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3 Ways Investing in an Editor Pays for Itself

A professional editor is your last, best hurdle before sending your book off to publish. While it may seem an optional service, there are compelling reasons why you may not want to think of it as “optional” – not when your reputation and product quality are at stake.

It’s humbling to submit a highly personal work to someone we imagine gleefully buying red ink by the barrel. However, in this case, red ink is your best friend. Here are three ways your investment in a professional editor will pay for itself:

  1. An editor is your best beta tester. Your book is your product, and there’s no better way to “test” your product before it goes to market than with a professional editor – more than one editor, if it’s feasible. A test run of how your product might perform in the marketplace more than pays for itself, allowing you to tweak your writing and marketing to reach the right readers and keep them hooked once you do. In a perfect world, every publishing author would have the luxury of both an editor and a team of beta readers, but if you have to choose, hire a pro.
  2. Editors help you get your point across. You know what you mean to say – but will readers understand the ideas you’re trying to get across? There’s no way to know until you get someone “outside your head” to view your work from the perspective of a potential reader. This is one of the main missions of the editing process, and one that ensures that your words have the intended effect on the intended target audience so you can resonate with readers – and sell more books!
  3. Editors see “invisible” problems. By the time a book is close to finished and nearly ready for publication, most publishing authors have gone through it with a fine-toothed comb, often multiple times. But no matter how thoroughly and how often you review your own work, even the most conscientious authors can become blind to errors in their own prose. Even a couple of minor errors in your book can destroy your credibility and hurt your sales, making the services of a professional editor well worth a modest investment.

Remember, editors are, like you, avid readers and writers with the added advantage of having expertise in their field. Use that expertise to your advantage to get the most polished product possible. You’ll never regret it.

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AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT & SUCCESS STORY

“I was afraid coming into the publishing process due to the fact that I didn’t know what exactly to expect. I researched for weeks looking for a self-publishing process that would meet my expectations of what I wanted. Once I clicked on Outskirts Press link, I was sold! Everyone that was assigned to my team was absolutely outstanding. I love Outskirts Press because they made my publishing process fun, most importantly that made my dream come true!”

Demetrius Zeigler, the composer of this book, is a fatherless son himself. Through his desire to bring his story to others in the same situation, he has found a way to forgive his own father for not being there in his life, and he has realized that the people who remained there for him are truly the people who are worth his love and gratitude-for they made his fatherless life complete!

Fatherless Sons is a poignant collection of stories told by a group of men who grew up without fathers in their lives. They all have a different story, but the theme is the same-a boy without a father. You will learn how each of these men, who were hurt badly by the absence of fathers in their lives, learned to grow into the men they are today. As their stories are all different, so are the outcomes. Some of them were successful and some were not. The moral of this story is that no child should ever be deprived of having both parents in his/her life. But both parents have to be the best parent they can be to their children. Every child deserves the best.

- Demetrius Zeigler, author of Fatherless Sons

 
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Posted by on August 15, 2014 in Author Inspiration, Promotions

 

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Self-Publishing Author Spotlight: Robert Lovelace

Outskirts Press works hard to help self-publishing authors make their dreams come true, and we’ve had had the good fortune to work with many talented and successful individuals over the years. For that reason, it’s important to give a nod to the authors who’ve, in turn, contributed to our success. Every now and then, we celebrate one of our successful authors in our Self-Publishing Author Spotlight.

This week Outskirts Press proudly features children’s author Robert Lovelace. Lovelace is a veteran, family man and the self-publishing author of three fiction and family/relationships books through Outskirts Press.Robert Lovelace

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Robert Lovelace is retired from business and the United States Army, and fills his time writing. He served in the Army Medical Service during his entire Army career. His medical experience during his Army tenure in and after World War II gave him the opportunity to successfully own and operate nursing homes in San Antonio and Mason, Texas, after leaving the Army. The author is a family orientated individual as is his wife, Betty, and their three children, Tommy, Nancy and Allan. He also has two grandchildren, Jennifer and Michael, and two great-grandchildren, Christian and Madison. Robert Lovelace’s life is family, and depicts that in his books.

