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Last Chance for 3X Author Copies!

Now is the perfect time to finish up your work and get published today! Take advantage of the incredible offer of receiving 3X Author Copies now until July 31 when you order today with the promotion code 3XJULY14.

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 July 31, 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.

Now through July 31, simply click here to add one of the publishing packages to your cart, enter the promotion code 3XJULY14 and receive your free copies. Don’t delay, only a couple days remaining!

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Outskirts Press Announces New Google Books Preview Option

Self-publishing authors can now get a tantalizing sample of their book in front of millions of readers quickly and easily with the new Google Books Preview Option, available through Outskirts Press.

There are several benefits to the Google Books Preview Program that all contribute to a vastly to greater sales opportunity:

Your book instantly becomes more visible. Google Books’ Preview Program lets readers all over the world discover your book and view a preview.
Your book becomes more discoverable. Google scans and indexes the text of your entire book for its search engine. That means there are more words and phrases tied to your book that could lead curious readers straight to you.
Readers get a sneak peek. When prospective book buyers find your book on Google Books, they’re automatically given access to a limited preview of your book to further entice them to buy.
Links make buying easy. A series of links within your Google Books listing lead readers straight to your book with major online book retailers.

The Google Books Preview option from Outskirts Press is an inexpensive and extremely effective way to get your book before a sizable audience of avid readers.

Get selling now! If you are an Outskirts Press published author, just follow the “Click to Order” link below and add the product to your cart to complete your purchase. We’ll handle all of the submission details for you!

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Limited Time! Outskirts Press Published Authors Receive 10% Off First Chapter Plus Today!

As a published author, one of your goals may be to get your book into a library or independent bookstore. Now’s the time to buckle-down further and introduce your book to libraries, bookstores, media, reviewers, bloggers and readers — and do so at a reduced price!

This is where First Chapter Preview Library Distribution comes in. Through Friday only, Outskirts Press published authors can enjoy priceless exposure this service provides for 10% off the regular price with the promotion code FCP10JULY.

First Chapter Preview Library Distribution promotes your book with a full-color, quarter-page ad along with a free preview of your first chapter so that libraries, bookstores, buyers, readers and reviewers can discover your book.

With this valuable option, your book cover, synopsis, pricing information and ordering details will run for three consecutive months in First Chapter Plus, a monthly catalog where prospective book buyers can download and preview the first chapter of your book. Readers have at their fingertips all the information they need to order copies of your book.

Note that the quarter-page ad (a sample is shown below) includes a full-color image of your book cover, synopsis information, title information and a link to the first chapter of your book. Buyers are more inclined to buy your book when they can preview the first chapter in advance, and when the buying process is simple and convenient.

The best part (in addition to the limited time discount) is that Outskirts Press handles all of the details for you: We create a PDF file of your first chapter, complete the submission for you, and send you the First Chapter Plus catalog via email as soon as your ad appears.

Take advantage of this concierge-level service at any time, but the 10% discount is only available for a limited time. Enter the promotion code: FCP10JULY today!


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Top 10 Best-Selling Books in Self-Publishing for June 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 June 2014, 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 2014 were:

Congratulations to our best-selling authors for the month of June 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 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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Coming Soon: Outskirts Press’ Fandemonium Volume 4!

It’s that time of year again: the time when Outskirts Press shines the self-publishing spotlight on our Facebook friends in our annual Fandemonium collection, available soon in the Outskirts Press bookstore.Fandemonium

Each year, Fandemonium brings Outskirts Press Facebook members together to experience the joy of publishing with Outskirts Press first-hand. Facebook Fandemonium gives writers the unique opportunity to get their work published and benefit a great cause at the same time. Outskirts Press kicked off the fourth annual Fandemonium collection earlier this year, accepting hundreds of submissions of poetry, short stories, excerpts, recipes or anecdotes for free publication in Fandemonium Volume 4.

The result of this unique crowdsourcing effort is a collection of superior writing from the Outskirts Press Facebook community, the profits of which provide much-needed funding to the American Red Cross on behalf of Outskirts Press and its Facebook fans.

We’d like to thank the many writers and Facebook fans who shared their talent and good work with Outskirts Press. And an especially big tip of the hat to our Fandemonium Volume 4 finalists, who rose to the top of a very competitive field of authors. The featured authors in Fandemonium Volume 4 are:

Fandemonium Volume 4

Once again, thank you to all who submitted their work for Fandemonium. Keep an eye on the Outskirts Press blog for updates on the publication of Fandemonium Volume 4.

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How You Can Benefit From an iPad Format

The impact Apple’s iPhone, iPod and iPad have had on the book-reading public is undeniable. The iBooks app is one of the most highly regarded ebook formats on the market, and the iPhone alone accounts for more than half of all smart phone revenue in the United States. In recent years, the iPad has snagged an additional segment of the market, taking Apple technology deeper into homes, and perhaps more importantly, further into classrooms across the country via a larger, more user-friendly physical interface.

