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Top 5 Marketing Options for Self-Publishing Authors in 2014

2014 is quickly coming to an end. As you begin planning your marketing goals and setting your marketing budget for 2015, we wanted to share with you the top 5 marketing options selected by Outskirts Press authors this year. The following options have been highest in demand by Outskirts Press published authors in the last 12 months.

  1. Amazon Kindle Edition – This electronic edition makes your book available on Amazon’s Kindle ebook reading devices (and apps) for readers to instantly purchase and download. It’s the perfect way to make your book more visible and accessible to a wider reading audience.
  2. Book Blast Package – This cost-effective package contains five powerful book marketing services, all at a 25% discount below the a la carte price:Custom Press Release, PR Publicist Campaign, Book Review Submission Service, Book Video with Distribution and Personal Marketing Assistant (5 hours).
  3. Amazon Extreme Package – Benefit from three valuable marketing services for one great price: Amazon Kindle Edition, Amazon Search Inside the Book Submission and Amazon Cover Enhancement
  4. Barnes & Noble Nook Edition – We’ll ensure that your book is properly submitted to Barnes & Noble so you can take advantage of the huge Nook  ebook marketplace.
  5. Standard iPad Edition – Reach out to millions of dedicated iPad/iPhone ebook readers through the popular iBookstore.

Now is the time to start planning your marketing efforts for the New Year. These are just a few of the marketing options Outskirts Press offers. To view the full list, click the Marketing Solutions button below.

 

GIVE A SELF-PUBLISHING GIFT CERTIFICATE!

Outskirts Press Gift CertificateSelf-publishing gift certificates make the perfect holiday treat for your favorite writer! As we approach the holidays (Christmas is 10 days away! Yikes!), it’s time to buckle down on your last minute decisions for shopping during the holidays. What kind of gift can you get in a crunch? What about a gift certificate that allows the writer in your life fulfill their dreams of getting their book published? Here’s how it works:

  1. Click here and complete your purchase of the certificate.
  2. We will email you to find out who the special author is and whether you want to include any special messaging on your gift notification.
  3. If the writer isn’t yet registered with us, we will create a free account for them and apply the $99 credit to their new account.
  4. If they are already registered and/or published with us, we will apply the $99 credit to their existing Publishing Center account.
  5. Once the credit has been applied to the writer’s account, we will notify them via email of your special gift using any messaging you provided to us.

No waiting. No fuss. No rushing to ship off a gift at the last minute. It’s perfect – in every sense of the word! Get your favorite writer a self-publishing gift certificate today!

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TOP 10 DIAMOND BOOKS FROM OUTSKIRTS PRESS AUTHORS
 

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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!


The Birth of a Vigilante

by Russell West

Price: $9.95

Russell West’s “The Birth of a Vigilante.” Brilliant, sensitive, and gifted, Titus Booth has the world by the tail. His adoring father runs a thriving mercantile, while his beautiful mother arranges an unorthodox and entertaining education for her beloved boy genius. But the death of his much-loved Granny Tess sets in motion a series of tragedies that make the young boy question his very being.

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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New Outskirts Press White Paper to Aid Authors in their Choice to Publish Independently

While self-publishing has gained popularity in recent years, it remains a mysterious process to many authors. Outskirts Press, the fastest-growing self-publishing service provider, has released a free, downloadable white paper designed to help new and traditionally published authors decide whether self-publishing is right for them.

Getting a book to publication is a complex process, one that has driven many talented authors to solicit traditional publishing houses to publish their works, or has kept already published authors from considering independent publishing. Often, it’s fear of the unknown and a desire for author support that keeps traditional publishers in business. But there are distinct advantages to self-publishing that new authors – or authors who are cuDiving into Self-Publishing?rrently traditionally published – should consider: With self-publishing, authors enjoy much higher royalties, greater creative control and as much or as little support as they feel they need during the publication process.

Outskirts Press has released its free, downloadable white paper, “Diving into Self-Publishing?,” to help these authors navigate their decision to self-publish. The informational document addresses a number of important questions authors should ask themselves about the self-publishing process, including:

• Why choose self-publishing?
• How much does self-publishing cost?
• What is an ISBN?
• What do I need to know about copy editing?
• What do I need to know about formatting?
• And many more …

The white paper not only explains authors’ most common questions, but dispels commonly held myths about the quality of self-published books and upfront costs (Hint: Thanks to print-on-demand, publishing costs are much lower than many think!),

Take advantage of priceless expert self-publishing advice at no charge. Download a FREE copy of Outskirts Press’ “Diving into Self-publishing.”

