6 Outskirts Press Authors Are Honored in the Reader Views Literary Awards

Book awards give readers an important clue about the quality of a self-published book, and this year’s award season says a lot about Outskirts Press and its authors. We’re thrilled to have six of our authors recognized in the 2018/2019 Reader Views Literary Awards. Your success speaks to the many reasons we’ve been rated the No. 1 self-publishing company by Top Consumer Reviews for three years running!

The Reader Views Literary Awards recognize writers who self-published or had their books published by a subsidy publisher, small press, university press or independent book publisher. Books that were self-published and copyrighted in 2018 and 2019 were eligible for this year’s awards and the cash prizes and kudos that come with a win. In years past, winners of the Reader Views Literary Award have received expert marketing assistance from renown marketing experts like The Kick-Start Guy, Author Marketing Experts, Perceptive Marketing and others.

Following are Outskirts Press’ finalists for the 2018/2019 Reader Views Awards. Information about each of these books (and their self-published authors) is available at the Outskirts Press Bookstore, where they are available for purchase.

First Place: Lexicon: American Style 2 by Patrick Ragains
Second Place: Unwelcome Opportunity by Richard V. Battle
Second Place: Night Life by Donna Somboonlakana
Honorable Mention: Poems of Love, From My Heart to Yours, Vol. 1 by Kerry C. Irons
Honorable Mention: My Backyard Garden by Debra Hester
Honorable Mention: Tara by J.G. Possum

Please join us in also congratulating Outskirts Press authors on their success in the Reader Views Literary Awards. Then be sure to ask us how you can throw your hat into the ring for next year’s awards!

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Lacey King and Laurence E. Sturtz, Esq’s “The Snitch: An Agent Without a Badge Based on a True Story.” A charismatic, ambitious attorney gets the chance of a lifetime when he is appointed to defend Rocky Hamilton, a psychopathic, career criminal. During a bank robbery, Rocky murdered an innocent, young bank manager. The FBI stepped in, but not to solve the crime. Can the attorney prove that Rocky was working for the FBI? In this shocking exposé of corruption and based on real events, “The Snitch: An Agent without a Badge Based on a True Story” has been a novel in the making for more than forty years.


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Life in Ann’s World by Ladybug

Technology has created a wide variety of ways to reach audiences all over the world. It takes is a little thinking outside the box and you can market a self-published book in creative, affordable and impactful ways. Consider book tours! Tours are a great way to connect with your readers and technology has made them easier and more cost effective than ever!

Author Ladybug is taking her latest book Life in Ann’s World, on tour — a Virtual Book Tour with Outskirts Press. This will allow Ladybug to take her book into the far corners of the globe, all from the comfort of her own home! Keep an eye out for Ladybug’s book as she will be featured on several blogs over the weeks and months ahead!

Luckily for us, Ladybug 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 Life in Ann’s World.

OP: Tell us a little bit about Life in Ann’s World. What is it about?

Ladybug: The story is in the view from a 12-year-old girl’s perspective. At the beginning of the book she contemplates about her life up to her present.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

Ladybug: I got tired of almost every show you see these days or read about is another branch of law enforcement. There are other stories out there other than law enforcement. Don’t get me wrong some of the shows and stories you read are great, but I prefer a break from them. I can go in my living room right now and turn on the tv and there will only be some type of law show but, in the end, I wanted to create a story that the whole family could enjoy, I hope they do!

OP: How did you get your book published?

Ladybug: Outskirts press is a self-publishing company. I submitted my book for review, and they agreed to publish it. After paying a lot for having it published, it finally became published in May of 2018.

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

Ladybug: It is my hope that all walks of life will enjoy my book. My intentions were to send people in a different reality, even if it is for a little while.

OP: What is special about your book?

Ladybug: Other than I wrote it? It is not a law story, it captures the imagination of the people reading it. I love a story where all the characters get along and work together to help with an imminent crisis.

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

Ladybug: Towards the end of the story Ann’s friends are beginning to go their own separate ways. These things happen in real life as when young children become young adults and after high school these young adults will pursue college, work, family or all three. It is a time in their lives when major changes take place in their lives and Ann is no different. Ann’s changes are a little more obvious than real peoples’ lives, but I think everyone can relate to her and the fast pace of her life. Ann is always wanting her life to slow down but, for her it does not.

OP: Have you published any other books?

Ladybug: No, not yet.

OP: Do you plan to publish more?

Ladybug: Maybe.

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


After high school, Ladybug received an AA degree in business, but when she was younger, she used to go on tons of different adventures. Ladybug would carry her little dog in the basket on her bike wherever she went. She would go to the lake and lay there and watch the waves from the lake hit the shore and her dog would run around playing in and around the lake.

For more information or to contact the author, visit https://www.outskirtspress.com/lifeinannsworld

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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Take Action During National Library Month

April is National Library Month, and National Library Week is April 7-13. Let’s face it, if there’s one place we go to find out information about books, it’s our public library. The act of browsing is not a lost art; readers and book buyers do it regularly. As a writer, you probably do it yourself, and if you don’t, take this month as a symbol to start. Feel free to study the shelving arrangement, the genres, the popular nooks and crannies, the competition, and the various ways and means librarians “sell” their collections to the public. In fact, if you’re “caught” browsing in a library and the librarians find out you’re a local author, you’re likely to get hooked into offering an author reading or signing or other such public session. You know what that means? More book reviews and more book sales! Local libraries LOVE local authors!

Every year the American Library Association (ALA) holds a national book fair that attracts librarians from all levels of management, from all types of libraries, from all across the country. It serves as a meeting place for leadership, a place to learn, a place to network and as a forum to exchange ideas on the multitude of issues affecting libraries. And, most importantly, it serves as an avenue to introduce your book to this super-important marketplace.

