Indie Author Day Coming Soon!

The second annual Indie Author Day will be held on Saturday, October 14, 2017. On this one day, libraries around the world welcome local indie authors in for a day of education, networking, mingling, writing, open mics, panels, and more.

Last year, the event featured nearly 300 libraries, big and small, across North America, with thousands of local writers invited to join their communities for a day of celebration and inspiration devoted to indie authors.

Indie Author Day gives writers a chance to connect, network, and share experiences and advice with fellow local authors. It’s also a great opportunity to promote locally-written books to library patrons in the community. After the event, libraries can continue to find new ways to support and serve indie authors through upcoming webinars and events offered throughout the year.

Some of the activities that will take place on Indie Author Day include:

  • On-demand video workshops
  • Author panels featuring traditional, hybrid and self-published authors from the community
  • Presentations from local indie authors about writing, marketing and more
  • Book readings and / or signings from local authors
  • Presentations from local industry leaders
  • Writing workshops
  • Presentations and workshops to inform the writing community about tools available for them to use through the library
  • Author readings and open mics, featuring short segments of each author’s work

To participate in this year’s Indie Author Day and learn more about the event, visit http://indieauthorday.com.

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We’re Rated #1 Because of You!

If you’ve stopped by the Outskirts Press website, you may have noticed the announcement that we’re still the #1 ranking self-publishing company according to Top Consumer Reviews, an independent organization and member of the Better Business Bureau that is dedicated to providing you–and consumers of all kinds–with unbiased reviews of the top products available for online purchase today. This is a big deal, but it’s not just a pat on the back and a wink for us; a high rating from a reputable third party has every bit as much to say about you, whether you’re already publishing through us or still considering all of your options.

First of all, in the theme of November and the upcoming holiday, let us take a moment to thank you–all of you. Your discerning taste and your commitment to excellence holds all of us–all self-publishing companies, actually–to a high standard. This is so important because it gives us and everyone who works in the publishing industry the motivation to consistently produce stellar books and provide exceptional service.

Our top rating is also the result of your engagement. Top Consumer Reviews conducts thorough research before awarding a ranking, and one of the metrics they measure is “success rate”–and in self-publishing, that has a lot to do with your satisfaction. There’s extensive product testing and product claim verification as well as a whole host of other metrics to be examined–all of which you can read about on the Top Consumer Reviews website.

Thank you, writers! Your choices make a big difference to us as a company. You challenge us to be better than the rest. You challenge us to be the best.

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So let’s take a moment to talk about what our #1 rating means for you now, and in the future. Once we have an award or a rating like this, we don’t like to lose it (and we’ve held this rating with Top Consumer Reviews for years!). So we will continue to develop our services, calibrating them precisely to your needs. We will continue to provide top-notch industry professionals–from our Publishing Consultants to our graphic designers to our executives to our  Personal Marketing Assistants–whose experience and expertise are unparalleled in the field.  We will continue to produce books that meet–or exceed–your expectations (as you can confirm via hundreds and hundreds of testimonials here). We will reach out to you for honest feedback and insight into your experience as you publish, and use your responses to diversify our offerings and improve every level of our services.

When push comes to shove, this #1 rating isn’t just about Outskirts Press. It’s about you, and what you deserve. You deserve the best. And we’re going to give it to you!

You’ve Got Questions and Self-Publishing News Has the Answers

Most people believe that writing is a solitary activity: you lock yourself in your office with your computer and your favorite form of caffeine and type away in silence, hoping that what is in your head effectively travels to your fingertips.

And that’s true. Sort of.

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These days, writers are fortunate to have so much information readily available through the internet and social media. The problem with that is that it can be hard to sift through what’s truly valuable.

We want to help.

Through this Outskirts Press blog, Self-Publishing News, we like to consistently provide you with:

And, of course, amazing marketing opportunities, like getting your book into the pages of the New York Times just in time for the holidays! Click here for those details.

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Advertise your book in the New York Times

Our team of writing professionals is always looking for information that is going to help you through the publishing process. We not only focus on the resources that Outskirts Press offers, we pull in writing and publishing tips from other resources we think might benefit you. When you have questions, Self-Publishing News can help you with the answers and, hopefully, save you time while inspiring you along the way.

Through Self-Publishing News, we virtually take you out of your office and into a community of writers and publishers who want you to succeed.

Thank you for making Self-Publishing News a part of your writing, publishing, and marketing journey.

 

The value of a self publishing consultant

The ancient adage that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover has been thoroughly debunked in recent years, with software analytics proving a definitive link between a book’s attractiveness and sales figures. News outlets as wide-ranging and respectable as the Sydney Morning Herald and Psychology Today have run articles on the importance of first impressions in another arena—that of both personal and business relationships. “Qualifications count for nothing,” writes Sarah Hall of the Sydney Morning Herald, “if you don’t have social skills to match.”

