It’s not too late to make to make April your most attractive month with a FREE Custom Cover from Outskirts Press. Upgrade the look of that self-publishing book and make your cover stand out in a crowd.
Any author wants to make the best first impression with his or her cover when it hits the shelf or is posted on the Web, and an exclusive custom cover, designed specifically for that book, is probably the single most important element in making that striking first impression.
A custom cover design led by a professional cover designer not only gives authors a far greater chance for an immediately favorable response to their books, it also helps them convey a sense of the style, tone and content inside, and that too has an immediate effect on potential buyers.
This option is normally $299 but if you order by tomorrow, it’s FREE! Just enter the promotion code COVERAPR15 when checking out of the shopping cart while purchasing the popular Diamond package or the full color Pearl publishing package by tomorrow, April 30, 2015.
A professional ghostwriter – a highly skilled wordsmith who quietly writes, finishes or polishes your work in the background while you take the credit – is a shadow warrior of the best kind.
The services of a talented ghostwriter may be just what the yet-unpublished writer needs to resurrect a long-dead project and see it through to publication – or to create an entire project from scratch.
There are several ways a ghostwriter can assist an aspiring author, regardless of where you (or your dad) are in the writing process.
Many authors have only a scattered pile of lifeless scrap parts – a scene here, a plotline there, a scattered assortment of lifeless characters – but they aren’t sure how to pull these elements together and bring them to life. A talented ghostwriter will use the materials you give him to build and animate a vibrant book for you, according to your specifications.
Other authors have a defined framework for their story, but lack the time, energy, passion or skill to fully flesh it out. A ghostwriter will gauge your personal style and put meat on those bones, creating a fully realized body of work that’s ready to publish in a matter of weeks.
Writers often get hung up in the editing stage. The story, the scenes and the characters are all there, but there just never seems to be enough time (or motivation) to revisit it and do the necessary polishing. Rather than let a promising book rot away, let a ghostwriter resurrect it with a thorough edit and rewrite if necessary.
Does Dad have a dusty novel waiting to be reanimated, or an idea for a book that a ghostwriter could breathe life into? Help him accomplish his dream of publishing! Get Dad started with the gift of ghostwriting. An Outskirts Press instant Gift Certificate for Father’s Day may be just the nudge he needs to start or finish his project.
FREE AMAZON EXTREME, OUR POPULAR MARKETING PACKAGE
Get that book published today and immediately jump into the electronic book world! Jump-start your marketing efforts with the Amazon Extreme marketing package. Start today with the promotion code below!
The Amazon Extreme marketing package from Outskirts Press offers self-publishing authors a head start on book marketing by taking triple advantage of the immense audience of Amazon, the largest online retailer in the United States. This package includes: An Amazon Kindle edition of your book, Amazon’s Search Inside the Book feature and the Amazon Cover Enhancement. These valuable, popular options are free for authors who start publishing in June.
Start today with the promotion code below when you choose to publish with our industry-leading Diamond publishing service or our full-color Pearl publishing service to receive the FREE Amazon Extreme Marketing Package.
Enter the promotion code FreeAEJUN14 when checking out of your shopping cart while purchasing the popular Diamond package or the full color Pearl publishing package by June 30, 2014.
In addition to receiving the FREE Amazon Extreme Package, you’ll also receive the following with your Diamond package:
Standard Press Release. $99 value included free when you order your Diamond publishing service today.
Audio Excerpt. $99 value included free with your Diamond order today and a great way to share your voice with your readers, literally!
E-Book Edition (pdf). $99 value included free with your Diamond publishing service.
Cover Image. $99 value included free and a great way to enhance your cover.
Spring Arbor additional distribution. $99 value to complement the Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Ingram availability already included with your Diamond publishing service.
All in all, you’re looking at nearly $800 of free stuff in June!
“I plan to get your PR program and help with the marketing as I have the money to do it. You did a great job and I am very happy with Outskirts Press because you made me feel safe with the project. You all did a great job on the book. Thank you for your excellent assistance.”
