Fandemonium (Facebook Anthology) Pricing Is Set, Thanks to Facebook Community

Last week our Facebook community members and blog readers were invited to participate in the pricing of Fandemonium, our first Facebook Anthology that is being written and published by our Facebook Fans.   Our Facebook community had already voted on the title and cover for the anthology, as well as the charity to receive the royalties (The American Red Cross).  Over the past 7 days, they’ve been voting on the pricing scenario to apply to the book.

Pricing Scenario #1 was the winner, receiving 53% of the votes.  Here is the screen shot from within the Outskirts Press Publishing Center when the pricing was set for Fandemonium according to your votes:

Whenever authors publish with Outskirts Press, they receive a pricing screen like this, which allows them to increase or decrease elements of their pricing in “real-time” with the “plus” or “minus” buttons.  

One of the major advantages of publishing with Outskirts Press is the control and flexibility you, the author, have over your book’s pricing.   Pricing Scenario #1 sets a retail price of $16.95 for the book, and delivers a whopping $7.38 to the American Red Cross every time a new copy sells through Ingram, Amazon, Barnes & Noble and the many, many other sales channels offered by the Outskirts Press Distribution-on-Demand sales network available with the Diamond Publishing Package.

The submissions have all been received and the pre-production steps have all been completed.  Now Fandemonium enters the production stage of the process where the interior is formatted, the cover is finalized, the ISBN is assigned, and the distribution sales channels are established.  Stay tuned in February when the book enters the Galley Proof Review Stage.

Top 10 Self Publishing Book Marketing Options for December 2010

Outskirts Press is an industry leader in providing post-publication support, products, and services to its growing family of published authors. Because we know how confusing it can be to pick the right marketing solution for your book, we publish our list of Top 10 Book Marketing Options each month to help you prioritize your book marketing efforts.

The top-ranking options are determined by how many self-published authors sign up for them. Many of these products and services are even available to authors who did not publish with Outskirts Press.  Visit our Marketing Solutions page to view the growing list of available book marketing options.

These are the marketing products and services determined to be most popular by our authors for the month of December 2010, listed below in alphabetical order:

Amazon Cover Enhancement
This is an option that helps you either get your cover on Amazon faster or enhance the way it looks to increase exposure.
Amazon Extreme Package
This is a package deal that lets you save 25% on 3 amazing marketing tactics centered around Amazon: The Amazon Kindle Edition, Search Inside the Book, and the Keyword Search Submission Service. Plus a free copy of the Amazon best selling book, Sell Your Book on Amazon.
Amazon Kindle Edition
The Amazon Kindle is a revolutionary wireless reading device that allows its owners to instantly download books and newspapers. This is the new way that people are buying books. However, only books that have been submitted to the Amazon Kindle via the required process and in the required format are available for Kindle readers to purchase and enjoy.
Book Blast
This package includes five of our most popular (and most effective) marketing services, making for very well-rounded book marketing solution. Every Book Blast comes with: a Custom Press Release, PR Publicist Campaign, Book Review Submission Service, Book Video Trailer, and 5 hours with a Personal Marketing Assistant for one price.
Book Review Submission
This solution offers you the convenience of having someone else do some of the book review “grunt work” for you. The fee includes submission to ten different reviewers. Included in the submission is a professionally-written cover letter/press release and your sales sheet, along with a complimentary copy of your book for the reviewer to consider and keep.
ForeWord Magazine Co-op Advertisement
Co-op advertising allows you to secure premium, full-color exposure for your book in a high-quality trade publication for a minimal amount of money.
Personal Marketing Assistant
The Outskirts Press Personal Marketing Assistant option is ideal for authors who want marketing assistance that is personal and specific. The Personal Marketing Assistant is available to work with you in five hour blocks of time to promote your book in accordance with your plan and goals.
PR Publicist
Have you ever dreamed of having your own publicist? You can get pretty close with this service. Once purchased, one of our publicists distributes your press release for you. The best part is – after the release is sent, you will receive all the resulting leads for more personal follow-up, plus an electronic clipping service.
Virtual Book Tour Virtual Book Tour
Harness the power of social networking and the “blogosphere” to take your book on a virtual book tour. A virtual book tour is similar to an actual book tour, although instead of physically traveling, you and your book are making “appearances” in the blogosphere and on social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

