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Fandemonium (Facebook Anthology) Pricing Is Set, Thanks to Facebook Community

Fandemonium (Facebook Anthology) Pricing Is Set, Thanks to Facebook Community

Last week our Facebook community members and blog readers were invited to participate in the pricing of Fandemonium, our first Facebook Anthology that is being written and published by our Facebook Fans.   Our Facebook community had already voted on the title and cover for the anthology, as well as the charity to receive the royalties (The American Red Cross).  Over the past 7 days, they’ve been voting on the pricing scenario to apply to the book.

Pricing Scenario #1 was the winner, receiving 53% of the votes.  Here is the screen shot from within the Outskirts Press Publishing Center when the pricing was set for Fandemonium according to your votes:

Whenever authors publish with Outskirts Press, they receive a pricing screen like this, which allows them to increase or decrease elements of their pricing in “real-time” with the “plus” or “minus” buttons.  

One of the major advantages of publishing with Outskirts Press is the control and flexibility you, the author, have over your book’s pricing.   Pricing Scenario #1 sets a retail price of $16.95 for the book, and delivers a whopping $7.38 to the American Red Cross every time a new copy sells through Ingram, Amazon, Barnes & Noble and the many, many other sales channels offered by the Outskirts Press Distribution-on-Demand sales network available with the Diamond Publishing Package.

The submissions have all been received and the pre-production steps have all been completed.  Now Fandemonium enters the production stage of the process where the interior is formatted, the cover is finalized, the ISBN is assigned, and the distribution sales channels are established.  Stay tuned in February when the book enters the Galley Proof Review Stage.

 
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Posted by on January 31, 2011 in Facebook anthology, Uncategorized

 

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Top 10 Self Publishing Book Marketing Options for December 2010

Top 10 Self Publishing Book Marketing Options for December 2010


Outskirts Press is an industry leader in providing post-publication support, products, and services to its growing family of published authors. Because we know how confusing it can be to pick the right marketing solution for your book, we publish our list of Top 10 Book Marketing Options each month to help you prioritize your book marketing efforts.

The top-ranking options are determined by how many self-published authors sign up for them. Many of these products and services are even available to authors who did not publish with Outskirts Press.  Visit our Marketing Solutions page to view the growing list of available book marketing options.

These are the marketing products and services determined to be most popular by our authors for the month of December 2010, listed below in alphabetical order:

Amazon Cover Enhancement
This is an option that helps you either get your cover on Amazon faster or enhance the way it looks to increase exposure.
Amazon Extreme Package
This is a package deal that lets you save 25% on 3 amazing marketing tactics centered around Amazon: The Amazon Kindle Edition, Search Inside the Book, and the Keyword Search Submission Service. Plus a free copy of the Amazon best selling book, Sell Your Book on Amazon.
Amazon Kindle Edition
The Amazon Kindle is a revolutionary wireless reading device that allows its owners to instantly download books and newspapers. This is the new way that people are buying books. However, only books that have been submitted to the Amazon Kindle via the required process and in the required format are available for Kindle readers to purchase and enjoy.
Book Blast
This package includes five of our most popular (and most effective) marketing services, making for very well-rounded book marketing solution. Every Book Blast comes with: a Custom Press Release, PR Publicist Campaign, Book Review Submission Service, Book Video Trailer, and 5 hours with a Personal Marketing Assistant for one price.
Book Review Submission
This solution offers you the convenience of having someone else do some of the book review “grunt work” for you. The fee includes submission to ten different reviewers. Included in the submission is a professionally-written cover letter/press release and your sales sheet, along with a complimentary copy of your book for the reviewer to consider and keep.
ForeWord Magazine Co-op Advertisement
Co-op advertising allows you to secure premium, full-color exposure for your book in a high-quality trade publication for a minimal amount of money.
Personal Marketing Assistant
The Outskirts Press Personal Marketing Assistant option is ideal for authors who want marketing assistance that is personal and specific. The Personal Marketing Assistant is available to work with you in five hour blocks of time to promote your book in accordance with your plan and goals.
PR Publicist
Have you ever dreamed of having your own publicist? You can get pretty close with this service. Once purchased, one of our publicists distributes your press release for you. The best part is – after the release is sent, you will receive all the resulting leads for more personal follow-up, plus an electronic clipping service.
Virtual Book Tour Virtual Book Tour
Harness the power of social networking and the “blogosphere” to take your book on a virtual book tour. A virtual book tour is similar to an actual book tour, although instead of physically traveling, you and your book are making “appearances” in the blogosphere and on social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

