Amazon Featured Book of the Week

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Why Does Government Need to be Funded?

by Amphidromus

(4.5 Stars – 22 Customer Reviews)

Price: $16.95

Amphidromus’s “Why Does Government Need to be Funded?” This little book provides deep-search introspection of our most basic organizing principles. Its hope is to be the new American shot heard ’round the world. The simple core idea, based around properly understanding the concept of money, will provide what was unimaginable before: a solution to what divides us so. Individual liberty and social justice will be unfettered, free at last to simultaneously flourish.

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5 Ways to Get the Most Out of Self-Publishing Creative Services

Whether you’re a new author, a seasoned pro or just thinking about self-publishing, there’s always much to consider along the publishing journey. In fact, as much blood, sweat and tears as you poured into your first draft manuscript, it’s usually the easiest part of the journey if you opt to go it alone!

Many authors find themselves overwhelmed with all the “little finishing touches” that add up to a huge workload just to get their book in tip-top shape for publication: creating a beautiful cover; crafting cover copy that’s both SEO-friendly and compelling to prospective buyers; polishing the manuscript until it’s flawless; formatting for a beautiful paperback and hardcover book, as well as for a fully functional ebook … You’ll need to be a Jack/Jill-of-all-trades with a lot of time on your hands to cover all that creative territory!

Understandably – and wisely, we might add – many authors hire professional creatives with specialized skills to take these tasks off their hands. Here are five smart ways to get the most out of these creatives services and save money in the process.

  1. Look for money-saving bundles. No one wants to get nickeled and dimed when they self-publish. Our publishing packages are assembled to help you get everything you need to publish and market your book at a discounted package price. From comprehensive One-Click Suites tailored to specific book genres to publishing packages such as the Ultimate and Full-Color, bundles save you time and money, and spare you the stress of cherry-picking services.
  2. Think outside the bundle. There’s no need to accept an all-or-nothing approach. Not only does Outskirts Press package the essentials into convenient publishing suites, but we have scores of optional custom creative services you can select or add to your publishing package, including Custom Cover Design, Custom Illustrations, Professional Copy Editing and Enhanced Interior Formatting. In fact, we offer more creative options than any other self-publishing company.
  3. Personalize, customize, revitalize. Never feel you must purchase more or less than what you need. Although Outskirts Press publishing packages are exceptionally well-crafted, you’re always free to build your own menu of services to get something that’s even more precise to your needs. It costs nothing to chat with an Outskirts Press Publishing Consultant at 1-888-672-6657 or via our live online chat option; a consultant can help you choose the perfect products.
  4. Rely on specialized expertise. Once you’ve chosen your package and/or creative options, know that you can relax and hand off the heavy lifting to graphic designers, professional formatters, marketing copywriters, seasoned copy editors and other talented creative service providers with experience in the publishing industry.
  5. Never be afraid to ask for help. It’s our desire to always tell you “yes.” We realize every author’s work is unique and every situation is different – so if anything is ever “close but not quite,” let us know and we’ll make it perfect for you. Outskirts Press will always work with you one-on-one to ensure you have the services you need and that those services are delivered to you in a manner that works best for you.

At Outskirts Press, we want to help bring your unique vision to life. Your book is a one-of-a-kind work, so we’ve designed a full range of products from which you can pick and choose to get service that’s as unique as your book! Learn more about which ones are right for you by speaking with an Outskirts Press Publishing Consultant at 1-888-672-6657 or via the live online chat option on our website.

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Amazon Featured Book of the Week

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LOST…then…FOUND

by Angel Desean

(5 Stars – 2 Customer Reviews)

Price: $12.95

Angel Desean’s “LOST…then…FOUND.” Throughout our life, we will experience ups and downs. There are moments of love, moments of joy, moments of humor, moments of fun and moments of tragedy that cause us pain and heartbreak that we must overcome. There is hope. As you read these poems, may they bring joy and peace to your life.

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Outskirts Press Self-Publishing Authors Snag 21 EVVY Awards Finalists

The results of the EVVY Awards judging is back, and it’s good news: Outskirts Press self-publishing authors garnered a company record of 21 finalists for the 2017 CIPA EVVY Awards, including one book, Gramma Darling by Lissa Schroeder, which placed in six competition categories! A second, The Thundering Herd by John E. Peltier, will be recognized in two.