Outskirts Press authors who are interested in any of these options can find further details and ordering information by clicking on the name (or image) of the option above. Information about either of these solutions can be found on the Marketing Options page of your Publishing Center. Authors who published elsewhere can visit our Marketing Solutions page to get more information about any of  the marketing options available to order.

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Self-Publishing Virtual Book Tour: Night of the Snake Witch by C.J. Thomas

Outskirts Press author, C.J. Thomas, is taking her latest book, Night of the Snake Witch, on tour – a virtual tour, that is. She will be featured on several blogs over the weeks and months ahead so keep your eyes peeled to learn more about her and her book.

Luckily for us, C.J. was kind enough to answer a few questions as the tour was getting started so that we can give you a sneak peek into the mind of the creator of Night of the Snake Witch.



Night of the Snake Witch book cover

OP: Tell us a little bit about Night of the Snake Witch. What is it about?

CJT: Alexandra Kendall is an executive for a pipeline company. She is also in love with Joe Larkin but can’t commit to marriage. When Joe drives Alex to Louisiana to check on an old Contractor friend Lester Kierbo, they find treachery. His daughter Ateara has taken things into her own hands and disappeared into the Bayou.

When Alex leaves for the Dakota’s Joe follows unaware that both of them will be caught up in Atear’s Voodoo and the supernatural. They find out about the thief ring on the pipeline and close in on it’s leader their lives will dangling by a thread.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

CJT: I was sitting in my office looking out the window watching the heavy machinery unload the 42″ pipe. The banding that held the pipe to the rail cars was picked up by the large machine and taken to the end of the yard and dumped on the growing pile. As I watched the banding settle, it began to slither. (in my mind of course) That was the birth of Night of the Snake Witch.

OP: What types of readers would be interested in this story?

CJT: Anyone over 17 who likes paranormal suspense.

OP: What is special about your book?  What differentiates it from other books in the same category?

CJT: My experience on the Northern Border Pipeline. Most places in the book are real. People are from my imagination.

OP: Have you published any other books? Do you plan to publish more?

CJT:  Yes. I have two other books out under another name. I just finished an adult paranormal suspense and working on the sequel about the sex slave trade.

OP: Thanks for your time, C.J.! We look forward to learning more about you as you visit other bloggers!



CJ Thomas was the manager on a pipeline in the nineteen eighties for two years. Working with people from coast to coast with different cultures, beliefs and ideas she survived the experience. CJ lives in northern Utah with Patterson, a Scottish Terrier while working on her next novel.

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This author purchased the Virtual Book Tour marketing option, which allows authors to connect with bloggers and harness the power of the blogosphere by taking the book on the “virtual road”.  Learn more about this service by visiting your Publishing Center and reviewing the available marketing options.




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Self-Publishing Book Spotlight: The Cosmic Order of Reincarnation by: Khun Shwe Thike

Outskirts Press author, Khun Shwe Thike, offers a view of reincarnation that answers questions mystics have been unable to resolve for centuries in his latest book, The Cosmic Order of Reincarnation.

Addressing such questions as “What really happens after we die,” “What are the mechanisms that give us birth” and “Do we really have a soul and what exactly is it?” author Thike offers a view of reincarnation that answers questions mystics have been unable to resolve for centuries.

Thike’s hope is that an increased understanding of these principles will provide realizations for his readers about the true nature of their lives and allow them to contribute more meaningfully to an increased peace and understanding in the world.