Outskirts Press authors who are interested in any of these options can find further details and ordering information by clicking on the name (or image) of the option above. Information about either of these solutions can be found on the Marketing Options page of your Publishing Center. Authors who published elsewhere can visit our Marketing Solutions page to get more information about any of  the marketing options available to order.

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Self-Publishing Virtual Book Tour: Night of the Snake Witch by C.J. Thomas

Self-Publishing Virtual Book Tour: Night of the Snake Witch by C.J. Thomas


Outskirts Press author, C.J. Thomas, is taking her latest book, Night of the Snake Witch, on tour – a virtual tour, that is. She will be featured on several blogs over the weeks and months ahead so keep your eyes peeled to learn more about her and her book.

Luckily for us, C.J. 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 Night of the Snake Witch.

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Night of the Snake Witch book cover

OP: Tell us a little bit about Night of the Snake Witch. What is it about?

CJT: Alexandra Kendall is an executive for a pipeline company. She is also in love with Joe Larkin but can’t commit to marriage. When Joe drives Alex to Louisiana to check on an old Contractor friend Lester Kierbo, they find treachery. His daughter Ateara has taken things into her own hands and disappeared into the Bayou.

When Alex leaves for the Dakota’s Joe follows unaware that both of them will be caught up in Atear’s Voodoo and the supernatural. They find out about the thief ring on the pipeline and close in on it’s leader their lives will dangling by a thread.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

CJT: I was sitting in my office looking out the window watching the heavy machinery unload the 42″ pipe. The banding that held the pipe to the rail cars was picked up by the large machine and taken to the end of the yard and dumped on the growing pile. As I watched the banding settle, it began to slither. (in my mind of course) That was the birth of Night of the Snake Witch.

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

CJT: Anyone over 17 who likes paranormal suspense.

OP: What is special about your book?  What differentiates it from other books in the same category?

CJT: My experience on the Northern Border Pipeline. Most places in the book are real. People are from my imagination.

OP: Have you published any other books? Do you plan to publish more?

CJT:  Yes. I have two other books out under another name. I just finished an adult paranormal suspense and working on the sequel about the sex slave trade.

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


 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

CJ Thomas was the manager on a pipeline in the nineteen eighties for two years. Working with people from coast to coast with different cultures, beliefs and ideas she survived the experience. CJ lives in northern Utah with Patterson, a Scottish Terrier while working on her next novel.

For more information or to contact the author, visit www.outskirtspress.com/CJThomas.

This author purchased the Virtual Book Tour marketing option, which allows authors to connect with bloggers and harness the power of the blogosphere by taking the book on the “virtual road”.  Learn more about this service by visiting your Publishing Center and reviewing the available marketing options.

 

 

 

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Self-Publishing Book Spotlight: The Cosmic Order of Reincarnation by: Khun Shwe Thike

Self-Publishing Book Spotlight: The Cosmic Order of Reincarnation by: Khun Shwe Thike



Outskirts Press author, Khun Shwe Thike, offers a view of reincarnation that answers questions mystics have been unable to resolve for centuries in his latest book, The Cosmic Order of Reincarnation.

