Introducing New Premium Full-Color Books in Landscape Formats

You asked for it, and we’ve answered!

Outskirts Press now offers premium full-color books in landscape formats. These gorgeous 11×8.5 paperback or casebound hardbacks are available with either glossy or matte cover finishes and are perfect for children’s books, juvenile books, cookbooks, coffee table books, and more.

“We have always been the best choice for premium full-color publishing in a wide range of portrait formats,” Outskirts Press President Brent Sampson stated. “Now we are pleased to add four new landscape options to that impressive array of formats.”

  • 11” x 8.5” premium full-color perfect bound paperback in landscape format with glossy laminated cover
  • 11” x 8.5” premium full-color perfect bound paperback in landscape format with matte cover
  • 11” x 8.5” premium full-color casebound hardback in landscape format with glossy laminated cover
  • 11” x 8.5” premium full-color casebound hardback in landscape format with matte cover

If you want to publish a landscape orientation of your current book(s), as either an additional publication or a revision, contact us and we’ll help you get started.

If you want to publish a new premium book in this exciting new format, visit our full-color packages on our website. The new color landscape formats are available for the a la carte full-color package and for all the color One-Click Publishing Suites.

For more information, visit us online at www.OutskirtsPress.com, call 1-888-OPBOOKS, or chat with us live via on our website.

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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!


Dawn of Hope

by Peter Prichard

(4.5 Stars – 35 Customer Reviews)

Price: $14.95

Peter Prichard’s “Dawn of Hope.” Dawn had chosen to fight the town’s acceptance of the bullying and sexual abuse of young women by confronting Drew Winston, the school’s All-American quarterback. Her battle against the status quo lands a number of friends and enemies either in the hospital, in jail, or in an early grave. With a combination of personal courage and mental toughness, she vows to change the town forever although at a huge personal cost.

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Self-Publishing Author Spotlight: Stephen Groak

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 Stephen Groak.

About the Author:

Stephen J. Groak is originally from the South, the Deep South—New Zealand. He grew up in West Auckland and currently lives in Los Angeles County with his wife, four daughters, and a menagerie of other critters. Stephen received his bachelor’s degree in English from California State University, Los Angeles, and a master’s degree in Creative Writing from Southern New Hampshire University.

Christmas Yve: A Kiwi Elf’s Dream to Join Santa

This is the story of a Kiwi elf named Yvette (her friends call her Yve) who lives on Stewart Island—the third largest island in New Zealand. And this little elf has a very big dream…

The great wish of her heart, of her mind, of her soul
Was to join St. Nick’s team at the frosty North Pole.
But how does an elfish lass follow her dream?
With a smoldering passion, and a will full of steam.

New Zealand is a long, long way from Santa and the North Pole, but Yve is determined to join St. Nick and his eight reindeer…and this Christmas Eve, her wish just might come true!

 

Product details..
Hardback
Format: 7 x 10 Color Casebound, 25 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Jan 21, 2016)
ISBN10: 1478766735
ISBN13: 9781478766735
Genre: JUVENILE FICTION / Fairy Tales & Folklore / Country & Ethnic

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Every Writer Needs Help From Time to Time

Every writer can use help from a fellow professional from time to time. Whether you need help getting started, are struggling with certain aspects of your book, or are running out of a steam, getting advice from another professional writer can be just the help you need. Whether you’re a novice writer or seasoned pro, consider the Writing Consultation service from Outskirts Press to fine-tune your writing and get your book back on track.

The writing process can be very difficult, but we want to see you succeed. Writing Consultation services are designed to help writers do just that!

In a Writing Consultation with one of our professional writers, you have a one-on-one brainstorming session to address the writing issues that have slowed your progress. Our consultants are experienced writers with a thorough knowledge of grammar, composition, and other writing building blocks. You’ll also receive valuable advice and a plan of action for moving forward.

