Why You Should Get on Social Media (and How to Set Up for 10% OFF)

Have you harnessed the massive power of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest and other social media sites? If not, you should … pronto!

While these and other online social apps were originally conceived to let people connect with friends, family and business colleagues, there’s also huge potential to reach out to readers. Plus, Outskirts Press is offering 10% OFF Author Platform Set-up Through Social Media for a limited time. This option includes professional profile set-up on all the major social media sites, so you can efficiently reach out to a large audience!

Many, if not most, of the people in your target audience are already active on social media. With the right approach, you can zero in on the readers among them in a way that builds trust and interest. In many cases, successful authors have social media to thank for putting them on the map. They are using these platforms to perform free marketing tasks, such as:

  • To announce a new book release
  • To promote book events and personal appearances
  • To gather reader insights to refine future writing and marketing
  • To run special discounts and social media giveaways

So, why not take advantage of the global nature of the internet? After all, once your social media accounts are established, it takes mere minutes a day to stay engaged with potential readers, build relationships and, ultimately, raise your visibility online.

To get these platforms established and get 10% OFF, simply place the Author Platform Set-up Through Social Media in your shopping cart and enter Promo Code 10Social at checkout.

What are you waiting for? Let’s get social!

 

Amazon Featured Book of the Week

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


Long Beach: A Novel of Intrigue and Suspense

by Norm Olson

(5 Stars – 3 Customer Reviews)

Price: $18.95

Norm Olson’s “Long Beach: A Novel of Intrigue and Suspense.” Marc Ryder, an agent of the Defense Foreign Liaison, is thrust into the middle of an international drug ring and becomes the target of a formidable assassin. With his marriage is on the rocks, his job leads him into the USSR and a liaison with a beautiful Afghan woman and a Chechen smuggler. A desperate, hired, female assassin makes it her mission to terminate Ryder. Dead bodies are stacking up as an old fashioned shoot out takes place in Puerto Vallarta. Murder and betrayal run rampant in this suspense thriller.

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RVN by Tim Gingras

Technology has made it easier than ever to reach wider audiences no matter where they are in the world. All it takes is a little thinking outside the box and you can market a self-published book in creative ways, affordably and impactfully. This is where book tours come in: Tours are a great way to connect with your readers, and technology has made them easier and more cost effective than ever!

Author Tim Gingras is taking his latest book RVN, on tour — a Virtual Book Tour with Outskirts Press. This will allow Tim to take his book around the world, all from the comfort of his own home! Keep an eye out for Tim’s book as he will be featured on several blogs over the weeks and months ahead!


Luckily for us, Tim 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 RVN.

OP: Tell us a little bit about RVN. What is it about?

Tim: It’s about a good Chicago kid, who gets drafted shortly after graduating High School, and despite options to avoid the call to serve, serves the best he can. It’s a story of survival.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

Tim: I had the concept of the story swimming around in my mind for over a decade, and since retiring, I challenged myself to write this story, using everything I have learned, researched, imagined, and lived.

OP: How did you get your book published?

Tim: I made my best decision contacting Outskirts Press. They guided me and inspired me.

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

Tim: Veterans. War story readers. Students wanting to learn more about the Vietnam experience. Romantics, and patriots.

OP: What is special about your book?

Tim: Time will tell. I think it’s a simple novel, yet I wanted to research as much of the tangible parts, such as the weather of the day, and what was going on in Charlie Kinane’s world. A great summer in Chicago, 1966, just before induction. I tried really hard to describe surroundings, and situations as realistically as possible. Every quarter, 15% of my Royalties from each book will go to hard working Veteran Organization.

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

Tim: I was a U.S. Navy Corpsman. My Navy C-School was Pharmacy at Portsmouth Naval Hospital. I tried to create a REAL character in Charlie Kinane, dealing with a very complicated, and dangerous experiences, in the best way possible. It’s a quick read too, not too long.

OP: Have you published any other books?

Tim: This is my first novel, though I have written performed material.

OP: Do you plan to publish more?

Tim: I hope so, but I’m going to see how this turns out. I have a couple more stories swimming around in the old grey matter still.

