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Learn How to Get Your Book Noticed — and Compete for Valuable Prizes — in Book Awards Competitions

As a self-publishing author, you know the value of positive publicity in your marketing efforts. Without the backing of a traditional publishing house, your marketing is solely up to you and your marketing service provider, so every “selling point” you can get is priceless.Book Contests

Now you can save 25% and enjoy maximum convenience by allowing us to submit your book to 6 recognized, vetted and reputable book award contests, some of which offer major cash and prizes (Writer’s Digest and Foreword) and all of which offer the chance for extra exposure, recognition and the chance to add the descriptor “award-winning” to your title. This promotion is part of Outskirts Press’ Spring Season Book Awards Submissions.

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It used to be that simply having a published book was indicative of supremely high quality, but now that self-publishing is available for everyone, winning a book award is one of the most powerful and effective ways you can make your book stand above the crowd. With so many book awards and contests available, Outskirts Press has pre-screened and vetted 6 contests. Outskirts Press can facilitate the submission details to all these contests for you. With your purchase of this package and your eligible book, we will handle all the details, including:

  • the 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 (if we’re not sure, we’ll ask you)
  • shipping and handling costs of your book to each of the contest’s multiple judges


Writer's DigestThe Writer’s Digest International Self-Publishing Book Awards

You could win $3,000 cash and promotion in Writer’s Digest and Publisher’s Weekly!

Outskirts Press is already the sponsor and publisher of Writer’s Digest’s annual Writing Competition Collection, which is one of the most renowned short story contests in the country. Now Outskirts Press can help you participate in the Writer’s Digest International Self-Publishing contest for books. You may be eligible to receive part of more than $17,000 in cash and prizes, including the $3,000 Grand Prize, 10 First Place prizes of $1,000 and Honorable Mentions.


The National Best Books

Every year USA Book News honors outstanding mainstream and independent books with their National Best Books Award. USA Book News Exposure: A six-month book listing that includes your color book cover, a brief paragraph about your title and a hyperlink to your website. Fantastic coverage for the busy holiday season! Additional coverage in the USABN E-zine, sent to thousands of book buyers. Coverage of results from the USA Book News network of media outlets and industry contacts for exposure to over 500,000 subscribers. In addition, the USA Book News national media campaign highlighting the winners and finalists runs from October through January.


The Next Generation Indie Book AwardsNext Generation Indie Book Awards

The Next Generation Indie Book Awards submission service through Outskirts Press is open for English-language books. Prizes range from $250 to $1,000 cash, plus a listing in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards Catalog which is distributed to book buyers, media and others; exposure for your book on websites and blogs, and the opportunity to display Finalist or Winner stickers on your book.

In the past, the top 70 books have been reviewed by New York literary agent Marilyn Allen of Allen O’Shea Literary Agency or one of Allen’s co-agents for possible representation in areas such as distribution, foreign rights, film rights and other rights. Allen has worked with many best-selling authors including Stephen King, Ken Follett, Barbara Kingsolver, John Gray, Mary Higgins Clark and many more.


Reader Views Literary AwardThe Reader Views Literary Awards

How would you like to become eligible to win thousands of dollars in marketing support AND a Literary Award at the same time? The annual Reader Views Literary Awards were established to honor writers who self-published or had their books published alternatively by a self-publishing company. In years past, winners of the Reader Views Literary Award have received $1,000s of dollars of expert marketing assistance from renown marketing experts.


Benjamin Franklin Awards

The Benjamin Franklin Awards 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. The winners in each category will be announced at the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards presentation during the Publishing University at the Book Expo of America. Finalists will receive a certificate of excellence; winners will receive the Benjamin Franklin Award trophy. All finalists will be displayed during the Publishing University and at the Awards Ceremony and all winners will be displayed in a special booth at Book Expo America. Winners and finalists will also be featured on the IBPA website, among other places.


ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year AwardForeWord Magazine's Book of the Year Award

Win $1,500 in cash. ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year Awards were established to bring increased attention from librarians and booksellers to the literary achievements of independent publishers and their authors. First, second, and third place winners will be awarded in each category. A $1,500 cash prize will also be awarded to Best Fiction and Best Nonfiction as determined by the editors of ForeWord Magazine. ForeWord Magazine reserves the right to withhold an award in any category should submissions not meet criteria outlined by editorial and professional production standards mentioned above. All cash prizes are solely at the discretion of ForeWord Magazine.
Winners and finalists will also be featured in ForeWord Magazine and elsewhere.

