One Outskirts Press Author Will Win a Microsoft Surface Pro in the ‘Show Us Your Love’ Contest

We are excited to hear from our authors always, of course, but we are extra-excited to invite you to join us in sharing those experiences during our 7th Annual “Show Us Your Love” social media event and video contest. All you have to do to be eligible for a win is count the ways you love Outskirts Press!

The annual event, appropriately enough, takes place around Valentine’s Day, and this time around we’re spreading the self-publishing love to you with a fabulous grand prize: a brand-new Microsoft Surface Pro. The deadline to enter “Show Us Your Love” is Feb. 16, 2018.

Showing your love is easy. Here’s how the contest works:

  • Record a brief video between 1 and 3 minutes long that demonstrates your deep and abiding love for your book, your publishing experience and Outskirts Press. The more creative, the better.
  • Email your video file in an .mp4 or .mov format to love@outskirtspress.com. The contest is open through Friday, February 16.
  • Outskirts Press will share your video on Facebook Page, YouTube Channel and Twitter Feed and Google+, increasing exposure for you and your book. (Please Note: By submitting a video for this contest, authors grant Outskirts Press permission to post videos to its social media platforms for promotional purposes.)
  • The three finalists who receive the most “likes” on Facebook for their entries will be selected for a public vote on the Outskirts Press blog from February 19-23 to determine the winner. Be sure you follow us on Facebook, Twitter and elsewhere so you can “like” your favorite videos and visit our blog to vote!
  • The winner of the Microsoft Surface Pro computer will be announced via the blog on Feb. 28, 2018.

Last year’s bumper crop of video submissions displayed a true labor of love. When the dust settled, our friends and followers identified Jackie Fischer, author of The Lost Branch, who showed us all what love looks like ad won a new HP Touch-Screen Laptop in the process. You can see Jackie’s winning video here. Runners up were Patti Reim, author of I like Big Buts and John E. Peltier, author of The Thundering Herd.

We can’t wait to hear the stories you have for us this year, so submit your video as early as you can! The sooner your video goes live, the more exposure you’ll receive and the more “likes” you can collect. Share the link to your video once we post it to our Facebook page with all your friends, family members, fans and social media followers! (And of course, don’t forget to “like” your own video.) Contests such as this one serve as valuable — and free! — promotion for your books, so we hope you have a chance to sit down and whip up a great video in the days to come!

And that’s all the information you need to get started. We’ll be standing by to receive and share your videos, as well as to answer any questions you might have. Swing on by our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/OutskirtsPress or our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/user/outskirtspress to get a glimpse of some spectacular self-publishing love!

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Amazon Featured Book of the Week

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


Children’s Limericks From A to Z

by Chris Longfellow, Illustrated by Jay Longfellow

(5 Stars – 4 Customer Reviews)

Price: $11.95

Chris Longfellow’s “Children’s Limericks From A to Z.” It’s okay to have fun and be silly as a child! This book will develop a child’s sense of humor. The limericks are fun to read and the illustrations are stunning.

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How does Outskirts Press love thee? Let us count 300 ways!

Outskirts Press is showering you with $300 spending money in February, and we think you’ll find lots of exciting ways to spend it. Authors who purchase the Ultimate or Full-Color publishing package this month will be rewarded with a credit of $300 applied to their Outskirts Press shopping cart accounts to purchase or pay down any Outskirts Press service their hearts desire. It’s one of the many ways we show our self-publishing authors our love.

But with so many attractive book publishing, customization and marketing services from Outskirts Press, how do you know which option is “The One?” We’ve made it easier for you by narrowing down the list to four of our most popular publishing, book customization options and book marketing services that will give you the most bang for your buck.

  1. Professional Copy Editing. One of the smartest partnerships you can enter into is a partnership with a professional copy editor. An experienced copy editor will ensure that you have a polished manuscript that is free of any errors that could destroy your credibility.
  2. Custom Cover Design. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so make sure potential readers behold an eye-catching book cover. Your book cover design can be as important as your content in reeling in readers and increasing your odds of selling your book.
  3. Ebook Publishing. While we all adore being able to see our manuscript in print, remember there are millions of readers who download e-books each day, and the numbers are growing. An e-book edition of your book opens up huge selling potential, so consider it an essential part of your self-publishing plan.
  4. PR Publicist Campaign. Use a professional press release and distribution service to get the word out about your book quickly to thousands of editors and news programmers throughout the U.S. The PR Publicist Campaign disseminates information about your book to decision-makers so they’ll know precisely what makes your book special, how it’s distributed, where to order and how to contact you for interviews.

