Top 10 Ways to Use and Sell Your Book This Summer

When summer breezes in, authors will need to be ready with copies of their book for signing events, giveaways and, of course, those unpredictable opportunities to sell in person. An even 100 is a good starting point, but more or fewer is appropriate, depending on how much one-on-one selling you’re comfortable with. (We’re giving you some great ideas here — stay tuned!)

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Now, why do you need those copies? Lots of reasons, but here are the top 10 places you can use your author copies and sell your book this summer:

  1. Independent Bookstores: Mom-and-pop shops in your local community are often more receptive to independently published authors, especially local ones, than the giant chain bookstores. Give them a free promotional copy of your book and a sales sheet, so they can determine whether to carry it. They’ll get a better margin ordering directly from the Outskirts Press bookstore than if they order from Ingram. And they’ll get the best deal if you leave them a stack on consignment. Owners of independent bookstores must compete with larger chains, and one way they do that is by offering their customers perks — like meeting a local author! Hint: You’ll find the bookstore proprietor will be much more willing to host your event if you offer to share the promotional responsibilities.
  2. Libraries: Introduce yourself as a local published author to local librarians and ask what resources are available to share your book with the community. Offer to do a book signing or reading event. If nothing else, offer to leave a copy for the library to display in the lobby and/or put into circulation.
  3. Writer’s Groups: Network with writer’s club members who have information or contacts that can help you increase your sales, and be ready to give copies of your book to people who may be able to pass it along to important power players, or who may simply be interested in reading it in exchange for an online review (or both!). Give them a taste of your book via a reading in a club meeting.
  4. Book Clubs: Reach out to local book clubs via social media sites like Facebook or MeetUp and propose your book for their summer read. This is a great way to sell 10+ copies of your book at a time. For information on how to create a Book Club Kit check out our How to Make a Book Club Kit TipSheet in your Author Center. Hint: Offer to lead the discussion at one of the meetings. Book clubs rarely turn down a chance to read books where they are certain to get the chance to meet the author personally.
  5. Coffee Shops: Local coffee shops are great places for book readings and signings. Ask if you can hang a poster of your book in their window or pin a promotional postcard or bookmark on their announcement board. Ask if they will consign your book as a point-of-sale purchase. Or offer to leave copies for patrons to read while they sip their coffee. If customers become engrossed in the story, they may go to Amazon to get their own copy to finish at home.
  6. Genre Retailers: Book signings and author events are not limited to bookstores. Yoga studios/gyms are great for health books. Kitchen gadget and independent grocery stores are great for recipe books (think yummy samples), toy stores are great for kids’ books, and lingerie stores work for romance novels. What kind of retailer is a good match for your book?
  7. Art Galleries: As a writer, you are an artist. If you can connect your book with an art gallery’s artwork (even if it’s just that you’re a local talent) they may be willing to consign your book. Ask if you can hang a poster of your book in their window.
  8. Restaurants: Restaurants are great venues for book events and great places to display your book poster. We’ve even seen local restaurants with books at the tables for patrons to read while they wait for their food.
  9. Radio and TV Stations: Send a pitch packet, including a copy of your book, to local radio and television stations offering to do interviews and live segments.
  10. Newspapers: Small-town publications regularly feature news briefs and announcements on everything from church events to student achievements to business openings. It’s not unusual for local newspapers to write feature stories, or at least a news brief, on newly published books from local authors or to publicize book signings or local events. Introduce yourself to the editor and leave him/her a copy of your book and sales sheet. In addition to a feature story or news brief, ask if the newspaper has a book review section or a place for serialized fiction. Leave another copy of your book for the book reviewer.

Summer readers are ready — are you ready for them? Order your author copies from Outskirts Press today for free shipping on 50 books or more, and additional bulk-order discounts!

