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Leading Self-Publishing Service Provider Outskirts Press Pays Authors $300 to Begin Publishing Books in March

The most exciting self-publishing promotion of the year gives back $300 to authors to begin publishing a book with either the Diamond or Pearl book publishing services from Outskirts Press in March.

Denver, CO-March 4, 2014-Outskirts Press, the fastest-growing full-service self-publishing and book marketing company, today announced that authors can get an extra hand in fulfilling their dreams to publish a book with the return of the company’s popular “Mad Money” promotion. Authors who purchase the Diamond or full-color Pearl book publishing packages in March with the promotion code: MADMONEYMAR14 are rewarded with a credit of $300 applied to their Outskirts Press shopping cart accounts.

The $300 “mad money” credit can be applied toward any production or marketing option offered by Outskirts Press, including custom cover design, professional copyediting, cover scribing, an Amazon Kindle edition, or many others.

“A penny saved is a penny earned,” said Executive Vice President, Kelly Schuknecht. “Authors can use their ‘Mad Money’ toward the production or marketing options of their choice, and an additional $300 to spend on self-publishing services results in a higher-quality, more marketable book.”
For more information about Mad Money Month, including the necessary promotion code to receive $300 in publishing money, visit: http://outskirtspress.com/promotion.html

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. http://www.outskirtspress.com.

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31 Ways to Promote a Book During Small Press Month

March is Small Press Month, a month that marks a nationwide celebration of independent publishers and the talented self-published authors they serve. Nowhere in the literary world will you find a more eclectic, determined and talented population of creative thinkers!

This is your month indeed! This month of celebration is your opportunity to get your book published once and for all so you can begin to promote your book with the 31 effective marketing and promotion tactics below. Throughout the month of March, take note of these important book marketing tips that you can use once your book is published. Here are 31 simple book marketing tips for each day of the month:

March 1 – Start up. If you haven’t already, get that manuscript published, Small Press Month is the perfect time to take the plunge. In fact, Outskirts Press has several convenient, high-quality, full-service publishing packages, and one is surely just right for you!

March 2 – Stock up. Once your book is published, you’ll need plenty of hard copies on hand as you pursue the 30 other marketing and promotion tips throughout the month. With Outskirts Press you can save 35-50% by ordering in bulk.

March 3 – Connect. Hook up with other independent published authors in your area – you can enhance each other’s marketing results by pooling your efforts and sharing resources. With the advent of social networking sites, this is easier than ever. For example, Outskirts Press already has a growing community of active and passionate fans/followers on Facebook and Twitter, with whom you can connect at any time. There’s a lot to do, and four hands are better than two!

March 4 – Bone up. Become the local expert on Small Press Month. Do a little research about the history of independent publishing, your publisher (Outskirts Press) and what Small Press Month is all about so you can be a useful resource to local media. This will help you build your platform as a local writer and self-publishing author.

March 5 – Release the press. Send a press release to the local media (newspapers, radio, television) mentioning Small Press Month, your knowledge of the industry, your connection to the community and your (soon-to-be) independently published book. If you’ve planned book signings and other events, mention them in the release as well. Your press release should explain what Small Press Month is, why it’s important, what local organizations are doing to celebrate, and how the media can contact you for additional information.

Want more tips? Visit our blog to read the full post or follow us on Facebook to get a tip each day throughout the month.

GET $300 OF FREE UPGRADES WHEN YOU START PUBLISHING TODAY!

Get $300 of “Mad Money” with the promotion code below when you choose to publish with our industry-leading Diamond publishing service or our full-color Pearl publishing service.

You can apply your $300 of “Mad Money” toward any optional production or marketing option we offer during the pre-production process. And with many of our optional services beginning at just $99, you can get quite a few! Apply it to options such as a Custom Cover, Cover Scribing, Editing, a Kindle Format, or choose from many others. The only question is, how are you going to spend it?

Enter the promotion code MADMONEYMAR14 and start publishing today!

