Amazon Featured Book of the Week

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The Irate Pirate

by James Edward Best

(5 Stars – 6 Customer Reviews)

Price: $15.95

James Edward Best’s “The Irate Pirate.” Petie is a young pirate-in-training until one day, he begins to doubt that he is cut out for this life. After making a list of pros and cons, Petie realizes his moral dilemma: he cannot steal from others, yet that is exactly what his destiny tells him he must do.

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Resolutions Every Author Should Have for the New Year!

Structured and manageable goals are important to those of us who consider ourselves works in progress. Well, it’s that time of year when we all start thinking about those goals — in this case, New Year’s resolutions. They’re especially necessary to moving a book from an unknown publication to a chart-topper. It’s a big project!

But, whether you’re just starting to figure out marketing or already a best-selling author, there are simple things you can resolve to do in 2019 that will make you an even better at selling … or simply a better you. Here are resolutions for published authors or anyone bent on self-improvement.

  1. Set goals. “Wait, I thought a resolution was a goal!” Well, yes, it is, in a sense. Ideally, your New Year’s resolution is the culmination of your goals throughout the year. It’s important — and ultimately more productive — to make goal-setting a habit, not just a tradition we do once a year and promptly forget. So set lots of small, attainable goals rather than one insurmountable to-do you never actually do. For example, if your resolution is to sell 2,000 copies, break it down into smaller goals. Resolve to promote one giveaway in January, schedule a book-signing in February, then a book fair in March and so on for the entire year. Or, set a goal to schedule 20 book-signings next year and average 10 sales per event. Way less intimidating, right?
  2. Facilitate goals. If you’ve resolved to sell big in the new year without so much as a marketing calendar in the house, you’ve not facilitated your goals or your year’s resolution. Remove barriers to progress and instate conditions that help you achieve. Buy an entry-level PC for getting on social media to promote or gather a list of bookstores you can call to set up events. Then, resolve to reach out until you get the bookings you need to fulfill your resolution.
  3. Make marketing a priority. Once you’ve divided your marketing resolutions into smaller goals, it’s much easier to give them top priority. Knock out those little to-do’s first thing in the morning!
  4. Read, read, read. Top-notch authors are always top-notch readers. Get to know your genre not just by practicing it but by being an avid consumer of it. That way, you’ll get to know your audience and what appeals to them.
  5. Master the basics of social media. No matter what your stripe, there’s are many others with similar interests on social media. Facebook “friend” other authors and readers, and learn from them. Follow publishers. Rub elbows with book clubs. You’ll find kindred spirits in the virtual world who can enlighten you with real wisdom. Use that wisdom to refine how you communicate with potential readers.
  6. Try something new. Make 2019 the year you branch out. Start a blog. Meet new people with similar interests. These new experiences will all enrich and inform so many other aspects of your life. At the very least, you’ll be a more social and well-rounded person. Hey, you might even discover a whole new audience for your book!
  7. Just do you. Yes, you should be reading a lot, meeting people and making connections that pay off in sales. Ultimately, you’ll assimilate all these influences into a voice that is uniquely yours, and you’ll find your true audience. Don’t fight it — feed it.
  8. Consider “cheating” a little. Many of us are afraid to ask for help. It feels lazy, like we’re cutting corners. Let us put your mind at ease: It’s not cheating to ask for help reaching your marketing goals! In fact, it’s pretty smart, if you ask us. And, if you’ve tried new things, delved into social media and checked off other goals, you likely have crossed paths with new people who may be able to help you get past the hump. Reach out to friends and family to help you get the word out or purchase inexpensive marketing service options to help you reach the goals you set on the road to your resolution. (Even full-time professionals parse out their duties from time to time.)

Whatever your resolution, the important thing is to keep moving, to take whatever steps necessary to move you toward fulfilling the great things you planned for your life.

Need help moving toward your New Year’s resolution? Consider hiring a Personal Marketing Assistant for 5 hours of expertise and a Custom Marketing Plan. You can log into your Publishing Center to see what book marketing options are available to you or chat with us using the live chat option on our website (www.outskirtspress.com).

 

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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