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 1-888-672-6675 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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Book Reviews: Do Self-Published Authors Really Need Them?

There are long and short answers to this question, but the general gist of both is yes. Yes, self-published authors most definitely should make book reviews a part of their larger marketing strategies, and yes, this is a need, an absolute necessity. And an entire industry has sprung up around meeting this need! When readers are polled to find out where they most often discover the books which they’re buying, an overwhelming majority point to reviews hosted on websites like Amazon and Goodreads, as well as on private blogs or professional websites.

Readers searching online for new books often credit these reviews—and their average star rating—with playing a decisive role in whether or not they actually click the “buy now!” button. Even brick and mortar bookstores have been known to get in on the trend, both at Amazon’s pilot physical bookstores and in local independent shops, where handwritten tags often point readers to well-reviewed books. These reviews help everyone—whether a reader or a bookstore owner—narrow down the available options to those which are more likely to strike the right note.

Book reviews are the most effective publicity a book could receive, since they are easily shared both online and offline, using social media and word of mouth to spread into new markets. Reviews are easily transferred between people, and their content is easily accessible to readers of all shapes and sizes! Reviews are a badge of credibility, and the building blocks of your reputation as authors of self-published works. Even poor reviews are good publicity, so it’s a win-win situation. They are also a major time-saver, since the burden of the work is shifted onto the shoulders of the reviewer instead of the author in this particular circumstance, freeing up more of your time to do what you love most—writing your next book!

At Outskirts Press, we recognize the value of reviews and want to make them accessible to you! We offer a guaranteed book review service for Kirkus as well as for Blue Ink Reviews. And since it’s always a good idea to keep spare copies of your book on hand to ship off to potential reviewers, we recommend taking advantage of our discounts and other services in order to do so!

Our guaranteed book review services are just two of many options that we offer to help our authors market their books! For more information about our book marketing services, log into your Publishing Center and select Marketing Solutions from the menu.

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Author and Actress Kim Weiler Talks Book Marketing Success with Outskirts Press

As an actress, Outskirts Press author Kim Weiler waged a singular battle with psoriasis that carried a special significance in her life. The painful condition is characterized by over-multiplication of skin cells that causes raised, red plaques on the skin. It can wreak havoc on an individual’s life and health, and tackling the disruptive disease is never a simple or straightforward process – especially during a career in the public eye.

The years-long journey led Kim to self-publish her memoir, Ps – It’s All About Love, chronicling the pain of this condition and her inspiring path to wellness. Her compelling personal journey has resonated with readers … and her marketing efforts have paid off. With determination, and help from Outskirts Press, Kim has already made remarkable strides in publicizing her book.

Recently, Outskirts Press sat down for a Q&A with Kim Weiler to learn more about her experiences since the publication of Ps – It’s All About Love.

Outskirts Press: A lot has happened since you published Ps – It’s All About Love earlier this year! Give us the highlights of the attention the book has gotten in the last few months.

Kim Weiler: The exciting news is that the minute I had leverage that I would truly have a book published to support my story and self-healing journey, along with the fact that I had been in the TV and film industry for years, I got accepted to attend a very exclusive NYC Publicity Summit. This jump-started my success by getting media contacts who wanted to schedule me the minute my book got published. While writing the book and working on creating a marketing hook, I also worked hard at getting my website re-vamped and polished, reaching out to people I knew and starting to schedule group events to share my story, my business healingmyskin.com and my book. All these actions have gotten attention for me.

As of now, here are some of the amazing opportunities I can share:

  • I’ve had almost 10 radio station interviews from Fox Sports Radio with Dr. Veronica Anderson to Maggie Linton on Sirius XM Radio.
  • I’ve had the pleasure of writing articles for various publications: everything from newspapers to magazines to blogs. I just got the news that USA Today Magazine will be publishing an article I wrote some time in the near future, which is fantastic!
  • I’m extremely excited to have completed my very first TV talk show appearance on a show called “Beyond My Crisis” for public access TV in New Jersey. It’s the start to so much more.
  • I have big goals to be on “Dr. Oz” … one day! Most importantly, I’ve been hearing from lots of people with wonderful feedback about how well-written and beautiful every part of my book is but more importantly that it is helping them; even people without a skin condition. That’s really the best result of all!