Charlotte Haile studied the arts at the Washington School of Art and creative writing at the University of Georgia. She has lived in the south all her life and enjoys sharing a good story. The Alexander Treasure is her first novel.
In 1942, Anna Morgan breaks a promise to her father and sets out on Napoleon, an untamed Arabian stallion who takes her on a wild ride to the Alexander plantation-a place forbidden to her because of a longstanding feud between the Morgan and Alexander families. Anna’s adventure leads to the discovery of a valuable pendant-part of a stolen treasure that Andre Alexander brought to Oakwood, Georgia, in the mid-1800s-as well as an encounter with the dashing young Justin Alexander. Despite the feud between their families, Anna and Justin find themselves drawn to each other. But they must keep their love secret, and their union will take them down a path of danger and suspense. Will the Alexander treasure and their families’ greed rip the lovers apart? Or will they find forgiveness and love? Find out in this romantic and suspenseful debut novel-a tale of lust, greed . . . and murder.
– Charlotte Haile, author of The Alexander Treasure
Want to get your self-publishing efforts launched in full glory? Now through the end of June you can get valuable Outskirts Press Amazon Kindle publishing services for FREE when you publish using our Diamond or Pearl publishing packages.
The Amazon Extreme Package puts together three valuable Amazon-centric services into one convenient bundle: 1) an Amazon Kindle Edition of your book, 2) the Amazon Search Inside the Book service and 3) Amazon Cover Enhancement. In addition to an electronic version of your book, this bundle creates a “Look Inside” sneak preview prospective book buyers will use to view a section of your book, as well as a cover image of your book that appears automatically on Amazon and Barnes & Noble upon publication. Each feature of this package is designed to provide very specific, must-have benefits to self-published authors:
1. Amazon Kindle Edition. We submit your book to Amazon Kindle using the process and format required by this service, allowing you to offer an instantly downloadable ebook to readers. This Amazon Kindle service also means all editions of your book will appear in search engine results, thus increasing exposure for your book — and increasing your opportunities to sell.
2. Amazon Search Inside the Book Submission. This feature invites book shoppers to virtually “flip through” several pages of your book. Not only does this feature entice readers, but it also provides more data about your book to search engines, improving the accuracy of search results for potential buyers. And the best part is that, according to Amazon, authors who activate this feature enjoy a significant improvement in sales over authors who don’t.
3. Amazon Cover Enhancement. Did you know it can take up to 45 days for your cover to appear on Amazon once you publish your title? What wait? Get to selling weeks sooner with Amazon Cover Enhancement. We interface directly with Amazon to submit your cover image, so your cover image shows up on Amazon in just 2-3 days! An extra month of enhanced marketing efforts can make a huge difference.
We’re excited to announce the Memoir Writing Kit, a new tool for people who want to share their life experiences and pass their story on to future generations.
Outskirts Press, the fastest growing self-publishing and book marketing company, announced today a new Memoir Writing Kit. The Memoir Writing Kit is a tool for anyone wanting to capture their life story and share it with the people they love.
One of the most valuable pieces of writing material can be a person’s own story — recollections and personal history they can pass down to future generations. Outskirts Press now offers an easy way for anyone to capture those life experiences in writing.
The Memoir Writing Kit from Outskirts Press offers 140 pages of memory-provoking questions to help inspire the writer. The writer can simply answer the questions in complete sentences, remove the questions themselves, and the memoir practically writes itself!
Everyone’s life experience is unique. The beauty of the Memoir Writing Kit is that it is flexible and comprehensive enough to help any writer start and complete their memoirs, no matter what sort of life they have led. The writer can simply delete sections that don’t apply to them, or add details and stories that do. The structure of the Memoir Writing Kit is roughly chronological, beginning with “The Dawn of Life” and ending with “The Sunset.” The years between are organized by similarly themed chapters, ranging from “Childhood Holidays and Celebrations” to “Serving My Country” to “A Taste for Life.”
