The Outskirts Press Self-Publishing Kit

Nearly all self-publishing companies offer writers an “incentive” to join their newsletter or mailing list. In most cases, this is the company’s own “Publishing Guide.”  These guides vary from sleek sales brochures to informative books covering the process of self-publishing (typically with that particular self-publishing company).

Other self-publishers offer “white papers” or “tip sheets” or “advice columns” focusing on specific topics or obstacles an author may face when self-publishing a book. While often more informative (at least about said topic or obstacle), these white papers are usually much shorter, and therefore of less perceived value.

A few self-publishing companies combine their publishing guide with a robust collection of white papers and tip sheets to create a treasure trove of helpful resources for writers. The guide typically markets the company and its offerings, perhaps sheds light on the self-publishing and book marketing processes, and shines a spotlight on a successful authors.  The white papers, advice columns, and tip sheets, on the other hand, identify core questions or issues facing many writers and offers suggestions or solutions to pave an author’s path toward publication and success.

Outskirts Press offers just such a Publishing Kit to new clients for free at the following link: https://outskirtspress.com/book-publishing.html#ebooks

Watch the video about the Publishing Kit below:

Your complimentary Publishing Kit contains:

  • 7 Tips to Self-Publish Like a Pro
  • The most recent book by Outskirts Press President Brent Sampson: Self-Publishing Questions Asked & Answered
  • Our definitive publishing guide: Publish Your Passion
  • Book shepherd one-sheet: Meet Your Publishing Consultant
  • Author success white paper: 7 Highly Effective Rules for the Perfect Book Title
  • Author guide: Author Photo & Biography Guide
  • Author tip sheet: The Top 7 Marketing Elements to Include in Your Book
  • Author guide: Which Book Format Should I Choose?
  • Author white paper: How to Price Your Book
  • Publishing white paper: Diving into Self-Publishing
  • About Outskirts Press: Publishing brochure
  • One stop shop: Custom illustration samples in color and black & white

Enjoy Free Shipping and Receive a Free Holiday Book Marketing Guide

We’re 50 days from the start of the holiday season, so there is no better time than right now to stock up on copies of your own books before the printers and shipping companies become swamped with holiday orders.

Throughout September, Outskirts Press authors can enjoy free shipping within the continental United States when ordering 50 or more copies. And with every 50+ book order in the same format, not only can you enjoy FREE SHIPPING, but you will also receive our definitive Holiday Book Marketing Guide:  50 Secret Tips to Market Your Book During the Holiday Shopping Season. 

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Free shipping on 50 copies! 50 ways to market them! And all within 50 days until the busiest book-buying time of the entire year!  Click here to order your copies now and get a head-start on the holidays.

New! Faster, Easier Book Ordering at Outskirts Press

At Outskirts Press, we are constantly working to improve the experience for our author-clients, whether it is with new services (like the recently launched AudioBook service), or new publishing packages (like our suite of One-Click bundles), or improvements to the website to make actions easier and more streamlined.

For example, this week, we are excited to announce that buying books from your Publishing Center is now easier and faster than ever before.  When it goes “live” this week, your page for ordering Author’s Copies will look a little different, and this blog post will help you identify all the improvements.

In the past, ordering Author Copies from your Publishing Center has been “split” between two separate pages, depending upon the number of copies you were ordering.  If you were ordering less than 100 copies, you would see the “main” ordering page, and select the format you wished to order, and enter the quantity.

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Even if you wanted to order copies of both formats (paperback and hardback, for example), you would need to place your order for each format separately. Time consuming, and certainly not ideal.

What’s more, if you wanted to take advantage of bulk orders for higher author discounts, you would have to go to an entirely different page:

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The discounts were great, but the process? Not so much.

This week, the new book ordering page will be uploaded to your Publishing Center to allow you to order multiple formats and receive your Author Discounts all at once.

If you only have one format, you will see this new page, which displays the cover of the book you are ordering, it’s format type/details, and the quantity discounts.  Black and white books still receive up to a 50% discount when ordering in bulk while full-color books still enjoy a discount of up to 35%!  Now you can enjoy these discounts all from the same page.

