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2015 BEA Book Fair Starts Today

Today marks the beginning of the famous Book Expo America (BEA) trade show, America’s largest annual writing\publishing trade show and event, which runs now through Friday in New York City. Every year during the last week of May, the BEA welcomes more than 100,000 authors, publishers, agents and buyers from all over the world. While the attendance is international, the focus is distinctly American, with American books, publishers and authors receiving Jason Segal at BEA 2the main interest.

Far from a stuffy, snooty affair, the BEA trade show offers attendees a smorgasbord of vitally informative and entertaining conferences, exhibits, specials and even celebrity appearances from the likes of Julianne Moore, Nathan Lane, Alan Cumming, Martin Short, Stan Lee, Al Roker and Jason Segal (pictured, left) — and much more.

It may be too late to jet out to BEA this year, but it’s plenty early to start planning for 2016 — and Outskirts Press can get you there! By arranging exhibition through Outskirts Press, your book will receive valuable, face-out exposure on an exclusive shelf with 4 other titles. A representative will be on-hand to personally answer questions about your book. This way, interested parties can make further contact, during or after the fair. All inquiries Outskirts Press receives about your book will be forwarded directly to you for personal follow-up in a Post-Show wrap-up.

Thinking ahead to the 2016 BEA and other high-profile book fairs? Let Outskirts Press help you make the most of a book fair appearance, so you get the most valuable exposure!

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American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference Deadline for Self-Publishing Authors is This Friday!

Have you registered your book to be displayed at the famous American Library Association (ALA) Conference yet? If not, the deadline for Outskirts Press authors is this Friday, May 8, 2015.

The American Library Association annual conference attracts librarians from all levels of management, from all types of libraries, from across the country. It serves as a meeting place for leadership, a place to learn, a place to network and as a forum to exchange ideas on the multitude of issues affecting libraries. Attendance is estimated at 25,000!

By arranging exhibition through Outskirts Press, your book will receive valuable, face-out exposure on an exclusive shelf with 4 other titles. A representative will be on-hand to personally answer questions about your book. This way, interested parties can make further contact, during or after the fair.

All inquiries Outskirts Press receives about your book will be forwarded directly to you for personal follow-up in a Post-Show wrap-up.

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London Book Fair Starts Tomorrow in Its New Olympia Home!

The world-famous London Book Fair kicks off tomorrow and runs through April 16, welcoming more than 1,500 exhibitors, and tens of thousands of publishers, booksellers, literary agents, librarians, media and of course traditional and London Book Fair in Olympia, West Londonself-publishing authors to one of the largest publishing industry trade shows in the world. More than 100 countries are represented as attendees gather at the global marketplace, situated amidst famous London attractions that highlight the UK’s rich literary history and longstanding cultural ties to nearly all of near and far East Asia, Africa, Australia and New Zealand.

This year, the 44th year, the Fair returns to Olympia, West London. This location places all the action near the heart of Kensington, the seat of the Monarchy since 1689. When not hobnobbing with movers and shakers in the publishing industry, fair-goers will have access to all the fabulous historical sites, landmarks and unrivaled shopping opportunities the area affords. But the real appeal of the London Book Fair is the exposure that comes right to you in the spacious and bustling event space.

If you missed out this time around, don’t worry: There are plenty of other chances to gain valuable book fair exposure in exotic locales throughout the year (Bologna, Frankfurt, Beijing, New York and more). Talk with your Personal Marketing Assistant about a Global Book Tour through Outskirts Press to get in on the action in late 2015 and 2016.

Are you self-publishing a book and looking to market it during one or more international book fairs? Learn more about taking your work global with Outskirts Press!

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It’s National Poetry Month! Celebrate by Using a Poetry Formatting Kit to Publish Your Own Book

Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
It’s National Poetry Month –
What’s a self-publishing poet to do?

Celebrate, that’s what! Founded by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month is held every April. Together, schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers and poets all across the country celebrate poetry and its vital place in American arts culture through a variety of events, from poetry readings to full-fledged festivals. It’s only fitting to choose this month as the time to contribute your own verses to the art of poetry – and it’s much easier than you might think!