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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

First time author, Tim Gingras, is a U.S. Navy Corpsman veteran. After serving honorably for 4 years during late 1970, and further education, Tim spent many years in Chicago Theaters, performing Stand-up, Film, Commercials, and hosting many Chicago events with City of Chicago. All while having a successful full-time career in Banking. After 9/11, Tim pursued work with Federal Government, and spent several months in Iraq War-zone, as civilian contractor during 2004. Tim retired from U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, after working in all three branches. He lives in Phoenix.

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

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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Peanut by David D. Bernstein

Technology has made it easier than ever to reach wider audiences no matter where they are in the world. All it takes is a little thinking outside the box and you can market a self-published book in creative ways, affordably and impactfully. This is where book tours come in: Tours are a great way to connect with your readers and technology has made them easier and cheaper than ever!

Take note from self-publishing Outskirts Press author, David D. Bernstein, who is taking his latest book, Peanut, on tour — a virtual book tour, that is. He will be featured on several blogs over the weeks and months ahead so keep your eyes peeled to learn more about him and his book.


Luckily for us, David 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 Peanut.

OP: Tell us a little bit about Peanut. What is it about?

David: My book looks at three major topics. How divorce affects a young girl named Wendy. What happens when an obsession becomes a part of Wendy’s life and finally how a homeless dog named Peanut helps Wendy overcome her problems and changes her life forever?

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

David: I wrote this book for three reasons: most important reason was to honor our family dog named Tamber who died on October 22, 2017 she was in our lives for almost 16 years. This was very important for me to do this in her memory. The second reason I wrote this book was to help out children and families who have gone through divorce. It is a topic that is not fully explored or understood in the children book industry so “Peanut” had to be written to fill that gap. The third reason I wrote the book was to get more pets adopted by loving families. There are so many pets that need a new home. I will be trying to work with nonprofit organizations to get the word out to the world.

OP: How did you get your book published?

David: I went on the self-publishing route for this book, I chose Outskirts Press to help me on this project. It is my third book that I have published with them. They are very professional and helpful guides on this journey.

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

David: I believe the book can interest many people of all ages. This can include dog lovers, children, families that went through divorce. It also can be a great addition to professional offices that work closely with divorce and obsession. Overall this book can be read by many groups of people.

OP: What is special about your book?

David: I think this book is special because it was written from my heart and that is very rarely done these days, where most publishing companies care more about profit then quality. This is a very sad reality that authors have to face these days.

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

David: My book is different because it has more than one category it covers. It is not only a great picture book, but it also is a self-help book and much more.

OP: Have you published any other books?

David: Yes, I have three other books: a book of poetry from my high school to college years, a folk tale about how a boy goes into a fantasy world to cope with the death of his mom from cancer, it is called The Enchanted Rope. This book is about to be turned into a modern ballet done by children. My third book is called The Portal and it is a middle grade book about two boys who have to travel 101 years into the future to help alter the present. It is the first book in a trilogy.

OP: Do you plan to publish more?

David: I still have plans to publish my next two books in my trilogy and some more picture books in the near future.

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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

David D. Bernstein is a tennis instructor, psychic reader, and energy healer who has worked with children for many years in different settings. He’s the author of a book of poetry; a children’s book called The Enchanted Rope; and a middle grade novel, The Portal, the first book in the Cort Chronicles Trilogy. He also had several poems published in magazines and anthologies and is the recipient of five Editor Awards. Peanut is his second picture book. David is a proud uncle of two young boys.

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

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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A Delicious Pre-Turkey Day Deal: $200 Spending Credit + 10 Extra Paperbacks

We all know how frenetic things get around the holidays. It starts with all the prepping for a massive Thanksgiving feast and only gets crazier from then on. By Christmas, you’re utterly spent! Wouldn’t it be great if there was just one thing you didn’t have to worry about during this hectic time?

Outskirts Press is gearing up for a delicious Turkey Day with a plump deal that’s juicier than Grandma’s overbaked bird: $200 spending credit PLUS 10 extra paperbacks with the purchase of Ultimate or Full-Color publishing!

Each of these comprehensive packages comes with free author copies of your book that you can use to sell, promote to media outlets and reviewers, submit to book competitions, host exciting giveaways or even give as gifts for special occasions. When you publish now, we’ll throw in 10 additional paperbacks to further boost your promotional power! But sweetest of all, we’re giving you a spending credit of $200 you can use to purchase or pay down any Outskirts Press service you wish.