OP: What inspired you to share your story through a book in the first place?

KW: I’ve always loved to write and have been blogging about my healing journey for almost two years now. My heart really goes out to all those millions of people suffering in the world from skin disease, and I was ready to give back and do something where I contributed to the world. My dad once said, “Helping people makes your soul feel good.” It really does! It’s so rewarding when you help someone feel relief and hope, sometimes for the first time in their life.

In the end, I healed my skin naturally but the 21 years of struggle, confusion, pain, medications and doctor visits was such a hard journey that I don’t want other people with skin conditions to suffer the way I did. My goal is to get my book into the hands of as many people as possible so that they, too, can take control of their health and heal! Outskirts Press is making all this possible!

OP: What was the most difficult part of that process?

KW: Finding patience when it came to the moments where I had to “hurry up and wait.” My patience wasn’t tested so much in the writing of the book – that was the easier and more enjoyable part. It was when the book was out of my hands and in the editor’s hands or Outskirt’s hands that I found myself really wanting it to be done. [But] good work takes time! After each and every re-read of the final manuscript, after each correction, and correction after that, I ended up with one incredible book! Did I mention it was all done in less than a year?

OP: When it came time to publish, how did you go about choosing a publishing company? What were the deciding factors that led you to choose Outskirts Press?

KW: My writing coach recommended Outskirts Press to me from the start. She was aware of their wonderful reputation, and she shared how many delays would be involved if I went the traditional route with a large publisher. We researched their publishing packages and loved what we saw! It wasn’t until my manuscript was approved that we realized what a great decision that was.

OP: It sounds like the partnership with Outskirts Press has worked out for you. What’s been the best part of self-publishing with Outskirts Press?

KW: The best part was the team of people who helped me along the way and are still helping me! Everyone at Outskirts Press has been so supportive, efficient, and overall amazing to work with. I’ve felt very safe the entire time with my baby in their experienced hands!

OP: What advice would you give authors who might be on the fence about publishing their own stories?

KW: The world needs to hear your story! No one else can tell it like you can. Just write. Don’t overthink anything about structure or outline or chapters – just write and see what happens! Just know that your writing can and will help someone! If you have any desire to write a book about your story, that means the universe is nudging you to do so … It needs to be out there. Start with a blog or email to friends or a journal, but whatever you do, WRITE.

Want to learn more about how to authors like Kim Weiler are achieving success through Outskirts Press? Call a Publishing Consultant at 1-888-672-6657 (OP-BOOKS), or chat with us using the live chat option on our website for information about our affordable, effective publishing and marketing options.

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Make Your Memories Last With Our One-Click Publishing Suite!

There’s never a bad time to jot your memories down for posterity! At Outskirts Press, we continue to work hard to make your life easier—and your publishing experience more smooth. We’re proud to announce the launch of a brand-new One-Click Publishing suite for those of you who are looking to preserve your memories of the past and enrich the historical record with a beautifully published book containing them. We’re talking about memoirs!

This comprehensive addition to our ever-expanding constellation of One-Click Publishing suites is designed to lift the burden of detailed decision making from your shoulders and allow you to return to what you love most while our expert publishing consultants, editors, designers, and marketing associates collaborate to produce a book that meets and perhaps even exceeds your expectations in all of the ways that matter most.

Outskirts Press offers a range of One-Click Publishing suites geared towards other book genres, including Non-fiction, Fiction, Spiritual, Children’s, Christian, and Cookbooks, but our One-Click for Memoirs service is designed to cater to your needs as an author of this unique genre! With this suite, you acquire a team of publishing professionals who assist you in producing your dream book, high-quality color paperback and hardcover editions of your book, professional editing and custom cover design, copyright registration and an ISBN, as well as 40 image placements and a custom book trailer! Our One-Click Publishing for Memoirs suite combines the best of our pre-production to post-production and marketing services to give your memoir the boost it needs to shine in a competitive marketplace!

