Gordon Pless’s “One Loony Eclipse: A Real Full Moon” is a comedic play on names, places, occupations, and more. Follow the descendants of perpetually penniless Odem Jack Schitt as they interact with characters on both the right side of the law, like police officers Lauren Order, Jason Crooks, and Brook M. Danno, and those who take the law a little more into their own hands, like Mauri Pulsive, Izzy Normal, Moe Lester, and Lou Smorels. If you are looking for one-liners developed into a full novel as well as saucy humor delivered without profanity and vulgarity, readers will love Pless’s One Loony Eclipse.
Each year, Outskirts Press officially 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 receiving the Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Award, the standards are exceedingly high; we nominated fewer than 5% of the books we published in 2015.
These nominations represent the very best of our publications as determined by Outskirts Press executives and members of the production teams.
The CIPA EVVY Award judges have since reviewed all the submissions received from all eligible authors and publishers to arrive upon the EVVY Award Finalists. Those finalists will all be honored with either 1st Place, 2nd Place, 3rd Place, or Merit Award within each applicable category at the annual EVVY Awards on August 23rd in Denver, Colorado. Outskirts Press executives will be on hand to accept the awards on behalf of authors not able to appear in person.
Outskirts Press is proud to announce that it has 16 talented finalists being honored, the most among all participating publishers. We’re sure the CIPA judges had to make tough choices to narrow our amazing list of nominees to these 16 finalists. Here are the 2016 Outskirts Press EVVY Finalists in random order. Congratulations to them all!
As a result of being nominated for the 22nd Annual EVVY Awards, these Outskirts Press authors have taken the first step toward winning 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 this coming August will be selected as Semi-Finalists for our annual Best Book of the Year Award and its $1,500 Grand Prize. Stay tuned.
Wouldn’t you like to win an extra $1,500, and bragging rights as the author of the best book of the year published by Outskirts Press?Start publishing now and your book could be in the running for the “Best Book of the Year Award” for 2016 and its $1,500 grand prize. For more information on rules and eligibility, click here: Best Book of the Year Award.
Let us help you finish that self-publishing book so you can be on this list next year!
BookExpo America (BEA) is the largest and most popular industry book fair and publishing event in the United States. This year, it’s taking place in Chicago, Illinois…and we wouldn’t miss it for the world!
Outskirts Press representatives attending this year’s premier event are not only learning what’s new and what next in book publishing. They’re also promoting some of our self-publishing authors’ books and putting them front and center before over 10,000 industry professionals and well over twice that many consumers.
Click here to see how to include YOUR book for next year’s event!
Outskirts Press authors participating in the BEA Book Fair receive valuable, face-out exposure of their book on an exclusive shelf with four other Outskirts Press titles, and a representative is there to answer questions. Your book could be there too!
When you sign up for the BEA, your book will be prominently displayed at the 2017 Outskirts booth and also featured in the trade show catalogue as a “title on display,” which industry professionals can access at a later date as needed. And we’ll forward any contact we receive regarding your book directly to you for personal follow-up.
The BEA draws over 100,000 attendees from all over the world, but its focus is squarely on American books, publishers, and authors—offering U.S. authors a golden opportunity to expose their work to those who live and breathe books. If you’re looking to get your book into the hands of one of the important contacts at BEA—without leaving the comfort of home—Outskirts Press can help.
But space is limited, so reserve your spot in next year’s BEA now! Click here for more details!
Roberta Kennedy’s “The Ashes of a Broken Life.” Assuming that Derek MacDougall will marry Flannery Larkin because of close family ties, the deception and jealousy of Derek’s half-sister changes the course of his life and puts him in the middle of a lifelong feud.
No Black Friday lines around here! In fact, we’re pleased to offer a very special gift to authors looking to publish TODAY ONLY: Receive a $200 Gift Card when you purchase a Diamond or Pearl publishing package!
To take advantage of this offer, order your ultimate Diamond or full-color Pearl publishing package, enter the following promotion code into your shopping cart, complete your secure check-out and we’ll credit your account with $200 FREE! Promo code: GIFT200
You can gift your $200 to that writer in your life so that he or she can start working towards their publishing dreams OR you can turn right around and use the $200 towards any optional production or marketing option that we offer.
