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Promote your book to larger audiences with Co-op Ads!

Did you know that at Outskirts Press, we can help you save money while promoting your book to large audiences of national magazines like Spirituality & Health?

Reach thousands of affluent and spiritual book buyers with this popular co-op advertisement opportunity. You can advertise your book to over 200,000 readers who are exploring the spiritual journey to self-knowledge, authenticity, and integration for a fraction of what it would cost to run a color advertisement on your own.

With our co-op advertising program, your book will occupy approximately a 2″ x 2.5″ space along with other select titles within a full-color, full-page ad. Spaces are limited to 12 books per issue and fill up fast.

Register today, March 4th, to reserve your space in this ad.

Other co-op opportunities include: Bookmarks Magazine, ForeWord Magazine, Publishers Weekly and Boston Review.

 

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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 Season for Ravens

by Will Ottinger

(4.5 Stars – 22 Customer Reviews)

Price: $17.95

Will Ottinger’s “A Season for Ravens.” 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. The three fight to survive on the ground and in the high arena where the average lifespan is three weeks. Meticulously researched and historically accurate, A Season for Ravens is a fast-paced novel recounting the first aerial war where sudden death is deemed an acceptable gamble.

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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Start Publishing and receive a FREE Kindle AND NOOK!

FREE Kindle format and NOOK format of your self-published book! Start today with the promotion code below!

Make your book available on the 2 most popular e-book reading devices, the Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble NOOK. More formats on Amazon and Barnes & Noble means more exposure in the e-book device world. Only books that have been submitted to the Amazon Kindle and the NOOK in the required formats are available for Kindle and NOOK readers to purchase and enjoy. These 2 valuable, popular options are now FREE for authors who start publishing today. If you start right now and choose to publish with our industry-leading Diamond publishing service or our full-color Pearl publishing service, you will receive a FREE Amazon Kindle e-book format and a NOOK format at the time of publication.

Enter the promotion code KINDLENOOK15 when checking out of your shopping cart while purchasing the popular Diamond package or the full color Pearl publishing package.

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31 Ways for Would-Be Authors to Self-Promote During Small Press Month

Every year during the month of March, Outskirts Press joins indie companies all across the United States in celebrating independent publishers and the talented self-publishing authors we serve. As an aspiring self-publishing author, you’re a pioneer at the cusp of a new era in literature. In fact, nowhere will you find a more eclectic, determined, creative and talented population of artists than those who write at their own will.

So, claim your rightful recognition! This month of celebration is your opportunity to promote yourself and your upcoming book with 31 effective marketing and promotion tactics. Throughout the month of March, take a moment each day to make an important step toward successfully marketing yourself as a writer. Here, we offer one simple tip for each day of the month that will help you advance-promote your future book:

March 1 – Start up. If you haven’t already, get that manuscript finished. Small Press Month is the perfect time to take the plunge or finish what you started. With just 1,700 or so words per day, you could conceivably have a novel finished by April Fool’s Day!

March 2 – Bone up. Become the local authority on Small Press Month. Do a little research about the history of independent publishing, your publisher (Outskirts Press) and what Small Press Month is all about, then offer yourself as a resource to local media. This will help you build your platform as a local writer and self-publishing author.

March 3 – Pay it forward. Treat yourself now to a few Outskirts Press self-publishing gift cards that you can spend when you’re ready to publish. Buy one or two per month, and by the time you’re ready to publish, you’ll be able to painlessly purchase everything you need to self-publish and promote a high-quality book.

March 4 – Connect. Meet with other independent published and prospective authors in your area, either in person with a local writers’ guild or online via social media. Not only can these comrades offer you advice to strengthen your skills, but you can also pool resources with them and learn more about promoting before, during and after publishing. For example, Outskirts Press already has a growing community of active and passionate fans/followers on Facebook and Twitter, with whom you can connect at any time. There’s a lot to do, and many minds are a better than one.

March 5 – Alert the media. Send a press release to the local media (newspapers, radio, television) mentioning Small Press Month, your knowledge of the industry, your connection to the community and your upcoming independently published book. Your press release should explain what Small Press Month is, why it’s important, what local organizations are doing to celebrate, and how the media can contact you for additional information. Supplement the press release with information about the release date of your own book, if applicable.

Want more tips? Visit our blog to read the full post or follow us on Facebook to get a tip each day throughout the month.

START PUBLISHING AND GET A FREE KINDLE AND FREE NOOK!

Jump-start your marketing efforts into today’s electronic world with a FREE Kindle edition AND NOOK edition of your self-published book! Start today with the promotion code below!