You get over a dozen collected services with one single click of your mouse or touchpad. Your book will be promoted online with broad distribution of your book trailer and a PR publicist campaign, and benefit from expedited service as well as the insight of a five-hour session with one of our experienced Personal Marketing Assistants. We offer unbeatable customer service!

At Outskirts Press, we’re fully committed to expanding our services to meet your ever-evolving needs, and we’re excited to announce this most recent addition to our roster of One-Click Publishing suites! With One-Click Publishing for Memoirs, you can accomplish a lifelong dream with a minimum of fuss!s

Interested in learning more about One-Click for Memoirs or any of our One-Click Publishing suites? Call us at 1-888-672-6657 to talk to a Publishing Consultant or visit our website at www.outskirtspress.com to chat via our live chat option.

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Save a Tree—and Save 10% on the Elite E-book Bundle

With the celebration of Earth Day on April 22, it seems an appropriate time to reach out to more of the planet—and help keep Mother Nature looking lush in the process! Publish your book as an e-book in April and get 10% OFF the Elite E-book Bundle from Outskirts Press.

While hardcover and paperback books still reign supreme, environmentally conscious bookworms are spending approximately $3 billion a year on downloadable digital versions. In fact, it’s projected that in 2018 e-books will account for 25% of book sales—that’s a lot of selling opportunity!

With the Elite E-book Bundle your book could quickly be available to millions of e-book consumers, no matter what device they use or where they live. The package includes formatting and distribution of your book in all of the most popular digital formats:

  • Amazon Kindle E-book Edition with distribution on Amazon
  • Apple iPad/iPhone E-book Edition with distribution through iTunes and the iBooks bookstore
  • Barnes & Noble NOOK E-book Edition with distribution through the NOOK bookstore on Barnes & Noble’s website

Once your e-book is released, readers can purchase and download your book instantly … from anywhere in the world. Want to expand your reach globally and save 10% on e-book publishing? It’s so simple:

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Congratulations to the Outskirts Press Top 10 Bestsellers for February!

Each month, Outskirts Press compiles book sales to identify bestselling works. In February, these 10 remarkable books sold nearly 2,500 copies and appealed to readers of every stripe. From humor to inspiration to mystery, nearly every genre is represented is this impressive list.

