Time to Pick the Winner of the ‘Show Us Your Love’ Contest!

Authors have showered Outskirts Press with the warm-fuzzies for weeks now (seriously, we’re blushing) and now it’s time to pick our favorite. We simply can’t decide which of the creative videos they submitted is best, so we’re asking for your opinions. Your votes will decide who wins a brand-new Microsoft Surface Pro in our 7th Annual “Show Us Your Love” social media event and video contest.

The three videos with the most “likes” on the Outskirts Facebook page from among this year’s entries are now up for a public vote to determine the winner. The poll ends Friday, February 23, and the winner will be announced on February 28.

Below are the three finalists. Watch the videos and place your vote. The author whose video earns the most votes will win a brand-new Microsoft Surface Pro!

Chef Jesse Jones “POW! My Life in 40 Feasts”

Peter Tokar “Langley’s RIP”

Jackie Fisher “The Lost Branch”

While there are only three finalists, you can still check out all the videos submitted for the contest on our YouTube Playlist. Let’s just say we have a clever author community! 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 February 28 to see who wins.

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A Sweetheart of a Deal: 20% off Ultimate or Full-Color Packages for One Day Only!

Valentine’s Day may not be an official holiday, but it more than makes up for its lack of official state recognition by being the one day in which love is the central theme of celebrations across the world. What better way to celebrate your labor of love as an author or to show your love for the author in your life than to invest in a self-publishing package?

In addition to the positive associations with the month of love, there are practical reasons to publish in February: It’s the perfect time of year, just past the bustle of the winter holidays and still early enough in the year to publish in time for the summer book-buying rush! Summer provides countless opportunities for marketing, too. So why not think ahead to summer and share the love!

This Valentine’s Day only, we’ll be giving you the necessary leg up on your competitors. How? On February 14, Outskirts Press will be offering a Flash Sale of 20% off the purchase of our Ultimate Publishing package or our Full-Color Publishing package! It’s the ultimate sweetheart of a deal.

Taking part in the Flash Sale is easy … far easier than braving the cold and icy roads for a bouquet of roses. There’s nary a snowbank in sight with this deal. All you have to do to take part is:

  1. Select the Ultimate or Full-Color Publishing package by clicking the “Add to Cart” button on our website
  2. Enter the promo code Sweet-Savings at checkout
  3. Get started on your publishing journey!

For more information on our publishing packages, visit us online at www.OutskirtsPress.com, call us at 1-888-672-6657, or chat with a Publishing Consultant using the live chat option on our website. Just remember, this is a limited-time offer that is valid on February 14 only.

We can’t wait to celebrate your labor of love!

One Outskirts Press Author Will Win a Microsoft Surface Pro in the ‘Show Us Your Love’ Contest

We are excited to hear from our authors always, of course, but we are extra-excited to invite you to join us in sharing those experiences during our 7th Annual “Show Us Your Love” social media event and video contest. All you have to do to be eligible for a win is count the ways you love Outskirts Press!

The annual event, appropriately enough, takes place around Valentine’s Day, and this time around we’re spreading the self-publishing love to you with a fabulous grand prize: a brand-new Microsoft Surface Pro. The deadline to enter “Show Us Your Love” is Feb. 16, 2018.

Showing your love is easy. Here’s how the contest works:

  • Record a brief video between 1 and 3 minutes long that demonstrates your deep and abiding love for your book, your publishing experience and Outskirts Press. The more creative, the better.
  • Email your video file in an .mp4 or .mov format to love@outskirtspress.com. The contest is open through Friday, February 16.
  • Outskirts Press will share your video on Facebook Page, YouTube Channel and Twitter Feed and Google+, increasing exposure for you and your book. (Please Note: By submitting a video for this contest, authors grant Outskirts Press permission to post videos to its social media platforms for promotional purposes.)
  • The three finalists who receive the most “likes” on Facebook for their entries will be selected for a public vote on the Outskirts Press blog from February 19-23 to determine the winner. Be sure you follow us on Facebook, Twitter and elsewhere so you can “like” your favorite videos and visit our blog to vote!
  • The winner of the Microsoft Surface Pro computer will be announced via the blog on Feb. 28, 2018.

Last year’s bumper crop of video submissions displayed a true labor of love. When the dust settled, our friends and followers identified Jackie Fischer, author of The Lost Branch, who showed us all what love looks like ad won a new HP Touch-Screen Laptop in the process. You can see Jackie’s winning video here. Runners up were Patti Reim, author of I like Big Buts and John E. Peltier, author of The Thundering Herd.

