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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Amazon Featured Book-of-the-Week

Here’s this week’s Featured Book-of-the-Week available now on!

The Prayer Wheel Odyssey

by Stephen S. Janes

(4.5 Stars – 3 Customer Reviews)

Price: $21.95

Stephen S. Janes’ “The Prayer Wheel Odyssey.” The fate of the world is in one woman’s hands. After a man is shot to death at The White House, a passerby finds a document fallen at the site of the tragedy. Suddenly, he is drawn into a mythic hero’s quest. Brilliantly crafted from the political and environmental realities we face, this book is a uniquely spellbinding thriller that will open your eyes to what could happen to our planet if just one mistake is made…or just one person tips the balance for personal gain.

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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.

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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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Top 10 Self-Publishing Book Marketing Tactics for June 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 June 2014, 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-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 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.
Beijing Book Fair Beijing Book Fair: No other country has experienced the increase that China has on the world marketplace, and the readership in China represents an enormous opportunity. Get your book exposed at the largest and most popular industry book fair and publishing event in China.
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.
Apple iPad iPhone Standard Edition Apple iPad/iPhone Standard Edition: Allows self-publishing authors to enter the ebook marketplace at significantly lower upfront cost with a no-hassle, standard iBookstore retail price of $9.99. It’s the simplest one-click solution for published authors to publish a book in Apple’s iBookstore.
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!

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.

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Amazon Featured Book-of-the-Week

Here’s this week’s Featured Book-of-the-Week available now on!

The Neurotic’s Guide to Avoiding Enlightenment

by Chris Niebauer, Ph.D.

(5 Stars – 8 Customer Reviews)

Price: $16.95

Chris Niebauer, Ph.D.’s “The Neurotic’s Guide to Avoiding Enlightenment.” More than ever people are on a quest for self-improvement and enlightenment. And yet, the more we try to make peace, the more we find conflict. Neuroscience discovered that it is the function of the left brain to work on the law of opposition. Try not to worry and you will be flooded with anxious thoughts. Find out how to remove the biggest block to happiness and peace.

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Self-Publishing Author Spotlight: Amirali Dossa

Outskirts Press is regularly impressed with the creativity of our self-publishing authors. It takes a great deal of discipline and devotion to produce a book — much less several! Today we tip our hat to a mother-daughter writing team responsible for several a series of inspiring memoirs — Cheryl Cusick and Jamie Lynn Cusick.

Together, the Cusicks have published four books through Outskirts Press that center on Jamie’s experiences with a neuromuscular disease, as well as the stories of others with similar experiences.

Amirali Dossa was born in East Africa and educated on the east coast and has a successful computer career in California. The inspiration for his books was a collective thought process he experienced throughout his life. There was an exhaustive compilation process before the first book was presented in its current form. Dossa found great humor in the book, and hopes everyone also finds great humor within it.

The Book of Compliments and InsultsThe Book of Compliments and Insults

A book of great humor …

Compliments and insults are a facet of everyday life for all ages. Everyone can relate to the material in this book

Product details…
Format: 5 x 8 paperback cream, 30 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Feb 15, 2012)
ISBN10: 1432787330
ISBN13: 9781432787332
Genre: HUMOR / Form / Anecdotes

Thoughts on Quotes of the Most Revered PeopleThoughts on Quotes of the Most Revered People

A Book of profound thought …

A unique and enlightening perspective on quotes of the most revered people in history; Confucius, Buddha, Jesus Christ, Prophet Muhammad, George Washington and Mahatma Gandhi.

Product details…
Format: 5 x 8 paperback cream, 23 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Jul 31, 2012)
ISBN10: 143279812X
ISBN13: 9781432798123
Genre: PHILOSOPHY / Aesthetics

Wisdom of AmiralismWisdom of Amiralism

A book of enlightenment …

Wisdom providing a unique insight on every aspect of the world.

Product details…
Format: 5 x 8 paperback cream, 23 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Nov 07, 2012)
ISBN10: 1478716827
ISBN13: 9781478716822
Genre: PHILOSOPHY / General

Religious Beliefs and an AlternativeRelgious Beliefs and an Alternative

A book questioning one’s beliefs …

A unique insight to beliefs of Hinduism, Islam and Christianity one has taken for granted. A book giving one an alternative path to consider.

Product details…
Format: 5 x 8 paperback cream, 26 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Jan 31, 2013)
ISBN10: 1478711736
ISBN13: 9781478711735
Genre: RELIGION / Biblical Biography / General

Amiralism on the Gospel According to MatthewAmiralism on the Gospel According to Matthew

A book questioning the word of God …

A unique insight to quotes in Matthew in the Holy Bible – the New King James version; one has taken for granted. A book raising doubt on the Christian journey and giving an alternative path to consider.

Product details…
Format: 5 x 8 paperback cream, 28 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Sep 30, 2013)
ISBN10: 1478721871
ISBN13: 9781478721871
Genre: RELIGION / Biblical Biography / New Testament


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The Deadline for the Frankfurt International Book Fair Is Quickly Approaching!

Bar none, the Frankfurt International Book Fair is the largest and most important book fair in the world. While some might top Frankfurt’s 250,000-plus attendance, the multi-hall, mile-long fairground in Frankfurt hosts the largest contingent of publishing professionals of any book fair anywhere.

The Frankfurt Book Fair is a meeting place for the industry’s experts: publishers, booksellers, agents, film producers and, of course, authors just like you. With more than 7,500 exhibitors from 110 countries, more than 250,000 visitors and more than 10,000 journalists, it is the most important marketplace for books, media, rights and licenses worldwide.

The Frankfurt International Book Fair is held in mid-October annually at the Frankfurt Fair in Frankfurt, Germany. This is your chance to get in on this year’s event, slated for October 8-12.

Register now for the 2014 Book Fair. Space is limited and the show fills up quickly on a first-come, first served basis. The deadline for the 2014 Frankfurt Book Fair is this Friday, July 11. Click here to get more details or reserve your spot at Frankfurt.

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Remember, you can save 25% on 4 major book events throughout the year (London, BEA, Beijing, Frankfurt) with our Global Book Tour marketing package.


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