The Path to Self-Publishing is Smoother Than Ever!

If you will indulge us just a moment, we’d like to compare the self-publishing process to conflict resolution and the scientific method. Wait, what? Each of these things has been distilled down to five simple steps, as we have done with the publishing process. Just as with conflict resolution, self-publishing is a negotiation of complex relationships–and just as with the scientific method, self-publishing through Outskirts Press is a careful, thoughtful, and exploratory enterprise which produces reliable–and sometimes revelatory—results!

The comparison, perhaps, ends there. But when we talk about five steps to self-publishing success, we’re not being overly simplistic or reductive. Within those five steps:

  1. Registering for a (free) Author’s Account
  2. Getting in touch with a Publishing Consultant and receiving a Custom Publishing Profile
  3. Submitting your manuscript
  4. Reviewing your digital files and approving them for print
  5. Sending your book out into the world to meet its eager readers

Well, within these five steps is contained the entire Outskirts Press publishing experience, including everything that will be done both by you and by our team of experts who will labor, behind the scenes, to ensure your masterful vision for your book is fully realized. It is no simple thing, producing a masterpiece–but we are committed to ensuring that you retain full creative control as well as full rights and royalties, without having to spend invaluable hours in labor or your hard-earned dollars in dimes on services which might not pan out. At Outskirts Press, we put your investment to work and commit ourselves every day to walking you through these five easy steps!

Outskirts Press is here to make your life—and your work—easier. We’re here to answer your questions, and we encourage you to visit the Outskirts Press website to chat with a representative www.OutskirtsPress.com or call us at 1-888-672-6657! You can even schedule a free consultation directly with one of our experienced Publishing Consultants at Schedule a Consultation.

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Best of Luck to the Official 2017 Outskirts Press EVVY Award Nominees!

This year, we have a brand-new batch of quality EVVY Award nominees to brag about! The EVVYs are an acclaimed annual award program sponsored by the Colorado Independent Publishers’ Association, or CIPA, which recognize and raise the profile of excellent independently published books. The EVVYs are judged by a panel of professionals on a qualitative scale of merit in a set of categories which broadens each year. As of 2017, there are fifty-one of these categories!

Each year, Outskirts Press officially nominates a small percentage of the books published during the year for submission to the EVVY Awards. Since a nomination is the first step toward receiving the Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Award, the standards are exceedingly high; we nominate, on average, just 2% of the books we publish each year-and these nominations represent the very best of our publications as determined by our executives and members of our production teams.

Outskirts Press official nominees and winners receive additional exposure of their books in featured Outskirts Press marketing channels, including our blog, social media networks, and in our email newsletters. The winners are announced during an awards ceremony hosted by the Colorado Independent Publishers Association in May.

Congratulations to this year’s Official Outskirts Press EVVY Award nominees, presented alphabetically below:

There’s more!

As a result of being nominated for the EVVY Awards, these Outskirts Press authors have taken the first step toward winning the coveted Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Award. Three of the nominees above who subsequently win an EVVY Award during the CIPA banquet this coming May will be selected as Semi-Finalists for our annual Best Book of the Year Award and its $1,500 Grand Prize. Stay tuned.

All of these books, along with other Outskirts Press titles, are available from the major online book retailers like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Powell’s, Books-A-Million and others, plus conveniently from the Outskirts Press bookstore. To learn more about our products and services, as well as upcoming and current promotions, visit us online at www.outskirtspress.com or call us at 1-888-672-6657 to speak with a Publishing Consultant.

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Great Things Follow Just One Small Click

Struggling to balance your writing time with the sometimes overwhelming process of publishing and marketing your own book? You might just appreciate the value of what we at Outskirts Press call “One-Click Publishing.” All of our One-Click Publishing suites share the same core DNA—an understanding that indie authors shouldn’t have to shoulder the entire publishing burden and go it alone, foregoing professional insight just because they’ve chosen to leave the traditional publishing path. And what better partner in walking that path than the self-publishing company ranked #1 by Top Consumer Reviews?

Since Outskirts Press offers separate One-Click Publishing packages for Fiction, Non-Fiction, Spiritual, Christian, Children’s, Cookbook and Memoir book genres, you can always be sure that the services included will be useful and not just throwaway extras.

