How Custom Sales Sheets Help You Sell Your Self-Published Book

First impressions are so important! A custom sales sheet helps you create a great first impression that instantly sells your book to reviewers, news outlets, booksellers, librarians, and more. Here’s just a few ways a custom sales sheet sells your book.

1. Cut through the clutter.

Bookselling is a competitive market, and it’s easy for information to get lost in the piles of solicitations. A custom sales sheet helps cut through the clutter so your book catches the attention of the right people.

2. Catch the right people’s attention.

Again, this is a competitive market. A custom sales sheet features enhanced copy and eye-catching professional graphics to make your book stand out.

3. Set a professional tone.

As a self-published author, you want to make sure people take you and your book seriously. A custom sales sheet sets a professional tone that book reviewers, news editors, booksellers, and more are looking for and lends credibility to your work.

4. Provide all the right information.

A custom sales sheet features an image of your book cover and custom graphics that are unique to your book as well as provides book buyers with everything they need to know to make a purchasing decision and follow through. This significantly increases the effectiveness of selling your book.

Here is a sample of a custom sales sheet:

Outskirts Press now offers Custom Sales Sheets to self-published authors. To purchase a Custom Sales Sheet for your book, simply login to your Publishing Center and place the Custom Sales Sheet option in your shopping cart.

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Congratulations! Gramma Darling Named the 2017 Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year!

It’s been our great pleasure to shine a spotlight on our finest self-publishing authors and their work throughout September. Outskirts Press has been publicizing the nominees for the 2017 Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year — Gramma Darling by Lissa Schroeder, When a Woman Is in Love with God by Darnelle Wilson, and The Thundering Herd by John Peltier. Well, now the public has spoken: Gramma Darling is our 2017 Best Book of the Year!

The road to this big win is a long one. Every year, Outskirts Press nominates a very small percentage of the books we published during the previous year for submission to the Colorado Independent Publishers Association EVVY Awards. This coveted nomination is the first step toward qualifying for the Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Award. Outskirts Press selected three finalists from among the EVVY Award winners to compete in the Best Book of the Year Award contest.

You’ve probably seen these authors featured on the Outskirts Press blog over the past few weeks. We’d like to thank the many readers who took on the daunting task of selecting only one of these phenomenal books for the title of Best Book of the Year and the grand prize of $1,500. Lissa, Gramma Darling is more than worthy of the honor — congratulations!

About Author Lissa Schroeder

Lissa Schroeder is a gifted teacher, an engaging public speaker, and a licensed minister. She has taught all over Alaska at youth conferences, ladies’ retreats, home school workshops, and more. A born storyteller, she paints vivid emotional pictures that are inspiring and hopeful, that make your heart soar and leave you smiling. Mostly, she has raised three awesome kids, homeschooling from preschool to med school. She lives in Fairbanks, Alaska, with her husband and youngest son, where she owns and runs a curriculum supply store.

Doron Ben-Ami is a freelance illustrator, photographer, and musician, living and working in Brookfield Connecticut. He has illustrated hundreds of book covers, advertisements, posters, children’s books, and calendars. He also creates illustrations for storyboards and animatics, assisting in the production of nationally broadcast TV commercials. Most recently he has expanded his professional offerings to video and animation. When not creating visual imagery, he performs in the western Connecticut area with his jazz band, and in a duo with his daughter. He has two grown children, and lives with his wife in Brookfield, Connecticut.

Gramma Darling

Beautifully written and stunningly illustrated, this delightful book for children, parents, and grandparents paints a nostalgic picture of unhurried summer days at a dear grandmother’s house. Seen and felt through the eyes of a child, every discovery is full of innocence and wonder; from an attic brimming with treasures to running through the fields at twilight catching fireflies. You will laugh and remember your own childhood and feel as though you are there sharing in all the small adventures of her little world; the baby birds, the gardening, the stormy days, and bedtime baths. And through it all, in the background, is Gramma Darling and her laughter. You sense the atmosphere of nurturing, protection, and worth that she provides; and far more importantly, you get a glimpse into the wisdom of a woman whose genuine genius for simply loving, inspires wholehearted lifetime devotion. It will leave you uplifted and looking for ways to spend quality time with the little ones in your own life.

Buy from Outskirts Press: https://outskirtspress.com/grammadarling/
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1432784021

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Join us in congratulating Lissa Schroeder for her Best Book of the Year honor for Gramma Darling!

Are you looking to market your own book like Lissa Schroeder did? It’s hard to believe but the holidays are right around the corner! Now is the time to start marketing your book for a bustling holiday buying season.

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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!


How to Deal With Life’s Difficulties: The Seven Priorities to Acknowledge Your Duty to Purpose

by Marlon Landiza

Price: $11.95

Marlon Landiza’s “How to Deal With Life’s Difficulties: The Seven Priorities to Acknowledge Your Duty to Purpose.” Life’s hardships can lead to regret and if you focus on the past, you may never see the right path ahead of you. If you simply react to negative things that happen to you, you’ll stay stuck. But when you embrace the hope and direction that God offers, you’ll never need to feel lost again.

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The Polls Are Closing … Vote for the 2017 Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year

On Monday, we were proud to announce to you the three finalists for this year’s Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year awards. Since then, the finalists have been showing us their impressive marketing chops — reaching out to fans on social media, making appearances and promoting their book like pros to win your votes.

Now it is time to pick a winner. We’re in the final hours, and we need your vote today to determine which of these talented authors has proven they have the author platform and promotional muscle to take top honors as the Grand Prize winner, and take home the $1,500 Grand Prize for Best Book of the Year.

So, take one last look at these worthy contenders, and then scroll down to the poll to place your vote for the 2017 Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year!

