Last Day to Claim $300 of Mad Money for Self-Publishing Services

There’s still time to make September your most productive month with $300 of Mad Money from Outskirts Press. It’s time to finish that book and decide how you want to spend that $300 in FREE big bucks from Outskirts Press!

  • Custom cover design?
  • Copy editing?
  • Custom interior formatting?
  • Amazon Kindle or Barnes & Noble Nook edition?

Whatever production and marketing options you choose, the first $300 worth are FREE if you start publishing right now! Just order your ultimate Diamond or full-color Pearl publishing package and enter the following promotion code during secure shopping cart check-out: Promo code: MADMONEYSEPT15

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!

And when you combine this promotion with the $400 of FREE upgrades already included with the Diamond package (standard press release distribution, Spring Arbor Christian distribution, streaming audio excerpt on your author webpage, cover photo from our image library) you’re looking at $700 worth of stuff!

Get that book finished so you’re published by the busy holiday season! Start publishing today!

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Posted by on September 30, 2015 in Promotions, Uncategorized


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Amazon Featured Book-of-the-Week

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

Shut Up Helen

by Helen Rose

(5 Stars – 13 Customer Reviews)

Price: $9.95

Helen Rose’s “Shut Up Helen.” Helen and her daughter, Johnna, became trapped in a disastrous war with lawyers and insurers after Johnna’s accident. She needs treatment, but the courts and lawyers are all looking out for themselves and the victims are taken for a ride by the legal system. Here is the eye-opening truth of a real-life insurance nightmare. You or someone you love may need this someday — to fight your own battle.

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Congratulations to Our Readers Favorite Award-Winning Self-Publishing Authors!

It’s that time of the year again — the 2015 Readers Favorite Award Winners have been announced. Below is a list of winners whose books are published with Outskirts Press:

Category: Non-Fiction — Animals

The Book of Barkley — Silver

Category: Non-Fiction — Government/Politics

In God We Trust — Silver

Category: Non-Fiction — Cooking/Food

The Ramblings of an Old Man — Honorable Mention

Category: Non-Fiction — Inspirational

Why Not? — Honorable Mention

Category: Non-Fiction — Motivational

Life Snacks — Honorable Mention

Again, congratulations to all of our winners! If you want to purchase any of these titles, you can save between 10%-50% by ordering directly from the Outskirts Press Bookstore.

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Posted by on September 29, 2015 in Book Awards, Uncategorized


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If You’ve Published an E-Book, Don’t Forget Your Hard Copy!

It is so enticing to go online, upload your latest manuscript and hit “Enter.” Almost instantly you’ve published your work. That’s exciting! Today, most authors are publishing in print first and taking their time deciding if this latest book will benefit from e-book accessibility.

Just this week (September 22, 2015), New York Times writer, Alexandra Altersept presented some very eye-opening revelations about the current state of affairs in the skirmishes between digital format e-books and hard copy books. One of her main points was this: “E-book sales fell by 10 percent in the first five months of this year, according to the Association of American Publishers, which collects data from nearly 1,200 publishers.” Mainstream publishers are investing heavily in this view of the future for hardcover books, as they expand their warehouses and distribution centers. This is also excellent news to the smaller, independent bookstore owners who are following this upward trend and filling their shelves. And, even though e-book business such as Amazon/Kindle are doing well, Amazon/Books is still doing better making it possible for readers to have a print book in their hands in 24-48 hours.

So what can you take from this information?

  • With all the e-readers being actively promoted in multi-media advertising, the reading public is picking up more hard copy/paperback books than ever before.
  • The speed of delivery of printed book copies today is a huge benefit to authors and their name recognition.
  • Printed books tend to stay “in the family” and become part of the passed-forward legacy of parent to child and grandchild.
  • There is also the growing evidence that too much reading on a digital device is hard on our eyes whereas reading a printed book page relaxes the eyes.

Certainly technologies in the world-of-books will continue to change. Yet, in the present time, authors may find their publishing decisions fall into both venues. However, never forget the unlimited value of the printed book.

Isn’t it time for you to publish today in electronic and hard copy formats?

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Amazon Featured Book-of-the-Week

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


by Collette Nance

(4 Stars – 5 Customer Reviews)

Price: $10.95

Colette Nance’s “Bittersweet.” Rachel is an attorney whose entire life is filled with heartache after many failed relationships. She sheds her high moral standards and seeks total revenge — she sets out to hurt every man she comes in contact with.

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Self-Publishing Author Spotlight: Omar Scott

Do you remember the last time you were completely absorbed in a story?  Can you remember what made that story so captivating?  The gift that storytelling affords, the total immersion into an experience that is not our own, is one that we celebrate here at Outskirts Press.  We hail the art of storytelling and the sharing of well-crafted stories through publication.  We love to celebrate the work of our successful self-publishing authors, and we do so each week through our Self-Publishing Author Spotlight.  This week we highlight self-publishing author Omar Scott, who has published three titles with Outskirts Press.



In the late seventies, Omar Scott moved with his family from Los Angeles to Dallas, TX. Omar’s parents divorced when he was eight years old and he, along with his two younger siblings, was raised by his mother.  During his teens, Omar turned to gangs and the street life.  After brushes with the law and losing his best friend to a brutal murder, Omar was forced to turn his life around.  He graduated from high school, studied allied health in community college, and creative writing at Mountain View College.  Omar lives in Dallas, TX with his family.