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TOP 5 PUBLISHING HEADLINES
AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT & SUCCESS STORY

“I urge anyone who is even remotely thinking of publishing a book to team up with Outskirts Press. With the vast array of services they have to offer, above average response time and professional staff, why would you want to look anywhere else? I was amazed at the reasonable cost and ‘specials’ that were offered along with marketing tips and follow-up e-mails I received. When my book was delivered, I was overwhelmed with the quality and the attention to detail that it possessed. Yes, I can honestly say that, without hesitation, Outskirts Press will be the publisher for my next novel.”

A proud Chicago native, Tina Louise Brotz has enjoyed a diverse career running the gamut from an assistant in a bank marketing firm to a homeowner association coordinator. Blessed with a quirky sense of humor, her unpredictable plots are derived from her multifaceted career experiences and worldwide travels, which allow her to do what she does best-storytelling. She has resided in the Phoenix area with her husband and their two adopted children.

The edgy streets of Chicago provide the backdrop for a riveting tale that seamlessly blends danger and passion with the high-powered corporate world and the seedier side of the city. Fiercely independent and ultra-sophisticated Michelle Pierson has made a name for herself as a highly successful entrepreneur. Realizing that she is now at a crossroads in her life, she tries to cope with lingering feelings she still has for her sexy ex-husband, Michael Dickerson, head of the largest advertising agency in the city. When Travis, the biracial son she once abandoned, experiences an unfortunate turn of events, Michelle is forced to take matters into her own hands. The situation escalates as she weaves through a tangle of betrayal and deceit. Her quest to uncover the truth takes her to the underbelly of the city, the Symbiotic Section, where she is forced to face a worthy adversary in a final showdown that not only threatens the very foundation of her family but will change her life forever. The Symbiotic Section is a story of greed, corruption, truth, and raw sensuality.

- Tina Louise Brotz, author of The Symbiotic Section

 

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“Show Me Your Love” Winner, Cynthia Panks Wins a Free Laptop!

The videos were fantastic. The voting was tight. The love was spread. When all was said and done, Cynthia Panks, author of Twins’ Night Before Christmas, was named our big winner of the “Show me Your Love” contest. Cynthia’s video was well-done and it’s obvious that her book is loved. Here’s the winning video:

Cynthia wins a sparkling black, HP 2000-2d65NR 15.6-inch laptop complete with Windows 8 for being the finalist receiving the most public votes for her video in the 3rd Annual Outskirts Press “Show Me Your Love” promotion. Congratulations, Cynthia!

All of Cynthia’s grandchildren are twins; her two daughters each have a set of twin girls; one set is identical and the other, fraternal. She and her husband are retired educators who reside in their hometown, Slidell, Louisiana, where she continues to write and work as a Freelance Video Editor. You may also visit her webpage at www.twinsbookshelf.com.

“Twins’ Night Before Christmas” was released in January 2014 and is a universal and timeless gift to be treasured by both young and old. In the magic of the Christmas season, its endearing story evokes an understanding of the importance of individual identity to a child. When Matilda and Monica, identical twin sisters, visit Santa at the mall, they are surprised when he addresses each of them by their given name. “How did Santa do it? Did he just guess? Twin identity crisis can cause so much stress. If friends cannot do it, how did this jolly elf recognize each twin for her unique self? Was he just lucky to get their names right? Will he really know them on Christmas Eve night?” Matilda and Monica decide to put Santa to the “big test” by playing a twin game with him when he arrives at their home on Christmas Eve night.

Poll Results

Video #2 – Cynthia Panks, “Twins’ Night Before Christmas” 61%
Video #1 – Mary James, “When Freedom Turned Green” 36%
Video #3 – Bill Sherod, “Search for the Hidden Valley “ 3%
 

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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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Top 10 Best-Selling Books in Self-Publishing for January 2014

Outskirts Press, the fastest-growing full-service self-publishing and book marketing company, is pleased to announce its top ten best-selling titles for January 2014, according to combined data from Ingram Book Wholesalers and Outskirts Press Direct via http://outskirtspress.com/bookstore. 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 January 2014 were:











Congratulations to our best-selling authors for the month of January 2014!

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 http://outskirtspress.com/bookstore 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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Vote Now For the Best “Show Me Your Love” Video!

