Why You Should Get on Social Media (and How to Set Up for 10% OFF)

Have you harnessed the massive power of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest and other social media sites? If not, you should … pronto!

While these and other online social apps were originally conceived to let people connect with friends, family and business colleagues, there’s also huge potential to reach out to readers. Plus, Outskirts Press is offering 10% OFF Author Platform Set-up Through Social Media for a limited time. This option includes professional profile set-up on all the major social media sites, so you can efficiently reach out to a large audience!

Many, if not most, of the people in your target audience are already active on social media. With the right approach, you can zero in on the readers among them in a way that builds trust and interest. In many cases, successful authors have social media to thank for putting them on the map. They are using these platforms to perform free marketing tasks, such as:

  • To announce a new book release
  • To promote book events and personal appearances
  • To gather reader insights to refine future writing and marketing
  • To run special discounts and social media giveaways

So, why not take advantage of the global nature of the internet? After all, once your social media accounts are established, it takes mere minutes a day to stay engaged with potential readers, build relationships and, ultimately, raise your visibility online.

To get these platforms established and get 10% OFF, simply place the Author Platform Set-up Through Social Media in your shopping cart and enter Promo Code 10Social at checkout.

What are you waiting for? Let’s get social!

 

Amazon Featured Book of the Week

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


Long Beach: A Novel of Intrigue and Suspense

by Norm Olson

(5 Stars – 3 Customer Reviews)

Price: $18.95

Norm Olson’s “Long Beach: A Novel of Intrigue and Suspense.” Marc Ryder, an agent of the Defense Foreign Liaison, is thrust into the middle of an international drug ring and becomes the target of a formidable assassin. With his marriage is on the rocks, his job leads him into the USSR and a liaison with a beautiful Afghan woman and a Chechen smuggler. A desperate, hired, female assassin makes it her mission to terminate Ryder. Dead bodies are stacking up as an old fashioned shoot out takes place in Puerto Vallarta. Murder and betrayal run rampant in this suspense thriller.

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RVN by Tim Gingras

Technology has made it easier than ever to reach wider audiences no matter where they are in the world. All it takes is a little thinking outside the box and you can market a self-published book in creative ways, affordably and impactfully. This is where book tours come in: Tours are a great way to connect with your readers, and technology has made them easier and more cost effective than ever!

Author Tim Gingras is taking his latest book RVN, on tour — a Virtual Book Tour with Outskirts Press. This will allow Tim to take his book around the world, all from the comfort of his own home! Keep an eye out for Tim’s book as he will be featured on several blogs over the weeks and months ahead!


Luckily for us, Tim 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 RVN.

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

Tim: It’s about a good Chicago kid, who gets drafted shortly after graduating High School, and despite options to avoid the call to serve, serves the best he can. It’s a story of survival.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

Tim: I had the concept of the story swimming around in my mind for over a decade, and since retiring, I challenged myself to write this story, using everything I have learned, researched, imagined, and lived.

OP: How did you get your book published?

Tim: I made my best decision contacting Outskirts Press. They guided me and inspired me.

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

Tim: Veterans. War story readers. Students wanting to learn more about the Vietnam experience. Romantics, and patriots.

OP: What is special about your book?

Tim: Time will tell. I think it’s a simple novel, yet I wanted to research as much of the tangible parts, such as the weather of the day, and what was going on in Charlie Kinane’s world. A great summer in Chicago, 1966, just before induction. I tried really hard to describe surroundings, and situations as realistically as possible. Every quarter, 15% of my Royalties from each book will go to hard working Veteran Organization.

OP: What differentiates it from other books in the same category?

Tim: I was a U.S. Navy Corpsman. My Navy C-School was Pharmacy at Portsmouth Naval Hospital. I tried to create a REAL character in Charlie Kinane, dealing with a very complicated, and dangerous experiences, in the best way possible. It’s a quick read too, not too long.

OP: Have you published any other books?

Tim: This is my first novel, though I have written performed material.

OP: Do you plan to publish more?

Tim: I hope so, but I’m going to see how this turns out. I have a couple more stories swimming around in the old grey matter still.

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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

First time author, Tim Gingras, is a U.S. Navy Corpsman veteran. After serving honorably for 4 years during late 1970, and further education, Tim spent many years in Chicago Theaters, performing Stand-up, Film, Commercials, and hosting many Chicago events with City of Chicago. All while having a successful full-time career in Banking. After 9/11, Tim pursued work with Federal Government, and spent several months in Iraq War-zone, as civilian contractor during 2004. Tim retired from U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, after working in all three branches. He lives in Phoenix.

For more information or to contact the author, visit https://www.outskirtspress.com/RVN

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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Peanut by David D. Bernstein

Technology has made it easier than ever to reach wider audiences no matter where they are in the world. All it takes is a little thinking outside the box and you can market a self-published book in creative ways, affordably and impactfully. This is where book tours come in: Tours are a great way to connect with your readers and technology has made them easier and cheaper than ever!

Take note from self-publishing Outskirts Press author, David D. Bernstein, who is taking his latest book, Peanut, 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, David 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 Peanut.

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

David: My book looks at three major topics. How divorce affects a young girl named Wendy. What happens when an obsession becomes a part of Wendy’s life and finally how a homeless dog named Peanut helps Wendy overcome her problems and changes her life forever?

