Making the Most out of Book Fairs

Book fairs are a great way to promote your book and learn about the publishing industry. No book fair is more central to the publishing year than the giant annual international get-together known as the Frankfurt Book Fair which takes place October 11th through October 15th.

The Frankfurt Book Fair has over 7,300 exhibitors and approximately 290,000 visitors. The exhibitors and visitors travel from over 100 countries to attend more than 3,000 events occurring at the book fair. This makes the Frankfurt Book Fair a great place to make deals and meet contacts. The featured events such as seminars, conferences, readings, and more are great learning opportunities.

How do you get the most out of the book fairs?

  • Take plenty of business cards, and make sure your cards are professional and eye catching
  • Find out which journalists, bloggers, and other influencers will be at the event and send them a copy of your press release in advance
  • Host an event at your stand. Be sure to advertise your stand event
  • Join the Book Fair group on Facebook and LinkedIn to connect with contacts
  • Do your research. Find out as much as you can about the scheduled events, market audience, attendees, etc. before the event
  • Don’t forget to market on social media before, during, and after the event

For more information the Frankfurt International Book Fair, visit http://www.frankfurt-book-fair.com/en/. While it’s too late to get in on this year’s event, we can help get your book ready to exhibit in the 2018 Frankfurt International Book Fair.

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Amazon Featured Book of the Week

Here’s this week’s Featured Book-of-the-Week available now on Amazon.com!


The Midnight Call

by Elizabeth Stone

Price: $12.95

Elizabeth Stone’s “The Midnight Call” tells of her family’s very personal experiences with her son, Alex and his addiction to alcohol and drugs that spiraled out of control. Hearts were broken but today they are healing and making their own choices to live life — and smile again. If you find yourself in the throes of depression, anger or grief, you can find the support and encouragement within these pages to go beyond surviving the moment and into the brighter days of tomorrow.

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We’re Showing Our Gratitude with a FREE Publishing Package Upgrade and Kindle Ebook

Today is World Gratitude Day, and we can’t help thinking how grateful we are that so many self-publishing authors put their trust in us to help them achieve publishing and book-selling success!

So as our way of saying thanks, we’re giving the gift of a FREE Publishing Package Upgrade AND a FREE Amazon Kindle Ebook Edition in honor of World Gratitude Day. It’s a simple plan: Purchase the Ultimate or Basic publishing package from Outskirts Press from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today, and we’ll automatically bump you up to a better package and add an Amazon Kindle Ebook Edition at no charge. For example, did you budget for the Basic Publishing package? Get started now and get the Ultimate at no extra charge and a free Kindle Ebook Edition. Or, put the Ultimate package in your cart and receive our top-of-the-line Full-Color Publishing and the Kindle Ebook Edition!

Purchase your package now and you’ll receive hundreds of dollars worth of extras that aren’t normally included in the package you purchased:

  • a Kindle Ebook version that makes you book available to millions more readers on Amazon
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How Custom Sales Sheets Help You Sell Your Self-Published Book

First impressions are so important! A custom sales sheet helps you create a great first impression that instantly sells your book to reviewers, news outlets, booksellers, librarians, and more. Here’s just a few ways a custom sales sheet sells your book.

1. Cut through the clutter.

Bookselling is a competitive market, and it’s easy for information to get lost in the piles of solicitations. A custom sales sheet helps cut through the clutter so your book catches the attention of the right people.

2. Catch the right people’s attention.

Again, this is a competitive market. A custom sales sheet features enhanced copy and eye-catching professional graphics to make your book stand out.

3. Set a professional tone.

As a self-published author, you want to make sure people take you and your book seriously. A custom sales sheet sets a professional tone that book reviewers, news editors, booksellers, and more are looking for and lends credibility to your work.

4. Provide all the right information.

A custom sales sheet features an image of your book cover and custom graphics that are unique to your book as well as provides book buyers with everything they need to know to make a purchasing decision and follow through. This significantly increases the effectiveness of selling your book.

Here is a sample of a custom sales sheet:

Outskirts Press now offers Custom Sales Sheets to self-published authors. To purchase a Custom Sales Sheet for your book, simply login to your Publishing Center and place the Custom Sales Sheet option in your shopping cart.

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Congratulations! Gramma Darling Named the 2017 Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year!