Addressing such questions as “What really happens after we die,” “What are the mechanisms that give us birth” and “Do we really have a soul and what exactly is it?” author Thike offers a view of reincarnation that answers questions mystics have been unable to resolve for centuries.

Thike’s hope is that an increased understanding of these principles will provide realizations for his readers about the true nature of their lives and allow them to contribute more meaningfully to an increased peace and understanding in the world.


 

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Khun Shwe Thike is an acclaimed author on philosophy and Buddhist theology. Originally from Burma, he participated in that country’s student uprising in 1988. When the army crushed the democracy movement, he fled Burma for Thailand, where he became a teacher. In 1993, he immigrated to the United States. Khun Shwe Thike has written many novels and more than 50 articles. He lives in Washington, D.C.

For more information or to contact the author, visit www.outskirtspress.com/TheCosmicOrderOfReincarnation.

This author purchased the Book Blast package, saving 25% on 5 powerful marketing services to blast the 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 Publishing Center.

 

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Posted by on January 28, 2011 in Book Spotlight, Uncategorized

 

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Self-Publishing Children’s Authors Can Get Noticed with the Bologna Children’s Book Fair

Self-Publishing Children’s Authors Can Get Noticed with the Bologna Children’s Book Fair


Self-published authors don’t necessarily have the budget or time to travel around the world to attend various book fairs. Then there are the costs of the exhibit itself, like the exhibition fees, the exhibition stand, and the “giveaways” (often called “freebies” or “schwag”). Typically, self-publishing authors would miss out on the chance to “be discovered”. However, with recent advances in technology, this is a worry of the past.

Outskirts Press offers authors an opportunity to have their book featured during various book fairs worldwide. One that’s rather popular with self-publishing authors of children’s books is the Bologna Children’s Book Fair.

The Bologna Children’s Book Fair is the world’s leading book fair that only features children’s books. The primary focus of this event is to investigate the possibility of the sale of rights and international co-productions.  Historically, full-color books with illustrations are usually the most successful. Because of this, we only allow our Pearl Full Color books to participate.

The Bologna Children’s Book Fair occurs in March in Italy and hosts over 1400 international exhibitors. If you’ve ever entertained the thought of forging industry connections or negotiating agreements or licenses for your work, this is an ideal opportunity for you.

Outskirts Press self-publishing children’s authors can register for this event conveniently from their Publishing Center. During the fair, your book will receive valuable, face-out exposure on an exclusive shelf with 4 other Outskirts Press titles and a representative will be on-hand to personally answer questions about your book. Outskirts Press will provide the necessary copies of the book and all the necessary contact information for both the author and publisher, so interested parties can make further contact, during or after the fair. All leads we receives for your book will be forwarded directly to you for personal follow-up.

Space is limited and filled on a first-come, first served basis. Due to the requirements of Bologna, this event is not a part of our Global Book Tour package and must be registered for separately if you are interested.


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Self-Publishing Bestseller Spotlight: Z1N1 The Zombie Pandemic by: Mitchell Layne Cook

Self-Publishing Bestseller Spotlight: Z1N1 The Zombie Pandemic by: Mitchell Layne Cook

Z1N1 The Zombie Pandemic by Mitchell Layne Cook was recently on the Outskirts Press bestseller list.

How can a book become a bestseller in the competitive self-publishing market?  It can be a the result of a mixture of efforts — including dedicating a great deal of time and/or money to marketing activities.

Let’s take a closer look at this best selling book published by Outskirts Press to see what contributed to its success. By seeing what works for other authors, you can take the appropriate publishing and marketing steps to chart your own course toward successful book publishing!

  • Genre: Fiction/Horror
  • Content for niche audience
  • A professionally designed custom cover
  • Author platform: outskirtspress.com/z1n1thezombiepandemic2012
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    About Mitchell Layne Cook

    Mitch currently lives in Arkansas. In mid-2009, he became a labor office statistic – along with millions of others – as he was laid off from his job of over a decade. With ample “free” time on his hands for the last half of 2009, Mitch began writing his first novel about how he imagined the zombie apocalypse would begin.