Ready to self-publish in 2018? Why not do it now and get one of these valuable options for free? It’s a great way to heat up book sales with a higher-quality, more marketable book you can be passionate about! To claim your $300 credit, simply place the Ultimate or Full-Color publishing package in your Outskirts Press shopping cart and enter the promo code Love-300 at checkout. You will receive a confirmation email when the credit has been added to your account.

Learn which publishing package is right for you and claim your $300 spending credit from Outskirts Press. 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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Top 10 Self-Publishing Book Marketing Options

Over and over we hear from our authors how the trickiest part of the self-publishing process is figuring out how to begin marketing—how to identify and reach the specific audience of readers you had in mind while writing your novel. Marketing is critical and complicated, but at Outskirts Press we are working tirelessly to provide cutting-edge post-publication support, products and services to self-publishing authors like you, who are just as tirelessly on the hunt for the perfect book marketing tactic to sell successfully.

What comes next? How do choose the right marketing approach from among the many options available?

Our list of Top 10 Book Marketing Options is one great way to find your feet. Think of this list as a marketing “greatest hits” to help you prioritize your book marketing efforts according to the most highly rated and prized marketing strategies as evaluated by your peers. These options, ranked in order of sales for the month of December 2017, are listed below along with a summary of each to make it easy for you to see which option(s) might serve you best.

Amazon Kindle Submission Service 1. Amazon Kindle Submission Service:  Make your book available on Amazon’s Kindle e-book reading device. More formats on Amazon means more exposure on Amazon, and the Kindle is heavily promoted by Amazon.
Book Awards Submission 2. Book Awards Submission: Enjoy maximum convenience by allowing us to submit your book to 6 recognized, vetted, and legitimate book award contests, some of which offer major cash and prizes (Writer’s Digest and Foreword) and all of which offer the chance for extra exposure, recognition, and the chance to claim “award-winning” during your marketing efforts.
Personal Marketing Assistant 3. Personal Marketing Assistant (5 hours): Do you need help developing a book marketing plan? Arranging book signings? Establishing/developing your author platform? Hire your own Personal Marketing Assistant today!
Elite E-Book Package 4. Elite E-Book Package: This e-book publishing package includes formatting and distribution of an Amazon Kindle E-book Edition with distribution on Amazon, an Apple iPad/iPhone E-book Edition with distribution through iTunes and the iBooks bookstore, and a Barnes & Noble NOOK E-book Edition with distribution through the NOOK bookstore on Barnes & Noble’s website.

Amazon Search Inside the Book
5. Amazon Search Inside the Book: Books with this feature include a “Look Inside” icon over their Amazon cover image, which invites potential customers to electronically “flip” through a small section of the book. This increases the level of confidence a customer has in your book — improving the odds of a higher volume of book sales. According to Amazon, books participating in this program enjoy significant sales improvement, on average, over books that do not.
2018 Marketing Calendar 6. 2018 Author Marketing Calendar: A compilation of the most up-to-date, effective and actionable tactics available to help you market your book. It contains hundreds of promotional tips, advertising opportunities, important deadlines, social media recommendations, and information about marketing options and services available through Outskirts Press.
Amazon Launch Bundle 7. Amazon Launch Bundle: This bundle includes the most effective marketing services focused on Amazon: Amazon Search Inside the Book, Amazon Listing Optimization and Amazon Author Profile.
Espresso Book Distribution 8. Espresso Book Distribution: One of Time Magazine’s “Invention of the Year,” this service allows a high-quality, black/white paperback book to be printed and sold in about 8 seconds. Consider it a “book vending machine.” This option makes your book available via this exciting new sales channel.
Book Launch Bundle 9. Book Launch Bundle: Save time and money with this popular marketing bundle, which includes a custom press release, the public relations publicist campaign, author platform set-up through social media, a 60-90 second book video trailer with social network distribution, and five hours with a Personal Marketing Assistant.
Amazon Listing Optimization 10. Amazon Listing Optimization: Our professional copywriters spend a lot of time around books, and they know what makes readers buy and what search engines respond to. By combining these skills with the Amazon Listing Optimization option, your search engine optimized and sales content means more people can potentially find your book with less effort on your part.

Outskirts Press Published authors who are interested in any of these (or many of our other available services) can find further details and ordering information from the Marketing Options page of your Author Center. If you have questions or want to learn more about our marketing services, visit us online at www.OutskirtsPress.com.

Vote Now for Your Preferred Delivery of the Book Launch Kit!

