Amazon Featured Book of the Week

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Overdose: Letters From Dad

by Jack Dison

(5 Stars – 9 Customer Reviews)

Price: $14.95

Jack Dison’s “Overdose: Letters From Dad.“Through a series of letters written to his son who drifted into heavy and long term substance abuse, Dison reflects on the impact of his son’s death by overdose. The letters are personal, open, honest, informative, intimate and heartbreaking.

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‘Have I said too much …?’ How to preview your book without revealing it all

As an independent author, you’re all too familiar with the quandary of marketing: When, and to whom, should I send free copies of my book? Hardcopies have a small printing cost per book for self-publishing authors, and many fear that an ebook could end up in the hands of someone who might otherwise buy.

The Flipbook First Chapter Excerpt delivers the power of “try it before you buy it” marketing to hook potential readers, anywhere and everywhere you choose to share it … but without sending more complimentary copies than you can afford. Outskirts Press recently introduced this marketing option as a highly cost-effective way to market without incurring printing costs, while still allowing you to display a portion of your book exactly as it was intended to be viewed.

Like Amazon Search Inside the Book, the Flipbook First Chapter Excerpt allows you to provide a preview of your book to encourage your audience to buy, cover or review your book. But the Flipbook’s distinct advantage over Amazon is its flexibility: It’s not tied to the Amazon bookstore so you can use this option to preview the first chapter in many formats and venues …

  • Embed a link to your Flipbook in Custom Press Release that media contacts in radio, TV and newspaper can automatically view
  • Post it on social media as an effective tool in your marketing plan
  • Supply a Flipbook to bookstores to encourage ordering
  • Submit to reviewers to gauge interest
  • Place it on your website and/or blog to entice readers
  • Post your Flipbook anywhere you want your amazing writing front and center
  • You can even let others share your Flipbook preview so you can truly reap the benefit of word-of-mouth marketing!

In addition to this product’s flexibility, it’s also ideal for authors who wish to give readers, media and literary players a tantalizing taste of their work while maintaining close control over how many promotional copies are circulating.

Getting readers hooked is easier than ever with the affordable Flipbook First Chapter Excerpt marketing option from Outskirts Press! To purchase the Flipbook First Chapter Excerpt, simply login to your Publishing Center, place the Flipbook First Chapter Excerpt in your shopping cart.

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Prepare for a Bumper Crop of Holiday Book Sales with FREE Shipping In August!

Fall isn’t just a time for pumpkin spice lattes and back-to-school fun — it’s also a time for holidays and all of the many preparations which must be made in order to be ready for the steady onslaught of holidays throughout the Fall and Winter seasons. It begins with Labor Day, middles with Halloween and Thanksgiving, and concludes with Christmas and New Year’s Day — all of which are prime marketing opportunities for you, a self-publishing author!

Stocking up for the massive holiday book-selling push can deplete your wallet, however, and we at Outskirts Press want to lift some of the burden so that you make the most of the Fall and Winter seasons! To this end, we will be offering all currently published authors FREE SHIPPING on orders of 50 or more copies of their books within the continental U.S during the month of August — just in time for that first big Labor Day sale!

It’s a good idea to have extra copies of your book on hand for those upcoming holidays, as well as for the readings, giveaways, book fairs, and tours which you can center on each date. By combining this free shipping offer with our bulk order discounts, you’ll be thoroughly prepared for whatever the holidays throw your way — all without unduly depleting your bank account!

Here’s how to get that free shipping:

  1. Log in to your author account at, select “order books” and place an order for 50 or more copies of your book(s) in a single format before August 31
  2. Select normal ground shipping with a delivery address within the continental United States and proceed with checkout
  3. That’s it!

No promotion code is necessary. You will see the free shipping offer reflected in your total once you place your order.

If you’re not sure how to approach marketing your self-published book and haven’t yet taken advantage of Outskirts Press’ many promotional services, consider contacting a Personal Marketing Assistant to come up with a solid action plan for this Fall!

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Get $300 to Spend When You Publish in August

Did you tell yourself this would be the summer you finished your book? Maybe all you really need is one little nudge …

Outskirts Press is giving self-publishing authors welcomed motivation this summer: $300 to spend toward any product or service you choose when you publish with the Ultimate or Full-Color publishing package in August. Why not realize your publishing dream while there’s something extra in it for you?

A few hundred bucks goes a long way at Outskirts Press. Use it for a package upgrade, like ebook publishing. Or maybe a targeted co-op ad to get your book in front of tens of thousands of motivated book buyers. Why not? It’s on our dime, so consider adding one of these services to your package:

  • Professional copyediting
  • Digital editions
  • Custom book cover
  • Personal Marketing Assistant
  • PR Publicist Campaign
  • Promotional materials
  • Optional publishing package upgrades, such as Hardback Format, Espresso Edition, Amazon Kindle Edition and more!

Use your $300 any way you want — just be sure to claim it before the August promotion is over. It couldn’t be easier to claim:

  1. Add the Ultimate or Full-Color publishing package to your shopping cart
  2. Enter the promo code AugMoney17 at checkout. You will receive a confirmation email when the $300 credit has been added to your shopping cart
  3. Spend your $300 as you wish

Not sure what options offer the best bang for your $300 spend? Talk to an Outskirts Press Publishing Consultant at 1-888-672-6657 (OP-BOOKS), or chat with us using the live chat option on our website to get more ideas. Just remember, this is a limited-time offer — don’t delay!

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Once Upon a Cover: The Power of Eye-Catching Copy

There once was a time when you might venture forth to browse the shelves at your local bookstore or library, run your fingers along a hundred or so spines, and snatch up the book that most grabbed your attention. These days, the process has a digital equivalent, and many of us readers lose hours upon hours of our lives scrolling through listings on Amazon and Barnes & Noble’s online stores before settling on the books which pull us in. But in one thing, we haven’t evolved. Despite mostly eschewing cliches, one continues to haunt us: “don’t judge a book by its cover!”

These words haunt us because of their impossibility. We do judge books by their covers, and in an era of rapid digital evolution, we’re still drawn to books with interesting cover art over those with basic or template designs. And while e-book formats sometimes require less emphasis on physical appearance (interior formatting is simpler and a full cover design is not always necessary), they still need distinctive, eye-popping cover artwork. And since the reader will be viewing the cover on a screen–often the size of a business card–it is very important that the design is appealing and captures the essence of the book.

If your front cover is your book’s first impression, your back cover synopsis is a very valuable second; you’re targeting your reader, pulling them in, and convincing them that this is a book worth investing in. One typo or missing element could make the difference between your sales being “okay” and “wow!”

And, it’s important to realize that this back cover content isn’t solely for the actual back cover — it is also the sales copy (otherwise called “the annotation”) for the detailed sales page on sites like Amazon and Barnes & Noble! Most book buyers thoroughly read the sales copy of the books they are considering, so this is not a detail you can ignore.

But should you write your own sales copy? Writing something that educates or entertains is different from writing something that sells. As a professional author, it’s important to know when to ask for help.

The skilled team behind our “Cover Text Refinement Option” knows what it takes to transform a browser into a buyer! With this optional production option, you’re telling your readers that your book is worth their time and money because you’ve made it the best it can possibly be–both inside and out. Meanwhile, the Outskirts Press copywriters will do what it takes to hook your readers by professionally summarizing your manuscript, creating eye-catching headlines, and writing a compelling author biography.

You’ve spent so much time and energy creating your masterpiece–don’t let your hard work go unnoticed! An amazing back cover and sales annotation can make the difference between someone scrolling past your book…and someone buying it.

Have questions? For more information about self-publishing with Outskirts Press, get in touch with a Publishing Consultant. There are three convenient ways to connect:

  1. Call us at 1-888-672-6657 (OP-BOOKS)
  2. Live-chat with us via our website
  3. Go online to schedule an appointment
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Amazon Featured Book-of-the-Week

Here’s this week’s Featured Book-of-the-Week available now on!

A Most Daunting Time

by Robert Roach

Price: $17.95

Robert Roach’s “A Most Daunting Time.” Fate has a way of evening out the odds. Melvyn and Sally settled in Kansas in 1919 and began farming and started a family. The Dust Bowl rendered them penniless. An aristocratic oil tycoon, Charles Clark, and his daughter lived quite well through these times. Little did both families know they would be brought together in unforeseen circumstances.

