3 Things Self-Publishing Authors Get for “Winning” NaNoWriMo

Every year in November, a writing challenge is issued for potential novelists around the globe. This challenge is called National Novel Writing Month. Participating in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is the ultimate writing gauntlet that forces potential authors to push through procrastination, laziness, and lack of enthusiasm to birth a novel that is 50,000 words or more. Authors who take on this challenge are often faced with battling later nights and earlier mornings than usual. The great news is that it’s all to reach an amazing goal – a full novel written in one month!

For some of us (myself included). it’s hard to find the time to start. After all, how do you convince yourself to sit down and tackle a full 50,000 words in a month (1,667 words per day)? It requires sitting still. It requires focus. Most of all, it requires a desire to do something new and different.

So, why bother starting? Well, you’re a writer, and you’ve got a lot of words left in you! More importantly – how do you stay focused? You have to think about the end goal – winning!

What do you get when you win NaNoWriMo?

  1. First Class Bragging Rights – Finishing a book is a big deal. Not everyone can remain dedicated and “crank out” a book in only 30 short days.
  2. Ability to Engage in Self-Publishing Your Work – Writing your novel during NaNoWriMo gets you on the fast track to self-publishing your work and holding the title of “published author.”
  3. Feelings of Pride – Imagine how proud you will be once you’ve finished writing your novel and can move on to publish it, share it with friends/family, or keep it as a “trophy” and evidence of your success.

Outskirts Press Vice President, Kelly Schuknecht, who is participating in this year’s month-long event explains her tactic for staying ahead on her NaNoWriMo Day 19 check in: “…I now have 33,138 words on ‘paper’! My novel is almost 2/3 complete and I have made it my goal to always stay slightly ahead of the daily goal to give myself some room in case I get behind over the Thanksgiving holiday. Now there are 12 more days and I have 16,862 more words to go! I can do this!”

There it is in plain words – participation is possible. Setting a goal and achieving it is possible. All that it requires is a positive buy-in on your part. You have to make the first move. You have to take the first step.

Even if you aren’t sure about where you will end up during NaNoWriMo this year, let us know where you are in the comments below. We’d love to hear from you (and cheer you on!).

Are you thinking about self-publishing the book you’re writing for NaNoWriMo? Let’s talk…

Who’s the SCARIEST author?

Earlier this month, we told you we needed your help with something HUGE – choosing the scariest Outskirts Press author. All month long, we’ve shared videos and covers of our scariest titles. We asked you to click “Like” on your favorites. We’ve chosen the top 10 books that received the most likes on their book cover or video. Now it’s your turn to cast the final vote.

Here are your choices (in alphabetical order):

Arise from the Ash by Kitrisha Rasmussen

Faithful Shadow by Kevin J. Howard

Final Outcome by James B. McPike

The Final Shortcut by G. Bernard Ray

Good Tales by Louis Winslow

The Silver Moon by Charita Padilla

My Brother’s Keeper by A. J. Farris

Murder on False River by Martha Gabour Manuel

The Realms of Animar by Owen Black

The Rendering by Owen Black by Leann Marshall


What will the lucky winner receive?

Hollywood Action Plan

A no-cost Hollywood Action Plan for their book. That’s right – no strings attached – no monetary investment required. These authors will have the chance to get a true professional opinion on their book as a film from a true Hollywood producer at a real Hollywood production company. This is a serious author’s first step to gaining Hollywood notoriety!

The Action Plan will be studied and evaluated by a credited Hollywood producer, which might include consideration for optioning. It will also be submitted to a searchable Hollywood database, used by other studios, executives, and producers seeking materials to pitch, option, or buy.

Voting ends on Thursday, November 1 at 5:00 pm Eastern. So, don’t wait, cast your vote today!

The NEW 2012 Holiday Book Marketing Kit is Now Available!

The holidays are right around the corner and Outskirts Press has an exclusive gift for you. The 2012 Holiday Marketing Bundle is a comprehensive one-click solution that delivers everything you need to sell books this holiday season, just in time for the biggest book-buying time of year!