How Toxic Are You? By Dr. James Martin  How Toxic Are You? Serves as the definitive authority on unknown toxins, the methods of exposure and how we can address them to move forward toward better health. With practical advice on reducing our own toxin levels, this easily digestible book is a valuable resource for anyone seeking to live longer and more healthfully.
Letters, to the Men I Have Loved by Mirtha Michelle Castro Marmol Whoever said poetry was losing popularity clearly hasn’t looked at our list in the last couple of years; ever since Mirtha Michelle Castro Marmol published Letters, To The Men I Have Loved, this debut collection of poems has held its ground on our bestsellers list. And from all accounts, her popularity is well-earned, her poems unfolding with all the warmth and authenticity of the actress herself. Her second book of poems, Elusive Loves: Amores Esquivos, was released late last year, and continues her legacy of taking contemporary love poems to the next level.
Nei Gong: The Authentic Classic translated by Tom Bisio, Huang Guo-Qi and Joshua Paynter Nei Gong: The Authentic Classic offers martial arts practitioners a practical guide to internal energy development and its fundamental importance in the martial arts and fa jin (emitting force). Hand copied and passed down from master to student, the guiding principles draw heavily on Daoist meditation and alchemical practices which are said to promote health and longevity.
What She Feels by Chidozie E. Osuwa Dealing with love is never easy or straightforward, especially when it comes to prose and poetry, but Chidozie Osuwa handles this subject with a light touch and all of the grace of an artist sensitive to the complexities of experience. Hers is the heart of experience, and her language reflects the maturity of thought and wisdom gleaned from a lifetime of inquiry, exploration, and yes-the scars of heartbreak. Osuwa’s collection of poems avoids cliches and seizes upon fresh images, captivating readers everywhere and keeping this book in the Top 10.
Murder in Gales: A Rose Hanged Twice by Patricia Lubeck This true murder mystery relates the tale of the Lufkin and Rose families, neighbors in southwestern Minnesota in the late 1800s. Embroiled in a bitter feud, the families’ rancor ratchets up in 1888 after a mysterious murder, a slew of riveting trials and a baleful call for justice that may, or may not, have been delivered.
The Seed of Nothingness by SHIV In his newly published The Seed of Nothingness, author Shiv invites readers to reunite with themselves and join the journey of life, a life without fear. This book reveals the utter simplicity inherent in “Everythingness.” Shiv explores how attitudes, motivations, projections, and even our spiritual practices, can bind us to an ego-centered version of spirituality. The mindsets and heart-sets he offers provide clarity on how we may walk the path to spiritual liberation.
Race in America: A Call to Heal by Greg “Coach T” Thomas and David Smale Greg “Coach T” Thomas draws on 35 years as a coach and educator to off this honest and open discussion of race in America. This call to healing has spoken loudly to readers, keeping it firmly in our Top 10 for weeks.
Sharecropper’s Daughter by Cora A. Givhan Ford It didn’t take Cora Ford’s captivating story long to make its way to our bestseller list. This autobiography takes readers on a winsome journey through her roots in Mississippi. Released in January 2017, Sharecropper’s Daughter quickly resonated with readers who’ve reveled in the physical, mental and spiritual journeys retold.
Jail House Cuisine by Louise Mathews Louise Mathews takes takes readers on a tasty trip behind bars—without the strip search! The first book to take a look at what it is like to cook and eat behind bars, it’s a unique, funny and entertaining insight to a side of prison life most of us never see, from naked men in her kitchen on her first day to her one-woman crusade to improve the food served in jails. In addition to a peek behind the bars, Louise offers delicious recipes like Easy Chocolate Cake with Mocha Frosting, Thai Chicken Curry, Cream of Broccoli Soup, Miss Marie’s Fried Chicken, and Ugly Duckling Cake.
The Road Back to Me by Lisa A. Romano Told through the jagged peephole of the author’s awareness, The Road Back to Me examines Romano’s formative wounds and influences from the perspective of newfound experience and wisdom. The chaos of a once-fragile childhood mind, the sting of a lonely childhood, feelings of abandonment, the torment of being bullied … Romano’s childhood self was once so lost that she was crippled by poor self-esteem, food addiction and fear, and contemplating suicide. Only years later does she hit a vital turning point to healing and recovery.

Outskirts Press wishes to congratulate these successful authors for the dedication to craft that produced these amazing books, and to the dogged marketing efforts that led them to selling success. These titles and many others are available from major online retailers like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Powells, Books-A-Million and elsewhere-not to mention, through the Outskirts Press Bookstore at a considerable discount. To learn more about our products and services, as well as upcoming and current promotions, visit us online at www.outskirtspress.com!

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It’s a Spring Tradition: The Bologna Children’s Book Fair Is on Its Way

From April 3-6, 2017, upwards of 25,000 participants from 98 countries will gather in Bologna, Italy, to learn about industry trends, recognize excellent works, discover talent, network and, of course, bring awareness to their own products. Considered the most significant international children’s publishing industry event, the Bologna Children’s Book Fair spotlights children’s publishing with a focus on the sale of rights and international co-productions. In addition to children’s authors and illustrators, attendees include:

    • literary agents
    • publishers
    • booksellers/buyers
    • licensors and merchandisers
    • distributors
    • bookstores
    • translators
    • mobile developers
    • and other key players in the publishing industry!

It’s a priceless opportunity to launch or enhance a career in children’s literature with worldwide reach and added revenue streams. Plus, when you exhibit your children’s book at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair through Outskirts Press, you’ll receive the added benefits of prominent face-out display of your book and an on-site representative to gather valuable industry leads for you to personally follow up!

While the deadline has passed for the 2017 event, consider exhibiting your children’s book next year. Simply log in to your Publishing Center at outskirtspress.com and select Bologna Children’s Book Fair from the Marketing Solutions menu. Just remember that space is limited and reserved on a first-come, first served basis. (Note: Due to the certain requirements for Bologna, this event is not a part of our Global Book Tour package and must be booked separately.)

Ready to take your work worldwide? Register your book for personal representation from Outskirts Press at the 2018 Bologna Children’s Book Fair!

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