In a sense, this is good news for the self-publishing author during the hunt for the perfect fit in choosing a book publishing company: You have permission to trust your gut, and the assurance that while first impressions never constitute a complete picture, they certainly tell you a lot about the other’s integrity. And if you’re on the hunt for self-publishing services, whether it’s a custom book cover design, a professional publication with legitimate chances of winning an award (or two), or assistance in putting together a well-orchestrated marketing campaign, your first impression of a self-publishing company will likely come in the form of those we at Outskirts Press call Publishing Consultants.

    

 

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Four talented members of our Publishing Consultant team.

Our Publishing Consultants are known for being personable and apt conversationalists, but their job requires something more than just an empty smile and a firm handshake. When it comes to shepherding your book safely through the hazards of the self-publishing process, they must also be able to prove their worth as experts in the field from the first moment of contact. And our Publishing Consultants consistently deliver; just ask any number of authors who publish through Outskirts Press each year, and they can recount for you the value of their consultations in transforming their books from manuscripts into complete packages, replete with eye-popping covers and interior designs. But our Publishing Consultants aren’t just there to generate visual appeal; they are also on hand to provide insight into issues as diverse as copyright (or more specifically, avoiding copyright infringements!), e-book editions, copyediting, and perhaps the most undervalued aspect of all — holding your hand as you pass your passion to the company best-suited to make it the book of your dreams.

By now you tend to know whether you’re just another number in the system or whether you’re receiving quality service. As Arthur Dobrin of Psychology Today puts it, “First impressions matter but substance has the final word.” Our Publishing Consultants aren’t just pretty faces at the front desk or friendly voices over the phone; their job means all the difference between a substandard do-it-yourself self-published volume that languishes in the dust of neglected shelves (or in the virtual cobwebs of the cloud)—and a masterpiece executed to meet your exact specifications that reaches its target audience. Your Publishing Consultant will help you weigh your budget against the options available, and choose from among the dazzling range of services on offer. All the while, they are there to cheerlead and advocate for your goals from start to finish.

Unlike some other self-publishing companies who require a 50% or 100% payment up front,  Outskirts Press let’s you get started on book publishing with your very own Publishing Consultant with just a $35 down payment. You will receive truly professional guidance on choosing the best possible publishing package for your book, along with a Custom Publishing Profile, and matter-of-fact tips sheets (like The 7 Highly Effective Rules for the Perfect Book Title).

No matter which publishing package you choose, all of your publishing questions can be quickly answered, and you will quickly receive personal help getting started. Oh, and the deposit is included in the package price — no extra cost!

But don’t take our word for it.  You’re the one who gets to judge the quality of our ability to make a good first impression. And when you’re ready to take the next step, we’re here to help. You can contact us at for more information about self-publishing or for inspiration in the form of our newsletters, emails, and social media accounts.  There are ways to write us, email us, call us, chat with us, or browse our knowledge base and FAQ. All you have to do is click the “Contact Us” button below to find out more.

 

Top 10 Self-Publishing Book Marketing Tactics for June 2016

Book marketing is one of the most important pieces of being a successful self-publishing author. Outskirts Press is an industry leader in providing post-publication support, products, and services to its growing family of published authors.

Your book is written. Your book is published. Now what? Our list of Top 10 Book Marketing Tactics can help you prioritize your book marketing efforts by providing you with excellent marketing and promotional tactics you should consider pursuing.

These are the marketing products and tactics determined to be most popular by our authors for the month of June 2016, listed below in random order:

Custom Press Release 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.
Amazon Kindle Submission Service Amazon Kindle Submission Service:  Make your book available on Amazon’s Kindle ebook reading device. More formats on Amazon means more exposure on Amazon, and the Kindle is heavily promoted by Amazon.
Audio Excerpt option Audio Excerpt:  Recording a 3-minute audio excerpt is as easy as speaking into the phone. Read a passage or explain more about the book.
Barnes & Noble NOOK Submission Service Barnes & Noble NOOK Submission Service:  Millions of books are available on Barnes & Noble’s NOOK. If your book isn’t one of them, you are missing out on tapping a very important, and growing, market of readers.
First Chapter Preview Library Distribution First Chapter Preview Library Distribution: Introduce your book to libraries, bookstores, media, reviewers, bloggers and readers by running a quarter page full-color ad along with a free preview of your first chapter in this catalog for three consecutive months.

