Top 10 Self-Publishing Book Marketing Tactics for November 2014

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 November 2014, 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.
Barnes & Noble See Inside Barnes & Noble See Inside:  Barnes & Noble’s answer to Amazon’s “Search Inside the Book” program. Books that participate in this program receive a “See Inside” icon next to their Barnes & Noble cover image, which invites potential customers to electronically “flip” through a small section of the book.
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.
Google Books Preview Program Submission Google Books Preview Program Submission: An inexpensive and extremely effective way to get your book in front of millions of readers quickly and easily.
Apple iPad iPhone Standard Edition Apple iPad/iPhone Standard Edition: Allows self-publishing authors to enter the ebook marketplace at significantly lower upfront cost with a no-hassle, standard iBookstore retail price of $9.99. It’s the simplest one-click solution for published authors to publish a book in Apple’s iBookstore.
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!

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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NaNoWriMo Afterglow: 4 Steps to Self-Publishing Your Month’s Work

NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) is in the home stretch now, with thousands of authors nationwide in their final sprint to finish by the November 30 deadline.It makes one wonder what will happen with all those finished and unfinished manuscripts that result from this exciting competition. For many, self-publishing their work is the next logical step.

So, how do we make that happen? Here are 4 steps you can take to get your NaNoWriMo project published (and start selling) before the summer book-buying season heats up.

  1. Reserve Your Publishing Package: Outskirts Press offers all-inclusive Diamond and Pearl self-publishing packages so you can customize your masterpiece the way YOU want it! Talk about perfect timing … Now that your marathon month of writing is finally over, you can let someone else do the hard work for a change!Self publishing iPad
  2. Get Writing Help: If you’ve churned out the 50,000 words necessary to win NaNoWriMo but your story isn’t quite tied up yet, you can still take a breather — talk to a ghostwriter about helping you finish what you started so your month of grueling writing will not have been in vain.
  3. Go Digital: If a full-blown paperback and ebook publishing plan isn’t want you had in mind, dip your toe into the self-publishing pool with one or more ebook editions first — iPad/iPhone, Barnes & Noble NOOK and/or Amazon Kindle. You can always print later.
  4. Talk to a PMA: Your PMA, or Personal Marketing Assistant, will help you map out a marketing strategy that you can implement when your book is finished — and you’ve rested up from that amazing NaNoWriMo feat you’ve just accomplished.

What are you waiting for? Let us help you finish that book you started with NaNoWriMo!

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Top 10 Self-Publishing Book Marketing Tactics for June 2014

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 June 2014, listed below in alphabetical order:

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-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 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.
Barnes & Noble See Inside Barnes & Noble See Inside:  Barnes & Noble’s answer to Amazon’s “Search Inside the Book” program. Books that participate in this program receive a “See Inside” icon next to their Barnes & Noble cover image, which invites potential customers to electronically “flip” through a small section of the book.
Beijing Book Fair Beijing Book Fair: No other country has experienced the increase that China has on the world marketplace, and the readership in China represents an enormous opportunity. Get your book exposed at the largest and most popular industry book fair and publishing event in China.
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.
Apple iPad iPhone Standard Edition Apple iPad/iPhone Standard Edition: Allows self-publishing authors to enter the ebook marketplace at significantly lower upfront cost with a no-hassle, standard iBookstore retail price of $9.99. It’s the simplest one-click solution for published authors to publish a book in Apple’s iBookstore.
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!

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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Top 10 Self-Publishing Book Marketing Tactics for July 2013

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 July 2013, listed below in alphabetical order:

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:  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 claims that books participating in this program enjoy “significant” sales improvement, on average, over books that do not.
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.
Barnes & Noble See Inside:  Barnes & Noble’s answer to Amazon’s “Search Inside the Book” program. Books that participate in this program receive a “See Inside” icon next to their Barnes & Noble cover image, which invites potential customers to electronically “flip” through a small section of the book.
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.
Elite E-Book Package Elite E-Book Package: Combine the 3 most popular electronic edition submissions. This package includes formatting and distribution of an Amazon Kindle Edition, an Apple iPad/iPhone Edition, and a Barnes and Noble Nook Edition of your book.
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!
PR Publicist Campaign: Imagine having a publicist handle your custom press release distribution with targeted distribution and phone call follow-up? Imagine receiving the media leads personally and a clipping service that notifies you whenever your book is mentioned on the Internet.
Video Book Tour: Gain an edge in visibility for your book. When you can’t travel from place to place, a Virtual Book Tour ensures that you and your book are still making “appearances” on the blogosphere and social networking sites.