“There are many people who want to share their life experiences with their grandchildren and future generations, but they’re not sure where to start,” said Outskirts Press Executive Vice President Kelly Schuknecht. “Outskirts Press makes it easy for folks to remember the details, organize those memories and leave their legacy for the people they love.”
Visit Outskirts Press to learn more about this exciting new writing kit and to begin writing your memoirs today!
Three Ways Amazon Helps you Sell Your Self-Published Books
Amazon is the single largest book retailer and understanding how you can maximize their offerings will help you maximize your books sales.
1) Amazon Search Inside the Book:This is the online equivalent to flipping through your book on the shelf. An optional feature, “Look Inside” provides an icon over your book’s cover image, and allows readers to browse through portions of your interior content. Amazon claims that books utilizing this option see considerably higher sales over those that do not. Pretty intuitive.
2) Amazon Key Word Submission:Allows readers to browse titles instantly by category or ‘key words.’ They key is determining the top keywords to tag your book with in order to provide the widest exposure possible.
3) Amazon Kindle:The Kindle is everywhere, and for good reason. It is a revolutionary digital reading device that allows individuals to purchase books anywhere, anytime, and instantly. One source noted that Kindle owners, on average, buy 3x more books than non-Kindle owners. Kindle editions must be submitted with special formatting, which only some self-publishing firms (like Outskirts Press) offer.
Begin your exciting book publishing experience today at Outskirts Press with just a $35 down-payment by clicking here and then get ready to maximize your book sales on sites like Amazon and Barnes & Noble when you are published. We’ll help you all the way!
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The Amazon Extreme Marketing Package from Outskirts Press offers self-publishing authors a head start on book marketing by taking triple advantage of the immense audience of Amazon.com, the largest online retailer in the United States. The package includes:
• an Amazon Kindle edition of your book
• Amazon’s Search Inside the Book feature
• Amazon Keyword Search tagging service
• A free book – “Sell Your Book on Amazon”
These valuable, popular options are free for authors who start self-publishing in October.
Start today with the promotion code below when you choose to publish with our industry-leading Diamond publishing service or our full-color Pearl publishing service to receive the FREE Amazon Extreme Marketing Package. Don’t delay!
“My experience with Outskirts Press was terrific. When I received my author’s copies, I had to pinch myself to remember that I wrote the 277 pages! I was thrilled with the final results.”Dawna Lott was born in Tennessee and raised in Georgia. She worked in the executive administrative field for Fortune 500 companies for twelve years but now enjoys free time to fulfill her passion for creative writing and poetry. She currently lives in Virginia with her husband, Tom. Emma’s Journey is her first novel.Dawna Lott, author of Emma’s Journey
The Book Video Teaser is a fast, flashy way to announce the publication of an author’s book on all the most popular Internet video and networking sites. Outskirts Press produces a professional quality, thirty second long video that features the book title, the author byline, the cover, a photo of the author, the retail price — all dramatically displayed to the accompaniment of background music.
The Library of Congress Control Number helps facilitate the distribution of a new title through the entire United States’ library system. Outskirts Press will take care of all the administrative paperwork and acquire the number for the author, print it on the book’s copyright page in the standard format and submit the required number of copies of the book to the Library of Congress offices after publication. The Library of Congress is a broad distribution channel available for new books which is frequently overlooked by first time authors.
Espresso Book Machine® edition is a revolutionary automated book-making machine that provides an immediate and direct-to-consumer distribution channel. A consumer walks up to the machine, selects a title to print and presses a button. Within a few minutes a full color cover, perfect bound edition of the book, indistinguishable from the publisher’s version, is delivered right into the reader’s hands.
You receive all these extra options FREE with your order of the Diamond or full-color Pearl publishing services today. Don’t delay!
