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Thomas Frederick Mills’s “Busted: Wheelin’ N Dealin’.” Sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll helped fuel Big T’s decision to take a risk and make the big money he’d always dreamed about… But he didn’t predict that the drug business would cost him over 20 years in a prison cell with nothing but his passion for success in an unforgiving world. Told from an outlaw’s point of view, this book is a baby boomer’s anthem. Infused with author’s own childhood experiences with music, movies, books, and TV, this is a story everyone in his world-changing generation can relate to.

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New in 2020! Announcing the Media Marketing Blitz Only From Outskirts Press

Are you interested in getting more local media and worldwide exposure for your book? Outskirts Press can help. We are excited to introduce our new Media Marketing Blitz to all our published authors–a comprehensive and laser-focus marketing service that is specifically tailored to introduce (or reintroduce) your book to the media in 2020. Global platforms will be included (like influential bloggers with a worldwide audience), but the Media Marketing Blitz is customized to your immediate vicinity, where your odds for media success and traction are much higher.

  • Local news stations? Check.
  • Local & community newspapers? Check.
  • Local and regional radio stations? Check.
  • Local community outreach and speaking/training opportunities? Check.

After your initial one-on-one personal consultation with your Specialist, we will hand-select, and contact on your behalf, the applicable opportunities listed above as well as specific influential bloggers around the world who we feel have a high probability of either interviewing you or writing about you and/or your book. Don’t worry! Book Blitzing means we do all that heavy lifting for you!

Here are the personal services you receive with your Media Marketing Blitz:

  • 5 hours of personal marketing assistance with a professional, experienced Book Marketing Specialist, which includes a 30-minute 1-on-1 Strategy Session (typically via telephone).
  • Researching, vetting, and contacting up to 10 local media and/or event opportunities in your area
  • Follow-up with each local media outlet
  • Researching, vetting, and contacting influential blogs related to your book’s subject matter for a book review, author interview, or other online event (we guarantee at least two blog “appearances” but it’s not usual to receive many more)
  • Digital “Clipping Service” that automatically notifies you every time your book is mentioned online
  • Promotion of your success on our aggregated social media network (all you have to do is let us know!)

Here are the actionable deliverables you receive with your Book Blitz:

  • A Custom Press Release, including worldwide distribution
  • A Custom Sales Sheet
  • Personal 90-day local book marketing calendar customized to your area
  • A Digital Downloadable Edition of your book to include in digital press kits
  • Additional contacts/opportunities to reach out to above and beyond who your Strategist contacted personally
  • Email and letter templates for use contacting those additional opportunities after your Media Marketing campaign has ended
  • A personal, customized “Author Interview” and “Blog Post” that you can share in its entirety for the convenience of additional bloggers you discover

Authors engaging the services of one of our Marketing Specialists with the purchase of this option can expect an intensive amount of time being spent by the Specialist. As such, reservations are limited and are only available on a first-come, first served basis until our Specialists’ calendars are full.

 

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 2020 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 2020 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 Book Marketing Specialist 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).

 

A Book Marketing Specialist Can Start 2020 Right

In today’s market, it can be tough to know where to focus your efforts in order to effectively market your book. Don’t worry. We’re here to help!

Right now, Outskirts Press is offering an instant 10% savings when you claim 5 hours of 1-on-1 marketing assistance with a book marketing specialist. You’ll save $7/hour and while receiving priceless promotional help — a total savings of $35 off the regular $349 price. This option includes five hours of one-on-one assistance with a marketing professional so you can …

  • develop a marketing plan
  • arrange book signings
  • develop your social media platform
  • and much more!

Log in to your Publishing Center and select Book Marketing Specialist from the Marketing Solutions menu. Enter promo code tenoffbmsp at check out to receive 10% off instantly.

Take advantage of this New Year’s savings before it expires and let’s get your book really out there in 2020.

 

50 More Outskirts Press Success Stories … and Counting

As a self-publishing author, you work hard to produce a manuscript that’s compelling, engaging, polished and professional. That hard work doesn’t end when the final flourish hits the last page. In fact, the real journey begins when your book hits the shelves.

It takes more than a marvelous literary work to achieve success as an author; it takes the gumption and drive to promote that work to voracious readers!

Outskirts Press has identified 50 authors who have marketed their books successfully—and won a spot in the Top 50 Bestsellers of 2019.

Clifford Annis
Paul Arciero
Tom Bisio
Joseph Bronson
Shelley Brouwer
Brian Burgess
John Chambers
Ingrid Charlery
Lisa Cicero
Kelley Clark
Jacky Connell
Rochelle Cory
Bill D’Anjolell
Matt DiGeronimo
Donna Dube
Alfonso Gamble
Mike Gillette
Michael Goodroe
James Hatch
Heidi Herman
Mark Houston
Donald Kilburg, Jr.
Jean Kinney
Richard Lawless
Bill Lynch
Raven Magwood
James Martin
Jane McConnell
Marc McGill
Michael McNamara
Kevin Muldowney
Aage Nost
Patrick O’Connor
Robert J. (Bobby) Orr
Tim Page-Bottorff
Shirley Raines
Kristy Remick
Katelynn Renteria
Vicki Riske
Gary Robinson
Luis Roman
Lisa A. (Anthony) Romano
Ty Sagalow
Seth Spreiter
Mike Tolbert
Alva Wallace
Gene Ware
Loyall Wilson
Aakeem Woodard
George Yuhasz

Congratulations from all of us at Outskirts Press.

Need help getting your own selling efforts off the ground? Connect with an Outskirts Press Book Marketing Specialist for expert advice, personal assistance and a Custom Marketing Plan that lays the groundwork for successful selling.