When A Good Will Goes Bad

When A Good Will Goes Bad is a story that hits deep inside of the soul of a man dealing with hurts, bad habits, and emotional hang-ups. Will is a man looking for love in all the wrong places just to fill a void in his heart filled with hurt and pain from a past love that betrayed him. When Will’s best friend is murdered, Will seeks revenge. Dealing with a guilty conscience, he is forced into the depths of his own personal hell and ends up feeling that suicide is the only option to free him from the guilt of his sins. But that was not the path Karma chose for him. Years later, life looks bright once again after a new life in the military—until he receives a letter one morning about his class reunion. He is overcome with desire to see a past love. Will goes, only to find that he once again must face the pain of the past. When he finds the courage to do so, it becomes a catharsis, cleansing his troubled soul so that he can have a productive future. He is a man who overcomes his own personal demons. Be prepared for sleep deprivation because this is a real page-turner!

Product details…

Format: 6 x 9 paperback cream, 196 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Aug 31, 2007)
ISBN10: 1432713175
ISBN13: 9781432713171
Genre: LITERARY CRITICISM / American / African American

Lorenzo Love, or Ren as he’s known on the streets, is not your typical veteran detective. He’s a smooth-talking, streetwise brother who is quite cunning. He cleverly juggles his home life, which includes his young son and loving wife, a needy mistress, and a narcotics unit of dirty cops that have been taking money under the table from dangerous drug-dealers. Ren has always been crafty at maneuvering his way out of difficult situations. But now his “bad-boy” ways are finally catching up with him. His relationship with his mistress is unraveling, Internal Affairs is investigating his crew for an illegal shooting, and a string of young ladies are brutally murdered one by one with the evidence pointing directly at Ren. The race is on to cover his tracks, clear his crew, and find a serial killer before it’s too late. Can Ren slip out of another tight squeeze, or will he finally go down? The Hands of Love is a fast paced well-crafted novel weaving its way through the crime infested streets of East Dallas. This intense thriller will have your eyes glued to every page right up to the unbelievable ending.

Product details…

Format: 5 x 8 paperback cream, 310 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Dec 29, 2008)
ISBN10: 1432734024
ISBN13: 9781432734022
Genre: FICTION / Thrillers


When notorious gangster Neil Wright got a sudden call late one evening, he never imagined he would be walking into a deadly ambush by a mysterious figure. Clinging to life in intensive care, he meets Sister Simmons, a peculiar nun doing her nightly rounds, praying for the sick and trying to save souls. Through her desperate pleas, she convinces Neil to confess his sins. Figuring he has nothing to lose, Neil decides to confess every dirty little secret. He takes her on a disturbing journey through his tumultuous life filled with murder, forbidden love, and betrayal as he ascends to the top of a criminal empire. But as his confession unfolds, Neil realizes this is no ordinary nun. Is Sister Simmons there to finish the job, or is his true enemy waiting for the right time to strike? Meet Mr. Wright is an intense and captivating narrative with an ending so explosive and clever, you’ll never see it coming.


Product details…

Format: 5 x 8 paperback cream, 309 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Apr 02, 2014)
ISBN10: 1478731273
ISBN13: 9781478731276
Genre: FICTION / Suspense


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Posted by on September 24, 2015 in Author Spotlight


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Ways a Virtual Book Tour Can Promote Your Book

Gone are the days when a writer must pound the pavement, toting hardcopies of their book and media kits from one book reviewer to another, one bookstore or news outlet to the next in order to get exposure.

Things have changed when it comes to book marketing. As a published author, you would be wise to tune into the changing methods by which news outlets and bookstores are getting information and exploit these changes in your marketing efforts. This is where a Virtual Book Tour can help.

A Virtual Book Tour can give you an edge in gaining visibility for your book when physical distance, time and budget constraints don’t allow for an actual physical tour. When you can’t travel from place to place, a Virtual Book Tour ensures you and your book are still making “appearances” on the blogosphere and social networking sites &mdash appearances that live online and in search engines forever (much longer than any in-person event lasts).

Here are the top 6 reasons to hold your own virtual book tour:

  • Spread word quickly over a wide range of venues and sites
  • Make multiple “appearances” on the blogosphere and social media
  • Capture attention and set your tone instantly
  • Have your message available forever on the blogosphere
  • Reach new audiences with little to no effort
  • Open the door to follow-up book reviews and interviews

If you’re too busy to put together your own virtual book tour or aren’t quite sure how you would begin, the Virtual Book Tour option from Outskirts Press can help you.

With the Virtual Book Tour through Outskirts Press, you receive the following:

  • Outskirts Press announces your Virtual Book Tour to the blogosphere
  • You receive every inquiry in response to the announcement about your book
  • Virtual Book Tour Packet, which includes all of the materials you need to follow-up with the bloggers quickly and easily in order to schedule your “appearance” on their blog, website, or social network
  • In most cases your appearance may include a book review and/or an author interview
  • Spotlight Appearance on the Outskirts Press blog, which receives its own announcements on Twitter and Facebook

Don’t wait to promote your self-published book!


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