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Top 10 Self-Publishing Book Marketing Tactics for September 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 September 2014, listed below in alphabetical order:

Amazon Extreme Package Amazon Extreme Package: Save 25% on 3 of our marketing services focused on Amazon.com. This package includes a Kindle Edition of your book, participation in the Amazon Search Inside the Book and Amazon Cover Enhancement.
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.
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.
Google Books Preview Program Submission Google Books Preview Program Submission: An inexpensive and extremely effective way to get your book in front of millions of readers quickly and easily.
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!
PR Publicist Campaign PR Publicist Campaign: Imagine having a publicist handle your custom press release distribution with targeted distribution and phone call follow-up? Imagine receiving the media leads personally and a clipping service that notifies you whenever your book is mentioned on the Internet.
Video Book Tour Video Book Tour: Gain an edge in visibility for your book. When you can’t travel from place to place, a Virtual Book Tour ensures that you and your book are still making “appearances” on the blogosphere and social networking sites.

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.

Not yet published with Outskirts Press? Today is the perfect day to start and take advantage of our current publishing promotion.

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Posted by on October 27, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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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!


Miss Annie Stories

by William S. Wood II

(5 Stars – 3 Customer Reviews)

Price: $17.95

William S. Wood II’s “Miss Annie Stories.” A beloved Southern Airedale tells of her heart-warming adventures after being dognapped while traveling to her new home in the rolling horse country of Southeastern Pennsylvania. She eventually escapes from her captors in hair-raising fashion but finds herself lost in beautiful but unfamiliar territory.

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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Self-Publishing Author Spotlight: Albert Bender

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, and a special brand of moxie to crank out several.Albert C. Bender

Today we shine our Self-Publishing Author Spotlight on Albert C. Bender. Albert has authored several books published through Outskirts Press, ranging from juvenile fiction to spiritual to autobiographical. We think you’ll be impressed with Albert’s versatility!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Albert C. Bender was born in New Jersey and joined the Navy at the age of 19, serving four years in the service. He is a widower with two children, and currently lives in South Carolina.

Just Us Kids in the AlleyJust Us Kids in the Alley

It was at a time when Americans were facing the gloomiest, and the most non-promising economic outlook they had ever known. Yet,those were the moments when as a boy, and with his little friends, played together behind the “Row Houses”that we lived in. We played in the school yards, on hills, and enjoyed the camaraderie of each other. Just Us Kids in the Alley relates stories of our zany, hilarious and happy moments. There were moments of anticipation, team participation, and also, moments of sadness.

We were a care free group, us alley kids, in spite of the dangers that lie ahead in the world. A world to us which was alien, and a million miles away in our thinking at that time! Yes, it was the “Thirties”. My memories as a little boy growing up in that era with his little friends in Northwest Philadelphia are memories I will never forget, nor want to forget, as long as I live.

Product details…
Paperback
Format: 6 x 9 paperback cream, 252 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (May 29, 2010)
ISBN10: 1432757121
ISBN13: 9781432757120
Genre: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs

More “Kids in the Alley” Tales
More "Kids in the Alley" Tales

The Thirties were a time when Americans were facing the gloomiest and the most non-promising economic outlook they had ever known. Yet, those were the moments when as a boy, and with his little friends, played together behind the Row Houses that we lived in. We played in the school yards, on hills and in the woods, and enjoyed the camaraderie of each other. This Edition is a follow up to my first book, which is titled, JUST US KIDS IN THE ALLEY. This new Edition will focus on more of those zany, hilarious and happy moments, as kids, growing up in Northwest Philadelphia in the thirties. Yes, it was the thirties. But, we were a care free group, us alley kids, in spite of the dangers that lie ahead in the world. A world to us which was alien, and a million miles away in our thinking at the time! >

Product details…
Paperback
Format: 6 x 9 paperback white, 200 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (May 23, 2011)
ISBN10: 1432771744
ISBN13: 9781432771744
Genre: JUVENILE NONFICTION / Activity Books

Sojourn SailorSojourn Sailor

It’s a story that tells about my [Author] four exciting years in the Navy from boot-camp to the time of my discharge … It was to become the most interesting era in my life … I was now learning about people and new places and how others live … It was to become a new life style for me. A life style that would allow me to see the world as it is. At that time … It taught me how to be prudent to those you meet on the outside. Life is a learning curve and for me, that was just one part of it …

