%
Lynda Stephenson, “The Southern Chapter of the Big Girl Panties Club” 32.39%
Richard Pires, “The Monster Monroe “   9.8%
T.C. Newman, “Follow the Light, The Shroud’s Revelations “   3.27%

Start publishing your new book today and you could become next year’s Best Book of the Year winner!

 
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Posted by on September 12, 2014 in Book Awards, Uncategorized

 

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Amazon Featured Book-of-the-Week

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


Bloomin’ Boomers

by Florencia

(5 Stars – 1 Customer Review)

Price: $24.95

Florencia’s “Bloomin’ Boomers.” Do you watch The Young & The Restless, One Life To Live, The Bold & The Beautiful and follow the daily lives of the Newmans, the Abbots, the Buchanans, the Forresters, the Spencers and the Logans? Then you’ll love Bloomin’ Boomers aka Baby Boomer Stories! The stories are historical, fictional fantasy about exciting, scandalous, funny and naughty baby boomers born in the 1940s, ’50s, and ’60s living for the moment and taking you down memory lane on the South Side and Gold Coast of the Windy City, Chicago!

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 differ from those you see when you visit Amazon.com.© Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Amazon, Amazon.com, the Amazon.com logo, and 1-Click are registered trademarks of Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. Amazon.com, 410 Terry Avenue N., Seattle, WA 98109-5210.

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Self-Publishing Author Spotlight: Rebecca Rockwell

Self-publishing authors write for many reasons: to educate, to express themselves, to make a living … and yes, to tell a compelling story. Outskirts Press author Rebecca Rockwell has taken the art to new heights with no just one but three historical fiction novels published through Outskirts Press: The Outlaw’s Wife, In the Shadow of Death Alley and The Last Desperado. For that reason, Outskirts Press proudly features author Rebecca Rockwell in our Self-Publishing Author Spotlight.Rebecca Rockwell

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Rebecca Rockwell has always had a passion for the American West and its famous figures; subjects of her previous historical novels include Jesse James and the Dalton Gang. She is a proud member of Western Writers of America (WWA). She lives in Southern California. The Last Desperado is her third novel.

The Outlaw's WifeThe Outlaw’s Wife

Zerelda “Zee” Mimms is an innocent young woman of twenty in 1865 when her dashing first cousin, Jesse James, is brought to her family home gravely wounded and near death. Against all odds, Zee nurses him back to health and realizes that her feelings for her cousin have deepened into love. Though Jesse begins ringleading the infamous James Gang, robbing banks, stagecoaches and trains, the love he and Zee share remains true, and the two marry after a long engagement wrought with separations and close calls with the law. Through her diary, Zee reveals the man behind the legend that was Jesse James-the most notorious outlaw in the Old West-as a charismatic, complex man who was a devoted husband and father even as he was wanted by the law in ten states…until one act of betrayal and jealousy takes him away from her forever.

Based upon historical fact, The Outlaw’s Wife tells the tale of a woman guided through life by her simple love for her husband, despite his flaws-a woman with the courage to follow wherever her heart took her, no matter the outcome.

Product details…
Paperback
Format: 6 x 9 paperback, 246 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Nov 08, 2008)
ISBN10: 1432737198
ISBN13: 9781432737191
Genre: FICTION / Historical

In the Shadow of Death AlleyIn the Shadow of Death Alley: A Novel of Emmett Dalton

At seventeen, Emmett Dalton leaves his life as a cowboy behind to follow two of his older brothers into law enforcement in untamed Indian Territory during the winter of 1889. Circumstances change, however, and by the age of nineteen Emmett has become a full-fledged member of one of the west’s most notorious and most feared outlaw gangs–the Dalton Gang. Torn between his adoration of his brother Bob, the gang’s leader, and his moral objections to the gang’s activities, Emmett eventually finds himself a key participant in one of the most infamous acts in the history of the Old West: the Dalton Gang’s daring double bank robbery in Coffeyville, Kansas on October 5, 1892. Based upon historical fact, In The Shadow of Death Alley examines the inner-workings of the Dalton Gang from the point of view of its youngest member–and its sole survivor.

Product details…
Paperback
Format: 5.5 x 8.5 paperback white, 274 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Sep 23, 2011)
ISBN10: 1432780980
ISBN13: 9781432780982
Genre: FICTION / Historical

The Last DesperadoThe Last Desperado

In the last days of the Old West, outlaw gangs ran wild in the Twin Territories encompassing Kansas and Oklahoma, robbing trains, banks, stores and stagecoaches. Out of the ashes of the Dalton Gang’s downfall in 1892 rose the infamous Wild Bunch, led by easygoing cowboy-turned-outlaw Bill Doolin. The Last Desperado chronicles Doolin’s compelling journey from the cattle ranches to the outlaw trail as his fame grows to legendary proportions—and as he struggles to reconcile his life of crime with his desire for a peaceful home life with his wife and son. Meticulously researched and based upon historical fact, The Last Desperado brings to life a cunning, intelligent and fascinating man, at heart a simple cowboy, who managed to make an indelible mark on the face of history and become the stuff of legend.

Product details…
Paperback
Format: 5 x 8 paperback white, 560 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Nov 22, 2013)
ISBN10: 1478725443
ISBN13: 9781478725442
Genre: FICTION / Historical

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Posted by on September 11, 2014 in Author Spotlight

 

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Ways a Virtual Book Tour Can Promote Your Book

Gone are the days when a writer must pound the pavement, toting hardcopies of their book and media kits from one book reviewer to another, one bookstore or news outlet to the next in order to get exposure.

Things have changed when it comes to book marketing. As a published author, you would be wise to tune into the changing methods by which news outlets and bookstores are getting information and exploit these changes in your marketing efforts. This is where a Virtual Book Tour can help.