Make your book available on the 2 most popular ebook reading devices, the Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble NOOK. More formats on Amazon and Barnes & Noble means more exposure in the ebook device world. Only books that have been submitted to the Amazon Kindle and the NOOK in the required formats are available for Kindle and NOOK readers to purchase and enjoy.

These 2 valuable, popular options are now FREE for authors who start publishing today. If you start right now and choose to publish with our industry-leading Diamond publishing service or our full-color Pearl publishing service, you will receive a FREE Amazon Kindle e-book edition and a NOOK edition at the time of publication.

Enter the promotion code KINDLENOOK15 when checking out of your shopping cart while purchasing the popular Diamond package or the full color Pearl publishing package.

Click to order the Diamond Package
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TOP 5 PUBLISHING HEADLINES
AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT & SUCCESS STORY

“With this being my very first experience with a publisher, I would have to say it was amazing! My book turned out just lovely!”

Throughout her life, Luvicia has used poetry as a means to cope with family dysfunction, heartbreaks, reunions, and many more unpleasant life situations. Her writing is true and honest, which allows her to become a better writer by character, not by luck. Luvicia is happily married to her husband and soul mate! They reside in Midwest City, Oklahoma.

Writing, for Luvicia, has been a tremendous joy throughout the years. Poetry has helped in times of fear, sadness, loss, excitement, and happiness. The author LOVES to express who she is through her work, and hopes that readers will enjoy the poems in this book.

- Luvicia Maxey, author of A Pocket Full of Poems

 

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31 Ways to Promote Your Book During Small Press Month

Every year during the month of March, Outskirts Press joins indie companies all across the United States in celebrating independent publishers and the talented self-publishing authors we serve. As a self-published author, you’re a pioneer at the cusp of a new era in literature. In fact, nowhere will you find a more eclectic, determined, creative and talented population of artists.

So, claim your rightful recognition! This month of celebration is your opportunity to promote your own self-published book with 31 effective marketing and promotion tactics. Believe it or not, high-quality self-publishing is the easy part; effectively marketing your book once it’s published is the real mark of success as an author.

Throughout the month of March, take a moment each day to make an important step toward successfully marketing your self-published book. Here, we offer one simple tip for each day of the month that will help you advance your book through book marketing efforts:

March 1 – Start up. If you have another manuscript in the works, Small Press Month is the perfect time to take the plunge (again). As you know, Outskirts Press has several convenient, high-quality, full-service publishing packages, one of which is bound to be perfect for your next publishing endeavor.

March 2 – Stock up. Order hard copies of your book today. You’ll need them as you pursue the following 29 marketing and promotion tips.

March 3 – Bone up. Become the local authority on Small Press Month. Do a little research about the history of independent publishing, your publisher (Outskirts Press) and what Small Press Month is all about, then offer yourself as a resource to local media. This will help you build your platform as a local writer and self-publishing author.

March 4 – Connect. Meet with other independent published authors in your area, either in person with a local writers’ guild or online via social media. Hooking up with other authors can enhance marketing results, because you can pool resources and share advice. For example, Outskirts Press already has a growing community of active and passionate fans/followers on Facebook and Twitter, with whom you can connect at any time. There’s a lot to do, and many minds are a better than one.

March 5 – Alert the media. Send a press release to the local media (newspapers, radio, television) mentioning Small Press Month, your knowledge of the industry, your connection to the community and your independently published book(s). If you’ve planned book signings and other events, mention them in the release as well. Your press release should explain what Small Press Month is, why it’s important, what local organizations are doing to celebrate, and how the media can contact you for additional information. Supplement the press release with your sales sheet and/or positive book reviews you have received.

March 6 – Dig up bookworms. Contact local libraries and suggest they feature Small Press titles, including yours. Offer to leave them a free copy, along with your sales sheet, and offer to speak about Small Press Month at a library event. If you’re an Outskirts Press author, your sales sheet can be generated automatically from within your Author Center, and you can update it at any time through your Author Toolkit.

March 7 – Offer a discount. Contact your local bookstores and suggest they offer discounts on Small Press books. Bring discounted copies of your own book to get the ball rolling. Offer to leave them a free copy along with your sales sheet, press release and any promotional materials you have. Ask if you can host an event at their establishment for local independent authors, citing your expertise on the topic of small press.

March 8 – Get schooled. Contact schools in your area and tell them about Small Press Month. Mention that you are a local published author and offer to speak to their students and staff about Small Press Month, self-publishing, and how they can realize their own publishing dreams. This is particularly effective if you have a children’s book you can autograph and sell after the assembly.