Marketing Telephone Consultation (30 minutes)
Marketing Telephone Consultation (30 minutes): One of our Personal Marketing Assistants will contact you to schedule a one-on-one consultation. After your consultation, you will receive a marketing plan with actionable items that can be used right away to get started selling more books.
Amazon Author Sweepstakes Amazon Author Sweepstakes: This exciting marketing option combines “Amazon” with “Free” so you can offer your very own Amazon sweepstakes to attract more readers! Your free book giveway will be widely promoted and we handle everything for you.
Amazon Extreme Package Amazon Extreme Package: Save 25% on 3 of our marketing services focused on Amazon.com. This package includes a Kindle Edition of your book, participation in the Amazon Search Inside the Book and Amazon Cover Enhancement.
Google Books Preview Program Submission Google Books Preview Program Submission: An inexpensive and extremely effective way to get your book in front of millions of readers quickly and easily.
Personal Marketing Assistant Personal Marketing Assistant: Do you need help developing a book marketing plan? Arranging book signings? Establishing/developing your author platform? Hire your own Personal Marketing Assistant today!

Outskirts Press Published authors who are interested in any of these (or many of our other available services) can find further details and ordering information from the Marketing Options page of your author’s center.

Not yet published with Outskirts Press? Today is the perfect day to start and take advantage of our current publishing promotion.

Start Self-Publishing Now!

Top 10 Self-Publishing Book Marketing Tactics for May 2016

Book marketing is one of the most important pieces of being a successful self-publishing author. Outskirts Press is an industry leader in providing post-publication support, products, and services to its growing family of published authors.

Your book is written. Your book is published. Now what? Our list of Top 10 Book Marketing Tactics can help you prioritize your book marketing efforts by providing you with excellent marketing and promotional tactics you should consider pursuing.

These are the marketing products and tactics determined to be most popular by our authors for the month of May 2016, listed below in alphabetical order:

Custom Press Release 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.
Amazon Kindle Submission Service Amazon Kindle Submission Service:  Make your book available on Amazon’s Kindle ebook reading device. More formats on Amazon means more exposure on Amazon, and the Kindle is heavily promoted by Amazon.
Audio Excerpt option Audio Excerpt:  Recording a 3-minute audio excerpt is as easy as speaking into the phone. Read a passage or explain more about the book.
Barnes & Noble NOOK Submission Service Barnes & Noble NOOK Submission Service:  Millions of books are available on Barnes & Noble’s NOOK. If your book isn’t one of them, you are missing out on tapping a very important, and growing, market of readers.
Apple iPad iPhone Standard Edition Apple iPad/iPhone Standard Edition: Millions of iPads have been sold and iPhone revenues account for over HALF of all smart phone 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.

Marketing Telephone Consultation (30 minutes)
Marketing Telephone Consultation (30 minutes): One of our Personal Marketing Assistants will contact you to schedule a one-on-one consultation. After your consultation, you will receive a marketing plan with actionable items that can be used right away to get started selling more books.
Amazon Branded Featured Book of the Week Amazon-Branded Featured Book-of-the-Week: Get your book and cover, along with an easy way to order your book directly from Amazon into the inbox of a wide audience of literary enthusiasts.
Amazon Extreme Package Amazon Extreme Package: Save 25% on 3 of our marketing services focused on Amazon.com. This package includes a Kindle Edition of your book, participation in the Amazon Search Inside the Book and Amazon Cover Enhancement.
Publisher's Weekly Publisher’s Weekly Co-Op Advertising: Reach over 80,000 booksellers, publishers, public and academic librarians, wholesalers, distributors, agents and writers in addition to more than 360,000 unique monthly website visitors.
Virtual book tour in the Blogosphere and on social networks Virtual book tour in the Blogosphere and on social networks: A Virtual Book Tour is very similar to a physical book tour. However, instead of loading up copies of your book and driving from bookstore to bookstore and radio station to radio station to promote, you and/or your book can make “appearances” on blogs and social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube – while you stay put in the comfort of your own home.

Outskirts Press Published authors who are interested in any of these (or many of our other available services) can find further details and ordering information from the Marketing Options page of your author’s center.

Not yet published with Outskirts Press? Today is the perfect day to start and take advantage of our current publishing promotion.

Start Self-Publishing Now!

Start Your Summer Off With an E-book Edition!

When publishing a book for the first time, you’re faced with a myriad of choices. One of those choices will be which medium you’d like to publish your book under: hardcover, paperback, e-book?

Your choice should of course be based on reaching the largest audience possible, which is why Outskirts Press recommends publishing your book in multiple formats.

Even better, this month, Outskirts press is offering the Amazon Extreme marketing package which includes an Amazon Kindle edition, Amazon Search Inside the Book submission and Amazon Cover Enhancement — everything an author needs to jump-start book sales on Amazon.com!