Now in their 23rd year, the CIPA EVVY Awards are sponsored by the Colorado Independent Publishers Association (CIPA) and the CIPA Education and Literacy Foundation (ELF), and recognizes the works of independent authors in dozens of book categories. Outskirts Press hand-selects only the highest quality books for nomination each year. In fact, we generally nominate only 2 to 5 percent of the books we publish in any given year. (This is also the first step toward nomination for the Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Award, which comes with a $1,500 Grand Prize. Authors who publish using an Ultimate, Full-Color or One-Click publishing package are automatically eligible for Best Book of the Year.)

First, second and third place winners in the EVVY Awards are, for now, a closely guarded secret — and the suspense is killing us! Winners will be revealed and recognized at an awards banquet on Aug. 19 in Denver, Colorado. Outskirts Press would love to see as many of these amazing authors at the ceremony as possible. If you can’t make it, no worries: Executives will be on hand to accept the awards on behalf of authors not able to appear in person.

Here are the self-published books that have been selected as finalists in the 2017 EVVY Awards:

Autobiography/Memoir

Biography

Children’s Picture Books

Cooking

Family & Relationships

Fiction: Fantasy

Fiction: Literary & Contemporary

Fiction: Mystery & Detective

Fiction: Romance

History

Humor

Inspirational

Interior Layout/Design

Juvenile Fiction

Juvenile Non-Fiction

Motivational

Performing Arts

Poetry

Politics/Political Science

Religion & Spirituality

Congratulations to all our EVVY Award finalists — we couldn’t be prouder of all you’ve accomplished! Visit Self-Publishing News August 22 to find out who took home top honors.

Have you published a book this year, or are you getting ready to? Let Outskirts Press show you how to produce an award-worthy work! Follow the link below to learn more about our book publishing and marketing services.

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It’s National Book Lover’s Day! 3 Ways Self-Publishing Authors Can Celebrate

Today is National Book Lover’s Day — now that’s a holiday we can get into. Imagine, a day dedicated solely to people who satisfy their immense curiosity through books!

As a self-publishing author, you’re a driving force behind national days such as this. So, how should you mark the occasion? Here are three ways to celebrate the day with your readers:

  1. Give the Gift of Reading: There’s still plenty of time today to host a book giveaway on social media. Give bookworms in your network of friends a chance to win an autographed hardcopy. Consider giving copies to the first five friends who share or retweet your contest post, or a gift basket with your book, a mug, hot cocoa and other knick-knacks to the person who tags the most friends in the comments section. Oh, and remember to use hashtags such as #NationalBookLoversDay in all related posts.
  2. Feed the Reading Bug: Encourage reading through philanthropy. Donate copies of your book to local libraries in honor of the occasion. Other great places to donate include nursing homes, veteran’s organizations, hospitals and shelters.
  3. Stick Your Nose in a Book: Relaxing with a juicy read is always an option, too! Besides, the best writers are those who are also avid readers. Tuck into a steamy novel or fast-paced mystery. Consider it “personal development.”

Interested in learning more about self-publishing with Outskirts Press? Get in touch with a Publishing Consultant today! There are three convenient ways to connect:

  1. Call us at 1-888-672-6657 (OP-BOOKS)
  2. Live-chat with us via our website
  3. Go online to schedule an appointment
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Amazon Featured Book of the Week

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Overdose: Letters From Dad

by Jack Dison

(5 Stars – 9 Customer Reviews)

Price: $14.95

Jack Dison’s “Overdose: Letters From Dad.“Through a series of letters written to his son who drifted into heavy and long term substance abuse, Dison reflects on the impact of his son’s death by overdose. The letters are personal, open, honest, informative, intimate and heartbreaking.

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Prepare for a Bumper Crop of Holiday Book Sales with FREE Shipping In August!

Fall isn’t just a time for pumpkin spice lattes and back-to-school fun — it’s also a time for holidays and all of the many preparations which must be made in order to be ready for the steady onslaught of holidays throughout the Fall and Winter seasons. It begins with Labor Day, middles with Halloween and Thanksgiving, and concludes with Christmas and New Year’s Day — all of which are prime marketing opportunities for you, a self-publishing author!

Stocking up for the massive holiday book-selling push can deplete your wallet, however, and we at Outskirts Press want to lift some of the burden so that you make the most of the Fall and Winter 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 August — just in time for that first big Labor Day sale!

It’s a good idea to have extra copies of your book on hand for those upcoming holidays, as well as for the readings, giveaways, book fairs, and tours which you can center on each date. By combining this free shipping offer with our bulk order discounts, you’ll be thoroughly prepared for whatever the holidays throw 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 August 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 Fall!

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