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Gearing Up for NaNoWriMo!

50,000 words.

Just let that sink in for a moment:

50,000 words!

(That’s a lot of words.)

November is just a few days away, and for some of you, that means National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is approaching with its 50,000 words looming on the horizon.

NaNoWriMo isn’t just a vanity project; this is a chance to tackle many of the thorniest issues related to writing and authorship, specifically as self-publishing authors, that emerge when we settle into a long and sustained attempt to generate material. These issues include (but are not limited to) finding inspiration, maintaining motivation, vanquishing writer’s block, and navigating an author’s complicated relationships to editing.

To help you prepare, we’ve created a to-do list for all self-publishing authors participating in NaNoWriMo!

  • Read a couple of pep talks, all of which are available on the NaNoWriMo website, to boost your motivation to get started–and to succeed
  • Add a NaNoWriMo badge (also available on to your website, as a fun way to let everyone know that you are taking the challenge
  • Spend some time before the writing doing the things which refresh your will to write: listen to music, people watch, drink coffee, and read books!
  • Relax: NaNoWriMo is inevitably hectic, so prepare your mind and body by practicing relaxation techniques such as exercising, meditating, or doing Sudoku
  • Bring your friends and family on board! You will need their support during this process, so remind them of your goals and writing schedule
  • Have fun. NanoWriMo is a fun process, so just enjoy it

Good luck to all of the self-publishing authors who are participating in NaNoWriMo. We can’t wait to see your books in print, and we hope you’ll keep us posted on your progress throughout November if you choose to pursue the project. And, as always, we hope you’ll turn to us if you find yourself looking for encouragement or support.

When it’s time to publish your masterpiece, call an Outskirts Press Publishing Consultant to help you get started. There are three convenient ways to connect:

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Best Book of the Year Polls Close Tomorrow … Cast Your Vote Now For One of These Outskirts Press Authors

Last week, we were proud to announce the three finalists for the 2020 Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year award. Since then, the finalists have been showing us their impressive marketing chops – reaching out to fans on social media, and promoting their book like pros to win your votes.

We’re in the final hours, and we need your vote to determine which of these talented authors has proven they have the author platform and promotional muscle to take top honors as the Grand Prize winner, and take home the $1,500 Grand Prize for Best Book of the Year.

So, take one last look at these worthy contenders, and then scroll down to the poll to place your vote for the 2020 Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year!

FINALIST:  Life in the Morgue by Lance Anderson

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FINALIST:  Musings from Cowboy Country by George Rhoades

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FINALIST:  Whispers of Love by Gina Simone

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The public poll for Best Book of the Year closes at 11:59 PM Mountain Time on Thursday, September 24th.

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Are you ready to publish your own award-winning book and perhaps find yourself in the running for next year’s Best Book of the Year award? Connect with Outskirts Press now in whatever manner is easiest for you:


Congratulations to our EVVY Award Winners!

The 26th Annual Colorado Independent Book Publishers Association EVVY Awards Banquet took place virtually last night, and as often happens, Outskirts Press demonstrated that award-winning writers publish an unparalleled number of award-winning books at Outskirts Press. We are proud to announce that Outskirts Press authors took home a total of 14 impressive 1st-, 2nd- and 3rd-place awards. The recorded virtual ceremony will be available on the CIPA YouTube Channel indefinitely.

Winning an EVVY Award is a prerequisite to winning the coveted Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Award and its $1,500 Grand Prize. Stay tuned to find out which three authors from the winners below will be the finalists for that prestigious prize! The Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Award will be determined by the readers of our blog, Self-Publishing News, in an open, public vote beginning September 9th.

Here are our 2020 EVVY Award winners. Congratulations to them all!



