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Self-Publishing Spotlight: An African Tale

An African Tale, is a rich story for children that opens them to the world of Africa; a world of extremes, drought, floods, beauty, devastation, vibrant life and miserable death. The tale  begins with a history of how the Okavango Delta in Botswana was formed when the people were still hunter-gatherers and food and water were scarce. A waterfinder of the time finds a magical stone in the shape of a diamond, which enables him to produce rain whenever needed. He becomes a semi god with eternal life and lives into modern times when belief in gods starts to fade and so does he. He leaves the stone with the prophecy that there will be two children born born at the same time, one from a rural village and the other from the urban city center who will together through cooperation be able to harness mythical power of the magical stone.

Author Enna Uren wrote a story about African children growing up in two worlds (one old and the other new) using some of the old myths and beliefs to create a fantasy world; An African Tale is also a story about environmental issues particularly water which is such a central part of Botswana life. Throughout An African Tale we meet talking geckos, friendly snakes, flying donkeys and a host of other creatures as we travel from the beginning of human time to the present day. Beautifully narrated, An African Tale, is bound to be treasured by children who love tales of adventure.

About the Author: Enna lives on the edge of the Okavango Delta where an inland delta turns the dry Kalahari sands into a wildlife paradise. She owns and operates a resort that takes visitors on safari into Botswana’s National Parks the Kalahari and the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans. Visit her resort’s website at http://www.okavangocamp.com

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Posted by on August 31, 2009 in Author Spotlight

 

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Outskirts Press Receives 2009 Best of Parker Award

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Outskirts Press Receives 2009 Best of Parker Award

U.S. Commerce Association’s Award Plaque Honors the Achievement

WASHINGTON D.C., — Outskirts Press has been selected for the 2009 Best of Parker Award in the Publisher Representatives category by the U.S. Commerce Association (USCA).

The USCA “Best of Local Business” Award Program recognizes outstanding local businesses throughout the country. Each year, the USCA identifies companies that they believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2009 USCA Award Program focused on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the USCA and data provided by third parties.

About Outskirts Press, Inc.

Outskirts Press, Inc. offers full-service, custom self-publishing services for authors seeking a cost-effective, fast, and flexible way to publish and distribute their books worldwide while retaining all their rights and full creative control. Available for authors globally at www.outskirtspress.com and located on the outskirts of Denver, Colorado, Outskirts Press represents the future of book publishing, today.

About U.S. Commerce Association (USCA)

U.S. Commerce Association (USCA) is a Washington D.C. based organization funded by local businesses operating in towns, large and small, across America. The purpose of USCA is to promote local business through public relations, marketing and advertising.

The USCA was established to recognize the best of local businesses in their community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations, chambers of commerce and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to be an advocate for small and medium size businesses and business entrepreneurs across America.

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Posted by on August 28, 2009 in Outskirts Press News

 

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Self-Publishing Book Video: You Can Break-Free Fast

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Posted by on August 27, 2009 in Book Video Trailers

 

Book Blast Featured Book: What Are You, Stupid?

What Are You, Stupid? is a part-humorous, part-serious and always politically incorrect take on what constitutes stupidity, how widespread it is and how to live in a decidedly stupid world.“We do not have to, and should not try to, totally understand stupid people,” Shephard writes with characteristic wryness. “However, we do have to co-exist with them.”

That’s not always easy, at least for the non-stupid, Shephard explains. Readers will meet the fried-chicken joint that ran out of chicken; the fast-food worker who locked the doors because “we’ve got too many customers”; the jail guards whose head count kept coming up wrong because they were counting themselves; and – unfortunately – much, much more. There’s also a section to help readers determine if they or someone they know is, in fact, stupid.

More than an entertaining romp, What Are You, Stupid? examines how stupidity often rises to the top of even the largest corporations, hindering efficiency and holding back organizations and people. Yet many people are afraid to confront stupid decisions and behavior head-on. With What Are You, Stupid?, Shephard seeks to raise awareness of the prevalence and impact of stupidity while providing a rallying cry for change.

About the Author: Henry Shephard is a graduate of Shaw University and A&T State University, with degrees in psychology and counselor education. He is a veteran school counselor and teacher. Shephard has worked with the North Carolina Prison System and in the mental health industry. He and wife Faye live in Statesville, NC.

