Top 5 Things to Look for When Self-Publishing Your Book

There’s never been a better time to self-publish your book. Attitudes about self-publishing are changing every day. What used to be viewed with skepticism is gaining traction and recognition as authors from E.L. James to J.K. Rowling, and hundreds of thousands of others, find success in the self publishing world. What’s more, quality is no longer a concern (as long as you do it the right way).

Self-publishing a book the “right” way is what separates all those amateur self-published books from the high-quality, professional product you want your name on. As such, here are five things to consider when publishing your book.

  1. High-quality. Is your publisher equipped with a stable of qualified, experienced experts in every aspect of book publishing and marketing to assist you in achieving the highest quality book possible? Whether it’s professional copy writing, cover design, or a host of custom marketing options, choose a publisher with the widest variety of services tailored to each author’s needs and delivered by skilled service providers.
  2. Publishing support. Forget the stress of trying to figure out for yourself all the little details that go into properly formatting and publishing a professional looking book. Instead, select a full-service publishing firm with a professional staff of experienced gurus who are always on hand to assist you with the nitty-gritty details, so you can spend your time doing what you do best – writing!
  3. Post-publication support. For many authors, the period after publication is the most challenging, although most authors don’t realize this until after they’re published. This is when 99% of the publishers out there forget all about you. You’ve written and printed your book – now what? Choose a self-publisher that follows through after publication with tons of free advice, a robust social media community, and competitively-priced marketing options to help you boost awareness of you and your book.
  4. 100% royalties. Once you publish your book, you should keep 100% of the profits it generates, through paperback sales, hardcover sales, Kindle and Nook sales, etc. Equally important: your royalty shouldn’t vary (in other words, it shouldn’t go down) if someone buys your book from Amazon or Barnes & Noble rather than from your publisher’s own website. 100% is 100%, and there’s nothing better.
  5. Satisfaction. Are other authors satisfied with your publisher of choice? Does your publisher have an active Facebook community filled with satisfied writers? Does your publisher post new comments from recently published authors multiple times a week? Does your publisher have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau?

If your publisher is Outskirts Press, the answers to all these questions is: Yes.

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AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT & SUCCESS STORY

“My Author Representative went the extra mile several times during the initial pre-publication process. Bridget stayed right on top of it and kept me informed until a few technical problems were resolved. I have used Outskirts Press for five books and very pleased with the representation and service.”

Charles L. Fields grew up surrounded by the seaside beauty of Rockport, Massachusetts and the artists who attempted to depict it. His varied and bizarre careers went from banana boat engineer to lobster dealer to chicken hatchery manager and include being an author, poet, sculptor and world traveler. These lifetime experiences enriched his published memoir, Many Lands Many Hearts and add realism and depth to his fictional writing. He is married and divides his time between Massachusetts and Arizona. This book follows Sentimental Me, Canyons of the Soul and Broken Spirit in the Charles Stone travel mystery series.

– Charles L. Fields, author of Tainted Dish

Copyediting is one of the best investments in your book.

Professional Copyediting: The Best 1.4 Cents You Will Ever Spend

Every author needs an editor. Even authors who work as editors need another editor to review their manuscripts. You know your own writing and your own style too well to see it objectively. You’re so familiar with what you mean that your eye naturally skips over typos and errors. Additionally, storytelling and expression are different from language mechanics. You may be a brilliant storyteller, but not as sure about the specifics of formatting and punctuation. That’s where editing comes in. Your editor cleans up the details, while you focus on the creative aspects of your work.

There are several different levels and styles of editing. Basic copyediting is a good choice for many authors, but we offer more in-depth editing services as well. Our moderate and extensive editing options can be tailored to focus on the specific needs of your manuscript. Additionally, we offer a special service for ESL authors, to make sure your writing is easily accessible to your English-speaking audience. Outskirts Press also provides a ghostwriting service, which may be the right fit for you if you have an outline of a great story, but you just don’t have the time or skills to write it.

