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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 full-color Pearl publishing package in May 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: Save10Pct
  • Option 2: Free Book Video. Book Videos feature Hollywood-style production values and a cutting edge look and feel. Outskirts Press distributes copies of the video through social networking and video sites like YouTube and Facebook. Authors are given their own video file to use in their personal marketing efforts, as well. The Book Video Trailer is like a movie trailer for your book. It’s cool. It’s hip. In May-it’s free. Promotion Code: FREEBV16.
  • Option 3: Free Cover Text Refinement. Do you want to spice up your back cover copy and author biography with some marketing muscle and professional zing that makes your writing sing? Submit some basic information and a professional copywriter will compose this cover information for you. Promotion code: FREECTR16

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. Your consultant can recommend the best publishing package for your book. Don’t delay-get started today!

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How to Instantly Increase Your Fan Base with Electronic Editions of Your Book!

Every published author knows the satisfaction of seeing their hard work transformed into a beautiful new book to hold and share with friends and family. Authors who self-publish through Outskirts Press especially know the joy of holding their professionally designed books in hand. But there’s a huge group of loyal “e-readers” looking for electronic editions-potential fans who won’t have access to your book if it’s only in print form!

Along with the paperback or hardcover edition that is included with the various Outskirts Press publishing packages, authors have the option of releasing an e-book edition of their books-whether it’s for Kindle, Nook, Google and/or iPad.

If your goal is to reach as many readers as possible, consider taking advantage of this easy, affordable option and release your book in multiple formats!

Printed books will always be coveted by diehard booklovers. We love libraries and bookstores and eye-catching covers, and we love filling our shelves at home with our favorite titles. Most books still do best in physical form, but there is a growing number of bibliophiles who love their electronic reading devices…and tend to shop for digital editions of books as well as hard copies. Is YOUR book reaching this important demographic?

Digital editions also make an easy an inexpensive way to provide reviewers with a free copy of your book or to hold a contest where the winner receives your digital edition.

Independent authors should take advantage of this digital technology and deliver their books into the hands of an enormous group of consumers. And Outskirts Press authors have the advantage of a team of publishing professionals to make it happen. After all, more formats of your book mean more exposure, and more exposure translates to more success for you!

Outskirts Press makes it easy for self-publishing authors to maximize online distribution of their books. We offer several formats for digital editions, including Kindle, Nook, Google and iPad. Are you ready to publish your own book? Get started today!

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RECEIVE $599 OF ITUNES DISTRIBUTION FOR FREE!

Want to get your book on iTunes and in front of millions of readers? In May, you can do just that! We are including an iPad/iPhone e-book edition with iTunes distribution to any author that purchases the industry-leading Diamond publishing service or our full-color Pearl publishing service.

That’s valuable exposure for your book and a great deal for you!

Benefits of the Apple iPad/iPhone Edition:

  • Quick and easy way to get your book listed on iTunes!
  • You receive greater exposure for your book. The more outlets where your book is available for sale, the greater the chances that your book will be discovered by potential readers.
  • Standard retail price of $9.99. No fretting over how to price your book on the iBookstore.
  • Guaranteed royalty amount. With standard iBookstore pricing, you’re guaranteed a royalty of $4.00 for each and every book you sell. With the added exposure of the Apple format, that could add up to a lot!
  • No imprint required. No need to publish under your own imprint or mess with ISBNs. This option lets you publish without those requirements.
  • Quick, seamless publishing. The iPad/iPhone Edition goes through Outskirts Press, so you can forget all the hassles of exchanging bank account numbers and other private information. We do everything for you behind the scenes.

How simple can it be? To receive this offer, simply add the popular Diamond package or the full-color Pearl package and enter the promotion code iPadMay16 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 enjoyed working with Leona. She was supportive and very knowledgeable about the industry. I was lucky to have her in my corner although everyone I dealt with at Outskirts was professional and personable.”

James A. Cutchin grew up in a rural neighborhood in the Florida panhandle. He received his B.S. in social science from Florida State University and completed a hitch in the Army which included a tour of duty in Viet Nam. Upon his discharge from the Army James moved to Hawaii where he spent the next several years as a successful entrepreneur in the resort industry. After thirty-five years he has returned to the panhandle of Florida to retire and continue writing. James has traveled to more than 100 countries and combines his passion for writing, travel and love of history to bring stories to print that beg to be shared by a modern-day audience.