Life in the Morgue by Lance Anderson
1st Place Action Adventure
Whispers of Love by Gina Simone
1st Place Spiritual/Religion



APACHE DUNES by G.D. Flashman
2nd Place Thrillers/Suspense
Caught in a Tangled Web of Lies by Marine Natalie Stewart
2nd Place Romance Paranormal/Gothic/Historical/Regency/Suspense/Western
Pete Cluckington and the Others by Melody Monroe
2nd Place Children’s Story Books



Connect! by Barry J. Moline
3rd Place Non-Fiction Business
Jeff’s Journey by Mindy Poist
3rd Place Children’s Story Books
Moscow Embassy by Thomas J. Mitchell
3rd Place Thrillers and Suspense
Special Means by Andrew Ceroni
3rd Place Action Adventure
Man of Letters by Charles Reilly
3rd Place Cultural Studies/Social Issues



Life in the Morgue by Lance Anderson
Second Place Cover Design

Congratulations to all of our EVVY nominees, finalists, and winners!

Have you published a book this year, or are you getting ready to? Let Outskirts Press show you how to produce an award-worthy work! Follow the link below to learn more about our book publishing and marketing services.


Holiday Book Promotion in the Time of COVID

Book marketing has changed due to the coronavirus pandemic, leaving millions sick, jobless, and stuck at home.

Drastic times call for drastic measures and Outskirts Press wants to help. Has the financial uncertainty put a strain on your book marketing budget? Have social distancing measures put a hold on your book marketing efforts? If so, keep reading because there is a silver lining around this corona-cloud.

For many readers, writers, and book marketers, social distancing requirements can offer a lot more free time. Use that time productively by…

  • writing another book, since it is more efficient to market two books than one
  • using the “alone time” productively by completing book marketing tasks that might otherwise seem too time-consuming to be worthwhile
  • researching and entering book contests
  • investigating bloggers who write content similar to your book to write a guest post
  • researching podcasters who record content similar to your book to be a guest

Whatever your tactics are, it is important to have copies (some of them should be signed) of your book available whenever you need them. And now is the time to stock up, especially since holiday printing lead times will be longer than ever before due to the coronavirus (as long as two months). Who needs that extra stress? Stock up on books today!

Hint: Free Shipping Months are PERFECT times to load up on marketing copies and September is FREE SHIPPING MONTH for all Outskirts Press Authors!

Want more ideas? Create gift baskets! For example, if you’ve published a series of spy thrillers, put an AMC Gift Card inside each one (theaters will open up again someday, right??), along with a tin of caramel popcorn and a few Coca Colas, and a DVD of a 007 or Mission Impossible movie. Wrap each gift basket up with a bow. You can either sell your gift baskets outright from your website (for a higher price than all their parts, of course, like say … $39 or $49, depending upon your desired profit margin). Or give them away as gifts to winners of your social media contests or to followers on your blog.

The options are endless. In fact, our authors will immediately receive an exclusive COVID-SAFE Book Marketing Tip Sheet titled 19 COVID-Safe Ways to Promote Your Book During the Holidays and free shipping within the continental United States when they order 50+ author copies during the month of September.


NEW Social Media Set-Up and Strategy Toolkit

The Social Media Set-Up & Strategy Toolkit is launching this month to replace the Author Platform option. While many of the successful marketing concepts remain the same, we listened to your feedback and made some moderate improvements, too.

Here’s what the new Social Media Set-Up and Strategy Toolkit includes:

Profile/Account Creation and/or Refinement – select three social media accounts from five choices: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram or Pinterest:

  • Enhancement of your profile with your book summary, author bio, and photo
  • Eye-catching graphics (flat and isolated 3D images) of your book cover
  • “Shop Now” buttons linked to your Amazon sales page and the OP Bookstore

Social Media Posts:

  • Initial posts for each selected account
  • Recommended posts for your book launch
  • Posting calendar with 120 days of ideas
  • Posts linked/aggregated across multiple social media accounts

Target Marketing and Advertising:

  • Research and identify your target audience on each account
  • Connect each account with your target audience
  • Create an ad to use on Facebook
  • Digital clipping service (Google Alert) to notify you of any mention of you or your book on the internet

You’ll also receive access to our Social Media video series as well as valuable tip sheets to help you even more.

You already know how important social media is when it comes to marketing and promoting your books. The new Social Media Set-Up & Strategy Toolkit gives you everything you need to hit that jungle swinging!


