Amazon Featured Book of the Week

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


My Nana Was A Free-Range Kid

by Nancy Peek Youngdahl

(4.5 Stars – 20 Customer Reviews)

Price: $17.95

Nancy Peek Youngdahl’s “My Nana Was A Free-Range Kid.” Children were allowed to run free, play outside, and use their imaginations — without parents constantly hovering over them and fearing for their safety during the 1940s and ’50s. With very little traffic and neighbors who actually knew each other, Nana was no exception to the free-range kid phenomenon. It was a glorious time to be a child! Follow Nana’s adventures in her exciting and mischievous childhood.

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Submit Your Book for Award Season and Save 15%!

Did you publish a book in 2018? Now’s the time to get a head start on those upcoming award submission deadlines for books published in this last calendar year, and the list of to-dos stretches far ahead. And while no one disputes that awards are important, and perhaps even vital, to a book’s overall sales, the logistics are a daunting challenge!

What if you could ensure that your book is in contention for a number of awards without having to worry about those logistics? And what if you could do so at an affordable price? This is exactly what Outskirts Press can offer you with our successful Book Awards Submissions package at a 15% discount! After all, you should have the chance to enjoy the incredible benefits of submitting your book for awards without all the hassle.

What are those rewards? When you win an award, you receive third-party validation that your book is worthy. You may win prize money (two of the awards included in the Book Awards Submissions package offer cash prizes). Your book will be featured on the awards website in question. It is also traditional for these awards to send out press releases with winners and finalists included, and you can send out a press release of your own announcing your award!

Winning an award means you can add a sleek award emblem to your book cover that customers, librarians, and booksellers will take note of. After all, people really do judge books by their covers … and they buy accordingly! But there are other, less tangible, benefits to the awards submission process, including the fact that you gain credibility as a writer and a competitive edge in the self-publishing market, as well as serious bragging rights and a fantastic conversation-starter and linchpin for interviews. It summons an immeasurably great feeling to say “My book is up for an award!”

If you choose to purchase the Book Awards Submissions package, your book will be submitted to:

  1. The Writer’s Digest International Self-Publishing Book Awards
  2. The USA Book News’ National Best Books Awards
  3. The Next Generation Indie Book Awards
  4. The Reader Views Literary Awards
  5. ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year Awards
  6. The Benjamin Franklin Awards

Each of these awards represents a significant investment of time, energy, and yes, occasionally money, in order to be considered. By purchasing the Book Awards Submissions package, however, you get to leave that work up to our talented team of professionals, who will run all the checks and vault all possible obstacles in order to ensure that your book receives the best possible advantage in the awards circuit by managing all of the logistics and individual submissions requirements.

For a limited time, you can purchase the Book Awards Submissions service for $849.15 which is 15% off the regular bundled price of $999. You save $149.85!

To take advantage of this great deal, log into your Publishing Center, add the Book Awards Submissions package to your shopping cart and enter promo code Awards15 at check out.

 

Amazon Featured Book of the Week

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


The Irate Pirate

by James Edward Best

(5 Stars – 6 Customer Reviews)

Price: $15.95

James Edward Best’s “The Irate Pirate.” Petie is a young pirate-in-training until one day, he begins to doubt that he is cut out for this life. After making a list of pros and cons, Petie realizes his moral dilemma: he cannot steal from others, yet that is exactly what his destiny tells him he must do.

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Resolutions Every Author Should Have for the New Year!

Structured and manageable goals are important to those of us who consider ourselves works in progress. Well, it’s that time of year when we all start thinking about those goals — in this case, New Year’s resolutions. They’re especially necessary to moving a book from an unknown publication to a chart-topper. It’s a big project!

But, whether you’re just starting to figure out marketing or already a best-selling author, there are simple things you can resolve to do in 2019 that will make you an even better at selling … or simply a better you. Here are resolutions for published authors or anyone bent on self-improvement.

