Resolutions for 2015 That Every Published Author Should Make

Hopefully you haven’t given up on your New Year resolutions already! During this month of resolving to do certain things you haven’t gotten to, or have been wanting to get to, we’ll get you started with resolutions tailored to the published author.

  1. Make a video. A Book Video Trailer belongs on every author’s list of resolutions. It’s an instant and visually stunning way to let readers and booksellers know what your book is all about and why they should buy it.
  2. Sign away. Resolve to set up book signings at your local bookstores. Independent stores are your best bet, but reach out to specific locations of the big chains as well. Even if your title is not on their shelves, they may let you sign and discuss your book to draw in customers.
  3. Explore other formats. Paperback isn’t the only way to go. If you’re only offering your book as a paperback, look into the advantages of releasing your title in other formats.
  4. Go digital. Take your title to the e-book market. This is practically a must. E-books make up about 20% of the book buying market. Resolve to get a piece of that profitable pie.
  5. Refresh yourself. Plan to update and refresh your Amazon listing periodically throughout the year. This keeps search engines interested as they scan your new content, and it could get you bumped up in the search engine listings.
  6. Talk it up. Resolve to get your voice and/or your face out there with radio, TV and newspaper interviews. Shoot for once a month or once a quarter – whatever you’re comfortable with.
  7. Retool. When sales stagnate, play around with pricing, marketing strategy, even the book itself if necessary. Sometimes a little tweak like a discount or a re-release with bonus material can make a world of difference.
  8. Promote yourself. Yes, we know you’re already marketing, but how are you presenting yourself in day-to-day interactions? Resolve to position yourself frequently as an author – it’s part of your identity!
  9. Get endorsements. Take advantage of valuable celebrity endorsements to lend additional legitimacy to your book. Not only is it effective, but it’s cost-effective.
  10. Go on tour. You can personally visit book fairs around your region – or even around the world – or you can send an Outskirts Press representative out to promote your book on your behalf. It’s affordable and effective.
  11. Go Hollywood. Want to take your book marketing to a new level in 2015? Outskirts Press has relationships with Hollywood insiders that can help you get your book to the silver screen. Look into it.
  12. Book it. Set up a schedule for contacting local and regional bookstores about carrying your book. Be sure to stock up on author copies so you’ll always have one on hand to provide to interested book sellers.
  13. Get reviewed. Submit your book to book review sites. Resolve to submit once a month or bi-monthly, or whatever schedule you can manage.
  14. Share your work. Your social media author platform is the perfect way to tease your book. Offer excerpts to get social media friends interested.
  15. Be comfortable in your own skin. Make peace with your identity as a writer and published author. Your quirks are more charming to others than you realize.
  16. Get more shut-eye. Yeah, it’s that simple. And get more exercise too. Taking care of your health has a way of bringing you confidence and making you sharper – both traits that will help you achieve your goals and keep your resolutions.
  17. Relax! Build in time for decompression. You’ve earned it!

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Self-Publishing Author Spotlight: Charles C. Anderson

The new year, 2015, promises to be another bountiful and enriching one for self-publishing authors. Self-publishing continues to grow in popularity among both authors and readers, and the quality of the works published through service providers such as Outskirts Press continues to soar. We’re so proud of the talented authors we serve!

This is why, each week, we celebrate one of our successful authors in our Self-Publishing Author Spotlight. This week Outskirts Press proudly features Charles C. Anderson, author of the thrillers The Farm series published through Outskirts Press.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:Charles C. Anderson
Dr. Anderson is a retired naval officer, an emergency physician, a critical care physician, and a weapons specialist. He is an expert on Colonial Virginia, the Civil War, limestone caves, and military installations in Hampton Roads, Virginia, all key subjects in this novel. The plantation depicted in this book has been his family’s home since 1743. His first book, The Farm, was awarded the 2013 Readers View Reviewers Choice Award and 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Award. The second and third books, Nuclear Farm and Blue Farm, are being released together, with more books to follow in this series. Visit the author’s website at

The FarmThe Farm

Some of the Farm’s secrets have never been discussed in polite company. And some are simply unspeakable.
When Navy SEAL Andy Carlson uncovers evidence that the U.S. government is secretly buying old Soviet tactical nuclear weapons for purposes other than disarmament, he responds by throwing a monkey wrench into the deal and resigning from the Navy. Hoping to settle down on his family’s Virginia farm and resume his career as an emergency physician, Andy instead finds himself and those he loves the targets of his own government and a Russian arms dealer. The Farm—Andy’s antebellum plantation—is a major player in the action, with its network of limestone caves, family treasures, historical surprises, and natural defenses, and Andy enlists three unlikely allies to help him defend it: a pregnant CIA agent, a male descendant of a slave who shares a common ancestor with Andy, and a teenage Saudi girl. Andy is a capable warrior and field surgeon, but he is also disillusioned and scarred by personal loss. And what he and his ragtag band are up against may be more than this former Navy SEAL can handle.
Product details…
Format: 6 x 9 hardback w/ jacket, 335 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Apr 13, 2012)
ISBN10: 1432790935
ISBN13: 9781432790936
Genre: FICTION / Thrillers