“My research of several publishers was extensive. Outskirts Press not only surpassed my expectations. Both Jodie and Bridgette were very patient and understanding and answered every question with great knowledge and very quickly. My publishing team are a great asset to Outskirts Press. They all calmed my nervousness as well as made feel like I was there working beside them. I appreciate them immensely and will be coming to your company when book 2 Carved Mountain War is ready! I thank you, especially Jodie and Bridgette.” – Gregory M. Juzwick, author of Rising from the Ashes
Gregory Mark Juzwick was born in Tampa, Florida. Gregory was raised with his three brothers and sister by very caring and understanding parents. They moved to the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, area where he grew up most of his childhood. While going to Moon Senior high school he dabbled with his writing ability, creating poems, short stories and a novel called Phoenix, around the age of fifteen. After graduating from school, Gregory entered the United States Army for three years serving in Fort Benning, Georgia. Returning to Pittsburgh in 1986, he began his retail career in the Jewelry industry. In 1988, his family moved to Hendersonville, North Carolina, to assist his parents with their Jewelry store. In 2004 he moved back up to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he continued his sales career as well as continued working on his books. After years of writing, rewrites and editing this book Rising from the Ashes has been completed.
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The Outskirts Press Book Blast is a bargain any time, but now it’s an even better deal. For the month of June, Outskirts Press authors get $100 off an already affordable book marketing campaign package! Just use the promotion code BKBLAST100 at checkout.
The Outskirts Press Book Blast includes five of our most popular book marketing options, including a Custom Press Release, PR Publicist Campaign, Book Review Submission Service, Book Video with social network distribution, and 5 hours with the Personal Marketing Assistant.
The custom, professionally-written press release combines information solicited from the author with the professional expertise of our PR writer for a unique, custom release that is focused on the uniqueness of your book. As the author, you will receive a copy for your records or to further refine and then our News Wire distribution kicks in.
Through distribution, your custom press release is:
electronically distributed to a database of approximately 100,000 media contacts, newsrooms, industry analysts and freelance writers who receive daily email listings of press releases that match their filter criteria. In the publishing category these include newspapers (Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and USA Today, for example.), magazines (Foreword, Publisher’s Weekly, etc.), and applicable websites and ezines
posted to syndicated news feeds on other websites through our XML/RSS news feed. Adding this news feed increases exposure to your press release.
With the PR Publicist Campaign, a publicist will handle further press release distribution of your custom-written press release with additional, targeted distribution and follow-up phone calls to key leads.
We will email your custom release directly to book reviewers and editors in print, radio, television, trades, ezines, syndicates and wires locally, regionally and nationwide. This additional distribution circuit is exclusively available through the PR Publicist Campaign, and consists of over 21,000 national media contacts. Applicable trade publications selected for your subject are included free of charge. Then, we will send you every single media lead that results from your publicist campaign.
The Book Video Trailer is like a movie trailer for your book. With this service, you enjoy several benefits:
Music, text, video — we handle the entire production for you.
You take a look at the first version and make revisions.
We modify the video once to your specs for the final version,
Final length is 1 minute for optimal online video sharing.
We send you the 6mb video file via email.
Now you have a Book Video to use in any/all of your marketing efforts, however you want.
We also upload your video to popular social networking websites, perfect for enhancing search engine optimization for keyword searches of your name and book title. Successful viral marketing efforts begin at all the sites where we distribute your video, including:
Our book videos are unlike any other book videos available, featuring Hollywood-style production values and a cutting-edge look and feel. Take a look at a sample of our new and improved Book Video Trailers with enhanced online network distribution that includes Twitter and Facebook!
With the Book Review Submission Service you send us 10 copies of your book, and we administer the submission of your book to book reviewers who, in our experience, have demonstrated a tendency to review alternatively published and self-published books. Included with the promotional copy of your book is a professional cover letter designed to grab the attention of book reviewers.
While no one — neither the author nor Outskirts Press can guarantee a review or a glowing endorsement — positive reviews on popular websites and blogs or within popular journals can improve sales and lead to the word-of-mouth that can drive sales.
