Outskirts Press Authors Show the Love, Feel the Love in February

Valentine’s Day love is all around this February for Outskirts Press authors.

Outskirts Press is giving authors a shot at winning a sparkling black HP 2000-2d65NR 15.6-inch laptop computer with Windows 8! How? By serving up a bouquet of lovely thoughts in our 3rd Annual “Show Us Your Love” social media event and video contest. One talented (and lucky) author will take home the prize – that’s a sweetheart of a deal!

Videos are being accepted until midnight on Saturday, February 22, 2014 and will be shared on our Facebook Page, YouTube Channel and Twitter Feed. The three finalists that receive the most “likes” on our Facebook page will be selected for a public vote during the last week of February on the Outskirts Press blog.

But wait! Do you want to a chance to WIN this year’s Show Us Your Love contest? If so, all you have to do is start publishing with Outskirts Press today and submit your video by midnight on Saturday, February 22, 2014. Even if you haven’t published yet but have started the process, you can “show us your love” for a chance to win.

Here’s how it works: Use a video camera, smartphone or iPad to challenge your artistic talent by recording a 1- to 3-minute video that creatively highlights your love for your book (or book-in-progress) and for Outskirts Press. Then, send the video file to love@outskirtspress.com by midnight on Saturday, February 22, 2014. It’s just that simple!

Regardless of where you are in the writing or publishing process, you can, at the very least, have a voice in who wins. Be sure to follow our Facebook page so you can “like” your favorite video(s) and visit our blog the last week in February to place your vote. We will announce the winner of the free HP laptop computer with Windows 8 on Friday, February 28, 2014.

You can watch the Show Us Your Love submissions at any time on our YouTube Playlist: http://goo.gl/orj7N1

Talk to an Outskirts Press Publishing Consultant for help making your publishing dreams come true.

GET 3 TIMES MORE FREE AUTHOR COPIES!


Through February 28, receive THREE TIMES the author copies for FREE! Outskirts Press self-publishing authors are eligible to receive three times as many free author copies with their respective self-publishing package.

To receive the promotion, authors simply enter the promotion code 3XFEB14 when checking out of their shopping cart while purchasing the Diamond, Ruby or Pearl publishing package by February 28, 2014. Each of the eligible publishing packages includes a unique ISBN, standard interior formatting, a variety of professional cover styles, and distribution which includes availability through major online retailers such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

For authors choosing the most popular “Diamond” publishing package, this promotion delivers 30 free paperback author copies when the book is published. Authors publishing full-color books with the popular “Pearl” package can receive 15 free paperback copies.

In addition to receiving THREE TIMES Author Copies, you’ll also receive the following with your Diamond package:

  • Standard Press Release. $99 value included free when you order your Diamond publishing service today.
  • Audio Excerpt. $99 value included free with your Diamond order today and a great way to share your voice with your readers, literally!
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“I chose Outskirts Press as my publisher because they were rated number 1 with Consumer Reviews. They were always just an email or a phone call away when I needed help and support. I would highly recommend publishing with Outskirts Press.”

Ruth Pollack has deemed her life purpose is to help and serve others. She is currently managing a community family resource center full time and also helps to feed and distribute contributed items to the homeless on the weekends. In 2004 Ruth was awarded the Presidents Volunteer Service Award. Ruth resides in Ohio with her husband of 35 years, Gary. They have three children and six grandchildren.

An incredible book – even if its subject matter has nothing to do with your situation, this story can help you to understand your own life and circumstances more clearly. Family dysfunction touches millions of people and has no boundaries. It is found in every country and in all walks of life, taking victims in every social class, income bracket and education level. Honest and transparent, Ruth Pollack shares her personal story of tragedy and triumph, survival and success. The childhood experiences she discloses are at times uncomfortable – experiences that are current realities for many children in our schools.

