Genre Close-Up: Action/Adventure

What makes a good action/adventure novel?

  • In general, it’s a good idea to have a strong sense of realism, which means you may need to conduct some research if your novel is going to involve different types of weaponry, vehicles, combat styles, or technology.
  • Action/adventure novels typically take place in a variety of exotic locations around the globe (or even around the universe!), so visiting those locations, when possible, will help your writing become more realistic, because you will be able to evoke senses like smell, touch, sounds, taste, etc.

 

At Outskirts Press, we know a thing or two about publishing successful, award-winning action/adventure novels. In fact, we publish a lot of them! Last year’s Best Book of the Year award went to an action/adventure novel, Snow Men, by Andrew Ceroni, and this year he followed-up with another Best Book of the Year award for Meridian, which won a 1st Place EVVY Award in the Action/Adventure category (and 2nd Place in Science Fiction).

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In fact, another Outskirts Press book won the 2nd Place EVVY Award in Action/Adventure, too. Toxic Sphere, by C.N. Sky tells the futuristic tale of four great powers (Cadona, Domataland, Sohn-Sur, and Visstel) as they battle for world dominance.

Do you have an action/adventure manuscript you’d like to publish? Take a look at what all these published novelists have to say about publishing fiction with Outskirts Press.

 

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Amazon Featured Book-of-the-Week

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April Cruel

by Katherine H. Burkman

(5 Stars – 16 Customer Reviews)

Price: $14.95

Katherine H. Burkman’s “April Cruel.” Professor Erica Berne discovers that her fiancé has been murdered. A detective and two young professors attempt to uncover the perpetrator. Since Professor Berne has so many grudges against her, there are motives aplenty. Has she so offended other students and teachers that they have decided to eliminate her? Why are the people on campus in fear?

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Self-Publishing Author Spotlight: Cora Morrissette

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 Cora Morrissette, who has published six successful titles with Outskirts Press.

Learn more about Cora and her published works through this week’s Self-Publishing Author Spotlight.

author-4About the Author:

Cora Morrissette is a student of the human condition, wielding the written craft to enrapture the mind much like an artist wields a brush. The pages are a blank canvas on which to draw from a talent heralded by many and matched only by an imagination that rises to the task.

Cora Morrissette is a retired Practical Nurse/Medical Secretary. She is a widow with two adult children, and likes to read and watch local and world news.

cover-13That’s The American Way

Astonishing answers to unspoken questions are revealed in the author’s first book. “That’s The American Way” is meant to make each American, black and white, take a long look at ourselves and make a life change. We can do it if we all work together.

Product details…
Paperback
Format: 5.5 x 8.5 paperback cream glossy, 172 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Aug 24, 2006)
ISBN10: 1598007025
ISBN13: 9781598007022
Genre: DRAMA / American

cover-14That’s The American Way II

That’s The American Way II is like a pot of chicken soup.You take a big pot,(America) and throw in chicken, vegetables (American People) and seasoning.Cook over a low flame and stir frequently.

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Hardback
Format: 5.5 x 8.5 hardback creme w/ glossy jacket, 212 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Apr 11, 2008)
ISBN10: 1432722751
ISBN13: 9781432722753
Genre: DRAMA / American

cover-15Life Stories In The World Of Fiction

The following stories will take you to this very special place. Remember to keep an open mind because they could be true. Whose to say if they are not? Form your own opinion while reading these stories. In real life happy endings don’t always happen but in the land of fiction, it is possible.

These stories are for all ages. Just like life there is a lesson to be learned by all, even in the WORLD OF FICTION.

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Format: 5.5 x 8.5 paperback cream glossy, 103 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Feb 07, 2009)
ISBN10: 1432738518
ISBN13: 9781432738518

9781432753597_cov.inddThat’s The American Way III:

January 20th, 2009, will go down in history as the day that the first African American was inaugurated as the president of the United States. The majority of Americans voted for a change.

To all Americans, let’s build on this unity that was formed during the election. “Unified we can accomplish many things, divided we fall as a nation.”

