Publish today and your eBook editions are FREE!

The printing press made the written word accessible on a larger scale, but the eBook made entire libraries available to the world at the click of a button! eBooks give your book added exposure online and make your work accessible to millions more readers. eBooks also offer a great alternative to planet-conscious readers who want an alternative to paper.

Now you can make your eBook accessible to a world of readers perusing Amazon and Barnes & Noble bookstores — for FREE! When you purchase the Ultimate or Full-Color publishing package in the month of July, Outskirts Press will throw in Kindle and NOOK versions of your book at no charge.

To take advantage of this offer, simply:

  • Add the Ultimate or Full-Color publishing package to your
  • Outskirts Press shopping cart
  • Enter promo code KindleNook-Free at checkout
  • The free ebook editions will be added to your account within 48 hours

This amazing offer is only available for a limited time, so publish now to receive these valuable eBook editions FREE!

Need help picking a package? Call a Publishing Consultant at 1-888-672-6657 (OP-BOOKS), live-chat with us via our website or go online to schedule an appointment.

Limited Time! Outskirts Press Published Authors Receive 10% Off First Chapter Plus Today!

As a published author, one of your goals may be to get your book into a library or independent bookstore. Now’s the time to buckle-down further and introduce your book to libraries, bookstores, media, reviewers, bloggers and readers — and do so at a reduced price!

This is where First Chapter Preview Library Distribution comes in. Through Friday only, Outskirts Press published authors can enjoy priceless exposure this service provides for 10% off the regular price with the promotion code FCP10NOV.

First Chapter Preview Library Distribution promotes your book with a full-color, quarter-page ad along with a free preview of your first chapter so that libraries, bookstores, buyers, readers and reviewers can discover your book.

With this valuable option, your book cover, synopsis, pricing information and ordering details will run for three consecutive months in First Chapter Plus, a monthly catalog where prospective book buyers can download and preview the first chapter of your book. Readers have at their fingertips all the information they need to order copies of your book.

Note that the quarter-page ad (a sample is shown below) includes a full-color image of your book cover, synopsis information, title information and a link to the first chapter of your book. Buyers are more inclined to buy your book when they can preview the first chapter in advance, and when the buying process is simple and convenient.

The best part (in addition to the limited time discount) is that Outskirts Press handles all of the details for you: We create a PDF file of your first chapter, complete the submission for you, and send you the First Chapter Plus catalog via email as soon as your ad appears.

Take advantage of this concierge-level service at any time, but the 10% discount is only available for a limited time. Enter the promotion code: FCP10NOV today!

Three Days Left to Get a Free Kindle and Nook Format of Your Self-Publishing Book

It’s not too late to enter the e-book world for your self-published book! Self-publish TODAY to receive a FREE Kindle format AND NOOK format of your masterpiece! Start today with the promotion code below.

Make your book available on the 2 most popular ebook reading devices, the Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble NOOK. More formats on Amazon and Barnes & Noble means more exposure in the ebook device world. Only books that have been submitted to the Amazon Kindle and the NOOK in the required formats are available for Kindle and NOOK readers to purchase and enjoy. These 2 valuable, popular options are now FREE for authors who start publishing today. If you start right now and choose to publish with our industry-leading Diamond publishing service or our full-color Pearl publishing service, you will receive a FREE Amazon Kindle e-book edition and a NOOK edition at the time of publication.

Don’t wait any longer, enter the promotion code KINDLENOOK15 when checking out of your shopping cart while purchasing the popular Diamond package or the full color Pearl publishing package.

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Planning Ahead to Make Your Book Award-Worthy

It’s a great feeling to see a book project come full circle — from the initial idea to seeing your work in print. But is there more? Is your book award-worthy?

If you’re considering taking charge of your book through self-publishing, make sure it’s the best it can be. By planning ahead and taking the time to do things right, you can make your book worthy of an award. And best of all, you can confidently market it as an award-winning book!

There are many awards available for self-published books. Reader Views annually honors exemplary books from independent self-publishers with the Literary Book Award — and cash prizes worth up to $1,500. The Readers’ Favorite grants awards up to $35,000, and the EVVY Awards recognize excellence in independently published books as determined by the Colorado Independent Publishers Association (CIPA). Winning an EVVY Award is a prerequisite to being named the Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Award. (You’ll be happy to know that after you’re published, Outskirts Press offers assistance in entering your book into these awards.)

These are just a few of the potential awards your book could win. So, how do you make sure your book is worthy of an award?