– Ruth Pollack, author of Everything I Need to Know I Learned In a Dysfunctional Family

Win a Laptop Computer When You Show Us Your Love this February

LaptopHere’s your chance to share the love AND win a laptop computer with Windows8 from Outskirts Press this February: Announcing the 3rd annual “Show Me Your Love” Video Contest.

February 11, 2014 – Parker, CO- Outskirts Press, the fastest growing self-publishing and book marketing company, announced today the 3rd annual “Show Me Your Love” Video Contest. Grab your video cameras, smartphones, or iPads and expand your artistic creativity by recording a 1-3 minute video that creatively highlights your love for your book and your love for Outskirts Press.

Video files need to be emailed to love@outskirtspress.com by midnight on Saturday, February 22, 2014 to be eligible.

“Show Me Your Love” videos will be shared with Outskirts Press fans and followers on the Outskirts Press Facebook Page, YouTube Channel, and Twitter Feed, increasing exposure for self-publishing authors and their books. The sooner videos are submitted, the more exposure will be received. Videos may be shared on fans’ own social media channels, too, so friends and family can visit the Outskirts Press Facebook page and “like” the video.

“Publicity is a huge part of creating book sales for self-publishing authors. The ‘Show Me Your Love’ Video Contest gives authors a chance to creatively showcase their book as a great option for readers,” said Outskirts Press Executive Vice President Kelly Schuknecht.

The earlier videos are posted, the better! Finalists will be decided among the videos with the most likes, so the longer videos are posted, the more likes may be received! 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 the Outskirts Press blog to determine the winner from February 24-27.

The winner of the HP Laptop will be announced on Friday, February 28, 2014.

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

Watch the Show Me Your Love videos here: http://goo.gl/orj7N1

About Outskirts Press, Inc.: 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. http://www.outskirtspress.com.

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Win a FREE laptop when you Show Us Your Love this February

laptop-free2014Outskirts Press is bursting with LOVE for self-publishing authors this February. Would you love to share in the love?

Better yet, would you love to win a free laptop computer with Windows 8?

Here’s your chance to do both: Announcing our 3rd Annual “Show Us Your Love” social media event and video contest.

One talented author will be the lucky winner of this sparkling black HP 2000-2d65NR 15.6-Inch laptop computer!

Outskirts Press authors, grab your video cameras, smartphones, or iPads and expand your artistic creativity by recording a 1-3 minute video that creatively highlights your love for your book & your love for Outskirts Press.

Email your video file to love@outskirtspress.com by midnight on Saturday, February 22, 2014.

It’s just that simple!

We will share your video on our Facebook Page, YouTube Channel, and Twitter Feed, increasing exposure for you and your book.* The sooner you submit your video, the more exposure you’ll receive. Be sure to share your video on your own social media channels, too, and have all your friends and family visit our Facebook page at facebook.com/outskirtspress to “like” your video.

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 this blog to determine the winner during the last week of February.

The winner of the free HP laptop computer with Windows 8 will be announced on Friday, February 28, 2014.

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

Watch last year’s “Show Me Your Love” winner here:

You can watch many other videos on our YouTube channel by clicking: youtube.com/outskirtspress

Have you written a book that you want to publish? Do you want to love your publisher? Click here to start publishing your book today with Outskirts Press.

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HP – 2000-2d65NR 15.6″ Laptop, Winter Blue
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 operating system preinstalled.

4 GB DDR3L SDRAM
500GB hard drive (5400 rpm)
Power • 65W AC adapter • 6-cell 47WHr 2.2 Ah lithium-ion battery
Video Graphics • Intel® HD graphics 4000 with up to 1696MB total graphics memory(14)
Multimedia Drive • SuperMulti DVD burner(6c)
Network Card • 10/100BASE-T Ethernet LAN (RJ-45 connector)(29)
Wireless Option • 1×1 802.11b/g/n WLAN(19)
Digital Media • Multi-format digital media card reader for Secure Digital cards
Weighs 5.4 lbs. and measures just 1.4″ thin
Height: 1.4 inches
Width: 14.8 inches
Depth: 9.7 inches

*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.