There are readers who prefer the tangibility of pages turning under their fingers, who prefer that ‘new book smell,’ who love wandering into a book shop and perusing the shelves. However, there are a growing number of Kindle and iPad users who prefer the transportability and convenience of an e-book library, which can be chosen with the press of a button, and that can be brought to the beach, on a plane, coffee shop, etc. with ease.

There are some really fun advantages to e-books, for example:

  • E-books are lower-priced than print versions. And people who are on the fence about a book are more likely to take a chance on a lower-priced digital version.
  • It only takes a few seconds to download an e-book and start reading — instant gratification!
  • E-books offer anonymity and privacy for those who prefer not to share what they’re reading with the person sitting beside them on public transit.
  • With syncing, the same book can be read on different devices, whether it’s a Kindle or a Smartphone — you can pick up right where you left off!
  • E-books are better for the environment…and better for your back. A bookshelf doesn’t travel nearly as well.

An Amazon Kindle edition will make your book available to the growing audience of Kindle e-book readers. Because Amazon.com customers still love reading actual books, Kindle is an inexpensive way for them to sample a book before buying the paperback or hardback edition.

The Outskirts Press Amazon Extreme marketing package is the perfect way to launch book sales. When you start your publishing journey in the month of June, you’ll receive these valuable marketing options for FREE with the Diamond or Pearl package! Simply enter the promotion code FreeAEJune16 during check out. It’s that easy!

Your book matters, let’s make it your way. Get started today!

 

START PUBLISHING AND RECEIVE THE AMAZON EXTREME PACKAGE FREE!

Want more exposure for your book on Amazon.com? In June, you can have just that — for FREE! One of the most effective ways is with the Amazon Extreme marketing package, which includes an Amazon Kindle edition, Amazon Search Inside the Book submission and Amazon Cover Enhancement — everything an author needs to jump-start book sales on Amazon.com.

An Amazon Kindle edition makes your book available to the growing audience of Kindle e-book readers. Because Amazon.com customers still love reading actual books, Kindle is an inexpensive way for them to sample a book before buying the paperback or hardback edition.

When you’re a part of the Search Inside the Book program, you allow readers to get a glimpse of your book’s contents. Books that are part of this program are significantly more successful, on average, than books that are not.

With the Amazon Cover Enhancement service, Outskirts Press submits an image of the front and back of your cover for your Amazon.com book listing. Books that have this enhancement are much more attractive to buyers.

The Outskirts Press Amazon Extreme marketing package is the perfect way to launch book sales. When you start your publishing journey in the month of June, you’ll receive these valuable marketing options for FREE with the Diamond or Pearl package! Simply enter the promotion code FreeAEJune16 during check out. It’s that easy!

Give your book the exposure it deserves — get started today!

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AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT & SUCCESS STORY

“I continue to be very pleased with my experience in publishing with Outskirts Press. Congratulations on your fine service.”

Dr. Douglas Winslow Cooper retired from a career in the environmental sciences that included a Ph.D. in engineering from Harvard, seven years on the faculty of the Harvard School of Public Health, a decade of research and publishing with IBM’s Research Division, and election as Fellow of the Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technology. After writing and publishing his own memoir, Ting and I, he now helps others write and publish their books. His web site is writeyourbookwithme.com.

Praise for Write Your Book With Me “If you’re thinking about writing your own book and need inspiration, step-by-step guidance and lots of encouragement, this book is for you. Doug Cooper…analyzes…the actions you need to make your book a success.” Ginny Carter, The Author Maker, http://www.marketingtwentyone.co.uk “I wish I had a copy of WRITE YOUR BOOK WITH ME as I wrote my first book in 1994. The process by which you can write a book is spelled out step by step, with time-lines, accountability tables, and all the resources necessary to make the journey a pleasure. If you ever thought writing a book was impossible, I encourage you to pick up this book, and you’ll see the possibilities.” Edison Guzman, President, A&E Advertising and Web Design “In these pages I found a great intellect reading widely in the field, consolidating the most practical tips, and expressing them in crisp, down-to-earth prose. He’s also honest-neither promising nor claiming best-selling status-but telling us candidly what works (and doesn’t work) for him and others, motivating us by his passion for writing and his genuine concern for helping fellow writers along the way.” J. Steve Miller, author of “Sell More Books!” and “Why Brilliant People Believe Nonsense.” “As a budding novelist, I’ve read a lot of books on how to write. A lot. I wish I’d had access to this book sooner…. He covers all the different formats: fiction, nonfiction, and memoir. The book starts with an excellent section on why to write in the first place, then covers preparation, the actual act of writing, publishing, promoting and marketing. It covers the whole enchilada….If you’re contemplating writing and publishing, this book should be in your inventory.” Dr. G.E. Nolly, author of the Hamfist series

– Dr. Douglas Winslow Cooper, author of Write Your Book With Me