With your secure purchase of the 2012 Holiday Marketing Bundle, you receive:

  • Ad space alongside other notable books in the New York Times Holiday Books Edition – Published each December, your co-op ad with up to 11 other Outskirts Press books will reach over 4 million book buyers. These aren’t casual shoppers. Many of the readers of this edition are educated and have six figure incomes. The best part of all is that they are looking for books to buy for themselves and loved ones. Your book could be the one!
  • An exclusive feature spotlight for your book in our Holiday Edition on the Outskirts Press blog – Your book will be featured on our blog during the 12 Days of Christmas. Every day, a different book will be featured and will be the only book highlighted that day. People come to our blog seeking the best in self-publishing. This is your opportunity to shine brightly to the community.
  • Inclusion in a holiday promotional book video distributed to YouTube and other video distribution channels and shared with the entire Outskirts Press Facebook community – A Christmas Promotional video will be produced featuring all the books who order the 2012 Holiday Marketing Bundle early. This exclusive video will be distributed to sites like: YouTube, DailyMotion, Facebook, Twitter, etc. When people are looking for books to buy, they often consult their major social media channels first. If your book is seen, you can catch the eye of potential readers.
  • Holiday-themed Book Video Trailer to use in your own promotional efforts – Don’t just rely on our network. You will receive a holiday-themed Book Video Trailer for your book that you can share with any network you choose and we will also distribute it via YouTube and other major video distribution channels.
  • Annual storage fees waived for 2013 – Don’t worry about paying additional money when storage fees are due next year! That’s money that you can shop with. Your 2013 storage fees will be waived for the book you purchase the Holiday Marketing Bundle for.
  • 30 Minute consultation with a professional book marketing consultant – Book marketing can be complicated. Get real answers to your questions about promoting your book during the holidays with 30 minutes on the phone with an Outskirts Press Personal Marketing Assistant.
  • Book marketing plan to be used during the holidays and over the course of the upcoming year – You need a plan, but where’s the time to create one? In addition to the 30 minute consultation, your Personal Marketing Assistant will provide you with a book marketing plan that you can use going forward.
  • Amazon Listing Optimization to spruce up your book listing for the holidays – Outdated, dry, and dull listings don’t sell books. Have your book description on Amazon and other retail sites re-written by a professional. Strong sales copy can mean the difference between strong holiday sales and weak holiday sales.

The only way you can lose with this amazing holiday marketing bundle is if you wait. This early offer is available only to the first 12 authors who order by October 31, 2012 on a first come, first served basis.

Click here now to learn more about the 2012 Holiday Marketing Bundle and complete your purchase.

Amazon Featured Book-of-the-Week: From Rookie RVers to Masters of the Road by Carl Fuehrer

Here’s this week’s Featured Book-of-the-Week available now on Amazon.com!

From Rookie RVers to Masters of the Road

by Carl Fuehrer

(5 Stars – 1 Customer Review)

Price: $26.95

The Greatest Adventure in Life Is to Live Your Own Dream…

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.

Benjamin Franklin Awards for Self-Publishing Authors – 2012

Was your book published in 2012? 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, October 26, 2012.

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.

Did you write an award-winning book?

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Amazon Featured Book-of-the-Week: Legends of Dragondark by B. E. Morrow

Here’s this week’s Featured Book-of-the-Week available now on Amazon.com!

Legends of Dragondark

by B. E. Morrow

(5 Stars – 1 Customer Review)

Price: $18.95

The King of Dragondark, King Spencer, vacates his throne after finding out about a plot to kill him. One hundred fifty years later Zumwald the Mage sits on an outlook looking down on Castle Dragondark. His quest: To restore the honor of Dragondark and his family.

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.

Get a Guaranteed Radio Interview!

Introducing the *NEW* Top 10 Radio Interview & Media Training option!