JIMJIM

JIM deals with an individual who was a marijuana and alcoholic addict from the age of 6 until his 17th birthday. His family was so busy with their business they did not know what was going on. Impossible??? No, not this day and time. When he decided to be rehabilitated his family rallied around him and the family became one of the closest knit families anyone could hope for. Jim became a doctor like his father and his wife and sister were RNs. He became very interest in a church program he organized to help those who were like him and had the desire to be rehabilitated. He never forgot to give God credit for his good luck of overcoming his addiction. The outcome is unique and interesting with God getting the credit along with a short time friend in a foreign country and family love.

The novel JIM stresses family and gives a picture of a family being dysfunctional before becoming so closely knitted that it was difficult to let outsiders such as friends and visitors get close to them. Estrangement from grandparents finally came to a conclusion with their death and made their heirs more closely knitted as a family. Jim’s entire family except his mother was affiliated with and worked as doctors and nurses in the medical profession. The family in the novel “JIM” is a wonderful example of “family love and caring for each member.”

Product details…
Paperback
Format: 6.14 x 9.21 paperback, 631 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Oct 25, 2008)
ISBN10: 1432710974
ISBN13: 9781432710972
Genre: FICTION / General

The Incredible MindThe Incredible Mind

The following excerpt shows what the life of the individual is all about. “A kid with an old mind in his brain.: “Mom, getting my doctors degree when I was a kid has taught me a lot of good lessons on growing up physically and has enumerated the pitfalls of adolescence. It is not that I would not like to try the things the indulging kids my age are crazy about but I still feel like a king being in control of myself. I do not feel that I was ever a kid except when we lived in New York. I do not let it bother me but I sometimes wonder how it would have felt or whatever. I know that someday I will find a lady that I will love forever and then I will let you know. How is that?” I explained to her.”

Product details…
Paperback
Format: 5.5 x 8.5 paperback cream, 503 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Jun 20, 2012)
ISBN10: 1432791672
ISBN13: 9781432791674
Genre: FICTION / Action & Adventure

My Darling DaughterMy Darling Daughter

“Phillip, this is just one leg in your worldly education on travel. Just you wait until Dr. Long might decide he would like for you to go with all of us around the world. Now that is traveling. We have had two trips around the world and seen different places each time. You will just love it,” Gary said. “Mr. Irving, I don’t think I could take it. I would be afraid I would die and never get back home,” he said. Everyone laughed and I said, “Phillip, you would be too busy to die. That will be the last thing on your mind. The ships have everything to keep you busy as well as just talking with all of us and friends you will make on the ship. We would probably not let you out of our sights as you might decide to stow away and never be found.” “Why would I ever think of a thing like that? I would probably never let you all out of my sight just in case something did happen. I love life and I can see that with all of you I am going to love it more. My parents will never believe what I tell them when I get back home. Junior, you are so quiet I did not hardly know you were with us,” Phillip said.

Product details…
Paperback
Format: 6 x 9 paperback cream, 361 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Oct 29, 2013)
ISBN10: 1478706988
ISBN13: 9781478706984
Genre: FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS / Life Stages / General

A Stone Is CastA Stone Is Cast

“A STONE IS CAST” depicts how a family can become so close due to protection from kidnapping, even murder.

“A STONE IS CAST” is the protection of a family who moved from New York to the State of Arkansas after inheriting a fabulous fortune from the grandfather when he died. Kidnapping and attempted murder was prevented by a family member who was familiar with Law Enforcement and Security .

“A STONE IS CAST” is the third book about a family the author, Robert Lovelace, desires to show as an ideal example for everyone. It goes from a normal medical family to one in which a genius son is born and from the age of 7 required and receive protection from the time he graduated from high school at the age of 8 until he graduated as both a Medical Doctor and a Lawyer at the same time at the age of 17. Protection of the entire family and especially the boy throughout the entire novel is intriguing.

