Amazon Featured Book of the Week

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Beyond Ragnarok

by Tore Olav Arnesen

Price: $16.95

Tore Olav Arnesen’s “Beyond Ragnarok.” Jens, a professor of linguistics at Trondheim University makes a breakthrough not only in bird communications but also with Kong, a rescued and rehabilitated dolphin. Jens and Kong develop a strong bond and Jens uncovers that dolphins have mythological historical beliefs about the world. Jens is kidnapped and Kong is the only witness. Kong must violate his survival instincts and communicate with Jens’ family and colleagues.

 

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Time for a Spring Reset? Here’s How.

While spring often signifies new beginnings in literature and poetry (a rebirth, if you will), it’s often difficult to translate those slow and sudden changes which signify spring in the natural world into internal transformation, especially transformation of our work as writers. Here at Outskirts Press, we believe the charm and warmth of spring should not only put a pep in your step in your day-to-day life, but it should also be a time to pep up your writing and marketing efforts! Here are ten tips to get you started on resetting your writing during this season of rebirth:

  1. Let spring be a new beginning for you. Make a list of things you’d like to begin with a fresh start. Do you need to begin editing, creating a marketing plan, blogging, etc? Now’s the time to stop waiting for life to begin and just go ahead and get started.
  2. Use some springtime writing prompts to get the creative juices flowing and to help you “reset” after winter. Write about how the sunshine affects your mood and creativity, write about spring as a symbol of birth/life, write about your sensuous experience wandering around in the natural world in springtime, and so forth.
  3. Host an outdoor reading event in your community. Pick a nice sunny afternoon to encourage members of your community to get outside and share their love of the spoken and written word. This is a great way to network, to connect with other writers in your area and to have some fun in the sun. You might even make it a potluck and really break out the spring spirit!
  4. Start being more active on social media. Take pictures of the beauty around you, toss in a quote from a work of yours or from your recent read and share with your audience! Blog, post about new developments in your publishing process, connect with readers on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
  5. Spruce up your website. Who knows more about you than … well, you? And when has there ever been a better moment to give your digital image a refresh? Write up a fresh author bio that includes your recent accomplishments, publications, life developments, and so forth. Your latest hiking adventure counts, as does your recent reading list. Your readers want to get to know you, and your website is the best possible avenue for that!
  6. Join some forums, and join Goodreads! These are both terrific venues for marketing your book and they will help you connect more intimately with your audience. Goodreads, especially, offers some unique marketing opportunities.
  7. Host a drawing contest for the cover of your next book! The winner gets a free copy of your book and gets featured on your website and social media pages. What better way to drive traffic to your refreshed and revamped website than by seizing on the friendly competitive atmosphere of those recently freed from their winter doldrums?
  8. Add a “Store” page to your website. This is a great way to increase sales and to have your readers buy directly from you rather than some third party website. Monetization takes a small amount of effort, but a built-in shop or cross-linking to your Outskirts Press sales pages can do wonders for boosting access.
  9. Do some spring cleaning of your writing space and bookshelves. Decluttering your physical space is just as important as decluttering your emotional and digital spaces! Don’t forget to do the normal spring-cleaning to go along with your writing-specific spring-cleaning … after all, an uncluttered house is an uncluttered mind, and an uncluttered mind is able to focus on those details which really make a work come to life.
  10. Take advantage of this nice weather! Try writing outside, even if it’s just brainstorming. A little vitamin D and time in nature can go a long way. There’s science to prove this, but what more proof do you need than that rush of good feeling which comes from bringing your body back into the light and into balance with a world full of life?

Sometimes, all it takes is a quick reset for you to get your feet back beneath you and to push your manuscript from the “incomplete” stack to a polished work ready to send off to publish. Not sure what else you need to get started publishing your own book? Visit us online at www.outskirtspress.com to chat with a Publishing Consultant or call us at 1-888-672-6657 to find out how to finish your manuscript and get it ready for publication.

Bring in Bigger Sales with Banner Ads

These days, nearly everyone is on social media — tooling around on Twitter and Facebook, or mingling with other professionals on LinkedIn. At the very least, they are leaning heavily on Google to instantly find information and resources every day. Put these powerful tools to use helping readers find your book!

The truth is there are millions of readers looking for you — but are you making yourself visible to them? Fortunately, there are quick, easy ways to promote your book before thousands of avid readers in places they visit every day. With Custom Book Banner Advertisement from Outskirts Press, you can not only get the attention of your target audience but present a polished image to them via social media and Google.

Custom Book Banner Ads let you create a beautiful banner ad for Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or the Google search engine platform — or all of them, if you really want to cast a wide net. Built specifically for you and tailored to the platform(s) of your choosing, your custom banner will make you more visible to the world and present a more professional image to discerning readers.

Outskirts Press has made it easy for you to set up your banner ad exactly as you like it. Once you have selected the option, you will be able to choose the platform for your ad — Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Google. You will also have your choice between three design styles for your advertisement, each proportioned for the format you selected.