In celebration of the month of love, Outskirts Press has been “sharing the love” and inviting its family of successfully published authors to do the same. During the month of February, we asked our ‘fans’ to create a 1-3 minute video showing their love for Outskirts Press and their self-publishing book. The video submissions have been collected, the best of them have been posted on our Facebook Page, and the “likes” have been tabulated.

Now it’s time for you to vote for the winner of “Show Me Your Love” and the free laptop!

From among all the submissions we received, the top videos are presented below. Simply vote for your favorite in the polling box below the last video. The polls will be open until end-of-business on Thursday, February 27th. The winner will be announced on Friday, February 28th.

Good luck to the three finalists. And thank you to all our wonderful authors who took the time to submit their videos:

Now, without further ado…

VIDEO #1: Mary James, author of When Freedom Turned Green

VIDEO #2: Cynthia Panks, author of Twins Night Before Christmas

VIDEO #3: Bill Sherod, author of Search for the Hidden Valley

Are you ready to publish your book?

Get Published
 

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Top 10 Self-Publishing Book Marketing Tactics for January 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 January 2014, listed below in alphabetical order:

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.
2014 Marketing Calendar Author’s Marketing Calendar: Plan the whole year in advance with the Marketing Calendar. Marketing services, important deadlines, and promotional tips are interspersed throughout the calendar year to give authors a convenient marketing objective to complete every week.
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.
Indie Book Awards Submission Indie Book Awards Submission: Every year the Next Generation honors exemplary books from all publishers with the Indie Book Award. Make sure your book is among the ones being considered.
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…

Start Self-Publishing Now!

 

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Standard Apple iPad Edition with iBooks Distribution Announced by Outskirts Press – Convenient and Affordable Option for Self-Publishing Authors

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With millions of readers latching onto ebook technology to feed their hunger for books, an Apple iPad/iPhone edition could be the key to unlocking a sales explosion – and now at a lower upfront cost for authors publishing with Outskirts Press.

February 18, 2014 – Denver, CO – It’s not just the big, traditional publishing houses that are reaping the benefits of ebook editions. Independent, self-publishing authors can now take advantage of the exposure afforded by an electronic edition. Outskirts Press announces the Standard iPad/iPhone Edition with iBooks distribution, designed to launch authors’ works into the ebook market at an affordable upfront cost.

Millions of readers are taking to their iPads and iPhones to enjoy everything from classic novels to the latest releases. As Apple’s share of the ebook market expands, Apple iBooks, by some estimates, accounts for up to 20 percent of ebook sales in the United States. Now, authors self-publishing with Outskirts Press can benefit from this ebook revolution – simply, conveniently and less expensively – with standard distribution of their books to Apple’s iBookstore.

The Standard iPad/iPhone 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 Outskirts Press published authors to publish a book in Apple’s iBookstore.

The Standard iPad/iPhone Edition offers authors a number of benefits, including:

  • Greater exposure. The more outlets where a book is available for sale, the greater the chances that a book will be discovered by potential readers.
  • Standard retail price of $9.99. No fretting over how to price a book in the iBookstore.
  • Guaranteed royalty amount. With standard iBookstore pricing, authors are guaranteed a royalty of $4.00 for each and every book sold. With the added exposure of the Apple format, that could add up quickly.
  • No imprint required. No need to publish under an individual author imprint or mess with ISBNs. This option lets authors publish without those requirements.
  • Quick, seamless publishing. Forget all the hassle of exchanging bank account numbers and other private information. Outskirts Press takes care of everything behind the scenes.

An Apple iPad/iPhone Edition is a great way for authors to offer their book to a whole new audience of potential readers. Authors publishing with Outskirts Press can get more information about this option at www.outskirtspress.com/p/ipadstandard.

Authors who have already published elsewhere or who only want to publish a digital edition can still take advantage of the Apple iPad/iPhone Premium Edition: www.outskirtspress.com/p/ipadpremium.

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. http://www.outskirtspress.com.

