Amazon Featured Book of the Week

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Baby, I’m the Boss of Me: Embracing the Power and Joy of Getting Older

by Ruth Yunker

(4 Stars – 5 Customer Reviews)

Price: $15.95

Ruth Yunker’s “Baby, I’m the Boss of Me: Embracing the Power and Joy of Getting Older” presents a timeless look at growing older that is both funny and heartfelt. Through her own experiences and how she is choosing to navigate this amazing period of her life, the stories she tells show a path of how to get from here to there while savoring every minute.

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Crimes of Arrogance

by Mitch Engel

(5 Stars – 24 Customer Reviews)

Price: $22.95

Mitch Engel’s “Crimes of Arrogance.” Webster Tremont, the son of a prominent billionaire, shuns his trust funds, wanting to be out of his father’s shadow. After a career as a cop, Webb becomes a successful writer of true crime cases, which are turned into a TV series. But when weekly, prank copycat crimes turn into serious felonies, Webb and the FBI get involved. Have they been manipulated by a dangerous sociopath? Webb uncovers family secrets and learns that wealth and pedigree are no protection against a criminal mastermind.

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Have You Published a Children’s Book? Here’s How to Market It.

Children’s books may just be the purest distillation of self-publishing perfection: they’re beautiful, they have universal appeal to readers of all ages, and they pack an emotional punch which leaves readers hungry for more. But if you’ve recently self-published a children’s book, you’ll already know that marketing your book successfully can still pose some unique challenges, regardless of these qualities. It’s time to put your creative gifts back to work, and to take advantage of your book’s unique place in the self-publishing marketplace. But how? Here are three simple suggestions to get you started.

ONE: Think of your book as an event, not an object.

Children’s books are best enjoyed collectively, aren’t they? Whether we’re talking about a grandparent reading aloud to a pack of children on the couch or a librarian holding forth to a cluster of kids during Story Hour or an educator teaching sight words to a roomful of second graders, children’s books are events, not just physical objects that one can hold in the hand. When it comes to marketing, spend some time early on brainstorming all of the various contexts in which you see your book being enjoyed … and then start planning how you yourself can center an event in each context. And don’t just think analog … digital context matter, too! Think of all those book reviewers on YouTube and those book bloggers on Goodreads who might just love reading your book as part of a book tour.

And look, just holding a book reading isn’t enough to move most parents to open their pocketbooks and deal out the hard cash; they really want to know and be convinced that there’s more to your book than what can be heard or seen in a single reading. Many children’s books out there are, after all, easy to pick up once and never again. So when you think about hosting or running an event, think about how to ensure it’s an engaging one, and find ways to make clear connections to ancillary materials like your book’s back matter, related activities, website material, and educator-friendly resources. The point is to communicate that your book is one worth coming back to, time and time again, and therefore worth investing money in.

TWO: Schools are key, and schools are hard.

If you really want your children’s book to move, you need to find a way to crack open access to the biggest movers and shakers of children’s books in the world: schools. And since the teachers in these schools for the most part rely on units and resources which have been approved or listed by or perhaps even provided by the systems which developed alongside them … which is to say, traditional publishing houses and their marketing teams. So yes, schools are a difficult nut to crack. But the sheer quantity of readers they sustain and cultivate make the effort worthwhile.

How to make a start? If you haven’t already, develop a unit’s worth of materials around your books. Collect activities and further readings, media, and so forth that relates to your children’s book and line it all up, ready to go. That way, when you arrange to visit a classroom or run a workshop for local teachers, you have both credibility as a resource and have made it easy for the teachers to meet state and federal core requirements. Work in some facetime with the school administrators as well; such relationships can establish you as a long-term presence in the area.

THREE: Make hay while the sun shines … and the sun shines around the world!

One of the most underutilized opportunities out there for children’s book authors is the book fair, and there are so many wonderful ones, globally, to choose from! These days, it’s easy to take part, too, as self-publishing companies like Outskirts Press offer global book tour packages designed to get your book in front of and into the hands of untold numbers, or individual book fair submission applications such as that to the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, which is the highest class event a children’s book author could wish for.

If you’re looking to market your children’s book, there’s never a better time than now to inquire. Visit us online at www.outskirtspress.com and check out our Marketing Solutions menu. You can also access our wonderful Free Marketing Resource Center where you’ll find countless further recommendations to suit your marketing needs!

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Children’s Limericks From A to Z

by Chris Longfellow, Illustrated by Jay Longfellow

(5 Stars – 4 Customer Reviews)

Price: $11.95

Chris Longfellow’s “Children’s Limericks From A to Z.” It’s okay to have fun and be silly as a child! This book will develop a child’s sense of humor. The limericks are fun to read and the illustrations are stunning.

