Top Ten Best Selling Books in Self-Publishing for October 2010

Outskirts Press, the fastest-growing full-service self-publishing and book marketing company, today announced its top ten best selling titles for October 2010 according to combined data from Ingram Book Wholesalers and Outskirts Press Direct via

In alphabetical order, the top ten best selling books in self publishing during the month of October were:

Congratulations to our best selling authors from October!

All these books, and other Outskirts Press titles, are available from all major online retailers like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Powells, Books A Million, and others, plus conveniently from the Outskirts Press Direct bookstore at for discounts ranging from 10% – 55%.

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Benjamin Franklin Awards for Self-Publishing Authors – 2010

Was your book published in 2010? If so, this is your one and only chance to enter the Benjamin Franklin Book Awards.

The registration deadline for the Benjamin Franklin Award Submission Service is this Friday, December 3rd, 2010.

The Benjamin Franklin Awards, administered by the Independent Book Publishers Association, are among the most respected book awards in the country.  The awards recognize excellence in both editorial and design. The specific genre categories are judged by three industry professionals, coming from the library, bookstore, reviewer, designer, publicity and editorial markets.

All finalists will be notified in the late spring, early summer.  Winners and finalists are recognized at a gala event at the Book Expo of America and receive award certificates. Winners receive an engraved crystal trophy. All winners and finalists are announced to the major trade journals and media, and winners are recognized at the IBPA booth at BEA in the spring.

As an Outskirts Press published author, you can have us handle all of the submission details for you.  With your purchase of this package and your eligible book, we will handle all the details, including:

  • the award submission fee
  • registering your book with the contest
  • sending them each the necessary review copies of your book
  • accurately and completely filling out the necessary entry forms
  • selecting the most appropriate category for your book (if we’re not sure, we’ll ask you)
  • shipping and handling costs of your book to each of the contest’s multiple judges

Click here for details or to order the Benjamin Franklin Submission Service today.

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Save 25% on Children’s Illustrations this Black Friday

Black Friday is COLORFUL at Outskirts Press!

For one day only, Friday, November 26th, you can save 25% on all our amazing, award-winning full-color illustration packages.  Depending upon how many you need, you can literally save thousands of dollars!

If you need many illustrations for a children’s storybook series, now is the time.  Or if you just need 10 or 15 custom drawings for a single children’s book, now is the time.  Or if you just need a single illustration for a cover that isn’t even a children’s book, now is the time.

We have recently introduced more than 20  new styles to choose from.   We are sure you will find what you want, and check out the benefits of ordering your full-color illustrations from Outskirts Press:

  • Over 35 unique, amazing styles to choose from
  • Available as singles, or packages of 10 or 15
  • Two different pricing tiers to choose from
  • You never have to split your royalties with the artist
  • Avoid the delays and uncertainties of unfinished projects and uncommitted artists
  • You can publish wherever you want (although we’ll give you an additional 15% if you publish with Outskirts Press)


To check out all the styles and to save 25% today, click here:

This is just a small sample of the new styles we have added recently. We recently added over 20 new styles, bringing the total choices past 35  unique styles to choose from.

Of course, our illustration packages go perfectly with our exclusive full-color publishing package. Click here for details about the PEARL publishing package to publish your high-quality children’s book in paperback and/or hardback for sale online through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and more!

Publishing Center Improvements for Outskirts Press Authors

Outskirts Press has recently uploaded quite a few improvements to the Publishing Center for our authors. As with anything new, the changes may be a little confusing at first, just because some things are no longer where they used to be. This notice is intended to help you become comfortable with the improvements. Once familiar with the changes, we hope you’ll agree your new Publishing Center is much easier to use.

A “sub-menu” has been added directly below the Tab Menus. The new sub-menu is circled in red in the screen shot below.

Your “Publication Page” will now be the first page you see when entering your Publishing Center or selecting from one of your publications. You can also get back to this Publication page by clicking the “My Publishing Center” link from the new sub-menu.

You will notice that your new Publication Page shows you the cover of your active title. It also has the following iconic menu that allows you to accomplish all the tasks you used to complete with the “arrow buttons” in the previous version.

