Video Can be Worth a Thousand Words

With the emergence of YouTube and other video websites, in many ways social media has become a largely video-centric world. Consumers of news, pop culture, marketing and other information, it seems, are digesting more of that information in video format. For self-publishing authors, it’s never been more important!

That’s not to say the written word is dying out – books do, and will, remain a popular form of entertainment – but Internet users looking for a quick bite of magazine-style information are turning to video in greater numbers. Videos offer a number of advantages over the printed word to both the communicator and the consumer.

Consider this: It is fairly easy for a reader to glance over a page and skip to passages they wish to read, possibly ignoring other vital information in the process. That’s less likely to happen with video, which disseminates information in a linear fashion and often in an entertaining way, making viewers less likely to skip around. With video, the communicator has the power to control what information the consumer gets, and when. That’s a powerful tool!

Simply add this option to your shopping cart and when you check out, Outskirts Press will handle the rest! Once your video is completed, we will help you kick off your video marketing efforts by distributing it to YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and a number of other popular video sites.

You can save 25% every day on our popular Book Blast bundle which includes five of our most popular marketing services, including a Book Video!

Top 5 Marketing Options for Self-Publishing Authors in 2014

2014 is quickly coming to an end. As you begin planning your marketing goals and setting your marketing budget for 2015, we wanted to share with you the top 5 marketing options selected by Outskirts Press authors this year. The following options have been highest in demand by Outskirts Press published authors in the last 12 months.

  1. Amazon Kindle Edition – This electronic edition makes your book available on Amazon’s Kindle ebook reading devices (and apps) for readers to instantly purchase and download. It’s the perfect way to make your book more visible and accessible to a wider reading audience.
  2. Book Blast Package – This cost-effective package contains five powerful book marketing services, all at a 25% discount below the a la carte price:Custom Press Release, PR Publicist Campaign, Book Review Submission Service, Book Video with Distribution and Personal Marketing Assistant (5 hours).
  3. Amazon Extreme Package – Benefit from three valuable marketing services for one great price: Amazon Kindle Edition, Amazon Search Inside the Book Submission and Amazon Cover Enhancement
  4. Barnes & Noble Nook Edition – We’ll ensure that your book is properly submitted to Barnes & Noble so you can take advantage of the huge Nook  ebook marketplace.
  5. Standard iPad Edition – Reach out to millions of dedicated iPad/iPhone ebook readers through the popular iBookstore.

Now is the time to start planning your marketing efforts for the New Year. These are just a few of the marketing options Outskirts Press offers. To view the full list, click the Marketing Solutions button below.

 

GIVE A SELF-PUBLISHING GIFT CERTIFICATE!

Outskirts Press Gift CertificateSelf-publishing gift certificates make the perfect holiday treat for your favorite writer! As we approach the holidays (Christmas is 10 days away! Yikes!), it’s time to buckle down on your last minute decisions for shopping during the holidays. What kind of gift can you get in a crunch? What about a gift certificate that allows the writer in your life fulfill their dreams of getting their book published? Here’s how it works:

  1. Click here and complete your purchase of the certificate.
  2. We will email you to find out who the special author is and whether you want to include any special messaging on your gift notification.
  3. If the writer isn’t yet registered with us, we will create a free account for them and apply the $99 credit to their new account.
  4. If they are already registered and/or published with us, we will apply the $99 credit to their existing Publishing Center account.
  5. Once the credit has been applied to the writer’s account, we will notify them via email of your special gift using any messaging you provided to us.

No waiting. No fuss. No rushing to ship off a gift at the last minute. It’s perfect – in every sense of the word! Get your favorite writer a self-publishing gift certificate today!

Click to order

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Outskirts Press Offers Self-Publishing Authors A Professional and Affordable Book Teaser Option!

Have you considered a Book Teaser Video for your masterpiece? A 30-Second Book Video Teaser is a terrific way to announce the publication of your new book and get your social and video networking efforts off to a flashy start!

With the popularity of online video and sites like YouTube and Facebook, any author can create an account, a profile, and start uploading videos for the purposes of promotion. The trick becomes having something worth uploading. Producing professional looking videos is complicated, time-consuming, and difficult. That’s where Book Video Trailers and Book Video Teasers direct from the publisher can really come in handy.

The Book Video Teaser is a randomly generated 25-35 second video clip that features the following specific elements of your book: Title, author byline, cover, author photo (if supplied), retail price and a specific and unalterable snippet of licensed music. It’s fun, it’s flashy and it’s effective!

Your Book Video Teaser will be delivered to you as an .mp4 file that you can use to jump-start your viral video promotion, just in time for the holiday buying season!

Click the order button below and get started today!

Complimentary Book Video for Authors Self-Publishing with Outskirts Press in May

Outskirts Press is helping authors get the most bang for their self-publishing buck this spring. Authors who publish in May receive a complimentary Book Video – perfect for promoting that new book.

Outskirts Press, the leading self-publishing and book marketing services provider, announces a springBook video trailer & distribution promotion that will help self-publishing authors get the most value for their publishing dollars. Throughout the month of May, authors who publish with Outskirts Press receive a free Book Video Trailer, a valuable graphic tool for marketing and promoting a new book.

Authors who order a Diamond or Pearl book publishing package any time from May 1 through May 31 automatically qualify for the free Book Video Trailer. Authors not only save hundreds on self-publishing services by bundling them into a publishing package, but receive a $699 Book Video Trailer and distribution free.