This embracing of ebook technology doesn’t mean hardcopies are out by any means, but it does give self-publishing authors new opportunities to reach book buyers in new and exciting ways. An iPhone/iPod/iPad book format holds several compelling benefits:

  • Greater exposure. The more outlets where your book is available for purchase, the greater the chances your book will be discovered and bought. With more and more schools embracing the portability of the iPad’s iBookstore in favor of a backpack full of bulky hardcopies for their students, the opportunity is greater than ever.
  • Pricing control. You are afforded total control over how much your book sells for on iBookstore. You don’t abdicate this control just because you’re taking on a new electronic format.
  • Your own imprint. You receive your own Private Label imprint and Bowker-Approved ISBN, unique for your iPad/iPhone ebook edition, and registered with Bowker in your name. Your Apple ebook edition exists completely independently of any versions of your book.
  • Direct royalties. Apple issues your royalty payments directly to you, according to their schedule. There’s no middle man to go through in order to receive royalties.
  • Your own EPUB converted file. Your EPUB file is yours to do with as you wish. You can even pursue other distribution channels independently.

An Apple sale is not only a convenient way to offer your book to a potential reader; it’s also inexpensive. And, if they like your book, they are more likely to purchase the paperback or hardback edition, too. Outskirts Press puts all these iPad format benefits at your fingertips with the Premium Edition iPad/iPhone ebook with Private Label iBooks distribution. It’s our simple, one-click solution for publishing your book as an iPad/iPhone ebook with full distribution on Apple’s exclusive iBooks bookstore in YOUR NAME.

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If you’ve been thinking about publishing your book on the iPad to reach the growing Apple audience, today is the time to make that move. With Outskirts Press you can also choose the iPad/iPhone Standard Edition.

Standard iPad/iPhone Edition

  • lower upfront cost
  • greater exposure
  • no-hassle, standard iBookstore retail price of $9.99
  • guaranteed royalty amount of $4.00 per copy
  • full control of your retail price
  • publish under your own name, with your own ISBN and private label
  • receive your royalties directly from Apple
  • receive a copy of the final EPUB converted file

Offering your book in Apple’s iBookstore is a great way to introduce your book to a whole new audience of potential readers. Don’t wait! You’re missing out on a HUGE market for your book!

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How Authors Can (and Should) Use Author Copies

While it’s true that ebooks are popular – and necessary in order to compete in the modern bookselling marketplace – don’t think for a moment that the good old fashioned hardcopy has gone the way of the dodo. Voracious readers are not only still grabbing up hardcopy books by the millions, but authors and marketing pros need them more than ever as well.

In addition to taking advantage of those spontaneous opportunities to sell, there are several other smart ways newly published authors can use their author copies.

  1. Signing events. Signed hardcopies still hold a great deal of value for lovers of literature. Even if the face value of the book isn’t particularly high, readers value that personal touch that comes with an author’s signature. And, let’s face it, you’re probably not going to get the green light to sign their iPads and Kindles. Organize as many bookstore signing events as you can to get that valuable “face time” with your readers and potential readers.
  2. Library inclusion. Public libraries still rely on hardcopy books for the bulk of their book lending, so getting a spot on the shelf depends on having a hardcopy for lending. That presence in a public institution is a valuable bit of visibility. Reach out to city, public school, college, university and even federal libraries by sending along a copy of your book, a press kit and a request to be included in the collection. Follow up with a phone call to answer any questions they may have.
  3. Bookstore space. Similarly, bookstores deal in hardcopy books, and your book’s appearance here is priceless. You stand the best shot at the local mom-and-pop bookstore, but anywhere you can get shelf space is a plus. Include your press kit with your book, and be sure you make the shop owner aware of your special connection to the area.
  4. Marketing. Newspaper and magazine editors, radio programmers and TV producers are bombarded daily with requests for interviews, print space and on-air time. Many of these requests get a quick glance before being accepted or rejected. The trick is to make your request hard to ignore. Rather than send an emailed link to a sample of your book – an email that can, with a quick click of the mouse, be relegated to the virtual trash bin – send a hard-to-ignore hardcopy instead. Include your press kit (highlight your connection to the community, if it’s relevant) and consider pairing your book with a themed trinket to make it stand out.

Ready to publish your book and hold a hardcopy in hand?


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, authors simply enter the promotion code 3XJULY14 when checking out of their shopping cart while purchasing the Diamond, Ruby or Pearl publishing package by July 31, 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 July!

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Dwight Slaughter was born in Los Angeles, California, in 1954. His expertise is basketball and mentoring youths and adult men, and he promotes concerts that give back to life-changing organizations and people.

Dwight Slaughter graduated from Verbum Dei High School, a school with one of the top 10 winning basketball teams of all time. While at Verbum Dei High School Dwight was voted number one player in the Country in 1972 by different sports magazines. He then went on to further his education and play basketball at Cal State Los Angeles from 1972 to 1976-a period that would set a precedent with new laws changing how colleges accept athletes. He was voted by ESPN and Sports Illustrated as one of the top 100 basketball players in the State of California. As a child, Slaughter relied on basketball to build his self-esteem and relieve the stress of mental and physical abuse. His gripping memoir follows his public career and takes the reader inside his personal life as well-into a childhood of abuse, betrayal…even murder.
- Dwight Slaughter, author of Inner City Strength


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