A Virtual Book Tour can give you an edge in gaining visibility for your book physical distance, and time and budget constraints, don’t allow for an actual physical tour. When you can’t travel from place to place, a Virtual Book Tour ensures you and your book are still making “appearances” on the blogosphere and social networking sites – appearances that live online and in search engines forever (much longer than any in-person event lasts).

Here are the top 6 reasons to hold your own virtual book tour:

  • Spread word quickly over a wide range of venues and sites
  • Make multiple “appearances” on the blogosphere and social media
  • Capture attention and set your tone instantly
  • Have your message available forever on the blogosphere
  • Reach new audiences with little to no effort
  • Open the door to follow-up book reviews and interviews

If you’re too busy to put together your own virtual book tour, or aren’t quite sure how you would begin, the Virtual Book Tour option from Outskirts Press can help you.

With the Virtual Book Tour through Outskirts Press, you receive the following:

  • Outskirts Press announces your Virtual Book Tour to the blogosphere.
  • You receive every inquiry in response to the announcement about your book.
  • Virtual Book Tour Packet, which includes all of the materials you need to follow-up with the bloggers quickly and easily in order to schedule your “appearance” on their blog, website, or social network.
  • In most cases your appearance may include a book review and/or an author interview.
  • Spotlight Appearance on the Outskirts Press blog, which receives its own announcements on Twitter and Facebook.

Don’t wait to promote your self-published book!

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Posted by on September 10, 2014 in book marketing

 

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Amazon Featured Book-of-the-Week

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


Narcissistic Confrontations

by Sister Renee Pittelli

(4.5 Stars – 20 Customer Reviews)

Price: $24.95

Sister Renee Pittelli’s “Narcissistic Confrontations.” In this long-awaited sequel to Narcissistic Predicaments, award-winning author Sister Renee Pittelli not only teaches more lessons on handling abusive birth-families but also includes insights and information about phony “Christians,” toxic churches, the “Christian” abuser and the ignorant, rude and presumptuous Spiritual Bully. Narcissistic Confrontations is chock full of eye-opening revelations and helpful strategies for the reader.

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 differ from those you see when you visit Amazon.com.© Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Amazon, Amazon.com, the Amazon.com logo, and 1-Click are registered trademarks of Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. Amazon.com, 410 Terry Avenue N., Seattle, WA 98109-5210.

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2014 Outskirts Press EVVY Award Winners Announced

September 9, 2014 – Denver, CO– Outskirts Press has released the winners of the 2014 EVVY Awards. The EVVY Awards recognize excellence in independently published books as determined by the Colorado Independent Publishers Association (CIPA). Denver-based Outskirts Press is a full-service self-publishing and book-marketing company that helps people write, publish and market the book of their dreams.

Winning an EVVY Award is a prerequisite to being named the Outskirts Press 2013 Best Book of the Year Award-winner and walking away with a Grand Prize of $1,500. The Outskirts Press 2013 Best Book of the Year award recognizes the best book published by Outskirts Press in 2013 as decided by a social community of self-publishing authors.

Outskirts Press has announced the four finalists among this year’s EVVY winners for the public to vote for the winner of the 2013 Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Award. Voting takes place at http://selfpublishingnews.com/2014/09/06/vote-now-for-the-2013-outskirts-press-best-book-of-the-year-award/ and will last until noon (Mountain Standard Time) on Friday, September 12th.

Congratulations to all of the 2014 EVVY Award winners below!

1st Place Winners
Lynda Stephenson, author of “The Southern Chapter of the Big Girl Panties Club”
Richard Pires, author of “Monster Monroe”
Lesha Acker, author of “No Fear”
T.C. Newman, author of “Follow the Light, The Shroud’s Revelations”

2nd Place Winners
Jennifer Fales, author of “Sleight of Hand”
Richard Todd Devens, author of “Rational Polemics”

3rd Place Winners
Alexander Flint, author of “Tales From the Sea”
Christina Steiner, author of “The Sad Tree and Pronuba”

Merit Winners
Jonathan P. Rosman, M.D., author of “The Art of Joyful Living”
Herman H. White, author of “Burial on Water Box Mountain”
Marion Pember, author of “God In A Box:”
John Lopas, author of “Great Falls”
Keith Swainson, author of Heresy”
Taylor Baptist, author of “The Honey Do List”
William Pfirrman, author of “Nightmare in Aurora”
Todd Bulgarelli, author of “A Rage In Winter”
John Douglas, author of “Shock and Awww in the Cul-De-Sac”
Linda K. Reed, author of “Winter of 1950″

Congratulations to these EVVY Finalists
D. Andrew McChesney, author of “Sailing Dangerous Waters”
Christopher Hall, author of “Tall, Dark, and Handsome and other Devotionals”
Ed Kienzle, author of “The Last Buffalo”
Glenda Lee Vollmecke, author of “Intermission: A Place In Time”
Susie Newman, author of “Diaries”
Latifa Hazim-Rogers, author of “Six Months or LESS”
J. M. Erickson, author of “Eagle, Birds of Flight”
Sheila Jaxland, author of “Mylo”
Belinda Tors, author of “Letting Go”
Richard P. Flynn, author of “Irishmen Don’t Cry”

About Outskirts Press, Inc.: Outskirts Press offers high-quality, full-service self-publishing and book marketing services for writers and professionals who are seeking a cost-effective, fast, and flexible way to publish and distribute their books worldwide while retaining 100% of their rights, 100% of their profits, and 100% of the creative control. http://www.outskirtspress.com.

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Posted by on September 9, 2014 in Awards, Book Awards, book marketing

 

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