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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Virtual Reality in the Hardcopy World

When new authors first begin to contemplate self-publishing a book, visions of that thick, solid, hardcover volume must surely dance in their heads. Nothing beats the sensation of holding your first book in your hands and cracking the crisp pages for the first time. But it’s important for authors in this modern book publishing climate to remember the vital role ebooks play in the success of the book.

There are a few very compelling reasons you may wish to start with an ebook and then work your way to a hardcopy edition.

  • It’s easier. Designing and formatting for the electronic format is easier than designing and formatting a hardcopy book. So, formatting your ebook is an excellent way to get your feet wet before diving into the hard copy.
  • It’s quicker. Publishers can make an ebook available to consumers in a virtual instant, via electronic upload, compared to physical books, which must be ordered, set for print, produced and distributed before being put up for sale.
  • It’s an easier sell. Ebooks are far less expensive to produce than hardcopy editions, so can be priced lower. If your hard copy is priced at $13.99, the ability to also offer an ebook for $4.99 to millions of Kindle, Nook and iPad users is a priceless advantage in a highly competitive marketplace.

If you currently have a hardcopy book for sale, converting it to an ebook format is a simple and cost-effective proposition — and one that could provide a much needed boost in visibility and sales!

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Outskirts Press Announces Winner of Barnes & Noble NOOK in Facebook Contest

Outskirts Press, America’s fastest growing self-publishing and book marketing company, announced today the results of the random drawing from among its five thousand Facebook fans at http://facebook.com/OutskirtsPress.  David Olson of Albuquerque, NM will be “springing” to his mailbox to pick up his new Barnes & Noble NOOK e-Reader. Congratulations, David!

Barnes & Noble NOOK“We hope David will have many hours of reading pleasure from his new NOOK e-Reader,” said Outskirts Press CEO Brent Sampson.  “It’s just our special way of saying thank you to all of our enthusiastic fans for liking Outskirts Press on Facebook.”

The Barnes & Noble NOOK e-Reader is a high tech treasure for any 21st century reader.  Over 2.5 million (and growing) books, magazines, newspapers, comics, and more can be downloaded with this handy device. Paired with available free in-store support and in-store reading, the NOOK is a great complement to any reader’s collection.

Readers also cut down on their entertainment expenses with available library borrowing available on the device.

The NOOK itself is very lightweight and compact.  It weighs less than eight ounces and fits handily in any pocket or small purse.  It can hold a personal library of books – and the new E Ink screen reads as easily as real paper.  There is no glare, and one can read as clearly outside under a bright sun as in the muted light of one’s own living room.

A single charge of the battery keeps readers turning pages for over two months – made all the easier with NOOK’s faster new page turner function — and there is always free WI FI access at AT&T hotspots across the country.  One can also connect to WI FI hotspots at home or on the road.

Apple iPadExclusive Outskirts Press anthologies, announcements and contests through its social channels are just another way the self-publishing company helps keep its social friends and authors united and engaged in the act of writing, reading, and publishing.   In fact, just recently, Patricia A. Hawkenson, author of Magnetic Repulsion: 100 Poems From Desire to Disgust, was awarded a free iPad 2 from Outskirts Press for her “Video Valentine” submission, which was voted the most popular in a public poll. “Wow! Thank you, Outskirts Press! This was a FUN opportunity, and [runner-up] Rev. Judy Neal is very deserving of her prize. I am so glad she is to receive a special gift, as well. It was a close nail biting race, and I enjoyed the competition more because our results kept changing as our friends, family, and supporters came to vote for each of us. Thank you, again, to all involved. I’m feeling the luv!”

