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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.

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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 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 — 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 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, when you order your Diamond or Pearl publishing package and place it in your online shopping cart.


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Top 10 Self-Publishing Book Marketing Tactics for October 2013

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 October 2013, listed below in alphabetical order:

Amazon Extreme Package Amazon Extreme Package: Save 25% on 3 of our marketing services focused on 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.
Custom Press Release Custom Press Release:  Have our professional press release writer compose an original, unique press release for your book, submitted to you for your review/approval, and then distributed to our newswire service on your behalf.
Elite E-Book Package Elite E-Book Package: Combine the 3 most popular electronic edition submissions. This package includes formatting and distribution of an Amazon Kindle Edition, an Apple iPad/iPhone Edition, and a Barnes and Noble Nook Edition of your book.
Espresso Book Distribution Espresso Book Distribution: Time Magazine’s “Invention of the Year” allows a high-quality, black/white paperback book to be printed and sold in about 8 seconds…consider it a “book vending machine.” And this option makes your book available via this exciting new sales channel.
Personal Marketing Assistant Personal Marketing Assistant: Do you need help developing a book marketing plan? Arranging book signings? Establishing/developing your author platform? Hire your own Personal Marketing Assistant today!
PR Publicist Campaign PR Publicist Campaign: Imagine having a publicist handle your custom press release distribution with targeted distribution and phone call follow-up? Imagine receiving the media leads personally and a clipping service that notifies you whenever your book is mentioned on the Internet.

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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Weighing Your Self-Publishing Options: An Apples-to-Oranges Comparison

Choosing between traditional publishing and self-publishing is hard enough (although we could give you a thousand reason why the advantages of self-publishing trump those of traditional publishing houses any day). But then, once you determine to self-publish, how do you decide which company to do business with?

It’s never as simple as comparing apples to apples. Each independent company has its own a la carte services, pricing structures and publishing packages, making it difficult to zero in on the best deal between two companies, and nearly impossible to sort out the the best values from among dozens of companies competing for your business.

Let’s start by highlighting a pillar of Outskirts Press‘ unparalleled service to independent authors — our inclusive publishing packages. Every money-saving bundle we offer includes certain features and service every author can count on: free author copies, formatting, custom cover, non-exclusive contract, full author rights and freedom to set pricing, author webpage, local radio producer contacts, marketing toolkit and author discounts on all kinds of printing, marketing and promotional goods and services.

Depending on what package you order, you may also receive expedited service, official copyright registration with the U.S. Copyright Office, an Amazon Kindle edition of your book, the Espresso Book Machine edition, electronic clipping service, a PR campaign and five hours of personal marketing assistance with a professional book marketing expert, among other benefits.

Sure, other self-publishing companies offer packages of their own, but what Outskirts Press includes in most packages may cost extra elsewhere. Why? Because other publishers bundle attractive-looking packages and slightly undercut our all-inclusive package price, only to nickel and dime you to death on goods and services you never saw coming.

Of course, you don’t have to purchase an all-inclusive package to realize discounts with Outskirts Press. We’ve consistently maintained competitive pricing on services such as cover art, copy editing and book video trailers — beating major competitors such as CreateSpace fees on all three — and offering other services, such as sell sheets at no charge.

Then there are the benefits one simply cannot put a price on:

  • a knowledgeable team of publishing experts with invaluable experience in the industry
  • one-on-one support at every step of the way, before, during and after publication
  • high-quality product
  • creative freedom, as well as the power to set your own pricing
  • low author costs per book, combined with high royalties
  • sky-high customer satisfaction

These are features and benefits of doing business with Outskirts Press that are difficult to measure in terms of upfront costs; however, the quality and scope of the services you hire now could greatly influence the level of success you experience with your book.

Need more information to decide what services are right for you? Contact Outskirts Press to find out how to get published quickly and affordably.

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Amazon Extreme Package From Outskirts Press Prepares Self-Publishing Authors for Success

The Amazon Extreme Marketing Package from Outskirts Press offers self-publishing authors a head start on book marketing by taking advantage of the immense audience of, the largest online retailer in the United States. These valuable, popular options are complimentary for authors who start self-publishing in November.