With help from Outskirts Press, you have the power to quickly and easily publish a fully-formatted, professionally-designed volume of your works with our affordable and convenient Poetry Formatting Kit. Formatting elements like justification, centering, page spreads, margins, page numbering, graphical elements, and title drops – elements that can take a writer a great deal of time to set up – are done for you, allowing you to simply cut and paste your work into a pre-formatted document.
Each Poetry Formatting Kit comes with two document files:

Use the “Easy” file …

  • as building blocks to add more pages
  • move poems around
  • add or replace included graphics
  • further customize your book however you want

Or use the “Easier” file …

  • to simply cut and paste up to 30 poems directly into the file
  • add each respective title above each of your poems
  • accommodate a wide variety of poetry lengths

When you’re ready to publish your book of poetry, you will have a beautiful, professionally-formatted and print-ready manuscript (in 6×9 trim) to submit as-is for high-quality black/white printing.

Are you ready to get started with the Poetry Formatting Kit?

 

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Write for a Cause: Get Exposure – and Benefit a Worthy Charity — with Fandemonium Volume 5

Outskirts Press is now accepting submissions from its Facebook fans of short literary works to be included in Fandemonium Volume 5, now through April 30.

Fandemonium has become an anticipated annual tradition for the self-publishing community. This unique crowdsourcing effort is not only a collection of superior writing from the Outskirts Press Facebook community, but the profits also provide much-needed funding to a worthy cause. So, once again, Outskirts Press is calling out to that community online for contributions of short literary works for the annual Fandemonium anthology, slated to hit the bookshelves this summer.

The annual Fandemonium compilation includes a variety of literary works: short stories, poetry and other short-form literary works submitted by fans of the Outskirts Press Facebook page. Over the past four years, Fandemonium has brought Outskirts Press Facebook members together to experience the joy of publishing first-hand, while benefiting a great cause. Proceeds from the sale of the 2015 Fandemonium collection will be donated to a charity of choice on behalf of Outskirts Press and its Facebook fans. The American Red Cross will receive the proceeds from the sale of the Fandemonium Volume 5 anthology.

Members of the Outskirts Press Facebook community can submit poetry, short stories, excerpts, recipes or anecdotes for free publication – you’re limited only by your imagination! Submissions can be fiction, non-fiction or poetry, though entries of fewer than 5,000 words will be considered first. Getting published in the Facebook Fandemonium is simple:

  • Submit your entry as a comment on our Facebook Page before April 30th.
  • Encourage your Facebook friends to “like” your entry by visiting our Facebook page.
  • You can also “share” your post with your Facebook friends to encourage more “likes.”

Submissions with the highest number of likes will be considered for inclusion in Fandemonium Volume 5.

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It’s That Time of Year Again — Time for the Bologna Children’s Book Fair!

Bologna Children's Book FairAh, spring! A time of renewal and growth — and new and enriching books. The Bologna Children’s Book Fair takes place March 30 through April 2, highlighting the best of both self-publishing and traditional books for young readers.

The Bologna Children’s Book Fair has been at the forefront for publishing insiders since it’s inception in 1963, presenting valuable opportunities for authors, publishers, illustrators and readers to mix, lBologna Children's Book Fair Logoearn about industry trends and, of course, bring awareness to their own products. Bologna is famous for spotlighting children’s publishing with a focus on the sale of rights and international co-productions. Outskirts Press is always well-represented at this event — and a number of other international book fairs and domestic events — throughout the year, so we’re following this exciting event closely again in 2015.

You, too, can keep up with the goings on a the fair by visiting the Bologna Children’s Book Fair on Facebook or checking them out on Instagram. Or stay tuned right here for news specific to Outskirts Press!

If you are a published children’s book author with Outskirts Press and interested in exhibiting your book with the Bologna Children’s Book Fair next year, you can register for this event conveniently from your author’s center Marketing Options screen. Space is limited and filled on a first-come, first served basis. Remember: Due to the specific 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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BEA Deadline for Self-Publishing Authors is This Friday!

Have you registered your book to be displayed at the famous Book Expo America (BEA) tradeshow yet? If not, the deadline for Outskirts Press authors is this Friday, March 27, 2015.

The Book Expo of America (also known as the BEA) is America’s largest annual writing/publishing tradeshow and event, occurring the last week of May in New York City. Every year the BEA welcomes more than 100,000 international attendees, authors, publishers, agents and buyers. While the attendance is international, the focus is distinctly American, with American books, publishers and authors receiving the main interest.

By arranging exhibition through Outskirts Press, your book will receive valuable, face-out exposure on an exclusive shelf with 4 other titles. A representative will be on-hand to personally answer questions about your book. This way, interested parties can make further contact, during or after the fair.

All inquiries Outskirts Press receives about your book will be forwarded directly to you for personal follow-up in a Post-Show wrap-up.

Click here for details or to reserve your spot now before this Friday!

 

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