Thank you to all our authors for a fantastic 2018

It’s the season of thanks, so we would like to take a moment to acknowledge a handful of our authors with a heartfelt thank you for all they accomplished in 2018. We publish over a thousand books every year and have hundreds upon hundreds of successful authors worthy of commendation. But that would make this article hundreds of pages long, so if we’re not able to mention you personally, please know our thanks and appreciation extend to you, as well. Keep up the great work in 2019!

January

In January, the spotlight was on Katherine S. Egan, author of Genetics Isn’t Everything. She went on to win a first place EVVY Award in August, which she was able to accept in person at the banquet in Denver, Colorado. She subsequently became one of three finalists in the 2018 Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Awards. Thank you, Katherine!

February

In February, Jackie Fischer won first place (and a new laptop computer) in our annual “Show Us Your Love” video contest, which celebrates both Valentine’s Day and self-publishing. Not only is she the author of The Lost Branch but, as she demonstrates in her video, she’s quite adept at rhyme, as well! Thank you, Jackie, for the fantastic video and the fantastic book!

March

Olympic Gold Medalist Mary Wineberg hit our Top 10 Bestsellers List in March with her inspiring and triumphant autobiography, Unwavering Perseverance. Even more impressive, she earned a Gold Medal in the 2008 Olympic Games in the 4×400 relay after overcoming obstacle after obstacle. “Always strive for your dreams,” she encourages. Thank you for the words of motivation, Mary! You’re a true inspiration!

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April

The Annual Benjamin Franklin Awards are notoriously competitive, so it was no small feat when Dr. Jeanne Blanchet won a Silver Medal Award for Historical Fiction in April with her novel Man at the Cross Road. Proving herself to be anything but a one-trick pony, she quickly followed that up with an EVVY Award for her following book, Cursed. Thank you, Jeanne, for making the trip to Denver to accept your award in person and meeting some of our executive team.

May

We acknowledged the writing career of one of our most prolific authors in May when Jerry Snodgrass stepped into our monthly spotlight. Jerry has published 10 books with Outskirts Press (so far!) and was born in Butler, Missouri, in 1938. He was raised and went to school in Indianola, Iowa. He entered the military after graduating from high school in 1957 and fulfilled his dreams of serving in the military and traveling to exotic locations. He married Elizabeth Fleming in the 1960s and they had two children. The family traveled extensively during his military career before settling down in Killeen, Texas, in 2002. Thank you, Jerry, for your service and your books of valor.

June

Kevin I.J.A. Barnett Sr. went on a whirlwind virtual book tour in June for his debut book, a provocative and autobiographical examination of the United States Foster Care and Adoption System. As the author of Living My Shadows, Kevin is a retired, noncommissioned officer in the United States Army. He has served in Germany, Afghanistan and in many stateside tours during his career. He is married to Sharon F. Pelham and does motivational speaking when time permits. Thank you, Kevin, for your service and for having the courage to share such significant moments of your life for the assistance of others.

July

In July, prolific novelist Gabriel F.W. Koch learned that he was once again a finalist in the Colorado Independent Publishers Association EVVY Awards. He walked away with a Second Place EVVY Award a couple years ago for his science fiction novel Paradox Effect (not to mention an Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year nomination). This year he picked up an EVVY Merit Award for Emma and the Dragon Tooth Sword. He has published four books thus far with Outskirts Press, including his latest: And Come Day’s End. Thank you, Gabriel, for all your wonderful, award-winning books.

August

Speaking of science fiction, C.R. Norris discovered that she won First Place in the Science Fiction category, for her book Wasp on the Wind, when the EVVY Awards Banquet took place in Denver on August 25, 2018. Wasp on the Wind is Book 2 in her Wasp Chronicles Series. She subsequently was nominated to be one of three finalists in the highly coveted Best Book of the Year Awards. C.R. Norris is a perpetual student of science and mathematics. Born in Salina Kansas, her varied career has included experience as a musician, a blood banker, and an electrical engineer in the semiconductor industry. She currently resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she indulges her passions for green chile, playing music and writing.

September

And it all led up to this, when the 2018 Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year was announced. This year, the honor, the award and the $1,500 Grand Prize went to T.D. Arkenberg for his biographical take on the events leading up to, and following in the shadows of, September 11. Two Towers is his fourth book but his first memoir. Thank you, T.D., for letting us experience this tragic event from such an unfiltered perspective.