It goes without saying that the first step (often the hardest step) is to finish your book. You can’t win any awards if you don’t have a finished product. Here are 6 ways to help you create the best book possible:

  1. Create a compelling title. If your book is non-fiction, its title should be specific, to tell potential readers what it offers. If your book is a thriller, choose an exciting and enticing title to pique the reader’s interest.
  2. Define the purpose of your book. Can you summarize the book in just a few sentences? An award-worthy book has a clear purpose — something for the reader, whether it’s for entertainment, information on how to do something, or a memoir that offers hope and encouragement.
  3. Ask for constructive criticism. Before it’s published, your book should make the rounds of at least one objective reader. Does the plot make sense? Are the characters relatable? Is the dialogue realistic? Are there any parts that drag, or any sections that don’t make sense? Is your writing clear and concise?
  4. Edit and proofread. Once you’ve addressed any problems your reader(s) identified, you’ll need a careful review for spelling, grammar, typos, and other pesky problems that can annoy your readers. Hire a professional editor to give it a thorough going-over and resolve any problems with plot, pacing, characterization, and style.
  5. Create a dynamic book cover. An exclusive custom cover, designed specifically for your book, is probably the single most important element in making that striking first impression. It also helps convey a sense of the style, tone, and content inside, which has an immediate effect on potential buyers.
  6. Develop a strong marketing plan. Will you be using social media to promote your book? Are your local bookstores and gift shops willing to carry it? Do you want to offer variety for your readers who may prefer digital editions? (Outskirts Press has a variety of marketing strategies to help you.)

Once you’ve finished a project — whether it’s a cookbook, a collection of poetry, or a romance novel — it’s tempting to just hand your work over to a publisher and get it printed as quickly as possible. But by taking the time to make sure your work is polished and its packaging is compelling, you could become not only a published author…but an author with an award-winning book!

Receive a FREE Kindle AND NOOK format ($500 value) when you start publishing today!


Get a step ahead in your marketing efforts and into today’s electronic world with a FREE Kindle format AND NOOK format of your self-published book! Start today with the promotion code below!

Make your book available on the 2 most popular e-book reading devices, the Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble NOOK. More formats on Amazon and Barnes & Noble means more exposure in the e-book device world. Only books that have been submitted to the Amazon Kindle and the NOOK in the required formats are available for Kindle and NOOK readers to purchase and enjoy.

These 2 valuable, popular options are now FREE for authors who start publishing today. If you start right now and choose to publish with our industry-leading Diamond publishing service or our full-color Pearl publishing service, you will receive a FREE Amazon Kindle e-book format and a NOOK format at the time of publication.

Enter the promotion code KINDLENOOK15 when checking out of your shopping cart while purchasing the popular Diamond package or the full color Pearl publishing package.

In addition to receiving a FREE Kindle and NOOK format of 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 over $1,000 of free stuff in October!

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AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT & SUCCESS STORY


Sandra was born in a small town on the New England seashore. Her parents were older than a lot of the parents of her classmates. Sandra was taught the “old school way.” That meant creating your own entertainment and games to play. It was part of what made her very creative. As her life progressed, she married and had children, and she became a receptacle of many stories of all kinds. Some very unusual ones caused friends to tell her that she should write a book.

Sandra A. Murray never thought about writing over the years, but as she approached elder life, she started by writing a story birthday card for one of her grandchildren. Then she took an online course for children’s literature, and did fairly well. The next step was to join a writer’s site. That was the catalyst to publish a book. Infinite Scribbles in the Sand is the culmination of a couple of years’ collection of poems and short stories that she wrote while on this site.
– Sandra A. Murray, author of Infinite Scribbles in the Sand

Keep Working On That Book During Small Press Month!

You’ve probably heard us crowing about Small Press Month this month. March is the perfect time to promote the amazing work of independent publishers and self-publishing authors. High quality self-publishing is easy. Marketing your book afterwards is the key.

We hope you’re taking advantage of this celebration to finish and promote your own book using the 31 tips (one per day) provided by Outskirts Press. The idea is to take a few moments each day to implement one important step in your efforts to complete, market and promote your self-published book.

Once that book gets completed, we hope you take our suggestions to stock up on hard copies, connect on social media, send out press releases and reach out to local schools, universities, fellow authors, small businesses and sales channels. Don’t worry if you’re just ramping up now. These small steps are simple enough to take two at a time. Here’s what the next few days of your Small Press Month should look like:

March 16 – Get talking. Small, local radio stations – particularly news/talk formats – are constantly on the lookout for interesting guests. Contact local radio producers in your area and pitch them on your book, tying it into Small Press Month. Not sure where to start? Outskirts Press offers a Guaranteed Radio Interview option to get you started.