When you combine this promotion with the $400 of FREE upgrades already included with the Diamond package (standard press release distribution, Spring Arbor Christian distribution, streaming audio excerpt on your author webpage, cover photo from our image library) you’re looking at $600 worth of valuable upgrades!
START TODAY by adding the Diamond or full-color Pearl package to your online shopping cart and then entering the promotion code: GIFT200 during check-out. Don’t delay! This offer is only valid today, November 27, 2015.
Thanksgiving is right around the corner — a time for family, friends, and reflection on our many blessings — and today’s self-published authors have more to be thankful for than ever before.
Self-publishing has empowered authors in exciting new ways. Self-publishing is quickly becoming the preferred publishing method for many authors — those who want to carve their own paths and create their own destiny. And the rewards are great.
Read on and be thankful for some of the wonderful blessings today’s independent authors enjoy.
You’re in control. With electronic self-publishing, you retain complete control on the planning, editing, publishing, and marketing process. You set the pricing, you make the creative decisions, and you market on your own terms. No “artistic differences” with an editor who doesn’t share your unique vision! You — not an editor — retain the rights to your work and what ultimately becomes of it.
Higher royalties. While traditional publishing houses net you somewhere in the ballpark of 15-20 percent of revenues, as a self-publishing author, depending on how you choose to set up your pricing/sales structure, you can keep much more of your book revenue.
Print on demand. The ability to produce as many or as few books as necessary has opened the door for talented authors to realize their publishing dreams, even on a shoestring budget. No more astronomical upfront costs for printing, storage and shipping.
Marketing help. While both independent authors and traditionally published authors must take control of their own self-promotion, Outskirts Press has resources specifically tailored for our authors.
Digital editions. It’s a piece of cake to create a digital version of your book and tap into a huge market of e-book fans, increasing sales and exposure.
Revisions. With a self-published book, it’s much easier to create a second edition or correct errors down the line than with traditionally published books. Again, you are in control.
Support. Even if you write from a tiny corner of your living room, you can connect with the worldwide writing community with one tap of the mouse. Help, support, inspiration, and friendship are all available to authors online. (The Outskirts Press App can get you started!)
You’ll get published sooner. A self-publishing author can write, design/format, and publish a book in the time it takes a traditional publishing house to review a manuscript and mail a rejection letter. While their authors wait for printing to commence, their self-published counterparts are already months into selling.
You’ll get published, period. Of course, there are advantages to the infrastructure set up by most traditional publishers, but all of that is meaningless if they don’t agree to publish your book. Because a traditional publisher is focused on profit, they care less about the merits of your talent and ideas than they do about how much revenue those ideas will generate. Thanks to self-publishing, you can share your special talents with the world — on your own terms!
This Thanksgiving, take a moment between courses and reflect on the opportunities and freedom indie authors now enjoy. There’s never been a better time to self-publish! With e-books, social media, online payments, and other technology paving the way to wider audience reach, there’s more potential than ever for success. And for that, we are most thankful indeed…
Outskirts Press is thankful for YOU, our authors and soon-to-be-authors! Click here to see images of some of our authors.
If a store carried a popular brand of jeans, but only in one size, they’d be missing out on a big group of consumers. The same philosophy can be applied to book publishing. If you want to reach as many readers as possible, consider releasing a digital version of your book — an e-book — just in time for the holidays.
You’ve already done the hard part by publishing your hardcopy or paperback book. The editing, cover design, and back cover copy are all finished, and marketing efforts are in play. Why not take the next, easy step and have your book converted to a digital edition? Outskirts Press will take care of all the details!
While it’s true that some consumers prefer print editions — they want to hold a book in their hands, ruffle the pages, stroke the shiny cover — others are Kindle or NOOK people, representing a large group of readers who won’t have access to your book if it’s only in print form. If you want to reach as many readers as possible, it makes sense to release your book in multiple formats. Plus, there are some definite advantages to e-books:
E-books are lower-priced than print versions. And people who are on the fence about a book may take a chance on a lower-priced digital version.
