A Book Marketing Specialist Can Start 2020 Right

In today’s market, it can be tough to know where to focus your efforts in order to effectively market your book. Don’t worry. We’re here to help!

Right now, Outskirts Press is offering an instant 10% savings when you claim 5 hours of 1-on-1 marketing assistance with a book marketing specialist. You’ll save $7/hour and while receiving priceless promotional help — a total savings of $35 off the regular $349 price. This option includes five hours of one-on-one assistance with a marketing professional so you can …

  • develop a marketing plan
  • arrange book signings
  • develop your social media platform
  • and much more!

Log in to your Publishing Center and select Book Marketing Specialist from the Marketing Solutions menu. Enter promo code tenoffbmsp at check out to receive 10% off instantly.

Take advantage of this New Year’s savings before it expires and let’s get your book really out there in 2020.

 

Outskirts Press Makes Resolving Your New Years’ Resolutions Easier and More Affordable Throughout January

Having paperback copies of your book on hand lets you nimbly respond to promotion opportunities and make plenty of unanticipated sales. When you purchase the Ultimate Black & White or Full-Color publishing package now, we’ll triple the number of FREE author copies you receive (up to 30 free paperbacks!)

As if that weren’t enough, we will format, publish, and distribute a FREE Kindle eBook Edition when you order either of our top-of-the-line packages today.

Simply order your Ultimate Black & White or Full-Color publishing package and enter promotion code triplecopy to triple your free author copies when publishing today with Outskirts Press.

So, are you ready to publish your masterpiece with the A+ rated and #1-rated self-publishing company according to the Better Business Bureau and Top Consumer Reviews, respectively? If so, connect with Outskirts Press right now in whatever manner is easiest for you:

“My first book and the experience was great. My Author Representative was right there with any answers that I needed. A big tip of the hand to my line editor who was a huge help. Would I do it again? I already am, with plans for my next release. I will absolutely use Outskirts Press again, and hope I get the same team. Again, thanks.” —Bob Kyle, author of The Hogger

 

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Misery Ridge: The Story of a Hunting Family and the Mountain They Love

by Gerry Kennedy

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Gerry Kennedy’s “Misery Ridge: The Story of a Hunting Family and the Mountain They Love.” Gerry discovered the joy of hunting with her dad. She married an outdoorsman and raised 6 daughters and 2 sons appreciating all things related to outdoors. The family dreamed often of a deer hunt in Maine and while there, they fell in love…with a mountain! They spent half a century on Misery Ridge mountain in Maine where the entire family hunted, fished, canoed, climbed, hiked, ice fished, snowmobiled, picnicked, and camped. Come share the experiences and adventures of this outdoor family. Hopefully, this book will be an inspiration to women and girls.

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Writers, Check “Get Published” Off Your New Years Resolutions With Outskirts Press

Welcome to 2020, and in celebration, Outskirts Press is offering an instant 20% savings on our most popular packages — the Ultimate Black and White or Full-Color.

If you didn’t receive the best self-publishing package you’ve been fantasizing about for the holidays, now is the time to cash in for yourself, especially if you want your complete package to include:

  • a free customizable cover
  • free interior formatting
  • a free Bowker-approved ISBN
  • worldwide distribution via Ingram and Baker & Taylor
  • availability at over 25,000 retailers including Amazon and Barnes & Noble.com
  • plus so much more

Still not enough? Start publishing your masterpiece today and we will also publish and distribute an Amazon Kindle eBook Edition of your book for free.

There’s no better time to self-publish. Just use promo code savetwenty when ordering your package right now.

So, are you ready to publish your masterpiece with the A+ rated and #1-rated self-publishing company according to the Better Business Bureau and Top Consumer Reviews, respectively? If so, connect with Outskirts Press right now in whatever manner is easiest for you:

“This is my second book published with Outskirts Press, and once again they exceeded my expectations. Thanks Outskirts Press for another superb job and a great finished product!” — Morris Gliklich, author of The Memoirs of Morris Gliklich: Holocaust Years and Beyond

 

20 Fantastic Tips for Self-Publishing Writers to Welcome in 2020!

Whether you are already published and want 2020 to be the year your book breaks out, or you are a writer with a manuscript ready for publication, here are 20 fantastic tips for self-publishing writers to welcome in 2020!

1. Read — Let’s keep reading off of the endangered species list! With a million books published last year alone, we can all find something new to read. Writers are readers.

2. Research — It’s impossible to be a successful self-publishing writer without conducting some degree of research. Learn about the publishing industry, familiarize yourself with book trends, and master recommended marketing tactics.

3. Renovate — Stepout of your comfort zone in 2020! Don’t have a blog? Start one. Are you an introvert? Network with other writers or industry professionals. Research local meet-ups, associations, organizations, clubs, and writing groups.

4. Retool — When book sales slow, tinker with temporary discounts or even your book itself. Revise your book for 2020 by addressing recommendations you’ve received. Often, releasing a brand new edition with bonus material can make all the difference.

