Outskirts Press Launches Google Books Preview Program for All Self-Publishing Authors

Authors can now harness the power of Google quickly and easily with the new preview submission option from Outskirts Press.

July 14, 2015 – Denver, CO – Outskirts Press, long a champion of self-publishing authors on the Kindle and Nook ebook marketplaces, is now helping self-publishing authors take advantage of Google Play’s increasingly popular Google Books bookstore, whether you are an Outskirts Press author, or published author from any other publisher!.  The self-publishing service provider recently launched its Google Books Preview Program, for all published authors, not just Outskirts Press authors, providing yet another popular avenue through which authors can promote and sell.Google Books Large

By some estimates, of July 2013 Google Play recorded more than 50 billion downloads. The Google Books Preview Program option from Outskirts Press helps authors get their books submitted to Google Books – complete with a book cover, an enticing book sample for readers to browse and convenient links for buyers to purchase a copy through the major online retailers. Submission to Google Books makes books instantly more discoverable via the Google search engine.

Google Play’s online store offers consumers an unbeatable search engine that reliably leads shoppers straight to their product of choice in the Google Books bookstore, even when a word is misspelled. That means self-publishing authors have a terrific opportunity to get their books in front of Google Books consumers in a huge marketplace that’s incredibly efficient at targeting the right shoppers.

With the Google Books Preview Program from Outskirts Press, authors can quickly get set up with an author platform, as well as provide a sample of their books to entice some of the millions of readers browsing for books on Google. There are several benefits to the Google Books Preview Program that all contribute to a vastly greater opportunity to promote and sell:

  • Instant visibility. The Google Books Preview Program allows readers all over the world to discover a book and preview a portion of it.
  • Easy discoverability. Google scans and indexes the text of an entire book for its search engine. That means that words and phrases contained with a book are searchable and could lead curious readers straight to it.
  • Tantalizing previews. When prospective book buyers identify a relevant book on Google Books, they’re automatically given access to a limited preview, further enticing them to buy.
  • Links to make buying easy. A series of links within the Google Books listing steers readers straight to major online book retailers, where they can purchase quickly and conveniently.

The Google Books Preview Program is an easy, inexpensive and effective way to get a book before a worldwide audience of avid readers. All authors can take advantage of this effective option, no matter where or who you published with! For full details about Outskirts Press’ Google Books Preview option visit the company website.

About Outskirts Press, Inc.: Outskirts Press offers full-service, custom self-publishing and book marketing services for authors seeking a cost-effective, fast, and flexible way to publish and distribute their books worldwide while retaining all their rights and full creative control. Available for authors globally at http://www.outskirtspress.com and located on the outskirts of Denver, Colorado, Outskirts Press, Inc. represents the future of book publishing, today.

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Self-Publishing Author Spotlight: J.A.M. Nolla

A book is — and should be — an escape from the realities of day-to-day life. We’re proud to report that many of the imaginative self-publishing authors with Outskirts Press deftly whisk away readers to new, exciting and exotic places and times with their novels. This week we highlight one such author in our weekly Self-Publishing Author Spotlight.

This week’s spotlighted author is J.A.M. Nolla, author of more than a dozen action/adventure, science fiction and history books in both English and Spanish through Outskirts Press. Nolla’s novels take readers on thrilling adventures to exotic locales around the globe, complete with compelling plots and memorable characters. Learn more about Nolla and get a glimpse of the books produced by this prolific author.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
J.A.M. Nolla is a retired Colonel of the U.S. Army who was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and now lives in Caparra. His mother, Olga Ramirez de Arellano, and sister Olga Nolla were well-known writers in the Hispanic world. Nolla has written and published 14 books dealing with fictional stories of characters who live within different historical periods, in such a way as to put the reader living in that time frame.

 

BOXERS & HUNS

The Carthaginians

Defeat and Victory

Grey Pony Soldier

Grey Storm in the West

The Last Chance

New Dawn

The Orion Oracle

A Place in the Sun

The Sands of Saladin

Blue Skies in the East

The Spanish Maelstrom

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Outskirts Press Self-Publishing Author Takes Top Spot in ForeWord’s 2014 IndieFab Awards

Outskirts Press is fortunate to boast many award-winning authors and books over the years, and today we add one more to list. We’re proud to announce that Outskirts Press author J.M. Erickson has taken Gold in the Science Fiction category in ForeWord’s Book of the Year Awards for Future Prometheus II, the second book in a series.

ForeWord’s Book of the Year Awards program was created to spotlight distinctive books from independent publishers. The judges—working librarians and booksellers—review the entries based upon on their experiences with patrons and customers. The annual ForeWord IndieFab Awards has for the past 18 years recognized the best in independent/self-published books. Winners are awarded cash prizes, along with priceless industry recognition that helps indie authors continue to make connections with readers and publishing insiders. More than 1,300 entries in 63 categories were considered for the awards, which represent the best in small publishing offerings. Foreword Reviews announced the winners at the annual ALA Conference in June.

Congratulations to J.M. Erickson for the big win in the 2014 awards!