Khun Shwe Thike is an acclaimed author on philosophy and Buddhist theology. Originally from Burma, he participated in that country’s student uprising in 1988. When the army crushed the democracy movement, he fled Burma for Thailand, where he became a teacher. In 1993, he immigrated to the United States. Khun Shwe Thike has written many novels and more than 50 articles. He lives in Washington, D.C.

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This author purchased the Book Blast package, saving 25% on 5 powerful marketing services to blast the book into the stratosphere! The Book Blast package includes the following options: Custom Press Release, PR Publicist Campaign, Book Review Submission Service, Book Video (shown above) and Personal Marketing Assistant. Outskirts Press authors can easily and conveniently add this package at any time from the Marketing Options screen of the Publishing Center.


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Self-Publishing Children’s Authors Can Get Noticed with the Bologna Children’s Book Fair

Self-published authors don’t necessarily have the budget or time to travel around the world to attend various book fairs. Then there are the costs of the exhibit itself, like the exhibition fees, the exhibition stand, and the “giveaways” (often called “freebies” or “schwag”). Typically, self-publishing authors would miss out on the chance to “be discovered”. However, with recent advances in technology, this is a worry of the past.

Outskirts Press offers authors an opportunity to have their book featured during various book fairs worldwide. One that’s rather popular with self-publishing authors of children’s books is the Bologna Children’s Book Fair.

The Bologna Children’s Book Fair is the world’s leading book fair that only features children’s books. The primary focus of this event is to investigate the possibility of the sale of rights and international co-productions.  Historically, full-color books with illustrations are usually the most successful. Because of this, we only allow our Pearl Full Color books to participate.

The Bologna Children’s Book Fair occurs in March in Italy and hosts over 1400 international exhibitors. If you’ve ever entertained the thought of forging industry connections or negotiating agreements or licenses for your work, this is an ideal opportunity for you.

Outskirts Press self-publishing children’s authors can register for this event conveniently from their Publishing Center. During the fair, your book will receive valuable, face-out exposure on an exclusive shelf with 4 other Outskirts Press titles and a representative will be on-hand to personally answer questions about your book. Outskirts Press will provide the necessary copies of the book and all the necessary contact information for both the author and publisher, so interested parties can make further contact, during or after the fair. All leads we receives for your book will be forwarded directly to you for personal follow-up.

Space is limited and filled on a first-come, first served basis. Due to the requirements of Bologna, this event is not a part of our Global Book Tour package and must be registered for separately if you are interested.

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Self-Publishing Bestseller Spotlight: Z1N1 The Zombie Pandemic by: Mitchell Layne Cook

Z1N1 The Zombie Pandemic by Mitchell Layne Cook was recently on the Outskirts Press bestseller list.

How can a book become a bestseller in the competitive self-publishing market?  It can be a the result of a mixture of efforts — including dedicating a great deal of time and/or money to marketing activities.

Let’s take a closer look at this best selling book published by Outskirts Press to see what contributed to its success. By seeing what works for other authors, you can take the appropriate publishing and marketing steps to chart your own course toward successful book publishing!

  • Genre: Fiction/Horror
  • Content for niche audience
  • A professionally designed custom cover
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    About Mitchell Layne Cook

    Mitch currently lives in Arkansas. In mid-2009, he became a labor office statistic – along with millions of others – as he was laid off from his job of over a decade. With ample “free” time on his hands for the last half of 2009, Mitch began writing his first novel about how he imagined the zombie apocalypse would begin.

    Of course, books cannot become best sellers if they’re only printed and sold from the publisher’s website. Books must to be available via multiple sales channels, both wholesale and direct. All Outskirts Press books published with the Diamond, Pearl, and Ruby packages receive the benefit of either national or worldwide book distribution. See details about the Distribution-on-Demand Sales Channels by clicking here.

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    Top 10 Best Selling Books in Self-Publishing for December 2010

    Outskirts Press, the fastest-growing full-service self-publishing and book marketing company, today announced its top ten best selling titles for December 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 December were:

    Congratulations to our best selling authors for the month of December!

    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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