Independent Bookstore Day Moves to Aug. 29

We are so happy to announce that at least one of the many complications to your life posed by COVID-19, involving one of the most important events on the calendar for self-publishing authors, has at last been solved. Independent Bookstore Day, which had to delay due to restrictions and the inability of many vendors and presenters to travel during the international shutdown, will now take place on August 29th of this year.

The last few weeks have given event planners time to learn and organize within a new format, and as a result they will be carrying out a big social media “push” in the lead-up to the event’s original date of April 25th, so make sure to take part online if you’re able! The American Booksellers Association notes that “booksellers are invited to celebrate virtually during the week of April 19–25 using the hashtag #VirtualBookstoreParty,” and they offer a number of other suggestions for authors and booksellers alike to take advantage of both now and in August.

Until then, we look forward to interacting with you online!

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Master the Market with the Indispensable Marketing Calendar!

Do you get overwhelmed trying to keep up with all the deadlines? Do you find yourself missing deadlines and wondering how to fix it? For busy self-published authors, it’s easy to lose track of deadlines when literally every day of every week of the year is packed full of opportunities!

This is where our 2020 Author Marketing Calendar comes in. At Outskirts Press, we know that successful book promotion requires organization, dedication, and access to resources. You supply the dedication, and we supply the necessary organization and resources to keep you on track!

The Outskirts Press Author Marketing Calendar is a compilation of the most up-to-date, effective and actionable tactics available to help you market your book. It contains literally hundreds of promotional tips, advertising opportunities, important deadlines, social media recommendations, and information about marketing options and services available through Outskirts Press. It even includes photo opportunities for you to post to increase engagement on your social media sites and ideas on how to market your book when you’re on vacation! All of this information is organized in an easy to follow, month by month format including monthly marketing objectives and recommendations to help focus and direct your initiatives.

The Author Marketing Calendar is just one of many options that we offer to help our authors market their books! If you’ve published a book with Outskirts Press, you can purchase the new and improved 2020 Author Marketing Calendar for just $25, and it will become available for review and download immediately upon placing your order.

You can also visit us online at www.OutskirtsPress.com, where you can view additional marketing options here: Marketing Services.

 

How Book Marketing Specialists are Helping Self-Publishing Authors

As a self-published author, do you know how to develop a book marketing plan or even what should be included in it? Do you have the time and know-how to snag and schedule book signings? Are you confused about when, where and how to implement these and other elements of your book marketing plan?

A professional book marketing specialist can assist you with all these tasks, and more!

What, exactly, can a book marketing specialist do for you?

  • Develop a marketing plan. A book marketing plan is as vital to the marketing of a book as an outline is to the writing of it. And a marketing plan must be continuously tweaked to stay aligned with your goals. When you hire a book marketing specialist, you will receive a customized marketing plan with recommended actions and valuable information you can use TODAY to sell more books.
  • Arrange book signings. Book signings are special moments for any author, and for book fans. Your book marketing specialist will help you schedule these events and coordinate all the important details.
  • Develop your author platform. Your online presence says a lot about you as a person, and it can say a lot about you as an author. Having an internet presence that is tailored specifically to your needs will help you fine-tune your image, get the word out about your book(s) to a large, targeted audience and give readers valuable ways to find you and buy your book. Your author platform includes a website, social networking accounts and more. A book marketing specialist can ensure that you make the most of this valuable marketing medium!
  • Follow-up on marketing leads. When life gets busy, it’s nice to hand off the little details to someone else–like following up with potentially valuable marketing leads. Your book marketing specialist will chase down these leads for you and make sure you get ’em while they’re HOT!

Marketing a book is not a cookie-cutter science. The successful path depends upon the book, the author, and his/her goals. That’s why it is imperative to meet with your book marketing specialist first, typically via an initial telephone consultation. Once you make sure you and your marketing specialist are on the same page (pun intended), you can work together more efficiently, and effectively.

If you haven’t yet secured the services of a professional book marketing specialist to help you with the marketing of your self-published book, perhaps 2020 is the year to do it.

About Outskirts Press

Since 2002, Outskirts Press has helped thousands of authors just like you develop, publish, and market thousands of high-quality, award-winning books featuring…

  • exceptional cover design
  • professional interior formatting
  • high-quality printing
  • award-winning publishing
  • worldwide distribution
  • and extensive book marketing services

Outskirts Press is the only A+ rated and #1-rated self-publishing company according to the Better Business Bureau and Top Consumer Reviews, respectively, because we deliver outstanding customer service, affordable pricing, and industry-leading royalties.