    Of course, books cannot become best sellers if they’re only printed and sold from the publisher’s website. Books must to be available via multiple sales channels, both wholesale and direct. All Outskirts Press books published with the Diamond, Pearl, and Ruby packages receive the benefit of either national or worldwide book distribution. See details about the Distribution-on-Demand Sales Channels by clicking here.


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    Top 10 Best Selling Books in Self-Publishing for December 2010

    Top 10 Best Selling Books in Self-Publishing for December 2010

    Outskirts Press, the fastest-growing full-service self-publishing and book marketing company, today announced its top ten best selling titles for December 2010 according to combined data from Ingram Book Wholesalers and Outskirts Press Direct via http://outskirtspress.com/bookstore.

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

    Congratulations to our best selling authors for the month of December!

    All 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 http://outskirtspress.com/bookstore for discounts ranging from 10% – 55%.

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    Posted by on January 25, 2011 in Top 10, Uncategorized

     

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    Vote on Pricing and Profit for Your Facebook Anthology

    Vote on Pricing and Profit for Your Facebook Anthology

    One of the most powerful elements of publishing with Outskirts Press is the flexibility granted to the author regarding pricing and profit. We are one of the only publishers that pay 100% royalties (100% of the profits), but as you will see in this posting, the actual “dollars and cents” depends upon three other factors: The Retail Price, The Discount, And the Base Copy Price, or in other words, the single copy production price.

    Most publishers enforce all these prices without giving you any say in the matter, but you will see from the pie charts below, that can significantly affect YOUR profits and your retail price.  At Outskirts Press, we only set the base copy price of the book.  The retail price and discount (we call it a “Price Plan”) is up to you.

    Book pricing is complicated because everyone has an opinion about what they think “the best” pricing is.  So what better way to demonstrate the flexibility of our pricing by allowing our social community the chance to vote on the Pricing Option they like best for the Facebook Anthology, Fandemonium?

    Below are 4 different pricing options. Scroll down to the Polling box and vote on your favorite. The pricing option that receives the most votes at the end of the polling period will be the pricing we use for Fandemonium.

    You can click on the charts to enlarge them if you need to see them better.

    Pricing Option 1 has a retail price of $16.95, a price plan of 25, and a profit of $7.38 for The American Red Cross every time a book sells.  This is the price plan we recommend for this book. Even though we give the power to the author, we always make recommendations to help the author select the best pricing for his or her goals.

    Pricing Option 2 also has a retail price of $16.95, but has a price plan of 50.  This means 50% of the retail price goes to the wholesalers and retailers who are involved in selling the book (Ingram, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc.).  As a result, the profit for the American Red Cross is lower ($3.16).   Physical bookstores often require significant portions of the retail price in order to be compelled to consider selling the book, but online sites like Amazon.com and BarnesAndNoble.com don’t. 

    Pricing Option 3 demonstrates the powerful flexibility of publishing with Outskirts Press. Yes, you can set the retail price for this particular book as low as $7.95.  But you will notice the majority of the “pie”  goes toward the production cost of the book ($5.33) as a result. Even with Ingram/Amazon only getting $1.99, that leaves only 63 cents of “author profit” for The American Red Cross.   Since the “pie”  is smaller ($7.95 instead of $16.95) all the pieces are smaller, too, with the exception of the production price, which stays the same in all four options.

    Pricing Option 4 has a retail price of $12.95  and a Price Plan of 25.  The base copy price is the same in every scenario, which leaves $3.24 for wholesalers/retailers and $4.38 for The American Red Cross.

    What pricing option should the Facebook Anthology have? Vote here:

     
     

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    Self-Publishing Virtual Book Tour: Sudden Moves by Kelli Sue Landon

    Self-Publishing Virtual Book Tour: Sudden Moves by Kelli Sue Landon




    Outskirts Press author, Kelli Sue Landon, is taking her latest book, Sudden Moves, on tour – a virtual tour, that is. She will be featured on several blogs over the weeks and months ahead so keep your eyes peeled to learn more about her and her book.

