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Boost Sales with Easy Browsing Options

“Try-before-you-buy” sales strategies (i.e. trials, previews, samples) are driven by the undeniable fact that consumers are more inclined to purchase a product when they’ve had the opportunity to test it out first.

By allowing readers to browse your work while they’re actively looking for their next selection, you open the door for them. You welcome readers with a preview, allow their senses to be intrigued by your work, and the buyer develops confidence and certainty to make the purchase.

If you want to turn browsers into buyers, it’s important to offer readers an option to preview your book online. Digital previews, such as the Google Books Preview Program and Amazon’s Search Inside program, allow readers to see a limited preview of your book while making the next step (purchasing the book) as easy as possible. According to Amazon, books participating in the Search Inside program enjoy significant sales improvement, on average.

During the month of August, receive 10% off the Amazon Search Inside the Book option with the promo code SITB10.

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“Choose Your Own Promotion” when you start publishing today

Writing a book has been your dream, focus, passion and pursuit. Completing the writing of your book has required devotion, commitment, perseverance, sacrifice and confidence. Now what? Are you ready to see your dream realized?

With Outskirts Press, YOU are in control of your publishing destiny! When you choose to publish with Outskirts Press, you get to customize your book publishing package. Now, for the first time ever, you can also customize your book publishing promotion. Start with the Diamond or Pearl publishing package in August and you can choose any of the following promotions. Copy the promotion code you want, click the publishing package of your choice, enter the promotion code upon checkout and you’re on your way to an exciting publishing adventure!

  • Option 1: 10% Off. Save 10% instantly. Promotion Code: 10AUG15.
  • Option 2: Free Goodreads Marketing campaign. With more than 40 million members, Goodreads is the world’s largest community of readers. The Goodreads Marketing Campaign option through Outskirts Press is designed to help you connect with those readers through an author profile, book giveaway and targeted ad. Receive this option FREE with the Promotion Code: FREEGOOD15.
  • Option 3: Free Custom Cover. People DO judge a book by its cover, so wrap your book in an impressive, eye-catching design that represents the quality of work on the pages within. Choose this promotion and receive a free Custom Cover for your book with the Promotion Code: COVERAUG15.

Outskirts Press offers a variety of self-publishing packages that are designed to fit the needs of our highly talented and diverse authors. Not sure where to start? Speak with a Publishing Consultant today. Our Publishing Consultants are available from 8am to 4pm Mountain time at 888.OP.BOOKS.

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“I would recommend Outskirts Press to any other author.”

Sandra Harris, Ph.D. received her B.A. from Stanford University and her Ph.D. from the University of Oregon. As a VA clinical psychologist, she conducted psychotherapy with combat veterans. Dr. Harris is a past president of the California Psychological Association, from which she received the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Distinguished Contribution to Psychology Award. Dr. Harris retired to Scottsdale, Arizona after a 33-year career in psychology. Dr. Harris is working on her second novel.

Thirty years after the Vietnam War, eight U.S. veterans bravely return to the country where their enemy lurked so long ago. Retired VA psychologist Dr. Ken Carson prepares the men to minimize the trauma of their journey while Reverend Johnny Green and Rabbi David Aloni lend spiritual support. In Vietnam, the veterans confront their painful, haunting memories: crossing leech-infested rice paddies in the dead of night surrounded by enemy; peasants who could be carrying weapons under their loose fitting “pajamas”; terror in the tunnels; degradation in the whorehouses and more. Finally able to relate to each other emotionally, without the detachment that was necessary for survival during the war, the men form a mini-platoon during the trip, bonding in their quest for wellness. Shrapnel: A Journey Toward Psychological Healing highlights the courage of the veterans while eloquently examining the long-term effects of combat stress and helping to remove the stigma of mental health treatment.

Sandra Harris, Ph.D., author of Shrapnel


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Three More Days To Receive 3X Author Copies!

Now is the perfect time to finish up your work and get published today! There is only a few days left to take advantage of the incredible offer of receiving 3X author copies when you order with the promotion code 3XJULY15.

Authors beginning their self-publishing process are eligible to receive three times as many free author copies with their respective self-publishing package. To receive the promotion, simply purchase the Diamond or Pearl publishing package by Friday, July 31, 2015. Each of the eligible publishing packages 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.

Now through Friday, simply click here to add this option to your cart, enter the promotion code 3XJULY15 and receive your free copies. Don’t delay, this offer isn’t around long!

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Top 10 Best-Selling Books in Self-Publishing for June 2015

Outskirts Press, the fastest-growing full-service self-publishing and book marketing company, is pleased to announce its top ten best-selling titles for June 2015, according to combined data from Ingram Book Wholesalers and Outskirts Press Direct via These authors have likely created a solid book marketing strategy and put it into motion either by themselves or with the help of a Personal Marketing Assistant.

In alphabetical order, the top ten best-selling books in self-publishing during the month of June 2015 were:

Congratulations to our best-selling authors for the month of June 2015!

How can you get your book on the bestseller list? While we can’t make any guarantees on sales success, many of our most successful authors invest time and money in marketing themselves and their book. Authors who are in need of a marketing boost often turn to a Personal Marketing Assistant for help.

All of 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 for discounts ranging from 10% – 55%.

Are you ready to put a book promotion strategy in place for your self-published book?

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Earn 10% back when you refer your family and friends

We all know that summer is a time of family vacations and get-togethers. Why not also make it a time to make some extra money and help a friend get published too?

