Amazon Featured Book of the Week

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One Loony Eclipse: A Real Full Moon

by Gordon Pless

(5 Stars – 2 Customer Reviews)

Price: $16.95

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.

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2016 Outskirts Press EVVY Award Finalists Announced

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.

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Book lovers are buzzing about BookExpo America!

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!

Amazon Featured Book-of-the-Week

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


The Ashes of a Broken Life

by Roberta Kennedy

(4.5 Stars – 2 Customer Reviews)

Price: $18.95

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.

 

 

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Today ONLY, receive $200 FREE Gift Card when you start publishing today!

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.

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9 Reasons Independent Authors Can Be Thankful for Self-Publishing

Happy ThanksgivingThanksgiving 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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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!)
  8. 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.
  9. 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.

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Self-Published Authors: Release a Digital Version of Your Book Just in Time for the Holidays!

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!


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