Honor Earth Day by Going Green with eBooks, Print-on-Demand

Today marks the 43rd annual Earth Day celebration, a day when we all stop to appreciate our natural resources and gain awareness about preserving them for future generations.

In 1970 when the first Earth Day was celebrated, most Americans were tooling around in leaded-gas-chugging treecars past industrial plants that spewed waste from smokestacks and pipes. Disposable packaging was all the rage, yet recycling was on almost no one’s radar.

My, how things have changed! Today, many manufacturers are committed to using packaging that’s biodegradable or recyclable, and using production processes that produce less waste. Leaded gas is a thing of the past, and vehicles are more fuel-efficient overall. Communities and citizens are more aware than ever of the value of recycling, and many are equipped with special household receptacles for this purpose.

As a member of the literary community, you can play an even larger part in the environmental preservation movement by taking advantage of publishing avenues that lessen your book’s impact on the environment: namely, eBooks and print-on-demand publishing.

First, the print-on-demand option allows self-published authors to sell copies of their book without having a giant stack of hardcopies lingering in the basement. Print-on-demand means that copies of your book are “made to order” so to speak; they’re printed at the time of order. This keeps unsold copies from going to waste, thus saving paper.

The second option, eBooks, provide obvious ecological advantages. Since they exist solely in virtual — or electronic — form, no tree is harmed in the making of your book, regardless of how many copies you sell. By taking advantage of eBook publishing through Outskirts Press, you can sell via virtual means with Amazon Kindle, Apple iPad/iPhone and Barnes & Noble NOOK editions and enjoy wide distribution of your book without clearing a forest to do so.

Want to be a part of the “green” book movement? Contact Outskirts Press to find out how.

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Amazon Featured Book-of-the-Week

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Wally Wander

by NovaMelia

(4 Stars – 1 Customer Review)

Price: $16.95

NovaMelia “Wally Wander.” When Wally is young, she learns that being her friend can be dangerous to your health. As she goes through life, the idea of her deadly contamination persists and is even reinforced. As a result Wally begins to spend some of her time living somewhere else — upstairs in her head.

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Downside Road

by Jerry Turner

(4 Stars – 2 Customer Reviews)

Price: $19.95

Jerry Turner’s “ Downside Road.” The Jenkins were never a normal family… and they never had a chance to be one. Based on a true story after World War II, Downside Road is a gritty and realistic family saga that is both poignant and beautifully told.


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God’s End Time Reformers’ Revolution

by Justice-Jackie Mensah

(5 Stars – 1 Customer Review)

Price: $17.95

Justice-Jackie Mensah’s “God’s End Time Reformers’ Revolution.” As God’s end time reformer, you simply cannot fight a battle and win that battle until you are well informed and educated enough about the contents of the battle.

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The Book of Compliments and Insults

by Amirali Dossa

(5 Stars – 1 Customer Review)

Price: $13.95

Amirali Dossa’s “The Book of Compliments and Insults.” Compliments and Insults are a facet of every day life for all ages. Everyone can relate to the material in this book.

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A Culture Worth Saving
by Robert P. Jones

(5 Stars – 8 Customer Reviews)

Price: $14.95

From 1880 through 1925, four million immigrants from Italy, Spain, Portugal, Ireland, Scotland, and Scandinavia arrived in the United States. Many migrated to Florida and chose commercial fishing. Robert P. Jones, a modern-day gunslinger for commercial fishing for nearly 50 years, has compiled a comprehensive and fascinating book about the people who created the Florida commercial fishing culture-a culture he has dedicated his career to saving.

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A World of His Own: In the Land of the Creoles

by Arlette Gaffrey

(5 Stars – 25 Customer Reviews)

Price: $13.95

An epic saga of love, marriage and betrayal. Andre de Javon escaped the French Revolution and now arrives in New Orleans to start a new life. In due time he becomes one of the wealthiest plantation owners in the Territory. He is helped by his mentor Jean-Claude Charlevoix, whose young daughter Julie Marie falls in love with Andre, and hopes he will wait for her to grow up and marry her. But, Andre marries Gabrielle Ste. Claire who turns his life into a nightmare.

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Love From the Other Side

by Carol Shimp

(5 Stars – 9 Customer Reviews)

Price:$19.95

In her compelling memoir Love from the Other Side, author Carol Shimp tells the fascinating story of her quest to balance her daily life with her strong experiences of the spirit world.  But Carol could not have imagined the journey she would take when the earthbound spirit of someone from her past became a very real presence in her life. Calling on her spirit guides and her support system, Carol navigated dangerous territory, seeking to free herself, her husband, and the unquiet soul who resisted going to the light.

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52 Weeks of Non-Stop Bliss: Activities Sure to Bring Joy Back into the Lives of the Super Busy

by Terri L. Cunkle, ME, BS, TC

(5 Stars – 3 Customer Reviews)

Price: $14.95

This delightful book packs a year’s worth of joy into 52 easy activities that you can do in about an hour or less each week. Written for those of us who are so busy, we forget to indulge in the simple joys of everyday life, 52 Weeks of Non-Stop Bliss reminds us how simple yet powerful the little things can be.

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How Giving Away His Work Paid Off for ‘It’s Cancer’ Author Jay Otterbacher

Outskirts Press self-published author Jay Otterbacher is living, breathing, writing proof that paying forward can pay off. Jay shared with us how openly sharing and giving his work to others last year turned out to be just the marketing tactic he needed to gain visibility and sales for his first self-published book, It’s Cancer.It's Cancer

Otterbacher penned It’s Cancer after he and his wife each battled simultaneous cancer diagnoses. The book was published through Outskirts Press in June 2012, but sales weren’t coming along as fast as Jay would have liked at first.

It’s Cancer is my first book. I am about as unknown as an author can be,” Jay said, adding that his independent efforts to bolster sales of the book were bearing little fruit in the beginning.”I was convinced it was either going to die on the vine or something big would have to happen soon. I also believed that if anything was going to happen with the book it would happen via the Internet and through Amazon digital sales.

“I read a couple of books on selling books on Amazon including (Outskirts Press CEO) Brent Sampson‘s. I searched out author forums to see how pricing and social media impacted sales. I did a lot of work on my Amazon page for the Kindle edition, as well as my author profile page to make sure they were sharp and professional.”

Finally, Jay took a leap of faith: He decided to offer the book for free. In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, he made free downloads available on Amazon for 24 hours. Eager to get word out, Jay sent emails with links to his Amazon page to everyone he knew, and asked them to pass it on to anyone they thought might be interested. Four days before the promo, he posted the promotion to his own Facebook page and every cancer-related page he could find … then he forgot about it.

“About 9:00 a.m. on October 1, I went and checked my Kindle Direct account and it showed that 130 copies had been downloaded! I went nuts, people were actually going to my Amazon page and deciding to download my book,” he said. “For the next 16 hours I was stunned as my book averaged 250 downloads an hour! In 24 hours 4,644 people downloaded a Kindle copy of Its Cancer. On October 1 It’s Cancer reached a #1 Amazon sales ranking in two categories for Kindle books and a #39 ranking among all Kindle books.”

While long-term success is difficult to gauge, the promotion has made a striking impact on short-term visibility. It’s Cancer leaped from #684,991 to #92,481 in Amazon sales rankings, and Jay sold twice as many copies of the book in the first few days of October as he did in the three months prior.

Additionally, Jay reports that the cover art produced by Outskirts Press’ design team has gotten rave reviews.

“My goal for this book was to have it read,” Jay said. “With close to 5,000 copies being read, I am finally OK saying I am an author and thinking I should be writing something else. I am thrilled to have my book out there and am excited about my next project.”

Jay OtterbacherABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jay Otterbacher was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan. In 1980 he graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Business degree. In 2011 after thirty years in the IT industry he retired from his executive position to focus on developing a decidedly non-corporate lifestyle. Today Jay lives in Blythewood, South Carolina with his wife Karen and two incorrigible Labrador retrievers, Rosie and Lily. It’s Cancer is his first book.

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