Independent Bookstore Day Moves to Aug. 29

We are so happy to announce that at least one of the many complications to your life posed by COVID-19, involving one of the most important events on the calendar for self-publishing authors, has at last been solved. Independent Bookstore Day, which had to delay due to restrictions and the inability of many vendors and presenters to travel during the international shutdown, will now take place on August 29th of this year.

The last few weeks have given event planners time to learn and organize within a new format, and as a result they will be carrying out a big social media “push” in the lead-up to the event’s original date of April 25th, so make sure to take part online if you’re able! The American Booksellers Association notes that “booksellers are invited to celebrate virtually during the week of April 19–25 using the hashtag #VirtualBookstoreParty,” and they offer a number of other suggestions for authors and booksellers alike to take advantage of both now and in August.

Until then, we look forward to interacting with you online!

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Self-Publishing on a Budget? We’re Here For That

If you’re watching your wallet as you dive into self-publishing for the first time and are feeling a little self-conscious over that fact, don’t worry! You’re definitely not alone. In fact, many authors pursuing publication today are constrained by tight finances, or balancing a variety of different concerns. That’s why, at Outskirts Press, we work hard to make sure all of our publishing packages and services are accessible to everyone, including you.

Looking for flexibility? We allow payments through PayPal and by credit card, allowing you to take advantage of the financing options these resources create. Check out PayPal’s 0% interest options with flexible terms, or inquire if the credit card companies you’re already using offer extra points when paying for a publishing service. (Many do.)

Or, if you’re looking for something even more tailored to your situation, we offer our own 0% financing payment plans! Simply get on the line with your dedicated Publishing Consultant, and together you’ll develop a monthly payment plan that balances your financial situation with your desire to publish. This option is particularly useful for first-time authors looking to break into the world of indie publishing!

And last but not least, we offer bundled services, such as our One-Click Publishing Packages, special discounts and promotions to assist you in finding and affording the absolute best in publishing and marketing services. After all, just “getting by” isn’t good enough when we’re talking about your masterpiece. Getting it “just right,” with professional editing and an eye-catching cover design, is an important part of making sure your book becomes a success!

For more information on financing options or Outskirts Press self-publishing promotions, call us at 1-888-672-6657 to speak with a Publishing Consultant. You can also visit our website at www.outskirtspress.com and chat with a Publishing Consultant via the live chat option.

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Self-Publishing Questions Asked & Answered — Available for Free!

From the award-winning and bestselling* author of Sell Your Book on Amazon comes Brent Sampson’s latest non-fiction guide to the world of independent publishing and marketing: Self-Publishing Questions Asked & Answered.

And it’s currently available in paperback, Kindle e-Book, and audiobook formats from Amazon, or in this FREE Publishing Kit from Outskirts Press.

Do You Want to be a Published Author?

About the Book

Self-Publishing Questions Asked & Answered identifies the most common questions concerning self publication today and answers them clearly and concisely. What is the difference between “independent” self-publishing, “free” self-publishing, and “full-service” self-publishing? What should I title my book? How do I price my book? What is an ISBN and why is it important? How do I get book reviews on Amazon? These are just a small sample of the top 25 questions Ernest & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Semi-Finalist and self-publishing expert Brent Sampson has been asked over the years and now answers thoroughly and completely in this book.

About the Author

Ernest & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Semi-Finalist Brent Sampson is the award-winning and bestselling author of Sell Your Book on Amazon and The Book Marketing COACH. As the founder, president and chief marketing officer of Outskirts Press, Brent has helped writers from around the world experience the joy and satisfaction of bringing their high-quality, professional, and award-winning books into the marketplace. Learn more at OutskirtsPress.com.

About the Free Publishing Kit

Your complimentary Publishing Kit from Outskirts Press contains:

  • Self-Publishing Questions Asked & Answered
  • Publish Your Passion
  • 7 Tips to Self-Publish Like a Pro
  • Book shepherd one-sheet: Meet Your Publishing Consultant
  • Author success white paper: 7 Highly Effective Rules for the Perfect Book Title
  • Author guide: Author Photo & Biography Guide
  • Author tip sheet: The Top 7 Marketing Elements to Include in Your Book
  • Author guide: Which Book Format Should I Choose?
  • Author white paper: How to Price Your Book
  • Publishing white paper: Diving into Self-Publishing

About Outskirts Press

Since 2002, Outskirts Press has helped thousands of authors just like you develop, publish, and market thousands of high-quality, award-winning books featuring…

  • exceptional cover design
  • professional interior formatting
  • high-quality printing
  • award-winning publishing
  • worldwide distribution
  • and extensive book marketing services

Outskirts Press is the only A+ rated and #1-rated self-publishing company according to the Better Business Bureau and Top Consumer Reviews, respectively, because we deliver outstanding customer service, affordable pricing, and industry-leading royalties.

* #29 overall Amazon bestseller, 2007. Royal Palms Literary Awards, Best Book of the Year 2007

 

The Outskirts Press Self-Publishing Kit

Nearly all self-publishing companies offer writers an “incentive” to join their newsletter or mailing list. In most cases, this is the company’s own “Publishing Guide.”  These guides vary from sleek sales brochures to informative books covering the process of self-publishing (typically with that particular self-publishing company).