  1. Set goals. “Wait, I thought a resolution was a goal!” Well, yes, it is, in a sense. Ideally, your New Year’s resolution is the culmination of your goals throughout the year. It’s important — and ultimately more productive — to make goal-setting a habit, not just a tradition we do once a year and promptly forget. So set lots of small, attainable goals rather than one insurmountable to-do you never actually do. For example, if your resolution is to sell 2,000 copies, break it down into smaller goals. Resolve to promote one giveaway in January, schedule a book-signing in February, then a book fair in March and so on for the entire year. Or, set a goal to schedule 20 book-signings next year and average 10 sales per event. Way less intimidating, right?
  2. Facilitate goals. If you’ve resolved to sell big in the new year without so much as a marketing calendar in the house, you’ve not facilitated your goals or your year’s resolution. Remove barriers to progress and instate conditions that help you achieve. Buy an entry-level PC for getting on social media to promote or gather a list of bookstores you can call to set up events. Then, resolve to reach out until you get the bookings you need to fulfill your resolution.
  3. Make marketing a priority. Once you’ve divided your marketing resolutions into smaller goals, it’s much easier to give them top priority. Knock out those little to-do’s first thing in the morning!
  4. Read, read, read. Top-notch authors are always top-notch readers. Get to know your genre not just by practicing it but by being an avid consumer of it. That way, you’ll get to know your audience and what appeals to them.
  5. Master the basics of social media. No matter what your stripe, there’s are many others with similar interests on social media. Facebook “friend” other authors and readers, and learn from them. Follow publishers. Rub elbows with book clubs. You’ll find kindred spirits in the virtual world who can enlighten you with real wisdom. Use that wisdom to refine how you communicate with potential readers.
  6. Try something new. Make 2019 the year you branch out. Start a blog. Meet new people with similar interests. These new experiences will all enrich and inform so many other aspects of your life. At the very least, you’ll be a more social and well-rounded person. Hey, you might even discover a whole new audience for your book!
  7. Just do you. Yes, you should be reading a lot, meeting people and making connections that pay off in sales. Ultimately, you’ll assimilate all these influences into a voice that is uniquely yours, and you’ll find your true audience. Don’t fight it — feed it.
  8. Consider “cheating” a little. Many of us are afraid to ask for help. It feels lazy, like we’re cutting corners. Let us put your mind at ease: It’s not cheating to ask for help reaching your marketing goals! In fact, it’s pretty smart, if you ask us. And, if you’ve tried new things, delved into social media and checked off other goals, you likely have crossed paths with new people who may be able to help you get past the hump. Reach out to friends and family to help you get the word out or purchase inexpensive marketing service options to help you reach the goals you set on the road to your resolution. (Even full-time professionals parse out their duties from time to time.)

Whatever your resolution, the important thing is to keep moving, to take whatever steps necessary to move you toward fulfilling the great things you planned for your life.

Need help moving toward your New Year’s resolution? Consider hiring a Personal Marketing Assistant for 5 hours of expertise and a Custom Marketing Plan. You can log into your Publishing Center to see what book marketing options are available to you or chat with us using the live chat option on our website (www.outskirtspress.com).

 

While Justice Sleeps by Jerry Snodgrass

Technology has created a wide variety of ways to reach audiences all over the world. It just takes is a little thinking outside the box and you can market a self-published book in creative, affordable, and impactful ways. Consider book tours! Tours are a great way to connect with your readers and technology has made them easier and more cost effective than ever!

Author Jerry Snodgrass is taking his latest book While Justice Sleeps, on tour — a Virtual Book Tour with Outskirts Press. This will allow Jerry to take his book into the far corners of the globe, all from the comfort of his own home! Keep an eye out for Jerry’s book as he will be featured on several blogs over the weeks and months ahead!


Luckily for us, Jerry was kind enough to answer a few questions as the tour was getting started so that we can give you a sneak peek into the mind of the creator of While Justice Sleeps.

OP: Tell us a little bit about While Justice Sleeps. What is it about?

Jerry: A murder mystery in a small town.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

Jerry: I enjoy writing stories about crime in sleepy towns.

OP: How did you get your book published?

Jerry: I self-published my mystery novel through Outskirts Press.

OP: What types of readers would be interested in this story?

Jerry: Due to the content of my book, I believe adults, military, and former military, along with law enforcement personnel will be interested in this story.

OP: What is special about your book?

Jerry: The suspense! A murder mystery must have suspense.

OP: What differentiates it from other books in the same category?

Jerry: I write from the experience I’ve gained in life- of course, not from a criminal’s point of view.

OP: Have you published any other books?

Jerry: Yes, I have 12 self-published books.

OP: Do you plan to publish more?

Jerry: Yes, there are many more stories to be told.

OP: Thanks for your time, Jerry! We look forward to learning more about you as you visit other bloggers!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Jerry Snodgrass was born in Butler, Missouri in 1938. He entered the military after graduating from Indianola, Iowa high school in 1957, and for over fifty years, he lived his dream, serving in military and federal service, traveling to exotic locations. Jerry is a Vietnam veteran and a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion. Jerry currently lives in Austin, Texas with his wife Rosemary and their Yorkie, Stormy. While Justice Sleeps is the first novel in the new Jake Walker series, inspired by his fascination with the modern Texas lawman.