5. Realize goals — Ideally, your New Years Resolutions are the culmination of your goals throughout the year. Make goal-setting a habit by setting lots of small, attainable goals rather than a single insurmountable one. If your resolution is to sell a thousand copies, break that down into chunks: promote one giveaway in January, schedule a book-signing in February, attend book fair in March, and so on.

6. Solicit reviews — We all know that securing online reviews on Amazon and Barnes & Noble is a worthwhile exercise. But did you know there are also tons of review sites out there? Research them and submit your book to them for more reviews.

7. Prioritize publishing — If you’ve been sitting on a finished manuscript, 2020 is the year you do it. Rather than tweaking that scene again, research self-publishing options and make this specific book-dream a reality. Nothing happens unless you do it.

8. Prioritize marketing — Once you publish a book, it’s time to focus on promoting it … which takes time and energy. And when the going gets tough, the tough ask for help! Five hours with a Book Marketing Strategist might be all you need put your book on the path to promotional success.

Click here to save 10% instantly when you reserve 5 hours of time with a Book Marketing Strategist/Personal Marketing Assistant with Outskirts Press. Just use promo code: tenoffpma

9. Polish by proofreading — This year, resolve to refine your technical skills. Having a second or third set of eyes can also help you avoid revisions after initial publication. If you’re having trouble catching typos, misspellings, and grammatical errors in your writing, consider hiring a professional editor.

10. Master social media — Keep an eye open for marketing opportunities presented by sites you already enjoy, whether it be Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or YouTube. When you make use of sites you’re visiting anyway, promotion feels less like work.

11. Ask for help — It’s not cheating to ask for help in reaching your marketing goals! If you’ve already tried new things by delving into social media and checking off other goals, you’ve likely crossed paths with new people (including friends, family, and fellow authors) or inexpensive marketing options to help you reach your resolution goals.

12. Take advantage of ebooksPublishing an ebook is easy! The ability to offer easy-to-order ebooks has opened up a massive sales channel for indie authors. As readers embrace ebooks, offering an ebook edition equates to priceless exposure.

13. Take advantage of audiobooks — The Internet never sits still, and there has been a tsunami of interest in audiobooks as we enter the third decade of this new millennium. Between iTunes and Amazon, finding and listening to audiobooks has never been easier, and publishing one is just as simple.

14. Find your voice — When you’re meeting new people and making new connections, that effort will ultimately affect sales. Assimilating all of these influences into a voice that is uniquely yours will help you identify and reach your unique readers, too.

15. Put the press to work — A press release distribution service can reach thousands of relevant news organizations worldwide in an instant these days. Authors, too, can use the Internet to research specific publications and reach targeted media contacts.

16. Be a mentor — It is often said that students are the best teachers, and building relationships is key to expanding one’s audience. As a published author, why not help newcomers out as they negotiate the writing and publishing processes? Writing groups and publishing associations are great places to meet people in search of assistance.

17. Join a writer’s group or association — If you’re serious about becoming a successful author, it’s crucial to continually hone your craft. A writer’s group not only provides support; you can get tips and feedback and like-minded writers to help with promotion.

18. Work the (digital) red carpet — Video remains the fastest growing slice of the Internet. Not only is YouTube a great platform for book promotion, it’s a great way to conduct research. Fortunately for self-publishing authors, it’s easier than ever to create a book video and upload it to YouTube to grab the attention of future readers.

19. Promote yourself — You’re taking all the right marketing steps for your book, but don’t forget to market yourself. Resolve to make authorship and your expertise a visible aspect of your identity. You have the book to prove it (or, you will soon in 2020)!

20. Kickstart your resolutions — Remove barriers to progress and initiate conditions that help you achieve the goals you’ve set by setting up a calendar and reconciling your skills and resources with the task at hand. Strategy is key, and working one-on-one with a Book Marketing Strategist can help 2020 begin with a big book bang!

For more information and help choosing your best self-publishing options, contact an Outskirts Press Publishing Consultant in whatever manner is easiest for you:

 

50 More Outskirts Press Success Stories … and Counting

As a self-publishing author, you work hard to produce a manuscript that’s compelling, engaging, polished and professional. That hard work doesn’t end when the final flourish hits the last page. In fact, the real journey begins when your book hits the shelves.

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 voracious readers!

Outskirts Press has identified 50 authors who have marketed their books successfully—and won a spot in the Top 50 Bestsellers of 2019.

Clifford Annis
Paul Arciero
Tom Bisio
Joseph Bronson
Shelley Brouwer
Brian Burgess
John Chambers
Ingrid Charlery
Lisa Cicero
Kelley Clark
Jacky Connell
Rochelle Cory
Bill D’Anjolell
Matt DiGeronimo
Donna Dube
Alfonso Gamble
Mike Gillette
Michael Goodroe
James Hatch
Heidi Herman
Mark Houston
Donald Kilburg, Jr.
Jean Kinney
Richard Lawless
Bill Lynch
Raven Magwood
James Martin
Jane McConnell
Marc McGill
Michael McNamara
Kevin Muldowney
Aage Nost
Patrick O’Connor
Robert J. (Bobby) Orr
Tim Page-Bottorff
Shirley Raines
Kristy Remick
Katelynn Renteria
Vicki Riske
Gary Robinson
Luis Roman
Lisa A. (Anthony) Romano
Ty Sagalow
Seth Spreiter
Mike Tolbert
Alva Wallace
Gene Ware
Loyall Wilson
Aakeem Woodard
George Yuhasz

Congratulations from all of us at Outskirts Press.