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See What You Chose as Outskirts Press’ Next Book Marketing Service

Goodreads: Book reviews, recommendations, and discussionYou spoke, we’re listening! Recently, Outskirts Press asked you, our self-publishing authors, to imagine what you would do if put in charge of running the company. If you had your druthers, what new marketing option would you offer? You spoke loud and clear: Your choice, with 36% of the vote, is the Goodreads Marketing Campaign. Here’s how the voting on all our proposed options panned out:

Goodreads Marketing Campaign 36%
Publishers Weekly Select 24%
RTIR (Radio-TV-Interview Report) Ad Placement 16%
US Review of Books 12%
Pinterest Board Creation 12%

Look for the Goodreads Marketing Campaign option to become available as part of Outskirts Press’ stellar lineup of services very soon.

In the past, your input has guided us to introduce things like our Amazon Featured Book-of-the-Week and iPad/iPhone Premium Edition. Once again, your feedback has helped us determine what new product or service we might offer this year that will be most valuable to you in your book marketing efforts.

Now, more about that Goodreads Marketing Campaign: With more than 40 million members, Goodreads is the world’s largest community of readers, and at Outskirts Press, we want to help you connect with those readers. When this new option launches, we will help you to claim your author profile on Goodreads and set up a book giveaway to generate awareness and reviews for your book. We will also create an ad on Goodreads that will be seen by readers searching for new books. Custom stats will be available so you can see how many views, clicks, and the number of Goodreads members who add your book. A comprehensive approach to reach Goodreads affluent and educated audience of book readers.

Thanks to all our authors who chimed in on what services mean most! Keep an eye on Self-Publishing News from Outskirts Press for important announcements about the launch of the Goodreads Marketing Campaign service.

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Self-Publishing Author Spotlight: Tom Jenkins

We just adore the creativity and diversity of the talented authors who publish their works through Outskirts Press! In fact, we can’t imagine a traditional publishing house giving readers a mix of works quite like what our authors churn out. Cop thrillers, history books, memoirs and romance novels are in our bookstore, right alongside cookbooks, political tomes and chilling mysteries.

But this week’s spotlight author., Tom Jenkins, has more to teach us about our world that most through his politically intriguing fiction books. Get to knTom Jenkinsow more about Tom in this week’s Self-Publishing Author Spotlight.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Tom Jenkins is a Vietnam veteran and retiree who has visited the many locations mentioned in his books, both through his world travels and his work as a contractor.

Shadow to ShadeShadow to Shade
Jake Thomas, aka “Backfire,” is one of 12 shadows – a Black Operative whose identity is known only by his controller and the President of the United States. The Shadow Program has been set up for covert operations directed by the Executive Branch and is shrouded in secrecy. Shadows go to their graves without ever being recognized for their patriotic deeds, and Jake Thomas has certainly had his share of successful assignments, which include every adventure from monitoring a possible government overthrow in Grenada to investigating the disappearance of American citizens in Lebanon to digging into human trafficking in Florida. And these are just a few of the missions Jake’s career requires of him. His ultimate mission? To stay alive long enough to enjoy going from Shadow to Shade – the government’s term for retirement.

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Format: 6.14 x 9.21 paperback, 228 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Aug 29, 2009)
ISBN10: 1432744402
ISBN13: 9781432744403
Genre: FICTION / General

Only Eagles Need ApplyOnly Eagles Need Apply
In the beginning (Shadow to Shade) Jake and his controller John Scallone went through four decades as shadows. Now comes Only Eagles Need Apply. Jake (Backfire) and John Scallone (Osprey) are out of the shade (retirement) to select their replacements and mentor them in their first assignment. First North Korea becomes more unstable and then Iran flirts with threats and destruction. The President sends the shadows into action.

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Format: 6 x 9 paperback cream, 223 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Dec 31, 2009)
ISBN10: 1432751530
ISBN13: 9781432751531
Genre: FICTION / Action & Adventure

Terror In A New ArenaTerror in a New Arena: We Are Under Attack
The shadows under Jenny Masters are put in charge of a threat of terrorism by the President of the United States. First a trail run on one of our allies and then a direct threat.

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Format: 6 x 9 paperback cream, 220 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Mar 14, 2014)
ISBN10: 1478729589
ISBN13: 9781478729587
Genre: FICTION / Science Fiction / Military

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The ALA Is A-OK!

Just try to shush the excitement buzzing in San Francisco this week! June 25-30 marks the annual American Library Association (ALA) conference and exhibition, a huge event that attracts librarians Nick Offermanfrom all levels of management, from all types of libraries, from across the country. Far from a stodgy, stiff event, this year’s conference welcomes an impressive list of celebrity guests: journalist and activist Gloria Steinem, comedian/actor/author Nick Offermann (“Parks and Recreation”), Emmy-winning actress and author Sonia Manzano (Maria on “Sesame Street”), and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Robbie Robertson of The Band, among many others.

The ALA Conference & Exhibition It serves as a meeting place for leadership, a place to learn, a place to network and as a forum to exchange ideas on the multitude of issues affecting libraries. And, as you can see, it’s also a forum where impressive star authors impart their wisdom to starstruck audiences. Attendance at the annual ALA is estimated at 25,000 and growing

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Self-Publishing Author Spotlight: Tamera Lawrence

Each week, we celebrate one of our successful authors in our Self-Publishing Author Spotlight. This week Outskirts Press proudly features award-winning author Tamera Lawrence, who has written four books ranging from thrillers to a personal memoir through Outskirts Press. Learn more about Tamera and her works in this week’s Self-Publishing Author Spotlight.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Tamera Lawrence
With a passion for writing, award-winning author Tamera Lawrence likes to entertain readers with edgy thrillers, memoirs and mysteries. Tamera draws on personal experiences to bring alive interesting characters set in today’s complex world. She loves meeting fans and writes book reviews upon request.

THE PONDThe Pond

Do the Adam’s have more to fear from the living or the dead? Twenty-five years have passed since eight-year old Carl Weber drowned in Gray’s Pond, and now one member of the Adam’s family has returned to Kimberton, Pennsylvania, to reside again in the old mansion. It’s time for Michael Adams to revisit his past, and for wife Donna and daughter, Kim, to become acquainted with their neighbors-a rather odd old couple who own the farm next door. Each day, however, brings strange occurrences–increasing paranormal activity, till it becomes agonizingly clear that ghosts of the past are trying to make their presence known.

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Format: 6 x 9 paperback cream, 372 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (May 31, 2008)
ISBN10: 1432724746
ISBN13: 9781432724740
Genre: FICTION / Thrillers

The Serpent’s Mark: Book 1The Serpent's Mark

Under the cover of darkness, the serpent waits, watching for the right moment to strike.

She stared into the hypnotic eyes, drowning, thoughts scattered. The serpent’s eyes were compelling, raw, pulling secrets from her soul. It tried to merge with her mind, become as one. It was terrifying, and yet, she couldn’t stop it. When foster teen, RACHEL LARK is sent to camp, she plans to run away. But the city girl is unprepared for what she encounters in the woods, a terrifying serpent. As Rachel looks for help, she finds camp leaders aren’t what they seem. Now Rachel will face the evil changeling using survival skills she never knew she possessed. For deep within the Serpent’s lair, Rachel will come face to face with the beast from her nightmares.

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Format: 5.5 x 8.5 paperback cream, 301 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Jul 18, 2014)
ISBN10: 1478735414
ISBN13: 9781478735410
Genre: FICTION / Fantasy / Paranormal

GHOSTS OF MAYFLOWER: PENNHURSTGhosts of Mayflower: Pennhurst

A nurse who gives invisible shots, a girl who likes to dart into corners and a man who still sits in the common room are just three of the spirits haunting the Pennhurst Asylum in Spring City, Pennsylvania. How do I know that? I have spent the past Halloween season working in the Mayflower building, 2nd floor and have witnessed the paranormal activity first hand. Over twenty-five years ago, Pennhurst State School and Mental Hospital was closed down due to resident abuse. Today Pennhurst has been turned into a Halloween attraction. I took a job as an orderly working in the Mayflower building, one of the most spiritually active of all the buildings. People are fascinated with Pennhurst and want to know more of its past and its present. Intrigued, I decided to do my own research. I have written a book bringing the past and present together to not just entertain, but also enlighten.

2013 Readers Favorite Silver Award

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Format: 5.5 x 8.5 paperback cream, 122 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Oct 25, 2012)
ISBN10: 1478718056
ISBN13: 9781478718055
Genre: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs
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Pennhurst Ghosts of Mayflower IIPennhurst Ghosts of Mayflower II

Ghost. The very word tempts the mind with lurid images of lost souls trapped in an alternate dimension. Many of us will never encounter a ghost or perhaps be aware of its presence. But that doesn’t mean they don’t exist – in fact, they do exist- in the battered walls of the Mayflower Hall, Pennhurst. With its morbid history, Pennhurst State School and Hospital left behind a tragic legacy of neglect and abuse. Opening in 1908, Pennhurst was created to isolate the mental and physically handicapped from “normal” society and institutionalize them. The most vulnerable lived at Pennhurst—children. Conditions quickly became strained by limited staff, overcrowding and lack of funding. Finally in the 1980’s, Pennhurst began closing its doors. Today the remnants of Pennhurst are hard to ignore with its towering fortress of crumbling buildings and rustic grounds. But during the Halloween season, Pennhurst Haunt offers several attractions for the curious or thrill seekers. Ghost Hunt is located in the Mayflower Hall. For several years, I have spent time in this dark, eerie building and have witnessed the paranormal first hand. This sequel to the original Ghosts of Mayflower offers a reader a chance to spend some time in one of the most haunted locations in Pennsylvania. And if you dare, please come visit us.

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Format: 5 x 8 economy color paperback, 139 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (May 19, 2015)
ISBN10: 1478755881
ISBN13: 9781478755883
Genre: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs

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