Why Audiobooks Are a ‘Sound’ Decision

Successful self-published authors know their odds of earning sales increase with every new format or buying method they offer to their readers. Paperbacks, hardcovers, ebooks and downloadable PDFs are all par for the course; likewise, big booksellers like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple, etc., are requisite selling venues. For many authors, it’s almost unthinkable to leave out any of these options.

But there’s one oft-overlooked publishing option we haven’t yet mentioned — and it’s on the cusp of making the must-have list: audiobooks! It’s not just commuters who are looking for good books to listen to. Audiobooks are ideal for:

  • Visually impaired book enthusiasts
  • Educators who play audiobooks in the classroom
  • Churches offering spiritual/Christian book passages in their Bible study
  • Storytime for youngsters who cannot yet read
  • Instilling the love of reading in children through professionally delivered tales

When you make your print book available as an Audiobook, you open up availability to all of these audiences! This month, Outskirts Press is offering 50% OFF our Audiobook Publication and Distribution option — so you can have your book ready for a growing audience of literary audiophiles.

The Outskirts Press custom audiobook starts with five narrator auditions and a 15-minute recording preview, so you can make any last-minute adjustments to tone and pace for the final edition. The Audiobook Publication and Distribution option also includes:

  • a properly formatted Audiobook file provided to distribution chains including: Amazon, Audible, iTunes, Audiobooks.com and Barnes & Noble
  • an Audiobook cover
  • a retail sample to use for promoting your Audiobook
  • industry-leading royalties paid to you directly by the audiobook distributors

Want to keep your book on-trend — and expand your revenue streams — by making your book available in Audiobook format? It only takes one click to get started at 50% OFF

  1. Add our custom Audiobook Publication and Distribution option to your cart.
  2. Enter promo code HalfOff-Audio at checkout.
  3. We’ll get to work on a professional Audiobook version of your book!

Need more details about this option before making your decision? Chat with a Publishing Consultant using the live chat option on our website – www.outskirtspress.com.

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The Esoteric Apprentice by Steven Chernikeeff

Technology has created a wide variety of ways to reach audiences all over the world. All you have to do is think outside the box and you can market a self-published book in creative, affordable, and affective ways. Consider book tours! Tours are a great way to connect with your readers directly through their phones and computers! Thanks to technology expanding your readership is easier and more cost effective than ever!

Author Steven Chernikeeff is taking his latest book The Esoteric Apprentice, on tour — a Virtual Book Tour with Outskirts Press. This will allow Steven to take his book into the far corners of the globe, all from the comfort of his own home! Keep an eye out for Steven’s book as he will be featured on several blogs over the weeks and months ahead!


Luckily for us, Steven was kind enough to answer a few questions as the tour was getting started so that we can give you a sneak peek into the mind of the creator of The Esoteric Apprentice.

OP: Tell us a little bit about The Esoteric Apprentice. What is it about?

Steven: This book is about my personal journey with an esoteric group working in group formation along the lines as taught by Alice A. Bailey and her work with the Master D.K.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

Steven: I led the group for over 20 years in different countries. The book chronologically details that work.

OP: How did you get your book published?

Steven: It was a long time wish to publish this work together as a reference, especially for those who are interested in karma and planetary change.

OP: What types of readers would be interested in this story?

Steven: Students of the Theosophical, Esoteric, or even the Occult.

OP: What is special about your book?

Steven: It details working in Groups of Twelve people for planetary change.

OP: What differentiates your book?

Steven: It’s never been done in Groups of Twelve before – ever.

OP: Have you published any other books?

Steven: No.

OP: Do you plan to publish more?

Steven:  Yes, I am currently working with contributing authors on a book about the significance of the year 2025.

OP: Thanks for your time, Steven! We look forward to learning more about you as you visit other bloggers!

For more information or to contact the author, visit https://www.outskirtspress.com/TheEsotericApprentice

This author purchased the Virtual Book Tour marketing option, which allows self-publishing authors to connect with bloggers and harness the power of the blogosphere by taking their book on the “virtual road.” Learn more about this service by visiting your Publishing Center and reviewing the available marketing options.

