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Help Dad Resurrect His Publishing Dreams with Help from a Professional Ghostwriter

A professional ghostwriter – a highly skilled wordsmith who quietly writes, finishes or polishes your work in the background while you take the credit – is a shadow warrior of the best kind.

The services of a talented ghostwriter may be just what the yet-unpublished writer needs to resurrect a long-dead project and see it through to publication – or to create an entire project from scratch.

There are several ways a ghostwriter can assist an aspiring author, regardless of where you (or your dad) are in the writing process.

  • Many authors have only a scattered pile of lifeless scrap parts – a scene here, a plotline there, a scattered assortment of lifeless characters – but they aren’t sure how to pull these elements together and bring them to life. A talented ghostwriter will use the materials you give him to build and animate a vibrant book for you, according to your specifications.
  • Other authors have a defined framework for their story, but lack the time, energy, passion or skill to fully flesh it out. A ghostwriter will gauge your personal style and put meat on those bones, creating a fully realized body of work that’s ready to publish in a matter of weeks.
  • Writers often get hung up in the editing stage. The story, the scenes and the characters are all there, but there just never seems to be enough time (or motivation) to revisit it and do the necessary polishing. Rather than let a promising book rot away, let a ghostwriter resurrect it with a thorough edit and rewrite if necessary.

Does Dad have a dusty novel waiting to be reanimated, or an idea for a book that a ghostwriter could breathe life into? Help him accomplish his dream of publishing! Get Dad started with the gift of ghostwriting. An Outskirts Press instant Gift Certificate for Father’s Day may be just the nudge he needs to start or finish his project.

FREE AMAZON EXTREME, OUR POPULAR MARKETING PACKAGE

Get that book published today and immediately jump into the electronic book world! Jump-start your marketing efforts with the Amazon Extreme marketing package. Start today with the promotion code below!

The Amazon Extreme marketing package from Outskirts Press offers self-publishing authors a head start on book marketing by taking triple advantage of the immense audience of Amazon, the largest online retailer in the United States. This package includes: An Amazon Kindle edition of your book, Amazon’s Search Inside the Book feature and the Amazon Cover Enhancement. These valuable, popular options are free for authors who start publishing in June.

Start today with the promotion code below when you choose to publish with our industry-leading Diamond publishing service or our full-color Pearl publishing service to receive the FREE Amazon Extreme Marketing Package.

Enter the promotion code FreeAEJUN14 when checking out of your shopping cart while purchasing the popular Diamond package or the full color Pearl publishing package by June 30, 2014.

In addition to receiving the FREE Amazon Extreme Package, you’ll also receive the following with your Diamond package:

  • Standard Press Release. $99 value included free when you order your Diamond publishing service today.
  • Audio Excerpt. $99 value included free with your Diamond order today and a great way to share your voice with your readers, literally!
  • E-Book Edition (pdf). $99 value included free with your Diamond publishing service.
  • Cover Image. $99 value included free and a great way to enhance your cover.
  • Spring Arbor additional distribution. $99 value to complement the Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Ingram availability already included with your Diamond publishing service.

All in all, you’re looking at nearly $800 of free stuff in June!

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AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT & SUCCESS STORY


“I plan to get your PR program and help with the marketing as I have the money to do it. You did a great job and I am very happy with Outskirts Press because you made me feel safe with the project. You all did a great job on the book. Thank you for your excellent assistance.”

Charlotte Haile studied the arts at the Washington School of Art and creative writing at the University of Georgia. She has lived in the south all her life and enjoys sharing a good story. The Alexander Treasure is her first novel.

In 1942, Anna Morgan breaks a promise to her father and sets out on Napoleon, an untamed Arabian stallion who takes her on a wild ride to the Alexander plantation-a place forbidden to her because of a longstanding feud between the Morgan and Alexander families. Anna’s adventure leads to the discovery of a valuable pendant-part of a stolen treasure that Andre Alexander brought to Oakwood, Georgia, in the mid-1800s-as well as an encounter with the dashing young Justin Alexander. Despite the feud between their families, Anna and Justin find themselves drawn to each other. But they must keep their love secret, and their union will take them down a path of danger and suspense. Will the Alexander treasure and their families’ greed rip the lovers apart? Or will they find forgiveness and love? Find out in this romantic and suspenseful debut novel-a tale of lust, greed . . . and murder.