October

In October we recognized our 50 bestselling authors for 2018. It takes more than a marvelous literary work to achieve success as an author; it takes the gumption and drive to promote that work to readers! To you, we extend not only our congratulations but our thanks for allowing Outskirts Press to help you reach this successful milestone!

Kevin Muldowney Aage Nost
Will Kautz Rasha Pecoraro
Michael McNamara Tui Rose
Lisa A. Romano Mohamed Elgendy
Mary Casey Asif Anwar
Vil Mirzayanov Brian Petit
L. Veach Bill McClain
Mike Gillette Tom Bisio
Mirtha Castro Mary Allison
Matthew DiGeronimo Rebecca Janes
Amy Pierotti Halo Lewis
Jane McConnell Jane Ostrow
Jill Jackson Bernard Nebel
Don Petterson Alex Cuoco
Ed Robinson Adrienne Anderson
Scott Imhoff Diana Arcieri
Patrick O’Connor Tiffany Anderson
Joseph Adegboyega-Edun Kathryn M. Mora
Bernard Nebel Jeffrey Howe
Magdaline DeSousa Steve Kelley
Michael Goodroe Hal Perkins
Jokima Hiller Rodney DuBose
Lisa Cicero Amy Meadows
Heidi Herman Paul Kotz
Luis Roman Seth Spreiter

And the year isn’t over yet. November and December are the biggest months of the year for book sales, so keep those marketing efforts going! And “Thank You” to all our amazing authors for making 2018 another banner year for self-publishing.

Want your book to be the next big prize-winner? Find out more about marketing, promoting and submitting your book for awards and reviews.

 

50 More Outskirts Press Success Stories … and Counting

As a self-publishing author, you work hard to produce a manuscript that’s compelling, engaging, polished and professional. That hard work doesn’t end when the final flourish hits the last page. In fact, the real journey begins when your book hits the shelves.

It takes more than a marvelous literary work to achieve success as an author; it takes the gumption and drive to promote that work to voracious readers! Outskirts Press has identified 50 authors who have marketed their books successfully — and won a spot in the Top 50 Bestsellers of 2018.

Kevin Muldowney Aage Nost
Will Kautz Rasha Pecoraro
Michael McNamara Tui Rose
Lisa A. Romano Mohamed Elgendy
Mary Casey Asif Anwar
Vil Mirzayanov Brian Petit
L. Veach Bill McClain
Mike Gillette Tom Bisio
Mirtha Castro Mary Allison
Matthew DiGeronimo Rebecca Janes
Amy Pierotti Halo Lewis
Jane McConnell Jane Ostrow
Jill Jackson Bernard Nebel
Don Petterson Alex Cuoco
Ed Robinson Adrienne Anderson
Scott Imhoff Diana Arcieri
Patrick O’Connor Tiffany Anderson
Joseph Adegboyega-Edun Kathryn M. Mora
Bernard Nebel Jeffrey Howe
Magdaline DeSousa Steve Kelley
Michael Goodroe Hal Perkins
Jokima Hiller Rodney DuBose
Lisa Cicero Amy Meadows
Heidi Herman Paul Kotz
Luis Roman Seth Spreiter

To you, we extend our sincerest congratulations! But we’re not stopping there. As one of our highest selling authors in 2018, you surely can make use of a valuable marketing tool: the Author Marketing Calendar. It’s our gift to you for working so hard to market smartly. This tool gives you access to hundreds of other great marketing tips and information for continued success.

But that’s not all! To keep the momentum going, we’re giving you and other published authors 10% off a Marketing Consultation with Marketing Plan Development. Simply add the option to your shopping card and enter promo code Marketing_Dev10 at checkout.

Congratulations from all of us at Outskirts Press.

Need help getting your own selling efforts off the ground? Connect with an Outskirts Press Personal Marketing Assistant for expert advice, personal assistance and a Custom Marketing Plan that lays the groundwork for successful selling.

 

Your Book Can Be a Worldwide Traveler Too!

If you could go anywhere in the world right now, where would you go? What if you could simply travel anywhere you wanted? Imagine the sights and sounds, the incredible locations and cuisine!

Now imagine you could send your book all over the world. All those amazing places you’ve just imagined—and now your book is there! With Outskirts Press, worldwide distribution of your book is no longer a dream, but a reality!

Outskirts Press boasts the most extensive distribution in the industry! You’ll enjoy the luxury of a worldwide market AND circulation of your book with celebrated names, such as: Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Baker & Taylor, Ingram, Bertram and more!