Here is a brief explanation of the different types of editing available. If you’re interested in editing, but you’re not sure which service you need, just ask us — our editorial staff is happy to look at your manuscript and suggest the best fit for you.

Basic Copyediting. Basic editing is a good choice for authors whose primary concern is correction of style and mechanics. Basic editing does not include fact checking, sentence restructuring, or suggestions to improve flow, aesthetics, or voicing. Corrections you can expect with basic editing include:

  • Typographical errors
  • Misspelled words
  • Grammatical errors
  • Punctuation
  • Style consistency
  • Standardization of spelling and capitalization
  • Consistency of specific or repeated references

Basic copyediting is our most popular level of editorial service, and it is suitable for all genres. This service costs 1.4 cents per word.

Moderate Editing. Moderate editing is a good choice for authors who would like to improve the flow and aesthetics of their work as well as their basic style and mechanics. Moderate editing will usually include restructuring of awkward sentences, elimination of redundancies, and attention to inconsistencies of tone or voicing. Moderate editing often includes some fact checking — such as confirmation of brand names, proper names of historical figures or locations, etc.

Moderate editing is done by special quote and can be tailored to your particular needs or concerns. If you are not sure whether your manuscript needs moderate editing, our editorial staff can give you a recommendation if you ask.

Extensive Editing. Extensive editing includes mechanical and style corrections as well as sentence restructuring, attention to aesthetics, and some fact checking. More than any other type of editing, extensive editing is custom-designed to meet the specific needs of your manuscript and your goals as an author.

Extensive editing may include project development, such as tracking and critiquing story arc and character development. If your project is nonfiction, you may want your editor to give input as to the effectiveness of your organization or the strength of your arguments. Your editor may give reader commentary as well as mechanical and style corrections.

Extensive editing is often a good choice for first-time authors who have not had a chance to workshop a manuscript with a writing group. It can also be an excellent choice for authors who are too close to their subject matter to objectively assess the effectiveness of their writing — a challenge experienced by many memoir writers. Extensive editing can also be an acceptable solution if English is not your native language, in which case your manuscript may require a higher level of text polishing. Ghostwriting is also a viable course for ESL authors.

To learn more about our editing services, click here. If you are interested in our ghostwriting services, click here.

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Any author who wants to publish a high-quality book and have it taken seriously needs professional copyediting.

Outskirts Press is offering their high-quality, basic copyediting service for free for manuscripts up to 15,000 words and a pro-rated discount of $210 can be applied to the service for works of greater length.

The professional copyediting service provides a thorough basic edit of a manuscript’s punctuation, spelling and grammar. There is, of course, some variation in accepted styles these days, and elements like comma usage can be quite subjective, as well, so Outskirts Press editors use the “Track Changes” option in the original Word file to make recommendations or suggestions for an author. They do not change the original manuscript. This preserves the purity of the story and the individuality of the author’s voice.

The editing of works of poetry is calculated differently, but poets too can apply the November promotional discount of $210 to their manuscripts when they publish with the Outskirts Press Diamond or Pearl package. Currently editing is only done in the English language and the time frame of the editing varies with the length and complexity of the manuscript.

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AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT & SUCCESS STORY

“My whole experience with Outskirts Press was SUPERB!”Francisco “Paco” Sabin arrived in Boston as a refugee at age 18. He earned a B.S. in Business Administration from Boston University and an M.B.A. from the University of Delaware. He had a career at Du Pont and General Electric where his work as a financial executive took him and his family around the world. Paco retired at 55 and currently resides in Epping, New Hampshire and Miami, Florida with his wife Lucila “Lucky”. They are celebrating their Golden Anniversary in 2012. He is an avid traveler, sailor, gourmand, horseman—and retired skier.Francisco “Paco” Sabin, author of Around the World in 70 Years

Two Ways Barnes & Noble Can Help You Sell Your Self-Published Book

Two Ways Barnes & Noble Can Help You Sell Your Self-Published Book

Barnes & Noble is one of the most powerful booksellers in the country. Even with the popularity of Amazon, many readers still turn to Barnes & Noble for their book purchasing needs. As a self-published author, understanding the options available through Barnes & Noble (and the expectations of their customers) can help improve your book sales. Here are two ways Barnes & Noble can help you sell your self-published book.

1) Barnes & Noble Nook: E-readers are changing the way customers buy and read books, and their popularity is expected to grow as the holidays approach. You can expect many people to receive an e-reader as a holiday gift, which means they will be purchasing e-books. (This is in addition to all the readers who already buy and read e-books.) Since Nook editions are optimally submitted in a special format, be sure to check out the Outskirts Press Nook Format option, which makes it as easy as possible to publish a professionally-formatted Nook edition (yes, you still keep 100% of your rights).

2) Barnes & Noble Look Inside: This feature allows readers to get a sneak peek at the pages inside your book. It is the modern-day equivalent of a reader browsing through a bookstore, picking your book off the shelf, and flipping through the pages. It has been suggested that authors who take advantage of this feature have higher sales rates than those who do not.

By self-publishing with Outskirts Press, you can take advantage of these great options as well as many others.

Begin your exciting book publishing experience today at Outskirts Press with just a $35 down-payment by clicking here and then get ready to maximize your book sales on sites like Amazon and Barnes & Noble when you are published. We’ll help you all the way!

 

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• an Amazon Kindle edition of your book
• Amazon’s Search Inside the Book feature
• Amazon Keyword Search tagging service
• A free book – “Sell Your Book on Amazon”

These valuable, popular options are free for authors who start self-publishing in October.

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AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT & SUCCESS STORY
“This is my 4th novel with you guys. What I really appreciate is your patience with a guy that is computer illiterate, but who has a passion to write. Maybe one of these days I’ll submit one that really takes off. If so, I think I’ll fly up there and take you all out to dinner. Thanks so much for your encouragement.”

Dan Price is a retired school teacher and the father of two sons. He lives in Houston, Texas.

Dan Price , author of How a Cockroach Saved a Deadman

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Three Ways Amazon Helps you Sell Your Self-Published Books

Amazon is the single largest book retailer and understanding how you can maximize their offerings will help you maximize your books sales.

1) Amazon Search Inside the Book:This is the online equivalent to flipping through your book on the shelf. An optional feature, “Look Inside” provides an icon over your book’s cover image, and allows readers to browse through portions of your interior content. Amazon claims that books utilizing this option see considerably higher sales over those that do not. Pretty intuitive.

2) Amazon Key Word Submission:Allows readers to browse titles instantly by category or ‘key words.’ They key is determining the top keywords to tag your book with in order to provide the widest exposure possible.

3) Amazon Kindle:The Kindle is everywhere, and for good reason. It is a revolutionary digital reading device that allows individuals to purchase books anywhere, anytime, and instantly. One source noted that Kindle owners, on average, buy 3x more books than non-Kindle owners. Kindle editions must be submitted with special formatting, which only some self-publishing firms (like Outskirts Press) offer.

Begin your exciting book publishing experience today at Outskirts Press with just a $35 down-payment by clicking here and then get ready to maximize your book sales on sites like Amazon and Barnes & Noble when you are published. We’ll help you all the way!

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Are you ready to jump-start your marketing efforts with a free Amazon marketing package worth over $200?

The Amazon Extreme Marketing Package from Outskirts Press offers self-publishing authors a head start on book marketing by taking triple advantage of the immense audience of Amazon.com, the largest online retailer in the United States. The package includes:

• an Amazon Kindle edition of your book
• Amazon’s Search Inside the Book feature
• Amazon Keyword Search tagging service
• A free book – “Sell Your Book on Amazon”

These valuable, popular options are free for authors who start self-publishing in October.

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AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT & SUCCESS STORY
“My experience with Outskirts Press was terrific. When I received my author’s copies, I had to pinch myself to remember that I wrote the 277 pages! I was thrilled with the final results.”Dawna Lott was born in Tennessee and raised in Georgia. She worked in the executive administrative field for Fortune 500 companies for twelve years but now enjoys free time to fulfill her passion for creative writing and poetry. She currently lives in Virginia with her husband, Tom. Emma’s Journey is her first novel.Dawna Lott, author of Emma’s Journey

Which Self-Publishing Company Are You Going to Use?