- Charlotte Haile, author of The Alexander Treasure

 

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Get Valuable Book-Selling Benefits with Amazon Extreme — FREE When You Publish in June

Want to get your self-publishing efforts launched in full glory? Now through the end of June you can get valuable Outskirts Press Amazon Kindle publishing services for FREE when you publish using our Diamond or Pearl publishing packages.

Amazon Extreme (3 marketing services, one discounted price)The Amazon Extreme Package puts together three valuable Amazon-centric services into one convenient bundle: 1) an Amazon Kindle Edition of your book, 2) the Amazon Search Inside the Book service and 3) Amazon Cover Enhancement. In addition to an electronic version of your book, this bundle creates a “Look Inside” sneak preview prospective book buyers will use to view a section of your book, as well as a cover image of your book that appears automatically on Amazon and Barnes & Noble upon publication. Each feature of this package is designed to provide very specific, must-have benefits to self-published authors:

1. Amazon Kindle Edition. We submit your book to Amazon Kindle using the process and format required by this service, allowing you to offer an instantly downloadable ebook to readers. This Amazon Kindle service also means all editions of your book will appear in search engine results, thus increasing exposure for your book — and increasing your opportunities to sell.

2. Amazon Search Inside the Book Submission. This feature invites book shoppers to virtually “flip through” several pages of your book. Not only does this feature entice readers, but it also provides more data about your book to search engines, improving the accuracy of search results for potential buyers. And the best part is that, according to Amazon, authors who activate this feature enjoy a significant improvement in sales over authors who don’t.

3. Amazon Cover Enhancement. Did you know it can take up to 45 days for your cover to appear on Amazon once you publish your title? What wait? Get to selling weeks sooner with Amazon Cover Enhancement. We interface directly with Amazon to submit your cover image, so your cover image shows up on Amazon in just 2-3 days! An extra month of enhanced marketing efforts can make a huge difference.

Start today with the promotion code below when you choose to publish with our industry-leading Diamond publishing Diamond Publishing Package or our full-color Pearl Publishing Package to receive the FREE Amazon Extreme Marketing Package.

Enter the promotion code FreeAEJUN14 when checking out of your shopping cart while purchasing the popular Diamond package or the full color Pearl publishing package by June 30, 2014.

 

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Need Help Marketing Your Book? Learn What a Personal Marketing Assistant Can Do for You!

It takes a special breed to navigate the modern world of self-publishing — especially given the rapid and monumental changes occurring in the realm of electronic book publishing and marketing. Expertise in both marketing and internet technology is the precise combination of skills necessary to negotiate these ever-churning waters, and a precious few individuals can boast that skill set!

Stephanie CronkOutskirts Press’ own Stephanie Cronk is one such person. Stephanie has a Business Administration Bachelor’s degree with an emphasis on marketing, and now works as an Outskirts Press Personal Marketing Assistant. She has been working in various aspects of marketing since 2005, and enjoys the creativity that comes with the field. When she is not creating marking plans or implementing marketing techniques, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two young children.

“Working with a variety of authors to help them market their books gives me a sense of creativity,” Stephanie says. “It allows me to step out of the box and provide authors with unique ways to increase their overall exposure and get their work of art in front of a larger audience.”

Stephanie (along with her fellow book marketing gurus at Outskirts Press) has helped countless self-publishing authors launch and maintain effective book marketing campaigns to boost their sales.

“I truly enjoyed working with you and hope to do so again,” Outskirts Press author Bill Grace, a.k.a. Liam Parker, wrote to Stephanie recently. “You are prompt, efficient, knowledgeable, and made the entire publishing process a delightful experience. You deserve a five star rating.”Personal marketing assistant (5 hours)

Today’s marketer must not only be creative, but exceptionally tech-savvy as well. This is where the Outskirts Press Personal Marketing Assistants come in. Our PMAs can help you with:

  • Developing a marketing plan
  • Coordinating and scheduling book signing events
  • Establishing/developing your author platform
  • Marketing campaign lead follow up
  • And much, much more!

Now through June 10, you can save 10% off the Personal Marketing Assistant 5-hour block!

Get started with your own Personal Marketing Assistant right away. Don’t forget to enter the promotion code PMA10 at checkout to take advantage of 10% off this beneficial option!

Order Your  Personal Marketing Assistant Now!