 

2019 Self-Publishing Retrospective. A Year in Review and a Look Ahead

2019 was another banner year for self-publishing and for Outskirts Press authors specifically. Thanks to the talents and determination of the writers who published with us in 2019, many were rewarded with multiple awards and recognitions, which as we all know can be next to priceless when it comes to marketing a book in this competitive industry, where once again, the quantity of self-published books overshadowed the 5 large publishing houses.

If our authors’ accomplishments in 2019 are any indication, 2020 will be an amazing year indeed.  With so many authors publishing so many stellar books, and receiving so many awards, selling so many copies of books, we can’t possibly identify them all. So if we aren’t able to name you personally, please know that we are equally impressed with all you’ve accomplished this year.

Outskirts Press Author Awards

The Colorado Independent Publishers Association holds the annual EVVY Awards every year and once again Outskirts Press was honored to receive the most finalist nominations and the most awards among participating publishers. Winning an EVVY Award is a prerequsitte to winning the Outskirts Press Book of the Year Award and claiming its $1500 Grand Prize.

Three First Place EVVY Award winners were in contention for the Book of the Year:

E.J. Gandolfo won a 1st Place EVVY Award in the Mystery/Crime/Detective fiction category and was one of three finalists for the Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year for her mystery To Paint a Murder. E. J. Gandolfo is a former advertising agency copywriter and sales executive. She is an artist, antique dealer and world traveler and resides in the Boston area.

Amy Jordan, author of Dance Because You Can, won a 1st Place EVVY Award on her way to becoming the second of three finalists in the Book of the Year contest. Her professional company, The Victory Dance Project, has honored legends of dance and stage including Chita Rivera. Jordan’s work has been featured in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, NY Post, and FORTUNE magazine among others. Amy is an in- demand motivational speaker and coach speaking for groups from ten to ten thousand, including corporations, organizations, youth programs, leadership development, health organizations, and schools.

The Third Finalist, Andrew Ceroni, is no stranger to 1st Place EVVY Wins, or Book of the Year awards, for that matter, having won both for his previous two books, Snow Men and Meridian., He completed his hat trick by claiming the 2019 Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year with The Red Shore. Andrew Ceroni served a distinguished career as a Senior Supervisory Special Agent in the conduct of global counterespionage and antiterrorism operations. He received his BS degree from the U.S. Air Force Academy; MA from Case Western Reserve University; and studied several foreign languages at the University of Maryland. He lives in Colorado with his family.

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Outskirts Press President Brent Sampson joins Three Time Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Winner Andrew Ceroni at the 2019 CIPA EVVY Awards Banquet where Andy picked up his 1st Place EVVY Award for The Red Shore in person.

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Perennial EVVY favorite and prolific novelist Gabriel F.W. Koch learned that he was once again a finalist in the Colorado Independent Publishers Association EVVY Awards when he scored a Merit Award for his latest novel And Comes Day’s End.  He walked away with a 2nd Place EVVY Award a few years ago for his science fiction novel Paradox Effect (not to mention an Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year nomination). Last year he picked up an EVVY Merit Award for Emma and the Dragon Tooth Sword

Speaking of repeat EVVY Winners, Jeanne Blanchet discovered that she won 3rd Place in the Science Fiction category at the EVVY Awards, for her book Forger of Empire. She won last year for her book, Cursed.

What’s Coming in 2020?

With global distribution through Ingram and worldwide availability through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and elsewhere, it’s easy to think your Outskirts Press publication is everywhere (because it is!). But sometimes the most loyal readers and most engaged customers will be right on your street, at your church, on your softball team, or listening to a local radio program.  One of our most exciting marketing services in years launches in 2020 and focuses specific, surgical targeting on the full gamut of local media like newscasts, morning shows, radio programs, newspapers and magazines. But that’s not all. We’ll also locate influential bloggers who write about the same subject matter as you and pitch your book for an article, feature, review, or interview. Playing a big role in the Media Marketing Blitz is a new series of webinars and videos. Consider it a master class on publishing and marketing. Keep an eye out for the launch of the Media Marketing Blitz coming soon.

We will be attending the annual CIPA EVVY Awards, of course, and holding our own Best Book of the Year Awards.  Once again, many of our books will be on display and represented at the world’s leading book fairs and events including London, BEA, Bologna, Frankurt, and Beijing.

Come and join us! And to our growing family of writers, thank you for an amazing 2019!

How would it feel to publish in 2020 with the A+ Rated and 1-Rated self-publishing company according to the Better Business Bureau and Top Consumer Reviews, respectively? Find out more about publishing, marketing, promoting and submitting your book for publication, reviews, and awards.

Outskirts Press Proudly Sponsors the 2020 Colorado Book Awards

Attention all Colorado-based authors, editors, illustrators and photographers: Outskirts Press is once again sponsoring the annual Colorado Book Awards, and we encourage your submissions for the 2020 Awards!

The annual event is run by the Colorado Center for the Book, the program department of the Colorado Humanities, which is dedicated to celebrating the accomplishments of Colorado’s outstanding authors, editors, illustrators and photographers.

The Colorado Book Awards — presented annually by Colorado Humanities & Center for the Book — were launched in 1991 with four categories of awards to recognize authors, illustrators, editors and publishers, and have since expanded to 10 literary categories. Many of Colorado’s most prominent authors have been recognized with awards, including David Milofsky, John Fielder, Tom Noel, Stephanie Kane and Linda Hogan, among others.

Applications for the 2020 Colorado Book Awards are due January 6, 2020, and should be submitted directly to the Colorado Book Awards. Judging generally occurs in April, and the awards are presented at a ceremony in late Spring.

Visit www.coloradohumanities.org for more information about the Colorado Book Awards.

Are you a non-Coloradan but interested in other book competition opportunities? Visit Outskirts Press to learn more about how book awards can help move your book to new levels of success.