Outskirts Press has many valuable publishing, book customization options and book marketing services that demonstrate just how far $200 can go. This promotional credit means you can pay down your purchase or spring for something that wouldn’t otherwise be in your self-publishing budget. Options include:

  1. Professional Copy Editing. Errors, even minor ones, destroy credibility. A professional copy editor is your best tool for polishing your copy to the professional level readers expect.
  2. Custom Cover Design. A beautiful, vibrant book cover gives you an instant edge in a crowded marketplace, intriguing book-buyers and increasing your odds of selling.
  3. Ebook Publishing. Ebook editions instantly make your book available to tens of millions of readers on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, NOOK, Apple or any combination of these bookstores that you choose.
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To claim your $200 spending credit PLUS 10 extra paperbacks, place the Ultimate or Full-Color publishing package in your shopping cart and enter promo code ReceiveMore_Nov18 at checkout. You will receive a confirmation email when the credit has been added to your account.

 

Thank you to all our authors for a fantastic 2018

It’s the season of thanks, so we would like to take a moment to acknowledge a handful of our authors with a heartfelt thank you for all they accomplished in 2018. We publish over a thousand books every year and have hundreds upon hundreds of successful authors worthy of commendation. But that would make this article hundreds of pages long, so if we’re not able to mention you personally, please know our thanks and appreciation extend to you, as well. Keep up the great work in 2019!

January

In January, the spotlight was on Katherine S. Egan, author of Genetics Isn’t Everything. She went on to win a first place EVVY Award in August, which she was able to accept in person at the banquet in Denver, Colorado. She subsequently became one of three finalists in the 2018 Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Awards. Thank you, Katherine!

February

In February, Jackie Fischer won first place (and a new laptop computer) in our annual “Show Us Your Love” video contest, which celebrates both Valentine’s Day and self-publishing. Not only is she the author of The Lost Branch but, as she demonstrates in her video, she’s quite adept at rhyme, as well! Thank you, Jackie, for the fantastic video and the fantastic book!

March

Olympic Gold Medalist Mary Wineberg hit our Top 10 Bestsellers List in March with her inspiring and triumphant autobiography, Unwavering Perseverance. Even more impressive, she earned a Gold Medal in the 2008 Olympic Games in the 4×400 relay after overcoming obstacle after obstacle. “Always strive for your dreams,” she encourages. Thank you for the words of motivation, Mary! You’re a true inspiration!

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April

The Annual Benjamin Franklin Awards are notoriously competitive, so it was no small feat when Dr. Jeanne Blanchet won a Silver Medal Award for Historical Fiction in April with her novel Man at the Cross Road. Proving herself to be anything but a one-trick pony, she quickly followed that up with an EVVY Award for her following book, Cursed. Thank you, Jeanne, for making the trip to Denver to accept your award in person and meeting some of our executive team.

May

We acknowledged the writing career of one of our most prolific authors in May when Jerry Snodgrass stepped into our monthly spotlight. Jerry has published 10 books with Outskirts Press (so far!) and was born in Butler, Missouri, in 1938. He was raised and went to school in Indianola, Iowa. He entered the military after graduating from high school in 1957 and fulfilled his dreams of serving in the military and traveling to exotic locations. He married Elizabeth Fleming in the 1960s and they had two children. The family traveled extensively during his military career before settling down in Killeen, Texas, in 2002. Thank you, Jerry, for your service and your books of valor.

June

Kevin I.J.A. Barnett Sr. went on a whirlwind virtual book tour in June for his debut book, a provocative and autobiographical examination of the United States Foster Care and Adoption System. As the author of Living My Shadows, Kevin is a retired, noncommissioned officer in the United States Army. He has served in Germany, Afghanistan and in many stateside tours during his career. He is married to Sharon F. Pelham and does motivational speaking when time permits. Thank you, Kevin, for your service and for having the courage to share such significant moments of your life for the assistance of others.