The First to Say NoThe First to Say No

It’s all-out war at Parkview Hospital.
The female doctors in the Parkview Hospital emergency department are tired of dealing with thugs and gang members who attack healthcare workers in their community—and they’re going to do something about it. This inner city Virginia neighborhood is being terrorized by the Plagues, a gang of violent criminals and drug dealers, and the local police are taking payoffs to ignore their criminal activity. After one of the ED doctors, Elita Romanov, is kidnapped and raped, she and her best friend, Dr. Kate Taylor, decide to take definitive action against the Plagues. These unlikely heroines systematically recruit coworkers, friends, and family members who are willing to break the law to restore the rule of law. The First To Say No is the story of Kate’s quest to make peace with her past and eliminate those who threaten her future—and the future of her hospital. This landmark novel illustrates many of the failings of today’s healthcare system, and chronicles Kate and Elita’s unique prescription for the problem in Parkview.
Product details…
Format: 6 x 9 paperback cream, 314 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Apr 18, 2012)
ISBN10: 143279101X
ISBN13: 9781432791018
Genre: FICTION / Thrillers

Blue FarmBlue Farm

Dive into the continuing saga of the Carlsons—the uniquely talented family who makes preparedness a way of life—in the third installment of The Farm series. Those who are visiting the Carlson’s 4,000-acre plantation for the first time will quickly be drawn to their anything but routine lifestyle. On a pre-enrollment visit to the University of Virginia, twin teenage prodigies Ava and Jack Carlson are devastated when their physically handicapped five-year-old brother Peewee is kidnapped in the Rotunda in Charlottesville. Days later, after paying a ransom, the family finds Peewee’s body buried on their own farm. Adding to the family’s grief and anger, the murderers leave a message indicating that Peewee is only the first of the Carlson clan to be targeted. The twins’ parents, emergency physician and former Navy SEAL Andy Carlson, and his wife, former CIA operative Lindsey Carlson, join forces with their precocious twins to bring the murderers to justice. As the family fights to defend their lives Jack and Ava stumble into their first loves, their first broken hearts…and the horror of who killed Peewee.
Product details…
Format: 6 x 9 hardback w/ jacket, 303 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Jan 16, 2014)
ISBN10: 147872210X
ISBN13: 9781478722106
Genre: FICTION / Thrillers
Nuclear FarmNuclear Farm

The U.S. President and the Prime Minister of Britain receive a startling warning. If they come to the aid of Israel in the coming Islamic Jihad against the Jewish state, martyrs hidden in their countries will destroy entire cities with nuclear warheads already in place. Any doubts the U.S. president has about nuclear weapons being in the hands of Islamic Fundamentalists are shattered with a mushroom cloud over the remains of Ras Tanura, a key Saudi oil export terminal near the Strait of Hormuz. One man and his wife have unique skills to address this nightmare. Their brainiac kids join them to track down one nail-biting threat after another. NUCLEAR FARM is the second novel in THE FARM series by award-winning author Charles C. Anderson.

Product details…
Format: 6 x 9 hardback w/ jacket, 479 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Feb 13, 2014)
ISBN10: 1478704934
ISBN13: 9781478704935
Genre: RELIGION / General

Desperate FarmDesperate Farm

Hold onto your seat for the fourth installment of The Farm series, the continuing saga of the Carlsons—a uniquely talented family who live on a 4,000-acre former plantation in central Virginia.

The intrepid Carlson family is once again drawn into defending the U.S. from those determined to traffic in nuclear warhead components on American soil. While the gifted eighteen-year-old twins, Jack and Ava Carlson, attempt to rebuild shattered relationships with their first loves, Nate and Tory Bondurant, ex-Navy SEAL Andy Carlson and his wife Lindsey—a former CIA operative—enlist family friend Orvel Fletcher to investigate an unexpected legacy of Nate and Tory’s grandfather, a known ex-KGB agent who sold old Soviet warheads to Iranians eight years before. Several explosive encounters later, the Carlsons, Orvel, and the Bondurants seem to have successfully dealt with all threats—until a dual kidnapping leads to devastating discoveries, new heartbreak, and a desperate fight to the death. With suspense, intrigue, romance, and humor, Desperate Farm is yet another winner in the thrilling saga of The Farm.
Product details…
Format: 6 x 9 hardback w/ jacket, 308 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Dec 31, 2014)
ISBN10: 1478742798
ISBN13: 9781478742791
Genre: FICTION / Thrillers

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