For the fourth year in a row, Outskirts Press was recognized by Inc. Magazine as among the fastest growing companies in the U.S. when it placed on the annual Inc. 5000 list once again (the only self-publishing company to do so).

This makes the choice easier than ever when it comes time for authors to choose the book publishing & marketing company they are going to trust with their book(s).

“We’re honored, of course, to be included once again in such a stellar collection of entrepreneurial stars,” said Brent Sampson, CEO of Outskirts Press.  “Inc. Magazine’s acknowledgement of our continued expansion is a testament to our commitment to  our quality, customer service, and value, and just goes to show what is possible when you bring talented authors together with talented publishing artisans.”

Inc., Magazine’s annual list represents an overview of the most robust companies in America, despite the current, less-than-robust economy.   Whatever these companies are doing, they’re doing it right.  Their median growth rate was 97%, they created more than 400,000 jobs, and they grossed nearly 300 billion dollars.

Placement on the prestigious list is based on revenue growth from 2008 through 2011, and Inc’s tally reads like a roll call of America’s business powerhouses.  Over the years the list has included such notables as Intuit, Go Daddy, Timberland, Microsoft, Patagonia and Oracle, to name a few.

Outskirts Press first appeared on the Inc. 500 list in 2009 as the 268th fastest growing company in America.  In 2010 Outskirts Press was on the Inc. 5000 list again at number 1266 and again in 2011 at number 3088. For the fourth year in a row, Outskirts Press ranks in the top 5000 at number 4530 and continues a healthy annual growth rate of twenty percent.

Outskirts Press’ four straight years on the Inc. list shows the company’s continuing vanguard status in the self-publishing industry, an industry that is itself doing more than its part to buoy up the economy. 87 percent of all books produced today are put out by small presses or self-publishing companies. The number of non-traditional books produced in 2011 increased by 169 percent, while the growth of traditional publishers was only 5 percent. In fact, 8000 to 11,000 publishers enter the market every year, and most of them are self-publishers.

Within this competitive field Outskirts Press has maintained its sturdy and stable growth and continues to be the top company authors choose when they decide to go the high-quality, full-service self-publishing route. Learn more at http://outskirtspress.com.

About Outskirts Press: Outskirts Press offers high-quality, full-service self-publishing and book marketing services for writers and professionals who are seeking a cost-effective, fast, and flexible way to publish and distribute their books worldwide while retaining 100% of their rights, 100% of their profits, and 100% of the creative control. www.outskirtspress.com.

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The September Triple Treat is yours with the promotion code below when you choose to publish with our industry-leading Diamond publishing service or our full-color Pearl publishing service.

The September Triple Treat for Diamond and Pearl package authors includes a free Book Video Teaser, a free Library of Congress Control Number, and a free Espresso Book Machine® edition. See below for more details, or start publishing with the Diamond or full-color Pearl services today using the promotion code: 3FREE092012

The Book Video Teaser is a fast, flashy way to announce the publication of an author’s book on all the most popular Internet video and networking sites. Outskirts Press produces a professional quality, thirty second long video that features the book title, the author byline, the cover, a photo of the author, the retail price — all dramatically displayed to the accompaniment of background music.

The Library of Congress Control Number helps facilitate the distribution of a new title through the entire United States’ library system. Outskirts Press will take care of all the administrative paperwork and acquire the number for the author, print it on the book’s copyright page in the standard format and submit the required number of copies of the book to the Library of Congress offices after publication. The Library of Congress is a broad distribution channel available for new books which is frequently overlooked by first time authors.

Espresso Book Machine® edition is a revolutionary automated book-making machine that provides an immediate and direct-to-consumer distribution channel. A consumer walks up to the machine, selects a title to print and presses a button. Within a few minutes a full color cover, perfect bound edition of the book, indistinguishable from the publisher’s version, is delivered right into the reader’s hands.