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Amazon Featured Book of the Week

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I Had My Cake and Ate It Too, Thanks to My Angels: One Man’s Journey Through Life

by Terry Boyle

(5 Stars – 5 Customer Reviews)

Price: $15.95

Terry Boyle’s “I Had My Cake and Ate It Too, Thanks to My Angels: One Man’s Journey Through Life.
You can change your life when you develop a ‘Can Do’ attitude! Terry Boyle’s life was perfect because he loved what he did at work. Monday was exciting to go to his job no matter the task. Somewhere down the road, the perfect job may be waiting for you, but you will never know unless to take that step. Let Terry share with you how to develop a lifelong positive attitude and change your life and relationships.

 

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You Voted, We Listened! Here Are Your Favorite Marketing Options!

Marketing. It can cause more trepidation in writers than the looming task of writing itself. Thankfully, Outskirts Press can take some of the burden of marketing off your shoulders, so you can focus on writing while we focus on promoting your book and increasing your readership! Here is an overview of our most popular Marketing Options, based on the latest survey of sales numbers.

Amazon Kindle Submission Service

Amazon Kindle Submission Service: Amazon is the number one retailer in America (yes, even bigger than Wal-Mart!), and the Amazon Kindle is the #1 e-reader. More formats on Amazon means more exposure on Amazon, and the Kindle is heavily promoted by Amazon.

Reader Views Literary Awards Submission

Reader Views Literary Awards Submission: Every year Reader Views honors exemplary books from independent self-publishers with the Literary Book Award. Make sure your book is among the ones being considered.

Amazon Launch Bundle

Amazon Launch Bundle: Save 25% on 3 of our marketing services focused on Amazon.com. This bundle includes the following options: Amazon Search Inside the Book, Amazon Listing Optimization and Amazon Author Page.

eBook Bundle

eBook Bundle: Save time and money by bundling all three of our e-book editions together. This e-book publishing package is one of our most popular, and no wonder! It includes formatting and distribution of an Amazon Kindle Edition with distribution on Amazon, an Apple iPad/iPhone Edition with distribution through iTunes and the iBooks bookstore, and a Barnes & Noble NOOK Edition with distribution through the NOOK bookstore on Barnes & Noble’s website.

Personal Marketing Assistant

Personal Marketing Assistant: Do you know how to develop a book marketing plan or even what should be included in it? Do you have the time and know-how to snag and schedule book signings? Are you confused about when, where and how to implement these and other elements of your book marketing plan? Let your Personal Marketing Assistant do the heavy lifting for you!

ForeWord Magazine Co-op Ad

ForeWord Magazine Co-op Ad: Reach over 10,000 influential book buyers, store owners, publishers, editors, and agents with a co-op advertisement in the leading independent publishing trade magazine.

Google Books Preview Program Submission

Google Books Preview Program Submission: Make your book more discoverable on Google with the Google Books Preview Program, complete with your book cover, an enticing sample for readers to browse and convenient links for buyers to purchase a copy through the major online retailers.

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 news wire service on your behalf.

We would like to thank the many authors who have trusted us to assist them in marketing their way toward successful books — and we’d love to help you, too!

Amazon Featured Book of the Week

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Notes From the Trenches: A Musician’s Journey Through World War I

by Gary H. Foster

(5 Stars – 10 Customer Reviews)

Price: $29.95

Gary H. Foster’s “Notes From the Trenches: A Musician’s Journey Through World War I.” America found itself drawn into the Great War overseas, and the author’s grandfather, Leo Foster, bugler for the Wisconsin National Guard, was sent to the front lines. Nearly a century later, this book reconstructs Leo’s World War I experience from letters, newspaper clippings, and photographs from Leo’s footlocker. Nothing compares to the immediacy of the war experience in a soldier’s own words. Full of wit, good humor, and honesty, these letters provide a fascinating window into the War to End All Wars.

