@Self-Published Authors: Let’s Get #Social!

We’ve spent a lot of time this month talking about the advantages Social Media holds for self-publishing authors when it comes to book marketing and connecting with readers, fans, and other writers. So, it’s time to put our money where our mouth is: here are all the places you can find Outskirts Press out there in the great world of social media and beyond:


Our company blog and the location of the very post you’re reading now. If you haven’t subscribed to our blog, yet, now is the time. That way you won’t miss any of the great promotions and discounts we offer throughout each month.


Like everyone else on the planet, Outskirts Press is on Facebook. Follow us there to participate in our active community of self-published authors.


Instagram started out primarily as a way to share images before gravitating toward the short form videos and “stories” it’s known for now. But Outskirts Press still uses Instagram mainly as a way to share our authors’ amazing book covers. And yes, since Instagram is closely associated with both Facebook and Threads (since they’re all owned by Meta), that means we’re on “Threads”, too.


Speaking of book covers, we also show off our authors’ books on our Pinterest board. Follow us there if you’re looking for some inspiration for your next book cover.

Twitter.com/Outskirts Press

Elon Musk may have changed its name to “X” but it will always be Twitter to us. Here you’ll find author success stories, promotions and discounts, and great writing, publishing, and marketing advice all boiled down to 140 characters or less.


Not only do we love showing off our authors’ book covers, we also love showing off our authors! Our YouTube channel is where you can see our authors’ most memorable moments, from videos of them seeing their books for the first time, to our collection of Valentine’s Day themed “Share the Love” videos, to heartfelt messages about their publishing experience. And of course, all our authors’ book video trailers are here, too!

Visit our various social media platforms today and follow, subscribe, comment, like, and share. See you there!

3 Ways Social Media Helps With Book Promotion

Social media has become a powerful tool for book promotion, enabling authors to connect with their target audience and increase visibility for their work. Here are three ways social media helps with book promotion:

Wider Reach and Audience Engagement

Social media platforms provide access to a vast and diverse audience. Authors can share information about their books, including cover reveals, excerpts, and release dates, to engage potential readers. Social media allows for direct communication between authors and their audience, fostering a sense of connection and community. Engaging with readers through comments, messages, and discussions can also create a loyal fan base.

Targeted Marketing

Social media platforms offer advanced targeting options for promotion. Authors can use these features to reach specific demographics and interests relevant to their book’s genre. Paid promotions and boosted posts allow authors to showcase their work to a broader audience that is more likely to be interested in their book. This targeted approach can lead to higher conversion rates and better return on investment for promotional efforts.

Content Sharing and Viral Potential

Social media facilitates the sharing of content, and if a book-related post resonates with users, it can quickly go viral. Creative and engaging content, such as book trailers, author interviews, or behind-the-scenes peeks into the writing process, can attract attention and be shared by readers, bloggers, and influencers. This viral potential can lead to increased visibility, word-of-mouth promotion, and ultimately more book sales. It’s essential for authors to have a strong social media presence and to tailor their content to the platform and audience they want to reach. Consistency, authenticity, and interaction with readers are key to making the most of social media for book promotion.

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3 Reasons a Social Media Strategy Can Help Your Book Promotion

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With the exploding popularity of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and other social media platforms, it’s easier than ever to connect with people worldwide—if you know how to do it.

Many, if not most, of the people who would want to buy your book are active on at least one social media platform, and, better still, promoting yourself as an author on social media usually costs nothing! With today’s social distancing, social media is more important than ever, and here are 3 reasons to take advantage of it right now:

  1. A coordinated strategy across all major platforms (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.) creates cartloads of credibility.
  2. Each platform reaches a somewhat different demographic, so by targeting multiple social media platforms, you increase your potential readership!
  3. Right now, Outskirts Press is offering an instant 10% savings on the Social Media Set-Up & Strategy Toolkit! Just enter the promo code tensocial during checkout

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Did you know that you can use a social media aggregator to plan out your Twitter posts days in advance and go live simultaneously every day?

Research indicates that one of the greatest obstacles to effective marketing is a lack of time to find, create, and share digital content with followers. Using an aggregator is one of the best ways to avoid wasting time online when you could be writing your next book.

Training in properly using a social media aggregator is just one small part of our Social Media Set-Up and Strategy Toolkit, a service designed to make planning and executing your book’s online promotion both easy and straightforward. In addition to valuable training, this popular marketing option includes resources and reminders carefully calibrated to ensure your book receives at least four months of top-notch online marketing.

In partnership with an Outskirts Press Social Media Strategist, this Toolkit empowers authors to create a professional social media presence on three platforms of their choosing.

The Toolkit includes access to:

  • Our exclusive Social Media Video Course
  • A YouTube Launch Tip Sheet
  • Training in the use of Social Media Aggregators
  • A 120-Day Social Media Suggestion Sheet
  • Graphics created by our design team that are optimized to fit the dimensions of each platform’s unique requirements.

When you order the Social Media Set-Up and Strategy Toolkit today, you will save 10% instantly. Simply use promotion code tensocial at checkout.

Five Ways Social Media Can Help Self-Publishing Authors With Book Marketing

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With the exploding popularity of social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Pinterest, it’s easier than ever to connect with people worldwide.

But if you’re unsure how to get started or how to make connections with your target audience, don’t worry! Here are five easy tips to help you!

1. Determine what your goals are.

  • Increase awareness? The average person spends nearly two hours on social media daily; therefore, social media is one of the best places to grab a reader’s attention.
  • Drive traffic to your book? Drive visitors to your author webpage or your listing on Amazon.
  • Generate new leads? These are people who have indicated an interest in your book in some way, shape, or form but haven’t yet purchased it.
  • Build your royalties? You can use social media to turn your audience into paying customers.

2. How often should you post?

  • Facebook—Two or three times per day
  • Instagram—Once or twice per day
  • Instagram Stories—Eight to 16 stories, twice per week
  • Twitter—Three to 10 times per day
  • LinkedIn—Once or twice per day
  • Pinterest—Five to 10 times per day

3. When should you post?

  • Twitter—1:00–3:00 p.m. weekdays
  • Facebook—1:00–4:00 p.m. weekdays
  • LinkedIn—7:00–8:30 a.m. and 5:00–6:00 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday
  • Instagram—5:00–6:00 p.m. weekdays and 8:00 p.m. on Mondays
  • Pinterest—2:00–4:00 p.m. and 8:00–11:00 p.m. weekdays, with weekends being the best

4. What should you post?

  • Facebook—Post videos about your book, live videos of you talking about your book or at book events, photos of you and your book, blog posts, and curated content.
  • No matter what type of post you’re sharing on Facebook, the copy you add alongside your content can be critical in how it performs.
  • Instagram—Post hi-res photos (your cover, your author photo, any images or illustrations within your book), behind-the-scenes photos of your book events, quotes, and user-generated content (sharing other photos, such as attendees at a book signing), but give credit to the original creator (known as a re-post), and Instagram stories. Captions are limited to 2,200 characters, and after three lines of text, they become shortened with an ellipsis (those 3 dots you see on posts). Of course, you want to grab the readers’ attention with your opening line or two.
  • Twitter—Post news about your book, blog posts, photos of you and your book at events, curated content, and images. The type of copy in your tweets can drive huge improvements in your results.
  • Pinterest—Images are the best thing to post on Pinterest. Post hi-res photos of your book, the cover, book events, step-by-step photo guides, and infographics.
  • LinkedIn—Post professional information about your career as a writer. Since LinkedIn is a professional networking platform, the most suitable content will revolve around you as an author. Share news about your book and milestones on your LinkedIn page, particularly if the book involves career advice.

5. Automate, engage, and listen

  • Automate posting of your social media content. A tool like Buffer is great for automation. It allows you to create all the content you want to, all at once, and then place everything into a queue to be sent out according to whatever schedule you choose.
  • Social media requires engagement. When people talk to you, talk back. Set aside time during your day to follow up with conversations on social media. These are conversations with potential customers, references, friends, and colleagues.
  • Don’t forget that the ultimate purpose is to sell copies of your book. So always be polite, helpful, and generous. Book sales will follow.

For more information on marketing your book, log into your Publishing Center for a complete list of marketing options and to access the free Book Marketing Resource Center.

How to get the most out of your author webpage

An author webpage is more than just a “pretty face” on mobile devices and desktop computers.  It can also be a powerful sales and marketing tool; and you will increase your chances of getting the most out of your author webpage if you follow these 3 easy steps:

  1. Market All Your Books

If you’ve published multiple books with Outskirts Press (and many of you have), then your Author Webpage automatically features an “Also by” section in which all of your other book covers appear, each of them clickable to their own author webpage.  It’s like a dynamic author website that automatically grows with your writing career. Plus, it is a proven fact that readers of one of your books are more inclined to be readers of your other books, too, so be sure to publish multiple books to automatically add this cool section to all of your Outskirts Press author webpages.

  1. Link Your Webpage to Your Social Media Accounts

It probably goes without saying that every author should have a Facebook account and a Linked-In account.  If you’re more experienced with social media you may also have  a Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and/or Pinterest account.  That’s great! And guess what?  Your Author Webpage can link to ALL those social media accounts directly from your “About the Author” section — but ONLY if you tell your webpage how.

First, click on the “Edit My Profile” in the upper right-hand corner of your Publishing Center. Or, alternatively, you may have a “My Account” link. In either case, clicking that link will open up your Profile Page, where you can Edit Your Profile, provide Social Media Details, and set your Royalty Payment Details, among other things. In the Social Media Details section, enter in the URL for each of your social media profiles. The easiest way to do that is to go to each of your active social media platforms and go to your “home” or “main” page of your account, and then cut-n-paste the URL from the Internet Browser and place it into the appropriate field of this form. Don’t forget to save your changes. It’s as easy as that!

  1. Add Some Multi-Media

Your Outskirts Press Author Webpage features an “optional” menu item specifically for “Media” which includes book video trailers, audio excerpts, and/or audiobooks. The audio excerpt is included with many of our packages, so if you have recorded your audio excerpt, it is available from your author webpage already.  The book video trailer a very popular marketing option so if you didn’t order a book video trailer with your publishing package, you can add one at any time from the Marketing Options tab of your Publishing Center.  The most recent addition to the Media section is our new AudioBook Publishing Option. It’s half the price and twice the quality of our competitors, and opens up a whole new market for your book, so be sure to check it out from the Marketing Tab, or by clicking this button right here:



Get Social with Outskirts Press!

Have you joined Outskirts Press on social media yet? Social media is the world’s biggest, most diverse virtual meeting place.


By connecting with Outskirts Press and other authors on social media, you’ll benefit from decades of wisdom—maybe even centuries! You’ll get guidance, feedback and resources related to your journey as an author, and it doesn’t cost a thing!

  • Be the first to learn of money-saving special offers.
  • Gain valuable industry insight.
  • Troubleshoot writing and marketing issues with other authors.
  • Share your own story with a huge audience!

Simply click through the above links for each Outskirts Press social media outlet and follow us to join the conversation.

Have a success story you wish to share now? Email us at authorsuccess@outskirtspress.com and we’ll share your story and information with all our friends on social media!

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