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AUTHOR SPOTLIGHTTHOR SPOTLIGHT & SUCCESS STORY

“My research of several publishers was extensive. Outskirts Press not only surpassed my expectations. Both Jodie and Bridgette were very patient and understanding and answered every question with great knowledge and very quickly. My publishing team are a great asset to Outskirts Press. They all calmed my nervousness as well as made feel like I was there working beside them. I appreciate them immensely and will be coming to your company when book 2 Carved Mountain War is ready! I thank you, especially Jodie and Bridgette.” – Gregory M. Juzwick, author of Rising from the Ashes

Gregory Mark Juzwick was born in Tampa, Florida. Gregory was raised with his three brothers and sister by very caring and understanding parents. They moved to the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, area where he grew up most of his childhood. While going to Moon Senior high school he dabbled with his writing ability, creating poems, short stories and a novel called Phoenix, around the age of fifteen. After graduating from school, Gregory entered the United States Army for three years serving in Fort Benning, Georgia. Returning to Pittsburgh in 1986, he began his retail career in the Jewelry industry. In 1988, his family moved to Hendersonville, North Carolina, to assist his parents with their Jewelry store. In 2004 he moved back up to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he continued his sales career as well as continued working on his books. After years of writing, rewrites and editing this book Rising from the Ashes has been completed.


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Top 7 Book Formatting Questions for Self-Publishing Authors

For new authors, properly and professionally formatting a book can be a bit overwhelming. There are many questions that arise in formatting a page:• Should I use double space or single space?

• Do I indent or do I leave a space between paragraphs?

• Should my manuscript include headers/footers?

• How should I number my pages?

• What should my page margins be?

• What font and font size will be easiest to read?

• What elements, other than the book content itself, should be included?

One would think that putting your own words, your own story, onto paper would be a simple matter of common sense, but as you can see, there’s much about conveying a tale on the printed page that requires more than instinct.Clear, consistent formatting creates a page that is visually appealing to readers. When formatted properly, a book should feel both familiar and fresh, and should be easy for readers to follow.There’s no need to fret about formatting when you publish with a high-quality, full-service publishing provider–book experts who know all the “rules” of book editing, formatting, publishing and marketing. A full-service publishing firm will work with you to make sure that you get what you want and achieve a book that meets all the requirements for easy readability. For instance, at Outskirts Press, standard professional interior formatting that meets high-end industry specifications for your genre is included with all our publishing packages.In addition to the main body of your book, you may want to include other standard book elements such as:

• Book Title Page

• Copyright Page

• Acknowledgement Page(s). You can use one acknowledgement page for copyright permissions and one for friends, family, mentors, etc.

• Dedication

• Table of Contents

• Forward

• Preface

• Introduction

• Glossary

• References

• Index

If you have specific ideas about your interior formatting, some self-publishing companies such as Outskirts Press offer optional and affordable Enhanced or Custom interior formatting options. Discuss these options with your Publishing Consultant now and you’ll be well on your way to becoming one of our next satisfied, award-winning authors. Click here to meet your own Publishing Consultant who will assist you personally.

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“I really enjoyed my experience. Everyone was very helpful throughout the process and I can’t say enough good things about how my book turned out. It was a ton of work to get it up and going but my team made it very easy.”Scott Brent found himself continuously coaching friends and family on how to successfully interview. After years of being called on as a resource he decided to put his expertise and experience on paper.Today he is a nationally renowned expert on all aspects of preparing for a job interview, from how to conduct yourself during the interview, to making sure you move along in the process, and ultimately how to get the job you desire. Scott has been quoted in several national publications, including multiple career advice articles on Monster.com, and will be speaking at colleges around the United States on the best tactical way to interview in today’s job market. He was also cited as an expert in Kevin Kermes online Ebook, 70 Tips to Perfect the Interview. Scott Brent is a graduate of Michigan State University and currently works for a Fortune 500 company. He lives in Michigan with his wife.– Scott Brent, author of Tactical Aggressiveness