Outskirts Press Self-Publishing Authors Impress EVVY Awards Judges—Here Are the 2020 Finalists

Outskirts Press self-publishing authors continually impress the judges at the annual CIPA EVVY Awards and this year is no different. In fact, our authors garnered 13 spots as finalists for the 2020 awards and we couldn’t be prouder!

Now in its 26th year, the EVVY Awards, sponsored by the Colorado Independent Publishers Association (CIPA) and the CIPA Education and Literacy Foundation (ELF), recognize the works of independent authors in dozens of book categories.

First-, second- and third-place winners will be revealed and recognized during a live broadcast on Thursday, September 10 at 6 p.m. MDT on CIPA’s YouTube Channel. Details about the broadcast will be announced soon on our blog, Self-Publishing News, and on the CIPA website.

Winning an EVVY Award is a prerequisite to being an Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year finalist, and we announce those three finalists from among all the EVVY winners on our blog shortly after the EVVY Awards.

At last, here are the Outskirts Press books that have been selected as finalists in the 2020 EVVY Awards:

Congratulations to all our EVVY Award finalists! We are so proud of your impressive achievements in this awards cycle.

Have you published a book this year, or are you getting ready to? Let Outskirts Press show you how to produce an award-worthy work! Follow the link below to learn more about our book publishing and marketing services.


How Local Media Marketing Can Make Your Book Skyrocket (even while self-isolating)

If you’ve done any sort of local media marketing yourself, you know it is often easier said than done. Success typically comes down to perseverance. But success also depends upon contacting the right people at the right time.

Every city has its share of radio stations, and each of those radio stations have on-air personalities for designated blocks of time. Some radio programs are geared exclusively to music. Others, exclusively to news. And still others exclusively to a mash-up of music, entertainment, and listener engagement. Media marketing involves identifying the appropriate people to contact and making those in-roads.

Since you’re a local author in their area, they’re exponentially more likely to be interested than if you send an unsolicited pitch to a national or global program.

Other than radio, every major city also has its fair share of local newscasts and entertainment programs on television. These program producers are constantly on the prowl for unique, original programming featuring someone, or something, of local interest. In much the same manner you located and pitched the radio stations, you’ll identify and pitch the television producers, too.

Do you want more than radio and television exposure? How about city-wide newspapers and/or community leaflets or fliers. Almost all commercial areas from the suburbs to the major cities harbor newsletters, newspapers, coupon periodicals, and the like. And what do you think the chances are that your local community newspaper will write an article about a local author with a published book? We’re betting pretty good! In fact, your local community newspapers should also be one of your very first steps on the road to marketing, but the success rate is so high.

If you’re thinking this sounds like a lot of work, you’re right. But the results can make it worthwhile if you have the patience to do it right. And nowadays, much (if not all of this) can be done remotely via email, chat, and the telephone, making it an effective and safe method of marketing your book, even during COVID-19.

Want even more good news? Outskirts Press offers a Media Marketing Blitz option that does all this for you, and more. Throughout August our authors can receive an instant 10% savings with promo code: mediamarket


Got Knee Pain? Where is Your Tibia? by William J. Ruch, D.C

Author William Ruch is taking his latest book Got Knee Pain? Where is Your Tibia? on tour — a Virtual Book Tour, that is, with Outskirts Press! Technology has created a wide variety of ways to reach audiences all over the world. All it takes is a little thinking outside the box, and nowadays you can market a self-published book in a variety of affordable and impactful ways. Virtual book tours, for example, are a great way to connect with readers from all corners of the globe, all from the comfort of your own home. Join William Ruch and Got Knee Pain? as they appear in features and interviews (such as the one below) in the weeks and months ahead!

Luckily for us, William 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

OP: Tell us a little bit about Got Knee Pain?: Where is Your Tibia?. What is it about?

William: Knee pain and how to evaluate and then treat your own knee injury.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

William: Because of the bad treatment that people receive after they have injured their knee.

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

William: Anyone with a knee injury.

OP: What is special about your book?

