The Value of Book Fairs

When most of us think of book fairs, we tend to do so from the reader’s perspective. We imagine browsing the beautiful covers, flipping the crisp pages and, ultimately, taking home an armload of them for months of reading pleasure.

Book fairs are a boon for readers. Well, some of the same things that make book fairs beneficial for consumers also make them beneficial for you, the author, and you don’t even need to crisscross the country to get to them! Outskirts Press can get your book out and about for you (more on that in a bit).

Here are three valuable benefits you can reap through attendance at a big book fair:

  1. Exposure. Thousands of readers, agents and publishing industry pros – sometimes hundreds of thousands – attend the major book fairs in London, Frankfurt, Beijing and more. Even if someone doesn’t purchase your book the day of the fair, you gain exposure for your byline that can help you down the road.
  2. Sales. Odds are, however, you’ll make connections with many readers during these well-attended events. Any situation that puts you face to face with readers is an opportunity to sell.
  3. Real Connections. Readers and industry professionals who have no trouble deleting marketing emails or navigating away from a page are generally far more receptive when they meet the author or author representative in person. This personal connection is an opportunity to get them excited about your book in ways a summary or cover art cannot. Often, they generate word-of-mouth long after the fair is over.

If you’re new to book fairs, consider one (or all) of the following epic book events where Outskirts Press can represent you and your book:

  • LONDON BOOK FAIR – Capitalize by exposing your book to key industry contacts like acquisitions agents, editors and translation rights agents.
  • BOOK EXPO OF AMERICA (BEA) – Every year the BEA welcomes more than 100,000 international attendees, authors, publishers, agents and buyers.
  • BEIJING INTERNATIONAL BOOK FAIR – Readership in China represents an enormous opportunity (and gap that needs to be filled) for translations and publishers seeking to feed the frenzy.
  • FRANKFURT BOOK FAIR – Each year, nearly 10,000 publishing professionals and industry insiders converge on this event, which hosts approximately 50% more international publishers than BEA.

Take the plunge by getting your book in front of hundreds of thousands of curious eyes around the world via the Global Book Tour.

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Amazon Featured Book-of-the-Week

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Free Thought, Faith, and Science

by Roger Pullin

Price: $23.95

Roger Pullin’s “Free Thought, Faith, and Science.” Can faith, defined as personal belief and trust in God and not as a religious affiliation, ever be compatible with science? Dr. Roger Pullin, a research marine biologist, defends the belief that faith and science are complementary paths to truth, with all truthful spiritual insights and all truthful disclosures through mathematics and science coming from God. The author offers fresh perspectives on what he calls “Free Thought.”

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Top 10 Best-Selling Books in Self-Publishing for January 2015

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 2015, 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 January 2015 were:

Congratulations to our best-selling authors for the month of January 2015!

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%.

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3 Elements to Creating the Best Book Possible

Writing and self-publishing a book can feel overwhelming to new authors, but it doesn’t have to be! Wherever you are along your writing or publishing journey, we’d like to help simplify things for you.

We’ve broken down the many steps along that journey into the three elements you need in order to create the best book possible – and they’re elements anyone can implement. Keep the following essential elements in mind as you write, polish and publish, and you’ll soon be on your way to self-publishing success:

  • Commitment. There is no great finished work without a small start. If you’ve determined to write that great American novel, step 1 is to commit to the writing in the first place. Every day. For now, don’t focus on making everything you put down in black-and-white brilliant – just focus on creating daily. The real brilliance comes with the next element.
  • Content. Want to know the real secret to creating a great book? Hint: It’s not the writing. It’s the rewriting. It’s the hours you spend revisiting that raw material and reshaping it. Often, the revision bears little resemblance to the original manuscript – and that’s a good thing! Take the essential step of enlisting a professional editor to view it with fresh eyes and the benefit of invaluable experience in the publishing industry.
  • Cover. It may seem trite to focus on such seemingly banal things as how you choose to “decorate” the book, but a great cover is far from trivial. Cover art is far more important – even more important than your content – to getting readers to consider your book in the first place. A good cover attracts attention, specifically from the type of reader you wish to capture, all while lending credibility to your book, and giving the reader important cues about the content. For these reasons, it’s just as import to seek professional assistance with the cover as it is for the content.

Whatever stage you’re in with your writing, editing or publishing, there is always help available to ensure that your book is the best it can be when it hits the shelves. Contact Outskirts Press to find out more about how to get your project finished and perfected so you can start selling!

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  • Standard Press Release. $99 value included free when you order your Diamond publishing service today.
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  • Cover Image. $99 value included free and a great way to enhance your cover.
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Will Ottinger is a Houston resident and life-long enthusiast of World War One aviation. He previously published a non-fiction work in England on the art of painted military miniatures where he gained the recognition of Grand Master painter. His interest in the history and lore of First World War aviators began as a boy, and now includes a large collection of original documents, letters, autographs, and photos as well as an extensive personal library on the subject. The collection proved invaluable in researching “A Season for Ravens” to ensure its accuracy and feel for the period.