A Personal Marketing Assistant can help you with more personal and specific marketing needs focusing solely on your unique book and “platform” as an author. You will get a 5-hour block of time to consult with your assistant and figure out how to successfully market your book. There are many things your Personal Marketing Assistant can help you with:
PR Publicist Campaign lead follow-up
Suggesting advertising venues for your book and placing those ads for you
Calling bookstores in your area to pitch your book and/or arrange book signings
Spring’s in full swing! It’s always an exciting time in self-publishing, with many self-published authors taking advantage of promotional opportunities such as spring book fairs and ramping up for a summer of selling.
Outskirts Press knows that stocking up for the big book-selling push can get pricey. We want to ease the burden so you make the most of a season of sales. So, through the end of May we’re giving all currently published authors FREE SHIPPING on orders of 50 or more within the continental U.S.
Chances are you’ll need extra books for upcoming promotional events. By combining free shipping with our bulk order discounts, you’ll be well-stocked for summer promotions – without depleting your bank account!
Here’s how free shipping works:
1. Login to your Publishing Center 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 in the continental United States.
No promotion code is necessary. You will see the free shipping reflected once you place your order. It’s a snap!
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.
February 2, 2011. Denver, Colorado – Outskirts Press, the fastest-growing self-publishing and book marketing company, today invites new and previously-published authors to “fall in love with publishing all over again.” A special February promotion offering twice as many free author’s copies on select publishing packages seals the deal with a kiss.
“It is difficult being a writer today and having so many choices,” concedes Outskirts Press CEO Brent Sampson. “Authors who may have published elsewhere are sometimes disillusioned about their experience. And authors who are still considering their options are often struck with a form of ‘paralysis’ out of fear of making the ‘wrong choice.’ This February, we want all authors to fall in love with publishing, like so many of our own satisfied authors have.”
Authors who have previously published elsewhere will experience an array of improvements when republishing their book(s) with Outskirts Press, or publishing their book for the first time: Depending upon the previous publisher, these new benefits include:
Authors keep 100% of their rights
Authors keep 100% of their author royalties
Authors receive below-wholesale pricing on their own books
Authors receive Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble.com, and Ingram availability all at the same price
Authors can receive Marketing COACH assistance for up to two years following publication
For authors with a manuscript to publish (or republish) in February, the choice becomes easier with the announcement of the “Fall in Love in February” publishing promotion. Authors who start publishing this February will receive twice as many free author’s copies of their book upon publication. The necessary promotion code is: FEB2X11
“With so many choices, it is too easy to make no choice at all,” continues Sampson. “But if you’re a writer and want be published, the only truly wrong choice is doing nothing. As Wayne Gretzky said, ‘You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.'”
Outskirts Press, Inc. offers full-service, custom self-publishing and book marketing services for writers, entrepreneurs and other professionals who are seeking a cost-effective, fast, and flexible way to publish and distribute their books worldwide while retaining 100% of their rights, 100% of their royalties, and 100% of the creative control. Available for authors globally at www.outskirtspress.com and located on the outskirts of Denver, Colorado, Outskirts Press represents the future of book publishing, today.
Save 25% on 3 amazing marketing tactics centered around Amazon.com
(plus receive a free copy of the bestselling book Sell Your Book on Amazon)
1. Add a Kindle edition of your book to Amazon’s Kindle Store.
In order to demonstrate the benefits of the Amazon Kindle Submission service, you must first know what the Amazon Kindle is.
The Amazon Kindle is a revolutionary wireless reading device that allows its owner to instantly download books and newspapers. Only books that have been submitted to the Amazon Kindle via the required process and in the required format are available for Kindle readers to purchase and enjoy. Kindle editions of books appear on Amazon and in Amazon search listings just like any other format (such as a hardback edition).
There are several benefits to having your book available on Amazon Kindle.
1. The Amazon Kindle edition will appear in the search results, along with any other formats of your book (such as your paperback and/or hardback editions). This results in an increase of exposure for your book’s cover, which increases the chances of browsers clicking on your cover image, and coming that much closer to becoming a buyer.