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Self-Publishing Author Spotlight: Charles Ayer

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 Charles Ayer, who has published four successful titles with Outskirts Press.

Learn more about Charles Ayer and his published works

through this week’s Self-Publishing

Author Spotlight.

About the Author:

Charles Ayer lives in Vernon,  Connecticut, with his wife, singer Claudia Ayer. They have three grown children. His second Walter Hudson novel, Pleasant Hollow, will be released in the near future. 

A Deadly Light

Why did two apparently unrelated murder victims, a young prostitute and an unidentified Korean man, die on the streets of New York City with the same cryptic words, “A thousand points of light,” on their lips? NYPD Detective Sergeant Walter Hudson’s efforts to find out unexpectedly but inexorably lure him into the treacherous worlds of political intrigue, unchecked power, and limitless wealth—worlds that he is ill-equipped to understand. But he has to learn fast as he begins to peel back the layers of a monstrous plot that threatens not only the city he loves, but his country as well. It’s a race against time, and Detective Hudson has less time than he thinks.

Product details…
Format: 5 x 8 Black & White Paperback, 426 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Oct 30, 2015)
ISBN10: 1478754184
ISBN13: 9781478754183
Genre: FICTION / Mystery & Detective / General

Placid Hollow: A Walter Hudson Mystery

Federal Judge T. Franklin “Teddy” Braxton was beloved by his family and admired by his peers. His immense wealth had put him at the pinnacle of New York City’s elite political and social worlds. So who murdered him in cold blood? Perhaps it was the nearly naked young woman found standing over his body with a .45 caliber pistol in her hand. Or perhaps not…. Detective Lieutenant Walter Hudson is in over his head, and he knows it, as he immediately begins to receive intense pressure to solve the case from both Mayor Deborah Kaplan and Police Commissioner Sean Donahue, both personal friends of the Judge. And he may be getting in over his head personally as well, as the judge’s beautiful daughter, Virginia, starts giving him more help than he’s looking for. He’ll need all the help he can get from Leviticus Welles, now a rising star in the NYPD’s Intelligence Division, to guide him through the maze of Teddy Braxton’s life as well as the tangle of his own emotions. But one thing Walter knows from the start is that there’s nothing placid at all about Placid Hollow.

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Format: 5.5 x 8.5 Black & White Paperback, 203 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Mar 06, 2016)
ISBN10: 147876497X
ISBN13: 9781478764977
Genre: FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Police Procedural
Dutch River: A Walter Hudson Mystery

When NYPD Detective Lieutenant Walter Hudson’s wife, Sarah, unexpectedly inherits a family farm in the tiny upstate village of Dutch River, New York, their first thought is to sell it as soon as possible. But they are immediately charmed by the village and its residents, and Sarah’s great-uncle, Armin Jaeger, leaves them a letter too puzzling to ignore. They are soon stunned to find that Sarah has been left more than a simple farmhouse in a quaint village; and matters turn even more intriguing when Walter discovers a mysterious connection between Dutch River and the murder of a prominent Boston philanthropist, Charles Martin Sewall. And matters take an even more deadly turn when Walter’s family is threatened. Walter will need all his skills and all the help he can get from his good friend, Leviticus Welles, as he desperately races against time not just to solve a hideous crime but to save his family as well. It’s a race he can’t afford to lose.

Product details…
Format: 5.5 x 8.5 Black & White Paperback, 238 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Jul 25, 2016)
ISBN10: 147874054X
ISBN13: 9781478740544
Genre: FICTION / Mystery & Detective / General

The Iron Range: A Walter Hudson Mystery

Stephanie French, Wall Street legend, virtuoso musician, and devoted philanthropist is dead, shot on the streets of New York City in broad daylight on a beautiful spring afternoon. Perhaps she was simply the tragic victim of a bullet meant for someone else, but Detective Lieutenant Walter Hudson smells murder. But who is Stephanie French? That’s a good question, as Hudson soon learns that one of the most famous women in New York City was not who she seemed to be, and before he can solve her murder he will have to piece together the puzzle of her past.

Product details…
Format: 5.5 x 8.5 Black & White Paperback, 261 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Jul 17, 2017)
ISBN10: 147878962X
ISBN13: 9781478789628
Genre: FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Police Procedural

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