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Rima’s Dreams: Love Is All There Is

by Sameer Zahr

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Sameer Zahr’s “Rima’s Dreams: Love Is All There Is” reads like a fantasy but it’s a true story. A young and very beautiful woman reinvents herself, from concert pianist into a supermodel. She is successful and radiates her inner beauty while maintaining her high moral values. Rima’s generosity helps other people improve their lives. Romance comes her way through a person who wants to share her dreams.

 

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One Click, Zero Worries: Worry-Free, All-Inclusive Publishing at the Click of a Mouse

You’ve slaved over your manuscript for months and finally you see a light at the end of the tunnel. It won’t be long before it’s off to the presses … right?

Wait! Have you hired a book editor yet? What about your book formatting — have you chosen a layout? Have you nailed down your cover design? What about your book marketing approach? There are so many tasks necessary to take your work from “manuscript” to “published book” to a successfully selling book … and for many, it’s overwhelming.

With a One-Click Publishing Suite from Outskirts Press, a single click of the mouse instantly pulls together everything needed to polish and format your manuscript, send it to print, get the word out and start selling. Even better, One-Click Publishing is designed to tailor distinct services to authors in a variety of book genres. While every package addresses the publishing and marketing needs of a specific genre, every One-Click self-publishing author can count on receiving dozens of priceless benefits:

  • Free author’s copies
  • Professional copy editing
  • Interior formatting
  • Custom cover design
  • ISBN and barcode
  • International Ingram, Baker & Taylor, and Betram wholesale distribution, including Amazon, Barnes & Noble and 25,000 other retail locations
  • One-on-one author support
  • 5 hours of Personal Marketing Assistance
  • Author maintains 100% rights and copyright, and enjoys industry-leading profit margins
  • And many more publishing and marketing services and resources vital to success in your genre!

These full-service packages come preloaded with everything necessary to make your publishing dreams come true at an exceptional value. All you need to do is click the mouse and voila — you’re on your way to becoming a published author. Available genre-specific One-Click Packages include:

While our Ultimate Black and White and Full-Color packages can be enhanced with additional service purchase options for marketing and promotion, One-Click Publishing is truly all-inclusive. They are the only publishing bundles that automatically also include coveted marketing options such as Author Platform Set-up Through Social Media, Google Books Preview, Book Video Trailer, Amazon Author Profile, Amazon Listing Enhancement and much more.

By purchasing a One-Click option, you get peace of mind knowing that you are getting the publishing and marketing options that are essential for the genre you have chosen.

 

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How to Promote a Book Series

Do you have more than one book in a series, perhaps featuring a central character (for example, James Bond), or a common genre (for example, historical fiction)?

If so, marketing your series (and even publishing your series) is a little different from publishing a single non-fiction book, for instance.

Take some cues from runaway success, and Outskirts Press author, Linda Rae Sande, on 3 suggestions to make your series as successful as it can be.

1. Make sure the cover design is consistent

Ms. Sande was diligent in ensuring that each of her romance novel shared very specific characteristics on the cover. One need only look at her boxed set to see exactly what we mean. Check out the spines of each book. The title is consistently in the same font and consistently in the same place. Ditto her name, and the “type” of image used both on the cover and the spine.

2. Promote from within

It goes without saying, probably, that readers of one book of your series are bound to be interested in the other books within that same series, right? So don’t miss out on that marketing opportunity. Make sure the front and/or back pages of each book in the series mention all the other books within that same series (including very specific ordering information, maybe a cover image, and certainly any reviews and/or awards that you wish to promote).

We hear what you’re saying: “How can you mention book 2 and 3 in the pages of book 1?” Well, that’s the power of print-on-demand. Publish book 1 as you normally would and while you’re writing book 2, start collecting reviews and awards for book 1. Publish book 2, and within the pages of book 2, insert promotions about book 1 with your accolades. Simultaneously (a writer’s work is never done), work on book 3 as you start to collect reviews and awards for book 2 and continue collecting accolades for book 1. See the pattern here? When the series is complete, make the necessary revisions to all of them to include all of them. Then it’s time to publish the all-important “boxed-set.”