 

Just Tell Them that I Love Them by Millie Stephens

Technology has created a wide variety of ways to reach audiences all over the world. It takes is a little thinking outside the box and you can market a self-published book in creative, affordable and impactful ways. Consider book tours! Tours are a great way to connect with your readers and technology has made them easier and more cost effective than ever!

Author Millie Stephens is taking her latest book Just Tell Them that I Love Them, on tour — a Virtual Book Tour with Outskirts Press. This will allow Millie to take her book into the far corners of the globe, all from the comfort of her own home! Keep an eye out for Millie’s book as she will be featured on several blogs over the weeks and months ahead!


Luckily for us, Millie 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 Just Tell Them that I Love Them.

OP: Tell us a little bit about Just Tell Them that I Love Them. What is it about?

Millie: Just Tell Them that I Love Them is a collection of reflections based substantially on scripture. It is meant to remind us of God’s love and how different it is from human love.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

Millie: In 2006, while attending a course at the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, the professor required each student to open class with some form of devotion to welcome the spirit of God into the session. At the time, I was barely comfortable saying a public prayer, let alone conducting an inspirational opening to a group of seminary students. I admit this assignment initially felt like it needed to be a religious production, complete with music, instruments, and an “Amen” section culminating in the “Hallelujah Chorus.” I was slightly petrified. Having a few weeks before it was my turn, I sent up a quick prayer asking God what I should do. In my spirit, I heard Him say, “Just Tell Them that I Love Them.” I immediately began to write. It just flowed… clearly a message that was not my own. After reading it to the class on my assigned evening, the professor and the class were moved enough to ask for a copy, which I gladly provided. At the end of the course, the writing was filed away with other seminary papers. Years later, I stumbled across it and realized that this inspired message was meant to be shared. I printed the message on linen paper of various sizes, framed them, and gave them out at my church’s Christmas Bazaar. I, again, filed the writing away, only to find it a few years later, being reminded that it was meant to be shared. Subsequently, the writing was given as a gift to anyone I thought needed to receive a message about God’s love. Like many, a key life question for me, whether spoken or merely thought, is “What is my life’s purpose?” The consistent response that I hear in my spirit is “Just Tell Them that I Love Them.” So, I’ve written the book in deference to that consistent instruction.

OP: How did you get your book published?

Millie: With a few years of starts and stops, and after retiring from a successful career in Telecommunications, I was able to focus on the book. I was not going to use the excuse that I had to make more money in Corporate America before I could complete, what was clearly, a divine directive. After a period of research, the book was published through Outskirts Press.

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

Millie: If you doubt that God loves you, this book is meant to comfort and assure you that He does. If you’ve never believed that God loves you, the hope is that you accept this simple, yet powerful truth. If you know that God loves you, the book will remind you of His love.

OP: What is special about your book?

Millie: The reflections in the book are believed to be inspired by the spirit of God. It is written in a practical, relatable voice… without judgement or condemnation. Many of the reflections are my personal musings based on a growing relationship with God. This book is special in that it will meet the reader where they are in their relationship with God… whether they only slightly acknowledge His existence, or whether they are constantly aware of His presence and activity in their lives. The book is special in that after each reflection, one will be comforted.

OP: What differentiates it from other books in the same category?

Millie: The book is different in that it is not overwhelming to a reader. The profound, yet simple message of God’s love does not need to be communicated with an over-abundance of “thees” and “thous”. The message does not need to be communicated in hundreds of pages of repetitive language. The message really is that simple, with the writing and book format reflecting that simplicity.

OP: Have you published any other books?

Millie: No

OP: Do you plan to publish more?

Millie: Absolutely! There are many stories to be told that can convey how God loves us through situations and life seasons… even when it doesn’t feel that way.

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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Millie Stephens is a freelance Christian writer, having attended the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is an Emeritus leader and Christian educator at the Salem Baptist Church of Roslyn (formerly Salem Baptist Church of Jenkintown). Millie has been married to her husband, Carl, for over 40 years. They have a daughter, Treasure, who is just that… a Treasure.

For more information or to contact the author, visit https://www.outskirtspress.com/justtellthemthatilovethem

This author purchased the Virtual Book Tour marketing option, which allows self-publishing authors to connect with bloggers and harness the power of the blogosphere by taking their 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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Death by Doggie Door: An Abby Connors Dog Rescue Mystery

by Joyce Sanford

(5 Stars – 6 Customer Reviews)

Price: $14.95

Joyce Sanford’s “Death by Doggie Door: An Abby Connors Dog Rescue Mystery” is the first in a new cozy mystery series. Full of caring, hardworking, quirky characters, fascinating stories of dog rescue, a gorgeous but also turbulent setting, and of course, murder, Death by Doggie Door will delight readers interested in a variety of subjects wrapped in the escapist fun of a strong protagonist solving mysteries.