November 6, 2013 – Parker, COOutskirts Press, the fastest growing self-publishing and book marketing company, announced today it is giving away its most popular marketing package (nearly $250 value) to authors who start their publishing process this month. The Amazon Extreme marketing package includes a Kindle Edition, Search Inside the Book Submission and Amazon Cover Enhancement, as well as a complimentary copy of Sell Your Book on Amazon by Outskirts Press CEO Brent Sampson — everything an author needs to jump start their book sales on

“This bundled marketing package is not available with any other publisher,” said Outskirts Press Vice President Kelly Schuknecht. “Taking advantage of these proven Amazon promotional functions is the perfect — and perfectly economical — way for authors to launch their book sales with gusto by choosing to publish now with Outskirts Press.”

Authors who start with Outskirts Press by choosing the Diamond or full-color Pearl publishing packages will receive 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 These authors will also receive a complimentary copy of the Amazon bestseller, “Sell Your Book” on Amazon by Brent Sampson.

The first prong of the Outskirts Press triple marketing approach is a Kindle edition of the author’s book. An Amazon Kindle edition is a way to offer one’s book to the fast growing audience of Kindle e-book reading device owners. Amazon sells millions of Kindles annually. Because 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, the second Outskirts Press marketing tool in this package, authors can also dramatically increase their chances to sell their books. Amazon has found that books that participate in this program are significantly more successful, on average, than books that do not participate. 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 third marketing strategy of the Outskirts Press marketing package is the Amazon Cover Enhancement service. Outskirts Press submits your cover image 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 2-3 business days rather than the standard 30-45 days.

Authors who wish to take advantage of the Outskirts Press Amazon Extreme marketing package only need to enter the valid promotional code, available on the Outskirts Press website at, while they order their publishing package and place it in their online shopping cart.

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.


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Reasons (Other than Bragging Rights) Why Book Awards Are Meaningful

November is always a busy time for publishers and the authors they represent. Yes, we’re all gearing up for the holidays, but it’s also busy for another reason: It’s the official book awards season! This is a time when everyone’s scrambling to submit for a chance at recognition for their years of hard work.

It gives us the warm fuzzies to see authors take home hard-earned awards. It speaks to the quality of their work – and ours. Nothing makes an author puff out their chest with pride like having the descriptor “award-winning” appear in front of their name. But awards mean much more than bragging rights. Recognition by a panel of publishing industry experts carries with it a number of other tangible benefits:

  1. You gain visibility. While a positive book review by a major publication is a proud moment, a book award is press release worthy. A review means your book won over one very important reader, but a book award generally comes at the behest of an entire committee who measured your book against many others. That official stamp of approval is powerful!
  2. You gain a valuable marketing tool. Readers tend to take notice of books that have that so-called stamp of approval. A buyer who was straddling the fence about your book might be swayed by an endorsement like that. What’s more, your status as an award-winner is something you can use to strengthen your marketing efforts.
  3. Your influence grows. An award tells readers, reviewers, publications and potential interviewers that you are a talented force to be reckoned with. More important, it sends the message that you and your book are relevant. That buys you credibility and leverage for your current, and future, books.
  4. You receive valuable feedback. A book award is the strongest signal that you’re on the right track with your writing. If you can win over a tough crowd like an awards committee, you’ve clearly done your job as an author. Take any feedback from these committees – positive and negative — and use it to make your next effort even stronger.

Even if you’re not the type to seek approval from others, there’s no denying those real-world bonuses!


There are many book awards and contests available to authors; Outskirts Press has vetted them all to identify 6 of the most promising and meaningful. Now is the season to enter these great book awards! The Book Award Submissions Package includes everything you need to enter these 6 major book award contests. And the best part is, Outskirts Press takes care of all of the details!

The six awards are:

  • Writer’s Digest International Self-Published Awards
  • The National Best Books Awards
  • The Next Generation Indie Book Awards
  • The Reader Views Literary Awards
  • The Benjamin Franklin Awards
  • ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Awards

Outskirts Press will handle all the details, including:

  • the award submission fee
  • registering your book with the contest
  • sending each program the necessary review copies of your book
  • accurately and completely filling out the necessary entry forms
  • selecting the most appropriate category for your book
  • shipping and handling costs of your book to each of the contest’s multiple judges

Many awards only accept books in the current copyright year (some will accept older books). If you just published your book this year, it is definitely the time to enter before it’s too late!