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

David: I wrote this book for three reasons: most important reason was to honor our family dog named Tamber who died on October 22, 2017 she was in our lives for almost 16 years. This was very important for me to do this in her memory. The second reason I wrote this book was to help out children and families who have gone through divorce. It is a topic that is not fully explored or understood in the children book industry so “Peanut” had to be written to fill that gap. The third reason I wrote the book was to get more pets adopted by loving families. There are so many pets that need a new home. I will be trying to work with nonprofit organizations to get the word out to the world.

OP: How did you get your book published?

David: I went on the self-publishing route for this book, I chose Outskirts Press to help me on this project. It is my third book that I have published with them. They are very professional and helpful guides on this journey.

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

David: I believe the book can interest many people of all ages. This can include dog lovers, children, families that went through divorce. It also can be a great addition to professional offices that work closely with divorce and obsession. Overall this book can be read by many groups of people.

OP: What is special about your book?

David: I think this book is special because it was written from my heart and that is very rarely done these days, where most publishing companies care more about profit then quality. This is a very sad reality that authors have to face these days.

OP: What differentiates it from other books in the same category?

David: My book is different because it has more than one category it covers. It is not only a great picture book, but it also is a self-help book and much more.

OP: Have you published any other books?

David: Yes, I have three other books: a book of poetry from my high school to college years, a folk tale about how a boy goes into a fantasy world to cope with the death of his mom from cancer, it is called The Enchanted Rope. This book is about to be turned into a modern ballet done by children. My third book is called The Portal and it is a middle grade book about two boys who have to travel 101 years into the future to help alter the present. It is the first book in a trilogy.

OP: Do you plan to publish more?

David: I still have plans to publish my next two books in my trilogy and some more picture books in the near future.

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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

David D. Bernstein is a tennis instructor, psychic reader, and energy healer who has worked with children for many years in different settings. He’s the author of a book of poetry; a children’s book called The Enchanted Rope; and a middle grade novel, The Portal, the first book in the Cort Chronicles Trilogy. He also had several poems published in magazines and anthologies and is the recipient of five Editor Awards. Peanut is his second picture book. David is a proud uncle of two young boys.

For more information or to contact the author, visit https://www.outskirtspress.com/Peanut

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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A Delicious Pre-Turkey Day Deal: $200 Spending Credit + 10 Extra Paperbacks

We all know how frenetic things get around the holidays. It starts with all the prepping for a massive Thanksgiving feast and only gets crazier from then on. By Christmas, you’re utterly spent! Wouldn’t it be great if there was just one thing you didn’t have to worry about during this hectic time?

Outskirts Press is gearing up for a delicious Turkey Day with a plump deal that’s juicier than Grandma’s overbaked bird: $200 spending credit PLUS 10 extra paperbacks with the purchase of Ultimate or Full-Color publishing!

Each of these comprehensive packages comes with free author copies of your book that you can use to sell, promote to media outlets and reviewers, submit to book competitions, host exciting giveaways or even give as gifts for special occasions. When you publish now, we’ll throw in 10 additional paperbacks to further boost your promotional power! But sweetest of all, we’re giving you a spending credit of $200 you can use to purchase or pay down any Outskirts Press service you wish.

Outskirts Press has many valuable publishing, book customization options and book marketing services that demonstrate just how far $200 can go. This promotional credit means you can pay down your purchase or spring for something that wouldn’t otherwise be in your self-publishing budget. Options include:

  1. Professional Copy Editing. Errors, even minor ones, destroy credibility. A professional copy editor is your best tool for polishing your copy to the professional level readers expect.
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To claim your $200 spending credit PLUS 10 extra paperbacks, place the Ultimate or Full-Color publishing package in your shopping cart and enter promo code ReceiveMore_Nov18 at checkout. You will receive a confirmation email when the credit has been added to your account.

 

Amazon Featured Book of the Week

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


Robbie B.

by Diane D. Poczobut

(5 Stars – 7 Customer Reviews)

Price: $12.95

Diane D. Poczobut’s “Robbie B.” Are faith and attention to detail enough to overcome autism and save his closest friend? Robert Burton McGuire has encountered the biggest personal dilemma of his young life.. He overcomes the odds when he conquers his fears to save his friend who is kidnapped. Robbie B.’s innocence, faith, caring attitude, and determination make him an endearing, charismatic character. This could be the biggest personal dilemma of his young life.

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Author Poll: Jillie Jayroe Wants Your Help With Her Cover

Jillie Jayroe is self-publishing a book with Outskirts Press, and she wants your help deciding her upcoming book cover.

Book Summary:

Who is Anna O’Reilly?

You probably think this book will be all catfights and ugliness from one woman to another. Not true. To be fair, I asked all of Anna’s exes what her story was and received numerous versions that bordered on either sainthood or insanity. No man ever really knew the real Anna O’Reilly. The legal paperwork, the uncomfortable phone calls that would turn into horrific interviews, and going behind other people’s backs—it was all amusing, at first. Then came the almighty twist. The uncertainty and panic that Anna threw in my life were unbearable. I was living the life she dreamed of living, but the path of destruction she took when I entered her life was too much.

Have you ever fantasized about killing your husband’s ex? I swear to you, that was not my intention.

About the Author

Jillie Jayroe graduated from a major college and is still active in the sorority she joined there. She is a loving mother, daughter, twin, sister, neighbor, friend, and pet owner. She has the most amazing marriage to one of Anna O’Reilly’s ex-husbands, and they live in Boston. The Biography of Her is her debut novel.

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

Click on the thumbnail below to enlarge each cover.

Cover A

Cover B