When it comes to book marketing, this author isn’t stupid! He selected the Book Blast package and saved 25% on 5 powerful marketing services to blast his book into the stratosphere! The Book Blast package includes the following options: Custom Press Release, PR Publicist Campaign, Book Review Submission Service, Book Video (shown above) and Personal Marketing Assistant.  Outskirts Press authors can easily and conveniently add this package at any time from the Marketing Options screen of the author’s center.

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Posted by on August 26, 2009 in Author Spotlight

 

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Award Winning Self-Published Book: The Days of Peleg

The Days of Peleg by Jon Saboe

Winner of Allbooks Review 2009 Editor’s Choice Award!

Book Description:

Why Is Humanity Dying?

It is now one hundred years since the Great Awakening, and the human race is finally colonizing the world with new settlements and centers of commerce.

Reu-Nathor, High Minister of the Citadel, announces an expedition to explore their new world, and Peleg is commissioned as Chief Cartographer aboard the Urbat.

Peleg’s core beliefs are challenged and his sense of reality is undermined by the new cultures and tremendous tragedies he encounters during his twelve-year voyage. But he has also been given a secret mission to discover the answer to the one question that no one dares to ask aloud:

Why is the human race dying?

What he discovers forces Peleg to re-evaluate all he has ever known—and also provides him with staggering revelations that will determine the eternal destiny of the entire human race!

Books don’t win awards without being submitted to award contests.  Fortunately, Outskirts Press offers a Book Award Submissions Package to help published authors submit their books to six different award contests.

Outskirts Press also offers an Award Recognition Cover Enhancement option (as seen on the cover image above), so award winning authors can display the award on the cover of the book, further publicizing the accomplishment.

The Book Award Submissions Package (or each individual book award submission option) and the Award Recognition Cover Enhancement option can easily and conveniently be added from the Marketing Options screen of the author’s center.

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Posted by on August 24, 2009 in Author Spotlight

 

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Book Videos for Self-Publishing Authors

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Posted by on August 21, 2009 in Book Video Trailers

 

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Self-Publishing Author in Honolulu Star Bulletin

Outskirts Press author, Larry Solomon, was recently featured in the Honolulu Star Bulletin. Read the full article here: Finding laughs in layoff

Outskirts Press author and humor writer Larry Solomon takes a timely look at unemployment in his new book, Wrongsized — Become Chronically Unemployed in 26 Easy Steps. It’s a story about an unemployed executive struggling to find a job in today’s market, and, not surprisingly, it’s a laugh-out-loud read. Larry Solomon not only has plenty of corporate experience, he also has written material for TV shows such as Laugh-In, The Smothers Brothers, and The Dean Martin Show.

Solomon has worked in the computer field for over 30 years, holding management and consulting positions with companies such as Anteon, AST Research, AMFAC, General Electric, the U.S. Navy, the City of Torrance, California, and Verifone. While computer programming is his forte, comedy is his true love, and he has written material for hundreds of radio commercials, and for various radio programs, including those of Jay Lawrence, Gary Owens, Jack Gale, and Dave Garroway. He even had his own popular radio show, “The Larry Clark Show.” (He dropped his last name due to the townsfolk’s penchant for white sheets with cut-out eye holes.)

Wrongsized is the story of Lance D. Boyle. As the CIO of a branch of a major corporation, and a computer programmer, Boyle has redesigned many of his company’s systems, resulting in his branch showing a profit for the first time in years. But when corporate sends in an efficiency expert with a Harvard MBA and a fistful of pink slips, Boyle finds himself suddenly out of work. His retirement fund is nonexistent, and he leaves with next to nothing to show for his hard work and loyalty. After an appropriate period of grieving, Boyle decides to take on temp work, admirably approaching each new task with a can-do attitude, but somehow he manages to royally and humorously screw things up at every turn.

Despite its humorous nature, Wrongsized also offers real-world tips for job hunting. Larry Solomon has decades of experience to draw from, and has also been on the receiving end of a pink slip a time or two. “When I was unemployed I really needed a laugh,” he says, and this was the motivation behind Wrongsized. “And after you have finished reading it, you can spend some more time following the tips I have cleverly included to broaden your job search scope. Or, you can color the drawings. Your call.”

About the Author: Larry Solomon and his wife, Theresa Vita, live in Kakaako, a neighborhood just outside of downtown Honolulu, Hawaii. He is currently designing computer applications for the Navy at Pearl Harbor.