When Private Wotjek joined the Allied fight during World War II, his comrades could not imagine the impact his presence would have in the war. However, soon after his arrival, they realized what a valuable asset Wotjek would prove to be. There was only one small problem: Wotjek was a bear. “Once A Hero” is a historical novel of a Syrian brown bear cub that was orphaned and later, through serendipity, landed in the hands of Polish soldiers escaping the Soviet gulags. The tale is not only endearing, but also based on true events. The bear in the story is today honored and celebrated in several countries for his heroic actions during World War II. The story profiles the bear from birth to adulthood. The journey of a band of Polish soldiers is interwoven in the plot as they travel from their homes in war torn Europe, escape from the Siberian gulags, and travel through the Middle East into Africa. Eventually the paths of the bear and the soldiers cross, and the ten-pound cub is adopted as the troops’ mascot. “Once A Hero” is rich in historically and culturally accurate detail. The characters are well-developed and endearing. Vignettes of colorful escapades are written in a delightfully humorous tone keeping the reader entertained though out.

– James A. Cutchin, author of Once A Hero: The Story of Private Wojtek Bear WWII Soldier

Make Any Child a Literary Star with Custom Children’s Books from Outskirts Press

With vivid imaginations and a natural sense of adventure, children revel in creating their own make-believe worlds. Now, you can encourage the joy of childhood discovery with a gift that plays upon these creative inclinations — and satisfy your own desire to become a self-publishing author! How? With a fully-illustrated Custom Children’s Book from Outskirts Press.

This beautifully illustrated, 28-page children’s book is already written and awaiting only a few vital details from you. Simply choose a book for a girl or a boy, select the ethnicity of the characters, then provide the names of the child you wish to cast as the main character and the two supporting characters. Finally, add your own title and byline, and your custom book is ready to go. It’s that simple!

The best part is that within just a few keyboard clicks a precious keepsake is available for the whole family to enjoy. Friends and relatives of your little literary star can buy their own fully illustrated paperback or electronic copy of your book, and you can collect royalties on each copy you sell.

Want a simple, affordable children’s gift that will be cherished for years to come? Get started on your Custom Children’s Book from Outskirts Press today!

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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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Resolutions for 2015 That Every Aspiring Author Should Make

Hopefully you haven’t given up on your New Year resolutions already! During this month of resolving to do certain things you haven’t gotten to, or have been wanting to get to, we’ll get you started with resolutions tailored to the ambitious writer.

