Spring Forward, Bump Up: Get FREE Publishing Upgrades in April!

Want to have a hot new read out in time for summer book buying? All you need is a dream and great timing. Self-publish with Outskirts Press throughout the month of April, and we’ll upgrade your publishing package for FREE! It’s the perfect way to stay within your self-publishing budget, wisely use your tax refund and still get everything you want and then some. Talk about happy returns …

It’s simple, really: When you purchase the Ultimate, Basic or Economy publishing package in April, we’ll automatically bump you up to a better package at no charge. Interested in Full-Color Publishing? Pay for the Ultimate instead and get everything that comes with the Full-Color package. Did you only budget for the Basic package? If you purchase it now, you can claim all the extras that come with the more inclusive Ultimate Publishing. Or, purchase the Economy to receive all that the Basic includes.

In short, you’ll receive hundreds of dollars worth of extras that aren’t normally included in the package you purchased, including:

  • additional options for book formatting
  • more professional cover design choices
  • additional author copies
  • greater profit margins
  • other optional products and services

There’s no better time to self-publish. To claim your free publishing package upgrade:

  • Add our Ultimate, Basic or Economy publishing package to your cart
  • Enter the promo code 17FreeUpgrade at checkout
  • Within 48 hours, we’ll upgrade your publishing package
  • Enjoy more publishing services than you thought possible!

Need help deciding on the right publishing package? Call a Publishing Consultant at 1-888-672-6657 (OP-BOOKS), or chat with us using the live chat option on our website for help selecting the option that fits.

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Errors-B-Gone: How Can I Clear My Manuscript of Mistakes?

Errors are bad, right? Even though we’re often our own harshest critics, we often miss certain annoying little details. But the answer to our question is more life-affirming than you might think: the reason we slip up and our manuscripts include typos and other errors isn’t because we’re stupid — or even careless — but because we’re focused on conveying meaning, a high-level task neurologically speaking. To really catch errors, a person needs time, focus, and to be in the right frame of mind. So, what are some ways we can go about doing this?

Below are five tips you can employ to drastically decrease the chance of mistakes finding their way into your manuscript as you prepare to submit it for publication.

#1 — Have a professional copyeditor edit your manuscript
The most common mistakes are minor, such as misspellings or incorrect use of punctuation. Other common errors are incorrect word use (their, they’re, there). A professional editor is skilled at noticing and correcting these kinds of mistakes. Do not make the mistake of relying solely upon a computerized spell-checker, which cannot tell the difference between “worse” and “worst” since they are both properly spelled words. Use an editor — a human one.

#2 — Get a second (and third) set of eyes
Even if you do not wish to pay a professional, anyone who reviews your writing will find mistakes you invariably missed. Since you are overly familiar with your own work, you are much more likely to miss obvious mistakes because your mind already knows what the text is trying to say, rather than what it actually says. When someone else reads your work, they have no preconceived notions about your intent. In addition to finding mistakes, a professional editor can offer helpful suggestions to make your writing stronger.

#3 — Come back to it later
Do you wait long enough after writing something to begin editing it? Many writers edit their work as they write it. Not only does this slow down the creative process, it increases the chances that your mind will ignore blatant errors in deference to your intentions. Once your brain thinks a paragraph is free from errors, it tends to overlook any new errors that are introduced during the rewriting process. Put your writing away for several hours, days, or weeks and revisit it later. After some time away from your work, you will be more likely to read the words as they appear on the page, not as you envisioned them in your mind. The mind is error-free, the page is not.

#4 — Read your material backwards
You are only familiar with your writing in one direction — forward. Reading your material backwards makes it seem entirely different and fools your mind into ignoring the content and only concentrating on the reality. Furthermore, your critical view of the writing at its most technical level will not be corrupted by the flowing exposition you have massaged into sparkling prose. When you read your manuscript backwards, it becomes a collection of words. Without contextual meaning, the brain has nothing to focus upon other than the words and punctuation. Mistakes literally jump off the page!

#5 — Read your material out loud
When you read words aloud, your brain must slow down and concentrate on the material. How fast can you read the following sentence? The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dogs. Now how fast can you read it out loud? It takes at least twice as long, and those precious milliseconds sometimes make all the difference between a typo that is missed and one that is caught and corrected. An extra bonus for reading your material out loud is that you may discover stumbling blocks like awkward sentence structure and choppy dialogue.

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The Outskirts Press Website Will Be Down Temporarily

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Our Website will be shut down for a short time on Sunday, July 31st as we prepare for the re-launch of the new Outskirts Press website. We apologize for the inconvenience, but we think that you’ll be happy with our new, improved website that will be up on August 1st.

The new Outskirts Press will offer all-new publishing services, all-new branding, and an even deeper commitment to helping our clients publish the book of their dreams with personal service and quality products. We will continue to help authors develop and publish high-quality books by offering exceptional design, printing, publishing, distribution, and book marketing services.

You can keep apprised of these exciting changes as they occur by following us on one of our social media channels:

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Steal the Limelight With a Custom Book Video Trailer!