Product details…
Hardback
Format: 5.5 x 8.5 hardback creme w/ glossy jacket, 241 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Apr 20, 2010)
ISBN10: 1432754327
ISBN13: 9781432754327
Genre: DRAMA / American

cover-17Adventures in The Land Of Make Believe:

In the land of make believe there are families, friends and animals that lives an adventurous life. Some more adventurous than others. There is never a boring moment in this happy place. So pack your bags and travel to that beautiful place.

Product details…
Paperback
Format: 6 x 9 paperback cream glossy, 88 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Feb 16, 2011)
ISBN10: 1432767666
ISBN13: 9781432767662
Genre: JUVENILE FICTION / Action & Adventure / General

cover-18The Dark Side of America

If we as a nation can stop hating and just accept each other for whom and what we are, this would be heaven on earth. Job Chapter 8 Verse 22 They that hate thee shall be clothed with shame, and the dwelling place of the wicked shall come to naught. Luke Chapter 1 Verse 71 We should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate us. Luke Chapter 6 Verses 22 & 23 Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the son of man’s sake. Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy, for, behold, your reward is great in heaven. GOD BLESS AMERICA

Product details…
Hardback
Format: 6 x 9 hardback creme w/ glossy jacket, 173 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Dec 10, 2015)
ISBN10: 1478764449
ISBN13: 9781478764441
Genre: BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Government & Business

 

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5 Ways to Merchandise Your Book

Have you ever considered promoting your book at a local fair? What about at the library? Online? At the movie theater? No, I’m not talking about hosting events—although events are wonderful and you should certainly plan for a few of those, too. I’m talking about the perfect complement to an event—any event—and the public exposure that everything from a targeted, strategic book reading to a scattershot, spontaneous trip to the grocery store can provide.

I’m talking about merchandising.

While  you don’t necessarily need to visit a printer this instant and order a truckload of customizable key rings, mouse pads, or plastic sunglasses—although these are all good ideas if you can think of the right time and place to distribute them—you do need to dream up new ways of exposing people to your book in a tangible, and dare we even say pocketable fashion. Educators often say a person needs to receive a piece of information three different times in three different ways in order to remember it, and this is why banks always leave cheap free pens imprinted with their logos lying around: every time we fish one of those pens out of our pocket or glove box, we are reminded that that bank wants our business. And we are that much more likely to open an account. Book promotion can work the same way.

That said, here are five ideas to start merchandising your book:

  1. Make it visible. I mean literally The first and most traditionally effective weapon in your merchandising arsenal will always be the print poster. Why? Because they are so perfectly adaptable to local conditions! They can go up on anonymous billboards—pretty much every major business in a small town has one, as well as plenty of mom-and-pop owned joints in more urban spaces—and they can go up in a more official capacity, at book signings or in the windows of local businesses. Your neighborhood library might even be persuaded to put one up as a gesture of support for local talent. As a general rule, we have found that businesses generally want to help, unless there’s some specific company policy against doing so. The worst they can say is no, but you might very well be surprised at how many say yes!
  2. Make it portable. A good rule of thumb is to consider the question: would this be easy to steal? Is it the sort of merchandise that someone could slip into their pocket—like, say, a bookmark or a business card—and walk out the door without anyone noticing? Good. You literally want your merchandise to walk out the door, so make it easy! Choose only to create merchandise that will really move, and that doesn’t break the bank when it does so. Remember: the point is to sell your book, not to sell cute muffins for a bake sale. That is to say, the point is never that your merchandise be the flashiest or cutest thing in the universe. It needs to be the most portable thing in the room.  Custom bookmarks or business cards are portable AND promote your book. The best of both worlds!
  3. Make it responsive. It’s all well and good to send someone off with a postcard featuring your book’s beautiful cover, a blurb, and so on and so forth, but what’s in it for the vaguely interested potential reader? A postcard is just a pretty piece of paper unless it provides an incentive for that potential reader to become an active and engaged member of your fan base. Make sure all of your merchandise is clearly linked to your social media presence—in other words, that it features your Twitter handle, or hastag, or Facebook link, or something similar—and if possible, ramp up the engagement factor even further with reference to a discount, contest, giveaway, or some other glorious reminder so they know they ought to hang on to that pretty piece of paper and look at it again in the near future. Who knows? You might even find a great application for that QR code you’ve been considering…
  4. Make it beautiful. Look, there’s no point in making merchandise that no one will remember, and the most reliable way to make something memorable is to make it either beautiful or horrifying. And really, no one wants a horrifying bookmark or business card—unless we’re talking about promoting a penny dreadful. (Now there’s a thought.) For most authors, the best bet for making beautiful merchandise is to make it attractive and to make it out of quality materials. If we’re talking about a pen with a logo on it, you definitely want that pen to be durable enough to withstand extended use. If we’re talking about a business card, we want it to survive lengthy sojourns in that most trying of environments, the human wallet. And if eye-popping graphic design and crisp, heavy-duty cardstock isn’t in your repertoire, never fear. There is such a thing as affordable merchandise you don’t have to produce yourself.
  5. Make it work for you. The true heart of success in respect to creating and distributing merchandise is choosing the applications that work for you. If you’re not likely to have a lot of adult or computer-literate readers (say, if you write children’s picture books) maybe custom computer mouse pads aren’t the best way to go. If you live in a neighborhood with a library that doesn’t have a public bulletin board but is willing to stock some of your bookmarks, then by all means, print more bookmarks and fewer posters. Don’t buy what you don’t need or can’t make use of, but invest in the kinds of promotional merchandise that really captures the magic of your book and puts in front of the right people at the right time. (Or three right times, as it were.)

And there you have it: five parameters for creating the perfect promotional strategy using physical merchandise. Remember how we mentioned affordable merchandise that you don’t have to produce yourself? Independent of its publishing packages, Outskirts Press offers what we call the Promotional Materials Bundle which includes many of the merchandising options we’ve discussed in this blog: bookmarks, business cards, postcards, posters, and more. It’s an affordable way to jump start any promotional campaign and to do so using high-quality, beautifully-designed merchandise that requires zero late-night agonies over the operating manual for some cumbersome laser-cutter. But we’re not the best judge of what you need—you are! Take a moment to explore your options. You can always call us or find us on the web to learn more about promoting your book simply, effectively, and affordably!

 

Amazon Featured Book-of-the-Week

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Blood Shower

by M.R. Chavez

(4 Stars – 3 Customer Reviews)

Price: $12.95

M.R. Chavez’s “Blood Shower.” A former Marine Corps sniper, disillusioned and high-strung, becomes employed as a highly-paid private security contractor in the California mountains. Then, his fears become a reality with a spreading virus, no electricity, no internet, no phone. Not even his military training has prepared him for this gruesome battle in a post-apocalyptic war zone.

 

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Congratulations to Meridian, the 2016 Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year

Throughout the month of September, Outskirts Press has been publicizing the nominees for the 2016 Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year. Thanks to the many readers who took on the daunting task of selecting only one of these phenomenal books, we are now proud to announce this year’s winner.

Every year, Outskirts Press officially nominates a small percentage of the books we published during the previous year for submission to the Colorado Independent Publishers Association EVVY Awards. A nomination to these awards is the first step toward receiving the Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Award. Next, three finalists are selected from among the EVVY Award winners for the Best Book of the Year Award contest. We feature each of the finalists on the Outskirts Press blog and conduct a public vote for the grand prize of $1,500.

We are thrilled to announce that Meridian, by Andrew Ceroni, has been chosen as this year’s Best Book of the Year.

Award-winning author Andrew Ceroni served a distinguished career as a senior supervisory special agent conducting global counterespionage and antiterrorism operations. He received his B.S. Degree from the US Air Force Academy; M.A. Degree from Case Western University; and studied several foreign languages at the University of Maryland. He lives in Colorado with his family.

The Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Award recognizes not only the author with the writing talent to compose an award–winning book, but also the marketing prowess to promote it. Through his dedication to his book and his commitment to marketing the final product, Andrew Ceroni has shown that he is enthusiastic about writing quality pieces that appeal to a wide audience.