 

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Self-Publishing Authors Can Expand Their Reach Through Social Media

Traditional and self-publishing authors have one important thing in common these days when it comes to book marketing: Both need a social media presence in order to make the most of their one-on-one and word-of-mouth marketing opportunities.Author Platform Through Social Media Set-Up

Years ago, avid readers learned about juicy reads at the local coffee shop, book clubs, newspaper reviews or even over-the-fencepost conversations with a neighbor. The advent of the Internet has changed these social landscapes forever. While the neighborhood watering hole is still a terrific place to learn about the hottest new literature, the potential reach of social media is too great to be ignored. No longer does an Outskirts Press author need to get the word out one encounter at a time; with social media, that same writer can drop a quick Facebook post or Pinterest pin and “chat” with hundreds of virtual friends all at once.

Some social media sites, however, are more intuitive than others. For some, it may not take much time to get a Facebook page up and running, but Twitter or Pinterest might prove confusing. You may be wondering how much time it will take to get started and whether you can afford the time investment. And even if these social pages are successfully established, how does a newbie know whether they’ve used the page to full effect? How does one know if he’s reaching the right audience? Are there tools to getting the most impact from a social media platform that could be getting overlooked?

Outskirts Press can accelerate the process of setting up your social media platform. No, scratch that — we can do it for you! Our social media and marketing specialists are not only adept at establishing your social media presence for you but also shaping your online image so that you aren’t just reaching people but turning them into readers.

Are you interested in boosting book sales by building a powerful social media presence? Let Outskirts Press take the lead!

 Outskirts Press Social Media Platform Set-up

 

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Top 10 Self-Publishing Book Marketing Tactics for March 2014

Book marketing is one of the most important pieces of being a successful self-publishing author. Outskirts Press is an industry leader in providing post-publication support, products, and services to its growing family of published authors.

Your book is written. Your book is published. Now what? Our list of Top 10 Book Marketing Tactics can help you prioritize your book marketing efforts by providing you with excellent marketing and promotional tactics you should consider pursuing.

These are the marketing products and tactics determined to be most popular by our authors for the month of March 2014, listed below in alphabetical order:

Amazon Cover Enhancement Amazon Cover Enhancement: Get your cover on Amazon faster or enhance the way it looks to increase exposure
Amazon Extreme Package Amazon Extreme Package: Save 25% on 3 of our marketing services focused on Amazon.com. This package includes a Kindle Edition of your book, participation in the Amazon Search Inside the Book and Amazon Cover Enhancement.
Amazon Kindle Submission Service Amazon Kindle Submission Service:  Make your book available on Amazon’s Kindle ebook reading device. More formats on Amazon means more exposure on Amazon, and the Kindle is heavily promoted by Amazon.

Amazon Search Inside the Book
Amazon Search Inside the Book: Amazon claims that books participating in this program enjoy “significant” sales improvement, on average, over books that do not.
Barnes & Noble NOOK Submission Service Barnes & Noble NOOK Submission Service:  Millions of books are available on Barnes & Noble’s NOOK. If your book isn’t one of them, you are missing out on tapping a very important, and growing, market of readers.
Barnes & Noble See Inside Barnes & Noble See Inside:  Barnes & Noble’s answer to Amazon’s “Search Inside the Book” program. Books that participate in this program receive a “See Inside” icon next to their Barnes & Noble cover image, which invites potential customers to electronically “flip” through a small section of the book.
London Book Fair BEA Book Fair: The BEA Book Fair is America’s largest and most popular writing and publishing tradeshow/event. If you’re looking to make contacts with agents, scouts, sub-rights, or movie/television production and development personnel, you can’t miss this event.
Bookmarks Magazine Co-Op Advertising Bookmarks Magazine Co-Op Advertising: Reach at least 40,000 affluent readers guaranteed! Targeted exposure is key to your book’s success. Advertising in Bookmarks Magazine can help reach the audience that’s already waiting to read your book.
EVVY Awards Submission EVVY Awards Submission: Winning a book award helps separate your book from the rest, especially when it is the coveted “EVVY Awards” and “Book of the Year” Award, held annually by Colorado Independent Publishers Association (CIPA).
Apple iPad iPhone Standard Edition Apple iPad/iPhone Standard Edition: Allows self-publishing authors to enter the ebook marketplace at significantly lower upfront cost with a no-hassle, standard iBookstore retail price of $9.99. It’s the simplest one-click solution for published authors to publish a book in Apple’s iBookstore.

Outskirts Press Published authors who are interested in any of these (or many of our other available services) can find further details and ordering information from the Marketing Options page of your author’s center.

Not yet published with Outskirts Press? Today is the perfect day to start and take advantage of our current publishing promotion.

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Three Days Left to Stock Up on 3X More Self-Publishing Author Copies — for FREE!

There’s never been a better time to boost your book selling and marketing efforts than now — when stocking up is dirt cheap!