Once you choose to self-publish with Outskirts Press, you can count on us to handle all the thorny details of book distribution, like setting up with each distributor, foreign taxes and more. And the best part is that no matter where in the world customers buy your book, you’ll enjoy 100% of your royalties – no small print, and no strings attached!

Need help getting started? Our Publishing Consultants are ready to help. There are three convenient ways to connect:

  1. Call us at 1-888-672-6657 (OP-BOOKS)
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Our Top Picks for Autism Awareness & Acceptance Month!

Much has been said and written about Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in the decades since it was first codified in medical literature, but one thing remains true: the people with the most to say about it are often the ones with the fewest resources, the least support, and the most to lose. That is, those who are themselves on the Autism spectrum or who live with someone else who is. One of the finer aspects of self-publishing is that this industry has a special relationship with the ASD community and is able to provide a platform for those all-important voices to be heard, as well as amplify their stories.

Here at Outskirts Press, we would like to celebrate our thriving community of authors, many of whom are members of the larger ASD community or otherwise neurodivergent! This month, the month of April, is widely known as Autism Awareness Month by those affiliated with the ASD community, and is increasingly coming to be known as Autism Acceptance Month by those who place on the Autism spectrum themselves. Both aspects–that is, awareness about ASD and its potential presentations, as well as acceptance of those on the Autism spectrum–are incredibly important, as is the work done by self-publishing authors dedicated to them. This is one of many reasons we’re excited to shine some light on those of our authors who are writing on this subject!

Meet the Smunkarellies, of Alexander Stewart and Brandon Cute’s The Smunkarellies: Through the Eyes Of Children fame. These three siblings, as unique as unique can be, make for a fantastic focus for this picture book for young readers, a picture book dedicated to examining the ways in which ASD can impact both an individual and a family. As the book concludes, the things that make us different also make us special, and learning each day to deal with differences in people and in life, helps to make us better people.

Next, meet Mansah Gaisie Barnes’ fantastic book for readers of all ages, Yooku My Brother / The Enigma: Autism. Barnes puts her Master of Science degree in special education with a concentration in Autism to work in this special look at the effects of ASD on the individual as well as the joy that results from learning to understand those on the Autism spectrum. This book uses a fictional protagonist to guide readers through the experience, and backs up its conclusions with accessible research phrased in language we can all understand.

For a specifically treatment-centered approach, consider Soma Mukhopadhyay’s Understanding Autism through Rapid Prompting Method and the other fascinating books in this series, all of which center on the rapid-prompting method (RPM) mentioned in this book’s title, with the particular goal of improving academic success and communication for persons with ASD or similar disorders. The whole series is published by Outskirts Press and is available for purchase through the Helping Autism Through Learning and Outreach (HALO) website, which also offers a number of additional ASD-related resources.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) roughly 1 in 68 children has been identified with some form of ASD, and these are only the children whose placement on the Autism spectrum requires some form of treatment, educational assistance, or special care. The real numbers, which would include children who are considered “high-functioning” and who face fewer obstacles to self-determined success, are likely much higher. As activist and parent Kim Stagliano writes, those within the ASD community “need advocates committed not only to getting them the acceptance they deserve, but also the critical help they require to survive, in the form of social programs, education, safety and employment opportunities.” In short, they need action. Learning more about ASD and taking tangible action to help support those who live with ASD, research it, or are working to ameliorate the challenges it poses to those who have it, is paramount.

If you’re interested in learning more about Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in general, we highly recommend you check out our Pinterest page of ASD-related books published by Outskirts Press. Sometimes, buying a book can help change lives. These are some of those books!

Go Big or Go Home with 100% of your Royalties

picture1When authors decide on the best self-publisher for their book, one critical area, royalties, can be an often overlooked aspect. For many authors, the word “royalties” can cause confusion as to what this actually means.

Simply put, “royalties” paid to authors are a percentage of revenue earned on book sales. Publishers determine their profits as what’s left over once your retailer (yes, retailers like Amazon and Barnes and Noble take a cut when they sell your book) and production costs are taken into account, and then they determine their royalties by calculating a percentage of those profits to give back to authors.

Some publishers take a hefty percentage of those profits for themselves and give their authors a small amount and other publishers pay varying amounts based on where your book sold from. Neither scenario is truly beneficial to authors.

At Outskirts Press, however, we do things a little differently. We put our authors first, and we know how important it is to earn a fair amount when your book sells. When you publish with Outskirts Press, you get 100% of your book’s royalties. And Outskirts Press pays 100% author royalties regardless of where the book sells.