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If you have two formats, you will see all the relevant information for each format, and you can place orders for both formats simultaneously:

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To celebrate this exciting new improvement, please enjoy our popular FREE SHIPPING promotion throughout the month of September. Simply order 50 or more copies of any format and US Commercial shipping throughout the continental United States is FREE!

Stay tuned to this blog in the coming weeks and months for more announcements about other improvements coming to your Publishing Center.

Amazon Kindle e-Book Publication Now Included With All The Best Packages At Outskirts Press

Self-publishing with Outskirts Press  just got even better. Now when you publish with any of our best, most popular full-service a la carte or One-Click publishing packages, an Amazon Kindle e-book edition of your book will be published & distributed on your behalf for free!

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The non-fiction, fiction, Christian, and spiritual One-Click packages have always included the Kindle e-book edition (and some of them include the Barnes & Noble NOOK, as well).  Now joining them with an included Amazon e-Book edition are the One-Click packages for Children, Cookbooks, and Memoirs.  You can browse and compare all eight of the available One-Click, all-inclusive publishing suites by clicking here.

What makes this announcement so exciting is the inclusion of the Amazon e-Book edition to our most popular package, the Ultimate Black and White, which already includes a bevy of options and add-ons; and now adds the most popular e-book publishing service, as well. Even the Basic Black and White package now includes free Kindle e-book publication & distribution! The Full-Color publishing package follows suit, which is a particular boon for longer color books where the paperback or hardback retail price might be fairly high, but the e-book price can typically fall under $10, regardless of length.

So are you ready to publish your masterpiece (and your free e-book) with the A+ rated and #1-rated self-publishing company according to the Better Business Bureau and Top Consumer Reviews, respectively?

• Call 1-888-672-6657.
• Live chat at OutskirtsPress.com.
• Schedule a free consultation with a Publishing Consultant.
• Or start immediately by browsing all our available publishing services by clicking here.

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“My first book and the experience was great. My Author Representative was right there with any answers that I needed. A big tip of the hand to my line editor who was a huge help. Would I do it again? I already am, with plans for my next release. I will absolutely use Outskirts Press again, and hope I get the same team. Again, thanks.”Bob Kyle, author of The Hogger

Personal Service for Every Person — Only from Outskirts Press!

There’s good reason Outskirts Press has been rated the No. 1 self-publishing company by Top Consumer Reviews three years in a row (2016-2018) … many good reasons, in fact.

It starts from the moment you make contact. Our people are people just like you: writers, readers … driven individuals who love books and want to help authors share their talent with the world. When you choose Outskirts Press, you’re assured personal attention from U.S.-based industry professionals, including:

  • customer support, available by phone, appointment or live chat (exclusive to Outskirts Press!)
  • a knowledgeable Publishing Consultant
  • your Author Representative
  • an optional Personal Marketing Assistant to help you jumpstart your selling

Ready to begin your self-publishing journey? Know that you don’t have to go it alone. Outskirts Press is there for you every step of the way with real people eager to lend a hand. Connect with Outskirts Press now in whatever manner is easiest for you:

 

#1 Rated Self-Publishing Company — 3 Years Running!

With so many options out there, it can be hard to decide where to publish your manuscript. But Top Consumer Reviews just made it easier to identify who you can trust. For the third consecutive year (2017, 2018 and 2019), the consumer product and services review site has named Outskirts Press #1 in the self-publishing industry!

There are many reasons Outskirts Press has garnered this honor multiple years in a row, according to TCR, citing a wide range of affordable products, a high level of customer service and our 100% royalties structure. To quote TopConsumerReviews.com, “Outskirts Press is a self-publishing company built for authors. With superior services, upfront pricing, and honest business practices, they are dedicated to ensuring the success of their authors.”

Now it’s time for you to experience for yourself the service that is #1 in the industry. Our Publishing Consultants are waiting to help you get what you need to achieve your goals for your project. Your dreams of becoming a published author are just a click away!

