Yes, “judge a book by its cover” is an idiom referring to first impressions and snap judgments about everything, but the idiom holds true when we’re talking about literal books and their covers. This is because the human brain processes images faster than it does words. Plus, if your cover looks shoddy, readers and reviewers alike will be right to wonder where else you skimped on quality . . .
Outskirts Press is making it even more affordable to wow! with your cover. Purchase the Ultimate Black & White or Full-Color publishing package today . . . and we’ll give you a professionally designed custom cover, professionally refine your cover text, PLUS include a Barnes and Noble Nook, Apple iBook and a stunning-looking Amazon Kindle edition of your book absolutely FREE!
Simply enter promotion code ccwithtext when you buy the publishing package, and this offer will be added!
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Every author dreams of generating revenue from their life’s passion – writing. But did you know you could win $1,500 just by self-publishing your book? It’s true! Your high-quality work (and our help) could net you a nice bit of cash in our Best Book of the Year contest.
Every year, Outskirts Press recognizes the best book we publish with our annual Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year award, which pits just three finalists against each other in a public poll on the Outskirts Press Self-Publishing News blog. Here’s how it works:
Authors who order the Diamond or Pearl publishing package and are published in 2015 are automatically entered for consideration.
Outskirts Press production and marketing teams and executive staff hand-select up to 5% of the books we publish over the course of the year for consideration. These titles are nominated by us for the Colorado Independent Publishers Association EVVY Awards, held in Denver each summer.
Books that win EVVY awards will be considered for Best Book of the Year. Contenders will be chosen as finalists, and will receive promotion in Outskirts Press newsletters and social media channels.
I am very happy that Outskirts Press exists. My cover design is incredibly professional. As soon as I show my children’s book to someone they become overjoyed. The color, the illustrations, and the book itself is so admired.
L. Gina Davis attended York College in 1997, where she studied child psychology. She is the author of a poem entitled “Sweetheart,” featured in Moonlight Wishes, a collection of poems published in 1996 with the National Library of Poetry. She is happily married with three children and lives in Queens, New York.
In this fast-paced, riveting tale, we meet a cranky old witch named Lolita who delights in being miserable. When she hears the laughter and witnesses the fun and merriment the children are having at the playground, she is furious. With the help of her loyal cat Bufu, Lolita comes up with a scheme to transform herself into a beautiful queen to lure the happy children away from the playground-and put an end to the joyful noise once and for all! Humorous and entertaining, Ooh Lolita also carries an important reminder for children about the dangers of putting their trust in strangers-even a strange and beautiful queen who asks for help to find a lost pet.
Regardless of the content of your book, a thoughtful, beautifully crafted cover will play an integral role in the success of your book. Many a self-published author (and many traditionally published authors as well!) lament that, while they poured their soul into every precious word, they didn’t give enough attention to the package. Well, looks matter.
Not convinced? Think about how you make buying decisions in your local supermarket. Perhaps you’re trying a new soup or selecting wine to go with dinner. How did you choose? Odds are it was an eye-catching label that drove you to pick up certain brands. Maybe you read a couple product descriptions, and then you placed the prettiest among them in your cart.
Readers choose books in much the same way. While they usually do read book summaries to help them make a decision, how do they decide which summaries to read in the first place? You got it – the cover! Professional book cover art creates a number of advantages for your book in a crowded buying environment over plain looking covers:
Information. Custom cover art conveys important, specific clues to the reader about the content of your book. Clues imparted by color, theme, fonts and more, all tailored to your book, will instantly help buyers determine what your book is about and if it’s a good fit for their reading habits and preferences.
Credibility. Professional cover art immediately cues the reader – whether they’re aware of it or not – that the same care that was put into beautiful cover art was also taken in the writing of the book. It sends an instant message about quality – and you’ll want readers to perceive high quality right up front!
Visibility. Of course, you know your book is high quality, but if no one notices it, all that pithy content won’t matter. A custom crafted cover gets a potential book buyer to slow down for a second or two, which greatly increases the odds they’ll investigate further. It’s the first and most important step to securing a sale.
Targeting. An important function of your book cover is not just to appeal to any reader, but to appeal to the specific type of reader your content is intended to entertain or inform. For example, when creating a custom cover for a romance novel intended for young adults, a professional cover artist will take a vastly different approach than he would when creating a cover for a romance geared toward middle-age readers.
Marketability. A book and its cover add up to more than sum of their parts. Compelling content – packaged with an appropriate, targeted and smartly tailored book cover – makes for a marketable book that stands far better odds of selling than a strong book with a weak cover.