“Holiday Spirit” Winner, Jordyn Johnson Wins an Outskirts Press Gift Certificate!

Jordyn Johnson, author of My Answered Prayer, was named our big winner of the “Holiday Spirit” video contest. Jordyn’s video was charming and it’s obvious that her book is loved. Here’s the winning video:

Outskirts Press Gift Certificate

Jordyn wins a $99 Gift Certificate from Outskirts Press for being the finalist receiving the most public votes for her video in the Outskirts Press “Holiday Spirit” promotion. Congratulations, Jordyn!

Jordyn Johnson grew up in Northwest Ohio where she lived until 2007 when she moved to Northeast Alabama. She attended a small Christian school and attained an Associates Degree of the Arts from Northeast Alabama Community College in 2010. She married Slate Johnson in December 2010 and they welcomed their beautiful baby girl in Sept 2011. Her first book, “My Answered Prayer” was released in July 2013 and is an autobiography.

When you’re sixteen, the last thing you want to hear your parents say is, “We’re moving!” Not just moving, this was from Ohio to Alabama; my world was turned upside down. In a desperate attempt to stay, I begged the Lord to change His mind, but if He wouldn’t, I asked Him to please tell me why. That night, He sent me a dream – a dream that changed my life. I met my future husband and kids, found that my career was exactly what I wanted… this was the life and the man I’d always dreamed of. I fell in love with Slate, and we promised that when it was over, we’d never stop looking for each other. I never wanted to wake up, but I did. Heartbroken, I realized things like that don’t really happen. That morning, my mother showed me pictures of the house Dad had bought, and I nearly fell over. It was the house that Slate and I visited my parents in. There’s no logical way it’s possible, but I couldn’t deny the evidence right in front of me. He was real; the man I loved was real, and I was going to Alabama to find him.

Outskirts Press Self-Published Authors Represent in 2013 Readers’ Favorite Awards

2013 Readers' Favorite FinalistsThe finalists for the Readers’ Favorite annual International Award Contest have been announced and, predictably, Outskirts Press was well-represented.

The contest judges chose an average of six finalists in nearly 100 literary categories, from among a record number of entries. Twenty of Outskirts Press’ most talented authors (listed below) were selected as finalists in the competition. Winners were announced on September 1, 2013.

Kitty Claus
T.L. Needham
Children – Animals Gold Medal
The Hummingbird Garden Evelyn Schwarz with Illustrations by Kitty Quinn Children – Animals Silver Medal
Later Gator, In a While Crocodile Mike Fortunato Children – Animals Honorable Mention
The Forest That Rains Frogs Dusty Rhoades Heer Children – Animals Finalist
Christmas Beneath the Lake Darrel L. Hammon Children – Animals Finalist
Where Did the Sun Go? Janet Cameron Hoult Children – Fable Finalist
Battle of the Grandmas Anthonette Klinkerman Children – General Bronze Medal
Daily Spiritual Vitamins and Minerals for Your Soul Myrlande Sauveur Christian – Devotion/Study
Bronze Medal
Guardians Brad Anderson Fiction – Action Finalist
Weeds F. Whitney Harrington Fiction – Fantasy Gold Medal
Blood Shinobi Edmund Kolbusz Fiction – Historical Honorable Mention
Viva Laughter! Patrick Shannon Fiction – Humor Silver Medal
On the Hole Jeff Bacot Fiction – Sports Gold Medal
Precipe: The Beginning Kevin Howard Fiction – Horror Silver Medal
Cancer – It’s a Good Thing I Got It ! David A. Koop Non-Fiction – Biography Gold Medal
Coming Through the Fog
Tami Goldstein
Non-Fiction – Biography
Bronze Medal
The Art of Planning Allergen-Free Events Stephanie Courtney Non-Fiction – Education Honorable Mention
Before Terror Strikes William Michael Seddon Sr. Non-Fiction – General Honorable Mention
Jump-Starting Real Job Creation in America Gary R. Patterson Non-Fiction – Gov/Politics Silver Medal
Alexander McKee – The Great White Elk Frederick Wulff Non-Fiction – Historical Silver Medal
Translucent Facts: Cutting Boards & Roses Barbara M. Sutryn Non-Fiction – Memoir Finalist
I Almost Gave Up P.J. Ingram-McPhee Non-Fiction – Occupational Gold Medal
The Bare Bones of the Buddha’s Teaching Victor Byrd Non-Fiction – Religion/Phil. Finalist
Jacaranda E W Bosworth/ Edward Lewis Poetry – General Honorable Mention
Out of Bounds Bob Moseley Young Adult – Coming of Age Finalist
The 89th Temple
Charlie Canning
Young Adult – General
Finalist