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Top 10 Self-Publishing Book Marketing Options

Over and over we hear from our authors how the trickiest part of the self-publishing process is figuring out how to begin marketing—how to identify and reach the specific audience of readers you had in mind while writing your novel. Marketing is critical and complicated, but at Outskirts Press we are working tirelessly to provide cutting-edge post-publication support, products and services to self-publishing authors like you, who are just as tirelessly on the hunt for the perfect book marketing tactic to sell successfully.

What comes next? How do choose the right marketing approach from among the many options available?

Our list of Top 10 Book Marketing Options is one great way to find your feet. Think of this list as a marketing “greatest hits” to help you prioritize your book marketing efforts according to the most highly rated and prized marketing strategies as evaluated by your peers. These options, ranked in order of sales for the month of December 2017, are listed below along with a summary of each to make it easy for you to see which option(s) might serve you best.

Amazon Kindle Submission Service 1. Amazon Kindle Submission Service:  Make your book available on Amazon’s Kindle e-book reading device. More formats on Amazon means more exposure on Amazon, and the Kindle is heavily promoted by Amazon.
Book Awards Submission 2. Book Awards Submission: Enjoy maximum convenience by allowing us to submit your book to 6 recognized, vetted, and legitimate book award contests, some of which offer major cash and prizes (Writer’s Digest and Foreword) and all of which offer the chance for extra exposure, recognition, and the chance to claim “award-winning” during your marketing efforts.
Personal Marketing Assistant 3. Personal Marketing Assistant (5 hours): Do you need help developing a book marketing plan? Arranging book signings? Establishing/developing your author platform? Hire your own Personal Marketing Assistant today!
Elite E-Book Package 4. Elite E-Book Package: This e-book publishing package includes formatting and distribution of an Amazon Kindle E-book Edition with distribution on Amazon, an Apple iPad/iPhone E-book Edition with distribution through iTunes and the iBooks bookstore, and a Barnes & Noble NOOK E-book Edition with distribution through the NOOK bookstore on Barnes & Noble’s website.

Amazon Search Inside the Book
5. Amazon Search Inside the Book: Books with this feature include a “Look Inside” icon over their Amazon cover image, which invites potential customers to electronically “flip” through a small section of the book. This increases the level of confidence a customer has in your book — improving the odds of a higher volume of book sales. According to Amazon, books participating in this program enjoy significant sales improvement, on average, over books that do not.
2018 Marketing Calendar 6. 2018 Author Marketing Calendar: A compilation of the most up-to-date, effective and actionable tactics available to help you market your book. It contains hundreds of promotional tips, advertising opportunities, important deadlines, social media recommendations, and information about marketing options and services available through Outskirts Press.
Amazon Launch Bundle 7. Amazon Launch Bundle: This bundle includes the most effective marketing services focused on Amazon: Amazon Search Inside the Book, Amazon Listing Optimization and Amazon Author Profile.
Espresso Book Distribution 8. Espresso Book Distribution: One of Time Magazine’s “Invention of the Year,” this service allows a high-quality, black/white paperback book to be printed and sold in about 8 seconds. Consider it a “book vending machine.” This option makes your book available via this exciting new sales channel.
Book Launch Bundle 9. Book Launch Bundle: Save time and money with this popular marketing bundle, which includes a custom press release, the public relations publicist campaign, author platform set-up through social media, a 60-90 second book video trailer with social network distribution, and five hours with a Personal Marketing Assistant.
Amazon Listing Optimization 10. Amazon Listing Optimization: Our professional copywriters spend a lot of time around books, and they know what makes readers buy and what search engines respond to. By combining these skills with the Amazon Listing Optimization option, your search engine optimized and sales content means more people can potentially find your book with less effort on your part.

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 Center. If you have questions or want to learn more about our marketing services, visit us online at www.OutskirtsPress.com.

Amazon Featured Book of the Week

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Too Much Junk in My Trunk!

by Roe De Pinto

(5 Stars – 1 Customer Review)

Price: $12.95

Roe De Pinto’s “Too Much Junk in My Trunk!.” Light up your children’s world with Zealy and Whubba, the heartwarming seal pup and baby orca whale, as they learn important life lessons. This book engages the children throughout the story about eating habits, trying a variety of foods and learning not to overeat. 9x Award Winning Series 2016/2017

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Zodiac Witches: Marbella the Eleventh Witch

by Barbara A. Mastej

(5 Stars – 1 Customer Review)

Price: $15.95

Barbara A. Mastej’s “Zodiac Witches: Marbella the Eleventh Witch.” Go on a magical journey with Marbella, a typical teenage girl, where Marbella is chosen as the 11th Zodiac witch on her 12th birthday. She joins the other teen witches at Zodiac mansion in Galaxy Park to try to pass the challenge day to have power and beauty for eternity.

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