William: Knee pain can be very debilitating. This book could lead a person to decrease their pain but regain mobility.

OP: What differentiates it from other books in the same category?

William: I am unaware of any book like this.

OP: Have you published any other books? Do you plan to publish more?

William: Yes and yes.

OP: How can someone learn more about your book or purchase it?

William: Got Knee Pain? is available at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and Outskirts Press.

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


Dr. William Ruch has a successful chiropractic practice for over 30 years, in Oakland, California. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of San Francisco in 1975. He graduated Cum Laude from Life Chiropractic College West in Hayward, California in September of 1986. In the Spring of 1987, he returned to his alma mater as adjunct faculty, where he has been teaching till this day. Dr. Ruch authored numerous scientific articles on spinal and pelvic pathophysiology including cadaver dissection study, radiograph photography which appeared in chiropractic journals. In addition, he has written chapters on the autonomic neuroanatomy of the vertebral subluxation/misalignment complex, and published several cadaver specimens, radiology and photographs in other textbooks. Through the Life Chiropractic College West, he published the 2nd edition textbook: “Atlas of Common Subluxation of the Human Spine and Pelvis,” which is a part of his curriculum. He also published a textbook on adjusting called “Advanced Adjusting Techniques,” which has the pelvic protocols included in this book. Currently, Dr. Ruch is also conducting seminars for post graduate education and relicensing. Dr. Ruch has made it his mission to teach the chiropractic community the importance of understanding human anatomy, and why it is possible to achieve the patient desired results, without unnecessary procedures, stress, anxiety and pain. Please visit our websites at:, or just stop by for the experience of relief.

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This author purchased the Media Marketing Blitz 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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10 Reasons to Customize Your Marketing Materials this July

Join Outskirts Press in celebrating our very own “Customized Marketing Month” this July with 10 great reasons to create personally-branded promotional materials to help you market your book with professionalism and success.

1. Every author needs a business card to include in press kits and at author events. What better way to promote your book and yourself at the same time than with professionally designed and personally branded business cards that feature your book’s cover on one side and your contact/sales information on the other?
2. Custom bookmarks are a wonderful promotional item to pass out because people rarely throw them away; they actually keep them, use them, and see them over and over! Take advantage of that marketing opportunity by ensuring that those promotional bookmarks promote your book in a customized and professionally-branded way.
3. Posters serve two unique purposes that other promotional materials cannot. They’re great for book signings and other events where you need some large presentation pieces framed upon your table or hanging from your “space” to draw attention to your book. Additionally, posters are great for framing and hanging on the wall in your home and/or office. Between a framed movie poster and a framed poster of your own book cover, we know which we would recommend for available wall space. Talk about motivational!
4. Postcards are the most effective direct mail piece because they require a lower postage rate, offer a high-quality presentation of your cover, and contain book and ordering information on the reverse side, all presented in a customized promotional way that everybody is already accustomed to receiving in the mail.
5. If you have a professionally designed custom cover (and if you received one with Outskirts Press, we’re already betting that you do), customized promotional materials offer a beautiful way to showcase your book’s artistry in a variety of highly-effective ways.
6. To celebrate “Customized Marketing Month” you can save 10% instantly on 500 customized bookmarks with the promotion code bookmarksave through July 11 if you’ve published with Outskirts Press.
7. Continue celebrating “Customized Marketing Month” with Outskirts Press between July 12-18, and Outskirts Press authors can receive an instant 10% discount on 500 custom business cards with the promotion code: buscards
8. July 19-25 is the week Outskirts Press authors can save 10% instantly on your very own customized postcards (500 count) with promotion code: postcards.
9. The last week of “Customized Marketing Month” (July 26-31) brings an instant 10% discount to Outskirts Press authors who order 25 small posters that feature the front cover of your book. Simply enter promotion code smposters at check-out.
10. Would you rather get everything you need all at once and save even MORE in the process? The Promotional Materials Bundle combines all of the above customized marketing materials into one truly sweet suite of promotional goodness for a bundled discount. And all July long you can save an additional 10% with promotion code: promomater