3. Make a boxed-set of your series

Once you have three or more books in your series, create a boxed set that sells of them for a slightly discounted price (see image above for a perfect example). Unlike the convenience factor you experience with the zero-inventory “print-on-demand” aspects of your physical Outskirts Press books, “boxed-set books” are inventory-driven physical products, and as such, they demand a different mentality, and higher level of personal involvement, but it’s worth the effort. Here’s what to consider:

  • BOX DIMENSIONS – Determining the dimensions of the box requires measuring the dimensions of the books to be included. If your box-set is going to include three 6×9 books, for instance, you have two of the required dimensions — the height and the depth. But you also need the width — that is, the size of the “opening” of the cased box itself. Say the spine of each book is 1 inch wide. That means your box must be approximately 3 inches wide. Of course, there is no such thing as “approximately” when producing physical products, so further down we will point you to a printing/manufacturing vendor who can assist you in determining your exact specifications (and produce your boxes for you).
  • BOX DESIGN – Once you have determined your box’s dimensions, you need to determine what the boxed set is going to look like. It’s easiest (and least expensive) to duplicate your cover art on the outside of the box (since that high resolution artwork already exists). But, alternatively, you can produce a unique piece of artwork for the box itself. You’ll need to determine the artwork for the sides, top, bottom, and back of the box. You’ll also determine the “color printing process” to use. 4-Color is the best.
  • BOX PRODUCTION – Like nearly any physical off-set products, the more units you order, the cheaper each unit is, so your printer’s quote will usually provide you with quantity/unit/price breaks. Remember that for each box you order, you’ll need to order enough copies of each of your books to insert into the boxed sets.
  • FINALIZING THE BOX – Once your boxes arrive from the manufacturer and the copies of your books arrive from your publisher, you’re ready to finalize your boxed-sets. This is about as easy as you would expect. You’ll slip one copy of each of your series of books into the box. If your box dimensions are correct, the books should fit snugly inside the box with very little wiggle-room, and just enough space to pull them out one-by-one. You may even decide to produce two different boxed-sets, an “author signed” boxed-set (which is more expensive naturally), and a non-author signed boxed set. You could sign the box itself and/or each of the copies of the books inside.
  • MARKETING THE BOX – Once you have a final boxed set, take several digital pictures of it so you can promote and sell it. People will want to see what your boxed set looks like. Then, upload the image, details and price to your author webpage and/or website. Since you will be handling the fulfillment of those orders personally, you will need to create a merchant account to accept secure online payments and receive notifications of orders. The easiest vendor for this kind of thing is Pay Pal (http://paypal.com) but Stripe (http://stripe.com) is also a good option. Once you have a way of taking and fulfilling orders for your boxed set, your marketing efforts will mimic the marketing steps you’ve taken to promote your books individually — that is, through social media outreach efforts, virtual book tours, promotional materials, blogging, interviews, etc. The advantage of having a boxed set is that for the same effort it takes to promote one single book, you can promote three (or more) books all at the same time, with a much higher price. The higher your price, the more flexibility you have with your margins, and therefore the greater discounts you can provide to your buyers as incentive.
  • SELLING THE BOX – In addition to the Pay Pal and/or Stripe merchant accounts you will need to set-up for collecting orders from your own author webpage/website(s), you will also want to submit your boxed set to Amazon.com. In order to do this, you need to open up your own merchant account, which you can do by clicking here. Once your merchant account has been set-up, it will be in your best interest to also set-up a Fulfillment by Amazon account here. That way, you can send them multiple boxed sets in advance, and then they handle the individual order fulfillment for you, plus they notify you in advance when you need to supply them with more boxed sets. Another bonus: your customers will qualify for free shipping through Amazon Prime, which is something you won’t be able to offer with a simple merchant account.

If you’re interested in more marketing tips, there’s never a better time than now to inquire. Visit us online at www.outskirtspress.com and check out our Marketing Solutions menu. You can also access our wonderful Free Marketing Resource Center where you’ll find countless further recommendations to suit your marketing needs!

 

Making the Most of Book Fairs

Book fairs are a great way to promote your book, meet accomplished colleagues, and learn about the publishing industry. While each state in America (and actually almost each country nation-wide) celebrates writers and books with their own local/regional fairs, there are five massive, international book fairs each year that no self-publishing author should miss: Beijing, Bologna, Book Expo of America, Frankfurt, and London.

While the Bologna Book Fair focuses on children’s books and juvenile/young adult, the others are more general in their appeal and focus, making them primary spots for an active marketing effort, whether in person or “via representation.” Many companies, and probably your own publisher, offer co-op opportunities to have your book on display at these international venues and represented on your behalf. Sure, nothing beats a trip overseas, but if that’s not in your budget, check with the opportunities your publisher or marketing professional can secure for you.

If you plan to attend in person, here are some tips for getting the most out of book fairs:

  • Take plenty of business cards, and make sure your cards are professional and eye catching
  • Find out which journalists, bloggers, and other influencers will be at the event ahead of time (by conducting some targeted keyword searches on Google — said bloggers and influencers are probably talking about it endlessly) and send them a copy of your press release in advance
  • Host an event at your stand. Be sure to advertise your stand event
  • Join the Book Fair group on Facebook and LinkedIn to connect with contacts and other attendees
  • Do your research. Find out as much as you can about the scheduled events, market audience, attendees, etc. before the event
  • Don’t forget to market on social media before, during, and after the event

Save 15% Now on Your Global Book Tour

This month, Outskirts Press is offering 15% off our Global Book Tour marketing option. The Global Book Tour is a convenient, economical way to get your book exposure at the four most prestigious international book events: London Book Fair, BookExpo (America), Beijing International Book Fair and Frankfurt Book Fair.