Would you like help choosing your best self-publishing option? Connect with Outskirts Press now in whatever manner is easiest for you:

 

Outskirts Press author lands a TV series and a traditional publishing contract with her book

Premiering on January 28, 2019, the television series I Am the Night, has recently finished its initial run on TNT in front of millions of people. The series was written by Sam Sheridan and stars Chris Pine (of the Star Trek reboot movie franchise), who also was one of the executive producers.

I Am the Night is based upon One Day She’ll Darken: The Mysterious Beginnings of Fauna Hodel, a memoir written by Fauna Hodel with  J.R. Briamonte and it documents Hodel’s search for her grandfather, George Hodel, who was a prime suspect in the Black Dahlia murder in 1947.

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Reprint Edition, 2019

One Day She’ll Darken was published traditionally as a reprint edition by Graymalkin Media on January 26, 2019 in conjunction with the television series. But a little-known fact is that Ms. Hodel initially self-published the book with Outskirts Press.

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1st Edition, 2008

Thanks to rave reviews and lots of book sales Graymalkin Media picked up the rights to the book, which required Ms. Hodel to terminate her non-exclusive contract with Outskirts Press (self-publishers usually allow non-exclusive contracts; traditional publishers rarely do). The rare 1st Edition of One Day She’ll Darken was terminated from Outskirts Press in October of 2018, and the 2nd Reprint Edition was published by Graymalkin in January of 2019 as the TNT television series premiered. Talk about acting fast!

Was it the rave reviews of the 1st edition, or the brisk book sales (which continued to grow quarter after quarter in the decade it was with Outskirts Press)? Or was it the heart-wrenching story itself and the personal strength of the author who wrote it?

Perhaps all of the above. Which edition do you like better, based upon each synopsis?

1st Edition

After her father, Dr. George Hodel, a prominent Hollywood physician was acquitted in a sensational incest trial, 16-year-old Tamar gave birth to a blue-eyed, white skinned baby girl. She insisted that the father was “Negro”. Outraged by the audacity of their daughter and the stigma attached to a mixed-race child within their midst, her mother quickly arranged to have the baby permanently given away to Jimmie Lee, a black maid in a Nevada casino.

Overwhelmed by the problems of raising a white-skinned baby in her black community, Jimmie spent the next twenty years struggling to secretly raise Fauna. Together they endured extreme poverty, alcoholism, starvation, sexual abuse, pregnancy and death, hopelessly bound and knotted together by relentless bigotry.

Fauna survived this difficult world with a vow to find the one person who knew her beginnings, her biological mother, Tamar, the woman of her dreams. Fauna sets out to discover the truth, only to uncover her family’s notorious secret: her extraordinary grandfather and the murder of the Black Dahlia.

 

2nd Edition:

The inspiration for the TNT series I Am the Night.

The Black Dahlia Murder is near-legend in the annals of true crime. But behind the shocking case of a young actress’s gruesome slaying lies the story of another woman.
Was Fauna Hodel the child of incest, and the catalyst for a sensational trial that left her well-to-do family scarred by scandal, even as the accused sexual predator walked free?

Taken as an infant from her teenage mother, Fauna was placed in the care of a working-class black woman, who raised the white child as her own.

Together, as a close-knit mother and daughter, they weathered years of poverty and bigotry, alcoholism and sexual abuse, pregnancy and even death until the time came for Fauna to seek out her real mother, and uncover her lost past.

But as Fauna will learn, some truths don’t want to be told.

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In either case, the reprint continues to sell well, and is currently ranked #10 on Amazon in Ethnic Studies (which seems to suggest the 1st Edition synopsis may have favored a gritter, racially-charged approach while the reprint favors a more sensationalistic one).

And here’s some good news for collectors: While the 1st Edition is no longer available from Outskirts Press, it looks as if you can still get it used from Amazon for prices ranging from $120 to $500.

Congratulations, Fauna! All of us at Outskirts Press are extremely proud of you and the success you have found. You are an inspiration to survivors (and self-publishing authors) everywhere!