March 17 – Think green. St. Patrick’s Day green, that is. Take the day to get started on electronic editions of your book, which save trees and open you up to huge audiences of ebook consumers. Outskirts Press can set up a Kindle, Nook or Apple iPad edition of your book in no time at all.

March 18 – Think big. Local is a great starting point, but don’t forget to contact the major newspapers about Small Press Month, too. They’re more likely to cover something if they are contacted by authors, so reach out in person. Be ready to tell your press contact what sets your book apart from others (unusual topic, great reviews, a sudden spike in sales, past media attention, etc.). Here’s one to get you started:
THE NEW YORK TIMES: 229 W. 43rd St., New York, NY 10036-3959 (212) 556-1234

March 19 – Center yourself. Contact local community centers and inform them of Small Press Month; post information on their community bulletin board, if one is available. Gather the local authors with whom you’ve teamed up and schedule an impromptu event, celebrating Small Press books.

March 20 – Make a leap. If you’re considering all of your publishing options, this may be the month to start with Outskirts Press. If things have stagnated with your current publisher, a fresh start may be just what you need to get sales moving again. Even if you’re not quite ready to publish, Outskirts Press can still help. We offer a variety of marketing products and services for authors. Browse those marketing products today at: http://outskirtspress.com/services/marketing.

Want more tips? Visit our blog to read the full post or follow us on Facebook to get a tip each day throughout the month.

START PUBLISHING AND GET A FREE KINDLE AND NOOK!

Get a step ahead in your marketing efforts and into today’s electronic world with a FREE Kindle format AND NOOK format of your self-published book! Start today with the promotion code below!

Make your book available on the 2 most popular e-book reading devices, the Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble NOOK. More formats on Amazon and Barnes & Noble means more exposure in the e-book device world. Only books that have been submitted to the Amazon Kindle and the NOOK in the required formats are available for Kindle and NOOK readers to purchase and enjoy.

These 2 valuable, popular options are now FREE for authors who start publishing today. If you start right now and choose to publish with our industry-leading Diamond publishing service or our full-color Pearl publishing service, you will receive a FREE Amazon Kindle e-book format and a NOOK format at the time of publication.

Enter the promotion code KINDLENOOK15 when checking out of your shopping cart while purchasing the popular Diamond package or the full color Pearl publishing package.

In addition to receiving a FREE Kindle and NOOK format of 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 over $1,000 of free stuff in March!

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AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT & SUCCESS STORY

“Before I found Outskirts Press, I used another publisher for an earlier book and the difference was like night and day. Throughout the process, all the members of my appointed Outskirts team helped me make decisions about what would work best from the content to the cover without exceeding my budget. The Outskirts print-on-demand service was quick and efficient in filling book orders. I would not consider working with any other publisher again.”

Kay Peterson’s life experiences and extensive travels have brought her in contact with people from many walks of life. After nine successful non-fiction books, 13 Days in Africa is her first venture into the creative world of fiction. Kay’s devoted readers hope she will continue to offer stories as intriguing as this safari adventure.

When tourists on an African safari are kidnapped by bandits, it changes their lives…forever. For Sarah, an American nurse who has just lost her job, it means accepting her past in order to find the family she always wanted. Sarah’s group includes a teenager named Boy trying to discover why he is alive; his racist father who resents his son’s existence; a former drug addict trying to rebuild her life, and the wealthy Englishman who loves her. Their leader is an Anglo-African guide haunted by his own ghosts. When the group is left stranded in Africa’s wild savanna, Sarah learns the value of living every moment, the importance of helping each other, and that hate and cruelty are two of the disguises worn by Fear.

13 Days in Africa is a memorable and evocative story of love and hate, kindness and cruelty, and the peace that comes when we can accept who we are.

Kay Peterson, author of 13 Days in Africa

Start Publishing and receive a FREE Kindle AND NOOK!

FREE Kindle format and NOOK format of your self-published book! Start today with the promotion code below!