  1. Business cards. You don’t have to wait to be published to start marketing yourself. Print professional business cards, and use them to self-promote as you progress through your writing.
  2. Make yourself accessible. Make sure there are plenty of ways for people to reach out to you – phone, snail mail, email, social media, etc. This will prove vital, even long before your book is finished.
  3. Find your platform. If you don’t already have a writer “identity” on social media, get going on that. This should be separate from your regular social media pages. It’s a great space for you to poll potential readers, gauge interest in your project and pre-promote it.
  4. Research your market. Resolve to learn all you can about your chosen genre. Now, while you’re still developing your project, is the perfect time to find out what’s big and what’s burgeoning on the book market so your work will be timely when it’s finally done.
  5. Explore other writing formats. Resolve to get out of your writing ruts. If you’re only writing book chapters, break away once in a while to write a blog. Post creatively on Twitter. Write your spouse a juicy love letter. These all round you out as a creative force.
  6. Do advance promotion. Social media is the perfect place to get people excited about your progress. Resolve to post something daily: excerpts, reader polls, opinion on plotlines and insight into your process.
  7. Go NaNo. National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), is a writing challenge that takes place throughout the month of November each year. The contest challenges writers to produce 50,000 words in 30 days. Many a novel has come to fruition only because of NaNoWriMo. Sign-ups start in October, so resolve to get on board this year.
  8. Connect with beta readers. Resolve to enlist the help of beta readers to help you polish your book. Beta readers are avid bookworms who review your work and give you valuable feedback from a book buyer’s perspective. You can get help with individual chapters or your entire book.
  9. Go “ghost” hunting. If you’ve come to the conclusion that a book is too big of a project for you, resolve to get help. A ghostwriter can write everything from small edits to entire passages and chapters to a full book from scratch.
  10. Get advice. If you’re unsure of your path, Outskirts Press has a staff of experienced book gurus who can advise you on how to proceed. Even if you’re not done writing, an assistant may be able to offer you advice or services that you didn’t know were available to you – assistance that could get your book to market much sooner and with much greater success.
  11. Learn new things. Resolve to expand your horizons with new hobbies and interests. You learn from everything you try – and that makes for a well-rounded individual and writer.
  12. Find inspiration. Something as simple as a short walk, your favorite rock album or a trip to a museum can be just the spark you need to get creative juices flowing. Resolve to build in little inspirations once a week to ignite that spark.
  13. Back up often. Don’t lose valuable data that could set you back. Resolve to back up important files to a cloud service or external hard drive so you’ll never lose data – and you’ll sleep better at night.
  14. Enter contests. Short story contests, essay contests, poetry contests – they all validate us as writers. Resolve to enter a competition at least several times a year to keep you writing and maybe even win some money!
  15. Get more shut-eye. Yeah, it’s that simple. And get more exercise too. Taking care of your health has a way of bringing you confidence and making you sharper – both traits that will help you achieve your goals and keep your resolutions.
  16. Be yourself. Resolve to make your writing personal to you. Sure, you may love how Poe words things, but you have a unique voice too. Remind yourself before each writing session that you’re special and unique. And then write what comes naturally.
  17. Relax! Building in time for decompression. You’ve earned it!

It’s time to either start or finish that writing project and get published! Not sure how to get this completed? Let Outskirts Press help you!

START PUBLISHING & GET 3 TIMES MORE FREE AUTHOR COPIES!

For a limited time, 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, simply enter the promotion code 3XJAN15 when checking out of your shopping cart while purchasing the Diamond or Pearl publishing package by January 31, 2015. 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 a 3 times the 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!
  • E-Book Edition (pdf). $99 value included free with your Diamond publishing service.
  • Cover Image. $99 value included free and a great way to enhance your cover.
  • Spring Arbor additional distribution. $99 value to complement the Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Ingram availability already included with your Diamond publishing service.

All in all, you’re looking at over $500 of free stuff in January!

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AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT & SUCCESS STORY

“I was overwhelmed with how quickly the process went. The support has been simply amazing! Developing an understanding of the requirements to be a successful author are daunting, but through every step their guidance has kept my focus sharp. They really want to see their authors succeed! My experience with Outskirts Press has been both friendly and efficient. Kudos!”

Eric A. Disney is a Recovery and Personal Growth pastor in Southern California, where he has served for two decades. He is a counseling psychology graduate from California Baptist University in Riverside, California. His ministry offers a broad range of marriage, family, and relationship counseling classes and seminars.

Marriage by Design serves as a healing salve to wounded marriages-as well as a warning to those beginning their matrimonial journey, and couples anywhere in the spectrum-offering hope and encouragement to those who want to revitalize, refine, or completely restore their relationships. Marriage by Design is loaded with practical tools and exercises designed to shed light on unhealthy modes of behavior and their motivations; it also challenges some of the beliefs we carry from childhood that can impact our current relationships. Marriage by Design begins by establishing God’s foundation in marriage and moving through a systematic building process, enabling couples to apply scriptural-based techniques and concepts to their own marriages.

– Eric A. Disney, author of Marriage By Design

Outskirts Press Self-Publishing Authors Featured in the New York Times

The December 7th issue of the New York Times Book Review focuses on the top 10 books of the year. For 12 Outskirts Press self-publishing authors, this proves to be a very exciting time when their books will appear in the New York Times Book Review.

The New York Times Holiday Edition of the NYT Book Review is distributed to nearly 5 million people, and in the pages of that edition is the Outskirts Press co-op announcement featured below:

All of these books, and other Outskirts Press titles, are available from all major online retailers like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Powells, Books A Million, and others, plus conveniently from the Outskirts Press bookstore at http://outskirtspress.com/bookstore for discounts ranging from 10% – 55%.