For $99 per one-hour block, you can use your Writing Consultation time to:

  • Troubleshoot plot, characters, technique, or execution of your ideas
  • Work through writer’s block
  • Take inventory of usable book materials
  • Organize book ideas into a usable outline
  • Get ideas on how to proceed with a book
  • Gather ideas on how to finish
  • Negotiate tricky passages
  • Ask for general writing advice
  • Get help moving to the next step in writing

Afterward, your writing consultant will provide a follow-up summary of your meeting, along with constructive information you can use to overcome personal writing obstacles and regain your forward momentum.

For more information, visit us online at www.OutskirtsPress.com, call 1-888-OPBOOKS, or chat with us live via our website.

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5 Ways to Market for the Holidays – and How to Get Them Started

Many sellers large and small do more business during the holiday season than during the rest of the year, and self-publishing authors are no different. But the holiday magic usually doesn’t just happen. It takes clear goals, planning, focus and commitment to reap the greatest profits during this key time of opportunity.

There are many things an Outskirts Press author can do to boost profits, but let’s focus on this peak spending season. Here are five ways to market your book for the holidays:

  1. Build flexibility into your holiday marketing approach. While Christmas is the primary money-maker for sellers of all kinds, it’s not the only game in town. Thanksgiving, Chanukah, Kwanzaa—even New Year’s Day—are occasions when millions of people will be buying for others and themselves. Reach out to these audiences every chance you get.
  2. Offer holiday-themed specials. Hold a Christmas flash sale on Amazon or host Turkey Day giveaways on Facebook. Get creative! The idea is to encourage engagement with your readers and entice new readers.
  3. Create a social media plan. People love to mingle on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other social media sites – and they’re quickly becoming the go-to places to exchange information, too. Join the massive, online conversation by regularly “checking in” on social media as often as you can.
  4. Recycle review and media queries. Most of your existing outreach to book reviewers and contacts in print and broadcast media can be repurposed and tailed to your holiday campaign. (If you don’t already have a great query letter, write one!) Grab attention with holiday-themed buzzwords and keywords that will keep your copy relevant.
  5. Organize book-signing or book-reading events. If you want to get into those brick-and-mortar bookstores in time for the influx of holiday shoppers, start now. November and December are hot months for book-signing events, so available dates are booking up quickly. Consider focusing specifically on mall bookstores, where shoppers will be converging by the hundreds.

Of course, none of these techniques happen in a meaningful or organized way without a well-defined strategy to guide you. Outskirts Press can get you started on holiday marketing with a Custom Marketing Plan that not only helps you capitalize on seasonal spending but provides a solid all-around plan for the rest of the year.

The Marketing Consultation with Marketing Plan Development begins with a 30-minute, one-on-one phone consultation with a professional Personal Marketing Assistant to learn more about the author’s book, marketing preferences and goals. The marketing assistant will take these factors into account to craft a unique marketing approach for you that includes actionable and achievable marketing techniques, time-saving tips and techniques to boost profits during the holidays and beyond.

After the initial consultation, the Personal Marketing Assistant will send your Custom Marketing Plan to you within just 48 hours! That means if you place the option in your cart today, you could have a clearly defined marketing plan before another weekend passes. Then if you decide you want more assistance you still have the option to hire a Personal Marketing Assistant for a five-hour block of time to begin tackling those marketing steps.

Don’t let the holiday frenzy overwhelm you. Get your Marketing Consultation with Marketing Plan Development, and put in place the steps you need to take for a successful season of selling!

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Self-Publishing Author Spotlight: Chef Jonathan Ho

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 Chef Jonathan Ho, who has published two successful titles with Outskirts Press.

Learn more about Chef Jonathan and his published works through this week’s Self-Publishing Author Spotlight.

About the Author:

Chef Jonathan Ho has experienced cuisines from all over America and enjoyed local favorites in big cities and small towns, from Hawaii and Alaska to Texas and New England. He has committed his career to celebrating the US culinary melting pot, the union of world cuisines that define modern American fare. He believes in cooking with a no-holds-barred approach to ingredients and a passion for diversity. His food offers unexpected flavors, naturally vibrant colors, and a new taste experience with every dish.

