Long Live Beautiful Books and the Independent Bookstores Who Sell Them!

Ever heard of Lev Grossman or The Magicians, lately adapted for television and with its second season airing on the Syfy channel? Not only is this a series steeped in cultural relevance and post-Millennium angst, but Grossman has become something of a leading defender of books and bookstores for our generation.

Last year, Grossman published an article in TIME titled The Death of the Bookstore Was Greatly Exaggerated. “There’s a delicious moribund melancholy about them,” he says about bookstores, but the facts give a very different—and happy!—outlook. Based on recent research published from the American Booksellers Association and other reputable sources, Grossman points out that bookstores—particularly independent bookstores—are thriving. After all, Americans still love and appreciate a beautifully designed book!

The numbers are going up, not down! As Grossman and others have pointed out in months’ past, sales through indie bookstores grew roughly 5% in the first quarter of 2016, and the numbers held steady throughout the year. Indie sales accounted for about 10% of all books sold “in 2015, up from 7% in 2014 according to the article. And while the news isn’t all rosy—Barnes & Noble lost 86 stores between 2009 and 2016, with sales at big box stores dipping in proportion, and booksellers in the United Kingdom are shoring up against small losses&mdash&;but Americans at least are demonstrating a heretofore-unseen loyalty to both physical, print books and the independent bookstores who sell them.

E-books aren’t going anywhere—and neither are print books. Their market shares have steadied, but since Americans are reading more books of all kinds there is steady growth in sales across the board! “The paper book,” writes Grossman, is “a piece of information technology that has, after all, been tested and honed over the past 2,000 years [and] has declined to give way.”

What does this have to do with you, a self-publishing author? Quite a lot, actually. As Grossman says, “Book-industry analysts talk a lot about ‘discovery,’ by which they mean the ways people find and purchase new books. It turns out, according to consumer research by Nielsen, that the best method for book discovery is still standing in a roomful of books” with the option to browse, at length, and stumble across books which a person wouldn’t otherwise encounter. And not every author, much less every self-publishing author, has the requisite skills, time, and energy to produce a book—print or digital—to take advantage of the indie bookstore’s long legacy and healthy prognosis.

At Outskirts Press, we have put together a team of professionals, including stellar graphic designers, who are committed to translating your dream to reality and to producing the best possible version of your book. We hope you’ll consider publishing with us, and if you have any questions you can find out more on our website (www.outskirtspress.com) or contact us by phone (1-888-672-6657)—or even live chat with us online! Our Publishing Consultants are on hand and eager to set you up for success as you brave the process of self-publishing!

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Make plans to make an impression at the San Francisco Writers Conference

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Every Presidents Day weekend, thousands of publishers, editors and authors just like you converge in The City by the Bay to gather the wit, wisdom and writing connection they need to succeed. It all happens at the San Francisco Writers Conference! Outskirts Press would love to see our authors well-represented at this revered industry event.

When: February 16-19, 2017
Where: Mark Hopkins Hotel, 999 California St, San Francisco, CA 94108
How: Register directly with the San Francisco Writers Conference.

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More than 120 presenters, including bestselling authors, editors, publishers and literary agents from all over the world will be on hand. The San Francisco Writer’s Conference is four fun-packed days of writing learning, networking, socializing and connecting, all geared specifically to writers and professionals in the publishing industry.

An impressive lineup of keynote speakers is scheduled for the event, starting with New York Times bestselling author Heather Graham, whose romance, suspense, vampire fiction and historical fiction novels have captivated readers since 1982; bestselling author and Red Sneaker Writers William Bernhard; and NYT bestselling author and activist John Perkins.

Highlights of the San Francisco Writers Conference include:

  • Huge opening gala
  • 100-plus writer sessions covering creative and business topics
  • “Speed dating” pitch session with literary agents
  • Open-mic readings
  • Exhibits from service providers
  • Entertaining networking events

There are even pre- and post-event classes available to you, whether you make it to the main event or not! To participate, register on the San Francisco Writers Conference website.

Want to explore other networking opportunities? Visit our website at outskirtspress.com to learn more about book events such as, the Global Book Tour and other marketing services available through Outskirts Press!

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Author Poll: Writer Michael Steven Tunstall wants your help with his title

Michael Steven Tunstall is self-publishing a book with Outskirts Press, and he wants your help deciding his book’s title!

Book Summary

The world around us is joyful, mysterious, colorful, sometimes sorrowful…but always rich with experiences, meaning, and connections. In our fast-paced lives, poetry is a way to distill the world into flashes of light, rainbows of song, bubbles of laughter. The Lord Is Pleased When the Angels Sing is a delightful collection of verses with deep reflections, funny adventures, and a keen sense of observation. With topics ranging from our relationship with God to the pleasure of listening to falling rain, there’s a window into a world of wonder for every reader in these poems from the heart.

About the Author

Michael Steven Tunstall was born in 1947. He currently lives in Summerlin, a small town near Las Vegas, Nevada.

Please take a look at three possible titles below and then vote on the choice you recommend for Michael.


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The Deadline for the Frankfurt International Book Fair Is Quickly Approaching!

