Vote now for the winner of the “Show Us Your Love” video contest and help us decide who will win a brand new laptop!

heart-bigIt’s time to vote for the winner of the 5th annual “Show Us Your Love” video contest!

We received a lot of really great videos this year with authors expressing their deep and abiding love for their books — and for Outskirts Press. We could only select three finalists, but you can check out all of the videos submitted for the contest in our YouTube Playlist here.

The three videos with the most “likes” on the Outskirts Facebook page from among all the entries submitted this year have been selected for a public vote to determine the winner. The poll ends Friday, February 26th, 5 p.m. MST, and the winner will be announced on March 1st.

Below are the three finalists for this year’s contest. Watch the videos and place your vote. The author whose video earns the most votes will win a brand-new 15.6 HP touch-screen laptop.

Self-Published author, Florina Petre, author of “Vivo, The Magic Bear,” shows her love for Outskirts Press.

Self-publishing author, Craig A. Combs, author of “Blue Smoke,” shows his love for Outskirts Press.

Self-publishing author, Rebekah McKamie, author of “The Snow Fence,” shows her love for Outskirts Press.

With the social media exposure all entrants have received on Outskirts Press’ Facebook Page, YouTube Channel, and Twitter Feed, all participants come out winners.

Place your vote now and subscribe to our blog or check back on March 1st to see who wins.

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Win a brand new HP Touch-Screen Laptop When You “Show Us Your Love!”

At Outskirts Press, we love our authors, and we love giving things away — so why not show us some love in return? You could win a free laptop computer with Windows 10!

Share the love in our 5th Annual “Show Us Your Love” social media event and video contest. One talented author will be the lucky winner of a brand-new HP, AMD A8-series, 15.6-inch* laptop computer — perfect to inspire your writing!

Here’s how it works:

  • Grab your video camera, smartphone, or iPad and record your own artistic 1- to 3-minute video, creatively demonstrating your deep and abiding love for your book — and your love for Outskirts Press.
  • Email your video file to love@outskirtspress.com by midnight on Friday, February 19, 2016.
  • We’ll share your video on our Facebook Page, YouTube Channel, and Twitter Feed, increasing exposure for you and your book. (Authors who submit videos are giving Outskirts Press permission to post videos to our YouTube channel, on our website and other social media platforms for promotional purposes.)
  • The three finalists receiving the most “likes” on our Facebook page from among all the posted entries will be selected for a public vote on our blog to determine the winner from February 22-26. Be sure to follow our Facebook page so you can “like” your favorite video(s) and visit our blog to vote.
  • The winner of the free HP laptop computer with Windows 10 will be announced on our blog Monday, February 29, 2016.

Submit your video right away! The sooner you submit, the more exposure you’ll receive. Have all your friends and family visit our Facebook page to “like” your video, and be sure to share it on your own social media channels, too!

Need some inspiration? Check out some of our past winners’ videos on our YouTube channel: Patricia A. Hawkenson, Tommy Baker, Tiriq Callaway, and Jokima Hiller. Not only did these authors share their love for their books and for Outskirts Press AND win a great prize — they also got great publicity…for free!

That’s it! Happy recording, and good luck!

*Computer Specs:

HP – 15.6″ Touch-Screen Laptop – AMD A8-Series – 4GB Memory – 1TB Hard Drive – Black
Hard Drive Capacity 1000 gigabytes
Hard Drive Type SATA
Included Software CyberLink, PowerDirector, PhotoDirector and YouCam and more
Operating System Windows 10
Processor Brand AMD
Processor Speed 2.2 gigahertz
Processor Model AMD A8-Series
System Memory (RAM) 4 gigabytes
Wireless Networking Wireless-B, Wireless-G, Wireless-N
Screen Size 15.6 inches
Weight 4.73 lbs.
Height: 0.96 inches
Width: 15.13 inches
Depth: 10.02 inches

 

The Importance of Book Awards for Self-Publishing Authors

There are several ways to make your self-published book stand out among all the rest. But one of the best ways to create a buzz about your book is by winning an award! Winning a book award is a great feeling, and sometimes it even comes with prize money — best of all, it can be a powerful marketing tool.

There are hundreds of thousands of self-published books released each year, and competition is fierce. Authors who are serious about getting their book noticed will need to put extra effort into the promotional department. By entering legitimate writing contests, authors can up their chances of winning recognition…and so much more.

When you win a book award…

  • You receive third-party validation that your book is worthy.
  • You may win prize money…
  • The awards website will feature a list of all the winners and send out a press release announcing the winners — resulting in more publicity for you!
  • You can send out your own press release to announce your award — again, more publicity.
  • You can add an award sticker to your book cover that consumers, librarians, and booksellers will see immediately, and this can influence their buying decisions.
  • You gain credibility as a writer and an edge in the market.
  • You can call yourself an award-winning author, not only with friends and family but in promotional materials and interviews as well!

Things to keep in mind when entering writing contests:

  • Do your research! Most contests are legitimate, but always be on the lookout for scams.
  • A quality book cover might mean the difference between first place and an honorable mention!
  • Make sure your book has been thoroughly edited and polished. Judges will be evaluating the quality of your work, but if the book is full of typos and grammatical errors, it will be rejected.
  • Follow contest rules to the letter: meet the deadline, and submit your work in the correct format and in the correct category.
SIX MAJOR AWARDS IN ONE SUBMISSION PACKAGE!

25 percent off iPadNow is the season to enter book awards! The Book Award Submissions Package includes everything you need to enter 6 major book award contests. And the best part is, Outskirts Press takes care of all of the details!

The six awards are:

  • Writer’s Digest International Self-Published Awards
  • The National Best Books Awards
  • The Next Generation Indie Book Awards
  • The Reader Views Literary Awards
  • The Benjamin Franklin Awards
  • ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Awards

Outskirts Press will handle all the details, including:

  • The award submission fees
  • Registering your book with each contest
  • Sending each program the necessary review copies of your book
  • Accurately and completely filling out the necessary entry forms
  • Selecting the most appropriate category for your book
  • Shipping and handling costs of your book to each of the contest’s multiple judges

Many awards only accept books in the current copyright year (some will accept older books). If you just published your book this year, it is definitely the time to enter before it’s too late!

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Follow our new Instagram page and win an Amazon gift card!

Outskirts Press has a new Instagram page (wwww.instagram.com/outskirtspress) and we want to connect with you!

Throughout the month of August you can win an Amazon gift card! Here’s how it works:

  1. Follow us @outskirtspress
  2. Post a photo of what inspires you
  3. Tag #OutskirtsPressInspires

Every Friday in August the post with the most “hearts” that week wins a $25 gift card to Amazon. That’s it! Post early, post weekly, post often!

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“Choose Your Own Promotion” when you start publishing today

Writing a book has been your dream, focus, passion and pursuit. Completing the writing of your book has required devotion, commitment, perseverance, sacrifice and confidence. Now what? Are you ready to see your dream realized?

With Outskirts Press, YOU are in control of your publishing destiny! When you choose to publish with Outskirts Press, you get to customize your book publishing package. Now, for the first time ever, you can also customize your book publishing promotion. Start with the Diamond or Pearl publishing package in August and you can choose any of the following promotions. Copy the promotion code you want, click the publishing package of your choice, enter the promotion code upon checkout and you’re on your way to an exciting publishing adventure!

  • Option 1: 10% Off. Save 10% instantly. Promotion Code: 10AUG15.
  • Option 2: Free Goodreads Marketing campaign. With more than 40 million members, Goodreads is the world’s largest community of readers. The Goodreads Marketing Campaign option through Outskirts Press is designed to help you connect with those readers through an author profile, book giveaway and targeted ad. Receive this option FREE with the Promotion Code: FREEGOOD15.
  • Option 3: Free Custom Cover. People DO judge a book by its cover, so wrap your book in an impressive, eye-catching design that represents the quality of work on the pages within. Choose this promotion and receive a free Custom Cover for your book with the Promotion Code: COVERAUG15.

Outskirts Press offers a variety of self-publishing packages that are designed to fit the needs of our highly talented and diverse authors. Not sure where to start? Speak with a Publishing Consultant today. Our Publishing Consultants are available from 8am to 4pm Mountain time at 888.OP.BOOKS.

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AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT & SUCCESS STORY

“I would recommend Outskirts Press to any other author.”

Sandra Harris, Ph.D. received her B.A. from Stanford University and her Ph.D. from the University of Oregon. As a VA clinical psychologist, she conducted psychotherapy with combat veterans. Dr. Harris is a past president of the California Psychological Association, from which she received the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Distinguished Contribution to Psychology Award. Dr. Harris retired to Scottsdale, Arizona after a 33-year career in psychology. Dr. Harris is working on her second novel.

Thirty years after the Vietnam War, eight U.S. veterans bravely return to the country where their enemy lurked so long ago. Retired VA psychologist Dr. Ken Carson prepares the men to minimize the trauma of their journey while Reverend Johnny Green and Rabbi David Aloni lend spiritual support. In Vietnam, the veterans confront their painful, haunting memories: crossing leech-infested rice paddies in the dead of night surrounded by enemy; peasants who could be carrying weapons under their loose fitting “pajamas”; terror in the tunnels; degradation in the whorehouses and more. Finally able to relate to each other emotionally, without the detachment that was necessary for survival during the war, the men form a mini-platoon during the trip, bonding in their quest for wellness. Shrapnel: A Journey Toward Psychological Healing highlights the courage of the veterans while eloquently examining the long-term effects of combat stress and helping to remove the stigma of mental health treatment.

Sandra Harris, Ph.D., author of Shrapnel

Last Chance! Publish by April 30 to Get a Free Custom Cover for that Self-Publishing Book

It’s not too late to make to make April your most attractive month with a FREE Custom Cover from Outskirts Press. Upgrade the look of that self-publishing book and make your cover stand out in a crowd.

Any author wants to make the best first impression with his or her cover when it hits the shelf or is posted on the Web, and an exclusive custom cover, designed specifically for that book, is probably the single most important element in making that striking first impression.

A custom cover design led by a professional cover designer not only gives authors a far greater chance for an immediately favorable response to their books, it also helps them convey a sense of the style, tone and content inside, and that too has an immediate effect on potential buyers.

This option is normally $299 but if you order by tomorrow, it’s FREE! Just enter the promotion code COVERAPR15 when checking out of the shopping cart while purchasing the popular Diamond package or the full color Pearl publishing package by tomorrow, April 30, 2015.

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The Deadline for the 2015 Readers Favorite Self-Publishing Book Awards is coming up!


If your book has a copyright of 2014 or 2015, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity you don’t want to miss! Now that so many books are published each year, customers look for “award-winning” books to spend their hard-earned dollars on. The only way to have an award-winning book is to enter contests, and this is one of the most prestigious.

We can handle all of the submission details for you, including:

  • Printing copies of your book for the judges
  • Mailing your book to the judges
  • Paying your award submission fee, and
  • Completing the entry forms for you.

So what do you get when you win?

  • Award-Winning Author Recognition — Each winner/finalist will be able to promote themselves and their book as an award-winning author and award-winning book.
  • Medal Award Ceremony — Winners and finalists are invited to the Readers’ Favorite Medal Award Ceremony during the week of the Miami Book Fair International, the largest book fair in the nation.
  • Book Review and Mini Critique — All entrants receive a complete book review which will be posted on the Readers’ Favorite site, Barnes & Noble, Google Books, Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus and Pinterest.
  • Display of your Book Cover, Summary and Award Image — Winners and finalists will also be featured on a new Award Contest Results page via a link in the “Our Award-Winning Books” box on every page of the Readers’ Favorite site.
  • Professional, High Distribution Press Release — Both Readers’ Favorite and Outskirts Press announce the results of the competition through premium press releases and blog posts sent to a variety of media contacts and other authors.
    Chance to have your book made into a movie or TV show by Wind Dancer Films!

Don’t delay; the deadline for Outskirts Press published authors is this Friday, April 24, 2015.