That’s the Spirit: Creative Sautéing with Beer, Wine and Liquor

As a Chef of world fusion, Jonathan Ho is always seeking out new ingredients, inventing out-of-the-ordinary recipes and testing the limits of food fusion. One thing that he has discovered is that the many colors, aromas and tastes available through spirits are often overlooked…from sweet fruit liqueurs to spiced rums, from dry Chardonnay to sweet Port, and from light beer to bitter Irish stout. Beneath the harsh alcohol, each beverage has it’s own distinct symphony of flavor and aroma.

Product details…
Paperback
Format:5.5 x 8.5 Color Paperback , 74 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (July 17, 2012)
ISBN10: 1432784005
ISBN13: 9781432784003
Genre: COOKING / General

Dine Fine, Forget Frugal: A Wholesome Approach To Fine Food

Frugal cooking, imitation ingredients, or family meals in a few minutes…appropriate for some, but not for me. A delicious dish crafted with natural ingredients, time, and technique will win their hearts (and stomachs) every time. If you want to impress your family, friends, and guests with wholesome and unique dishes you’ll love this cookbook! With today’s Internet, it seems a shame not to take advantage of fast shipping from distant markets and vast access to new, exotic ingredients rife for the picking. These far-away foods may be a bit pricier than something you can pick up at the corner store, but getting hold of these delectable morsels is well worth the effort. The recipes in this cookbook aren’t fast and frugal, but they are works of culinary art you’ll be glad you got your hands on. Life is too short to deprive yourself and your loved ones of a little wholesome indulgence…You deserve it!

Product details…
Hardback
Format: 8 x 10 Color Casebound , 153 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (May 27, 2016)
ISBN10: 147876516X
ISBN13: 9781478765165

Paperback
Format: 8.5 x 8.5 Color Paperback , 153 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (May 27, 2016)
ISBN10: 1478765151
ISBN13: 9781478765158
Genre: COOKING / Courses & Dishes / Appetizers

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5 Benefits of Book Awards (and How to Get One)

Book awards are so much more than a pat on the back for an author – they’re an underutilized marketing tool with many benefits besides the recognition. (More on that in a bit.) The 2017-2018 Reader Views Literary Awards are right around the corner, and we at Outskirts Press don’t want this valuable exposure to pass you by.

The Reader Views Literary Awards recognize writers who self-published or had their books published by a subsidy publisher, small press, university press or independent book publisher. If you copyrighted a self-published book in 2017, you are eligible to submit your book for the 2017-2018 awards and the cash prizes and kudos that come with a win. The deadline for submitting through Outskirts Press is coming soon! Let us know you’d like to enter, and we’ll take care of the details for you!

Other than full-service awards submission, what’s in it for you? Turns out, plenty! Here are five ways book awards benefit self-publishing authors like you:

  1. You score media visibility. A book award can create big media buzz – and there’s no better marketing than that. Where the media goes, readers will follow.
  2. Readers take notice. Book buyers look to award wins and reviews to help them determine the quality of a book before they make a purchasing decision. So, it stands to reason that the more recognition you get – and the more of them that come from reputable sources – the more value potential buyers will ascribe to your book.
  3. The domino effect. Awards inspire reviews. The more awards you have, the more likely you are to get noticed by other book award panels and reviewers. Prospective readers will take notice!
  4. Amazon shows support. Once a book begins to catch fire with book awards, reader engagement and reviews, Amazon will want to back that book. After all, all that activity influences purchases, and Amazon wants its sellers to succeed.
  5. The bottom line grows. More awards means more visibility, which is likely to translate into more sales. Of course, there’s no guarantee but a feather in your cap is a huge step toward turning pageviews into follow-throughs.

See? Win or no win, book competitions get your title in front of savvy literary professionals and eager readers. To submit your book to the Reader Views Literary Awards, log into your Publishing Center and select the Reader Views Literary Awards from the Marketing Solutions menu. We’ll take care of the rest.

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