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Watch Your Book Sales Skyrocket with Barnes & Noble Read Instantly

As more and more books are purchased online, the “experience” of flipping through the pages prior to buying has become a thing of the past. But there’s just no substitute for taking a glance inside the book when considering a book purchase.

Introducing “Barnes & Noble Read Instantly,” the new book marketing service from Outskirts Press that allows your potential customers the ability to literally “flip through” the digital pages of your book on the Barnes & Noble website.

Browsers become buyers and that is why the new Barnes & Noble Read Instantly marketing option is so powerful, offering the online equivalent to browsing a bookstore. Books that participate feature a “Read Instantly” icon superimposed over their Barnes & Noble paperback, hardback, and/or NOOK cover image, which identifies those books as Read Instantly-Capable.

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Top 10 Self-Publishing Book Marketing Tactics

Even more than great writing, ongoing book marketing is a vital part of success for any self-publishing author. One must not only must be persistent, but must make smart use of modern marketing and promotional channels and selling tactics so books get noticed. But how?

Outskirts Press is constantly adding services for self-published authors like you to help you reach new and larger audiences of book-buyers in an ever-changing market. That’s why we lead the publishing industry in post-publication support, products and services to a growing family of self-published authors.

Here, we discuss the latest top-selling marketing options from Outskirts Press. Perhaps one or more of these is the perfect choice for you. Learn more about the services that are helping our authors achieve selling success, then let Outskirts Press help you choose techniques that are a great fit for you.

Amazon Kindle Submission Service

1. Amazon Kindle Submission Service: Amazon is the number one retailer in America (yes, even bigger than Walmart!), and the Amazon Kindle is the #1 e-reader. More formats on Amazon means more exposure on Amazon, and the Kindle is heavily promoted by Amazon.

Frankfurt Book Fair

2. Frankfurt Book Fair: Introduce your book to over 250,000 visitors at the most popular book fair and publishing event in Germany! The Frankfurt Book Fair is one of the largest book-related events in the world, and the possibilities it offers are world-class.

Amazon Search Inside the Book

3. Amazon Search Inside the Book: Books that participate in this program feature a “Look Inside” icon over their Amazon cover image, which invites potential customers to electronically “flip” through a small section of the book. This increases the level of confidence a customer has in your book – most likely leading up to a higher volume of book sales. According to Amazon, books participating in this program enjoy significant sales improvement, on average, over books that do not.

Apple iPad/iPhone With Standard Distribution

4. Apple iPad/iPhone With Standard Distribution: Millions of iPads have been sold and iPhone revenues account for over half of all smartphone revenue in the United States. Is your book a part of this growing market? It can be, simply and conveniently, with iTunes distribution of an iPad/iPhone electronic edition of your book through Apple’s iBooks bookstore.

Custom Press Release

5. Custom Press Release: Have our professional press release writer compose an original, unique press release for your book, submitted to you for your review/approval, and then distributed to our newswire service on your behalf.

Package E-Book Formats

6. Package E-Book Formats: This e-book publishing package includes formatting and distribution of an Amazon Kindle E-book Edition with distribution on Amazon, an Apple iPad/iPhone E-book Edition with distribution through iTunes and the iBooks bookstore, and a Barnes & Noble NOOK E-book Edition with distribution through the NOOK bookstore on Barnes & Noble’s website.

Amazon Launch Bundle

7. Amazon Launch Bundle: Save 25% on 3 of our marketing services focused on Amazon.com. This bundle includes the following options: Amazon Search Inside the Book, Amazon Listing Optimization and Amazon Author Page.

Book Video Trailer and Distribution

8. Book Video Trailer and Distribution: Roll out the red carpet for your book with a book video trailer, one of the best viral marketing tools to put in your marketing toolkit. A book trailer provides potential readers with a new pathway to understanding your book’s content and its appeal, and this service takes care of both the trailer creation and distribution process for you!

Book Launch Bundle

9. Book Launch Bundle: Save time and money with this popular marketing bundle, which includes a custom press release, the public relations publicist campaign, author platform set-up through social media, a 60-90 second book video trailer with social network distribution, and five hours with a Personal Marketing Assistant.

Amazon-Branded Featured Book-of-the-Week

10. Amazon-Branded Featured Book-of-the-Week: Have your book’s cover, linked to its Amazon sales page, delivered directly to the email inboxes of thousands of potential new readers! This exceptional service ensures that your book is featured exclusively on the Self Publishing News blog and is broadcast over social media, as well, ensuring that your book has a leg up on the competition.