The year is 1918, during the final chaotic months of World War One where three pilots must each confront their personal demons in the skies over France and Belgium. Nathan Fleming, fleeing from Chicago’s slaughterhouses, is a volunteer officer in the Royal Flying Corps, struggling to overcome his working-class origins. His newfound friend, Billy Teal, is a wealthy Southerner and gifted pilot who cleverly conceals his insanity and murderous intent. Across the lines, they face Lieutenant Stefan Dietzel, a disillusioned ace of the Imperial German Air Service, separated from his dying wife and tasked with molding a forgotten group of young pilots. The three fight to survive in the high arena-where the average lifespan is three weeks-and on the ground, where they touch the lives of those whose paths they cross.
- Will Ottinger, author of A Season For Ravens


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The Witch’s Revenge by Danny Odato Virtual Book Tour

For many self-publishing authors, it can be a challenge to come up with creative ways to market a self-published book. While book tours are a great way to connect with your readers, they may not be cost-effective, especially if you want to reach a nationwide audience. However, technology makes it possible for authors to reach a larger audience, without all of the costly travel.

Take note from self-publishing Outskirts Press author, Danny Odato, who is taking his latest book, The Witch’s Revenge, on tour – a virtual book tour, that is. He will be featured on several blogs over the weeks and months ahead so keep your eyes peeled to learn more about him and his book.

Luckily for us, Danny was kind enough to answer a few questions as the tour was getting started so that we can give you a sneak peek into the mind of the creator of The Witch’s Revenge.

The Witch's Revenge book cover

OP: Tell us a little bit about The Witch’s Revenge. What is it about?

DO: It’s about two teens in love who try to get married but the society has their own mentality and cult against liberation, therefore soon they discover deceit, and more obstacles than they imagined, and they soon discover that it may not be their destiny to live by their own decisions in this modern world.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

DO: To send a message to the world , in what condition women in this countries are living and how are treated .

OP: What types of readers would be interested in this story?

DO: Any individual from 16 to 80 years old especially women.

OP: What is special about your book?  What differentiates it from other books in the same category?

DO: My book talk about the real life this peoples living in, shows in tangent details how hard is to have rights if any for women, shows the undisputed leadership of the macho man regardless of his leadership quality, shows the raw life of humans who are treated like animals.

OP: Have you published any other books? Do you plan to publish more?

DO: Yes I have published: “ The Witch’s Revenge “ , “ Defending Hope” “The Price of Honor” ,  “ The Evil is in the Ice”. Yes. I am coming up with a few other books which are really piece of art always with the same goal in mind which is Women’s rights.

OP: Thanks for your time, Danny! We look forward to learning more about you as you visit other bloggers!

The Witch's Revenge Author Danny OdatoABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Born in Italy in 1953, Danny Odato, a father of four, had to provide for his family at a young age instead of following his dream of writing. With The Witch’s Revenge, his debut novel, his dream has finally come true.



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This author purchased the Virtual Book Tour marketing option, which allows self-publishing authors to connect with bloggers and harness the power of the blogosphere by taking their book on the “virtual road”.  Learn more about this service by visiting your Publishing Center and reviewing the available marketing options.

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Author Poll: Writer Stephen L. Burkart wants your help with his cover

Stephen L. Burkart is self-publishing a book with Outskirts Press. And he wants your help deciding his book cover.

Book Summary

The President-Elect Is the Greatest Danger to the United States

When covert ops director John Darque receives a mysterious package from a former adversary, he suspects the worst, but the box contains items more dangerous than even he could have imagined… they indicate that the President-Elect of the United States, Thomas Jefferson Davis, is a mole whose rise to power has been carefully nurtured for more than 30 years as part of a Russian plot to overthrow the US government. Darque’s organization must first determine if Davis is a threat to the US, and, if so, are others also involved in the plan. The greatest challenge, however, still lies ahead: once a conspiracy is uncovered, Darque must formulate a scheme to thwart the Russian coup, but in a way that casts no suspicion on Davis, in order to protect the American people. If the conspiracy evolves undeterred, World War III is imminent. Eliminating the threat will require all of Darque’s ingenuity and expertise to prevent the overthrow of America from within. The Orchestration is a gripping thriller in the tradition of great espionage novels.

About the Author

Stephen L. Burkart spent the majority of his 22-year military career in Europe as a counterintelligence agent, during and immediately following the Cold War. He has in-depth personal experience of intelligence work during the 1980s, often referred to as “the decade of the spies.” He now lives in Ohio. The Orchestration is his first novel.

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

Click on the thumbnail below to enlarge Cover Option A

TheOrchestration_Proof1Cover A

Click on the thumbnail below to enlarge Cover Option B

TheOrchestration_Proof2Cover B


Posted by on February 13, 2015 in Survey Poll, Uncategorized


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Amazon Featured Book-of-the-Week

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by Angela M. Hopkins-Luna, MD

(5 Stars – 2 Customer Reviews)

Price: $10.95

Angela M. Hopkins-Luna, MD’s “Pregnancy” walks you through the miracle of pregnancy-a journey that changes your body and your spirit. This comprehensive guide chronicles the physical changes occurring as your baby develops and shares how God reflects His character through your pregnancy as a testimony of His love for you. The complexity of your pregnancy is proof we are never an afterthought but a masterpiece lovingly made by our Father in Heaven.

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