It only takes a few seconds to download an e-book and start reading. Plus you can shop in your PJs!
Don’t want your fellow commuters to see what you’re reading? You can enjoy your bodice-ripper in total anonymity with a digital edition!
E-books have clickable Table of Contents, so you can quickly go to the page or chapter you want.
With syncing, you can read the same book on different devices, whether it’s a Kindle or your smartphone, and you can pick up just where you left off.
E-books are better for the environment, and you can take hundreds of books wherever you go without having to lug the hard copies around!
Other e-book features include Highlights and Annotations, Dictionaries and Translations, and the X-Ray feature, which gives the reader a list of all the major and minor characters in the book, along with other references. And e-readers allow you to adjust the font to make reading even easier.
With the holidays approaching, consumers are buying more books for personal pleasure and for gift-giving. Make the most of this time by offering potential readers the option of print or digital versions of your book. More formats on Amazon means more exposure, and more exposure translates to more success for you!
Amazon Kindle and NOOK editions start at $249. Click here to get started. Or add your book to the two million titles featured on Barnes & Noble’s NOOK Edition and tap into this growing market!
If the upcoming holidays have already filled you with dread over picking out just the right gifts — or wading through crowds at the mall to get them — don’t fret! You can make the writer, or aspiring writer, in your life very happy (and productive) without ever breaking a sweat.
A gift certificate can be a touching and highly personal tribute to your loved one. It’s one of several reasons why Outskirts Press offers its Instant Self-Publishing Gift Certificates. If you’re stuck for great ideas during this gift-giving season, read on — there are advantages to gift certificates that you may never have considered:
They’re inspiring. Writing a book is an arduous task. Every writer has, at one time or another, put off completion of a project, either due to lack of publishing funds, or just plain lack of motivation. Getting a big head-start on the purchase of a publishing package — or whatever self-publishing service they might require — is just the inspiration any author needs to get ‘er done.
They’re the gift that keeps on giving. What better gift than one that comes with terrific earning potential for the recipient? Your gift certificate sets in motion the publication of a book that could generate a lifetime of revenue for an author. That’s priceless!
They’re thoughtful gifts. Don’t shy away from gift certificates out of fear that they’re impersonal — in fact, the opposite is true. The gift of publishing dollars for someone you know is dreaming of that very thing is the most thoughtful gift you can give.
They can be anything your recipient wants them to be. Self-publishing gift certificates will motivate the author in your life. An Instant Self-Publishing Gift Certificate from Outskirts Press can be used toward the purchase of any of the many valuable products and services offered by Outskirts Press, including but not limited to:
Writing/Design services — ghostwriting, custom cover design, professional illustrations
Publishing package(s) — inclusive, turnkey service bundles such as our popular Diamond and Pearl Publishing Packages
Publishing kit — poetry, memoir, personalized children’s book
Marketing services — Book Blast, promotional materials, ebook editions, Amazon Listing Optimization, Top 10 Radio Interview & Media Training and more.
They’re flexible for the giver. You can choose as few or as many gift certificates from Outskirts Press as you choose, in convenient denominations of $99. But the best part is you don’t have to wrestle fellow shoppers for it.
Once you add the Instant Self-Publishing Gift Certificate(s) to your cart, Outskirts Press will contact you to find out who the special author is and gather any personal messaging you wish to include with the gift notification.
If the writer is already registered and/or published with Outskirts Press, the $99 will be instantly credited to their existing Publishing Center account. If the writer isn’t yet registered, Outskirts Press will create a free Publishing Center account for them and credit the $99 gift to the new account. Once the credit has been applied to the writer’s account, Outskirts Press will notify them via email of the special gift using the messaging you provide.
So, what are you waiting for? It’s time to wrap up the season’s gifting!
Receive FREE Editing (up to 15,000 words) when you start publishing today!
Any author who wants to publish a high-quality book must have their manuscript edited. Readers cannot take a work seriously if it is plagued with basic errors in typing or use of the English language. The Free Editing promotion offers authors a very attractive incentive to end up with a print-ready manuscript.
