5 Self-Published Books for the Special Moms in Your Life

One of my favorite quotes about motherhood is “To the world you are a mother, but to your family, you are the world.” Moms are amazing. They work around the clock caring for their families, they sacrifice so much to provide for their children, and they do it all with little thanks or recognition. Mother’s Day is an opportunity to thank the amazing mothers in your life. Whether that special lady is a mom-to-be, new mom in the trenches of the newborn stage, or a seasoned professional, Outskirts Press offers books that make wonderful Mother’s Day gifts. Here are five of our favorites.

Gramma Darling by Lissa Schroeder  is an EVVY award nominee. Beautifully written and stunningly illustrated, this delightful book for children, parents, and grandparents paints a nostalgic picture of unhurried summer days at a dear grandmother’s house. Seen and felt through the eyes of a child, every discovery is full of innocence and wonder.
Milk & Ink  is a charity project created out of the belief that starting with small acts of generosity and the wealth of relationships we can make changes and help others. While the Milk & Ink anthology focuses on the experience of motherhood, the creators also hope that the stories speak to fathers, daughters, and sons.
Parenthood: A Life Sentence by Robert Nicoletti, PhD  describes what parenthood requires from the moment of conception all the way to the role of grandparent, and possibly great grandparent. Each chapter in the book dwells on a particular period in the lives of children and their parents.
The Back-up Mom: A Stepmother’s Journey by Laura K. Wanger  focuses on the unique gifts and challenges of stepparenting that are rarely discussed. The Back-Up Mom is an invaluable, candid guide to stepparenting from the personal experience of a mom who has been there.
The Poetry of Motherhood: Baby-Inspired Wisdom from Their First Year by Rachel Bruhnke  is for new and seasoned moms. Different than any “baby advice” book, The Poetry of Motherhood gives both insight and inspiration to moms in that incredibly emotional and wonderful first year of their baby’s life. Through baby-inspired haiku poetry and reflections, many of the comical, practical, and poignant lessons of first-year motherhood and babyhood are represented.

All of these books, along with other Outskirts Press titles, are available from the major online book retailers like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Powell’s, Books-A-Million and others, plus conveniently from the Outskirts Press bookstore. To learn more about our products and services, as well as upcoming and current promotions, visit us online at www.outskirtspress.com or call us at 1-888-672-6657 to speak with a Publishing Consultant.

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Prepare for a Summer of Book Sales with FREE Shipping In May!

Spring is an exciting time for those of us involved in self-publishing, with many authors taking advantage of phenomenal promotional opportunities such as spring book fairs as well as laying the groundwork for a summer of book sales and promotions of their own.

Stocking up for the big book-selling push can get pricey, however, and we at Outskirts Press want to lift some of the burden so that you make the most of the spring and summer seasons. To this end, we will be offering all currently published authors FREE SHIPPING on orders of 50 or more copies of their books within the continental U.S during the month of May.

It’s a good idea to have extra copies of your book on hand for those upcoming promotional events, including readings, giveaways, book fairs, and tours! By combining this free shipping offer with our bulk order discounts, you’ll be thoroughly prepared for whatever the summer throws your way— all without unduly depleting your bank account!

Here’s how to get that free shipping:

  1. Log in to your author account at www.OutskirtsPress.com, select “order books” and place an order for 50 or more copies of your book(s) in a single format before May 31.
  2. Select normal ground shipping with a delivery address within the continental United States and proceed with checkout.
  3. That’s it!

No promotion code is necessary. You will see the free shipping offer reflected in your total once you place your order.

If you’re not sure how to approach marketing your self-published book and haven’t yet taken advantage of Outskirts Press’ many promotional services, consider contacting a Personal Marketing Assistant to come up with a solid action plan for this summer!

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You Pick the Best Publishing Deal for You – Save 10% or Save 15%!

This month, we’re offering a shockingly good deal here at Outskirts Press! Why is it so good? Well, in part because you get to pick among two options and select the one which best suits your particular needs … and there’s nothing quite like a perfectly tailored promotion to boost your book’s chance at success!

With no further ado, here are your two options:

Save 15% on the Ultimate or Full-Color publishing package
Enter Promo Code: Save15pct at checkout

OR

Save 10% on Ultimate or Full-Color publishing AND everything else you purchase with it!
Enter Promo Code: Save10Bundle at checkout

The virtue of personal choice cannot be overrated when it comes to this month’s promotion! The first option will save you 15% on a comprehensive package that includes all you need to transform your book from a manuscript to a beautifully published book available through your favorite distributer; meanwhile, the second option ensures you receive a 10% discount on not just your publishing package of choice, but on everything you place in your Outskirts Press shopping cart, including marketing options! All that’s left is for you to crunch the numbers, and pick the deal which saves you the most money!

