Your Winter Warm-up: Save $500 (or More!) When You Self-Publish Today

Whew! The holidays are over and seem like a distant memory … now what? Well, it’s a good time to knuckle-down and publish, especially if, like most New Year’s promises, your enthusiastic resolution to hit the gym on the daily has fallen by the wayside.

If one of your resolutions was to finally get that manuscript published, Outskirts Press is making it even easier by keeping our own resolution to make it affordable. We’re offering 15% Off Ultimate or Full-Color publishing AND a FREE Amazon Kindle Edition of your book (an extra $249 value)! That means you’ll save a total of $500 (or even more!) when you publish today. Kind of gives you the warm-fuzzies, doesn’t it?

To save hundreds on publishing AND receive free Amazon Kindle eBook publication and distribution, purchase the Ultimate or Full-Color publishing package and enter the promo code Save15+Kindle at checkout. (The huge savings is instant, and your Amazon Kindle eBook Edition 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:

 

How to get the most out of your author webpage

An author webpage is more than just a “pretty face” on mobile devices and desktop computers.  It can also be a powerful sales and marketing tool; and you will increase your chances of getting the most out of your author webpage if you follow these 3 easy steps:

  1. Market All Your Books

If you’ve published multiple books with Outskirts Press (and many of you have), then your Author Webpage automatically features an “Also by” section in which all of your other book covers appear, each of them clickable to their own author webpage.  It’s like a dynamic author website that automatically grows with your writing career. Plus, it is a proven fact that readers of one of your books are more inclined to be readers of your other books, too, so be sure to publish multiple books to automatically add this cool section to all of your Outskirts Press author webpages.

  1. Link Your Webpage to Your Social Media Accounts

It probably goes without saying that every author should have a Facebook account and a Linked-In account.  If you’re more experienced with social media you may also have  a Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and/or Pinterest account.  That’s great! And guess what?  Your Author Webpage can link to ALL those social media accounts directly from your “About the Author” section — but ONLY if you tell your webpage how.

First, click on the “Edit My Profile” in the upper right-hand corner of your Publishing Center. Or, alternatively, you may have a “My Account” link. In either case, clicking that link will open up your Profile Page, where you can Edit Your Profile, provide Social Media Details, and set your Royalty Payment Details, among other things. In the Social Media Details section, enter in the URL for each of your social media profiles. The easiest way to do that is to go to each of your active social media platforms and go to your “home” or “main” page of your account, and then cut-n-paste the URL from the Internet Browser and place it into the appropriate field of this form. Don’t forget to save your changes. It’s as easy as that!

  1. Add Some Multi-Media

Your Outskirts Press Author Webpage features an “optional” menu item specifically for “Media” which includes book video trailers, audio excerpts, and/or audiobooks. The audio excerpt is included with many of our packages, so if you have recorded your audio excerpt, it is available from your author webpage already.  The book video trailer a very popular marketing option so if you didn’t order a book video trailer with your publishing package, you can add one at any time from the Marketing Options tab of your Publishing Center.  The most recent addition to the Media section is our new AudioBook Publishing Option. It’s half the price and twice the quality of our competitors, and opens up a whole new market for your book, so be sure to check it out from the Marketing Tab, or by clicking this button right here:

 

 

Time to Pick the Winner of the “Show Us Your Love” Contest!

Authors have showered Outskirts Press with the warm-fuzzies in the manner of videos and pictures for weeks and now it’s time to pick our favorite. We simply can’t decide which of the creative submissions are best, so we’re asking for your votes. Your opinions will decide who wins a brand-new laptop computer!

The three submissions with the most “likes” on the Outskirts Facebook page from among this year’s entries are now up for a public vote to determine the winner. The poll ends February 23rd, and the winner will be announced on February 28th.

Below are the three finalists. Watch the submissions and place your vote. The author whose submission earns the most votes will win a brand-new laptop computer.

Kat Sinclair, author of Green and Dying

Cesare Andrea Frustaci, author of I Believe in Miracles

Pete Springer, author of They Call Me Mom

While there are only three finalists, you can still check out all the submissions submitted for the contest on our YouTube Playlist and/or our Instagram Page. Let’s just say we have a clever author community! With the social media exposure all entrants have received on Outskirts Press’ Facebook Page, YouTube Channel, Instagram Page, and Twitter Feed, all participants come out winners.

Place your vote now and subscribe to our blog or check back on February 28th to see who wins.

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Amazon Featured Book of the Week

Now available on Amazon.com!


Common Sense Leadership

by Ronald Harper

(5 Stars – 2 Customer Reviews)

Price: $14.95

Ronald Harper’s “Common Sense Leadership.” Understanding your workforce and understanding how to create an environment that optimizes it makes sense. Use a different approach to leading by working with a psychological base. Psychology and leadership can work together to benefit you as you share it with others. This book can also show you how to manage energy, validate achievement and manage spiking attitudes.

 

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Amazon Featured Book of the Week

Now available on Amazon.com!