This month, enjoy our high-quality, basic copyediting service for FREE for manuscripts up to 15,000 words and a pro-rated discount of $240 can be applied to the service for works of greater length. Enter the promotion code FreeEdit2015 when checking out of your shopping cart while purchasing the popular Diamond package or the full color Pearl publishing package by November 30, 2015.
In addition to receiving FREEEditing for your book, you’ll also receive the following with your Diamond package:
Standard Press Release. $99 value included free when you order your Diamond publishing service today.
Audio Excerpt. $99 value included free with your Diamond order today and a great way to share your voice with your readers, literally!
E-Book Edition (pdf). $99 value included free with your Diamond publishing service.
Cover Image. $99 value included free and a great way to enhance your cover.
Spring Arbor additional distribution. $99 value to complement the Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Ingram availability already included with your Diamond publishing service.
All in all, you’re looking at over $700 of free stuff in November!
Dan Chapman enjoys sharing stories and studies of travels, people, and experiences by blending both with his signature mixture of humorous and thoughtful poetry. Now a retired educator, Dan has fused his fascination of new sights and discoveries with his enjoyment of writing into creative venues called The Traveler Series. Previously, Dan has written for several poetry resources publishing his first volume of poetry, The Book of Daniel, which initiated his writing career.
Using Puerto Vallarta and its regional vicinity as a lovely backdrop, Dan Chapman cleverly uses his unique style of poetry and prose to take his readers on a personal adventure. Utilizing creative prose for informative storytelling and unique blends of humor, poignant thought, and poetry, Dan invites his readers to travel with him on his own spiritual journey to a beautiful and mystical vacation place for a dramatic and personal visionary walk. “Enjoy the trip” as Dan Chapman shares his Messages from Vallarta.
As a published author, one of your goals may be to get your book into a library or independent bookstore. Now’s the time to buckle-down further and introduce your book to libraries, bookstores, media, reviewers, bloggers and readers — and do so at a reduced price!
This is where First Chapter Preview Library Distribution comes in. Through Friday only, Outskirts Press published authors can enjoy priceless exposure this service provides for 10% off the regular price with the promotion code FCP10NOV.
First Chapter Preview Library Distribution promotes your book with a full-color, quarter-page ad along with a free preview of your first chapter so that libraries, bookstores, buyers, readers and reviewers can discover your book.
With this valuable option, your book cover, synopsis, pricing information and ordering details will run for three consecutive months in First Chapter Plus, a monthly catalog where prospective book buyers can download and preview the first chapter of your book. Readers have at their fingertips all the information they need to order copies of your book.
Note that the quarter-page ad (a sample is shown below) includes a full-color image of your book cover, synopsis information, title information and a link to the first chapter of your book. Buyers are more inclined to buy your book when they can preview the first chapter in advance, and when the buying process is simple and convenient.
The best part (in addition to the limited time discount) is that Outskirts Press handles all of the details for you: We create a PDF file of your first chapter, complete the submission for you, and send you the First Chapter Plus catalog via email as soon as your ad appears.
Take advantage of this concierge-level service at any time, but the 10% discount is only available for a limited time. Enter the promotion code: FCP10NOV today!
It’s not too late to enter the e-book world for your self-published book! Self-publish TODAY to receive a FREE Kindle format AND NOOK format of your masterpiece! Start today with the promotion code below.
Make your book available on the 2 most popular ebook reading devices, the Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble NOOK. More formats on Amazon and Barnes & Noble means more exposure in the ebook device world. Only books that have been submitted to the Amazon Kindle and the NOOK in the required formats are available for Kindle and NOOK readers to purchase and enjoy. These 2 valuable, popular options are now FREE for authors who start publishing today. If you start right now and choose to publish with our industry-leading Diamond publishing service or our full-color Pearl publishing service, you will receive a FREE Amazon Kindle e-book edition and a NOOK edition at the time of publication.
Don’t wait any longer, enter the promotion code KINDLENOOK15 when checking out of your shopping cart while purchasing the popular Diamond package or the full color Pearl publishing package.