A professional custom book cover creates an attractive self-publishing package that readers will want to put in their shopping cart. While there’s never a guarantee that your stunning new artwork will immediately lead to an explosion in book sales a poorly designed cover is all but guaranteed to get passed by time and time again. And, the best part about compelling book cover art is that you don’t need an entire team of marketing gurus to get noticed. One knowledgeable and skilled cover artist can make a huge difference in online traffic to your book – and that makes a huge difference in sales.
START PUBLISHING AND GET A FREE CUSTOM COVER!
Every author wants to make the best first impression with his or her cover when it hits the shelf or is posted on the web, and an exclusive custom cover, designed specifically for that book, is probably the single most important element in making that striking first impression.
If your book doesn’t stand out, it may never be picked up!
A Custom Cover Design not only gives authors a far greater chance for an immediately favorable response to their books, it also helps convey a sense of the style, tone and content inside, and that too has an immediate effect on potential buyers.
This option is normally $499 but if you start today it’s FREE! Just enter the promotion code COVERAPR15 when checking out of your shopping cart while purchasing the popular Diamond package or the full color Pearl publishing package by April 30, 2015.
In addition to receiving a FREE Custom Cover for your book, you’ll also receive the following with your Diamond package:
Standard Press Release. $99 value included free when you order your Diamond publishing service today.
Audio Excerpt. $99 value included free with your Diamond order today and a great way to share your voice with your readers, literally!
E-Book Edition (pdf). $99 value included free with your Diamond publishing service.
Cover Image. $99 value included free and a great way to enhance your cover.
Spring Arbor additional distribution. $99 value to complement the Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Ingram availability already included with your Diamond publishing service.
All in all, you’re looking at almost $1,000 of free stuff in April!
“The publishing process was a positive experience because the Outskirts team truly cares about the authors they represent. They have done everything possible in an accurate, timely manner. A special thanks to the entire team.”
During her 27 years of teaching, Carol Leslie Bradley enjoyed encouraging her students to develop their creative abilities through writing. She mentors new teachers, and enjoys helping them with organizational strategies, and acquiring and maintaining classroom management skills. Carol and her husband Ron have four adult children and nine grandchildren. She loves reading, writing, and spending time with her grandchildren.
The Andersen family is looking forward to a cozy, loving Christmas together at their clan ranch in Colorado-all the traditions are in place, and everyone is gathered for a loving celebration. Little do they know that tragedy is about to strike. Ryan and Susan Andersen, flying in on a private plane, are about to meet their fate in an unexpected way. As the family tries to cope with their shock, old flames will reignite, and old rivalries will resurface. At the heart of the family story is lovely Sarah Andersen, who unexpectedly went to college out of state, breaking the heart of her high school love when she married another man. But he has never stopped loving her-and he is called on to help her family, now that he is Sheriff Rayburn. Sarah and her family find out that during the twists and turns of the unexpected road called life, it’s important to have people by your side who can be trusted to help navigate…and that a family inheritance can be counted best in love, not in money. This family saga of deception, redemption, and romance is sure to keep you intrigued.
Outskirts Press is helping authors get noticed with Custom Covers this month. Authors who publish in April receive a complimentary Custom Cover for their self-publishing book – perfect for making that book stand out above the others.
April 7, 2015 – Parker, CO – Outskirts Press, the leading self-publishing and book marketing services provider, announces a promotion that will help self-publishing authors stand out in a crowd of books. Throughout the month of April, authors who publish with Outskirts Press can receive a free Custom Cover, a valuable way to get a book noticed.
Any author wants to make the best first impression with his or her cover when it hits the shelf or is posted on the web, and an exclusive custom cover, designed specifically for that book, is probably the single most important element in making that striking first impression.
“A custom cover design not only gives authors a far greater chance for an immediately favorable response to their books,” says Outskirts Press Executive Vice President Kelly Schuknecht, “it also helps them convey a sense of the style, tone and content inside, and that too has an immediate effect on potential buyers.
A custom cover design led by a professional cover designer not only gives authors a far greater chance for an immediately favorable response to their books, it also helps them convey a sense of the style, tone and content inside, and that too has an immediate effect on potential buyers.
This option is normally $299 but by starting today it’s complimentary! Just enter the promotion code COVERAPR15 when checking out of the shopping cart while purchasing the popular Diamond package or the full color Pearl publishing package by April 30, 2015.
About Outskirts Press, Inc.: Outskirts Press offers high-quality, full-service self-publishing and book marketing services for writers and professionals who are seeking a cost-effective, fast, and flexible way to publish and distribute their books worldwide while retaining 100% of their rights, 100% of their profits, and 100% of the creative control. http://www.outskirtspress.com.