    Luckily for us, Kelly 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 Sudden Moves.

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    Sudden Moves book cover

    OP: Tell us a little bit about Sudden Moves. What is it about?

    KSL: Sixteen year old Michelle Martin grows suspicious when classmate, Katie Brashers, doesn’t return after a Spring Break trip to Florida.  Michelle is worried because she let Katie borrow a family heirloom that needed to be returned to her.  She talks it over with her best friend, Tami, and Katie’s boyfriend, Brad, who is crushed over her sudden departure.  Together, they snoop around the neighborhood and learn more and more about what happened to Katie and her family.

    OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

    KSL: I had the idea in my head since I was in high school.  I started it as a story, but it evolved into a full length novel..

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

    KSL: Teens or women who will be taken back to their high school years.

    OP: What is special about your book?  What differentiates it from other books in the same category?

    KSL: This book is about regular teenagers, not the supernatural or vampires, which seems to be the norm right now.  They react as normal teens would react in their situation.  It’s a YA mystery, but evolves into a more adult finale.  These kids learn a lot on their quest to find Katie.

    OP: Have you published any other books? Do you plan to publish more?

    KSL:  This is my first one, but I have another one written.  It will be sent off for publication this spring.  It takes place on a weekend camping trip – a slasher type of story with a whodunit angle.

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

     

    Gary TurcotteABOUT THE AUTHOR:

    Kelli Sue Landon was born in Peoria, Illinois. Her published short stories include The Diary, Pizza Night, and Campfire Dreams. She is employed by the United States Postal Service in Peoria. Sudden Moves is her first novel.

    For more information or to contact the author, visit www.outskirtspress.com/kellisuelandon.

    This author purchased the Virtual Book Tour marketing option, which allows authors to connect with bloggers and harness the power of the blogosphere by taking the book on the “virtual road”.  Learn more about this service by visiting your Publishing Center and reviewing the available marketing options.

     

     

     

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    Self-Publishing Book Spotlight: How to Have the Best Possible Life Now and a Perfect and Spectacular Life for Eternity in Heaven by: David Nelson Carr

    Self-Publishing Book Spotlight: How to Have the Best Possible Life Now and a Perfect and Spectacular Life for Eternity in Heaven by: David Nelson Carr



    Outskirts Press author, David Nelson Carr’s new guide for Christian children, youth and adults takes readers by the hand and leads them through the steps they’ll need to be Christian princes or princesses, now and in eternity.

    David Nelson Carr acknowledges that most people do not now feel they are the most cherished princes or princesses of God, that most powerful king. His Christian guide starts readers on the path to that goal by having them repeat, in part, “God, please teach me what I need to know. Teach me about you. Please teach me.”

    Recognizing from his own life long experience as a student of God that there are fears and doubts one must overcome to achieve the certainty that one’s eternal future is secured in heaven, Carr has presented a specific sequence of steps that reassure his readers that that fundamental Christian goal is possible to attain


     

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

    David did not start as a skilled teacher. It took him years and the continued recognition that he needed God’s help. Thanks to the patience of God and the influence of a number of master teachers David worked with, he was able to learn how to remove students’ fears and doubts and how to teach specifically, confidently and successfully. David is available to discuss the topics in this book and also his “Youth Reader/Lector Program” and “Lay Prayer Program” with any size group or Church. David is not a certified psychologist or psychiatrist.

    For more information or to contact the author, visit www.outskirtspress.com/davidnelsoncarr.

    This author purchased the Book Blast package, saving 25% on 5 powerful marketing services to blast the 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 Publishing Center.

     

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    Posted by on January 21, 2011 in Book Spotlight, Uncategorized

     

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