If you’re wondering what our packages contain, simply put:

  • Our Ultimate publishing package includes a full-color cover, standard interior black & white formatting, an ISBN number, and unlimited wholesale printing, fulfillment, and distribution through Amazon, B&N, and other standard retailers. This package offers over 30 formatting options, 20 free image insertions, 3 free rounds of galley revisions, and one-on-one support with your publishing consultant and author representative throughout the process. It provides top-notch services at an affordable price!
  • Our Full-Color Publishing package includes a full-color cover and full-color interior with formatting, an ISBN number, and the same unlimited wholesale printing, fulfillment, and distribution services as you’ll find in our Ultimate package. Here, however, you have 50 formatting options instead of 30, and the same image insertions, galley revisions, and one-on-one support throughout.

Both packages provide Book Publishing Tip Sheets, the Book Marketing RoadMap, the Marketing COACH, and included options such as a Back Page Promo, Spring Arbor Distribution, and a Standard Press Release.

Take a careful look at your publishing needs and give us a call to start figuring out which of these two deals will save you the most money and meet all of your publishing needs! If you’d like to hear more, our expert Publishing Consultants would love to help answer your questions. You can reach us online at www.outskirtspress.com or by calling us at 1-888-672-6657. There’s even a live chat option on our website!

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Long Live Beautiful Books and the Independent Bookstores Who Sell Them!

Ever heard of Lev Grossman or The Magicians, lately adapted for television and with its second season airing on the Syfy channel? Not only is this a series steeped in cultural relevance and post-Millennium angst, but Grossman has become something of a leading defender of books and bookstores for our generation.

Last year, Grossman published an article in TIME titled The Death of the Bookstore Was Greatly Exaggerated. “There’s a delicious moribund melancholy about them,” he says about bookstores, but the facts give a very different—and happy!—outlook. Based on recent research published from the American Booksellers Association and other reputable sources, Grossman points out that bookstores—particularly independent bookstores—are thriving. After all, Americans still love and appreciate a beautifully designed book!

The numbers are going up, not down! As Grossman and others have pointed out in months’ past, sales through indie bookstores grew roughly 5% in the first quarter of 2016, and the numbers held steady throughout the year. Indie sales accounted for about 10% of all books sold “in 2015, up from 7% in 2014 according to the article. And while the news isn’t all rosy—Barnes & Noble lost 86 stores between 2009 and 2016, with sales at big box stores dipping in proportion, and booksellers in the United Kingdom are shoring up against small losses&mdash&;but Americans at least are demonstrating a heretofore-unseen loyalty to both physical, print books and the independent bookstores who sell them.

E-books aren’t going anywhere—and neither are print books. Their market shares have steadied, but since Americans are reading more books of all kinds there is steady growth in sales across the board! “The paper book,” writes Grossman, is “a piece of information technology that has, after all, been tested and honed over the past 2,000 years [and] has declined to give way.”

What does this have to do with you, a self-publishing author? Quite a lot, actually. As Grossman says, “Book-industry analysts talk a lot about ‘discovery,’ by which they mean the ways people find and purchase new books. It turns out, according to consumer research by Nielsen, that the best method for book discovery is still standing in a roomful of books” with the option to browse, at length, and stumble across books which a person wouldn’t otherwise encounter. And not every author, much less every self-publishing author, has the requisite skills, time, and energy to produce a book—print or digital—to take advantage of the indie bookstore’s long legacy and healthy prognosis.

At Outskirts Press, we have put together a team of professionals, including stellar graphic designers, who are committed to translating your dream to reality and to producing the best possible version of your book. We hope you’ll consider publishing with us, and if you have any questions you can find out more on our website (www.outskirtspress.com) or contact us by phone (1-888-672-6657)—or even live chat with us online! Our Publishing Consultants are on hand and eager to set you up for success as you brave the process of self-publishing!

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Outskirts Press Lends Support to the Colorado Book Awards in 2017

Outskirts Press is once again sponsoring the annual Colorado Book Awards celebrating the accomplishments of Colorado authors, illustrators, photographers and editors. Denver-based Outskirts Press has been helping authors worldwide successfully publish and market books since 2002 and is proud to be an ongoing part of the Colorado Book Awards.

The Colorado Center for the Book, the program department of the Colorado Humanities, runs the Colorado Book Awards, which is presented annually by Colorado Humanities & Center for the Book. The awards were launched in 1991 with just four categories of awards to recognize authors, illustrators, editors and publishers, and have since expanded to 14 literary categories: Anthology, Biography, Children’s Literature, Creative Nonfiction, General Fiction, General Nonfiction, Genre Fiction, History, Juvenile Literature, Literary Fiction, Mystery, Poetry, Thriller, and Young Adult Literature.

Many of Colorado’s most prominent authors have been recognized with awards, including David Milofsky, John Fielder, Tom Noel, Stephanie Kane and Linda Hogan, among others. Judging generally occurs in April, and the awards are presented at a ceremony in Parker, Colorado, in late spring.

Visit http://www.coloradohumanities.org for more information about the Colorado Book Awards.