Winners will receive:

  • 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.

Congratulations to all the Outskirts Press self-published authors who earned medals and honorable mentions. We’re so proud of all of you!

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The USA Book News Best Book Award Submission Deadline is This Friday!

Time is running out! If your book was published in 2012 or 2013, you are eligible for the 2013 USA Book News Best Book Contest, but only for a limited time before your copyright date is too old. Now is the time to submit your book for this prestigious award competition.

Every year USA Book News honors outstanding mainstream and independent books with their National Best Books Award. These awards are specifically designed to garner MEDIA COVERAGE & BOOK SALES for the winners & finalists throughout the 2013 holiday retail season and into 2014!

Winners and finalists in each category receive:

  • USA Book News Exposure
  • Unprecedented National Media & Industry Exposure
  • Ability to Promote Your Title as an Award-Winning Book (we make this easy, too!)
  • And MUCH more!

Submitting books to contests can be a lot of work, and who has the time? As a result, many deserving books never get entered at all.

But the good news for you is that Outskirts Press handles all of the submission details for you, so you don’t have to worry about a thing. We’ll print the judges copies of your book, fill out the forms, submit the entry fee…everything. And we love to promote our award-winning books on our social media channels, too!

Click here for details or to order the USA Book News Best Book Awards submission today. The registration deadline is Friday, August 30, 2013.

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Outskirts Press Announces the Winner of the Free Apple iPad 2


In honor of its Facebook Page reaching 10,000 followers, Outskirts Press announces the winner of its Apple iPad Giveaway.

photo of i-PadAugust 20, 2013 – Outskirts Press, America’s fastest growing self-publishing and book marketing company, announced today the results of the random drawing from among its ten thousand Facebook followers at www.facebook.com/outskirtspress.

Congratulations to Herbert Brisbon of Baltimore, Maryland, who will be soon receiving a new Apple iPad 2, just for liking Outskirts Press on Facebook.

“We hope he will have many hours of reading pleasure from his new iPad,” said Outskirts Press Executive Vice President Kelly Schuknecht. “It’s just our special way of saying thank you to all of our enthusiastic followers for liking Outskirts Press on Facebook.”

The Apple iPad 2 comes with WiFi support, high-end gaming capabilities, surfing, camera, video calling, enhanced movie-watching and the best of all, the ability to read great books! Herbert is going to really enjoy this fabulous prize!

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Exclusive Outskirts Press announcements and giveaways through its social channels are just another way the self-publishing company helps keep its authors and social community united and engaged in the act of writing, reading and publishing. In fact, recently when its Facebook Page reached 4,000 followers Outskirts Press gave away an Amazon Kindle, and when it reached 5,000 Outskirts Press gave away a Barnes & Noble NOOK. The Apple iPad giveaway is in honor of the Outskirts Press Facebook Page reaching 10,000 followers this month!

As electronic reading devices continue to gain popularity with readers, Outskirts Press makes it easier than ever to publish a book on the Kindle, Nook and iPad, regardless of where an author’s book was published.

For more information about these services, visit http://outskirtspress.com/p/ebookpackage

About Outskirts Press, Inc.: 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. http://www.outskirtspress.com.