2. Sales through the Amazon Kindle are not split with Outskirts Press. Just like with our hardcopy paperback and hardback books, we pay 100% author profits, and sales through the Kindle are ALL profit.
Of course, Amazon will still take their share, as they always do, but your profit will be directly deposited into your checking account by Amazon, without any involvement by (or portion for) Outskirts Press. In other words, your Kindle sales are YOUR Kindle sales.
3. Amazon customers and readers are growing every day. While the Kindle is a unique and revolutionary device designed to make reading more convenient, the majority of Amazon customers love actual BOOKS. A Kindle sale is an inexpensive way to offer your book to a potential reader; if they like it, they are more likely to purchase the paperback or hardback edition, too.
4. While all books are ideal for the Kindle, Kindle readers LOVE fiction. If you are a fiction author looking for a way to “level the marketing playing field” with non-fiction, the Kindle is the answer! There have been weeks and months in a row when the bestselling Outskirts Press books on Amazon have been Kindle editions of fiction books!
Our Marketing Department will contact you via email and send you the necessary submission form. Since your Kindle sales are directly deposited to your bank by Amazon, providing Amazon with the means to make that deposit is a requirement of submission.
Once you have completed that form, send it back to us.
That’s it! We’ll take care of the rest. Typically within 4 weeks, your Kindle edition will be online through Amazon.
How does pricing and commission work?
Option 1: Amazon pays 35% and the Kindle price can be whatever you want
Option 2: Amazon pays 70% but the Kindle price must be set between $2.99 and $9.99; and you must live in the United States
2. Add your book to Amazon Search Inside the Book
Do you feel that your book (which is available either exclusively or primarily online) isn’t reaching your target audience? Have you ever heard anyone say that it’s hard to make the decision to buy a book without taking a sneak peek and thumbing through the pages? Do you wonder why some books sell very well online while yours doesn’t? Well, Outskirts Press has the perfect solution!
Our Amazon Search Inside the Book marketing option (available to order a-la-carte or with the Amazon Extreme package) will allow you to take advantage of Amazon’s online equivalent to browsing a bookstore. Books that participate in this program feature 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 – most likely leading up to 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.
When you participate in the Amazon Search Inside the Book program, Amazon digitally catalogs the text of your book – which may result in more accurate and targeted search results and recommendations. Ultimately, the more buyers who are exposed to your book, the greater the likelihood that you will sell more copies. Can you imagine the success you’ll have?
3. Add tags and your top 10 keywords to Amazon’s search engine
The optional Amazon Keyword Search Submission service can help your book appear higher in the Amazon search rankings for applicable keywords.
Customers who browse for new books on Amazon typically do not search by title or author. They search by keywords or phrases: subject-specific words that describe their interest. One goal in book marketing is to do whatever is possible to improve a book’s search results ranking for applicable keywords so that your book appears higher in the search results on Amazon.
The Amazon Keyword Submission option can help. Participating books are “tagged” with applicable terms and keywords. This encourages other visitors to your page to “tag” your book with the same keywords and phrases, which can give more “weight” to those terms in Amazon’s search results.
Receive a free paperback copy of SELL YOUR BOOK ON AMAZON, Outskirts Press CEO Brent Sampson’s bestselling book, featuring top-secret tips guaranteed to increase your Amazon sales. The steps and tactics outlined in this book are the very same marketing efforts Sampson follows for his own book.
Among the tactics and steps suggested in the book are: participating in the Search Inside Program and adding keyword search submissions. You will notice that both of these steps are already included with this purchase of the Amazon Extreme Marketing package.
But there is so much more, like Listmania, Amazon Guides, Amapedia, Amazon Blogs, AmazonConnect, and much more. If you are not already proficient in Amazon listing enhancement, this book is a must-buy. And it’s free with the Amazon Extreme package.
Ready to start marketing your book with Outskirts Press?