We follow the formula of…

Profit = Retail price – retailer profit – production cost

We feel so strongly about authors knowing what royalties they will receive that we even have and easy pricing calculator that you can use at any time-even before you start publishing. We invite you to calculate your royalties, your revenue, or earnings by visiting our easy online Pricing Calculator, which makes it easy to set your retail price and to see what your royalties will be.

Of course, the benefits to choosing Outskirts Press don’t end with the royalties, as important as they are. You also retain 100% of your book rights, unlimited wholesale and retail availability, publishing imprint and ISBN flexibility, and complete print-run flexibility—ensuring that you can print exactly however many books as you want, whether you want one or one thousand.

Our flexibility and adaptability to your needs, coupled with our phenomenal services and staff, is just one of many reasons Outskirts Press was rated #1 among self-publishing companies by Top Consumer Reviews in 2016 and 2017. You can reach out to one of our publishing experts at 1-888-OP-BOOKS or by starting with a down payment on your publishing package. Your professional publishing consultant will work with you to select the best publishing package for your book and will help you with details like your book cover, interior and you guessed it, royalties.

Get started today, people are waiting for your book.

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Join Outskirts Press at The Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association Fall Discover Show

Outskirts Press is extremely excited to be exhibiting at the Mountains and Plains Independent Book Sellers Association Fall Discover Show in Denver on October 12 — 14. Chief Executive Officer Jeanine Sampson and Marketing Manager Lisa Neal will be at our booth to talk to authors about the self-publishing industry and publishing with Outskirts Press.

This event is an excellent opportunity for authors to promote their book, network with professionals in the bookselling industry, and attend educational seminars about the industry. Attending events such the Mountains and Plains show and joining professional associations is something every author should consider. There’s just so many marketing opportunities and chances to learn and grow as an author.

Last year, the event welcomed 220 booksellers from its vast 12-state region in the West; 250 publishers, exhibitors, sales reps, speakers, and guests; and 65 authors. The Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association strives to support independent booksellers in their region and to raise awareness of the value of independent businesses within their communities. To learn more, visit https://www.mountainsplains.org/.

Interested in learning more about Outskirts Press and our self-publishing and book marketing services? Call 1-888-672-6657 to speak with a Publishing Consultant or chat with us on our website at www.outskirtspress.com.

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If you plan to attend this year’s show or have attended in the past, I’d love to hear your experience. Feel free to comment below.

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Introducing All-New Author Copy Discounts, Just in time for your Holiday Marketing efforts

The signs of fall are popping up everywhere: cooler weather, changing leaves, pumpkin spice everything. That means the holidays are just around the corner, and the stress and busy schedules that go with it will be here soon. The holidays offer great marketing opportunities for authors, and if you start planning now, you can be enjoy the benefits of holiday marketing while still enjoying the holiday season with friends and family.

Here are some marketing ideas to get you started:

  1. Get your book on the shelves at local businesses and indie bookstores. Talk to these businesses now about a holiday marketing plan. Early bird shoppers have already started, and you want your book on the shelf before the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping begins.
  2. The holidays, in particular, offer all types of opportunities for children’s book authors. Spread the word about your children’s book by posting flyers at local day care centers, libraries, and schools. Also, make sure your book is available at local toy stores.
  3. Host a holiday giveaway, and use social media to promote it. Be sure to use #hashtags on blog and social media posts that are specific to your book’s subject matter.
  4. Offer an eBook on Amazon. Amazon gift cards are one of the most popular gifts among coworkers and casual acquaintances as well as family members. If you already have an eBook version, ask your readers for a priceless holiday gift: a good review online!
  5. Remember the classics. Now is a great time to do marketing classics like book readings, book fairs, limited edition offers, and insider access.

To prepare for all your holiday marketing efforts, it is a good idea to have author copies on hand. To assist you with this, Outskirts Press is now offering all-new discount tiers:

For Black & White and Economy Color, the all-new discount tiers are:

  • 10% off orders of 100 – 499
  • 20% off orders of 500 – 999
  • 35% off orders of 1000 – 1999
  • 50% off orders of 2000+

For Premium Color, the all-new discount tiers are:

  • 10% off orders of 100 – 499
  • 20% off orders of 500 – 999
  • 35% off orders of 1000+

Don’t delay, take advantage of these great discounts and order your author copies today! Be sure to access the “Bulk Order” screen in your Publishing Center for the discounts to be applied.

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