Product details…
Paperback
Format: 6 x 9 paperback cream, 376 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Jun 16, 2010)
ISBN10: 1432758217
ISBN13: 9781432758219
Genre: FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS / General

 

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Posted by on August 14, 2014 in Author Spotlight

 

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Author Poll: Writer CA Coffey wants your help with her cover

CA Coffey is self-publishing a book with Outskirts Press. And she wants your help deciding her book cover.

Book Summary

When the Globe set sail on a misty morning in 1679 from London, 21-year-old Thomas Barnard was in the ship’s hold, preparing for the long voyage to America. Trading five years’ service for free land in America had seemed like a good idea at the time, but as England faded from view, Tom was already homesick for the green hills of Gloucestershire.

In A Farming Family in the New World, we follow Tom’s journey to America, and as the story unfolds, nine generations of his family flourish on American soil. From the French and Indian War, the American Revolution, the War of 1812, the Civil War through World War II, from 1679 to 2005, history comes to life in this meticulously researched book, which chronicles the history of one American family through times of peace and prosperity, poverty and war.

About the Author

CA Coffey has combined her twin passions of genealogy and writing in A Farming Family in the New World. She enjoyed getting to know her ancestors and hopes others will like them as much as she does.

Please take a look at two possible covers below and then vote on the choice you recommend for the author.

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Posted by on August 13, 2014 in Survey Poll

 

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Amazon Featured Book-of-the-Week

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


Virginia Primitive

by Sallie Reynolds

(4.5 Stars – 3 Customer Reviews)

Price: $13.95

Sallie Reynolds’s “Virginia Primitive” is set in the racist South of the 1940s when the black “help” did the parenting and house-work of white families, and lies were never acknowledged. Raised half in one world, half in the other, Sally, a white child, struggles to establish a base of love and identity. The person Sally really loved in her childhood was a black woman named Lila who’d given her affection and hope. Thirty-five years later the two come together again, seeking to define a new relationship.

Please note that product prices and availability are subject to change. Prices and availability were accurate at the time of this posting; however, they may differ from those you see when you visit Amazon.com.© Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Amazon, Amazon.com, the Amazon.com logo, and 1-Click are registered trademarks of Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. Amazon.com, 410 Terry Avenue N., Seattle, WA 98109-5210.

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Outskirts Press Presents Fandemonium Volume 4, Published by Outskirts Press

Outskirts Press announces its own latest highly anticipated literary collection, Fandemonium 4: Even More Short Stories & Poems From Talented Facebook Writers.

August 12, 2014 – Denver, CO – Self-publishing provider, Outskirts Press, has announced the release of Fandemonium Volume 4: Even More Short Stories & Poems From Talented Facebook Writers. Fandemonium Volume 4 is a 6 x 9 paperback in the literary collections category and is available worldwide on book retailer websites such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble. The webpage at www.outskirtspress.com/opcollection7 was launched simultaneously with the book’s publication.

Each year, Fandemonium not only brings Outskirts Press Facebook members together for a good cause, it provides an easy, fun and free way to experience the joy of publishing with Outskirts Press first-hand.

In April 2014, Outskirts Press once again invited friends of its Facebook community to submit poetry, short stories, excerpts, recipes or anecdotes for free publication in the 4th annual Outskirts Press Facebook anthology. The result is this collection of superior writing from the Outskirts Press Facebook community.

Proceeds from the sale of Fandemonium will be donated to the American Red Cross on behalf of Outskirts Press and its Facebook fans.

133 pages in length, Fandemonium Volume 4: Even More Short Stories & Poems From Talented Facebook Writers is being aggressively promoted to appropriate markets with a focus on the literary collections category. With U.S. wholesale distribution through Ingram and Baker & Taylor, and pervasive online availability through Amazon, Barnes & Noble and elsewhere. Fandemonium Volume 4 meets consumer demand through both retail and library markets with a suggested retail price of $16.95.

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Get the Word Out About Your New Book with Professional Publication Announcements

A self-publishing author must be a jack-of-all-trades: author, entrepreneur, publicist, networker … How you fulfill all of these roles has a direct effect on your brand and, by extension, the success of your book.

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Posted by on August 11, 2014 in Marketing Options

 

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