Are you a non-Coloradan but interested in other book award opportunities? Visit Outskirts Press to learn more about how book awards can help move your book to new levels of success, or to get your book submitted.

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Top 10 Self-Publishing Book Marketing Tactics for March 2017

Time and again we hear from our authors how the trickiest part of the self-publishing process is figuring out exactly how to market — how to identify and reach those ideal readers you had in mind while writing your novel. Marketing is both critical and complicated, but at Outskirts Press we endeavor to provide cutting-edge post-publication support, products, and services to self-publishing authors like you–authors from all walks of life and on the hunt for the perfect means to market their newly published books.

What comes next? How are you to sift through all of the many options available?

Our list of Top 10 Book Marketing Tactics is one great way to find your feet. Think of this list as a “greatest hits” post which may help prioritize your book marketing efforts by providing easy access to the most highly rated and prized marketing strategies as evaluated by your peers. These tactics, determined and ranked in order by sales for the month of March 2016, are listed below along with a summary of each to make it easy for you to see which might serve you best.

Custom Press Release 1. 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 newswire service on your behalf.
Audio Excerpt option 2. Audio Excerpt:  Recording a 3-minute audio excerpt is as easy as speaking into the phone. Pique readers’ interest by recording a pivotal passage or explaining more about the book.
Amazon Kindle Submission Service 3. Amazon Kindle Submission Service:  Make your book available on Amazon’s Kindle e-book reading device. More formats on Amazon means more exposure on Amazon, and the Kindle is heavily promoted by Amazon.
Readers Favorite Award Submission 4. Readers Favorite Award Submission: Want to gain notoriety as a self-published author? The best way is to become an award-winning author. With our Readers Favorite Book Award Submission, you have an opportunity to not only gain that notoriety but also receive additional free targeted book marketing services/promotion.
Amazon Extreme Package 5. Amazon Extreme Package: Save 25% on 3 of our marketing services focused on Amazon.com. This package includes a Kindle Edition of your book, participation in the Amazon Search Inside the Book and Amazon Cover Enhancement.
Personal Marketing Assistant 6. Personal Marketing Assistant: Do you need help developing a book marketing plan? Arranging book signings? Establishing/developing your author platform? Hire your own Personal Marketing Assistant today!
Custom Tee Shirt 7. Custom Tee Shirt: This service offers you a high-quality t-shirt with your book (front cover on the front and back cover on the back). This is a great promotional tool – helpful for book signings, networking events, etc.
Google Books Preview Program Submission 8. Google Books Preview Program Submission: An inexpensive and extremely effective way to get your book in front of millions of readers quickly and easily.
Elite E-Book Package 9. Elite E-Book Package: This e-book publishing package includes formatting and distribution of an Amazon Kindle E-book Edition with distribution on Amazon, an Apple iPad/iPhone E-book Edition with distribution through iTunes and the iBooks bookstore, and a Barnes & Noble NOOK E-book Edition with distribution through the NOOK bookstore on Barnes & Noble’s website.
Bookmarks Promotional material 10. Bookmarks (500 count): Bookmarks are a wonderful promotional item to pass out because people rarely throw them away; this service includes 500 high quality, full-color, marketing bookmarks, including delivery directly to your house within the continental United States. They are fully customized just for you!

Outskirts Press Published authors who are interested in any of these (or many of our other available services) can find further details and ordering information from the Marketing Options page of your author’s center.If you have questions or want to learn more about our services, you can visit us online at www.OutskirtsPress.com and even chat live with our expert staff through our website!

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This Earth Day, consider Eco Friendly Book Publishing with Outskirts Press!

On April 22, we celebrate Earth Day by honoring our planet and raising awareness about pollution and the depletion of natural resources. If you’re a self-publishing author who is also concerned about environmental issues, you can rest easy joining the Earth Day movement by publishing with Outskirts Press.

Why?

Well, at Outskirts Press, we don’t print thousands of copies the moment an author releases a book, leaving unsold copies to be tossed out with the trash. With print-on-demand, our books are printed only when they are ordered, one at a time, saving paper and energy. Further, many of our books are printed on recycled paper.

We also offer Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, Apple iPad/iPhone e-book editions, and digital download e-books for authors who want to reach even more readers — without the need for chopping down more trees.

Converting your book to an electronic edition is easy, and it helps you reach a large group of readers who won’t have access to your book if it’s only in print form. If you want your book to reach as many readers as possible, it makes sense (for you and the planet!) to release it in multiple formats. More formats mean more exposure, and more exposure translates to more success for you!

Mother Earth will be grateful for your decision to go digital. E-books save paper, and they can be easily updated or modified without having to scrap hundreds of copies of a print version.

This Earth Day, join the millions of authors that have their books digitally published!

To learn more about self-publishing with Outskirts Press, call us at 1-888-672-6657 to speak with a Publishing Consultant or visit our website at www.outskirtspress.com to chat with a member of our staff via the live chat option.

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