Submissions Close FRIDAY for the National Best Book Awards from USA Book News

We all know the benefits of winning a big award: fame, recognition, validation, and perhaps even a solid paycheck. We’ve been taught to aim for them our entire lives, these little hallmarks of success, and not entirely without reason—but in the democratic world of self-publishing, a community that fosters an atmosphere of non-competitive support, is there a place for something like the USA Book News National Best Book Awards?

Simple answer? You bet.

Consider the benefits, both for the individual self-publishing author and collectively for the entire self-publishing community. Awards foster competition, absolutely, and by doing so they challenge interested authors to raise the bar for their own creative processes. The long-term result is a community where quality writing has value simply because that quality is recognized publicly when achieved. Raising the general tenor of a community is great, and winners receive tangible rewards for entering as well, but these benefits can be hard to hold on to when the chances of winning are slim or the possibility of being influenced by community standards is far off in time. So why should you care about the National Best Book Awards or USA Book News today, in the here and now?

The answer boils down to marketing and exposure. A book doesn’t have to win an award or even be listed as a finalist to benefit from being entered for an award! In fact, the moment your book is submitted for entry, it becomes a part of the larger narrative of the awards themselves. Remember when your favorite movie was nominated for an Oscar? Eligibility for an award becomes an icebreaker, and a platform for spreading the word that you have chosen to self-publish a book. You can proudly share the news on social media or in conversation that your book is up for an award, and encourage your readers to follow your book’s progress throughout the process. Meanwhile, your readers find out more about the content and qualities of your book, and are far more likely to buy copies as a result!

Of course, if you do win big at the National Best Book Awards, you have earned bragging rights forever—and a whole bevy of new promotional opportunities, many of them a form of free publicity as USA Book News releases the news to its huge subscriber base. And of course, we here at Outskirts Press are happy to brag about our contestants, finalists, and winners alike for the simple reason that what’s good for you is good for us—after all, you and your wonderful books are the entire reason we do what we do.  Statistically speaking, we publish more award-winning books by award-winning authors than any other self-publishing company.  In short, we want you to have the absolute best self-publishing experience possible!  Wouldn’t you say that includes winning an award or two??

The only downside, if you can call it that, is that the deadline for submission to this year’s National Best Book Awards is imminent. And by “imminent,” we mean this Friday! Luckily, submission is easy, and Outskirts Press can cut through all the red tape for you, even on such short notice. All you have to do is click on the “Submit Your Book” button below or drop on by the Outskirts Press website and check out our “USA Book News Best Book Awards Submission” service for more information.



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Son of Immigrants

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Dionisios’ “Son of Immigrants.” The absorbing chronicle of a man’s spiritual odyssey in America. Born in the Bronx, Dionisios’ life has spanned nearly a century of social, scientific, economic, and spiritual revolutions. This fascinating memoir offers the reader a panorama of U.S. history as seen through one man’s eyes, heart, and soul.

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3 tips to write and publish your book in time for the holidays!

By now, everyone knows that Outskirts Press is New & Improved, with a new website, new packages, and better value for our clients before (new Publishing Tips Sheets), during (more free image insertions, more free galley revision rounds), and after publication (Book Marketing RoadMap, responsive author webpages, and so much more).

This means:

  • New Publishing Tips Sheets during pre-production
  • More free image insertions and more free galley revisions during production
  • The Book Marketing RoadMap and responsive author webpages after publication
  • More informative/helpful articles on our blogs and in our newsletters.

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Speaking of newsletters, we’re upgrading that, too. So, in other words, this week marks the end of the “old” newsletter (which isn’t very old, itself — it was transitioned into RWD earlier this year).  But if you want to see it one last time in its current edition, with the Amazon Top 5 Bestsellers of the Week and Top 5 Self-Publishing Headlines, you can see the latest newsletter in its entirety right here.

But if you just want to read the lead article about 3 tips for writing and publishing your book in time for the holidays, here it is!

3 tips to write and publish your book in time for the holidays!

As an author, you have a heightened awareness of time. It dictates the course of events both in respect to the content and the publication of your book. In some cases, it determines who lives and who dies–in a narrative sense, at least. And self-publishing itself takes time. Which is why we wanted to remind you that September 1st is rapidly approaching–a very real benchmark for authors looking to see their books hit the shelves by the Winter holidays. Why is this day so important? At Outskirts Press, we have discovered over the years that authors who start the publication process by September 1st tend to achieve their holiday goals easily … while those who wait even one or two weeks more tend to struggle to publish in time. A holiday may seem like an arbitrary deadline, but there are countless marketing opportunities centering around those few weeks between Christmas and New Year’s Day that more than make it worthwhile.

