Vote now for the winner of the “Show Us Your Love” video contest and help us decide who will win a new laptop!

It’s time to vote for the winner of the 6th annual “Show Us Your Love” video contest!

We received a lot of really great videos this year with authors expressing their deep and abiding love for their books — and for Outskirts Press. We could only select three finalists, but you can check out all of the videos submitted for the contest in our YouTube Playlist here.

The three videos with the most “likes” on the Outskirts Facebook page from among all the entries submitted this year have been selected for a public vote to determine the winner. The poll ends Monday, February 27th and the winner will be announced on March 1st.

Below are the three finalists for this year’s contest. Watch the videos and place your vote. The author whose video earns the most votes will win a brand-new 15.6 HP touch-screen laptop.

Jackie Fischer, author of The Lost Branch

Patti Reim, author of I Like Big Buts

John E. Peltier, author of The Thundering Herd

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 March 1st to see who wins.

Options for Spending Your $300 Promo Credit When You Self-Publish in February


How does Outskirts Press love thee? We’ve counted 300 ways!

Outskirts Press is showering you with $300 spending money during our February promotion, and we hope you’re choosing exciting ways to spend it. (Authors who purchase the Ultimate or Full-Color publishing package in February with the promotion code 300Feb17 are 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 one is “The One”? We’ve made it easier for you by narrowing down the list to four 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. E-Book 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 2017? 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!

Learn how to claim your $300 spending money from Outskirts Press.  Call us at 1-888-672-6657 to talk to a Publishing Consultant or visit our website at to chat via our live chat option.

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REMINDER: Our Annual “Show Us Your Love!” Video Contest Ends Soon!

suyl-fb-graphicIf you’ve spent much time on the Outskirts Press website or any of our social media accounts recently, you’re probably already aware that our 6th Annual “Show Us Your Love” video contest is open for entries. What you may not remember is that all-important end date, the last day you can submit your videos for inclusion: Friday, February 17thtomorrow–at midnight MST, no less!

To make things a little easier to access and remember, we’ve put together a short video detailing all of the things you need to know about the “Show Us Your Love” submission process. Take a look!

The contest moves into its second stage, the voting stage, on Monday, February 20th. The deadlines loom close, there’s no mistaking that, but you still have time, and we’d love for you to submit your video–even if it’s just under the wire! We’ve posted about the rules at length in previous blog posts here on Self-Publishing News as well as on our Facebook page, but the basics are as follows:

  • FILM: a video between 1 and 3 minutes long which demonstrates—creatively—your deep and abiding love for your book, your publishing experience, and Outskirts Press.
  • EMAIL: your video file to
  • We at Outskirts Press will SHARE your video on our Facebook page, YouTube channel, Twitter feed, and Google+ page, 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 our YouTube channel, on our website and other social media platforms for promotional purposes).
  • VOTE: by reaching out to friends and family! 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 our blog to determine the winner.
  • WIN: a splendid new laptop computer (see last week’s post for full specs) when we announce the most-”liked” submission to our blog on Wednesday, March 1, 2017!

As they always say, “Better late than never!” We hope you’ll take a moment out of your day to enter, and to help us share your work with the world in yet another innovative way!

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Show Us Your Love for a Chance to Win a New Laptop!

suyl-bannerThe “Show Us Your Love” campaign is going strong as it enters its sixth year, and we here at Outskirts Press couldn’t be more proud to host this phenomenal event yet again–and to celebrate the good, hard work our authors have been doing as they put together their videos for this year’s competition.

Last year, we had a bumper crop of video submissions. They were spectacular creations, each one–you guessed it! — a true labor of love. The votes came pouring in, and the front-runners were neck-and-neck through the final weeks of the competition. And when the chips fell as they might, as chips often do, our friends and followers on social media had voted for Rebekah Tyne McKamie’s video. McKamie, author of The Snow Fence, demonstrated a keen sense of what might appeal to voters, and a deft hand with the medium. It was clear from her brief video that she was eager to participate in a community which upheld her many fellow members as loved and appreciated.

As we move into the voting stages of our 2017 competition, we wanted to cast a glance back at the fine work done by McKamie and our other contestants in 2016. You can find the top three videos from last year here, below, as inspiration and affirmation for you as you put together your own videos to, you guessed it, “Show Us Your Love”!

The due date to submit your video for this year’s contest is Friday, February 17th. You can submit yours in an .mp4 or .mov format by email to, after which we will share it across our social media platforms, including Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter. For more information and a full set of contest rules, see our recent blog post on this subject.