Product details…
Paperback
Format: 6 x 9 paperback white, 238 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (May 31, 2012)
ISBN10: 1432791974
ISBN13: 9781432791971
Genre: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Adventurers & Explorers

Devilish DaughterDevilish Daughter

This is the family story of John and Joan Albright, the wealthy parents of beautiful daughters, Linda and Mary, and two fraternal twin brothers, Jared and Jesse. The story begins in the later years, this mostly after the brothers and sisters had finished college and focuses on events which led up to multiple murders outside the family circle and also tragic events within… There is one family difference, and that is of the sisters, Mary and Linda –One of them is a ‘SOCIOPATH’ … a killer; but– which one?

Product details…
Paperback
Format: 6 x 9 paperback cream, 188 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Dec 17, 2013)
ISBN10: 1478725052
ISBN13: 9781478725053
Genre: FICTION / Suspense

You Are Forever in TimeYou Are Forever in Time

We are forever in Time?..WOW !! That sounds really great. But, can it be true?? I “The Author” uses reasonable logic, known facts, common sense analysis and quotes from known and respected people in this and related fields of Philosophy and Science…Religion will be injected to help one to understand and help believe my theories.

Yes, its all a theory, but, after reading, you decide how believable and true it may seem to you? After reading you will want to close your eyes, lean back in a quiet surrounding and give it deep thought…I did, and I am convinced.

Product details…
Paperback
Format: 6.14 x 9.21 Paperback, 107 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Jul 24, 2009)
ISBN10: 1432735780
ISBN13: 9781432735784
Genre: RELIGION / Christianity / General

 

Do you have a book or two waiting for the world to read? Let Outskirts Press get you started on your own publishing dreams!

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Posted by on October 23, 2014 in Author Spotlight

 

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Author Poll: Writer Patricia Browne wants your help with her cover

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

Book Summary

It’s staggering what you can be!!

A quote ..”Beauty is the essence of Love.” -Have we got something for you in this Book! !”The information within will peak your interest, for SURE. I have a question for you, Patricia Browne asks. “Do you want to become the BEAUTIFUL individual that you truly are inwardly?” If your answer is a RESOUNDING “Yes”, then as the song goes … “This one’s for You”. You will be cut to the core with her words. My mission in this teaching is to unconfine, to make known to you dear reader, True Knowledge of Higher Life principals. The education you will gain comes from Universal Consciousness…Raising your life from the mundane to a supreme level of joy through experience. It’s called SEDUCTION. Thus, FREEDOM is needed to bring this level …. without dogma or format. Wish for yourself, all that you can have. It takes only the DESIRE for Seduction and Bliss to occur. OLD Rules don’t apply! No longer are we contained by pre-existing patterns! We are all now in a place of surprise and delight ~ A sunrise! Those that give up their shackles are in a conscious space of Allowance … Allowance of a new seduction. And this SEDUCTION herein defined, is your Master Plan. We are a blossoming society of Individualized Universal consciousness! … Come on into the message, and live a new life. It’s yours. “Are you ready to go for it?”, Patricia asks. PLEASE find out! Get in on this aware energetic level of creating what you want!

About the Author

Patricia’s Areas of Expertise:
20 years study “The UNSEEN Principals of Existence through Alchemy” – SEDUCTION. 8 years training with a High Descendent Student of “Jack Schwarz (1924-2000) Internationally sought as Philosopher/Psychic Consultant”.
6 years study at RAMTHA’s Original School of Consciousness and Energy, Study of True Essence – Secret Manifestational Knowledge. 6 years Eastern Philosophical Study with Ms. Joy Gilbert, facilitator of seminars globally teaching “The Open Heart”.

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

Click on the thumbnail below to enlarge Cover Option A

CP_V1 Cover A

Click on the thumbnail below to enlarge Cover Option B

CP_VBCover B

 

 
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Posted by on October 22, 2014 in Survey Poll, Uncategorized

 

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Benjamin Franklin Awards Deadline Approaching for Self-Publishing Authors

The deadline for the Benjamin Franklin Awards is sneaking up. Book Award season is upon us, so register now and find out just what recognitions and awards can do for the sale of your book. If your book was published in 2014, or if you plan to complete publishing this year, then the Benjamin Franklin Book Awards is for you.