Order Books – This is where you go to order copies of your published book. You will be purchasing copies of the book shown on your Publication Page. If you wish to change books (for those authors with more than one book) you will first select the appropriate book from the Active Titles menu along the left side of your Publishing Center.
Marketing Options – This is where you go to order marketing services or products, like the popular Marketing Packages that come with an instant 25% savings, or the latest marketing service we just introduced this week. Check out the new Amazon Enhanced Cover option by clicking here.
Your Toolkit – This is a new page, designed to make it easier to see and manage all the services and/or products you have ordered from Outskirts Press, either through your publishing process or through our a la carte Store which now allows you to buy select services for books that you may have published elsewhere. Of course, you’ll always receive a discount on a la carte services for books published through Outskirts Press.
Webpage & E-Book – The “old” toolkit page used to feature all your products or services PLUS the management tools for your author webpage, sales sheet, and e-book (if applicable). Now, the management of your author webpage, sales sheet, and e-book (if you purchased one) can be found by clicking this icon.
Publication Announcement – This is the informative announcement that all new authors should read once their book is published, as it contains important information about marketing, royalties, and distribution.
Reviews Starter Kit – A good place to start pursuing book reviews. We also offer the convenience of our Book Review Submission Service, of course.
Revise Publication – At some point you may decide you want to revise your publication. This is where you go to initiate a post-publication revision to your published book.
10% Referral Commissions – You can earn a 10% commission by referring new authors to Outskirts Press. This page tells you how to set-up your affiliate link and track your leads.

Along with the “My Publishing Center” link on the new sub-menu, you will also notice the following links:

  • My Toolkit – This takes you to your new toolkit page where you can see and manage service or product purchases.
  • My Book Sales – This takes you to a new screen devoted solely to reporting your wholesale book sales activity. Your royalty earnings are reported here.
  • My Book Orders – This takes you to a new screen devoted solely to reporting the book purchases you have made yourself.
  • My Account History – This takes you to a new screen devoted solely to reporting your financial transactions with Outskirts Press.
  • Edit My Profile – This takes you to the screen where you can update your log-in information and your royalty preferences.

We hope you find these changes beneficial. As more sections or choices are added to your Publishing Center, they will appear with their own icons on the Publishing Center Publication Page, so be sure to keep visiting your Publishing Center, and be sure to keep promoting your book.

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Top 10 Fiction Books in Self-Publishing for Thanksgiving Weekend 2010

Outskirts Press, the fastest-growing full-service self-publishing and book marketing company, today announced its top ten fiction books for Thanksgiving Weekend 2010.  Readers can enjoy the paperback format while relaxing at home over the holiday weekend or the Kindle Edition while waiting in lines on Black Friday.

In alphabetical order, the top ten fiction books for Thanksgiving weekend are:

All these books, and other Outskirts Press titles, are available from all major online retailers like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Powells, Books A Million, and others, plus conveniently from the Outskirts Press Direct bookstore at for discounts ranging from 10% – 55%.  Kindle Editions are also available for all of the books above and that format can be purchased directly through Amazon’s Kindle Store.

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New Year Greeting Cards for Self-Publishing Authors

Want to send out a New Year mailing to promote your book? Outskirts Press now offers personal and customized New Year Greeting Cards, featuring your published book!

Greeting cards are 4.25”x 6” on Premium 14 pt. gloss cover stock. These cards are full color, front and back, and scored for easy folding. The front of the card recognizes the occasion. The inside-left of the card highlights your single book, along with the title, the author name, the cover image, and the webpage address. The inside-right of the card is blank so that you can personalize each card with a handwritten message before folding and mailing them in the included white envelopes.

Greeting cards come in quantities of 250. Outskirts Press authors can also order Custom US First Class Postal Stamps to send out these promotional mailings. Both of these optional marketing products can easily and conveniently be added from the Marketing Options screen of the publishing center.

*Production, printing and shipping can take up to 3-4weeks. Order now to allow plenty of time to receive your cards for a timely holiday promotional mailing.

** The interior image in the example features “Sell Your Book on Amazon.” Details and cover image will be replaced by the details and cover image for your book.

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