Master the Market with the Indispensable Marketing Calendar!

Do you get overwhelmed trying to keep up with all the deadlines? Do you find yourself missing deadlines and wondering how to fix it? For busy self-published authors, it’s easy to lose track of deadlines when literally every day of every week of the year is packed full of opportunities!

This is where our 2019 Author Marketing Calendar comes in. At Outskirts Press, we know that successful book promotion requires organization, dedication, and access to resources. You supply the dedication, and we supply the necessary organization and resources to keep you on track!

The Outskirts Press Author Marketing Calendar is a compilation of the most up-to-date, effective and actionable tactics available to help you market your book. It contains literally hundreds of promotional tips, advertising opportunities, important deadlines, social media recommendations, and information about marketing options and services available through Outskirts Press. It even includes photo opportunities for you to post to increase engagement on your social media sites and ideas on how to market your book when you’re on vacation! All of this information is organized in an easy to follow, month by month format including monthly marketing objectives and recommendations to help focus and direct your initiatives.

The Author Marketing Calendar is just one of many options that we offer to help our authors market their books! If you’ve published a book with Outskirts Press, you can purchase the new and improved 2019 Author Marketing Calendar for just $25, and it will become available for review and download immediately upon placing your order.

You can also visit us online at www.OutskirtsPress.com, where you can view additional marketing options here: Marketing Services.

 

Amazon Featured Book of the Week

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


My Nana Was A Free-Range Kid

by Nancy Peek Youngdahl

(4.5 Stars – 20 Customer Reviews)

Price: $17.95

Nancy Peek Youngdahl’s “My Nana Was A Free-Range Kid.” Children were allowed to run free, play outside, and use their imaginations — without parents constantly hovering over them and fearing for their safety during the 1940s and ’50s. With very little traffic and neighbors who actually knew each other, Nana was no exception to the free-range kid phenomenon. It was a glorious time to be a child! Follow Nana’s adventures in her exciting and mischievous childhood.

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Reach Your Audience(s): Get 4 Ebook Formats FREE When You Publish Now

We’ve said it often, but it bears repeating: The easier it is for people to purchase your book, the more likely they will! In other words, give them as many options to buy as humanly possible. Remember this one selling credo and you’ll instantly increase your sales potential.

While many bibliophiles crave the smell of freshly printed paperbacks and hardcover books, the ebook market continues to expand. Young readers are growing up with e-readers, and older readers continue to embrace new technologies as well. Cater to as many of these reading tastes as possible; each format you offer gives you access to millions of readers in that format or bookstore.

Outskirts Press wants to help you reach your audiences with 4 ebook formats FREE with Ultimate or Full-Color publishing. When you self-publish with this offer, we’ll give you free Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble NOOK, Apple iPad/iPhone and Google Book editions of your book to go with the paperback format that is already part of your publishing package. That’s nearly $1,000 in free publishing options to make your book instantly available to millions of readers worldwide!

To claim your FREE Kindle, NOOK, Apple and Google ebook editions, purchase the Ultimate or Full-Color publishing package while this limited offer lasts and enter promo code 4EbookPromo at checkout. The free ebook editions will be added to your account within 48 hours.

Would you like help choosing your best self-publishing option? Connect with Outskirts Press now in whatever manner is easiest for you:

 

Author Poll: Melody Monroe Wants Your Help With Choosing A Cover

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

Book Summary:

Pete Cluckington is a young chicken, who just moved away from a chicken farm to a farm with lots of different kinds of animals. Never being around other kinds of farm animals, not to mention his father’s beliefs about them, sets Pete up for a challenging adjustment. Even though he has a hard time adjusting to the diverse population of his new farm and his new school, deep in his heart, Pete wants to make friends with the other farm animals. But, can he? What will his dad say?

About the Author:

Melody Monroe is a music teacher with National Board Certification in early to middle childhood music. She loves to celebrate diversity in her classroom and school. Her love for diversity and children helped inspire Pete Cluckington and the Others, her debut children’s book. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Appalachian State University and a Master’s degree in Arts Management from George Mason University. Although born and raised in North Carolina, Melody currently lives in Maryland with her husband and three children. She enjoys teaching her students to sing, perform folk songs and dances from world cultures, read and create their own music, and of course, play Freeze Dance! She also loves going to the movies with her family and eating lots of buttered popcorn!

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

 

 

 

Submit Your Book for Award Season and Save 15%!

Did you publish a book in 2018? Now’s the time to get a head start on those upcoming award submission deadlines for books published in this last calendar year, and the list of to-dos stretches far ahead. And while no one disputes that awards are important, and perhaps even vital, to a book’s overall sales, the logistics are a daunting challenge!

What if you could ensure that your book is in contention for a number of awards without having to worry about those logistics? And what if you could do so at an affordable price? This is exactly what Outskirts Press can offer you with our successful Book Awards Submissions package at a 15% discount! After all, you should have the chance to enjoy the incredible benefits of submitting your book for awards without all the hassle.

What are those rewards? When you win an award, you receive third-party validation that your book is worthy. You may win prize money (two of the awards included in the Book Awards Submissions package offer cash prizes). Your book will be featured on the awards website in question. It is also traditional for these awards to send out press releases with winners and finalists included, and you can send out a press release of your own announcing your award!