Bedazzle Your Book with a Diamond or Pearl Self-Publishing Package

“DIY” book publishing has come a long way from the days when formatting and layout were so complicated no one could figure it out, and an author had to order thousands of dollars’ worth of inventory just to publish. However, while self-publishing is now simpler and quicker, that still doesn’t mean it’s easy!

There are still many elements to pull together to get a self-published book to press or to the ebook market. Here, we discuss the Top 4 Publishing Party-Poopers that confuse even reasonably savvy do-it-yourselfers. Each of these services is included in our Diamond and Pearl self-publishing packages, both of which are 20% OFF today:

  1. ISBN – This is the International Standard Book Number, the ten or 13-digit number that uniquely identifies every book. Many self-publishing service providers make a killing marking up the ISBN for resale to authors. As a Bowker-approved designated agent, Outskirts Press can reserve a Private Label ISBN in your name for 20% less than you would pay directly through Bowker.
  2. Formatting – Even template-based formatting can be a headache for someone unfamiliar with the many “rules” of book formatting. Something as simple as an extra space or misplaced tab can adversely affect the appearance of your printed book as well as the functionality of your ebook. An experienced formatter can save you many hours of frustration!
  3. Cover Design – This is the first – and many would say the most important – opportunity for an author to grab readers’ attention … and it’s the step that is most often bungled. The investment in an attractive, eye-catching, professional cover design is universally hailed as THE most important investment you can make toward the success of your book.
  4. Ebooks – Hmm, paper, hardcover or electronic? With the Diamond or Pearl package, your paperback format is included, and you can add hardcover and/or ebook formats at any time to take advantage of the distinct benefits of multiple formats.

The best part about these festive packages is that today, they’re 20% OFF! Just login to your Publishing Center, and choose the package you want to save hundreds this holiday season.

Now is the time to publish that book!

START PUBLISHING & RECEIVE 20% OFF DIAMOND AND PEARL!

The Ultimate Diamond Publishing Service
Was: $999
Now only $799!

  • Included Amazon distribution and ISBN
  • Get a free e-book edition
  • Get a free author webpage

Promotion Code: 20DSCT2014
Promotion Dates: TODAY ONLY

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The Full-Color Pearl Publishing Service
Was: $1099
Now only $879!

  • Included Amazon distribution and ISBN
  • Browse our illustration packages
  • Get a free author webpage

Promotion Code: 20DSCT2014
Promotion Dates: TODAY ONLY

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AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT & SUCCESS STORY

“My book is delightful. I’m very satisfied with my experience with Outskirts Press. All in all, my experience with your company has been a very good one. Thank you.”

Kim M. Lowrey lives in the heart of the beautiful Finger Lakes in Waterloo, New York. She enjoys writing. As most authors, she believes writing is a time when she can let her imagination run wild. It’s a challenge to take the tread of a thought and spin it into a compelling story.

They stole her innocence years ago and left her with nothing but demons controlling her mind. It took years for her to subdue the rampant nightmares. And for a while, Abigail Martin’s life was relatively normal. But nothing lasts forever. Abby’s beloved Aunt Lil is murdered in a robbery gone awry. Lil’s death topples Abby’s world. She’s hurt and enraged and somebody needs to pay. And why not start where the trouble began? With the help of Kenneth Brown, Private Investigator, she becomes the hunter…and they become her prey. She could never get back what they took from her, but she could take something just as valuable from them. Abby’s tirade begins and no one is safe in her world.

– Kim M. Lowrey, author of Death of an Innocence

5 Ways You Can Be Self-Published by Valentine’s Day (Yes, That Quick!)

One of the amazing perks of being a self-publishing author is the ability to go to press with your literary work in a matter of weeks, not the months or years you’d have to languish waiting for approval from a traditional publishing house. It seems incredible, but if you’re ready or almost ready to publish now as we roll into winter, you could start selling while they’re still snow on the ground!

If you’re spending holiday time off putting the finishing touches on your labor of love, you’re in good shape to have a book you’re madly in love with by the time Valentine’s Day rolls around. Here are five self-publishing services that will help you make that happen:

One-Click Publishing
These all-inclusive, turnkey service bundles are specifically crafted to include every product and service the children’s author, coach/speaker or fiction author needs to get a book professionally designed, formatted, edited, published Publishing Packagesand aggressively marketed — incredibly, all in a mere matter of weeks! Talk to an Outskirts Press representative today, and you’ll be selling before winter’s passed.