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Outskirts Press, Inc., 10940 S. Parker Rd – 515, Parker, Colorado 80134
http://outskirtspress.com 1-888-OP-BOOKS

 

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Last Day to take advantage of a big money-saver for self-publishing authors: FREE SHIPPING!

Today is the last day! Authors who have published with Outskirts Press can get FREE SHIPPING on book orders of 50 or more with UPS Ground shipping within the continental United States. If you’ve been wanting to restock books for events or save more money by ordering in bulk for your direct sales efforts, now is the time to take advantage of our most popular promotion for published authors.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Login to your Publishing Center and place an order for 50 or more copies of your book(s) in a single format by 11:59 p.m. on February 17th.
  2. Select normal ground shipping with a delivery address in the continental United States.

No promotion code is necessary. You will see the free shipping reflected during your order. Easy, right? Click here to place your order.

When you pair the shipping savings with the money you’ll save by placing a bulk order, you have an opportunity to save even more.

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Outskirts Press Authors Show the Love, Feel the Love in February

Valentine’s Day love is all around this February for Outskirts Press authors.

Outskirts Press is giving authors a shot at winning a sparkling black HP 2000-2d65NR 15.6-inch laptop computer with Windows 8! How? By serving up a bouquet of lovely thoughts in our 3rd Annual “Show Us Your Love” social media event and video contest. One talented (and lucky) author will take home the prize – that’s a sweetheart of a deal!

Videos are being accepted until midnight on Saturday, February 22, 2014 and will be shared on our Facebook Page, YouTube Channel and Twitter Feed. The three finalists that receive the most “likes” on our Facebook page will be selected for a public vote during the last week of February on the Outskirts Press blog.

But wait! Do you want to a chance to WIN this year’s Show Us Your Love contest? If so, all you have to do is start publishing with Outskirts Press today and submit your video by midnight on Saturday, February 22, 2014. Even if you haven’t published yet but have started the process, you can “show us your love” for a chance to win.

Here’s how it works: Use a video camera, smartphone or iPad to challenge your artistic talent by recording a 1- to 3-minute video that creatively highlights your love for your book (or book-in-progress) and for Outskirts Press. Then, send the video file to love@outskirtspress.com by midnight on Saturday, February 22, 2014. It’s just that simple!

Regardless of where you are in the writing or publishing process, you can, at the very least, have a voice in who wins. Be sure to follow our Facebook page so you can “like” your favorite video(s) and visit our blog the last week in February to place your vote. We will announce the winner of the free HP laptop computer with Windows 8 on Friday, February 28, 2014.

You can watch the Show Us Your Love submissions at any time on our YouTube Playlist: http://goo.gl/orj7N1

Talk to an Outskirts Press Publishing Consultant for help making your publishing dreams come true.

GET 3 TIMES MORE FREE AUTHOR COPIES!


Through February 28, 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, authors simply enter the promotion code 3XFEB14 when checking out of their shopping cart while purchasing the Diamond, Ruby or Pearl publishing package by February 28, 2014. 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 THREE TIMES 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 February!

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Click to order the Pearl Package
TOP 5 PUBLISHING HEADLINES
AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT & SUCCESS STORY


“I chose Outskirts Press as my publisher because they were rated number 1 with Consumer Reviews. They were always just an email or a phone call away when I needed help and support. I would highly recommend publishing with Outskirts Press.”

Ruth Pollack has deemed her life purpose is to help and serve others. She is currently managing a community family resource center full time and also helps to feed and distribute contributed items to the homeless on the weekends. In 2004 Ruth was awarded the Presidents Volunteer Service Award. Ruth resides in Ohio with her husband of 35 years, Gary. They have three children and six grandchildren.

An incredible book – even if its subject matter has nothing to do with your situation, this story can help you to understand your own life and circumstances more clearly. Family dysfunction touches millions of people and has no boundaries. It is found in every country and in all walks of life, taking victims in every social class, income bracket and education level. Honest and transparent, Ruth Pollack shares her personal story of tragedy and triumph, survival and success. The childhood experiences she discloses are at times uncomfortable – experiences that are current realities for many children in our schools.

- Ruth Pollack, author of Everything I Need to Know I Learned In a Dysfunctional Family

 

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