March 9 – Get reviewed. Send out review copies of your book to get some good buzz. The free Book Review Starter Kit from Outskirts Press includes tips for sending books to reviewers, as well as a list of reviewers with contact information to get you started. If you’re pressed for time, don’t worry – Outskirts Press can take the task off your hands with the Book Review Submission Service.

March 10 – Go to college. Contact local universities and colleges and offer to share your self-publishing story, as well as your knowledge about Small Press Month. You can even sell copies of your book after your presentation.

March 11 – Follow up. Touch base with the bookstores and local media outlets you contacted earlier to see if you can offer any additional assistance or information. Reiterate the importance of Small Press Month, your planned events in the community and your Small Press book.

March 12 – Think outside the books. Contact sales channels outside of the traditional brick-and-mortar bookstores that may be likely to sell your book. This may include websites related to your book’s topic, gift stores, hardware stores, grocery stores, boutiques and specialty stores. Ask yourself where you like to shop when you’re not reading, and where your readers may be shopping, then make contact with those retailers. Even a little shelf space can make a big difference.

March 13 – Unite with artists. Contact local art studios, design boutiques or other small independent businesses in your area. Work with them to forge co-op advertising initiatives and other promotional partnerships. You can even trade services. For example, you could offer to write promotional materials for an artist in exchange for cover art for promotional materials or your next book. If applicable, offer to conduct some events in their venues. Show them how sharing your promotional efforts helps everyone gain greater visibility.

March 14 – Share your experiences. Schedule a seminar or tele-seminar on “How to Write and Publish a Book” and offer a Small Press Month discount on the registration fee. Send local news outlets a press release about your event.

March 15 – Co-op. Connect with other independently published authors and arrange co-op advertisement in the local media. In addition to promoting your books, promote your upcoming events. Encourage other authors to join in the events, which may generate more interest about future events among bookstores.

March 16 – Get talking. Small, local radio stations – particularly news/talk formats – are constantly on the lookout for interesting guests. Contact local radio producers in your area and pitch them on your book, tying it into Small Press Month. Not sure where to start? Outskirts Press offers a Top 10 Radio Interview & Media Training option to get you started.

March 17 – Think green. St. Patrick’s Day green, that is. Take the day to get started on electronic editions of your book, which save trees and open you up to huge audiences of ebook consumers. Outskirts Press can set up a Kindle, NOOK or Apple iPad edition of your book in no time at all.

March 18 – Think big. Local is a great starting point, but don’t forget to contact the major newspapers about Small Press Month, too. They’re more likely to cover something if they are contacted by authors, so reach out in person. Be ready to tell your press contact what sets your book apart from others (unusual topic, great reviews, a sudden spike in sales, past media attention, etc.):

  • THE NEW YORK TIMES: 229 W. 43rd St., New York, NY 10036-3959 (212) 556-1234
  • USA TODAY: 1000 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22209-3901 (703) 276-3400; and 535 Madison Ave., 20th Floor, New York, NY 10022-4212 (212) 715-5410
  • WALL STREET JOURNAL: 200 Liberty St., New York, NY 10281-1003 (212) 416-2000
  • WASHINGTON POST: 1150 15th St. NW, Washington, DC 20071-0002 (202) 334-6000

March 19 – Center yourself. Contact local community centers and inform them of Small Press Month; post information on their community bulletin board, if one is available. Gather the local authors with whom you’ve teamed up and schedule an impromptu event, celebrating Small Press books.

March 20 – Make a leap. If you published elsewhere, this may be the month to switch to Outskirts Press. If things have stagnated with your current publisher, a fresh start may be just what you need to get sales moving again. Even if you’re not ready to switch, Outskirts Press can still help. We offer a variety of marketing products and services for authors, regardless of where they published. Browse those marketing products today.

March 21 – Don’t neglect the other 11 months. Small Press Month is just one month out of 12. While you can’t do it all in 31 days, you can lay the groundwork for the rest of the year. Schedule other book events throughout the year, like London Book Fair, BookExpo America, Beijing Book Fair and Frankfurt Book Fair. Or do it all with the Global Book Tour marketing package from Outskirts Press, which includes all four book fairs with a 25% discount.

social media iconsMarch 22 – Socialize. Open social networking accounts and set up your author platform on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, where you can easily reach out to readers and other authors all around the world. Outskirts Press makes it easy with a social media platform set-up service that gets you started toward promoting and marketing your book through social media.

March 23 – Promote through learning. While you’re making the rounds at educational institutions in your community, don’t forget about the local Learning Annex or adult education programs in your area. They’re often cash-strapped and eager to welcome guest speakers. Offer to teach a class on the subject of your book, or about self-publishing. As a published author, you are an expert on these topics. Your book may even become required reading for each student!