And let’s face it: One of the greatest challenges authors can face is knowing how best to structure and manage their time. Will today be a day dedicated to generating new material, or will it be spent navigating the tides and channels and rip currents of the publication and marketing processes? Is there some middle way where all facets of authorship can get their due? Sometimes it can be useful to consider time a resource in the same way that we consider money a resource; it may be intangible, but that in no way diminishes the fact that time is finite and that how we spend it matters.

So how can we spend our time wisely between now and September 1st? There are a number of articles floating around the web touting the possibilities of writing a book in three weeks or fewer, and while many of them assume you have no other competing interests or demands on your time–or at the very least, that you can ignore them for three weeks–it is in fact true that writing to a rapidly approaching deadline can generate some truly fantastic work, not least because priorities tend to automatically fall into place when we are too busy to over think details.

Here are three tips to publish your book before the holidays:

Trust your gut. This isn’t exactly the same as saying “Write now, edit later,” but that’s not far off. Doubt, often disguised as the editorial instinct, eats up more time than all of the world’s best laid plans, combined. Make bold, command decisions about what you’re going to write–and stick to your guns.

Write early. With a few rare exceptions, research indicates that both the human mind and the human body at their peak productivity in the early to mid-morning hours, before the post-lunch lull and the day’s various activities become undeniable distractions. Get a head start on finishing your project by dedicating a least a part of your morning to the craft. Getting up extra early is hard, but often worth it.

Write everywhere. If the mornings are when the hard work gets done, inspiration tends to crop up when least expected–or useful, in many cases. In bed, in the car, at work. To take full advantage of the mysterious workings of your imagination, make sure you are fully mobile as a writer. Carry a pocket notebook or use your smartphone to record your thoughts as they arrive, and keep these notes on hand each morning as you launch into another day. Don’t let them escape! Stop traffic or block an aisle in the grocery store if you have to–and if you bump into someone, maybe your apology can serve as an icebreaker to talk about your upcoming work with a potential reader!

There is time to finish writing your book before September 1st and to publish it with Outskirts Press before the holidays. But only if you act now! When you’re ready to take the next step, we’re here to help. You can always contact us for more information about self-publishing or for inspiration in the form of our newsletters, emails, and social media accounts.

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STATIONS: Changing Your Life – Changing Your Career
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Lynda Mubarak’s “STATIONS: Changing Your Life – Changing Your Career.” To live a vibrant and successful life, you must embrace two truths: everyone’s life path is about change, and each phase of life offers opportunities that we often overlook. It is a book designed to create hope for those who may be at a crossroads while also recognizing the potential and possibility that exists wherever you are right now.

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Self-Publishing Author Spotlight: Jeff Becker

At Outskirts Press, Inc., we take great pride in celebrating the work of our successful self-publishing authors, and we do so each week through our Self-Publishing Author Spotlight. This week we highlight self-publishing author Jeff Becker, who has published three successful titles, and is working on his fourth with Outskirts Press.

Learn more about Jeff Becker, his background and how his faith has inpsired his published works through this week’s Self-Publishing Author Spotlight.

About the Author:

Jeff Becker is a graduate of Reformed Theological Seminary (1985) and was ordained in the Presbyterian Church in America in 1989. He has served as pastor, educator, and music director. Jeff has been married to Stephanie for 28 years, and they have 7 chidren.

coverGod’s Ten Timeless Words: The Key to Human Happiness

When you hear someone mention “the Ten Commandments,” of what do you think? Perhaps you conjure up an image of Moses—or Charlton Heston—coming down Mount Sinai, stone tablets in hand. Or maybe you think of that ancient seraphim-clad box in the “Raiders” film with streaming flashes of light and melting Nazi faces. But whatever your image, what’s in the box itself probably holds no more interest for you than you would have in enduring the Egyptian plagues or being dropped into a snake-pit! But consider this: no single set of laws has had a more direct and enduring influence on Western Civilization than these ten words. That’s a fact! The Jewish nation alone has built its religious character and identity on them. And then on a more personal level, you should know that Christ Himself insisted on these standards as a basis for participation in his Kingdom (Matthew 5:17f.; 19:17). God’s ten timeless words are “the key to human happiness.” God gave these directions that we might have “life” with Him. They are designed to guide us into an experience of blessedness both in this life and the life to come. Or you can look at it this way: If you want to avert the spiritual “plagues” which afflict those who refuse to heed God’s truth and to avoid descending into the “snake-pit” of the world’s moral chaos, but instead desire true spiritual health, deliverance, and eternal life; then these ten timeless words are for you.

Product details…
Format: 6 x 9 paperback cream, 449 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Feb 14, 2016)
ISBN10: 1478767790
ISBN13: 9781478767794
Genre: RELIGION / Biblical Reference / Handbooks

cover (44)The Slubgob Letters: The Correspondences of a Teaching Devil to a Post-Graduate Student “Woodworm” On the “Master Plan” for the Churches

From the time of the fall of man, when The Creator first annunciated his auspicious plan to remediate the effects of that fatal lapse, the spiritual nemesis of mankind had been at work to unseat the life of God from the soul of man.—Fast-forward several millennia. In 1940, a particularly insightful writer and avowed opponent of that nemesis—one C.S. Lewis—managed to intercept some of the correspondences between one of the Devil’s minions—called “Screwtape”—to a junior devil—called “Wormwood.” These letters revealed a nefarious plan to tempt and ultimately to destroy just one of the objects of God’s saving grace. Spoiler alert—they failed! Now, the Devil and his agents had to start from scratch. Not wishing to be outdone for having failed to snuff out their selected Christian “rat,” the Enemy hatched an even grander plan. This time, he would go after the “nests,” that is the churches! The selected stratagem was to stir up so much dissension and division, that the unifying ligature of God’s Church, which is the secret of its power, would be broken down, thereby exposing the rats themselves to error and apostasy. “The Slubgob Letters,” named for Lewis’ Head of the Tempter’s “Training College,” contains the correspondences between Slubgob and his trainee “Woodworm,” disclosing the details of this new “master-plan” to “eat away” at the structure of the churches, and thus, to destroy both the vermin and their revered institution.

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Format: 5 x 8 paperback cream, 173 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Mar 17, 2016)
ISBN10: 1478768053
ISBN13: 9781478768050
Genre: RELIGION / Christian Theology / Ecclesiology

cover (45)The Church’s Charter: A Modest Proposal for Evangelical Ecclesiastical Unity from the Teachings and Example of the Apostolic Church

What is the Church? What is it supposed to be? Judging from the literally thousands of denominations with their various and conflicting doctrines and practices, is it even feasible to determine the proper definition of the Church? If the New Testament is to be accepted as the basis for the Church’s definition, what we must know is this. When its Founder Jesus Christ described his Church, He described it as “one” Church. He further insisted that his Church should be unified—and unified in a visible fashion. His Apostles would then reinforce Jesus’ teaching in their numerous writings. Given both the Source and the substance of these criteria, therefore, as long as the Church fails or refuses to aspire to this standard, whatever it may be, it has no ground for laying claim to being Christ’s Church! The Church’s Charter is an endeavor to recall the Protestant Church to its Christ-mandated and apostolically-sanctioned model. It calls on the churches to exorcise from their separate sanctuaries the plethora of man-made doctrines and practices which have proven to be so divisive and so inimical to the One Church’s purity and effectiveness, and to receive and affirm the apostolic pattern as it is set forth in the New Testament in order to discover the basis of its intended unity. Only then may those churches which lay claim to being Christ’s Church, in fact, prove to be so.

Product details…
Format: 6 x 9 paperback cream, 291 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Jun 27, 2016)
ISBN10: 1478768061
ISBN13: 9781478768067
Genre: RELIGION / Christian Theology / Ecclesiology

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Resolute: My Quest For A New Heart

by Lance J. Cunha

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Lance J. Cunha’s “Resolute: My Quest For A New Heart.” International banker, Lance Cunha, and a young man from Georgia “met” through a heart transplant. It’s a story of utter sadness and glorious triumph; the author’s long, hard quest for a heart transplant; and his determination to fulfill a seemingly impossible dream. Resolute will open your heart to miracles! Join Lance on the emotional roller-coaster ride as he documents the difficult journey.

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