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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Top 10 Best-Selling Books in Self-Publishing for October 2015

Outskirts Press, the fastest-growing full-service self-publishing and book marketing company, is pleased to announce its top ten best-selling titles for October 2015, according to combined data from Ingram Book Wholesalers and Outskirts Press Direct via http://outskirtspress.com/bookstore. These authors have likely created a solid book marketing strategy and put it into motion either by themselves or with the help of a Personal Marketing Assistant.

In alphabetical order, the top ten best-selling books in self-publishing during the month of October 2015 were:










Congratulations to our best-selling authors for the month of October 2015!

How can you get your book on the bestseller list? While we can’t make any guarantees on sales success, many of our most successful authors invest time and money in marketing themselves and their book. Authors who are in need of a marketing boost often turn to a Personal Marketing Assistant for help.

All of these books (and other Outskirts Press titles) are available from all major online retailers like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Powells, Books A Million, and others, plus conveniently from the Outskirts Press Direct bookstore at http://outskirtspress.com/bookstore for discounts ranging from 10% – 55%.

Are you ready to put a book promotion strategy in place for your self-published book?

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Go Green and Save Green With The New Electronic Self-Publishing Package

An Elite E-book Package from Outskirts Press gives self-publishing authors increased distribution that promises less impact on the environment and publishing dollars.

Priced hundreds of dollars below what an author would pay for a la carte electronic publishing services, the Elite Ebook Package, bundles three valuable e-book distribution services into one discounted publishing package. The package represents more than 25 percent savings when compared to purchasing each electronic edition separately.

While self-publishing authors can still choose one or two electronic formats, combining the three allows them to reach a wider audience of readers, many of which are loyal to one reader device over another. Only books that have been submitted via the required process and format for each edition are available for electronic book readers to purchase and enjoy. Outskirts Press simplifies the process by offering one convenient and cost-effective package that includes three popular electronic book editions:

  • Amazon Kindle Edition: Kindle editions of books appear on Amazon and in Amazon search listings just like any other format (such as a hardback edition).
  • Apple iPad/iPhone Premium Edition: This service allows authors convenient, full distribution of iPad/iPhone electronic editions of their own books through Apple’s popular iBooks Bookstore.
  • Barnes & Noble NOOK Edition: There are upward of 2 million books available for Barnes & Noble’s NOOK. Inclusion in this virtual bookstore allows self-published authors to tap into an important, and growing, market of readers.

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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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Top 10 Self-Publishing Book Marketing Tactics for October 2015

Book marketing is one of the most important pieces of being a successful self-publishing author. Outskirts Press is an industry leader in providing post-publication support, products, and services to its growing family of published authors.

Your book is written. Your book is published. Now what? Our list of Top 10 Book Marketing Tactics can help you prioritize your book marketing efforts by providing you with excellent marketing and promotional tactics you should consider pursuing.

These are the marketing products and tactics determined to be most popular by our authors for the month of October 2015, listed below in alphabetical order:

Amazon Branded Featured Book of the Week Amazon-Branded Featured Book-of-the-Week: Get your book and cover, along with an easy way to order your book directly from Amazon into the inbox of a wide audience of literary enthusiasts.
Amazon Extreme Package Amazon Extreme Package: Save 25% on 3 of our marketing services focused on Amazon.com. This package includes a Kindle Edition of your book, participation in the Amazon Search Inside the Book and Amazon Cover Enhancement.
Amazon Kindle Submission Service Amazon Kindle Submission Service:  Make your book available on Amazon’s Kindle ebook reading device. More formats on Amazon means more exposure on Amazon, and the Kindle is heavily promoted by Amazon.

Amazon Search Inside the Book
Amazon Search Inside the Book: Amazon claims that books participating in this program enjoy “significant” sales improvement, on average, over books that do not.
Barnes & Noble NOOK Submission Service Barnes & Noble NOOK Submission Service:  Millions of books are available on Barnes & Noble’s NOOK. If your book isn’t one of them, you are missing out on tapping a very important, and growing, market of readers.
Benjamin Franklin Awards Submission Benjamin Franklin Awards Submission: Every year the Independent Book Publishers Association honors exemplary books with the Benjamin Franklin Award. With this option, you can make sure your book is among the ones being considered.
Book Review Submission Service Book Review Submission Service: Securing positive book reviews is the first step toward building word-of-mouth buzz for your book. In addition to receiving a complimentary copy of your book, the reviewers will also receive a professional cover letter, a coy of your press, and your sales sheet. We take care of all of that for you, including sending the review copy!
Custom Press Release Custom Press Release:  Have our professional press release writer compose an original, unique press release for your book, submitted to you for your review/approval, and then distributed to our newswire service on your behalf.
Personal Marketing Assistant Personal Marketing Assistant: Do you need help developing a book marketing plan? Arranging book signings? Establishing/developing your author platform? Hire your own Personal Marketing Assistant today!
Reader Views Literary Awards Submission Reader Views Literary Awards Submission: By ordering this marketing package, you get a chance to become eligible to enter and win a Literary Award. As part of this package, you will also receive expert marketing assistance from renowned marketing experts.

Outskirts Press Published authors who are interested in any of these (or many of our other available services) can find further details and ordering information from the Marketing Options page of your author’s center.

Not yet published with Outskirts Press? Today is the perfect day to start and take advantage of our current publishing promotion.

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