For just $993.65, a savings of $175.35 off the already bundled price, Outskirts Press will handle all of the details to register your book for these popular events and you will receive …

  • Prominent, face-out display of your book with select other Outskirts Press titles
  • A representative on-site to personally answer questions and promote your book to interested attendees
  • Valuable industry leads
  • Inquiries forwarded directly to you for follow-up!

To exhibit your book and save 15%, enter promo code GoGlobal-Save15 at checkout when you purchase the Global Book Tour before the offer expires!

 

Reach the whole world – all at once – with Outskirts Press distribution

If you could go anywhere in the world right now, where would you go? What if you could simply travel anywhere you wanted? Imagine the sights and sounds, the incredible locations and cuisine!

Now imagine you could send your book all over the world. All those amazing places you’ve just imagined—and now your book is there! With Outskirts Press, worldwide distribution of your book is no longer a dream, but a reality!

Outskirts Press boasts the most extensive distribution in the industry! You’ll enjoy the luxury of a worldwide market AND circulation of your book with celebrated names, such as: Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Baker & Taylor, Ingram, Bertram and more!

Once you choose to self-publish with Outskirts Press, you can count on us to handle all the thorny details of book distribution, like setting up with each distributor, foreign taxes and more. And the best part is that no matter where in the world customers buy your book, you’ll enjoy 100% of your royalties — no small print, and no strings attached!

Need help getting started? Connect with Outskirts Press now in whatever manner is easiest for you:

 

Free Custom Cover Design AND Cover Text Refinement When You Publish Today!

Human beings are visual creatures and your book cover is an important marketing tool. Make sure it has all the ingredients to turn shoppers into buyers. Purchase Ultimate or Full-Color Publishing and we’ll give you a Professionally Designed Custom Cover (a $399 value) AND Cover Text Refinement ($149 value) absolutely FREE!

vWhen you’ve completed a book to which you’ve committed your heart, soul and immeasurable time, it’s important that the cover reflects the same professionalism you gave your words. Readers know when a book just “speaks to them.” In fact, the best covers instantly pique interest with captivating images and riveting copy that communicate the character of your book. No matter who your audience is, readers should get excited the moment they see it on a shelf on online.

To get Free Custom Cover Design PLUS Cover Text Refinement that will help you sell, purchase the Ultimate or Full-Color publishing package and enter promo code Coverscribe at checkout. Your free custom cover and cover text refinement services will be added to your account in 48 hours.

Would you like help choosing your best self-publishing option? Connect with Outskirts Press now in whatever manner is easiest for you:

 

The Votes Are In! The Winner of Our 2019 “Show Us Your Love” Contest Is….

Each year, we at Outskirts Press are impressed — and overwhelmed — by your entries in our annual “Show Us Your Love” contest which celebrates Valentine’s Day and Self-Publishing. The level of interest we see 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 it inspires us to outdo ourselves, year after year, in making your dreams a reality. Thank you, one and all, for the love you’ve shown. Your success is our success.

And without further ado, the first-place winner is … Peter Springer, author of They Call Me Mom.

In his video, Peter shares his positive experience publishing with Outskirts Press and some valuable book marketing advice. “One thing I’m finding throughout this process is you can’t be afraid to put yourself out there.”

Peter not only recorded a 10 minute video but submitted a selfie sporting his custom book t-shirt and displaying his promotional posters and bookmarks. For his efforts, Peter received the most votes and wins a brand new, HP Touch Screen Laptop Computer. Congratulations, Peter!

As an elementary teacher for thirty-one years in grades 2-6, Pete Springer has always been passionate about mentoring and supporting teachers. After spending a year in Cynthia Van Vleck’s classroom as her student teacher, he knew that he had discovered his true passion. He received the Excellence in Teaching Award in 2006 and served as a master teacher to four student teachers of his own. He is married to another lifelong educator, Debbie, who was a preschool teacher and director. They are the proud parents of a son, Ryan, who is doing his teaching as a college football coach.

Who Will You Inspire Today?
Teachers face this challenge and responsibility each day, but in the process, the author discovers that his students can also have a profound influence on him. Pete Springer takes you on his memorable thirty-one-year journey in education as an elementary school teacher and offers the many valuable life and teaching lessons he learned along the way. Get ready to laugh out loud at some of the humorous and memorable experiences that all teachers face, feel inspired by the inherent goodness of children, and appreciate the importance of developing a sense of teamwork among the staff. Learn valuable tips for working with children, parents, fellow staff members, and administrators. This book is ideal for young teachers, but also a reminder to all educators of the importance and responsibility of being a role model.