Self Publishing Authors on iTunes

Outskirts Press published authors can save 10% this month on the Enhanced Audio Excerpt option with iTunes distribution. 

By submitting the audio file through RSS distribution and iTunes with keywords, you increase the chances of potential customers learning about your book (or even stumbling accidentally upon it) in a wide variety of venues and platforms.

The optional Enhanced Audio Excerpt with iTunes Distribution marketing service offers a two to three minute audio recording of a section from the author’s book, recorded by book marketing guru and Blog Talk Radio host Sally Shields. This option is ideal for authors who may be comfortable recording their own audio, and the Enhanced Audio Excerpt is distributed and syndicated just like a Podcast, which includes availability on multiple content sites, including iTunes.

View and listen to examples on iTunes:

 The Daugher-in-Law Rules by Sally Shields
21 Bizarre Short Stories by Jose Cepeda Garcia

Published Outskirts Press authors can save 10% on the Enhanced Audio Excerpt option right now and receive a free 30-minute telephone marketing consultation with Sally Shields. Order from your Author’s Center by clicking here and enter the the Promotion Code: RELAUNCH10 in your shopping cart.

The 10% discount code for these options will expire in February, so now is the time to order from your secure Author’s Center by clicking here. 

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Self-Published Authors Now Get More Bang for Their Book Marketing Buck with Four Improved Promotional Services Offered By Outskirts Press

In its continuing effort to further support self-published authors, leading self-publishing and book marketing company Outskirts Press has increased the value of 4 different book marketing services for its authors – without increasing the costs — by adding professional marketing consultations, new social networking channels, and more.

January 26, 2010 – Denver, CO – Outskirts Press, an Inc. 500 company and the fastest growing self-publishing and book marketing company, today announced it has greatly improved four of its popular book marketing services for its growing family of self-published authors.  The CD Media Kit, Enhanced Audio Excerpt, Book Video, and Amazon Kindle Edition options by have each been expanded to bring more benefits without additional cost.

Recognizing the value and necessity of live, 1-on-1 marketing consultation, Outskirts Press has also added the 30-minute marketing call to the Enhanced Audio Excerpt option at no additional cost. The Enhanced Audio Excerpt offers a two to three minute audio recording of a section of an author’s book, recorded by book marketing guru and Blog Talk Radio host Sally Shields.  Not only is this option ideal for authors who may not like the sound of their own voice, but the Enhanced Audio Excerpt is distributed and syndicated just like a Podcast, which includes availability on multiple content sites, including iTunes. 

The CD Media Kit already offered by Outskirts Press includes a customized CD-ROM that authors can use to promote their book.  Included on the CD are a professionally written press release, an author biography and book summary, a marketing plan and promotional calendar, an author image, and a secure e-book edition of the book.  Now each CD Media Kit option includes a valuable thirty minute phone consultation with an Outskirts Press Personal Marketing Assistant, to help the author develop their marketing plan and promotional calendar to be included in the CD-ROM.

“After their marketing consultation, now our authors can hit the ground running with a full understanding of how to use their CD Media Kit and/or Enhanced Audio Excerpt to support the successful marketing of their book,” stated Outskirts Press Director of Author Support, Kelly Schuknecht.

The Book Video Trailer option offered by Outskirts Press has also been improved with no additional charge to the author to feature a newer, cutting-edge style, and now includes social networked links through Facebook and Twitter.  Outskirts Press Book Video Trailers are approximately one minute in length, professionally produced like a Hollywood movie trailer, and are embedded on the author’s own Outskirts Press webpage as well as distributed to YouTube, Metacafe, MySpace and a host of other online video outlets.

Outskirts Press books can now be available on the iPhone, thanks to the free Kindle application for the iPhone, currently one of the hottest apps on iTunes.  With the Outskirts Press Amazon Kindle Edition option, Outskirt Press is able to take advantage of Amazon’s own increased promotional services so that Outskirt Press books with Amazon Kindle editions are now available on the iPhone and iPod Touch as well as through Amazon’s regular on-line store. This announcement also comes with an improvement in the formatting and conversion processes conducted on Outskirts Press books to ensure their Kindle editions are among the best in the business.

For more details about these and other services offered by Outskirts Press, read the publishing newsletter at

About Outskirts Press, Inc,: Outskirts Press, Inc. offers full-service, custom self-publishing and book marketing services for authors seeking a cost-effective, fast, and flexible way to publish and distribute their books worldwide while retaining all their rights and full creative control. Available for authors globally at and located on the outskirts of Denver, Colorado, Outskirts Press represents the future of book publishing, today.