We look forward to receiving and promoting your submissions!

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Show Your Book a Little Love This Month With $300 in Spending Money!


Once upon a time, you wrote a book. And you decided, upon writing this book, that you wanted to self-publish. In exploring your options, you found your way here to us at Self-Publishing News and Outskirts Press, a community of self-publishing authors and experts who support each other in pursuing the dream to self-publish successfully. What better way to express our love and support for you and your books–as well as, yes, our deep-seated desire to be your choice in self-publishing company–than by offering you $300 to use on upgrades and options for your book?

Whether you’re new to self-publishing or well on your way to amassing a portfolio of publications, $300 can go a long way towards making your dream a reality. You can use this free gift, available only during the month of February, to purchase or pay down any pre-production options, including editing, custom cover design, time with a Personal Marketing Assistant, eBook editions, promotional materials, custom illustrations, and much more!

How do you make yourself eligible for this promotion? Simply purchase a signature Ultimate or Full-Color Publishing package from Outskirts Press during the month of February and enter the promotion code 300Feb17 at checkout. Your money will be automatically applied to your account, and you can spend it however you choose in order to best tailor your self-publishing experience to your needs.

So! Are you ready to bring your publishing goals within reach? There’s no better time than now, during February 2017! If you’ve been dreaming of seeing your book manifest in print, take advantage of the $300 celebratory promotion at Outskirts Press–and soon!

For more information, visit us online at, where you can find all of our available publishing and marketing offerings and chat live with a Publishing Consultant, or call us at 1-888-672-6657 to speak directly with a Publishing Consultant.

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Free Shipping on Author Copies Expires Tomorrow!


Author copies are more than just a pretty token of your new state as a self-published author! They are copies of your book that you purchase, or receive as part of a larger self-publishing package and they are fundamental for the successful marketing of your book. Through January 31st, Outskirts Press is offering FREE SHIPPING within the continental United States when you order 50 or more copies of your book. Better yet, order in bulk and you can save and additional 35 – 50% with our bulk discount and still receive FREE standard shipping.

Once you receive your author copies, they can then be put to work in a variety of ways to help promote your book and platform, including:

  • Donations to local libraries or schools;
  • Enticements for reviewers to look over your book;
  • Giveaways and contest prizes for promotional purposes online through Goodreads, Amazon, and social media platforms.

In addition, customers love the convenience of purchasing books during events and book signings instead of having to go online or to a store, so make sure you keep a plentiful supply of affordable author copies on hand.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity save money! Order your author copies before the FREE SHIPPING offer expires on January 31st!

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Win a Touch-Screen Laptop When You “Show Us Your Love!”


The experience of becoming published is like no other, and at Outskirts Press we like to celebrate our successes with equally unparalleled fun! 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 6th Annual “Show Us Your Love” social media event and video contest. All you have to do to make yourself eligible to win our fabulous grand prize—a brand-new HP, 15.6-inch Touch-Screen Laptop Computer—is share a few of your reasons for loving Outskirts Press in a brief video!

Participating is easy! Here’s how it works:

  • Grab your video camera, smartphone, iPad, or tech-savvy neighbor and record a brief video between 1 and 3 minutes long which demonstrates—creatively—your deep and abiding love for your book, your publishing experience, and Outskirts Press.
  • Email your video file in an .mp4 or .mov format to The contest is open from now until Friday, February 17th, so make sure to get your entries in before that time.
  • We at Outskirts Press will share your video on our Facebook page, YouTube channel, Twitter feed, and Google+ page, 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 our YouTube channel, on our website and other social media platforms for promotional purposes).
  • 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 our blog to determine the winner from February 20th-27th. 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 free laptop computer will be announced via our blog on Wednesday, March 1, 2017.

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 or our YouTube channel at to get a glimpse of some spectacular self-publishing love!

Computer Specs:

  • HP – 15.6″ Touch-Screen Laptop – Intel Core i3 – 6GB Memory – 1TB Hard Drive – Black
  • Hard Drive Capacity 1000 gigabytes
  • Hard Drive Type SATA
  • Operating System Windows 10
  • Processor Speed 2.3 gigahertz
  • Processor Model Intel 6th Generation Core i3
  • System Memory (RAM) 6 gigabytes
  • Wireless Networking Wireless-B, Wireless-G, Wireless-N
  • Screen Size 15.6 inches
  • Weight 4.74 lbs.
  • 9 inches thin
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