Full-Service Publishing Packages
Ranging in price from $199 to just $1,099, our publishing packages let you tailor the services you need to get started today, without buying any services that aren’t yet in your budget. Formatting, customizable covers, free author copies and more are included in every bundle. And the best part is that a down payment of just $35 gets the ball rolling.

Electronic PublishingElectronic Publishing
Even if you’re not quite ready for printing hardcopies, you can still sell. Our electronic publishing services can get your book in front of millions of ebook readers on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Apple in no time at minimal cost.

Gift CertificatesInstant Self-Publishing Gift Certificates
If someone you know is looking to publish, you can help them out too! Gift certificates are the perfect way to “crowdfund” your favorite aspiring author. They can spend your generous donation on whatever products or services they need to get published now.

Writing Services
Yes, you can publish by Valentine’s Day, even if you’re not done writing yet — but only if you hurry! Very affordable author services — from minor ghostwriting to help you finish your book to professional copy editing to whip it into shape for publication — could get you to press by Valentine’s Day.

 

Do you have a book or two waiting for the world to read? Let Outskirts Press get you started on your own publishing dreams!

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Make Any Child a Literary Star with Custom Children’s Books from Outskirts Press

With vivid imaginations and a natural sense of adventure, children revel in creating their own make-believe worlds. Now, you can encourage the joy of childhood discovery with a gift that plays upon these creative inclinations — and satisfy your own desire to Fully illustrated custom children's bookbecome a self-publishing author! How? With a fully illustrated Custom Children’s Book from Outskirts Press.

This beautifully illustrated, 28-page children’s book is already written and awaiting only a few vital details from you. Simply choose a book for a girl or a boy, select the ethnicity of the characters, then provide the names of the child you wish to cast as the main character and the two supporting characters. Finally, add your own title and byline, and your custom book is ready to go. It’s that simple!

The best part is that within just a few keyboard clicks a precious keepsake is available for the whole family to enjoy. Friends and relatives of your little literary star can buy their own fully illustrated paperback or electronic copy of your book, and you can collect royalties on each copy you sell.

Want an simple, affordable children’s gift that will be cherished for years to come? Get started on your Custom Children’s Book from Outskirts Press today!

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Start Publishing Now … and Have Your Book in Hand by Christmas!

Halloween is nearly upon us, and close on its heels, so too are Thanksgiving and Christmas. Where did the year go?Publishing Packages

Perhaps you had plans to roll out a book over the summer and life just got in the way. Now the year is speeding to a close and it feels like 2014 will pass by without you realizing your self-publishing dream. Not so! Incredible as it may seem, it is absolutely possible to still have your new literary work published, printed and in-hand in time for gift-giving!

While publishing with traditional publishing houses can drag on for months, even years, before the book rolls off the press, authors who publish through Outskirts Press can see the finished product in a mere matter of weeks. That means a manuscript you submit to us in October could be nestled into a loved one’s stocking by Christmas.

Outskirts Press recognizes the value in moving your project through the publishing process while your passion for the work is high, so you can start marketing and selling — and get going on your next project. We offer self-publishing authors a variety of products, services and packages to make that process as quick, simple and easy as possible:

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  • Writing Services — Even if you still have some finishing touches to do, we can help you finish your book in no time. Use professional ghostwriting services to wrap up a work in progress (or start a new one for next year), or get a copy editor to help clean up your draft before it goes to print.
  • Publishing Packages — These service bundles include everything you need to complete the self-publishing process, from a Personal Marketing Assistant to advise you alongthe way to professional formatting and custom cover art to copies of the final product.
  • One-Click Publishing — Whether you’ve written a novel, a children’s book or a non-fiction, there’s a One-Click package that includes publishing and marketing options that are specially selected for your chosen genre.
  • Instant Self-Publishing Gift Certificates — If you know an author who is ready to publish, get them started with an early Christmas stocking stuffer: gift certificates they can use to purchase publishing services.

What are you waiting for? Get your book wrapped up by Christmas with help from Outskirts Press!

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