Dear Tallulah

by Kay Rickenbaugh

(5 Stars – 10 Customer Reviews)

Price: $20.95

Kay Rickenbaugh’s “Dear Tallulah.” Who knew getting older could be so much fun? Emily is a widow of more than twenty years who has a daughter with a successful career in interior design. She has become sad and isolated in her home since she no longer drives. Then, she discovers Orchard Pines Residence and Spa, a large facility for adults no longer wanting to live alone but still able to take care of themselves. Expecting solace, she finds intrigue, murder, travel, romance, employment and wonderful new friends. Those who desire to be just like Emily when they get to be her age will thoroughly enjoy this book.

 

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Please note that product prices and availability are subject to change. Prices and availability were accurate at the time of this posting; however, they may differ from those you see when you visit Amazon.com.© Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Amazon, Amazon.com, the Amazon.com logo, and 1-Click are registered trademarks of Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. Amazon.com, 410 Terry Avenue N., Seattle, WA 98109-5210.

 

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Roll Out the Red Carpet With 15% Off a Video for Your Book!

For many years now, the publishing world has been grappling with a singular dilemma: how to make use of the new platform and opportunities provided by the internet to build successful marketing campaigns? Always one step ahead of the curve, self-publishing authors began to look for websites like YouTube and Vimeo as possible platforms to connect with new readers and share their book trailers. And they have been wildly successful!

A book trailer is, in short, a kind of movie trailer for your book. Because videos tap into two fundamentally important human senses (both sight and hearing) at the same time, they have the power to introduce new readers to your book and inspire them to purchase it.

A good book trailer presents images related to the book’s theme and content in an engaging way and is set to music that conjures up the appropriate atmosphere. A mystery novel might be set to a brooding tapestry of minor-key notes, while a romance novel might take advantage of a light-hearted upbeat tempo to clue readers into the nature of its story. Just as moviegoers might find themselves on the edge of their seats at the theater, your potential readers will wait with bated breath for the chance to pick up a copy of your book. It’s all about creating excitement for your book’s release.

Crafting a book trailer that connects all the dots to inspire this kind of reaction is, of course, quite a challenge. Video editing demands a certain professional creative skill set, complete with a deft hand at image placement, talent with text arrangement, and a nuanced way with transitioning from one frame to the next. And the timing must be precise: the entire trailer must take place over approximately sixty seconds to communicate all that it needs to and command a viewer’s attention.

The value of a well-made book trailer is, however, unquestionable. Short movies are the most portable of marketing tools and are easily shared across all the major social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, and elsewhere. They can be embedded into blog posts or the link distributed by email.

As a self-publishing author, you’re already strategically placed to take advantage of video–but creating a book trailer? That might be outside of your comfort zone or even fully beyond your abilities. Luckily, Outskirts Press has you covered! Our Book Video Trailer & Distribution service allows you complete creative control while also putting the power of our expert team at your service, assisting with music selection, image identification, and text integration before delivering a draft of your book video trailer to you of approval. The final product provides a slick, creative way to showcase your work and market your book effectively to a wide audience. Best of all, right now you can enjoy 15% off this service! This incredible package is normally $399 but, during the month of February, you can put your book in the spotlight for only $339.15.

Are you ready to give your book the red carpet treatment? Enter promo code Save15Video when you purchase the Book Video Trailer & Distribution service.

 

Good Company: You’re Not Alone When You Publish with Outskirts Press

Whether you’ve published multiple books or are researching the possibilities, you have probably noticed just how many decisions there are to weigh in the creation of a successful book. Even with a complete draft manuscript in the bag, there’s still the cover design, editing, book formats and marketing to consider.

Since few people are experts on all—or even any one—of those aspects of self-publishing, it’s easy to become overwhelmed with the unknowns and the pressure of making the right decision in the face of them.

Just know that when you publish with Outskirts Press, you’re never alone. We have teams of professionals with niche expertise to help you navigate every step in the process.

  • Ghostwriter. Should you need help crossing the finish line or heavily editing your rough draft, we can put you in touch with one of our trusted ghostwriting partners for one-on-assistance.
  • Production. Our production artists and tech gurus will ensure your book is properly formatted to your preferences and to the specifications of each selling platform. Once your book is perfect, our team will get it onto each platform so you can start selling.
  • Cover Designer. You can select a template-based book cover and tailor it to your needs. However, if you need or desire a level of customization that can’t be provided in a template, our talented cover designers will create an eye-catching cover that will give you a distinctive edge.
  • Editor. Our editors eat, breathe and sleep the written word. Their eagle eyes will catch errors and inconsistencies that are invisible to mere mortals.
  • Marketing Assistant. The modern marketing environment is complex, with virtual bookstores taking the selling process from the old-fashioned, one-on-one approach to techniques that reach all corners of the globe in an instant. Our marketing pros can help you use the tech tools available to you to level the playing field in the book marketplace.
  • Publishing Consultant. Helping you coordinate it all are your Publishing Consultant and Author Representative, knowledgeable advisors who are dedicated to you and your unique project.

Not sure where to start? Connect with your team! Reach out to an Outskirts Press Publishing Consultant at 1-888-672-6657 or via the live chat option on our website. You can even schedule a meeting directly with a Publishing Consultant via the following link – Schedule a Consultation.