Consider, for example, our One-Click Publishing service for fiction books. It includes formatting, copyediting for up to 75,000 words, custom cover design, ISBN and barcode, wholesale distribution through outlets like Ingram and Amazon, an author webpage, one-on-one author support, a digital author galley as well as print author copies, tip sheets, 5 hours of consultation with a Personal Marketing Assistant, a press release, e-book editions, and a whole host of other features that would take too much room to list here.

Our One-Click Publishing suites are easy to use, and by virtue of what economists call “Economies of Scale,” they also make products and services more affordable by bundling them together! They also help save you time and energy. Indie authors have a tremendous drain upon both in the form of publishing and marketing minutiae. After all, it’s unusual for any adult person to possess the skill to execute a beautifully designed book cover as well as the experience necessary to purchase an ISBN without hassle and to construct an effective social media marketing strategy.

A carefully-chosen publishing package sets you free to do what you love most—write—without sacrificing something else important, like eating well, or sleeping eight hours, or time with your family. If you find yourself in a tight spot, we hope that you add our One-Click Publishing services to your list of possibilities.

While our services and packages are all great, our people also shine. We’re proud to offer top-rated self-publishing services to some of the world’s most interesting and innovative authors. We’re here to make your job easier—and yes, to make sure you get to do the things you want to do, not just the things you have to do in order to sell your book.

Talk with a Publishing Consultant to get exactly what you need — and get the most out of it! 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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Prepare for a Summer of Book Sales with FREE Shipping In May!

Spring is an exciting time for those of us involved in self-publishing, with many authors taking advantage of phenomenal promotional opportunities such as spring book fairs as well as laying the groundwork for a summer of book sales and promotions of their own.

Stocking up for the big book-selling push can get pricey, however, and we at Outskirts Press want to lift some of the burden so that you make the most of the spring and summer 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 May.

It’s a good idea to have extra copies of your book on hand for those upcoming promotional events, including readings, giveaways, book fairs, and tours! By combining this free shipping offer with our bulk order discounts, you’ll be thoroughly prepared for whatever the summer throws 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 May 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 summer!

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You Pick the Best Publishing Deal for You – Save 10% or Save 15%!

This month, we’re offering a shockingly good deal here at Outskirts Press! Why is it so good? Well, in part because you get to pick among two options and select the one which best suits your particular needs … and there’s nothing quite like a perfectly tailored promotion to boost your book’s chance at success!

With no further ado, here are your two options:

Save 15% on the Ultimate or Full-Color publishing package
Enter Promo Code: Save15pct at checkout

OR

Save 10% on Ultimate or Full-Color publishing AND everything else you purchase with it!
Enter Promo Code: Save10Bundle at checkout

The virtue of personal choice cannot be overrated when it comes to this month’s promotion! The first option will save you 15% on a comprehensive package that includes all you need to transform your book from a manuscript to a beautifully published book available through your favorite distributer; meanwhile, the second option ensures you receive a 10% discount on not just your publishing package of choice, but on everything you place in your Outskirts Press shopping cart, including marketing options! All that’s left is for you to crunch the numbers, and pick the deal which saves you the most money!

If you’re wondering what our packages contain, simply put:

  • Our Ultimate publishing package includes a full-color cover, standard interior black & white formatting, an ISBN number, and unlimited wholesale printing, fulfillment, and distribution through Amazon, B&N, and other standard retailers. This package offers over 30 formatting options, 20 free image insertions, 3 free rounds of galley revisions, and one-on-one support with your publishing consultant and author representative throughout the process. It provides top-notch services at an affordable price!
  • Our Full-Color Publishing package includes a full-color cover and full-color interior with formatting, an ISBN number, and the same unlimited wholesale printing, fulfillment, and distribution services as you’ll find in our Ultimate package. Here, however, you have 50 formatting options instead of 30, and the same image insertions, galley revisions, and one-on-one support throughout.

Both packages provide Book Publishing Tip Sheets, the Book Marketing RoadMap, the Marketing COACH, and included options such as a Back Page Promo, Spring Arbor Distribution, and a Standard Press Release.