March 24 – Name drop. Start writing online reviews through Amazon. Write reviews for books you’ve read recently. Mention that you are the author of a book at the bottom of each posted review, and include the book title and a link (if allowed). If people like the writing style of your review, they may investigate your book, especially if you write reviews for books within the same genre as your own.

March 25 – Go public. Local libraries are a great place to get the word out about your book, but branch out too. Contact the public libraries in each state and mention your involvement with Small Press Month. Send them information about your book and offer to donate a copy for their shelves. Here’s a link that will get you started: http://www.publiclibraries.com/.

March 26 – Get well-versed. If you’re a poet, start preparing for National Poetry Month in April. Outskirts Press offers a Poetry Formatting Kit that helps authors a high-quality, professionally-formatted volume of poetry with a custom-designed layout (including graphics) – but without the custom-designed price!

March 27 – Be a “commissioner.” Help other writers you know get published and earn a 10% commission for the referral after their book is published. Register for the Outskirts Press affiliate program today at http://outskirtspress.com/affiliates.php and start spreading the word to all of the writers in your life.

March 28 – Blog, blog, blog. Start a blog and keep it active and up-to-date with blog posts about you, your book, possible future projects and other things that interest you. Take every opportunity you can to engage readers through polls and other methods that elicit feedback and build relationships. Register your blog with blog directories to gain more readership and participation.

March 29 – Be a merchant. Google Merchant Center is a great place to make your book available to Google Shopping and other Google services, so readers can buy directly from you. You can enter your product description, price and even book cover art on the product listing ad, and inclusion in the Merchant Center helps get your book in the Google search engine results when someone searches topics or items similar to your book. Signing up is easy: http://www.google.com/merchants/signup

March 30 – Think big (print). Expand your market by publishing a large-print edition of your book. With the world’s population growing older, easy-to-read editions in 14- and 16-point fonts are becoming more and more popular. It’s easy to re-release your already published book in large print to expand your readership with Outskirts Press.

March 31 – Kick back, at last. It’s been a busy, productive month. Take a couple hours to yourself today to recharge and gear up for all the events, promotion and marketing opportunities you created for yourself in 2015! If you’re feeling energetic, get in touch with an Outskirts Press Personal Marketing Assistant to help you organize all of those opportunities and create a detailed marketing calendar just for you.

 

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“Show Me Your Love” Winner, Jokima Hiller Wins a Free Laptop!

The videos were fantastic. The voting was tight. The love was spread. When all was said and done, Jokima Hiller, co-author (Jill Woods) of The RevPar Formula, was named our big winner of the “Show Me Your Love” contest. Jokima’s video was well-done and it’s obvious that her book is loved. Here’s the winning video:

VIDEO WINNER: Jokima Hiller, co-author of The RevPar Formula

Jokima wins a brand new, HP 2000-2d80nr 15.6-inch laptop complete with Windows 8.1 for being the finalist receiving the most public votes for her video in the 4th Annual Outskirts Press “Show Me Your Love” promotion. Congratulations, Jokima!

Jokima L. Hiller is an instructor for the Hospitality & Restaurant Administration Department at Missouri State University. Co-author, Jill Woods, is the Task Force Manager for First Hospitality Group and serves as an advisory board member for an Indianapolis, Indiana college. You may also visit their webpage at http://outskirtspress.com/revparformula/.

This guide is for every overworked and frustrated manager, shift supervisor, and star employee who’s ever worked in the hospitality industry and wondered “What the hell did I get myself into?”

Book Excerpt: “In an industry where you work with people every day, challenging circumstances are bound to happen…a desk clerk calls off or a sales manager gets discouraged. But, by focusing on our formula you will be empowered to optimize these circumstances thereby lessening time wasted, yielding stronger, more engaged employees who will take care of the guest. It is this employee and guest interaction that will lead to sustainable profits.”

Poll Results

VIDEO #1: Jokima Hiller, “The RevPar Formula” 38.22%
VIDEO #4: Lizzie Bowen, Future self-publishing author     33.00%
VIDEO #2: Martha Gabour Manuel, “Murder On False River” and “Political Treason”  28.62%
VIDEO #3: Eunice Welch, “Victorious Living Growing In Christ”     .17%
 

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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!


Nine Habits That Will Make You Rich

by Michael Ager

(5 Stars – 5 Customer Reviews)

Price: $10.95

Michael Ager’s “Nine Habits That Will Make You Rich.” There are millions of teenagers who want to achieve a rich life. The formula in this book, if practiced, will start you on your way to becoming rich in mind, body, spirit, and a successful future. It has truly changed my life and many others for the better. All people who have a truly rich life have habits that propel them to success.

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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