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Posted by on August 19, 2009 in Book Video Trailers

 

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How to register your self-published book with Google Book Settlement

Whether your book was published ten years ago or ten minutes ago, it is better to be safe than sorry when it comes to officially registering your book with Google to be eligible for  potential pay-outs in accordance with the Google Book Settlement.

Rather than confusing this already-complex subject with summaries of what the Google Book Settlement is, or whether books are eligible or not (there is plenty of information and opinions on those topics online already), this is going to be short and sweet. We are going to assume you want to participate by opting-in (there’s no downside) and we’re going to tell you how to do that as simply as possible.

Here is what you need to do personally if you want your book(s) to be registered with the Google Book Settlement…

How to Register Your Book

# 1: Go to http://www.googlebooksettlement.com and read the information on the home page. There is a detailed and comprehensive FAQ if you are curious for more information. These steps below are of a general nature, so always be sure the steps you complete are in accordance with your specific circumstance.

You will notice two deadlines on this page . If you wish to be eligible for cash pay-outs, you must opt-in by completing this online process by January 5, 2010. These are the steps to do that.

If you choose to opt-out, you must complete the opt-out process online by September 4. There’s really no reason to opt-out unless you’re planning on suing Google separately from this class action suit.

Hint, if you do nothing at all, you will most likely be treated as if you opted in, but that is a judgment call that will be made much later, legally, by the Department of Justice. To be on the safe side, actively opt-in now.

After reading the home page on the Google Book Settlement site, click the “Claim Books and Inserts” button.

# 2: Your browser may ask if you want to see secure and unsecured items because you are now accessing an SSL (https) secure server. Indicate that you want to see both.

Here you are going to create your registry account. In 95% of the cases, you are going to select the first choice, “Author or author heir” so if you are unsure as to what to choose, choose the first one.

If you are positive that you specifically registered your own ISBN with Bowker manually yourself under your specific publishing imprint name, choose the second choice, “Publisher.”

# 3: At this point, a rather daunting form will appear. Fill it out in its entirety, using your personal information. Do NOT use your publisher’s information.

At the bottom of this form is a “Create Account” button. Once you have completed the form, press the button.

# 4: At this point, the website will require you to sign-in using the username and password you just created. In 98% of the cases, you will NOT have multiple sign-ins.

After you sign-in for the first time, the site will require you to confirm your email address. Check your email in-box for an automatic email from Google containing a verification code. Cut and paste the verification code from the email into the form and then click the “Verify Account” button.

# 5: Now you will be in your account where you can manage your claims. Of course, during your first visit, you won’t have any books listed yet. In order to claim your first book, click the “Find and claim” link hiding at the very bottom of the screen.

# 6: When you click that link you will see this page, which provides you with choices for how to best locate the book you want to claim. In almost all cases you will want to first conduct
a search for the book to see if Google can find it for you.

Click the “Continue” button once you have the “Search for books” choice selected to see
this screen.

Try to be as specific as possible at first, and then more and more general to double and triple check that your book is not in Google’s system before entering it manually. Check via title and ISBN first. The “older” your book is, the more likely it is that Google already has the title within its database, waiting for you to claim your rights to it.

If you are positive there are no matches for your title, click the “Add a book if it is not listed above” link at the very bottom to add your book manually.

# 7: Once you add the book, search for it to get this screen, where you can select the book by checking off the check-box to the left of the title. Make sure the book listed is truly your book. It is unlawful to lay claim to a book for which you don’t own the rights. On the other hand, completing this process for all your books will prevent someone else from mistakenly
laying claim to your book(s).

The click the button that says “Finish claim form for selected books.”

# 8: The following screen is a little confusing. You must first assert your rights and you do this by clicking the difficult-to-find “Assert rights” link within the title box at the top of the screen:

It will ask if you are asserting rights for the book, or an insert. In 95% of the cases, it will be for the book, so choose the “book” choice followed by the appropriate answer to the subsequent question concerning rights. Here, in nearly all the cases of self-published POD
books, you will choose the first choice: “I own the rights” but double check your own publishing contract agreement first.

If you are an Outskirts Press author, this choice is easy. You ALWAYS own all the rights.

# 9: Click the “Save and Continue” button, then read and certify the certification section by clicking the check box next to the “I certify that…” language.