We love our authors and are constantly looking for ways to help you succeed. If you’ve published with Outskirts Press, you already know we start you off with a ton of priceless information in our beautiful Book Launch Kit: things like simple marketing suggestions, effective tactics successful authors use to sell, a marketing roadmap, and an easy-to-follow book launch wall calendar with 28 days of doable action items you can check off as you go.

In addition to equipping you with these tools for success, it’s important to us to present them in a format that is most useful to you. For some of you, that may mean a slick hardcopy Book Launch Kit you can keep at your desk; for others, perhaps an emailed electronic document you can print at will—or not at all—is more suitable to your working style. So, let us know how we can deliver a Book Launch Kit that will serve you most effectively in those critical first days …

Amazon Featured Book of the Week

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


Too Much Junk in My Trunk!

by Roe De Pinto

(5 Stars – 1 Customer Review)

Price: $12.95

Roe De Pinto’s “Too Much Junk in My Trunk!.” Light up your children’s world with Zealy and Whubba, the heartwarming seal pup and baby orca whale, as they learn important life lessons. This book engages the children throughout the story about eating habits, trying a variety of foods and learning not to overeat. 9x Award Winning Series 2016/2017

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5 Reasons to Fall in Love With Self-Publishing

Times have changed, haven’t they? And self-publishing has changed the world … and the publishing industry right along with it. There are so many reasons why authors, including those who may have previously been traditionally published, are eschewing the old ways and trying something new, and February is the perfect month to try it out yourself. Once you learn more about self-publishing, you may even find that you love this option, too! Here are five reasons why publishing in the lead up to and in the immediate aftermath of Valentine’s Day might just be exactly what your year needs to kick into gear.

1. Timing

It’s a new year, yes, but it’s also not quite brand new anymore. Which is to say, the hectic holidays are past, and the doldrums of spring are opening up before you. What better time of year to knock out that project you’ve always wanted to? Finishing your book and preparing it for publication takes a lot less time than it used to with the advent of self-publishing. The period between mid-February and Memorial Day is an excellent time to finally complete your manuscript and submit your book for publication … just in time for a late spring or early summer debut!

2. Velocity

Traditional publishing is a slow process. There are the dreaded query letters, the time spent waiting to hear back from agents or editors, and the time spent agonizing revising your manuscript to meet someone else’s editorial suggestions. If your book does get picked up by a firm, it can take over a year to see your book in print … and that’s a best-case scenario! The self-publishing process is often completed within a few months, as we’ve indicated above. Not only does this mean you don’t have to wait to see your book in print, but it also opens up even more doors for writing adaptive, timely, and responsive works that touch upon issues still being actively discussed in the public sphere. You can now publish books that are current and in response to readers’ desires!

3. Rights

When a book is traditionally published, its author may have very little control over the fate of the manuscript. Editors and agents decide if a book is print worthy, while a publishing firm decides upon the book’s cover art, layout, and price point … all without consulting you, the author. Once you hand over your manuscript for a traditional publishing company to publish, you are essentially giving up all rights and control over the final product. Meanwhile, should you choose to self-publish your book, you remain in charge, and you decide when your manuscript is ready to be published. The final outcome and the final product are the product of your singular vision, not publication by committee!

4. Quality

The quality of print-on-demand (POD) books has come a long way since the inception of self-publishing more than two decades ago. In addition to higher quality printing methods and a wider variety of formatting options, many self-publishing companies now offer a variety of professional services such as copyediting and cover design to ensure that your book receives truly top-notch, red-carpet treatment. There are no barriers to a high-quality product anymore, and your book will positively shine in both digital and print formats.

5. Individuality

Traditional publishing is all about making money, and traditional publishing professionals end up choosing to publish “sure thing” bestsellers over unique, specialized works in order to cover their corporate bottom line and satisfy shareholders. To do so, they need books that appeal to the mass market, but not all authors are targeting the mass market. Self-publishing allows you to write for a niche market … and better yet, it allows you to print, distribute, and market for a niche market, as well! In the world of self-publishing, blockbuster success doesn’t have to come at the price of your book’s individuality, its unique voice and architecture. Everything special and unique which wrapped you up in writing can still be there in its final form, and what’s not to love about that?

Yes, February is the month of love, and we hope you take a moment to think what options might best suit the book that you have created as a labor of love! Not sure where to get started? Visit us online at www.outskirtspress.com to chat with a Publishing Consultant or call us at 1-888-672-6657 to learn more about the self-publishing packages and options available at Outskirts Press.

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