Your story deserves to be told, and your voice deserves to be heard — all as professionally as possible. 20-year radio veteran Kevin Price, who has been called “the best business radio show host in the country” by the Wall Street Journal, will help you sound good before, during, and after your own author interview in a Top 10 Radio Market.

Here are the benefits of this Top 10 Radio Interview & Media Training package:

    • An eight minute author interview during drive time
    • Guidance to prepare you for the interview
    • An .mp3 file of the interview to use in your book marketing efforts
    • Professional feedback on your interview performance afterward, including steps to improve future interviews

Click here to learn more or receive your Top 10 Radio Interview & Media Training today. How’s that for easy?

Amazon Featured Book-of-the-Week: Shadows of the Past by E.A. Jensen

Here’s this week’s Featured Book-of-the-Week available now on Amazon.com!

Shadows of the Past

by E.A. Jensen

(4 Stars – 10 Customer Reviews)

Price: $13.95

Even in the shadows, her past haunts her…

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.

You’re Invited to a Free Book Marketing Webinar!

From the comfort and convenience of your own home (or office) learn how to effectively use use Content Marketing (article writing, blogging, etc.) to attract book sales, business and media attention in this thirty minute webinar. 

Attendees will walk away from this LIVE online webinar session with:

  • Successful Content Marketing tips most authors don’t know (or use!)
  • Knowledge about how to use article writing as a book marketing tactic to reach potential readers
  • Knowledge about how to get the most out of your blog presence & efforts
  • Best practices of successful Content Marketers

This live FREE 30 minute Webinar takes place on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 1pm Eastern Time. If you register today you will have a couple of days after the event to watch it again (or see it for the first time if you are unable to attend the live event).

Click here to register today.

Your Book is Going on a Tour Around the Globe!

Houses of Parliament. Les Miserables. Big Ben.

First destination: London. The busy streets and pleasing personality of locals is enough to make you want this visit to never end. London’s also home to the book fair with the same name – the London Book Fair.

The London Book Fair is regarded by many as the most important spring publishing event and welcomes tens of thousands of attendees from all over the globe. Capitalize by exposing your book to key industry contacts like acquisitions agents, editors, and translation rights agents.

Hold on. We’re just getting started. You’re in for a year of fun!

The Statue of Liberty. Times Square. Broadway.

Welcome to the “city that never sleeps.” New York City! On the menu is all of the adventures above and an opportunity to take on BookExpo America (also known as BEA).

Every year BEA welcomes over 100,000 international attendees, authors, publishers, agents, and buyers. While the attendance is international, the focus is distinctly American, with American books, publishers, and authors receiving the main interest. Participation in this fair can get your book into the hands of an important contact that can further launch your career as an author. What can be better than taking in great sights and marketing your book?

That’s not all…

Emperor Hotel Bar. Shichahai Lakes. The Legation Quarter. 

That’s right. BEIJING! There are plenty of sights and sounds to drive your senses wild with excitement. And what else is in Beijing? One of the world’s largest book fairs – properly named the Beijing Book Fair.

No other country has experienced the increase that China has on the world marketplace, and the readership in China represents an enormous opportunity (and gap that needs to be filled) for translations and publishers seeking to feed the frenzy. It’s the perfect place for your book to get the exposure it deserves.

The journey doesn’t end there!

Stadel Museum. Palmgarten. German Film Museum.

Final destination: Frankfurt. Your trip ends with a stop in the location of the Frankfurt Book Fair.

Foreign rights sales and distribution beyond the shores of America take center stage in here, and each year, over 250,000 publishing professional and industry insiders converge on this event. Authors can plan to reach over 50% more international publishers than at BEA or other fairs.

Wow! What a ride!

Wouldn’t it be the opportunity of a lifetime to exhibit your book at all of the above fairs: London, BEA, Beijing, and Frankfurt? Even if you can’t travel to these locations personally, we can help you with achieving that dream (and possibly getting book sales and foreign rights negotiations out of the deal).

Our Global Book Tour is the perfect fit for the busy author who still desires representation at these fairs around the globe. Click here to learn more or reserve your space at the four book fairs today!