Bar none, the Frankfurt International Book Fair is the largest and most important book fair in the world. While some might top Frankfurt’s 250,000-plus attendance, the multi-hall, mile-long fairground in Frankfurt hosts the largest contingent of publishing professionals of any book fair anywhere.

The Frankfurt International Book Fair is a meeting place for the industry’s experts: publishers, booksellers, agents, film producers and, of course, authors just like you. With more than 7,500 exhibitors from 110 countries, more than 250,000 visitors and more than 10,000 journalists, it is the most important marketplace for books, media, rights and licenses worldwide.

The Frankfurt International Book Fair is held in mid-October annually at the Frankfurt Fair in Frankfurt, Germany. This is your chance to get in on this year’s event, slated for October 14-18.

Register now for the 2015 Book Fair. Space is limited and the show fills up quickly on a first-come, first served basis. The deadline for the 2015 Frankfurt International Book Fair is this Friday, August 7. Click here to get more details or reserve your spot at Frankfurt.

Remember, you can save 25% on 4 major book events throughout the year (London, BEA, Beijing, Frankfurt) with our Global Book Tour marketing package.

Boost Sales with Easy Browsing Options

“Try-before-you-buy” sales strategies (i.e. trials, previews, samples) are driven by the undeniable fact that consumers are more inclined to purchase a product when they’ve had the opportunity to test it out first.

By allowing readers to browse your work while they’re actively looking for their next selection, you open the door for them. You welcome readers with a preview, allow their senses to be intrigued by your work, and the buyer develops confidence and certainty to make the purchase.

If you want to turn browsers into buyers, it’s important to offer readers an option to preview your book online. Digital previews, such as the Google Books Preview Program and Amazon’s Search Inside program, allow readers to see a limited preview of your book while making the next step (purchasing the book) as easy as possible. According to Amazon, books participating in the Search Inside program enjoy significant sales improvement, on average.

During the month of August, receive 10% off the Amazon Search Inside the Book option with the promo code SITB10.

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“Choose Your Own Promotion” when you start publishing today

Writing a book has been your dream, focus, passion and pursuit. Completing the writing of your book has required devotion, commitment, perseverance, sacrifice and confidence. Now what? Are you ready to see your dream realized?

With Outskirts Press, YOU are in control of your publishing destiny! When you choose to publish with Outskirts Press, you get to customize your book publishing package. Now, for the first time ever, you can also customize your book publishing promotion. Start with the Diamond or Pearl publishing package in August and you can choose any of the following promotions. Copy the promotion code you want, click the publishing package of your choice, enter the promotion code upon checkout and you’re on your way to an exciting publishing adventure!

  • Option 1: 10% Off. Save 10% instantly. Promotion Code: 10AUG15.
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Outskirts Press offers a variety of self-publishing packages that are designed to fit the needs of our highly talented and diverse authors. Not sure where to start? Speak with a Publishing Consultant today. Our Publishing Consultants are available from 8am to 4pm Mountain time at 888.OP.BOOKS.

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Sandra Harris, Ph.D. received her B.A. from Stanford University and her Ph.D. from the University of Oregon. As a VA clinical psychologist, she conducted psychotherapy with combat veterans. Dr. Harris is a past president of the California Psychological Association, from which she received the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Distinguished Contribution to Psychology Award. Dr. Harris retired to Scottsdale, Arizona after a 33-year career in psychology. Dr. Harris is working on her second novel.

Thirty years after the Vietnam War, eight U.S. veterans bravely return to the country where their enemy lurked so long ago. Retired VA psychologist Dr. Ken Carson prepares the men to minimize the trauma of their journey while Reverend Johnny Green and Rabbi David Aloni lend spiritual support. In Vietnam, the veterans confront their painful, haunting memories: crossing leech-infested rice paddies in the dead of night surrounded by enemy; peasants who could be carrying weapons under their loose fitting “pajamas”; terror in the tunnels; degradation in the whorehouses and more. Finally able to relate to each other emotionally, without the detachment that was necessary for survival during the war, the men form a mini-platoon during the trip, bonding in their quest for wellness. Shrapnel: A Journey Toward Psychological Healing highlights the courage of the veterans while eloquently examining the long-term effects of combat stress and helping to remove the stigma of mental health treatment.

Sandra Harris, Ph.D., author of Shrapnel

Three More Days To Receive 3X Author Copies!

Now is the perfect time to finish up your work and get published today! There is only a few days left to take advantage of the incredible offer of receiving 3X author copies when you order with the promotion code 3XJULY15.

Authors beginning their self-publishing process are eligible to receive three times as many free author copies with their respective self-publishing package. To receive the promotion, simply purchase the Diamond or Pearl publishing package by Friday, July 31, 2015. Each of the eligible publishing packages includes a unique ISBN, standard interior formatting, a variety of professional cover styles, and distribution which includes availability through major online retailers such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

For authors choosing the most popular “Diamond” publishing package, this promotion delivers 30 free paperback author copies when the book is published. Authors publishing full-color books with the popular “Pearl” package can receive 15 free paperback copies.

Now through Friday, simply click here to add this option to your cart, enter the promotion code 3XJULY15 and receive your free copies. Don’t delay, this offer isn’t around long!

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