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Return on Investment for Authors on Outskirts Press

When you have a story—or history or cookbook or memoir—to share, you know that a big mental and emotional relief comes from just getting it out and onto paper. But the life cycle of some stories stops there.

But if you go on to publish that story, you understandably wonder what financial relief there can be. Outskirts Press coaches you on the many steps you need to take to create a quality published book that has a chance of selling—and you want to know that after all that time, effort, and cost, there will be a return on your investment.

There can be an ROI. The steps you made the effort to take during the publishing process are precisely what will set you up to eventually realize that ROI. For example, did you craft strong content through good storytelling, smart editing, and beautiful design? Did you do everything you could to bring your book to as many readers as possible through savvy marketing and wide distribution?

Outskirts Press helps you answer YES to those questions so that you can see an ROI.

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Rock & Roll: It’s National Guitar Pick Day . . . with Outskirts Press Author Brian Bouchard

Next to grabbing your own guitar and jamming, picking up a copy of Brian Bouchard’s Guitar Picks of Rock & Roll 2 is the best way to celebrate National Guitar Pick Day this July 5!

Bouchard, who earned a Bronze Star Medal and Combat Action Medal during his twenty-year career in the US Army, has been collecting guitar picks for over thirty years. Over the decades, “Pick-Hunter,” as he’s known on eBay and Facebook, has learned the field of studying, appreciating, and collecting guitar picks inside and out. In Guitar Picks of Rock & Roll 2, he’s distilled his knowledge for the beginner and the most seasoned collector of celebrity guitar picks from the classic rock era. He provides:

  • Nearly 5,000 photos of more than 3,000 guitar picks from the 1960s to 1990, some of the rarest of these picks appearing in print for the very first time
  • Guidance on determining guitar pick values and how to spot counterfeit picks
  • Information on insuring your collection, as well as displaying, storing, and caring for it

When verifying information about the tours each pick was used on, Bouchard sought the most reliable sources, including the guitarists and their guitar techs themselves.

Guitar picks are beautiful little treasures of our shared musical history. So whether you’re a fan or a musician, a new collector or one as established as Bouchard, you’ll love spending National Guitar Pick Day with Guitar Picks of Rock & Roll 2—your favorite riffs playing as you flip through the photos, of course.

Outskirts Press featuring author Jo-Ann Vega

Outskirts Press author Jo-Ann Vega’s memoir, Moments in Flight, has earned a coveted review on Readers’ Favorite, one of the largest and most respected book review sites.

It has also received Best Websites for Authors and Honoring Excellence awards from the Association of Independent Authors. The review, by Edith Wairimu, applauded the book’s careful historical details and the “raw and thought-provoking” journal entries and poems Vega included. Wairimu wrote:

I was inspired by [Vega’s] grandparents’ courage and Vega’s willingness to learn, go to college, and make a life for herself despite the gender barriers that existed at the time. . . . [The memoir] also beautifully captures the tenacity of many immigrants who left their countries in the hope of a better future for their families.

Moments in Flight: A Memoir examines Vega’s family’s history from her grandparents in Italy (first section) to Vega’s memories of her own childhood in the South Bronx in the 1950s, college, and early career (second section), then through to her more recent personal experiences and reflections (third section).

Moments in Flight is Vega’s first book with Outskirts Press. Wolf Woman & Other Poems is a collection of fifty poems written over fifty years. The collection’s distinctive organization groups poems by life stage and includes a brief preview of each section. Influenced by Sylvia Plath, Vega writes about being a woman of substance in a world still largely hostile to women’s talents and ambitions.

All of us at Outskirts Press congratulate her!

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Introducing Self-Publishing Author Jacqueline Carroll’s Book Video Trailer for “Moms Get Sick Too”

Announcing the Self Publishing News premiere of the book video trailer for Moms Get Sick Too (published by Outskirts Press, October 2021), by Jacqueline Carroll.

What happens when Mommy gets sick?

Tom and his little sister Lily are enjoying another picture-perfect day in Arizona, playing in the pool. It is sunny and warm, as it is most of the year. Tom is a happy four-year-old, but today his world is about to be turned upside down!

Mom suddenly looks very pale and says she is feeling sick. She can’t even get out of bed! Will Daddy be able to handle dinner, bath time, and two-year-old Lily all on his own? Tom’s not so sure…

Moms Get Sick Too is a sweet story that lets children know sometimes moms get sick and need to rest too!

Jacqueline Carroll

Jacqueline Carroll was born and raised in New York, where her love of fashion was born. She co-published The Hollywood Collection, a book on fashion, and an article was published about her extensive shoe collection in a local Arizona magazine. She worked in the art industry for 10 years. Jacqueline currently lives in Phoenix, Arizona, with her two children, Phillips and Gabrielle.

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How Local Media Marketing Can Make YOUR Book Skyrocket!

How Local Media Marketing Can Make YOUR Book Skyrocket!

Let us guess . . . You’re reading this post with a stack of your beautiful books visible in your peripheral vision. What an awesome sight, right? It’s the most wonderful view you should be working on . . . getting rid of!

Yes, it’s time to launch your book! Or relaunch it—it’s never too late to do more for your book.

And there is so very much you can do for your book—right in your own backyard! Local media are exponentially more likely to be interested in you, an author in their audience range, than if you send an unsolicited pitch to a national or global program.

Other than radio, every major city also has its fair share of local newscasts and entertainment programs on television. These program producers are constantly on the prowl for unique, original programming featuring someone of local interest. In much the same manner you located and pitched the radio stations, you’ll identify and pitch the television producers too.

Do you want more than radio and television exposure? How about citywide newspapers and/or community leaflets or fliers? Almost all commercial areas from the suburbs to the major cities harbor newsletters, newspapers, coupon periodicals, and the like. And what do you think the chances are that your local community newspaper will write an article about a local author with a published book? Pretty good! In fact, your local community newspapers should also be one of your very first steps on the road to marketing because the success rate is so high.

If you’re thinking this sounds like a lot of work . . . You’re right! But the results can make it worthwhile if you have the patience to do it correctly. Success typically comes down to perseverance and contacting the right people at the right time.

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Introducing Self-Publishing Author Robert Perrin’s Book Video Trailer for “A Quest for Survival”

Announcing the Self Publishing News premiere of the book video trailer for A Quest for Survival (published by Outskirts Press, July 2021), by Robert Perrin.

The Galaxy is Cursed

In the far future, mankind is faced with its greatest threat, an alien empire known as the Pyorian Domain. But they are guarding a secret; a curse, its knowledge buried in the past. Does this supposed curse actually exist? And how can it be used to finally bring the Pyorian Domain to an end?

Robert Perrin

I have been writing in several different mediums for my entire life. This is the second novel that I have finished. I try and use my writing to focus on a moral or life lesson, and this one is no exception. I am currently residing in the small town of Everett, PA.

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Introducing Self-Publishing Author Robert Canter’s Book Video Trailer for “The True Story of Mrs. Claus”

Announcing the Self Publishing News  premiere of the book video trailer for The True Story of Mrs. Claus (published by Outskirts Press, July 2021), by Robert Canter.

The truth of one of the world’s most beautiful yet untold love stories!

The whole world knows the legend of Santa Claus, but few people realize that he wouldn’t be able to do what he does without the help of his beloved wife. If you don’t know the truth about Santa and Mrs. Claus, I’d say it’s time you learned.

Robert Canter

Robert Chad Canter is a man passionate about two things: writing fictional stories and ensuring the survival of true Christian values.

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