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“The physical appearance of my book is absolutely beautiful! Everyone thinks it’s lovely. The cover designers were great. Everyone I was in contact with was congenial and tried to be helpful. The book was printed on good quality paper, I liked the design at the page numbers and I loved the idea of capitalizing the first few words of each beginning paragraph of each new chapter. Overall it was a great experience. I thank everyone for being so pleasant.”

Bobbie Himes Hadfield and her husband, Fred, of fifty two years, live in Gastonia, North Carolina. Fred unknowingly plucked Bobbie from self destruction when he met her. He has always taken care of her and stands beside her when she needs someone to lean on. Their three adult children live nearby. Bobbie and Fred also have three adult grandchildren and one new great granddaughter.

Born into meager means, a very shy little girl was raised in southwest New Mexico. She met adversity at seemingly every turn but her inner determination and sense of survival against odds led her on an uphill struggle. She and her husband began raising a family at a very young age. Bobbie developed a sense of self worth early in life when she excelled rapidly in her piano lessons. Her music lessons brought about a sense that she had something of value to offer. A professional who has known Bobbie for several years says her story is no less than a miraculous sequence of events. He would say, “You will never believe this, but it’s all true!”

- Bobbie Himes Hadfield, author of Sometimes I Laugh Sometimes I Cry


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Hire a Self-Publishing Marketing Assistant Now, Save Time and Turmoil (and Money!) Later

Book signings, press releases, meetings with bookstore owners, and interviews remain terrific channels for book marketing — if one has the time and talent to tackle all of these venues. Marketing, when done right, can burn up more time than it took to write the book in the first place!Personal Marketing Assistant

Clouding this issue is the fact that the means by which we navigate book marketing is also in constant flux. There’s a big, bad world of Internet marketing – social media, websites, video marketing, blogging and other technology-driven tools – that has expanded and complicated how we connect with book buyers, the media and our readers.

It’s no longer enough to be creative in book marketing efforts; one must be exceptionally tech-savvy as well. This is where the expertise of a marketing expert comes into play. Today’s marketing geniuses are equipped with the creativity necessary to envision and create book marketing plans and communications, but they’re also tuned in to new and emerging media and technologies, and armed with the know-how to utilize these tools to an author’s advantage. A Personal Marketing Assistant can help with:

  • Developing a Marketing Plan – A book marketing plan is essential, and it must be continuously fine-tuned to be on-target with your goals and the latest marketing tools and technologies. A book marketing assistant develops for you a full marketing plan that will help you start selling more books, all while investing less of your time in the pursuit — so you can start that next book!
  • Book Signings – Book signings are special moments for any author. Your Personal Marking Assistant will schedule these and coordinate every detail so you can focus on other things.
  • Establishing/Developing Your Author Platform – Your author platform is a necessary marketing foundation that includes a website, social networking accounts and more to help you negotiate marketing in the modern world.
  • Assistance with Marketing Campaign Lead Follow-up – You PMA will help you follow up on marketing/press leads so you can take advantage of every opportunity for valuable exposure.

Outskirts Press has recruited the most talented and experienced marketing professionals in the publishing business to our team. Personal Marketing Assistants like marketing veteran Lisa Neal, profiled below, help authors just like you take your self-published book to the next level every day.

Lisa S. Neal

Lisa bring more than 16 years’ experience in marketing, marketing research and sales to Outskirts Press. She has an MBA from Pepperdine and a B.S. in Business Administration from Drake University, and has worked for leading consumer goods companies such as Neutrogena, Johnson & Johnson, and AC Nielsen.

Outskirts Press is one of the most customer-focused and forward-thinking companies that I have worked with. At Outskirts Press, we truly strive to exceed the expectations of every author.”

Find out how to take advantage of the unique talents of Personal Marketing Assistants
like Lisa to gain valuable exposure and increased sales!

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