Winning an award means you can add a sleek award emblem to your book cover that customers, librarians, and booksellers will take note of. After all, people really do judge books by their covers … and they buy accordingly! But there are other, less tangible, benefits to the awards submission process, including the fact that you gain credibility as a writer and a competitive edge in the self-publishing market, as well as serious bragging rights and a fantastic conversation-starter and linchpin for interviews. It summons an immeasurably great feeling to say “My book is up for an award!”

If you choose to purchase the Book Awards Submissions package, your book will be submitted to:

  1. The Writer’s Digest International Self-Publishing Book Awards
  2. The USA Book News’ National Best Books Awards
  3. The Next Generation Indie Book Awards
  4. The Reader Views Literary Awards
  5. ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year Awards
  6. The Benjamin Franklin Awards

Each of these awards represents a significant investment of time, energy, and yes, occasionally money, in order to be considered. By purchasing the Book Awards Submissions package, however, you get to leave that work up to our talented team of professionals, who will run all the checks and vault all possible obstacles in order to ensure that your book receives the best possible advantage in the awards circuit by managing all of the logistics and individual submissions requirements.

For a limited time, you can purchase the Book Awards Submissions service for $849.15 which is 15% off the regular bundled price of $999. You save $149.85!

To take advantage of this great deal, log into your Publishing Center, add the Book Awards Submissions package to your shopping cart and enter promo code Awards15 at check out.

 

Amazon Featured Book of the Week

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


The Irate Pirate

by James Edward Best

(5 Stars – 6 Customer Reviews)

Price: $15.95

James Edward Best’s “The Irate Pirate.” Petie is a young pirate-in-training until one day, he begins to doubt that he is cut out for this life. After making a list of pros and cons, Petie realizes his moral dilemma: he cannot steal from others, yet that is exactly what his destiny tells him he must do.

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Resolutions Every Author Should Have for the New Year!

Structured and manageable goals are important to those of us who consider ourselves works in progress. Well, it’s that time of year when we all start thinking about those goals — in this case, New Year’s resolutions. They’re especially necessary to moving a book from an unknown publication to a chart-topper. It’s a big project!

But, whether you’re just starting to figure out marketing or already a best-selling author, there are simple things you can resolve to do in 2019 that will make you an even better at selling … or simply a better you. Here are resolutions for published authors or anyone bent on self-improvement.

  1. Set goals. “Wait, I thought a resolution was a goal!” Well, yes, it is, in a sense. Ideally, your New Year’s resolution is the culmination of your goals throughout the year. It’s important — and ultimately more productive — to make goal-setting a habit, not just a tradition we do once a year and promptly forget. So set lots of small, attainable goals rather than one insurmountable to-do you never actually do. For example, if your resolution is to sell 2,000 copies, break it down into smaller goals. Resolve to promote one giveaway in January, schedule a book-signing in February, then a book fair in March and so on for the entire year. Or, set a goal to schedule 20 book-signings next year and average 10 sales per event. Way less intimidating, right?
  2. Facilitate goals. If you’ve resolved to sell big in the new year without so much as a marketing calendar in the house, you’ve not facilitated your goals or your year’s resolution. Remove barriers to progress and instate conditions that help you achieve. Buy an entry-level PC for getting on social media to promote or gather a list of bookstores you can call to set up events. Then, resolve to reach out until you get the bookings you need to fulfill your resolution.
  3. Make marketing a priority. Once you’ve divided your marketing resolutions into smaller goals, it’s much easier to give them top priority. Knock out those little to-do’s first thing in the morning!
  4. Read, read, read. Top-notch authors are always top-notch readers. Get to know your genre not just by practicing it but by being an avid consumer of it. That way, you’ll get to know your audience and what appeals to them.
  5. Master the basics of social media. No matter what your stripe, there’s are many others with similar interests on social media. Facebook “friend” other authors and readers, and learn from them. Follow publishers. Rub elbows with book clubs. You’ll find kindred spirits in the virtual world who can enlighten you with real wisdom. Use that wisdom to refine how you communicate with potential readers.
  6. Try something new. Make 2019 the year you branch out. Start a blog. Meet new people with similar interests. These new experiences will all enrich and inform so many other aspects of your life. At the very least, you’ll be a more social and well-rounded person. Hey, you might even discover a whole new audience for your book!
  7. Just do you. Yes, you should be reading a lot, meeting people and making connections that pay off in sales. Ultimately, you’ll assimilate all these influences into a voice that is uniquely yours, and you’ll find your true audience. Don’t fight it — feed it.
  8. Consider “cheating” a little. Many of us are afraid to ask for help. It feels lazy, like we’re cutting corners. Let us put your mind at ease: It’s not cheating to ask for help reaching your marketing goals! In fact, it’s pretty smart, if you ask us. And, if you’ve tried new things, delved into social media and checked off other goals, you likely have crossed paths with new people who may be able to help you get past the hump. Reach out to friends and family to help you get the word out or purchase inexpensive marketing service options to help you reach the goals you set on the road to your resolution. (Even full-time professionals parse out their duties from time to time.)

Whatever your resolution, the important thing is to keep moving, to take whatever steps necessary to move you toward fulfilling the great things you planned for your life.

Need help moving toward your New Year’s resolution? Consider hiring a Personal Marketing Assistant for 5 hours of expertise and a Custom Marketing Plan. You can log into your Publishing Center to see what book marketing options are available to you or chat with us using the live chat option on our website (www.outskirtspress.com).