We can’t wait to hear the stories you have for us this year, so submit your video as early as you can! The sooner your video goes live, the more exposure you’ll receive and the more “likes” you can collect. Share the link to your video once we post it to our Facebook page with all your friends, family members, fans and social media followers! (And of course, don’t forget to “like” your own video.) Contests such as this one serve as valuable — and free! — promotion for your books, so we hope you have a chance to sit down and whip up a great video in the days to come!

And that’s all the information you need to get started. We’ll be standing by to receive and share your videos, as well as to answer any questions you might have. Swing on by our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/OutskirtsPress or our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/user/outskirtspress to get a glimpse of some spectacular self-publishing love!

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How does Outskirts Press love thee? Let us count 300 ways!

Outskirts Press is showering you with $300 spending money in February, and we think you’ll find lots of exciting ways to spend it. Authors who purchase the Ultimate or Full-Color publishing package this month will be rewarded with a credit of $300 applied to their Outskirts Press shopping cart accounts to purchase or pay down any Outskirts Press service their hearts desire. It’s one of the many ways we show our self-publishing authors our love.

But with so many attractive book publishing, customization and marketing services from Outskirts Press, how do you know which option is “The One?” We’ve made it easier for you by narrowing down the list to four of our most popular publishing, book customization options and book marketing services that will give you the most bang for your buck.

  1. Professional Copy Editing. One of the smartest partnerships you can enter into is a partnership with a professional copy editor. An experienced copy editor will ensure that you have a polished manuscript that is free of any errors that could destroy your credibility.
  2. Custom Cover Design. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so make sure potential readers behold an eye-catching book cover. Your book cover design can be as important as your content in reeling in readers and increasing your odds of selling your book.
  3. Ebook Publishing. While we all adore being able to see our manuscript in print, remember there are millions of readers who download e-books each day, and the numbers are growing. An e-book edition of your book opens up huge selling potential, so consider it an essential part of your self-publishing plan.
  4. PR Publicist Campaign. Use a professional press release and distribution service to get the word out about your book quickly to thousands of editors and news programmers throughout the U.S. The PR Publicist Campaign disseminates information about your book to decision-makers so they’ll know precisely what makes your book special, how it’s distributed, where to order and how to contact you for interviews.

Ready to self-publish in 2018? Why not do it now and get one of these valuable options for free? It’s a great way to heat up book sales with a higher-quality, more marketable book you can be passionate about! To claim your $300 credit, simply place the Ultimate or Full-Color publishing package in your Outskirts Press shopping cart and enter the promo code Love-300 at checkout. You will receive a confirmation email when the credit has been added to your account.

Learn which publishing package is right for you and claim your $300 spending credit from Outskirts Press. Call us at 1-888-672-6657 to talk to a Publishing Consultant or visit our website at www.outskirtspress.com to chat via our live chat option.

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One Outskirts Press Author Will Win a Microsoft Surface Pro in the ‘Show Us Your Love’ Contest

We are excited to hear from our authors at all times, of course, but we are extra-excited to invite you to join us in sharing those experiences during our 7th Annual “Show Us Your Love” social media event and video contest. All you have to do to be eligible for a win is count the ways you love Outskirts Press!

The annual event, appropriately enough, takes place around Valentine’s Day, and this time around we’re spreading the self-publishing love to you with a fabulous grand prize: a brand-new Microsoft Surface Pro. The deadline to enter “Show Us Your Love” is Feb. 16, 2018.

Showing your love is easy. Here’s how the contest works:

  • Record a brief video between 1 and 3 minutes long that demonstrates your deep and abiding love for your book, your publishing experience and Outskirts Press. The more creative, the better.
  • Email your video file in an .mp4 or .mov format to love@outskirtspress.com. The contest is open through Friday, February 16.
  • Outskirts Press will share your video on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Google+, increasing exposure for you and your book. (Please Note: By submitting a video for this contest, authors grant Outskirts Press permission to post videos to its social media platforms for promotional purposes.)
  • The three finalists who receive the most “likes” on Facebook for their entries will be selected for a public vote on the Outskirts Press blog from February 19-23 to determine the winner. Be sure you follow us on Facebook, Twitter and elsewhere so you can “like” your favorite videos and visit our blog to vote!
  • The winner of the Microsoft Surface Pro computer will be announced via the blog on Feb. 28, 2018.