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Last Days to Vote on Self Publishing Halloween Book Videos

There’s just 3 more days to vote on your favorite Halloween Book Video Trailer.

The votes will be collected through Halloween night and then the winner will be determined by looking at the publicly-available results on November 1.

The author of the book featured in the most popular book video will win an Enhanced Audio Excerpt with iTunes Distribution, courtesy of Outskirts Press (a $199 value!).

Here are the videos again, and the voting poll is at the bottom…

21 Bizarre Short Stories
by José Cepeda GarcíaWhat at first shocks begins to feel oddly familiar and uncomfortably relevant as García trains his eye on the fundamentals of the human experience-from our capacity to endure great suffering to the never-ending quest for truth. What results is an exquisitely imagined world that might not be so strange after all…

Click PLAY to watch the book video trailer….

Demon Key
by David BrookoverAided by a psychic’s remarkable visions, the FBI track a kidnapper to an isolated island on the eastern edge of the Florida Everglades. A key with an eerie and violent past. Demon Key. A place where the kidnapper’s victims have mysteriously vanished. Forever.

Click PLAY to watch the book video trailer….

Destiny’s Warriors
by R.M. PutnamCeltic mythology and folklore are the threads used for weaving this fantasy about the brutality of human sacrifice to appease the ancient Gods.

Click PLAY to watch the book video trailer….

The Peruke Maker: The Salem Witch Hunt Curse
by Ruby DominguezThe Peruke Maker: The Salem Witch Hunt Curse is a compelling and suspenseful story that focuses on the infamous Salem Witch Hunt Curse, an ancient and evil practice which is unearthed from necromancy and violates the course of natural events in a modern day world.

Click PLAY to watch the book video trailer….

The Vampires: Minotaur
by Levant DuPraeNaamah who’s very name means loveliness, daughter of Lamech by his wife Zillah. That was before Lilith, the immortal first woman of Creation as well as through an inadvertently, horrendous punishment the first undead blood drinker and ravager of men found her desirable as a sister.

Click PLAY to watch the book video trailer….

Are you publishing with the fastest-growing full-service self-publisher, and receiving promotional access to book video trailers, iTunes-distributed Audio Excerpts, and seasonal contests? Now is the time to start (or switch)…

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Enhanced Audio Excerpts for Self-Publishing Authors

Hi, I am Sally Shields, a bestselling Outskirts Press author and also one of the Personal Marketing Assistants here. With the Enhanced Audio Excerpt, I can help you get the word out about your book “in your own words” (but with my voice).

Perhaps you are a little uncomfortable with the idea of recording your own voice for your Audio Excerpt. No problem!

With this option, you will supply a 2-3 minute “script” and then I will record it professionally for you. I will introduce myself and say that I am a Personal Marketing Assistant with Outskirts Press speaking on your behalf.

That’s not even the best part!

The best part is that once your Enhanced Audio Excerpt is recorded, it will be distributed and syndicated, in the same way Podcasts are syndicated. Yes, it will still be uploaded to your free Author Webpage, just like the Standard Audio Excerpt.

And it will be syndicated throughout the Internet, appearing on countless PodCast directories… including iTunes!

Here’s what a sample of the Enhanced Audio looks like on iTunes when your potential customers conduct an applicable keyword search. It’s the top one showing me and my book.

As you can see on the iTunes page, we will also create your own “icon” for your recording, which is the graphic that will be distributed along with your RSS distribution and syndication.  The graphic looks great on the iPhone!

So, for example, when someone searches for your excerpt on iTunes, your branded, personalized graphic featuring your book cover will appear. If you submitted your author photo, your “icon” will contain both  your cover and your author photo. Otherwise, we will use a general graphic in place of the author photo if you did not submit one. (See below)

Example with an author photo
Example without an author photo
Press play to hear an example of an Enhanced Audio Excerpt — mine!

Did you listen to my example? Here are some elements of a good excerpt:

  • It’s just under 3 minutes long
  • It provides some information about my book
  • It offers some FREE tips
  • Information about me is toward the end and includes my credientials
  • It has a call to action, where the listener should go if they want to buy the book

It is possible you may just want me to read a passage or a page or two from your book, and that’s okay, too! But I always recommend ending with your Outskirts Press webpage address (or your own webpage domain name if you have one) so listeners can go buy your book. After all, that’s the whole point!  If you want me to include it, you’ll need to supply the words, because I will record what you provide, verbatim.

I look forward to recording YOUR Enhanced Audio Excerpt.

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