It’s Your Lucky Day! Save 17% on Publishing and Book Marketing Services!

Are you looking to publish or promote your book in 2017? Well, this is your lucky day! In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, Outskirts Press is sharing a pot of self-publishing gold: Save 17% on Outskirts Press Publishing Packages and individual Marketing Options!

Whether you’re just getting started or looking to give a previously published book a much-needed sales boost, this is the day to save. You’ll get 17% off publishing when you purchase the Ultimate, Full-Color or Basic packages from Outskirts Press; or save 17% on the purchase of any individual Marketing Option!

Take advantage of the convenience of a publishing package or marketing option with a few clicks of the mouse. Today only, you’ll get it at a 17% discount! Here’s how to claim your savings:

  • Add the Ultimate, Full-Color or Basic publishing package to your cart
  • Enter the promo code 17March17 at checkout
  • Save 17% and get started on your publishing dreams!


  • Add any individual Marketing Option to your cart (bundled options are excluded)
  • Enter the promo code March17 at checkout
  • Save 17% on marketing from Outskirts Press!

For more information, visit us online at to view our 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. We’ll make sure you get the services you need to achieve your publishing and sales dreams!

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Your Book Can Make a Great First Impression with a FREE Custom Cover!

There’s a saying: “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” But we do! It’s a fact. And more than this, we judge quickly. First impressions matter in the world of book publishing, and self-published authors sometimes find themselves at a disadvantage. A custom cover, however, can establish your book as a standout on every bookshelf—and reap all the benefits of making a good first impression. Your book will:

  • look professional, lending you credibility as an author;
  • be visible, hooking potential readers’ attention as they browse through their options;
  • reach your ideal readers, and be encoded with all of the subtle visual hints specific to their favorite genres; and
  • be informative and comprehensive, providing all of the necessary components to make your book marketable, including details like ISBN numbers and details to convey your book’s story, characters, themes, motivations and underlying messages.

But how do you acquire a custom cover for your book, especially if you have a limited budget? We at Outskirts Press have the best of all possible solutions! For a limited time during the month of March, we will be offering a FREE Custom Cover Design (valued at $399) with the purchase one of our Ultimate or Full-Color publishing packages. All you need to do to participate is select one of the eligible publishing solutions, above, and enter the promotional code FreeCover at checkout. It really is that simple! But hurry because this offer will only be available for a limited time during the month of March.

Our dedication to putting together high-quality publishing solutions and services for authors doesn’t end with even such a stellar offer as this. Our staff and customer support, as well as the comprehensive and affordable nature of our packages, placed us among the top tier of self-publishing companies last year, a trend we intend to continue.

To learn more about our publishing packages and services, call us at 888-672-6657 (OP-BOOKS) or communicate with one of our staff using the live chat option on our website,

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Celebrating Read Across America Day with 20% off Publishing Services!

On March 2, 1998, the National Education Association began celebrating Dr. Seuss’s birthday with Read Across America Day. Since then, this initiative has gained momentum as it encourages readers of all ages to pick up a book and read!

At Outskirts Press we feel there is no better way to celebrate Read Across America Day than to inspire more great literature. That’s why we’re offering 20% off the Ultimate and Full-Color publishing packages through March 3rd. To claim your savings, simply enter the promo code Save20Now at check out.

When you purchase one of these packages, you’ll not only have a team of experts helping you during every step of the publishing process, you’ll also retain 100% of your royalties once your book is available to your audience.

These comprehensive packages include…

  • Customizable Covers
  • Formatting
  • ISBN and Barcode
  • Press Release
  • Free author copies

…and many other features you won’t find anywhere else.

So, don’t wait. Help us celebrate this great day by beginning your own publishing journey. Just visit, select the Ultimate or Full-Color publishing package, and enter Save20Now when you check out.

Who knows? Maybe someone out there is looking for your book for Read Across America Day.

Let’s get it published your way.

Need help deciding on the right publishing package? Call a Publishing Consultant at 1-888-672-6657 (OP-BOOKS), or chat with us using the live chat option on our website for help selecting the option that fits. Just remember, this is a limited time offer, so don’t delay!

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The Votes Are In! The Winner of Our 2017 “Show Us Your Love” Contest Is ….

Each year, we at Outskirts Press are impressed–and overwhelmed–by your entries in our “Show Us Your Love” contest. The level of interest we see both affirms our dedication to providing a rich and varied range of self-publishing services to authors looking to take the next step toward publication … and inspires us to outdo ourselves, year after year, in making your dreams a reality. Thank you, one and all, for the love that you’ve shown. You are the heart of what we do!

This year, we received a bumper crop of submissions, and are happy to announce our winner‐the video which has received the most votes across our social media platforms.

And the first place winner is …

Jackie Fischer

Jackie wins a brand new, HP – 15.6” Touch-Screen Laptop complete with Windows 10 for being the finalist receiving the most public votes for her video in the 6th Annual Outskirts Press “Show Me Your Love” promotion. Congratulations, Jackie!

Jackie Fischer is 46 years old and lives in Coram, New York. She is a full time Clinical Exercise Physiologist in Cardiac Rehabilitation for the past 20 years. She is married and has one son. Her interests include hiking, skiing, playing piano, tennis, and walking her dog Woody. She loves to travel when her time allows.

Book Synopsis of  “The Lost Branch”:
The story of my Sicily connection is fun to tell. I hope you enjoy learning a little bit about Sicily, and how our family in America reconnected with our relatives across the sea. There were two brothers that were separated at a young age because of the strict rules of immigration back in the early 1900’s. A hundred years later, a reunion of two families finally took place. There were sad times, happy adventures and special moments and memories that will last a lifetime.

Here is how the voting stacked up for our top 3 videos. Thank you to everyone that submitted a video to us this year.

Jackie Fischer, author of The Lost Branch 55.34%
Patti Reim, author of I like Big Buts 34.55%
John E. Peltier, author of The Thundering Herd 10.11%
Click here to Pre-Order Jackie’s book

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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