Click the “Submit Claim” button and you’re done. If you have more than one book, repeat the process as many times as necessary.


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Posted by on August 17, 2009 in Advice

 

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Self Publishing and the CPSIA

Outskirts Press Self-Publishing Among First to Announce Full Compliance with Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act

As the CPSIA (Consumer Product Safety Information Act) goes into effect, which self-publishing POD firms are in compliance with the new regulations, and which ones are not?

August 14, 2009 – Denver, CO – Outskirts Press, the fastest growing full-service self-publishing and book marketing company, is among the first self-publishing Print-On-Demand companies to achieve full compliance with the Consumer Product Safety Information Act on all its print-on-demand books. The Consumer Product Safety Information Act (CPSIA) officially becomes a legal requirement for printers and publishers on August 14, 2009.

The U.S. Consumer Protection Safety Commission requires through this act that all products intended for use by children 12 years of age or younger abide by strict manufacturing procedures and furthermore have a tracking label applied to them so that consumers can ascertain the manufacturer, location of the manufacturer, date of production, and batch identification.

Rather than only assuring safety manufacturing procedures for juvenile books, *all* Outskirts Press print-on-demand editions are in full compliance with this legal requirement, not just books for children. Self-publishing authors who choose to publish with other printers or publishers that are not in full compliance may leave themselves unprotected.

Outskirts Press CEO Brent Sampson said today that his firm, in cooperation with their printing partner, is not only in compliance with the manufacturing requirements and new tracking laws for children’s books, but also has the required bar code and batch code tracking devices printed on all printed POD editions starting today.  “This assures all our current and future authors that their books will abide by this new requirement,” Mr. Sampson said.

Outskirts Press has consistently been in the vanguard of self-publishing firms in its protection of its family of authors as well as in the promotion of their works, as evidenced by Outskirts Press’s recent inclusion in the 2009 Inc. Magazine list of the 500 fastest growing companies in the nation. For more details about Outskirts Press, visit http://outskirtspress.com

About Outskirts Press, Inc.:  Outskirts Press, Inc. offers full service, custom self-publishing services for authors seeking a cost-effective, fast, and flexible way to publish and distribute their books worldwide while retaining all their rights and full creative control.  Available for authors globally at www.outskirtspress.com and located on the outskirts of Denver, Colorado, Outskirts Press represents the future of book publishing, today.

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Posted by on August 14, 2009 in Outskirts Press News

 

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Inc 500 names Outskirts Press fastest-growing self-publishing company

Inc Magazine released their annual Inc 500 list of the nation’s fastest-growing businesses on Wednesday, August 12.   One self-publishing company, categorized in the Consumer Products & Services category, made the top 500 — Outskirts Press. 

The annual ranking is based upon the rate of each company’s revenue growth from 2005 through 2008.  In that span of time, Outskirts Press grew at a rate of 850.5%, making it the fastest growing self-publishing and book marketing company and #268 overall.  Outskirts Press is the 21st fastest-growing business in the Consumer Products & Services category.

“As an Inc. 500 honoree, Outskirts Press shares a prestigious pedigree with such notable alumni as Intuit, GoDaddy, Under Armour, Jamba Juice, Timberland, Clif Bar, Microsoft, Patagonia, American Apparel, Oracle, and scores of other powerhouses,” according to Jane Berentson, Inc. Magazine’s editor.

This announcement comes on the heels of the Denver Business Journal finding Outskirts Press to be the 7th fastest-growing privately held company in Denver within the small-to-medium category.

With mainstream writers like Stephen Covey recently going the self-publishing route, self-publishing continues its ascent toward the preferred publishing method. In fact, last year the sales of self-publishing books climbed 132% while the sales of traditionally published books fell by 3%.

What makes Outskirts Press the fastest-growing company in this competitive industry? 

Perhaps it is due to the talent and success of its 4500+ authors, like Gang Chen, who recently earned over $100,000 in royalties from Outskirts Press for just 6 months of book sales.

Or perhaps it is the unique and exclusive promotional services and products only offered by Outskirts Press, like the recently announced custom first-class postage stamps featuring Outskirts Press books.

Or perhaps it is because more and more authors are realizing that in order to successfully publish, print, and market a self published book, they are best served by a full-service self-publishing company that provides support and guidance before, during, and after publication.

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Posted by on August 13, 2009 in Outskirts Press News

 
 
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