A professional graphic designer will create three gorgeous, full-color banner ad images for you according to your style choice and tailored to the requirements of your chosen platform. Each platform has unique strengths:

  • Facebook — Facebook allows for a highly targeted approach to advertising. You can identify your audience by age, location, habits and interests to reach the people most likely to buy. Your custom ad can be used as your Facebook page banner, or to announce impressive reviews, awards, special promotions and more.
  • Twitter — Twitter’s superpowers are its real-time nature and global visibility. Authors can target the right readers at the right time with sales, announcements and more.
  • LinkedIn — Driven by a community of professionals, LinkedIn is a great place for non-fiction writers, authors of multiple books, businesspeople and individuals with subject-matter expertise to reach out to other professionals with similar interests. The blogging feature is a huge plus.
  • Google — It doesn’t get more global than Google! Authors with a website will want to make use of Google My Business, Google+ and other venues to get their ad in front of this powerhouse’s unrivaled audience. Google’s robust search engine helps readers zero in on relevant content — like your ad!

The Custom Book Banner Advertising option includes one round of revisions, so you can make sure your banner is perfect before posting.

To purchase your Custom Book Banner Ad, click the “Add to Cart” button below, select a platform and start marketing your book to the multitudes!

Amazon Featured Book of the Week

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My Mom’s from Lublin My Dad’s from Seattle

by Gene Olson

(5 Stars – 1 Customer Review)

Price: $9.95

Gene Olson’s “My Mom’s from Lublin My Dad’s from Seattle” documents the vastly different childhoods of Olson’s parents. His mother was Norwegian and his dad was Swedish and living in Seattle. His in-laws were from Communist Lublin, Poland. This nostalgic and loving tribute is filled with photos and childhood memories.

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6 Keys to Promoting Your Self-Published Book on Google

The more time you spend among self-published authors, the more likely you are to realize that book promotion is just as often about finding the time to devote to the process as it is about who you know. When traditional publishing was the only route to publication, this may not have been the case, but in 2018 elbow grease and time are among the most important ingredients to successful book marketing.

With that in mind, wouldn’t it be great if there was a simple, easy, and quick way to find the people or places which were good fits for your book? Knowledge is power, in that spreading the knowledge of your book far and wide and making it easy to discover is a powerful element of your promotional arsenal. Google and other search engines have put the power of advanced Internet search algorithms at your disposal, but not all searches are created equal. In fact, Google makes it possible to promote your books using their search engine for free.

Here are six ways to make Google your ally in promotion:

  1. Help users discover your books by matching the content in your books with user searches. This ties into the Search Engine Optimization (SEO) process, which we have written about on our blog before.
  2. Keep your content protected. Users are able to preview a limited number of pages on Google Books using the preview function and determine whether they’ve found what they’re looking for. It’s useful to use Google to search for those unconscientious websites which mirror, or duplicate, the content of books and offer them for free download. Every few weeks, search your book’s title (with and without the additional term “free”) and double-check that no one is doing this. If they are, it’s time to send a cease-and-desist letter.
  3. Drive book sales by providing links to bookstores and online retailers at every opportunity when generating your own original content, whether on your blog or your website or your various social media platforms. Each link and mention you make of your book online is tracked and incorporated into the algorithms that decide search rankings, and search rankings determine what pops up first in the list of results whenever someone searches for your book or subjects related to your book.
  4. Become a Google Books Partner. Did you know Google is actively seeking partnerships with authors, and that they provide all sorts of resources for promoting your books on Google? Your new one-stop shop for know-how as an author interested in Google’s partnership program is: www.google.com/googlebooks/partners. If you visit this page, you’ll find links with recommendations for self-promotion, resources for authors and publishers, and a collection of success stories. (And let’s face it, we love tapping into the glow of success, if only to learn how others are finding ways to make it work.)
  5. Check out Google Play’s “Book Partners Center,” a separate (but linked) resource which provides step-by-step instructions on how to publish your book as an e-book in the Google Play store, and put your story on Android devices the world over. Of course, if you’re short on time, all the knowledge in the world won’t help you overcome that deficit. In that case, our last recommendation is to …
  6. Consider Outskirts Press’s various Google-related services, including the Google Books Preview Program Submission service, which interfaces directly with Google in order to render your book preview beautiful and findable, and the Amazon Listing Optimization service, which utilizes the latest advances in Search Engine Optimization (SEO) strategies in order to boost your Amazon book listing in Google search results.

These six tips will help Google users discover and access your book, as well as help you protect your rights and maintain creative control, and drive book sales. Google is so much more than a search engine, now! Have your book sales been flagging and you can’t figure out why? Visit your Author Center account online at www.outskirtspress.com to explore more marketing options and resources, including the chance to book 5 hours with one of our award-winning Personal Marketing Assistants!

Amazon Featured Book of the Week

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The Pearl of East Texas

by William D. Albright

(5 Stars – 20 Customer Reviews)

Price: $23.95

William D. Albright’s “The Pearl of East Texas.” This book tells of Mattie Pearl Albright’s remarkable and extraordinary story of love, charity, compassion, and leadership during the Jim Crow era. Moving from Louisiana to California to Texas, Mattie Pearl Albright achieved the impossible in every environment and circumstance and greatly impacted her community. Mattie Pearl had vision for the African-American people and she became a hero.

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Rachel: A Satilla County Novel

by Oscar Patton

Price: $15.95

Oscar Patton’s “Rachel: A Satilla County Novel.” An aspiring young journalist Rachel Mellon collides head-on with a gang of good ole boys who are, in reality, a murderous crime syndicate selling bootleg whiskey. Armed with the law on her side and help from her best friend, Rachel takes them on and gives a death blow to the old Klan and brings about women’s rights and changing times.

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