Now through February 28, receive THREE TIMES the author’s copies for FREE! Outskirts Press self-publishing authors are eligible to receive three times as many free author’s copies with their respective self-publishing 3X Author Copiespackage.

Those hard copies come in handy for a variety of reasons: last-minute sales, promotional copies to news organizations and local bookstores, book-signing events and more.

To receive the promotion, authors simply enter the promotion code 3XFEB14 when checking out of their shopping cart while purchasing the Diamond, Ruby or Pearl publishing package by Friday, February 28, 2014. Each eligible publishing package includes a unique ISBN, standard interior formatting, a variety of professional cover styles, and distribution which includes availability through major online retailers such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

For authors choosing the most popular “Diamond” publishing package, this promotion delivers 30 free paperback author copies when the book is published. Authors publishing full-color books with the popular “Pearl” package can receive 15 free paperback copies.

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Next Generation Indie Book Awards for Self-Publishing Authors

How would you like some acknowledgment for all your hard work self-publishing? The best path to success in writing is to become an award-winning author. Don’t delay in submitting your work with the Next Generation Indie Book Awards. This is your chance to gain notoriety and instant mass exposure. Your book needs to have a copyright of 2013-2014 and this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity you don’t want to miss!

So what do you get when you win?

  1. Cold, Hard Cash! – Win up to $1,500 to the best Fiction and Non-Fiction books. $750 to the second best Fiction and Non-Fiction books. $500 to the third best Fiction and Non-Fiction books. $100 to the winner of each of the 60 categories.
  2. Award-Winning Author Recognition – Each winner/finalist will be able to promote themselves and their book as an award-winning author and award-winning book. We make it easy by offering authors many options to enhance your book covers and online presence upon winning an award.
  3. A listing in the 2014 Next Generation Indie Book Awards Catalog which will be distributed to thousands of book buyers, media, and others!
  4. An invitation to attend the Gala Awards Ceremony at a world famous landmark in New York City.
  5. The top 60 books will be reviewed by New York literary agent Marilyn Allen of Allen O’Shea Literary Agency for possible representation in areas such as distribution, foreign rights, film rights, and other rights. Ms. Allen has over 25 years of sales and marketing experience, including serving as Senior Vice President, Associate Publisher, and Director of Marketing for Harper Collins and directing sales and marketing teams for Simon & Schuster, Penguin Books and Avon Books. Ms. Allen has worked with many best-selling authors including Stephen King, Ken Follett, Barbara Kingsolver, John Gray, Mary Higgins Clark, and many more.
  6. All Finalists for the 2014 Next Generation Indie Book Awards will be selected and notified by May 15, 2014 and Winners will be selected and notified before the end of May.

And, if you’re an Outskirts Press published author, the best (and easiest) part is: we can handle all of the submission details for you, including: sending a copy of your book to the judges, paying your award submission fee, and completing the entry forms for you. This all comes with our Indie Book Awards Submission option.

Click here for details or to reserve your spot now.

The registration deadline is Friday, January 24, 2014.

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Do You Have a (Self-Publishing) Dream? 5 Steps to Making Your Dream a Reality

Martin Luther King Jr. had many dreams that seemed lofty in the climate of his day. Step by step, many of them have come to pass. So, in honor of MLK’s dream, Outskirts Press would like to help self-publishing authors Outskirts Press Self-Publishing Servicesrealize their own dreams.

When you’re at the beginning of the self-publishing process, having an actual book in hand can seem unattainable. That’s because we all tend to view the finished project — which is a big deal — and fail to see all the little, completely doable tasks that make up the finished project. So, we’re here to tell you this: Dream small!

You’ve heard the expression, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Don’t think of the publishing journey as a single, thousand-mile trip. Think of the easy steps you can take to make that self-publishing journey:

  1. Write on schedule. Whether your goal is a daily one or a Sunday marathon while eveEbook Packageryone else in the house is watching football, regularity is your best friend. You don’t have to shoot for a massive page count, either; every small step you take gets you closer to the finish.
  2. Envision a finish line. Know what you’re working toward. Do you know how your book will progress and how it will end? If you don’t, write an outline, first and foremost. It doesn’t matter if you end up straying from your original vision. Just knowing there’s a path to follow will help you take that next step.
  3. Get your other “ducks” in a row. Start thinking about, and making arrangements for, elements of a published book besides the writing: cover art, formatting, interior illustrations, publicity, etc. Line up someone to create the book cover art, or draft a few ideas to give to your publisher; put your manuscript in the proper format; start pre-publicizing your book on your Facebook page and Twitter feed. All these things will need to be done sooner or later, but if you get a jump on them early, your book just seems more “real.” That visualization will motivate you to follow through on the writing and all the steps to self-publishing that follow.
  4. Publish/market on schedule. “Then End” isn’t really the end when it comes to self-publishing; it’s the beginning of a new phase of authorship — selling your book. Just as writing requires planning and discipline, so does the publishing and marketing processes. Set up a schedule of things you need to accomplish to get your book sold: contact the publisher, send in your manuscript, choose a cover, order hardcopies and electronic versions, send out custom press releases, put together a press kit, and contact the media (TV, radio, newspaper, book reviewers, etc.). Resolve to take one or more of these steps each week to get visibility (and added sales) for your book.
  5. Ask for help. Despite the name, self-publishing doesn’t have to be done in solitude — there’s Ghostwritingassistance for just about anything that stumps or overwhelms you. There are specialized artists who can create an eye-catching book cover, marketing experts with dozens of tricks up their sleeves to boost book sales, publishing insiders who can help you snag high-profile interviews — even professional ghostwriters to take your compelling plot and bring it to life!

Yes, publishing a book is a big dream, but the small steps you take to achieve that dream are very much in your power!

Do you have a self-publishing dream? Make your dreams come true — we’ll show you how!

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Ring in 2014 with Big Savings on Your Next Self-Publishing Package

Finish 2013 with a deal that will help you keep your publishing resolutions in 2014!

Outskirts Press is offering a 20% discount on its two most popular publishing packages, Diamond and Pearl, now through midnight, Dec. 31. The discount saves self-publishing authors hundreds of dollars on valuable book publishing services.

This significant discount means that the Diamond Publishing Package, normally priced at $999, is just $799 for authors who order now through midnight on Tuesday, Dec. 31; the full-color Pearl Publishing Package is discounted to $879 from the normal $1,099 fee!

While the Pearl Package includes a full-color interior platform and illustration package, both the Pearl and Diamond packages include several valuable services:20% Diamond and Pearl

  • 100 percent of royalties and rights retained by the author
  • Custom book cover
  • Book formatting
  • Distribution through Amazon, Barnes & Noble and more
  • ISBN and barcode included
  • Free author copies (10 for Diamond Package, five for Pearl Package)
  • Free author webpage

Self-publishing authors can take advantage of the discounted packages by ordering by midnight, Dec. 31 and entering the discount code, 20SAVE2013, at checkout.

Order the Diamond or Pearl Publishing Package Now!

 

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Save a Bundle on Marketing When You Publish Today!

Before you head out the door for a giant turkey dinner at your parents’ house, there’s one last important — and money-saving — thing to do: Order your Amazon Extreme marketing package before it’s too late!

Authors who begin their publishing efforts by purchasing the Diamond or full-color Pearl publishing packages will Amazon Extremereceive nearly $250 of Amazon marketing options free: an Amazon Kindle edition of their published book, Amazon’s Search Inside the Book submission service and the Amazon Cover Enhancement once their book is listed on Amazon.com. These authors also receive a complimentary copy of the Amazon bestseller, “Sell Your Book” on Amazon by Outskirts Press CEO and publishing expert Brent Sampson. It’s everything an author needs to jump-start book sales on Amazon.com — just in time for the gift-buying boom.

The benefits of these free marketing products is clear:

An Amazon Kindle edition is a way to offer one’s book to the fast-growing audience of Kindle ebook reading device owners. Amazon sells millions of Kindles annually. Because Amazon.com customers still love reading actual books, Kindle is an inexpensive way for them to sample a book before buying the paperback or hardback edition. This is especially true for their readers who love fiction.

With Amazon’s Search Inside the Book feature, authors can dramatically increase chances to sell their books. Being able to browse through sections of the book increases the confidence the customer has in the product and makes it far more likely they’ll purchase a copy of the book. 

The Amazon Cover Enhancement service gets your cover image submitted to Ingram at the time of publication. Ingram, in turn, distributes your cover image to online retailers like Amazon. By manually interfacing directly with Amazon, we can override Amazon and Ingram’s automatic process and get your cover image on Amazon much faster, usually within two to three business days, rather than the standard 30-45 days.

Take advantage of the Outskirts Press Amazon Extreme marketing package by entering the promotional code, available on the Outskirts Press website at http://www.outskirtspress.com/promotion.html, when you order your Diamond or Pearl publishing package and place it in your online shopping cart.

 

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