 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 December 16, 2014 in Advice

 

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3 Tips for Self-Publishing During the Holidays

So, Black Friday 2014 has passed and you survived it intact. Pat yourself on the back for keeping your wits, and your sanity, about you during the rush.

Now, as a soon-to-be published author, you may be wondering whether you’ve lost out on the holiday book-buying rush by not getting your book to print by Black Friday. Would you believe it may not be too late to put shoppers’ holiday buying urges to work for you?

Just in time for Christmas, here are 3 tips for self-publishing during the holidays that should brighten your holidays, whether you’re new to Outskirts Press or new to self-publishing in general:

  1. Go electronic. Most authors who are publishing for the first time forget that paperback and hardback aren’t their only selling options. In fact, e-books are a large and growing segment of the bookselling market. Start publishing your book in an e-book format at the same time as your hardcopy format. The e-book format will be available in no time, and can help generate buzz for your hardcopy format before it’s published.
  2. Think long-term. If you’re publishing for the first time, think ahead to upcoming book-buying opportunities. It can take about 12 weeks from start to finish to get a new paperback book to print. While you rush your e-book to market for Christmas, look to Valentine’s Day, birthdays, anniversaries, summer reading and other big book-buying occasions as opportunities to debut the paperback edition.
  3. Save money. If you start publishing with Outskirts Press this month, you can save 10% on your publishing package. That means you can still start publishing now and have more money in your pocket for holiday shopping! See below for details.

Take advantage of these self-publishing tips and have yourself a merry little Christmas!

RECEIVE 10% OFF OUR TWO MOST POPULAR PACKAGES!
The Ultimate Diamond Publishing Service
Was: $999
Now only $899!

  • Included Amazon distribution and ISBN
  • Get a free e-book edition
  • Get a free author webpage

Promotion Code: 10DSCT2014
Promotion Dates: December 15-31

Watch the Diamond video here

In addition to receiving a 10% off publishing packages, 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 over $600 of free stuff!

Click to order the Diamond Package

The Full-Color Pearl Publishing Service
Was: $1099
Now only $989!

  • Included Amazon distribution and ISBN
  • Browse our illustration packages
  • Get a free author webpage

Promotion Code: 10DSCT2014
Promotion Dates: December 15-31

Watch the Pearl video here

For all the promotion details, please click here. Isn’t it time for you to get started today?

Click to order the Pearl Package

TOP 5 PUBLISHING HEADLINES
AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT & SUCCESS STORY


“I enjoyed my experience with Outskirts Press. Bridget was awesome. I am now currently working on two more books and I will definitely be publishing with Outskirts Press again. Thanks for a book well done.”

Sharon Denise Jones is the youngest of five siblings. She was born and raised in Lexington Tennessee. She grew up on a small farm and was always considered a tomboy. Helping on the farm and cooking with her mother were the best days of her childhood. Especially holidays, when her mother would make sure her sister Jackie and Sharon were involved in the kitchen in some way. She’s happily married to Anthony Bernard Jones, and also a proud mother of three wonderful children and the grandmother of three. As she got older, she realized that cooking and taking care of people with special needs are her passions.

This lavishly produced book, Cooking Up With The Jones’, brims with color photographs of food and two substitution charts. This book was produced to have mass-market appeal to those who are just beginning to cook and say they can’t even boil water; and second, for those who have been trying to cook and wonder why their meals don’t taste like Mother’s or Grandma’s cooking, or even the food of their favorite Restaurant. In Cooking Up With The Jones’, you will find those flavors with recipes that range from appetizers, desserts-such as Old Fashioned Pound Cakes, Meats, Buttermilk Pancakes, and plenty more. Included are substitution charts that will benefit others on a more restrictive diet.

- Sharon Denise Jones, author of Cooking Up With the Jones’

 

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The Fictitian by Linda Griffith Virtual Book Tour

As an author in this economy, you have 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 aren’t the most affordable method of promotion. However, technology has made it possible for an alternative.

Take note from self-publishing Outskirts Press author, Linda Griffith, who is taking his latest book, The Fictitian, 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, J.C. 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 Fictitian.

The Fictitian book cover

OP: Tell us a little bit about The Fictitian. What is it about?