Important: Be sure your book is eligible for the Book Award Submissions Package by checking the copyright date on the copyright page of your book. If your book has a copyright date in the same year as the year you are ordering this package, you are eligible. If your book has a copyright date in the year prior to your order, please double-check your eligibility with If your book has a copyright date 2 years (or more) prior to your order, your book is no longer eligible to enter these awards.

 Now’s the time to take advantage of hassle-free submission to some of the most prestigious book awards in the country. Learn more about how to get your book recognized!

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Posted by on October 20, 2014 in Awards, Book Awards, book marketing


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Amazon Featured Book-of-the-Week

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

The Love Trap

by Vera Steppeler

(4.5 Stars – 3 Customer Reviews)

Price: $16.95

Vera Steppeler’s “The Love Trap.” Bianca seemed to have it all: She married an American soldier in postwar Germany. After moving to the U.S. and with kids grown, Bianca enters the business world and soon finds herself caught up in a torrid, May-December romance with Frederick, a younger man at the office, ‘The Love Trap’ with all the anguish, upheaval, hope and heartbreak three people can endure in an affair. Will Bianca come to a realization about who, truly, is the love of her life? Will it be too late to find happiness? The Love Trap is a thought-provoking novel for anyone considering leaving a marriage for a more exciting life with someone else. It also serves as a cautionary tale to the tempted to weigh the pros and cons before making the leap into infidelity.

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Self-Publishing Author Spotlight: Arquila A. Todd

Outskirts Press is regularly impressed with the candor and creativity of our self-publishing authors. It takes a great deal of discipline and devotion to produce a book, particularly one that deals with topics of a personal and/or spiritual nature. This week’s spotlight author has undertaken this endeavor not just once but three times.Arquila A. Todd

Today we shine our Self-Publishing Author Spotlight on Arquila A. Todd. This inspired — and inspirational — woman has penned three books dealing with spiritual and African-American issues, all published with Outskirts Press.

Arquila Todd turned to her spiritual foundation for help because her dating relationships were in chaos. She affirms there is no help like Holy Ghost help. She lives in Arlington, Texas.

My TestimonyMy Testimony

Not only does the man choose the woman, but anytime a woman chases a man, he runs. Genesis 39:6b–13 says, Now Joseph was well-built and handsome, and after a while his master’s wife took notice of Joseph and said, “Come to bed with me!” But he refused. “With me in charge,” he told her, “my master does not concern himself with anything in the house; everything he owns he has entrusted to my care. No one is greater in this house than I am. My master withheld nothing from me except you, because you are his wife. How then could I do such a wicked thing and sin against God?” And though she spoke to Joseph day after day, he refused to go to bed with her or even be with her. One day he went into the house to attend to his duties, and none of the household servants were inside. She caught him by his cloak and said, “Come to bed with me!” But he left his cloak in her hand and ran out of the house.”

We see here Pharaoh’s wife offered herself to Joseph. She chased after him. When a woman chases a man, he runs. God never intended for women to chase men. Now, a man may sleep with you since you are offering, but since you were not his choice, you will be forever chasing him. He will be with you because of what you are giving him. But as soon as the gifts are gone or he has had enough of you or someone else catches his eye, he is gone.

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Format: 6.14 x 9.21 paperback, 238 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Nov 29, 2009)
ISBN10: 1432741411
ISBN13: 9781432741419
Genre: LITERARY CRITICISM / American / African American

The Brain Washing of Black AmericaThe Brain Washing of Black America

More than four decades after the Civil Rights bill, African-Americans still face tremendous and blatant discrimination in their daily lives. In this raw, eye-opening book, Arquila A. Todd shares her own remarkable experiences as she encounters prejudice on the job and in society—and then learns how to fight back. As she explains, the key lies in finding the strength and wisdom in scripture and rejecting the slave mentality to which so many African-Americans have succumbed. Through this book you’ll learn:

• How the Bible can help you to deal with hostility and disrespect from adult bullies
• The scriptural strength to reject blame for things that are not your fault
• Bible-based strategies to rise above life’s difficulties
• Ways to hold those in authority accountable
• Why so many African-Americans think less of themselves without even knowing it—and how to turn the tide on this self-destructive phenomenon.