 

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Amazon Featured Book of the Week

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The Gang: A Small Town Police Force – Sarcastic, irreverent, and crude to each other, yet loyal to the best interests of its citizens

by M.J. Biersbach

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M.J. Biersbach’s “The Gang: A Small Town Police Force – Sarcastic, irreverent, and crude to each other, yet loyal to the best interests of its citizens” is a humorous, at times sarcastic, collection of short fictional tales based on the real-life experiences of the quirky yet dedicated police officers who patrol a rural tourism and fishing hub on the East Coast. Author Biersbach will delight and entertain as he draws upon his twenty-five years working in law enforcement.

 

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Another Outskirts Press Author Reaches #1 on Amazon’s Bestseller List

authorCongratulations to Dr. Paul J. Arciero, who reached #1 on Amazon in Physiology in April with his latest book, The Protein Pacing Diet, published by Outskirts Press.

Dr. Paul J. Arciero holds advanced graduate degrees in Nutrition and Applied Exercise Physiology, and serves as a scientific advisory board member and consultant for the health and wellness industry. He is also a fellow in The Obesity Society, the American College of Sports Medicine, and the International Society of Sports Nutrition. With over 30 years of dedication to scientific research and over 58 published peer-reviewed articles, Dr. Paul continues to be the leading nutrition and fitness scientist and expert and can be reached at http://www.proteinpacing.com, http://www.paularciero.com, and http://www.priseprotocol.com. When he is not spreading the word of Protein Pacing® and PRISE® around the world, he loves spending time with his family, including his wife, Karen and their three sons.

coverDr. Paul J. Arciero is the world’s leading nutrition, exercise and applied physiology scientist and keynote speaker. In his compelling new book he presents the science behind the way we are exercising and eating is all wrong. His human clinical research findings have been condensed into a single guide designed to help the everyday overstressed busy person, weekend warriors, and even Olympians get off the crazy-diet roller coaster and live with optimal health and performance. His scientifically proven PRISE Life Protocol, powered by his Protein Pacing Diet, is healthier and easier than fad diets and the overexertion of most exercise routines.

Dr. Paul’s Protein Pacing & PRISE Life secrets are finally revealed – from what to eat and when to eat using his ‘Morning Muscle Maximizer’ and ‘Bedtime Bellyfat Burner’, to debunking the many health, fitness, and diet myths that arise daily. Consulted by the highest level media outlets – O Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Fox News, Prevention, Good Housekeeping, WebMD, TIME, Huffington Post, Glamour, Women’s Health, Men’s Health, and many more – he answers the call to share his knowledge. It’s time to join the millions of people worldwide who have heard his message: Put an end to fad diets and harmful exercise programs, and ‘Never Diet Again’ by Keeping Your Eyes on the PRISE!

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Another Movie is in the Works for another Outskirts Press Author

Not too long ago, we shared the exciting news of Outskirts Press author Skip Stover and how his book was being turned into a movie. And shortly thereafter we announced the TNT Mini-series starring Chris Pine, which was based upon Fauna Hodel’s memoir One Day She’ll Darken.

Self-publishing author Stephen S. Janes is now the latest Outskirts Press author to join those exclusive ranks. His book The Prayer Wheel Odyssey is currently in pre-production.

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The Fate of the World Is in One Woman’s Hands…

A man climbs the fence at the White House and is shot to death. A passerby, a young American Everyman, finds a document fallen at the site of the tragedy. Suddenly, his life changes beyond his capacity to imagine – for this document is of crucial importance to the shadowy and subterranean forces that rule the world in the barely known realm at the peripheral vision of the ordinary citizen. But the powerful figure at the center of this web is anything but ordinary. She is a modern Medea: brilliant, ruthless, who will stop at nothing to get what she wants. And our Everyman – drawn into a mythic hero’s quest – must thwart her, or the world will pay the price. Brilliantly crafted from the political and environmental realities we face, The Prayer Wheel Odyssey is a uniquely spellbinding thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat while it opens your eyes to what could happen to our planet if just one mistake is made… or just one person tips the balance for personal gain.

“The Prayer Wheel Odyssey” is described as “a uniquely spellbinding thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat while it opens your eyes to what could happen to our planet if just one mistake is made…or just one person tips the balance for personal gain.”

Sounds like a good movie, doesn’t it? Los Angles based talent management company Harris Management thought so and put the wheels in motion. Click here to read the full press release.