Take a careful look at your publishing needs and give us a call to start figuring out which of these two deals will save you the most money and meet all of your publishing needs! If you’d like to hear more, our expert Publishing Consultants would love to help answer your questions. You can reach us online at www.outskirtspress.com or by calling us at 1-888-672-6657. There’s even a live chat option on our website!

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Get Thee to BookExpo, Post-Haste!

If you’ve spent much time investigating the best ways to market and sell your self-published book, then you’ll already know that the value of a tactile face-to-face encounter is simply unmatched! What if you could get your book in front of agents, scouts, movie or TV production and development professionals, as well as scads and scads of potential new readers? This is what BookExpo can do for you!

Every year, the BookExpo (formerly Book Expo America, BEA) attracts over 100,000 attendees from all over the world and is the largest gathering of authors, booksellers, publishers, and industry professionals in North America! This year, the three-day expo will take place in New York City and conclude with BookCon, a signature two-day event for fans “where storytelling and pop culture collide.”

The BookExpo kicks off on Wednesday, May 31st at 9:00 AM and concludes on Friday, June 2nd at 5:00 PM. If you’re in the New York area (or can arrange to be in the New York area) we highly recommend that you stop on by the exhibition space and peruse both our display and the others available! Registration is now open for attendees through the BookExpo website.

But … what about your book?

If you’re looking to get your book into the BookExpo to further launch your career as an author, Outskirts Press can help you get there next year. Every year, we send a cohort of five of our works to the BookExpo, providing them valuable face-out exposure. We also send a representative to answer questions about your book, and feature your title in the trade show catalogue as a “title on display” for the reference of industry professionals. Just keep an eye out for our registration service when it rolls back around in 2018, with a deadline in early April!

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Long Live Beautiful Books and the Independent Bookstores Who Sell Them!

Ever heard of Lev Grossman or The Magicians, lately adapted for television and with its second season airing on the Syfy channel? Not only is this a series steeped in cultural relevance and post-Millennium angst, but Grossman has become something of a leading defender of books and bookstores for our generation.

Last year, Grossman published an article in TIME titled The Death of the Bookstore Was Greatly Exaggerated. “There’s a delicious moribund melancholy about them,” he says about bookstores, but the facts give a very different—and happy!—outlook. Based on recent research published from the American Booksellers Association and other reputable sources, Grossman points out that bookstores—particularly independent bookstores—are thriving. After all, Americans still love and appreciate a beautifully designed book!

The numbers are going up, not down! As Grossman and others have pointed out in months’ past, sales through indie bookstores grew roughly 5% in the first quarter of 2016, and the numbers held steady throughout the year. Indie sales accounted for about 10% of all books sold “in 2015, up from 7% in 2014 according to the article. And while the news isn’t all rosy—Barnes & Noble lost 86 stores between 2009 and 2016, with sales at big box stores dipping in proportion, and booksellers in the United Kingdom are shoring up against small losses&mdash&;but Americans at least are demonstrating a heretofore-unseen loyalty to both physical, print books and the independent bookstores who sell them.

E-books aren’t going anywhere—and neither are print books. Their market shares have steadied, but since Americans are reading more books of all kinds there is steady growth in sales across the board! “The paper book,” writes Grossman, is “a piece of information technology that has, after all, been tested and honed over the past 2,000 years [and] has declined to give way.”

What does this have to do with you, a self-publishing author? Quite a lot, actually. As Grossman says, “Book-industry analysts talk a lot about ‘discovery,’ by which they mean the ways people find and purchase new books. It turns out, according to consumer research by Nielsen, that the best method for book discovery is still standing in a roomful of books” with the option to browse, at length, and stumble across books which a person wouldn’t otherwise encounter. And not every author, much less every self-publishing author, has the requisite skills, time, and energy to produce a book—print or digital—to take advantage of the indie bookstore’s long legacy and healthy prognosis.

At Outskirts Press, we have put together a team of professionals, including stellar graphic designers, who are committed to translating your dream to reality and to producing the best possible version of your book. We hope you’ll consider publishing with us, and if you have any questions you can find out more on our website (www.outskirtspress.com) or contact us by phone (1-888-672-6657)—or even live chat with us online! Our Publishing Consultants are on hand and eager to set you up for success as you brave the process of self-publishing!

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