Top 10 Best Selling Books in Self-Publishing for April 2011

Outskirts Press, the fastest-growing full-service self-publishing and book marketing company, today announced its top ten best selling titles for April 2011 according to combined data from Ingram Book Wholesalers and Outskirts Press Direct via http://outskirtspress.com/bookstore. These authors have likely created a solid book promotion strategy and put it into motion either by themselves or with the help of a Personal Marketing Assistant.

In alphabetical order, the top ten best selling books in self publishing during the month of April 2011 were:

Congratulations to our best selling authors for the month of April 2011!

How can you get your book on the bestseller list? While we can’t make any guarantees on sales success, many of our most successful authors invest time and money in marketing themselves and their book. Some of our most popular services are the Personal Marketing Assistant, Virtual Book Tour, and Custom Press Release/PR Publicist.

All these books, and other Outskirts Press titles, are available from all major online retailers like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Powells, Books A Million, and others, plus conveniently from the Outskirts Press Direct bookstore at http://outskirtspress.com/bookstore for discounts ranging from 10% – 55%.

Are you ready to put a book promotion strategy in place for your self-published book?

Start Publishing

Top 10 Book Marketing Options for April 2011

Outskirts Press is an industry leader in providing post-publication support, products, and services to its growing family of published authors. Because we know how confusing it can be to pick the right marketing solution for your book, we publish our list of Top 10 Book Marketing Options each month to help you prioritize your book marketing efforts.

The top-ranking options are determined by how many self-published authors sign up for them. Many of these products and services are even available to authors who did not publish with Outskirts Press. Visit our Marketing Solutions page to view the growing list of available book marketing options.

These are the marketing products and services determined to be most popular by our authors for April 2011, listed below in alphabetical order:

1st Chapter Preview Library Distribution

This option allows you to introduce your book to libraries, bookstores, media, reviewers, bloggers and readers by running a quarter page full-color ad along with a free preview of your first chapter in this catalog for three consecutive months.

Amazon Extreme Package

This is a package deal that lets you save 25% on three amazing marketing tactics centered around Amazon: The Amazon Kindle Edition, Search Inside the Book, and the Keyword Search Submission Service. Plus a free copy of the Amazon best selling book, Sell Your Book on Amazon.

Amazon Kindle Edition

The Amazon Kindle is a revolutionary wireless reading device that allows its owners to instantly download books and newspapers. This is the new way that people are buying books. However, only books that have been submitted to the Amazon Kindle via the required process and in the required format are available for Kindle readers to purchase and enjoy.

Amazon Search Inside the Book

This service allows your potential buyer to browse your book online just as they would in a “traditional” bookstore. This alleviates a lot of the the anxiety associa ted with purchasing books online.

BEA Book Fair Submission

This option allows you to get your book exposed at the largest and most popular industry book fair and publishing event in the United States.

Book Blast

This package includes five of our most popular (and most effective) marketing services, making for very well-rounded book marketing solution. Every Book Blast comes with: a Custom Press Release, PR Publicist Campaign, Book Review Submission Service, Book Video Trailer, and 5 hours with a Personal Marketing Assistant for one price.

Bookmarks (500 ct.)

Bookmarks are a wonderful promotional item to pass out because people rarely throw them away; they actually use them! They might as well use a bookmark that promotes your book.

Boston Review Co-op Ad

This option allows you to promote your book to the 30,000 intellectual readers of Boston Review for a fraction of what it would cost to do on your own.

Custom Press Release

Have our professional press release writer compose an original, unique press release for your book, submitted to you for your review/approval, and then distributed to our news wire service on your behalf.

Virtual Book TourPublishers Weekly Co-op Ad

This option allows you to reach over 80,000 booksellers, publishers, public and academic librarians, wholesalers, distributors, agents, and writers in addition to more than 360,000 unique monthly website visitors with a color ad in the “most visible and trusted publication to market your products and services”.

Outskirts Press authors who are interested in any of these options can find further details and ordering information by clicking on the name (or image) of the option above. Information about either of these solutions can be found on the Marketing Options page of your Publishing Center. Authors who published elsewhere can visit our Marketing Solutions page to get more information about any of the marketing options available to order.

.

Is it time to get published and start receiving book marketing services like this?

Start Publishing

Get Started On The Other 80% of Publishing a Successful Book with the Book Blast Package

You’ve written and published a book, which means you’ve done 20% of the work required to becoming a successful self-publishing author. Now it’s time to get started with the other 80% — marketing. If you’re a published Outskirts Press author, you’re in luck. We’ve bundled our most popular marketing options under one umbrella making it extremely easy to jumpstart your book promotion efforts. Meet our Book Blast Package which contains all of the following:

1. Custom Press Release

The Custom Press Release combines information solicited from the author with the expertise of our writers. The result — a professional release that is focused on showcasing your book.

Your Custom Press Release will be:

  • electronically distributed to a database of approximately 100,000 media contacts, newsrooms, industry analysts, and freelance writers who receive daily email listings of press releases which match their filter criteria
  • posted to syndicated news feeds on other web sites through our XML/RSS news feed
  • optimized for search engine placement

2. PR Publicist Campaign

With the PR Publicist Campaign, a publicist will further distribute your Custom Press Release. We will e-mail it directly to book reviewers and editors in print, radio, television, trades, E-zines, syndicates, and wires — locally, regionally, and nationwide. This additional distribution circuit consists of over 21,000 national media contacts.

Then, we send you every resulting media lead. Usually those leads will come in the form of a book review or interview request. You will also receive a sample cover letter to use when following up on each lead.


3. 60 Second Book Video Trailer and Digital Viral Distribution

Movie trailers (commonly called “previews”) are shown at the beginning of movies. They let you take a sneak peek into an upcoming film. What if you could promote your book the same way? Well, you can. Our Book Video Trailers allow you to engage your audience’s eyes AND ears. Each trailer includes:

  • Music — you provide your own or we choose a piece from our collection.
  • Text — we briefly describe your book
  • Images — you provide your own or we choose from our database of over 1 million images
  • Distribution — YouTube, MetaCafe, Vimeo, etc.

BONUS: Your video will also be embedded into your Outskirts Press author webpage for you.

Press play to see a sample of a recent book video trailer:


4. Book Review Submission

Reading We have identified 10 book reviewers who have all demonstrated a tendency to review alternatively-published and self-published books. When you purchase our Book Review Submission Service, we will submit your book to these reviewers (or 10 others of your choosing) for you. Included in the submission to these reviewers is everything they typically require to consider writing a review, such as:

  • a professional cover letter
  • a professional press release
  • your sales sheet
  • a complimentary copy of your book for the reviewer to consider and keep

Positive reviews on popular websites and blogs or within popular journals can improve sales and lead to positive word-of-mouth, which is a precursor to the viral publicity and “buzz” that all authors dream of.


5. Personal Marketing AssistantBook Marketing Assistant

What’s a busy author to do to stay on top of follow-up that may result from a viral video, an amazing review, and/or a potential flurry of interview requests from a publicist campaign? Sit back and relax while their Personal Marketing Assistant follows through on these things for them.

Upon purchase, you will be entitled to a 5 hour block of one-on-one assistance. That block includes an initial 30 minute phone consultation. Here are just some of the many things your Personal Marketing Assistant can help you with:

  • PR Publicist Campaign lead follow-up
  • Suggesting advertising venues for your book and placing ads for you
  • Calling bookstores in your area to pitch your book and/or arrange book signings
  • Other book marketing tasks as needed

Is it time to get published and receive marketing support and services like this?

Start Publishing