The valuable promotional tool helps self-publishing authors increase sales by connecting with scores of potential book buyers. Outskirts Press distributes the Book Video Trailer to the places where all viral video marketing efforts begin, including sites such as:

  • YouTube
  • Facebook
  • Daily Motion
  • Twitter
  • Metacafe

The Book Video option is a very effective way for self-publishing authors to market their book,” said Outskirts Press Executive Vice President Kelly Schuknecht. “In today’s world, people spend hours a week watching videos on the Internet. A Book Video is a great way for an author to spread the word about their book and appeal to their target audience. Outskirts Press can take care of all the details of creating and distributing a professional video that represents the author’s creative masterpiece”

Let Outskirts Press get your video book marketing started for you with Book Video marketing!

Book video trailer & distribution

Introduce Your Self-Published Book to the World with a Virtual Book Tour

Hello, World!

Introduce yourself and your self-published book to bookworms around the world through a Virtual Book Tour. When it’s not possible or practical to load up the minivan and drive state-to-state, a virtual tour allows you to “appear” on a blog, a website or an Internet radio talk show without leaving the house and using precious VBTvacation time!

A virtual book tour is similar to an actual book tour, but instead of physically traveling from bookstore to bookstore, or radio show to radio show, you and/or your book are making “appearances” in the blogosphere and on social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Not only is a far more cost-effective way to tour, unlike a physical tour, which is over the minute you leave, a virtual book tour stays archived and available for Internet Searches FOREVER!

The Virtual Book Tour option from Outskirts Press makes it easy for you to “book” your blog tour through the blogosphere and social networking community! Reach new audiences and cultivate new readers with relatively little effort.

With the Virtual Book Tour, you receive the following:

  • Outskirts Press announces your Virtual Book Tour to the blogosphere.
  • You receive every inquiry in response to the announcement about your book.
  • Virtual Book Tour Packet, which includes all of the materials you need to follow up with the bloggers quickly and easily in order to schedule your “appearance” on their blog, website or social network.
  • In most cases your appearance may include a book review and/or an author interview.
  • Spotlight Appearance on the Self-Publishing Advice blog, which receives its own announcements on Twitter and Facebook.
  • Your own Tour Video, which will be blasted on our popular YouTube channel.
  • Much, much more!

Now through March 31, you can receive 10% off the Virtual Book Tour when you enter the promo code at checkout. Don’t delay, this offer isn’t around long!

Promo code: VBT10PCT

Vote now for the winner of the free laptop!

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In celebration of Valentine’s Day, Outskirts Press has been “sharing the love” and inviting its family of successfully published authors to do the same. This has come in the form of a $300 publishing promotion as well as a video promotion for the chance to win a free laptop. The video submissions have been collected, the best of them have been posted on our Facebook Page, and the “likes” have been tabulated.

Now it’s time for you to vote for the winner of the free laptop!

From among all the submissions we received, the top videos are presented below. Simply vote for your favorite in the polling box below the last video. The polls will be open until end-of-business on Thursday, February 28th. The winner will be announced on Friday, March 1st.

Good luck to the three finalists. And thank you to all our wonderful authors who took the time to submit their videos:

Now, without further ado…

VIDEO #1: Larry Wright, author of Longhorn Tales


VIDEO #2: Davy Jennings, author of Kansas Gospels


VIDEO #3: Tommy Baker, author of Santa Claus, The Fourth Wise Man


Are you ready to publish your book?

A Video is Worth a Thousand Words

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With the emergence of YouTube and other video websites, in many ways social media has become a largely video-centric world. Consumers of news, pop culture, marketing and other information, it seems, are digesting more of that information in video format.

That’s not to say the written word is dying out – books do, and will, remain a popular form of entertainment – but Internet users looking for a quick bite of magazine-style information are turning to video in greater numbers.

And why not? Videos offer a number of advantages over the printed word to both the communicator and the consumer.

Consider this: It is fairly easy for a reader to glance over a page and skip to passages they wish to read, possibly ignoring other vital information in the process. That’s less likely to happen with video, which disseminates information in a linear fashion and often in an entertaining way, making viewers less likely to skip around. With video, the communicator has the power to control what information the consumer gets, and when. That’s a powerful tool!

Now is the perfect time to take advantage of the power of video with Outskirts Press. Now through February 28, we’re offering authors sweet discounts on video marketing services. Get 25% off your Book Video Trailer & Distribution when you check out of your shopping cart by February 28 with the promotion code BVFEB25, or you can save 25% every day on our popular Book Blast bundle which includes five of our most popular marketing services, including a Book Video!

Once your video is completed, we will help you kick off your video marketing efforts by distributing it to YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and a number of other popular video sites.

Now through February 28, simply click here to add this option to your cart, enter the promotion code BVFEB25 and you receive 25% off. Don’t delay, this offer isn’t around long!

SHOW US YOUR LOVE CONTEST EXTENDED

We are extending the Show Us Your Love contest for one more week!

That means YOU have more time to enter your video for a chance to win a FREE laptop!

Grab your video cameras, smartphones or iPads and record your own 1- to 3- minute video that creatively highlights what you LOVE about being a published author. Send your video to love@outskirtspress.com by midnight February 22nd and you could win a FREE HP Pavillion laptop with Windows 8.

We’ll share your video on our Facebook page, YouTube channel and Twitter. Be sure to share your videos on your own social media channels, too, and have all of your friends visit our Facebook page to “like” your video.

What two examples of what we have received so far:

The finalists with the most “likes” on our Facebook page will be selected for a public vote on our blog the last week in February. The winner of the free HP laptop will be announced on Friday, March 1, 2013.

For full details, visit our blog:

Win a FREE laptop when you Show Us Your Love this February!