It’s been our great pleasure to shine a spotlight on our finest self-publishing authors and their work throughout September. Outskirts Press has been publicizing the nominees for the 2017 Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year — Gramma Darling by Lissa Schroeder, When a Woman Is in Love with God by Darnelle Wilson, and The Thundering Herd by John Peltier. Well, now the public has spoken: Gramma Darling is our 2017 Best Book of the Year!

The road to this big win is a long one. Every year, Outskirts Press nominates a very small percentage of the books we published during the previous year for submission to the Colorado Independent Publishers Association EVVY Awards. This coveted nomination is the first step toward qualifying for the Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Award. Outskirts Press selected three finalists from among the EVVY Award winners to compete in the Best Book of the Year Award contest.

You’ve probably seen these authors featured on the Outskirts Press blog over the past few weeks. We’d like to thank the many readers who took on the daunting task of selecting only one of these phenomenal books for the title of Best Book of the Year and the grand prize of $1,500. Lissa, Gramma Darling is more than worthy of the honor — congratulations!

About Author Lissa Schroeder

Lissa Schroeder is a gifted teacher, an engaging public speaker, and a licensed minister. She has taught all over Alaska at youth conferences, ladies’ retreats, home school workshops, and more. A born storyteller, she paints vivid emotional pictures that are inspiring and hopeful, that make your heart soar and leave you smiling. Mostly, she has raised three awesome kids, homeschooling from preschool to med school. She lives in Fairbanks, Alaska, with her husband and youngest son, where she owns and runs a curriculum supply store.

Doron Ben-Ami is a freelance illustrator, photographer, and musician, living and working in Brookfield Connecticut. He has illustrated hundreds of book covers, advertisements, posters, children’s books, and calendars. He also creates illustrations for storyboards and animatics, assisting in the production of nationally broadcast TV commercials. Most recently he has expanded his professional offerings to video and animation. When not creating visual imagery, he performs in the western Connecticut area with his jazz band, and in a duo with his daughter. He has two grown children, and lives with his wife in Brookfield, Connecticut.

Gramma Darling

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; from an attic brimming with treasures to running through the fields at twilight catching fireflies. You will laugh and remember your own childhood and feel as though you are there sharing in all the small adventures of her little world; the baby birds, the gardening, the stormy days, and bedtime baths. And through it all, in the background, is Gramma Darling and her laughter. You sense the atmosphere of nurturing, protection, and worth that she provides; and far more importantly, you get a glimpse into the wisdom of a woman whose genuine genius for simply loving, inspires wholehearted lifetime devotion. It will leave you uplifted and looking for ways to spend quality time with the little ones in your own life.

Buy from Outskirts Press: https://outskirtspress.com/grammadarling/
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1432784021

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Join us in congratulating Lissa Schroeder for her Best Book of the Year honor for Gramma Darling!

Are you looking to market your own book like Lissa Schroeder did? It’s hard to believe but the holidays are right around the corner! Now is the time to start marketing your book for a bustling holiday buying season.

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Amazon Featured Book of the Week

Here’s this week’s Featured Book-of-the-Week available now on Amazon.com!


How to Deal With Life’s Difficulties: The Seven Priorities to Acknowledge Your Duty to Purpose

by Marlon Landiza

Price: $11.95

Marlon Landiza’s “How to Deal With Life’s Difficulties: The Seven Priorities to Acknowledge Your Duty to Purpose.” Life’s hardships can lead to regret and if you focus on the past, you may never see the right path ahead of you. If you simply react to negative things that happen to you, you’ll stay stuck. But when you embrace the hope and direction that God offers, you’ll never need to feel lost again.

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The Polls Are Closing … Vote for the 2017 Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year

On Monday, we were proud to announce to you the three finalists for this year’s Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year awards. Since then, the finalists have been showing us their impressive marketing chops — reaching out to fans on social media, making appearances and promoting their book like pros to win your votes.

Now it is time to pick a winner. We’re in the final hours, and we need your vote today to determine which of these talented authors has proven they have the author platform and promotional muscle to take top honors as the Grand Prize winner, and take home the $1,500 Grand Prize for Best Book of the Year.

So, take one last look at these worthy contenders, and then scroll down to the poll to place your vote for the 2017 Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year!

Finalist: Gramma Darling by Lissa Schroeder
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Finalist: When a Woman Is in Love with God by Darnelle Wilson
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Finalist: The Thundering Herd by John E. Peltier
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VOTE NOW!

The public poll for Best Book of the Year ends tomorrow, Sept. 15 at 12:00 PM Noon, Mountain Time, so make your voice heard!