Voices echo in the auditorium as audience members take their seats. As the orchestra is tuning up, the overhead lights flicker to indicate a one-minute warning and a hushed but expectant silence falls. All eyes turn forward as the heavy velvet drapes are swept aside, leaving your book alone center stage, shining under the warm spotlights. This is the kind of metaphorical attention a book video trailer would have gotten you in the late 1800s, when playwrights were kings — but today, as you might have guessed, the advantages are even greater!

In the modern world, a custom video trailer will put your book in front of countless new readers. It can be easily shared across any number of social media platforms—Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and many more — and embedded in your personal website, emails, or your Amazon and Goodreads book page listings. It’s an immediate, visceral way to showcase your work and hook the attention of new readers!

Video is an ambitious medium, however. You need equipment, you need expertise, and above all you need lots of time to clip and edit and curate. The planning process alone is a gauntlet of tough choices, from theme to soundtrack to shot sequence — and this isn’t even to mention the hazards of navigating the legal side of things, with complicated copyright restrictions tied to using any music or images you didn’t compose or take yourself. It’s a lot to take on.

So how do you get started?

The key is building a competent and creative team who can lift the burdens and leave you the fun choices — and this is where Outskirts Press can help! When you purchase the Book Video Trailer & Distribution package, we place the full power and expertise of our talented team behind your project. It’s as simple as 1-2-3!

“It’s never that simple,” I hear you saying. But it is, it really is!

  1. Click the “Add to Cart” button and finish the check-out process;
  2. Review and respond to the rough cut of your video; and
  3. Wait for the final cut of your book video trailer to be delivered to you by email and distributed to the public online!

See? 1-2-3…your book is now out there in the world, stealing the limelight and reeling in the new readers. What could be more exciting than that? This kind of exposure with all of its built-in “shareability” is the stuff of playwrights’ dreams, and all you need to do is select the Book Video Trailer & Distribution package online at Outskirts Press. The rest, as they say, is history!

Click here to get started commissioning your very own custom book video trailer! It’s Your Book’s Time to Shine.

Don’t Let That Blank Page Scare You!

There is nothing more frustrating to an author than a cursor blinking on a blank page. You sit and wait for inspiration, drink too much coffee, and yet that cursor winks…mocking and teasing you.

This horrifying experience can only be matched by getting midway through a manuscript, the first pages a masterpiece, only to get stuck and wonder where to go from there.

Every writer has been there; these moments define the term “self-doubt” and, if the block is really bad, a possible forehead on the desk and a wail of “what am I doing?”

Since we’ve all experienced this, we know that there are really only a couple of options when these moments happen: you either have to walk away from a manuscript that’s keeping you up at night or seek help.

And that’s where Outskirts Press comes in.

Because our main goal is to get you to the publishing finish line (hopefully without a forehead dent on your desk), we have established a team of skilled, professional writers to help you over that inspirational hump with a one hour Writing Consultation. We not only want you to be able to hold your hard work in your hands in the form of a published book, we want you to be excited and proud of what you’ve accomplished.

After all, isn’t that why we’re all here?

For $99 per one-hour block, our time is yours. You can work through things like:

  • Troubleshoot plot, characters, technique, or execution of your ideas
  • Work through writer’s block
  • Take inventory of usable book materials
  • Organize book ideas into a usable outline
  • Get ideas on how to proceed with a book
  • Gather ideas on how to finish
  • Negotiate tricky passages
  • Ask for general writing advice
  • Get help moving to the next step in writing

Once your consultation is complete, your consultant will provide you with a summary of what you’ve discussed so that you can reference it as you successfully move forward with your manuscript.

As many authors know, it’s not the overall concept of a book that’s hard — the challenges lie in the details. So let us help you work through them and possibly expedite the writing process for you so that that moment when you’re holding that book in your hands comes quicker than you imagined.

After all…you’ve waited long enough to make your dreams come true.

Today ONLY, receive $200 FREE Gift Card when you start publishing today!

No Black Friday lines around here! In fact, we’re pleased to offer a very special gift to authors looking to publish TODAY ONLY: Receive a $200 Gift Card when you purchase a Diamond or Pearl publishing package!

To take advantage of this offer, order your ultimate Diamond or full-color Pearl publishing package, enter the following promotion code into your shopping cart, complete your secure check-out and we’ll credit your account with $200 FREE! Promo code: GIFT200

You can gift your $200 to that writer in your life so that he or she can start working towards their publishing dreams OR you can turn right around and use the $200 towards any optional production or marketing option that we offer.

When you combine this promotion with the $400 of FREE upgrades already included with the Diamond package (standard press release distribution, Spring Arbor Christian distribution, streaming audio excerpt on your author webpage, cover photo from our image library) you’re looking at $600 worth of valuable upgrades!

START TODAY by adding the Diamond or full-color Pearl package to your online shopping cart and then entering the promotion code: GIFT200 during check-out. Don’t delay! This offer is only valid today, November 27, 2015.

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