We caught up with Mr. Janes to discuss his success:

Q: Why did you decide to write The Prayer Wheel Odyssey?

Janes: I have always been concerned about reliance on fossil fuels as our primary energy resource, not only because that supply will one day be exhausted but because of what its products appear to be doing to the health of people and of the planet. After some reflection, writing a book seemed to be the best approach for expressing my views. I decided to publish the book myself. I knew the book would have to be worth reading and I wanted it to be a work of fiction based on a number of relevant facts. I wrestled at length with how best to write a novel that would hold reader interest while conveying a message in an entertaining manner. An action/adventure storyline was the solution I settled on and after considerable research I determined that Outskirts Press would be my best resource for publication and support services.

Q: Tell us about the plot . . . what happens? 

Janes: A woman and a man face off in a struggle that may have implications for the welfare of life on the planet. The woman is the modern-day Medea, she of ancient Greek mythology, searching for something of incredible value. She is ruthless, cunning, and has resources and connections beyond those of most world leaders. He is Everyman, young and somewhat naïve, thrown into a battle of wits simply by being in the wrong place at the wrong time. At the center of their contest is a document resulting from the work of one of the world’s greatest chemists centuries ago. That chemist was a real person and the novel is based on some of his work as well as that of his son at the behest of a Russian Czar. The storyline, reflected in the title of the novel, follows the path of that document from the late 1700s to now.

Q: Tell us about the process of getting your book turned into a movie…? 

I participated in the Outskirts Press Book Awards Program and received a professional book review that I shared with others, including a close friend, Sharon Justice, who had read and commented on the manuscripts for my books. She shared that book review with Earnest Harris of Harris Management in Los Angeles. He expressed interest in the book, so I sent him both books that I have published with Outskirts Press. Mr. Harris indicated after reading The Prayer Wheel Odyssey that it should be made into a feature film. He agreed to become Executive Producer for the film and to shepherd the book through the process involved in making the movie. I feel fortunate that Earnest Harris agreed to write the screenplay himself.

Q: Why will The Prayer Wheel Odyssey make a great movie?

 Janes: I believe it will make a great movie. Some readers have indicated that this book is one of the best mystery stories they have read. Their comments centered not only on the plot line but on the intrigue and action involved as the story progresses. I wrote it almost visualizing it as a movie, each scene and every confrontation guided by what I saw happening as I wrote. As other writers well know, the outline for the book was often outpaced by the characters as they developed. I am anxious to see what those characters do on a big screen.

So are we, Stephen. Congratulations on your remarkable success!

 

Congratulations and Good Luck to the 2019 Outskirts Press EVVY Award Nominees!

This year, Outskirts Press has an impressive 79 EVVY Award nominees to thank for their dedication and high-quality work as self-published authors. The EVVYs are an acclaimed annual book award program sponsored by the Colorado Independent Publishers’ Association (CIPA), which recognizes superior independently published books. The EVVYs are judged by a panel of professionals on a qualitative scale of merit in dozens of distinct book categories.

Each year, Outskirts Press nominates a small percentage of the books published during the year for submission to the EVVY Awards. Since a nomination is the first step toward the Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Award, the standards are high and these nominations represent the very best of our publications as determined by our executives and members of our production teams.

Outskirts Press official nominees and winners receive additional exposure for their books in featured Outskirts Press marketing channels, including our blog, social media networks, nationally distributed press releases and in our email newsletters. The finalists will be announced July 31, 2019, and award winners will be announced during a ceremony hosted by the Colorado Independent Publishers Association in August, 2019.

Congratulations to this year’s Official Outskirts Press EVVY Award nominees, presented here in no particular order:

 

Congratulations to the authors of these 79 amazing works!

What’s next?

As a result of being nominated for the EVVY Awards, these Outskirts Press authors have taken the first step toward the coveted Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Award. Three of the nominees above who subsequently win an EVVY Award during the CIPA banquet will be selected as semi-finalists for our annual Best Book of the Year Award and its $1,500 Grand Prize. Visit the blog often for updates.

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