July

In July, prolific novelist Gabriel F.W. Koch learned that he was once again a finalist in the Colorado Independent Publishers Association EVVY Awards. He walked away with a Second Place EVVY Award a couple years ago for his science fiction novel Paradox Effect (not to mention an Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year nomination). This year he picked up an EVVY Merit Award for Emma and the Dragon Tooth Sword. He has published four books thus far with Outskirts Press, including his latest: And Come Day’s End. Thank you, Gabriel, for all your wonderful, award-winning books.

August

Speaking of science fiction, C.R. Norris discovered that she won First Place in the Science Fiction category, for her book Wasp on the Wind, when the EVVY Awards Banquet took place in Denver on August 25, 2018. Wasp on the Wind is Book 2 in her Wasp Chronicles Series. She subsequently was nominated to be one of three finalists in the highly coveted Best Book of the Year Awards. C.R. Norris is a perpetual student of science and mathematics. Born in Salina Kansas, her varied career has included experience as a musician, a blood banker, and an electrical engineer in the semiconductor industry. She currently resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she indulges her passions for green chile, playing music and writing.

September

And it all led up to this, when the 2018 Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year was announced. This year, the honor, the award and the $1,500 Grand Prize went to T.D. Arkenberg for his biographical take on the events leading up to, and following in the shadows of, September 11. Two Towers is his fourth book but his first memoir. Thank you, T.D., for letting us experience this tragic event from such an unfiltered perspective.

October

In October we recognized our 50 bestselling authors for 2018. It takes more than a marvelous literary work to achieve success as an author; it takes the gumption and drive to promote that work to readers! To you, we extend not only our congratulations but our thanks for allowing Outskirts Press to help you reach this successful milestone!

Kevin Muldowney Aage Nost
Will Kautz Rasha Pecoraro
Michael McNamara Tui Rose
Lisa A. Romano Mohamed Elgendy
Mary Casey Asif Anwar
Vil Mirzayanov Brian Petit
L. Veach Bill McClain
Mike Gillette Tom Bisio
Mirtha Castro Mary Allison
Matthew DiGeronimo Rebecca Janes
Amy Pierotti Halo Lewis
Jane McConnell Jane Ostrow
Jill Jackson Bernard Nebel
Don Petterson Alex Cuoco
Ed Robinson Adrienne Anderson
Scott Imhoff Diana Arcieri
Patrick O’Connor Tiffany Anderson
Joseph Adegboyega-Edun Kathryn M. Mora
Bernard Nebel Jeffrey Howe
Magdaline DeSousa Steve Kelley
Michael Goodroe Hal Perkins
Jokima Hiller Rodney DuBose
Lisa Cicero Amy Meadows
Heidi Herman Paul Kotz
Luis Roman Seth Spreiter

And the year isn’t over yet. November and December are the biggest months of the year for book sales, so keep those marketing efforts going! And “Thank You” to all our amazing authors for making 2018 another banner year for self-publishing.

Want your book to be the next big prize-winner? Find out more about marketing, promoting and submitting your book for awards and reviews.

 

Harness the Power of Amazon When You Publish This Month!

Like it or not, Amazon has become one of the greatest shopping powerhouses in history — and authors are eager to harness that power to sell their books. Smart use of this high-profile platform can make the difference between selling dozens of books or hundreds, even thousands.

If you’re not yet published, this may be the perfect time to take the leap. Outskirts Press is offering the popular Amazon Launch Bundle marketing service FREE with your purchase of the Ultimate or Full-Color publishing package! This enhanced Amazon marketing can help you get out of the gate in a much stronger position for selling.

The Amazon Launch Bundle is designed for published authors who wish to increase their visibility with tens of millions of readers browsing the Amazon Bookstore. The package combines three popular marketing services focused on boosting an author’s presence and selling power on Amazon.com:

  • Amazon Search Inside the Book — This feature entices readers with preview pages
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  • Amazon Author Profile — Provide readers with key information about you and your book(s) to build awareness and fan loyalty

To claim your free Amazon Launch Bundle when you publish, place the Ultimate or Full-Color publishing package in your shopping cart and enter promo code AmazonLaunch-Nov18 at checkout. You don’t even need to have your manuscript finished to take advantage of this valuable offer!

Ready to get started? Get help choosing the right publishing package for you by connecting with Outskirts Press in one of three convenient ways:

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