For more information or to contact the author, visit https://www.outskirtspress.com/JerrySnodgrassWhileJusticeSleeps

This author purchased the Virtual Book Tour marketing option, which allows self-publishing authors to connect with bloggers and harness the power of the blogosphere by taking their book on the “virtual road.” Learn more about this service by visiting your Publishing Center and reviewing the available marketing options.

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Why Audiobooks Are a ‘Sound’ Decision

Successful self-published authors know their odds of earning sales increase with every new format or buying method they offer to their readers. Paperbacks, hardcovers, ebooks and downloadable PDFs are all par for the course; likewise, big booksellers like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple, etc., are requisite selling venues. For many authors, it’s almost unthinkable to leave out any of these options.

But there’s one oft-overlooked publishing option we haven’t yet mentioned — and it’s on the cusp of making the must-have list: audiobooks! It’s not just commuters who are looking for good books to listen to. Audiobooks are ideal for:

  • Visually impaired book enthusiasts
  • Educators who play audiobooks in the classroom
  • Churches offering spiritual/Christian book passages in their Bible study
  • Storytime for youngsters who cannot yet read
  • Instilling the love of reading in children through professionally delivered tales

When you make your print book available as an Audiobook, you open up availability to all of these audiences! This month, Outskirts Press is offering 50% OFF our Audiobook Publication and Distribution option — so you can have your book ready for a growing audience of literary audiophiles.

The Outskirts Press custom audiobook starts with five narrator auditions and a 15-minute recording preview, so you can make any last-minute adjustments to tone and pace for the final edition. The Audiobook Publication and Distribution option also includes:

  • a properly formatted Audiobook file provided to distribution chains including: Amazon, Audible, iTunes, Audiobooks.com and Barnes & Noble
  • an Audiobook cover
  • a retail sample to use for promoting your Audiobook
  • industry-leading royalties paid to you directly by the audiobook distributors

Want to keep your book on-trend — and expand your revenue streams — by making your book available in Audiobook format? It only takes one click to get started at 50% OFF

  1. Add our custom Audiobook Publication and Distribution option to your cart.
  2. Enter promo code HalfOff-Audio at checkout.
  3. We’ll get to work on a professional Audiobook version of your book!

Need more details about this option before making your decision? Chat with a Publishing Consultant using the live chat option on our website – www.outskirtspress.com.

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Feel the Power: Choose Your Own Promo for the Perfect New Year’s Savings

If you’re still mulling over plans to self-publish, let 2019 be the year you make it happen—on your own terms.

This January, there’s no need to settle for a deal that doesn’t fit. That’s why Outskirts press is giving you the freedom in this new year to select the best self-publishing savings for you. We’ve resurrected your favorite promotions from 2018 and offered them again—only this time you get to tell us what the deal is. This is your only chance to call the shots!

It’s very straightforward: Purchase the Ultimate or Full-Color publishing package during this limited-time offer, and you can choose the promotion that’s perfect for you:

  • 15% off plus free Kindle Ebook Edition – promo code: 15plus-Kindle
  • Free Kindle/NOOK/iPad ebook package – promo code: Ebooks-Free18
  • $300 spending credit – promo code: 300-Spending
  • 17% off Ultimate or Full-Color Publishing – promo code: LuckyDay
  • Triple author copies – promo code: Triplecopies
  • Free Custom Cover – promo code: Custom-Free
  • Free package upgrade (Buy Basic publishing, receive the Ultimate package. Or, buy the Ultimate, get Full-Color.) – promo code: Upgrade-July18
  • Free Amazon Launch Bundle – promo code: AmazonLaunch-Nov18
  • Free editing down payment plus copyright registration – promo code: FreeCopyEdit
  • Free paperback, hardback and Kindle – promo code: Buy1-Get3

Plus, if One-Click Publishing is more to your liking, here’s one more promotion you can choose:

Go ahead, let all that freedom go to your head—you’ve earned the privilege!

To claim any promotion your heart desires, simply:

  1. Purchase the Ultimate or Full-Color publishing package (or the One-Click Publishing package of your choosing, if that’s more your speed)
  2. Enter the corresponding promo code at checkout

Would you like help choosing your best self-publishing option? Connect with Outskirts Press now in whatever manner is easiest for you: