The Book Video Winner is…

For the last 15 days, Self Publishing News has been collecting votes to determine the most popular Halloween book video. The votes are in, and the final results are:

Watch the winning book video…

Congratulations to author José Cepeda García.  A $199 will be added to his online Author’s Center account with Outskirts Press for the purchase of an Enhanced Audio Excerpt.


Self Publishing Book Video Halloween Poll

It’s time to vote!

Which of the Top 5 Self Publishing Halloween Book Video Trailers did you like the best?

Didn’t see them? Click here to watch all 5. And then vote below…

The author of the book featured in the most popular book video trailer as determined by this poll on November 1, 2009 will receive an Enhanced Audio Excerpt (including iTunes distribution), value of $199, courtesy of Outskirts Press. 

Top 5 Self Publishing Book Video Trailers for Halloween

Publishing has changed over the past several years. Writing and publishing a book is a good beginning, but to separate yourself from the pack, you need to embrace all the available resources and channels available to you, including social networking sites, book video trailers, and more. These post-publication endeavors, in collaboration with a well-written, high-quality publication, can help to create a “platform” for you and your book.

There is no better time than Halloween to shine the spotlight on 5 authors who are building their author platform in horror, mystery, and the occult. In alphabetical order, the top 5 Halloween Book Video Trailers for 2009 are…

21 Bizarre Short Stories
by José Cepeda GarcíaWhat at first shocks begins to feel oddly familiar and uncomfortably relevant as García trains his eye on the fundamentals of the human experience-from our capacity to endure great suffering to the never-ending quest for truth. What results is an exquisitely imagined world that might not be so strange after all…

Click PLAY to watch the book video trailer….

Demon Key
by David BrookoverAided by a psychic’s remarkable visions, the FBI track a kidnapper to an isolated island on the eastern edge of the Florida Everglades. A key with an eerie and violent past. Demon Key. A place where the kidnapper’s victims have mysteriously vanished. Forever.

Click PLAY to watch the book video trailer….

Destiny’s Warriors
by R.M. PutnamCeltic mythology and folklore are the threads used for weaving this fantasy about the brutality of human sacrifice to appease the ancient Gods.

Click PLAY to watch the book video trailer….


The Peruke Maker: The Salem Witch Hunt Curse
by Ruby DominguezThe Peruke Maker: The Salem Witch Hunt Curse is a compelling and suspenseful story that focuses on the infamous Salem Witch Hunt Curse, an ancient and evil practice which is unearthed from necromancy and violates the course of natural events in a modern day world.

Click PLAY to watch the book video trailer….

The Vampires: Minotaur
by Levant DuPraeNaamah who’s very name means loveliness, daughter of Lamech by his wife Zillah. That was before Lilith, the immortal first woman of Creation as well as through an inadvertently, horrendous punishment the first undead blood drinker and ravager of men found her desirable as a sister.

Click PLAY to watch the book video trailer….

IT’S TIME TO VOTE – CLICK HERE TO VOTE NOW.Vote for your favorite book video from the choices above on the Self Publishing News blog starting tomorrow, Thursday October 15, 2009.Votes will be accepted through Halloween, and the winning author will receive an Enhanced Audio Excerpt with iTunes distribution, courtesy of Outskirts Press.

Are you publishing with the fastest-growing
full-service self-publisher, and receiving promotional access
to book video trailers, iTunes-distributed Audio Excerpts,
and seasonal contests? Now is the time to start (or switch)…

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Book teasers for self publishing writers

Announcing  30-second video teasers, exclusively from Outskirts Press.

Fast, flashy, and fun, the book teasers are an ideal, cost-effective way to kick-start your online video and social networking promotional efforts for your book.

With sites like YouTube, Twitter, MySpace, and LinkedIn getting all the social networking buzz, the question stops becoming WHERE to network and starts becoming WHAT to network.  Having a fun, exciting, and short video is exactly the type of content that is popular for these social networking and video sharing sites.

That’s where the 30-Second Teasers come in. You will receive a high-quality .mp4 video file that you can immediately upload to sites like YouTube and iTunes and then start embedding onto your social networking pages on FaceBook, MySpace, and elsewhere.

Each teaser highlights the cover of the book, the title, the price, the online availability, and the author’s photo if provided during the book production phase.  Every teaser is visually different.

Here’s a sample of a book teaser we produced for one of our Amazon bestsellers, Mary Singer Wick:

The purpose of a book teaser is to capture attention for the book.   Mission accomplished!

This is different from our other video and distribution service, the Book Video Trailer option, where the author can customize the video more specifically to arrive at an overall tone for the video. Once the professional 60-second book video is produced, the .wmv file is provided to the author and is also distributed to all major social video sharing sites like YouTube, Viddler, Google, Aol, Yahoo, and others.

For comparison, here is the 60-second Book Video Trailer we produced for Mary.

Regardless of whether you want a fast, flashy teaser, or a longer, more customized book video trailer, Outskirts Press can help you get your social networking and video sharing promotional efforts off to an exciting, high-quality start.   Outskirts Press published authors can order either option, or both, from the Marketing Options screen of their Author’s Center.

Not yet published with professional marketing options like these?

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A Self Publishing Promotion worth $1,249?

We’re not crazy enough to think a 30-second book video is worth $1,249 (but one of our competitors is, and they rhyme with “nooksplurge”). Believe it or not, they’re charging their authors $1,249 for a 30 second video.  

We believe the best things in life are free, which is why, through February, you will receive a FREE 30-second Book Teaser video when publishing with our Diamond or Pearl publishing package if you enter the valid promotion code at the time of order. The valid promotion code and promotion dates are available on our promotions page by clicking here.

I guess we should have promoted our February FREE Video Promotion by saying “Outskirts Press is giving away a free book video worth $1,249 when you start publishing your book in February.”

That’s outta whack!  

It makes you wonder how over-priced everything else is from our competitors. If you’re tired of paying too much for publishing, too much for your own author’s copies, or too much for marketing support, then you’re ready for Outskirts Press, the gem of custom book publishing. Just think, for the price of their video option, you could republish your book with Outskirts Press, start getting better royalties, better distribution, AND the free book video (plus have a couple hundred bucks left over).  Now, that’s something…

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Self published book videos

The last few postings have discussed the power of book video trailers for promoting self-published books. Here are some notable examples from successful Outskirts Press authors:

King & Queen
by C. A. Thomas


Relationship Selling
by Atul Uchil, PhD


The Days of Peleg
by Jon Saboe


Are you excited to publish your book and begin the adventure of marketing it using 21st Century tactics like these?


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