As the Bible teaches, confrontation is often the catalyst that changes situations for the better. But without the right training, confronting evil is ineffective more often than not. With The Brainwashing of Black America, you’ll gain the necessary tools to fight entrenched racism and discrimination. Join Todd as she describes situation after situation in which attempts to bring her low were met with table-turning scripture that put her enemy under her feet. By putting her strategies into practice, you can help contribute to meaningful, long-term change and give your children a better future.

Product details…
Format: 6.14 x 9.21 paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Jan 31, 2011)
ISBN10: 1432753894
ISBN13: 9781432753894
Genre: SELF-HELP / Spiritual


Do jealous tendencies often get the best of you? Does your companion know how to rattle your cage? What are the signs of a dead-end relationship? Is it possible to live without drama when faced with desertion, disrespect, and dishonesty? How do you hold on to your sanity and protect your own self-worth? DATE SMART addresses the many challenges of dating in today’s society. Based on the lessons taught in the Word of God, this book is filled with scriptural passages that heal, teach, renew, and strengthen an individual and her relationships. God is eager for us to grow in wisdom, to overcome our mistakes and learn from them. By applying biblical wisdom, your relationships will be enriched and enhanced–in a positive and life-changing way. The fundamental and foundational dating principles in Date Smart are the perfect first step in taking charge of your dating life. You’ll learn how to:

• Promote devotion, loyalty and faithfulness
• Inspire unity, teamwork, respect and accountability
• Foster integrity
• Communicate and problem solve so your relationship can be deep and lasting
• Deepen intimacy
• Develop a mutual exchange of care and concern
• Test your companion’s words to detect if he is being honest
• Encourage your mate to be responsible, reliable and so much more.

Product details…
Format: 6.14 x 9.21 paperback, 159 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Dec 10, 2013)
ISBN10: 1478700270
ISBN13: 9781478700272
Genre: SELF-HELP / Spiritual

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Posted by on October 16, 2014 in Author Spotlight


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Outskirts Press Best-Selling Author Shares Her Four Steps to Social Media Success

How do successful authors build their brands? And what does ‘success’ look like when it comes to crafting a social media presence? When you are ready to publish, these questions can lead to some complicated answers. But it doesn’t have to be that way! social media iconsAuthor and actress Mirtha Michelle Castro Marmol is perhaps best known for her roles in the “Fast & Furious” franchise and the upcoming film, “AWOL-72.” Her first book of poetry, Letters, To The Men I Have Loved, was released by Outskirts Press in June of 2014 and quickly climbed through the bestseller ranks. In a recent interview with us, Mirtha Michelle credits much of her success to a quality relationship with what she calls her “social media family.” In her own words, here are four simple tips she offers to the newly published author:

  1. Diversify your platform. Mirtha Michelle keeps readers up-to-date on her activities and poetry through Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram–a rigorous and diverse digital platform that ensures her words reach as many people as possible. “Social media has helped me get to know my readers and my audience,” she says, and it is important that she reach her readers wherever they are to be found.
  2. Create original content, and regularly. “Two years ago,” Mirtha Michelle tells us, “I just posted about my life a little bit–my outfits, if I went out somewhere exciting, and so on. But after a while, I started posting quotes I liked, and I started to see that social media was an outlet to express myself and show what I was working on.” She began posting more intentionally about her ongoing projects, with the intent of bringing her followers alongside as her work continues to evolve: “I see it as a job, to be honest. I pay close attention to my social media.” She makes a point of posting new and original content several times a week, including artistically and professionally shot photographs of her poetry.
  3. Positivity helps. Mirtha Michelle’s initials make up a personalized hashtag, #MMCM. This hashtag helps her readers connect across social media platforms, and has become a bastion for positivity and healthy relationships. In their comments on her blog, fans often cite her work as instrumental in helping them through difficult times. “I wish I could reply to every single person who writes a comment,” she says, “and I wish I could thank every person.” It can be challenging to keep up with every follower, but Mirtha Michelle goes to great lengths to ensure they know she’s listening: “I try to respond to everyone on Tumblr, because I really, really care.” Readers return to Mirtha Michelle’s blog, and her poetry, again and again–in large part because of her optimism and her genuine interest in their lives.
  4. Be authentic. “Write your heart,” Mirtha Michelle advises. “Imagine you’re meditating with your computer, with words. Really listen to your soul, so you can express what it wants to say.” Even on social media, she tells us, “I don’t try to be anything I’m not.”