Make your book available on the 2 most popular e-book reading devices, the Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble NOOK. More formats on Amazon and Barnes & Noble means more exposure in the e-book device world. Only books that have been submitted to the Amazon Kindle and the NOOK in the required formats are available for Kindle and NOOK readers to purchase and enjoy. These 2 valuable, popular options are now FREE for authors who start publishing today. If you start right now and choose to publish with our industry-leading Diamond publishing service or our full-color Pearl publishing service, you will receive a FREE Amazon Kindle e-book format and a NOOK format at the time of publication.

Enter the promotion code KINDLENOOK15 when checking out of your shopping cart while purchasing the popular Diamond package or the full color Pearl publishing package.

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31 Ways for Would-Be Authors to Self-Promote During Small Press Month

Every year during the month of March, Outskirts Press joins indie companies all across the United States in celebrating independent publishers and the talented self-publishing authors we serve. As an aspiring self-publishing author, you’re a pioneer at the cusp of a new era in literature. In fact, nowhere will you find a more eclectic, determined, creative and talented population of artists than those who write at their own will.

So, claim your rightful recognition! This month of celebration is your opportunity to promote yourself and your upcoming book with 31 effective marketing and promotion tactics. Throughout the month of March, take a moment each day to make an important step toward successfully marketing yourself as a writer. Here, we offer one simple tip for each day of the month that will help you advance-promote your future book:

March 1 – Start up. If you haven’t already, get that manuscript finished. Small Press Month is the perfect time to take the plunge or finish what you started. With just 1,700 or so words per day, you could conceivably have a novel finished by April Fool’s Day!

March 2 – Bone up. Become the local authority on Small Press Month. Do a little research about the history of independent publishing, your publisher (Outskirts Press) and what Small Press Month is all about, then offer yourself as a resource to local media. This will help you build your platform as a local writer and self-publishing author.

March 3 – Pay it forward. Treat yourself now to a few Outskirts Press self-publishing gift cards that you can spend when you’re ready to publish. Buy one or two per month, and by the time you’re ready to publish, you’ll be able to painlessly purchase everything you need to self-publish and promote a high-quality book.

March 4 – Connect. Meet with other independent published and prospective authors in your area, either in person with a local writers’ guild or online via social media. Not only can these comrades offer you advice to strengthen your skills, but you can also pool resources with them and learn more about promoting before, during and after publishing. For example, Outskirts Press already has a growing community of active and passionate fans/followers on Facebook and Twitter, with whom you can connect at any time. There’s a lot to do, and many minds are a better than one.

March 5 – Alert the media. Send a press release to the local media (newspapers, radio, television) mentioning Small Press Month, your knowledge of the industry, your connection to the community and your upcoming independently published book. Your press release should explain what Small Press Month is, why it’s important, what local organizations are doing to celebrate, and how the media can contact you for additional information. Supplement the press release with information about the release date of your own book, if applicable.

Want more tips? Visit our blog to read the full post or follow us on Facebook to get a tip each day throughout the month.

START PUBLISHING AND GET A FREE KINDLE AND FREE NOOK!

Jump-start your marketing efforts into today’s electronic world with a FREE Kindle edition AND NOOK edition of your self-published book! Start today with the promotion code below!

Make your book available on the 2 most popular ebook reading devices, the Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble NOOK. More formats on Amazon and Barnes & Noble means more exposure in the ebook device world. Only books that have been submitted to the Amazon Kindle and the NOOK in the required formats are available for Kindle and NOOK readers to purchase and enjoy.

These 2 valuable, popular options are now FREE for authors who start publishing today. If you start right now and choose to publish with our industry-leading Diamond publishing service or our full-color Pearl publishing service, you will receive a FREE Amazon Kindle e-book edition and a NOOK edition at the time of publication.

Enter the promotion code KINDLENOOK15 when checking out of your shopping cart while purchasing the popular Diamond package or the full color Pearl publishing package.

Click to order the Diamond Package
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AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT & SUCCESS STORY

“With this being my very first experience with a publisher, I would have to say it was amazing! My book turned out just lovely!”

Throughout her life, Luvicia has used poetry as a means to cope with family dysfunction, heartbreaks, reunions, and many more unpleasant life situations. Her writing is true and honest, which allows her to become a better writer by character, not by luck. Luvicia is happily married to her husband and soul mate! They reside in Midwest City, Oklahoma.

Writing, for Luvicia, has been a tremendous joy throughout the years. Poetry has helped in times of fear, sadness, loss, excitement, and happiness. The author LOVES to express who she is through her work, and hopes that readers will enjoy the poems in this book.

– Luvicia Maxey, author of A Pocket Full of Poems