The prize runner-up Judy Neal won was an iPad e-book edition of her book, Another Woman at the Well…, also published by Outskirts Press, which offers e-book publishing and distribution options for the three largest e-book platforms: Amazon (http://outskirtspress.com/p/kindle), Barnes & Noble Nook (http://outskirtspress.com/p/nook) and the Apple iPad (http://outskirtspress.com/p/ipad).

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Happy New Year from Outskirts Press

Please join us in welcoming in the new year with some sneak peeks at what Outskirts Press has in store for its growing community of new and successfully published authors in 2012:

  • Win a free Barnes & Noble NOOK!
    Didn’t win the free Amazon Kindle in our 25 Days of Christmas drawing? No worries! We’re still going to hold a drawing for a free Barnes & Noble NOOK once we reach 5000 “likes” on our Facebook page. Need a NOOK edition of your book? Click here.
  • Free publication in our exclusive Facebook Fandemonium Volume II
    Our 2nd annual Facebook Fandemonium anthology is coming. In January we will solicit submissions from our Facebook friends. This is your chance to be published for free in our next collection of fiction and poetry, and help a good cause at the same time (royalties benefit the American Red Cross). Check out Fandemonium Volume I by clicking here.
  • Receive over $300 of free Amazon marketing options
    Historically, publishing a book is the #2 New Year’s Resolution among all people (losing weight is #1).  You’re on your own with #1, but we’ve helped thousands upon thousands of writers fulfill that #2 New Year’s Resolution.  Are you ready to fulfill yours? We can help you, too. And if you start publishing right now, you can get a head start on marketing with over $300 of Amazon book marketing options. Click here for all the details. 
  • Free 2012 Book Marketing Calendar for our published authors
    When is the deadline for participating in the Book Expo of America? When is the deadline for submitting your book to the Writer’s Digest International Self-Published Book Awards?  What should you do to promote your book during Small Press Month? (When IS Small Press Month)?  These questions, and others, are answered in the 2012 Book Marketing Calendar, available for all published Outskirts Press authors. And you can get it free in January! Stay tuned for details.
  • Win a free Apple iPad 2!
    Yes, you read that right. We’ll be announcing the exciting details of our Share the Love promotion in February. In the meantime, if you want to start off 2012 with a premium edition of your book on the iPad and available in the iBooks bookstore, click here. It couldn’t be simpler.

And that’s just in the first two months! Stay tuned to this blog or our Facebook page for further details on all these opportunities as we help our new and existing clients fulfill their New Year’s Resolutions for this exciting New Year.

Happy New Year, from Outskirts Press!

Introducing the Barnes & Noble NOOK Edition for Self-Publishing Authors!

Ask any self-publishing author, and they will tell you that it’s incredibly important for their book to be available in as many formats as possible – especially e-formats. Electronic books can be less expensive to publish than their printed counterparts. That, in addition to low overhead, makes ePublishing a very attractive option for authors. As a matter of fact, there are some authors who don’t publish print books at all, but they have very successful writing careers.

Although ePublishing offers very few barriers to entry, some authors still postpone offering their book via electronic channels. Why? More often than not, they are intimidated by the formatting and distribution process. That’s where Outskirts Press comes in. We offer a full suite of electronic publishing services available to all authors – regardless of where their book is published. In addition to our Amazon Kindle and Apple iPad formats, we now offer a Barnes & Noble NOOK edition for authors who wish to offer their eBook for sale through B&N’s distribution network.

When authors purchase this option, they experience the white glove service that is promised to any and all authors who purchase any self-publishing or book marketing services from Outskirts Press. We handle all of the “heavy lifting” (i.e. eBook conversion and formatting, submission to B&N’s distribution network, etc.) for you, and you earn all of the money. You can learn more about or place your order for this option by visiting our Barnes & Noble NOOK edition page.

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