Submit your video as early as you can! The sooner your video goes live, the more exposure you’ll receive and the more “likes” you can collect. Share the link to your video once we post it to our Facebook page with all of your friends, family members, fans, and social media followers! (And of course, don’t forget to “like” your own video.) Contests such as this one serve as valuable — and free! — promotion for your books, so we hope you have a chance to sit down and whip up a great video in the days to come!

And that’s all the information you need to get started. We’ll be standing by to receive and share your videos, as well as to answer any questions you might have. Swing on by our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/OutskirtsPress or our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/user/outskirtspress to get a glimpse of some spectacular self-publishing love!

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Features Ambient Light Sensor, Gyro Sensor, Digital Compass, G-sensor, Webcam
Brand Microsoft
Screen Size 12.3 in
Condition New
Operating System Microsoft Windows
RAM Memory 4 GB
Model SU3-00001
Hard Drive Capacity 128 GB
Manufacturer Part Number SU3-00001
Processor Type Intel Core M3 Processor
Maximum RAM Supported 4 GB
Processor Speed 2.2 GHz
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H) 9.21 x 15.17 x 1.58 Inches
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Save Time, Spare Sanity and Trim 10% from Marketing Assistance

There are so many tools and channels the modern author can use to promote a new book, many authors say that the process of marketing is even more stressful than the writing. In the interest of saving time — and keeping your sanity — consider enlisting the expertise of an experienced book marketing professional, who comes preloaded with a wealth of marketing knowledge on instant recall.

An Outskirts Press Personal Marketing Assistant, or PMA, is an advisor on strategic marketing and sales with specific experience in the literary field. They are enthusiastic book fans, dedicated advocates and determined spokespersons. But they’re so much more than cheerleaders!

An Outskirts Press PMA is charged with providing every self-publishing author with tangible and practical tools that will help them market effectively for years to come, including:

  • A detailed marketing plan to guide your efforts
  • Resources, tips and connections for radio and print promotion
  • A thoughtful and well-developed social media marketing plan
  • Outreach and follow-up on marketing campaign leads

If you find yourself out to sea on how to develop a book marketing plan or struggling to prioritize the book sales strategies, it may be time to consult with a Personal Marketing Assistant. He or she will provide you with a detailed marketing plan that gives you a clear understanding of where, when and how to set your plan in motion, and the confidence that your book sales will never again be at the mercy of directionless fate.

Then, your PMA will relieve you of time-consuming responsibilities, such as arranging your first book signings or interviews, identifying reviewers, reaching out to media or other tasks you don’t have the time or expertise to tackle. It’s a 5-hour jumpstart that saves you weeks of aggravation and lost opportunities!

So, you will be pleased to know that throughout January we are offering our Personal Marketing Assistant option — 5 hours of dedicated, one-on-one marketing help — at 10% off! All you need to do to take advantage of the offer is add the PMA option to your shopping cart and enter the promo code Save-PMA at checkout.

Start and finish 2018 knowing with all the confidence of an author in full control of the publishing and marketing processes!

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3 Ways to Keep Your Resolution to Publish – with 15% Off + a Free Kindle Edition!

Did you promise yourself you would publish in 2018? If it seems daunting, read on to find out how not only how to publish in 2018, but how to do it quickly and do it more affordably.

Set specific goals. This first step is where most resolutions fail. Instead of resolving “to publish this year,” consider what specific things need to happen to get published. “Write 1,200 words per day from Jan. 1-25” is specific and helps you envision your progress and success.

Make goals ambitious but attainable. Did you identify what’s standing between you and your publishing goals? Make these your mini-resolutions. Resolve to finish your manuscript by the end of the month, or to edit, proofread and submit your manuscript by a specific date.

Hold yourself accountable. Set deadlines for certain tasks and create a system of rewards for meeting your mini-resolutions.

Outskirts Press can help you meet all three of these goals so you can start off the year on the right foot with a resolution kept and money saved. This January, we’re offering 15% OFF Ultimate or Full-Color Publishing PLUS a FREE Kindle Edition of your book! Set a specific goal to finish your manuscript in January, which is ambitious but attainable, then hold yourself accountable by ordering your publishing package before the “rewards” of a promotional discount and gift expire.

To claim this big discount and free Kindle Edition, simply add the Ultimate or Full-Color Publishing package to your cart, enter the promo code SavePlus-Kindle at checkout.

Ready to conquer your self-publishing resolution? Talk with a Publishing Consultant for help choosing the perfect package for you! There are three convenient ways to connect:

  1. Call us at 1-888-672-6657 (OP-BOOKS)
  2. Live-chat with us via our website
  3. Go online to schedule an appointment
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