Finalist: Gramma Darling by Lissa Schroeder
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Finalist: When a Woman Is in Love with God by Darnelle Wilson
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Finalist: The Thundering Herd by John E. Peltier
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VOTE NOW!

The public poll for Best Book of the Year ends tomorrow, Sept. 15 at 12:00 PM Noon, Mountain Time, so make your voice heard!

Self-Publishing Author Spotlight: Sally H. Taylor

At Outskirts Press, Inc., we take great pride in celebrating the work of our successful self-publishing authors, and we do so each week through our Self-Publishing Author Spotlight. This week we highlight self-publishing author Sally H. Taylor, who has published two successful titles with Outskirts Press.

Learn more about Sally, her background and what inspired her to write her published works through this week’s Self-Publishing Author Spotlight.

About the Author:

Through Sally Taylor’s own trials and triumphs, she has come to believe in the power of faith, love, and forgiveness as key objectives in her personal pursuit of happiness. Life’s experiences have taught her valuable lessons that she has come to identify as deep-rooted convictions. She feels certain that these convictions are necessary in the pursuit of peace with one’s self. Using a colorful blend of experience, talent, and imagination she dedicates her convictions to the future generations.

The Magic in You

“The Magic in You” was nominated for the 2007 EVVY Awards.

Within every wildflower a rose is waiting to bloom!

Unless we learn to love ourselves we will become slaves to the opinions and judgments from others. A healthy self-image, on the other hand, will bring peace to our souls during life’s most difficult struggles. This children’s story demonstrates the struggle to live a victorious life. For, in the end, this frail little flower is strengthened as she builds her faith on the foundation of love and forgiveness. The magic discovered by this delicate little flower is not only her story but my story too. Perhaps it is yours as well!

Product details…
Paperback
Format: 8.5 x 8.5 Color Paperback, 28 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (May 09, 2016)
ISBN10: 1478772719
ISBN13: 9781478772712
Genre: JUVENILE FICTION / Imagination & Play

The Most Valuable Treasure

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also!

Selfishness and greed are caused by fear. Sharing helps release us from these fears, and offers us the freedom to love ourselves as well as those around us. The cycle of fear in this story was broken as the little old lady reached out to help another. The remedy to the old lady’s selfishness was love, for love casts away all fear.

Product details…
Paperback
Format: 8.5 x 8.5 Color Paperback, 36 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Apr 05, 2008)
ISBN10: 1432718215
ISBN13: 9781432718213
Genre: JUVENILE FICTION / Readers / Beginner

 

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Introducing All-New Author Copy Discounts, Just in time for your Holiday Marketing efforts

The signs of fall are popping up everywhere: cooler weather, changing leaves, pumpkin spice everything. That means the holidays are just around the corner, and the stress and busy schedules that go with it will be here soon. The holidays offer great marketing opportunities for authors, and if you start planning now, you can be enjoy the benefits of holiday marketing while still enjoying the holiday season with friends and family.

Here are some marketing ideas to get you started:

  1. Get your book on the shelves at local businesses and indie bookstores. Talk to these businesses now about a holiday marketing plan. Early bird shoppers have already started, and you want your book on the shelf before the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping begins.
  2. The holidays, in particular, offer all types of opportunities for children’s book authors. Spread the word about your children’s book by posting flyers at local day care centers, libraries, and schools. Also, make sure your book is available at local toy stores.
  3. Host a holiday giveaway, and use social media to promote it. Be sure to use #hashtags on blog and social media posts that are specific to your book’s subject matter.
  4. Offer an eBook on Amazon. Amazon gift cards are one of the most popular gifts among coworkers and casual acquaintances as well as family members. If you already have an eBook version, ask your readers for a priceless holiday gift: a good review online!
  5. Remember the classics. Now is a great time to do marketing classics like book readings, book fairs, limited edition offers, and insider access.

To prepare for all your holiday marketing efforts, it is a good idea to have author copies on hand. To assist you with this, Outskirts Press is now offering all-new discount tiers:

For Black & White and Economy Color, the all-new discount tiers are:

  • 10% off orders of 100 – 499
  • 20% off orders of 500 – 999
  • 35% off orders of 1000 – 1999
  • 50% off orders of 2000+

For Premium Color, the all-new discount tiers are:

  • 10% off orders of 100 – 499
  • 20% off orders of 500 – 999
  • 35% off orders of 1000+

Don’t delay, take advantage of these great discounts and order your author copies today! Be sure to access the “Bulk Order” screen in your Publishing Center for the discounts to be applied.

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Hit the Polls! Vote for the 2017 Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year

Recently, we announced the three finalists in this year’s Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year awards. All three finalists were winners in last month’s CIPA EVVY Awards sponsored by the Colorado Independent Publishers Association (CIPA) and the CIPA Education and Literacy Foundation (ELF); the annual awards recognize the finest works of independent authors in dozens of book categories.

Now it is time to determine which of these talented authors possess the author platform and promotional muscle to take top honors in a head-to-head-to-head marketing competition — a live public poll to determine the ultimate Grand Prize winner and the $1,500 Grand Prize for Best Book of the Year.

So, refresh your memory of these finalists: Re-watch their videos, download their ebooks, buy the paperbacks, and then scroll down to the poll to place your vote for the 2017 Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year!

Finalist: Gramma Darling by Lissa Schroeder
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Finalist: When a Woman Is in Love with God by Darnelle Wilson
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Finalist: The Thundering Herd by John E. Peltier
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Cast Your Vote

The public poll for Best Book of the Year ends at 12:00 PM Noon Mountain Time on Friday, September 15th.