Coming Soon: Outskirts Press’ Fandemonium Volume 4!

It’s that time of year again: the time when Outskirts Press shines the self-publishing spotlight on our Facebook friends in our annual Fandemonium collection, available soon in the Outskirts Press bookstore.Fandemonium

Each year, Fandemonium brings Outskirts Press Facebook members together to experience the joy of publishing with Outskirts Press first-hand. Facebook Fandemonium gives writers the unique opportunity to get their work published and benefit a great cause at the same time. Outskirts Press kicked off the fourth annual Fandemonium collection earlier this year, accepting hundreds of submissions of poetry, short stories, excerpts, recipes or anecdotes for free publication in Fandemonium Volume 4.

The result of this unique crowdsourcing effort is a collection of superior writing from the Outskirts Press Facebook community, the profits of which provide much-needed funding to the American Red Cross on behalf of Outskirts Press and its Facebook fans.

We’d like to thank the many writers and Facebook fans who shared their talent and good work with Outskirts Press. And an especially big tip of the hat to our Fandemonium Volume 4 finalists, who rose to the top of a very competitive field of authors. The featured authors in Fandemonium Volume 4 are:

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Once again, thank you to all who submitted their work for Fandemonium. Keep an eye on the Outskirts Press blog for updates on the publication of Fandemonium Volume 4.

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Fandemonium Finalists Announced for 3rd Annual Facebook Anthology for Self-Publishing Authors

Each year, Fandemonium brings Outskirts Press Facebook members together to experience the joy of publishing with Outskirts Press first-hand. Facebook Fandemonium gives writers the unique opportunity to getFandemonium Volume 2 their work published and benefit a great cause at the same time. Outskirts Press kicked off the third annual Fandemonium collection earlier this year, accepting hundreds of submissions of poetry, short stories, excerpts, recipes or anecdotes for free publication in Fandemonium Volume 3, coming in July.

The result of this unique crowdsourcing effort is a collection of superior writing from the Outskirts Press Facebook community, the profits of which provide much-needed funding to the American Red Cross on behalf of Outskirts Press and its Facebook fans.

We’d like to thank the many writers and Facebook fans who shared their talent and good work with Outskirts Press. And an especially big tip of the hat to our Fandemonium Volume 3 finalists, who rose to the top of a very competitive field of authors. The featured authors in Fandemonium Volume 3 are:

Fandemonium Volume 3

Once again, thank you to all who submitted their work for Fandemonium. Keep an eye on the Outskirts Press blog for updates on the publication of Fandemonium Volume 3.

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How to Hit Your Publishing Goals Before Summer


So, 2012 rolled over into the new year, and that book you swore would be done by Christmas wasn’t quite there yet. Your Valentine’s Day deadline came and went, too, and perhaps so did your Easter drop-dead date.


Sometimes it’s not giant tasks and lofty goals that knock us off course but little hang-ups that stop us in our tracks while one deadline after another passes us by. Consider these five simple tips to help you keep your goals so you can have your book headed to print before the summer hits.

  1. Set mini-goals.  Rather than setting big, vague goals like “May 31: Finish writing book, review work and send to publisher,” set a series of smaller goals. “May 1: Assess what needs to be done to finish book. May 2-10: Write 5 pages per day. May 11-19: Review/polish rough draft. May 20: Hire copy editor for manuscript feedback.” Your mini-goals will vary greatly depending on where you are in your writing process, but if you’re close now, you could be well on your way to publication by the end of May.
  2. Polish in stages.  Many writers ultimately fail to meet their publishing goals because they’re too busy focusing on the end goal instead of the short-term goals that will lead them there. Your immediate goals should focus on creation. After that, you can go back and work on improving the quality bit by bit.
  3. Set a time.  Resolving to write or edit a certain number of pages each day, or to tackle the next step in the publication process is wise, but it’s meaningless if you haven’t made the time – a specific time. Schedule a time of day everyday when you are your most productive, and set an alarm. Soon, working toward your book-publishing goals will be a matter of habit.
  4. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.  Sometimes, the demands of home life and work prevent any significant progress from taking place with your writing goals. Many of the biggest names in literature have employed ghostwriters to help them make the leap from idea to completed work they may not otherwise make. (Outskirts Press regularly connects authors with talented ghostwriters, who tackle everything from polishing a rough draft manuscript to complete, front-to-back book writing.)
  5. Start now.  Maybe this newsletter is exactly what you needed to get your creative juices flowing again. Click here to choose your publishing package today and you can begin the publication process before the ink is even dry.


When in doubt, contact Outskirts Press to find out how to best make use of valuable resources designed to help you get that long-lingering project done for good.

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Get Caught Up in Self-Publishing Fandemonium Before It’s too Late

Facebook Fandemonium gives writers the rare opportunity to get their work published and benefit a great cause at the same time by submitting their works for publication through Facebook for a limited time. If you havenFandemonium Volume 2‘t yet, there’s still time to get your work seen! Outskirts Press is accepting submissions through April 30.

Need to get inspired? Check out what writers like yourself contributed to the first Fandemonium collection in 2011 and last year’s follow-up, Fandemonium Volume 2. Hundreds of members of the Outskirts Press Facebook community submitted an impressive array of poetry, short stories, excerpts, recipes, anecdotes and more in 2011 and 2012, and the best of them were included in the collection.

american-red-crossIn addition to free publication and priceless exposure, inclusion in Fandemonium gives authors the satisfaction of knowing that they’ve put their talents to use for a good cause. Proceeds from the sale of Fandemonium collections are donated to the American Red Cross on behalf of Outskirts Press and its Facebook fans.

Getting published in the Facebook Fandemonium is simple: Authors can post their submission as a Note in Facebook and tag the Outskirts Press Facebook Page in the Note. The submissions with the highest number of “Likes” will be considered for inclusion in Fandemonium Volume 3. Submissions can be fiction, non-fiction or poetry, and entries under 5,000 words will be considered first.

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‘Fandemonium’ Breaks Loose: Outskirts Press Launches 3rd Annual Facebook Anthology for Self-Publishing Authors

Facebook Fandemonium gives writers the unique opportunity to get their work published and benefit a great cause at the same time. Outskirts Press has kicked off the third annual Fandemonium collection and is accepting submissions through April 30, 2013.

Each year, Fandemonium brings Outskirts Press Facebook members together to experience the joy of publishing with Outskirts Press first-hand, while benefiting a great cause along the way. The Denver-based self-publishing and book marketing company is inviting fans of its Facebook community to submit poetry, short stories, excerpts, recipes or anecdotes for free publication in the annual Outskirts Press american-red-crossFacebook anthology, Fandemonium, now through April 30, 2013.

Getting published in the Facebook Fandemonium is simple: Authors can post their submission as a Note in Facebook and tag the Outskirts Press Facebook Page in the Note. The submissions with the highest number of “Likes” will be considered for inclusion in Fandemonium Volume 3. Submissions can be fiction, non-fiction or poetry, and entries under 5,000 words will be considered first.

The result of this unique crowdsourcing effort is a collection of superior writing from the Outskirts Press Facebook community, the profits of which provide much-needed funding to a worthy cause. Proceeds from the sale of the 2013 Fandemonium collection will be donated to the American Red Cross on behalf of Outskirts Press and its Facebook fans.

Fandemonium Volumes 1 and 2 were a huge success,” said Outskirts Press Executive Vice President Kelly Schuknecht. “We look forward to publishing the collection of work our Facebook Fans submit this year.”

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