The Benjamin Franklin Awards, administered by the Independent Book Publishers Association, are among the most respected book awards in the country. The awards recognize excellence in both editorial and design. The specific genre categories are judged by three industry professionals, coming from the library, bookstore, reviewer, designer, publicity and editorial markets.

Winners and finalists are recognized at a gala event at the Benjamin Franklin Awards ceremony during the association’s Publishing University, scheduled for April 10-11, 2015 in Austin, Texas. Winners receive an engraved crystal trophy. All winners and finalists are announced to the major trade journals and media.

As an Outskirts Press published author, you can have us handle all of the submission details for you. With your purchase of this package and your eligible book, we will handle all the details, including:

  • Award submission fee
  • Registering your book with the contest
  • Sending them each the necessary review copies of your book
  • Accurately and completely filling out the necessary entry forms
  • Selecting the most appropriate category for your book
  • Shipping and handling costs of your book to each of the contest’s multiple judges

Click here for details or to order the Benjamin Franklin Awards today.
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You can save 25% by submitting your book to multiple awards contests at the same time with the exclusive Outskirts Press Book Award Submission package.

 
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Posted by on October 22, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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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!


Being Different

by Doug Fratianne

(5 Stars – 3 Customer Reviews)

Price: $9.95

Doug Fratianne’s “Being Different.” Yes, sometimes you can be victorious over bullying! Trudy, during her three years of middle school, is faced with serious speech difficulties, and she must cope with teasing and bullying from classmates. She befriends a girl who was her most abusive bully with a selfless gesture of good will. This book can give hope to other youngsters who face challenges and who are bullied themselves.

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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How the New York Times Can Get You Priceless Exposure with Willing Readers

It’s not often a golden opportunity for priceless book exposure comes along. For self-published authors in particular, the value of seizing these opportunities can’t be overstated.

What better opportunity could there be for exposure than visibility in a respected publication that reaches millions? This holiday season, you can make the most of readers’ eagerness to buy by getting your book inexpensive exposure via a co-op ad in the New York Times Holiday Books Edition. A key component of the Outskirts Press exclusive 2014 Holiday Marketing Bundle, this ad comes with several priceless book marketing advantages:

  • Ad space in the New York Times Holiday Books Edition. The New York Times is an established and highly respected publication that continues to attract a loyal following, even as other publications flounder.
  • Exposure to more than 4 million readers! Published each December, this much-anticipated special edition places your book in front of more than 4 million subscribers. This type of exposure doesn’t come along often, and rarely does it come at a better time than during the holidays.
  • Targeted exposure before the right audience. What better place to advertise your book than in a publication specifically targeted to motivated book-buyers? Even with a full NYT ad, there’s no guarantee that the individuals viewing your ad in that edition are on the hunt for books. The Holiday Books Edition, on the other hand, goes directly to 4 million-plus subscribers with a high average income, who are actively looking for what you’re selling.
  • Inexpensive and cost-effective marketing. The average price for a full ad in the prestigious New York Times can run upwards of $40,000! A co-op ad in this NYT special edition can be yours for only a tiny fraction of that price.
  • A highly visible ad that lets you cut through the clutter. With your co-op ad through Outskirts Press, you’ll share space in the New York Times Holiday Books Edition with no more than 11 other Outskirts Press books. That means your book is always front-and-center and prominently displayed.

Give yourself the gift of targeted, cost-effective exposure to millions of motivated book buyers this holiday season with help from Outskirts Press.

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IT’S HERE – THE HOLIDAY MARKETING BUNDLE!

If you’re interested in the New York Times holiday co-op ad, how about even more bang for your buck by taking advantage of the Holiday Marketing Bundle. This marketing package includes:

  • Ad space in the New York Times Holiday Books Edition.
  • An exclusive feature spotlight on the Outskirts Press blog
  • Holiday Book Video Trailer and Distribution
  • Annual storage fees waived for 2015
  • 5 Hours of Personal Marketing Assistance
  • 2015 Book Marketing Calendar
  • Amazon Listing Optimization

The only way you can lose with this amazing holiday marketing bundle is if you wait too long. This offer is available on a first-come, first-served basis to the first 12 authors who order by October 31, 2014.

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Posted by on October 21, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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