Outskirts Press can handle all the details of representing your book at the ALA Book Fair this year if you reserve one of the limited spots before April 19th at https://outskirtspress.com/p/ala.

Want to increase your chances for success with librarians? Register for the ALA Book Fair using the link above, and then submit your first chapter into the 1st Chapter Library Preview. With 1st Chapter Preview Library Distribution, your book cover, synopsis, pricing information and ordering details will run for three consecutive months in a quarter page ad in First Chapter Plus, a monthly catalog where viewers/customers/librarians can download and preview the first chapter of your book. Those who are interested in buying copies will have all the ordering details right there in the catalog for their convenience, and your benefit. If you order today by clicking here, you’ll immediately receive a 10% discount if you use promotion code: Save10FCP.


Boost Your Sales With 10% Off Our Promotional Materials Bundle!

Have you ever promoted your book at a local fair? What about at the library? At the movie theatre or a local restaurant? This is a season of promotions, book fairs, and festivals–making it the perfect time of year around which to build your marketing plan! And the perfect event requires, even demands, the perfect complementary takeaway for attendees to remember you and your book by.

I’m talking about promotional materials! This month, we’re offering our Promotional Materials Bundle for 10% off the already bundled price. You get great savings on the design and printing of five different types of materials, all of which adds up to a fantastically useful and affordable range of over 1,525 custom promotional items featuring your book’s beautiful cover! More specifically, this package provides:

  • 500 business cards
  • 500 postcards
  • 25 small posters

This bundle normally sells for $599 but order today and you can receive all 1,525 items for just $539.10. To take advantage of this limited-time offer, simply enter promo code Save10PromoPack at checkout!

But … what do you do with these items? Where does an author get started? We’ve put together a list of our top five tips for getting the most out of your promotional events and materials!

  • Use the 500 bookmarks included in this package to stock the counters of local businesses, libraries, and bookstores; anywhere that people read, or have to take a pause while reading, is perfect
  • Hand out the 500 business cards at public readings, book signings, and other events where you’ll meet potential future readers
  • Mail the 500 postcards to distant friends or to those likely to purchase copies of your book, or recruit friends and family to use them in place of regular correspondence! Two birds with one stone, right?
  • Use the 25 small posters to paper the town! Inquire at local businesses, including grocers, movie theaters, and restaurants, if they wouldn’t mind you putting up a poster on their public bulletin boards or paste it in their shop front windows!
  • Whatever else you do, make sure it’s portable! You literally want your promotional materials to walk out the door, so make it easy! Stock materials that will really move, tucked away neatly in a wallet or pocket or book, and stock them in places or at events where people won’t hesitate to grab one and take it home!

For more information on marketing your book, log into your Publishing Center and click on the Marketing Solutions menu or chat with a Publishing Consultant via the live chat feature on our website.


Making the Most of Book Fairs

Book fairs are a great way to promote your book, meet accomplished colleagues, and learn about the publishing industry. While each state in America (and actually almost each country nation-wide) celebrates writers and books with their own local/regional fairs, there are five massive, international book fairs each year that no self-publishing author should miss: Beijing, Bologna, Book Expo of America, Frankfurt, and London.

While the Bologna Book Fair focuses on children’s books and juvenile/young adult, the others are more general in their appeal and focus, making them primary spots for an active marketing effort, whether in person or “via representation.” Many companies, and probably your own publisher, offer co-op opportunities to have your book on display at these international venues and represented on your behalf. Sure, nothing beats a trip overseas, but if that’s not in your budget, check with the opportunities your publisher or marketing professional can secure for you.

If you plan to attend in person, here are some tips for getting the most out of book fairs:

  • Take plenty of business cards, and make sure your cards are professional and eye catching
  • Find out which journalists, bloggers, and other influencers will be at the event ahead of time (by conducting some targeted keyword searches on Google — said bloggers and influencers are probably talking about it endlessly) and send them a copy of your press release in advance
  • Host an event at your stand. Be sure to advertise your stand event
  • Join the Book Fair group on Facebook and LinkedIn to connect with contacts and other attendees
  • Do your research. Find out as much as you can about the scheduled events, market audience, attendees, etc. before the event
  • Don’t forget to market on social media before, during, and after the event

Save 15% Now on Your Global Book Tour

This month, Outskirts Press is offering 15% off our Global Book Tour marketing option. The Global Book Tour is a convenient, economical way to get your book exposure at the four most prestigious international book events: London Book Fair, BookExpo (America), Beijing International Book Fair and Frankfurt Book Fair.

For just $993.65, a savings of $175.35 off the already bundled price, Outskirts Press will handle all of the details to register your book for these popular events and you will receive …

  • Prominent, face-out display of your book with select other Outskirts Press titles
  • A representative on-site to personally answer questions and promote your book to interested attendees
  • Valuable industry leads
  • Inquiries forwarded directly to you for follow-up!

To exhibit your book and save 15%, enter promo code GoGlobal-Save15 at checkout when you purchase the Global Book Tour before the offer expires!


Amazon Featured Book of the Week

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by Patricia Gangi

(5 Stars – 6 Customer Reviews)

Price: $19.95

Patricia Gangi’s “Ruins.” While on an archaeological dig in Pella, Jordan, Cass Stevens, a biblical scholar, falls in love with Jed, the brilliant director of the dig. Cass recently lost her husband and infant daughter. She hates God but feels that she must forgive him in order to truly love again. But her passion for Jed threatens the “safe” life she’s built for herself, and to love Jed fully, she must forgive God for the tragedy that took her loved ones from her. Investigating an ancient monastery and trying to interpret the dusty archives lead her to request help from Jed as she discovers religious cover-ups and secret crimes. Will Jed help her to expose the corruption and redeem her?

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