Meet, Greet, Read and Learn at the 2017 ALA Conference & Exhibition, June22-27

No one knows books like the American Library Association (ALA), so it makes sense that no one holds a book exhibition quite like the ALA either. The ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition takes place in Chicago June 22-27, with more than 25,000 library staff, educators, publishers, authors, exhibitors and special guests expected to attend. Whether you’re an Outskirts Press author, prospective self-published author, or simply a student, educator or business professional who’s passionate about reading, it’s a high-profile event that could forge new connections and opportunities for you in your own book journey!

Founded in 1876, the ALA is the oldest and largest library association in the world and serves a mission of promoting libraries, enhancing learning and ensuring access to information for all. There’s more to the ALA Conference & Exhibition than we could ever list here, but even the highlights offer an impressive immersion into the literary world!

This year’s event features an impressive list of key speakers: actor Sarah Jessica Parker; entertainer Bill Nye (“the Science Guy”); Reshma Saujani, founder and CEO of Girls Who Code; and a host of accomplished authors, entrepreneurs and literary professionals. Exhibition attendees receive unprecedented access and insight into the literary world via seminars and networking events with some of the most powerful movers and shakers in the industry.

The 2017 expo includes a variety of opportunities for readers, writers and publishers to learn, look and liaise:

  • 500-plus informational programs and sessions
  • more than 900 exhibitors, including authors and publishers in a variety of genres
  • literary readings
  • panel discussions
  • networking events
  • awards presentations
  • And so much more!

ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition is an opportunity to tap into valuable industry knowledge and make priceless connections. While it’s too late to get involved in the 2017 ALA Conference & Exhibition, Outskirts Press can make sure you’re represented at next year’s event to get the most benefit from every exciting lead!

So, think ahead to 2018 and exhibit book at the 2018 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition with representation from Outskirts Press.

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Spring Into Some Savings This May!

Spring is a time for renewed hopes, and a time to dust off those projects which have been sitting in the back of your mind–or in the far recesses of your computer’s memory–over the chilly winter months. You’ve had time to let the ideas percolate, like snowmelt through warming soil, and things are starting to come together to grow your dream into something magnificent. Now that May has arrived, spring is officially underway–and your prospects are coming up all roses!

We at Outskirts Press would like to invite you to make good on your desires, and to that end we are offering a spring savings discount of $250 off either our Ultimate Publishing package or our Full-Color Publishing package!

You are an author who knows the virtues of patience—after all, waiting through the cold winter months for a sale like this one is no easy thing!—and you are committed to doing the necessary research to ensure you pick the right self-publishing company for your needs. We hope that, with our phenomenal offerings and equally phenomenal spring savings discount, you’ll choose to publish with us—the one Top Consumer Reviews rated #1 Self-Publishing Company for 2016!

Here’s how to do it:

From now until the end of May, log onto our website or get in touch with us over the phone and add one of these two packages to your shopping cart. Then, enter the promotion code 250May17 at checkout.

That’s it!

If you have any questions or, if you want to find out more information about either our Ultimate or our Full-Color Publishing packages, get in touch with your Publishing Consultant. There are three convenient ways to connect:

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Amazon Author Profile Now Available

Great news! Outskirts Press now offers an Amazon Author Profile to published authors. Why is this so important? Amazon.com sells books, but the Amazon Author Profile sells you!

What is an Author Profile?

If you look at a book listing on Amazon, you will find the Author Profile, labeled “More About the Author,” below the “Product Details” section. There you will see the author’s photo and biography.

Why do you need one?

Amazon Author Profiles convert more shoppers into buyers because people like knowing who wrote the book they are considering. If you are an expert who has published a non-fiction book, your Author Profile shares pertinent information about your expertise. If you are a fiction writer, your Author Profile is an invaluable space to build your brand. The same holds true if you are a poet or children’s book author. Regardless of the type of book (or books) you have published, your Amazon Author Profile serves one very important task: it sells YOU to your potential readers.

The Author Profile is more than just a new section on your sales page. It is your entire author presence on Amazon. When set-up correctly, your Author Profile includes your entire bibliography of published books, all your book videos and/or video teasers, a direct RSS feed to your author blog, and so much more!

More Perks of the Author Profile Option

  • You can start to attract “followers” to your Profile, just like on Twitter and Facebook, and those followers will be notified when you write a new blog post or publish a new book
  • When participating in our Amazon Author Sweepstakes, you can require sweepstake participants to “follow” you before they are eligible for your free book giveaway
  • You only have to set it up once, no matter how many books you have published. As you publish more books, it’s easy to add them to your Author Profile

How do you set it up?

If you don’t know how to set up everything yourself, no problem. Outskirts Press will do it all for you. For more information and to purchase the Amazon Author Profile option from Outskirts Press, simply log into your Author Publishing Center and select Amazon Author Profile from the Marketing Solutions menu.

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Win a free copy of Old Man on a Bicycle from Outskirts Press #AmazonGiveaway

Outskirts Press author, Don Petterson, is giving you a chance to win a free copy of his book, Old Man on a Bicycle!

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Make Smart Use of Smartphones by Adding a QR Code to Your Book!

Let’s face it, we live in an increasingly mobile society. If you take a moment to gaze up from your own smartphone in a crowded room, you’ll see most people are absorbed in their screens–checking up on social media, reading some news headline or maybe even just shamelessly taking a selfie. Why not take advantage of the ubiquity of smartphones by putting a path to your book everywhere they are?

That image right there is no Rorschach test, it’s a QR code, and with a quick scan of that on the back cover or inside your book, voila—readers and potential readers can navigate instantly to your website or other web address of your choice. This is a fantastic way to lead current fans to your site for news, or for new book buyers to make on-the-spot smartphone purchases while you’re still fresh in their minds.
With a QR code, you get some pretty nifty advantages toward the marketing of your book, as this provides a quick and easy way to get readers to your website–or any webpage you want them to land on. It also encourages an active engagement with you and your fan base, which you can monitor via your website and adjust your marketing strategies accordingly. Lastly, you have a cost-effective marketing tool to add to your arsenal! It’s a win-win-win!

How do you get one of these newly offered QR codes? First off, you must be logged in to your Publishing Center and have purchased a publishing package with Outskirts Press. Your Publishing Consultant can help you to add this option to your book. To learn more about adding a QR Code to your book, click here. If you have any questions, your Publishing Consultant or Author Representative can help.

Corporations, publications and sellers worldwide use QR Codes effectively in their marketing every day. Level the playing field by putting this powerful technology to work for your book!

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Win a free copy of Out of Time II from Outskirts Press #AmazonGiveaway

Outskirts Press author, Dorman Walters Jr, is giving you a chance to win a free copy of his book, Out of Time II!

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Even if you don’t win one of the free copies, you can still order it from Amazon for an amazing price!

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Win a free copy of Around the World from Outskirts Press #AmazonGiveaway

Outskirts Press author, Brodrick Lacy, is giving you a chance to win a free copy of his book, Around the World!

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Even if you don’t win one of the free copies, you can still order it from Amazon for an amazing price!

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