Other self-publishers offer “white papers” or “tip sheets” or “advice columns” focusing on specific topics or obstacles an author may face when self-publishing a book. While often more informative (at least about said topic or obstacle), these white papers are usually much shorter, and therefore of less perceived value.

A few self-publishing companies combine their publishing guide with a robust collection of white papers and tip sheets to create a treasure trove of helpful resources for writers. The guide typically markets the company and its offerings, perhaps sheds light on the self-publishing and book marketing processes, and shines a spotlight on a successful authors.  The white papers, advice columns, and tip sheets, on the other hand, identify core questions or issues facing many writers and offers suggestions or solutions to pave an author’s path toward publication and success.

Outskirts Press offers just such a Publishing Kit to new clients for free at the following link: https://outskirtspress.com/book-publishing.html#ebooks

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Your complimentary Publishing Kit contains:

  • 7 Tips to Self-Publish Like a Pro
  • The most recent book by Outskirts Press President Brent Sampson: Self-Publishing Questions Asked & Answered
  • Our definitive publishing guide: Publish Your Passion
  • Book shepherd one-sheet: Meet Your Publishing Consultant
  • Author success white paper: 7 Highly Effective Rules for the Perfect Book Title
  • Author guide: Author Photo & Biography Guide
  • Author tip sheet: The Top 7 Marketing Elements to Include in Your Book
  • Author guide: Which Book Format Should I Choose?
  • Author white paper: How to Price Your Book
  • Publishing white paper: Diving into Self-Publishing
  • About Outskirts Press: Publishing brochure
  • One stop shop: Custom illustration samples in color and black & white

Quality Matters in Self-Publishing—and Outskirts Press Delivers

Readers are a discerning bunch. They take cues on mood, tone and content from a book cover alone, gauge the appropriateness by the cover text, and measure the value of the contents in the sample pages. They complete this assessment with surprising accuracy—and in a matter of seconds!

When you have but a moment to impress, quality matters. It matters in all things related to your book—not just your meticulously chosen words. As the saying goes, “You’re only as strong as your weakest link.” If the quality of your book cover, formatting, cover scribing, editing, book selling pages and marketing materials are less than stellar, your whole presence as an author falls short.

Your reputation as a polished, professional author will be carefully crafted by Outskirts Press. We are in the business of delivering to authors high-quality published books that are indistinguishable from anything produced by a traditional publishing house. We provide self-publishing authors a variety of professional services they need to create a professional book:

  • custom cover art
  • interior formatting design
  • editing and ghostwriting options
  • book marketing services and materials
  • comprehensive publishing packages with everything you need to get published at a discounted bundle price

Book buyers will skip over an amateurish cover in a nanosecond and just as quickly zero in on one with professionally designed art and composition. Typos and formatting irregularities will leap from the page, and poor color rendering, binding and cover material will sour them on what could have been a supremely enjoyable reading experience. Don’t let this happen to you.

Protect your precious investment! Choose the quality you deserve … choose Outskirts Press.

Need advice on how to get quality worthy of your work? Let us walk you through your best options. There are three ways to connect:

 

It’s National Book Lover’s Day! How Will You Celebrate?

Now, here’s a holiday we can all get into: National Book Lovers Day (NBLD)! Occurring annually (usually on August 9), this is a day just for you and your fellow bibliophiles to sink into the bath with a glass of vino and a juicy read and guiltlessly indulge your inner bookworm. As if you needed a reason …

As writers and authors, you’re the driving force behind national days like today. So, aside from page-flipping, how else can you mark the occasion? Here are three ways to celebrate National Book Lovers Day today with other readers, including your own:

  1. Give the gift of reading. Host a book giveaway on social media. Give your network of friends a chance to win an autographed hardcopy of your book or copies of your favorite reads. Consider giving copies to the first people to like, share or retweet your contest post, or perhaps a gift basket with your book, a mug, hot cocoa and other knick-knacks to the person who tags the most friends in the comments section. Oh, and remember to use hashtags such as #NationalBookLoversDay or #NBLD in all related posts.
  2. Feed the reading bug. Encourage reading through philanthropy. Drop in on your local libraries and schools to donate books in honor of the occasion. Other great places to donate include nursing homes, veterans’ organizations, hospitals and shelters.
  3. Stick your nose in a book. Relaxing with a guilty pleasure is always an option. In fact, the best writers are those who are also avid readers. Go ahead and proudly tuck into a steamy novel or fast-paced mystery — it all counts. Consider it “personal development.”

BONUS TIPS:

  • Are you, or is someone you know, on the fence about self-publishing? Use NBLD to take the leap and save on self-publishing in the process! Outskirts Press is currently offering a $300 spending credit with the purchase of our Ultimate or Full-Color publishing package. Just place the package in your cart and enter promo code 300-Spending at checkout.
  • If you’re already published, congratulations — you’ve made a valuable contribution to readers’ enjoyment of National Book Lovers Day. Promote your book to those readers with the popular Outskirts Press Book Launch Bundle, now 15% Off! Login to your Author’s Publishing Center, place this marketing bundle in your cart and enter promo code BookLaunch15 at checkout.

Now, let’s all celebrate!

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.