If you have questions or want to learn more about our services, you can visit us online at www.OutskirtsPress.com and even chat live with our expert staff through our website!

Amazon Featured Book of the Week

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The Deadly Mondaine

by Craig N. Willis

(5 Stars – 1 Customer Review)

Price: $19.95

Craig N. Willis’s “The Deadly Mondaine.”  Eccentric and unpredictable, eighty something Hattie gets herself in the strangest situations. Because of her mysterious past, she becomes a suspect and the investigator in the different mysteries that weave through the story. Being slighted by her successful daughter, Ines, Hattie gets her revenge. In the end, Hattie’s journey of renewed self-awareness leads her to a kind of peace and satisfaction.

 

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Marbles – Eye of the Tiger by Myrna Doreen White

Technology has created a wide variety of ways to reach audiences all over the world. It takes is a little thinking outside the box and you can market a self-published book in creative, affordable and impactful ways. Consider book tours! Tours are a great way to connect with your readers and technology has made them easier and more cost effective than ever!

Author Myrna Doreen White is taking her latest book Marbles – Eye of the Tiger, on tour — a Virtual Book Tour with Outskirts Press. This will allow Myrna to take her book into the far corners of the globe, all from the comfort of her own home! Keep an eye out for Myrna’s book as she will be featured on several blogs over the weeks and months ahead!


Luckily for us, Myrna 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 Marbles – Eye of the Tiger.

OP: Tell us a little bit about Marbles – Eye of the Tiger. What is it about?

Myrna: When Kyle, his mother and cat, move from San Francisco to India, Kyle’s life changes – a lot. And not just because his new city is so different from what he’s used to. Kyle’s life changes because of the people he meets, the mystery of the marbles, and the mystical events that happen. Finding a marble with special powers sends Kyle on a quest across his new city, and deep below it, where animals talk. Kyle and his new friend end up in a jungle that is filled with these animals and one who has lost his eyesight, which only a special marble can repair.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

Myrna: I find that boys, especially, are less able to ‘find something to do’ on their down time, Whereas, girls have an array of activities, like doing things with their hair, making fancy girly things with friends, or of course, reading. Boys do read as well, however, it appeared to me; not as much. They seek adventure and look for an outlet, which I felt could be given through a book that had adventure, along with mystery, as well as friendships and values. A place where they can focus their energy on.

OP: How did you get your book published?

Myrna: I decided to self-publish so looked into different publishing outlets. I wanted and needed someone to help me to get it published and marketed as I’m not in a position to do all of that. After reading through various publishing firms, I felt that Outskirts Press showed that they had the ideas and help which could meet my needs the best at this point of publishing, for the first time.

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

Myrna: Readers between the ages nine to twelve are at the level of reading my book. Both boys and girls could be interested in the type of story line I have written.

OP: What is special about your book?

Myrna: My book is easy to read and is not overly long as well as has short chapters that will allow a new reader to set it down comfortably and go back after each chapter, if needed, making it easier for them to read.

OP: What differentiates it from other books in the same category?

Myrna: I believe that the story itself is more interesting and relatable to both, boys and girls but boys especially; along with the mystery, spirit and adventure.

OP: Have you published any other books?

Myrna: I have written short stories but this is the first book I’ve published.

OP: Do you plan to publish more?

Myrna: Yes. I hope to do a sequel as well.

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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Myrna White’s gift for listening and her interest in people’s life stories led her naturally to a career in mental health. Now retired, she enjoys the company of her three children and six grandchildren, whose imagination inspires her lifelong love of writing. Myrna also enjoys gardening, watercolors, photography, and gatherings of friends and family.

For more information or to contact the author, visit https://www.outskirtspress.com/marbles

This author purchased the Virtual Book Tour marketing option, which allows self-publishing authors to connect with bloggers and harness the power of the blogosphere by taking their 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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Forger of Empire: A Novel of Genghis Khan

by Jeanne Blanchet

(5 Stars – 8 Customer Reviews)

Price: $22.95

Jeanne Blanchet’s “Forger of Empire: A Novel of Genghis Khan.” In this impeccably researched novel, this historical fiction author provides fascinating insight into the varied facets of the renowned Genghis Khan, the shrewd and brutal conqueror. Two rare occurrences at his birth were considered signs portending future greatness and power. As a young man, he rose from poverty and obscurity against all odds to become a military warrior and political leader who builds the largest contiguous land empire the world had ever known.

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