Did you know that Outskirts Press offers an affiliate program that pays you a “finder’s fee” for new authors you help publish through Outskirts Press? That’s right, you can earn 10% of the publishing package fee for every author you refer to Outskirts Press who publishes with us. That’s up to $110 for every referral!

Can you think of some writers in your life who might like to receive information about publishing?

To get started, log into your Publishing Center here: Once you click to agree to the terms of the program, you will receive your unique affiliate link. Share this link with your writing friends by email or through your social media accounts. When someone clicks on your link, your referral information is automatically linked to their account.

We look forward to your friends and family becoming a part of our family of published authors!


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Top 10 Self-Publishing Book Marketing Tactics for June 2015

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 June 2015, listed below in alphabetical order:

Amazon Branded Featured Book of the Week Amazon-Branded Featured Book-of-the-Week: Get your book and cover, along with an easy way to order your book directly from Amazon into the inbox of a wide audience of literary enthusiasts.
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.
Book Review Submission Service Book Review Submission Service: Securing positive book reviews is the first step toward building word-of-mouth buzz for your book. In addition to receiving a complimentary copy of your book, the reviewers will also receive a professional cover letter, a coy of your press, and your sales sheet. We take care of all of that for you, including sending the review copy!
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.
Google Books Preview Program Submission Google Books Preview Program Submission: An inexpensive and extremely effective way to get your book in front of millions of readers quickly and easily.
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!
Publisher's Weekly Publisher’s Weekly Co-Op Advertising: Reach over 80,000 booksellers, publishers, public and academic librarians, wholesalers, distributors, agents and writers in addition to more than 360,000 unique monthly website visitors.

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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5 Reasons You’ll Want Hardcopies

If you are just on the cusp of self-publishing your book, there are many important decisions you will need to make. For one, you may be considering which format to publish — digital edition, paperback, hardcover or a combination. If you were considering publishing only a digital edition, there are several reasons you may want to reconsider.

Here are 5 reasons you will want to have physical copies of your book:

  1. They put proofreading into a new (or old) perspective. There’s something about seeing your book in physical form – as opposed to just the virtual, electronic format – that forces you to look at it in a different way. You see your book with a reader’s eyes. You realize new possibilities in your copy. You even catch errors that were previously invisible to you. Make a print version of your book part of your publishing plan. Then, reserve those first printed copies for yourself and go over it with a fine-toothed comb. Your final version will be all the better for it.
  2. Old-school readers love them! Sure, e-books are gaining traction, but millions of readers still prefer the crisp feel and smell of newly minted pages. Keep a stash in your tote, briefcase, car trunk or glove compartment – any place where you can grab one when the opportunity to sell arises.
  3. Book reviewers often insist upon them. Positive reviews are a powerful marketing tool that could launch your book into a new realm of sales. But many critics won’t consider reviewing your book in anything but hardcopy form. When the time comes, choose a few reputable critics you’d like to review your book and submit a hardcopy with the appropriate submission application (and fee, if applicable) for the best shot at getting attention.
  4. It’s your gift to posterity. When the current crop of e-readers and smart devices gives way to a new wave of technology, a paperback will still be a paperback. Have a small stack around as keepsakes for family, friends and the aforementioned dedicated hardcopy readers.
  5. Your archivist will thank you. There was a time when electronic files served as backup to the physical printout. How times have changed! These days, think of hardcopies as your archive pieces. Your physical record of a work that also exists in the virtual world. Have as many reference copies as you want, but we recommend keeping at least three or four in a safe, dry (and fireproof) place for your own records.

Have more questions about your publishing options? Outskirts Press has a team of Publishing Consultants available to provide you with a personal consultation and help you choose the publishing package and options that are right for you.


For a limited time, receive THREE TIMES the author copies for FREE! Outskirts Press self-publishing authors are eligible to receive three times as many free author copies with their respective self-publishing package.

To receive the promotion, simply enter the promotion code 3XJULY15 when checking out of your shopping cart while purchasing the Diamond or Pearl publishing package by July 31, 2015. Each of the eligible publishing packages 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.

In addition to receiving 3 times the author copies, 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 over $500 of free stuff in July!

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“My million thanks to Outskirt Press for making my three year project a book. The help and guidance was spot on through the entire publishing process, we look forward to future books with Outskirt Press. So, in the words of my character Brujo, screath!”

J. Stewart, a life-long storyteller sends you the first in a series of Brujo the lovable alien that escaped from the air force hanger to find “with love”. The writer has used himself as a child character named Robert from West Texas. So the stories are from a warm heart bound between the author, Robert and Brujo the alien, a real story with a maybe real alien.

A Top Secret Air Force base hanger was on full alert searching for an escaped alien body that had somehow survived the spaceship crash. Men in black and armed military jeeps were lighting the secret area with spot lights to find the unknown dead body that was now alive and running in the dark. Several miles down the hill from the secret base ran a short creature with long white fibers that glowed blue every five seconds. Brujo stopped with a loud yell sounding screath amid glide and pierced his bright red eyes back towards the hanger. He released a final sad screath into the night wind and quickly ran his one, two, three steps interlocked his clawed hands and glided in a blue haze for five seconds towards town. Brujo stared at a house high on hill by a ravine and noticed a glass portal on the side of the home. His red eyes scanned through the big picture window and fixed upon a white cloudy figure playing a large grand piano. He yelped a silent screath and thought what kind of creature is this and can it lead me to my earthly invitee known as “with love”?

– J. Stewart, author of Brujo, the UFO Alien


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