Mirtha Michelle’s book, Letters, To The Men I Have Loved, is available through iTunes, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and the Outskirts Press Direct bookstore. You may not already be a social media expert, but Outskirts Press is here to help! With our Author Platform Set-up Through Social Media option we handle everything you need to launch your book in the social media world. Plus we make it easy to sell your book through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Apple’s iBook store. When it comes to creating a digital platform, we’ve got you covered.

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Every author wants to make the best first impression with his or her cover when it hits the shelf or is posted on the web, and an exclusive custom cover, designed specifically for that book, is probably the single most important element in making that striking first impression. If your book doesn’t stand out, it may never be picked up! A Custom Cover Design not only gives authors a far greater chance for an immediately favorable response to their books, it also helps convey a sense of the style, tone and content inside, and that too has an immediate effect on potential buyers. This option is normally $499 but if you start today it’s FREE! Just enter the promotion code COVEROCT14 when checking out of your shopping cart while purchasing the popular Diamond package or the full color Pearl publishing package by October 31, 2014. In addition to receiving a FREE Custom Cover for your book, 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 almost $1,000 of free stuff in October!

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Amazon Featured Book-of-the-Week

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

Michael Divine

by T.J. Richards

(4.5 Stars – 7 Customer Reviews)

Price: $13.95

T.J. Richards’s “Michael Divine.” Michael was a normal high school senior until everything starting going to hell…literally. Gabriel, one of Heaven’s most fearsome angels, has been looking for Michael for some time now. Finally, he spots a spectacular glow, which must be where Michael is. But if Gabriel has found Michael, his enemies surely have as well. Michael discovers he is not who he thought he was, and he learns of the terrifying journey he must take. Will Michael prevail in this war between good and evil?

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Make Any Child a Literary Star with Custom Children’s Books from Outskirts Press

With vivid imaginations and a natural sense of adventure, children revel in creating their own make-believe worlds. Now, you can encourage the joy of childhood discovery with a gift that plays upon these creative inclinations — and satisfy your own desire to Fully illustrated custom children's bookbecome a self-publishing author! How? With a fully illustrated Custom Children’s Book from Outskirts Press.

This beautifully illustrated, 28-page children’s book is already written and awaiting only a few vital details from you. Simply choose a book for a girl or a boy, select the ethnicity of the characters, then provide the names of the child you wish to cast as the main character and the two supporting characters. Finally, add your own title and byline, and your custom book is ready to go. It’s that simple!

The best part is that within just a few keyboard clicks a precious keepsake is available for the whole family to enjoy. Friends and relatives of your little literary star can buy their own fully illustrated paperback or electronic copy of your book, and you can collect royalties on each copy you sell.

Want an simple, affordable children’s gift that will be cherished for years to come? Get started on your Custom Children’s Book from Outskirts Press today!

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Top 10 Good Reads for Columbus Day

If you’re among the lucky ones enjoying a day off work in honor of Columbus Day, take the day to learn more about the spirit of exploration. In honor of the Columbus Day holiday — and the intrepid Italian explorer, Christopher Columbus, who set sail from Spain on a dangerous journey to find the Americas — we’ve explored the Outskirts Press bookstore in search of books from our talented self-publishing authors that exemplify that enterprising spirit.

Whether you wish to learn about the journey of explorers like Columbus, hear the tales other Italian immigrants, encourage your youngster to explore, or simply discover the cuisine of Columbus’ native Italy, there’s a book on this list for you. Set sail on a journey of your own … a literary journey!

Around the World

Beyond the Ocean's Edge

The Incredible Adventures of Enrique Diaz

Mom Macri's Best Italian Recipes

Momma Lombardo's Recipes

The NewComers

Nobody Washes Me, I'm Italian

Queen Vernita's Visitors

Sins Of A Queen

Sleeping With the Seven Fishes

 Are you exploring the possibility of writing and self-publishing a book of your own? Let Outskirts Press get you started on your book publishing journey!

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Posted by on October 13, 2014 in Top 10


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