Need help getting your own selling efforts off the ground? Connect with an Outskirts Press Book Marketing Specialist for expert advice, personal assistance and a Custom Marketing Plan that lays the groundwork for successful selling.

 

2019 Self-Publishing Retrospective. A Year in Review and a Look Ahead

2019 was another banner year for self-publishing and for Outskirts Press authors specifically. Thanks to the talents and determination of the writers who published with us in 2019, many were rewarded with multiple awards and recognitions, which as we all know can be next to priceless when it comes to marketing a book in this competitive industry, where once again, the quantity of self-published books overshadowed the 5 large publishing houses.

If our authors’ accomplishments in 2019 are any indication, 2020 will be an amazing year indeed.  With so many authors publishing so many stellar books, and receiving so many awards, selling so many copies of books, we can’t possibly identify them all. So if we aren’t able to name you personally, please know that we are equally impressed with all you’ve accomplished this year.

Outskirts Press Author Awards

The Colorado Independent Publishers Association holds the annual EVVY Awards every year and once again Outskirts Press was honored to receive the most finalist nominations and the most awards among participating publishers. Winning an EVVY Award is a prerequsitte to winning the Outskirts Press Book of the Year Award and claiming its $1500 Grand Prize.

Three First Place EVVY Award winners were in contention for the Book of the Year:

E.J. Gandolfo won a 1st Place EVVY Award in the Mystery/Crime/Detective fiction category and was one of three finalists for the Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year for her mystery To Paint a Murder. E. J. Gandolfo is a former advertising agency copywriter and sales executive. She is an artist, antique dealer and world traveler and resides in the Boston area.

Amy Jordan, author of Dance Because You Can, won a 1st Place EVVY Award on her way to becoming the second of three finalists in the Book of the Year contest. Her professional company, The Victory Dance Project, has honored legends of dance and stage including Chita Rivera. Jordan’s work has been featured in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, NY Post, and FORTUNE magazine among others. Amy is an in- demand motivational speaker and coach speaking for groups from ten to ten thousand, including corporations, organizations, youth programs, leadership development, health organizations, and schools.

The Third Finalist, Andrew Ceroni, is no stranger to 1st Place EVVY Wins, or Book of the Year awards, for that matter, having won both for his previous two books, Snow Men and Meridian., He completed his hat trick by claiming the 2019 Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year with The Red Shore. Andrew Ceroni served a distinguished career as a Senior Supervisory Special Agent in the conduct of global counterespionage and antiterrorism operations. He received his BS degree from the U.S. Air Force Academy; MA from Case Western Reserve University; and studied several foreign languages at the University of Maryland. He lives in Colorado with his family.

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Outskirts Press President Brent Sampson joins Three Time Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Winner Andrew Ceroni at the 2019 CIPA EVVY Awards Banquet where Andy picked up his 1st Place EVVY Award for The Red Shore in person.

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Perennial EVVY favorite and prolific novelist Gabriel F.W. Koch learned that he was once again a finalist in the Colorado Independent Publishers Association EVVY Awards when he scored a Merit Award for his latest novel And Comes Day’s End.  He walked away with a 2nd Place EVVY Award a few years ago for his science fiction novel Paradox Effect (not to mention an Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year nomination). Last year he picked up an EVVY Merit Award for Emma and the Dragon Tooth Sword

Speaking of repeat EVVY Winners, Jeanne Blanchet discovered that she won 3rd Place in the Science Fiction category at the EVVY Awards, for her book Forger of Empire. She won last year for her book, Cursed.

What’s Coming in 2020?

With global distribution through Ingram and worldwide availability through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and elsewhere, it’s easy to think your Outskirts Press publication is everywhere (because it is!). But sometimes the most loyal readers and most engaged customers will be right on your street, at your church, on your softball team, or listening to a local radio program.  One of our most exciting marketing services in years launches in 2020 and focuses specific, surgical targeting on the full gamut of local media like newscasts, morning shows, radio programs, newspapers and magazines. But that’s not all. We’ll also locate influential bloggers who write about the same subject matter as you and pitch your book for an article, feature, review, or interview. Playing a big role in the Media Marketing Blitz is a new series of webinars and videos. Consider it a master class on publishing and marketing. Keep an eye out for the launch of the Media Marketing Blitz coming soon.

We will be attending the annual CIPA EVVY Awards, of course, and holding our own Best Book of the Year Awards.  Once again, many of our books will be on display and represented at the world’s leading book fairs and events including London, BEA, Bologna, Frankurt, and Beijing.

Come and join us! And to our growing family of writers, thank you for an amazing 2019!

How would it feel to publish in 2020 with the A+ Rated and 1-Rated self-publishing company according to the Better Business Bureau and Top Consumer Reviews, respectively? Find out more about publishing, marketing, promoting and submitting your book for publication, reviews, and awards.