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The Staff and The Sword

by T. K. Kohl

(5 Stars – 9 Customer Reviews)

Price: $19.95

T. K. Kohl’s “The Staff and The Sword.” A powerful earthquake causes a deep crack in the jungles of Peru and exposes a strange building. A world-renowned archeologist is asked to take his team into Peru to investigate. They discover ancient scrolls and tablets, which are believed to be artifacts stolen thousands of years ago in order to protect the world from a dark power. Can the archeologist and his team save the world before it’s too late? They must trust the staff and the sword.

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What Does it Take to Market a Memoir, Biography, or Autobiography?

Memoirs are a tricky thing to write, much less market, and their cousins the autobiography and the biography are equally so. When an author draws from real life and the history of a moment in time, it can seem daunting to do the deep research, trap the sands of time on the page, publish a finished book … and then also have to market that book! And given the fact that your book is deeply invested in, the facts, there is a widespread reluctance on the part of memoir, biography, and autobiography authors to pump up the drama in the heightened emotion of the kind of sales copy you’ll find tied to works of both literary and genre fiction. That said, there are some reliable and useful ways to market your work of non-fiction drawn from real life that ought to prove helpful as you set out to start marketing your latest book.

1. Identify your readers and where they “live.” We bring up this point often, as it applies to marketing for so many different genres in so many different ways. When it comes to memoir, biography, and autobiography, we’re talking about a very specific subset of readers. Readers of these branches of non-fiction are not always hugely prolific readers, in that they may not read widely on many topics, but they are incredibly deep readers and will often read more than one book on the same topic, to ensure they have a thorough picture of a time, place, or life. As a result, they’re not necessarily shopping for their books or their ebooks in the same place as everyone else; they’ll be just as likely to turn up online in history forums dedicated to particular time periods or particular military campaigns or particular Napoleonic-era war ships. Don’t be afraid to get hyper-specific in your marketing: identify key bloggers and other authors writing about the same subject, place, or time as you are and reach out to them. History buffs hosting influential profiles on Instagram, YouTube, and podcasts are another great resource to identify and consult about doing a social media or blog tour!

2. Get in touch with your local history buffs. Do not underestimate your own community’s potential hunger and thirst for non-fiction in the memoir, biography, and autobiography subgenres! Memoirs by small-town retired war vets routinely pack out libraries hosting readings and signings, and travelogues and tell-alls too. People are excited to expand their world and taste of other lives, and they haunt libraries, museums, and local businesses looking to connect with those stories. When you start to market your book, make sure you include a book reading or signing at your local public library as one of your first and most highly publicized events, and reach out to local organizations such as the VFW, Elks, Rotary, and Kiwanis clubs as well as your local museums, universities, and archives for partnerships. All of these organizations take an interest in preserving history and in expanding the career prospects of young entrepreneurs. What better way to inspire the next generation than with a book about a well-lived life?

3. Bring it home. That is … don’t be afraid to make this book, and the marketing of this book, personal. After all, the average reader picks up a memoir, biography, or autobiography in the first place because they’re fascinated with the outline of a life–and because that reader wants to fill in some of the blanks! Don’t shy away from making the most of your personal experiences or the personal experiences of the historical figure around which you’re centering the book in your marketing campaign, and make sure to touch upon the perspectives and worldview that have informed your writing; just as you want your book to ring true on fact-checkable details, you also want all of your marketing copy to ring true to your personal voice. Even if you didn’t draw from your own life for the content of your book, there’s room in the margins for your story. Think of Rebecca Skloot, author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks–Skloot herself is present in the text as narrator, and the author doesn’t shy away from including her very hands-on research process as a part of the braided story of the book. That braiding continued in her marketing of the book after its release. You can always share significant places, things, or aspects of your story, and engage your readers with all kinds of digital media (blog posts, pictures, videos, and social media posts) during the marketing process. So, start thinking of what makes your story unique, and think of how you can use that to draw readers in — outside the pages of your book.

No matter what steps you intend take to market your memoir, biography, or autobiography, we’re with you on your journey–and eager to help you travel that path as smoothly and effectively as possible! And if you’re still not sure where to get started in marketing your book, it may be time to lean on an expert. There’s never a better time than now to inquire about the wonderful lineup of marketing options available to you through Outskirts Press; simply visit us online at www.outskirtspress.com, where you’ll find countless further recommendations to suit your marketing needs.

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