LG: There are 8 short stories in my book that came from whispered tales from my family during family gatherings and stories that total strangers told me during the time I was a street cop on the streets of Chicago.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

LG: I have been writing and collecting stories all of my life and I always said that I would get them published after I retired. I retired in May of 2013.

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

LG: Anyone who likes reading short stories will love my book. The stories are gripping and gritty.

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

LG: The stories in my book are written to make the reader feel as if they are in the story with the characters.

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

LG: I published a book of poems in 2000. I am editing my second book of short stories now. They should be completed by late 2014.

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

The Fictitian Author Linda GriffithABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Coming from a large family of ten children, Linda Griffith grew up listening to her relatives telling tales during family visits and functions. As a member of the Chicago Police Department, Linda heard even more tales on the streets. Today she is retired and surrounds herself with giggling grandchildren who love to hear her stories.

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For more information or to contact the author, visit www.outskirtspress.com/thefictitian

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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NYT Holiday Books Edition Features Author Dr. Darlene Pearce’s ‘Pearls of Wisdom in the Queen’s Tea Cup’

For twelve Outskirts Press self-publishing authors, this is proving to be an exciting time of year — the time when their books appear in the annual the New York Times Holiday Books Edition. Published each December, this edition of the NYT Book Review is distributed to nearly 5 million people, and in the pages of that edition is the Outskirts Press co-op announcement (featured at the end of this blog post).

Today we shine the holiday spotlight on author Dr. Darlene Pearce’s book of inspiration, Pearls of Wisdom in the Queen’s Tea Cup.

Pearls of Wisdom in the Queen's Tea CupPearls of Wisdom in the Queen’s Tea Cup

Pearls of Wisdom in the Queen’s Tea Cup strings threads of wisdom that poured out of my heart for me to write this book to inspire Ladies and Little Ladies to know that they are precious Pearls of Christ. He has revealed through his Spiritual wisdom to me that his daughters are rare gems like as purity pearl with essence of innocence of beauty, which will turn her into a valued virtuous woman as she grows patient in grace with integrity, dignity, and poise to know she is a Beloved Pearl as a Lady in waiting for her betrothal. So ladies drink up on a cup of this Tea Love book, full of wisdom, one page at a time and you will find it will be a fulfilling time for you. Then after enjoying reading with Tea Time past it on to a sister friend as an heirloom treasure forever. By Dr. Darlene Pearce, Author and Poet – the Queen who is known by her Tea Cup of Wisdom. Look forward to indulging with her next tea book in this inspirational series, A Teava Lady Who’s Designed by God.

Product details…
Hardback
Format: 5.5 x 8.5 economy color hardback with jacket, 216 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Aug 19, 2014)
ISBN10: 1478736631
ISBN13: 9781478736639
Genre: RELIGION / Inspirational

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Pastor Dr. Darlene Pearce is a native of Philadelphia. Her passion is God, who is the author and finisher of her faith. In 1997 she founded her non-profit organization, Ladies of Legacy Dynasty Foundation, which empowers, strengthens, and builds up women from prison and transitional homes to prepare and sustain professionalism in the work force with tea. In 2013, she birthed the Ladies and Little Ladies of Legacy Tea Club, which hosts social tea parties monthly. She’s an author, poet and writer of many books. Look forward to the Tea Lady Queen’s series of tea books that are being soon released from her Teava Ladies Book Club— A Teava Lady Who’s Designed by God; Daya, the Black Princesses Tea Girl; Let’s Have a Tea Party Ladies; Hope is in Your Cup of Tea, and The Meaningful Tea Pearls.

Take a peek at the New York Times Holiday Books Edition co-op ad that puts this book in front of nearly 5 million readers.

All of the New York Times Holiday Books Edition, 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 bookstore at http://outskirtspress.com/bookstore for discounts ranging from 10% – 55%.

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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!


A Love to Remember

by Sun Eastley

Price: $19.95

Sun Eastley’s “A Love to Remember.” From Cuba to Miami, Gloria had chosen to leave Cub and she judged that it was necessary to return to the United States with the kids because no matter what she said to them in English, they always answered her in Spanish. Her husband, Thomas, was not in favor but set up an office and employed a college girl who fell in love with him and seduced him. They both embarked on love boat but try to hide the secret. Will Gloria’s move to the United States be her downfall?

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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