Is Your Inner-Poet Ready to Shine? Our Poetry Formatting Kit Is Just For You!

April is National Poetry Month, a time to celebrate poetry’s place in our lives and culture. At Outskirts Press, we have a long history of helping poets publish their poetry collections in high-quality, professional volumes. And our Poetry Formatting Kit makes it incredibly easy for authors to get their collections formatted faster than ever before!

The exclusive Poetry Formatting Kit from Outskirts Press is the fastest, easiest way to literally cut and paste your poetry (including graphics) into a preformatted, print-ready document. We take the worry out of formatting issues that trip many authors up, like justification, centering, margins, title drops, or page spreads.

Each Poetry Formatting Kit comes with two files:

Use the “Easy” file…

  • as building blocks to add more pages
  • to move poems around
  • to add or replace included graphics
  • to further customize your book however you want

Or use the “Easier” file…

  • to simply cut and paste 30 poems directly into the file
  • to add respective titles above each of your poems
  • to accommodates a wide variety of poetry lengths

Both files are included in the Kit. Start with the “Easier” way, and then as you become comfortable, move to the “Easy” file to add more poems for a second volume. Then, when you’re ready to publish your book of poetry, you will have a professionally formatted and print-ready manuscript (in 6×9 trim size) to submit as-is for high-quality black-and-white printing. For $99, you get a beautiful, custom-designed book without the custom-designed price!

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Top 10 Self-Publishing Book Marketing Tactics for August 2015

Book marketing is one of the most important pieces of being a successful self-publishing author. Outskirts Press is an industry leader in providing post-publication support, products, and services to its growing family of published authors.

Your book is written. Your book is published. Now what? Our list of Top 10 Book Marketing Tactics can help you prioritize your book marketing efforts by providing you with excellent marketing and promotional tactics you should consider pursuing.

These are the marketing products and tactics determined to be most popular by our authors for the month of August 2015, listed below in alphabetical order:

Amazon Extreme Package Amazon Extreme Package: Save 25% on 3 of our marketing services focused on This package includes a Kindle Edition of your book, participation in the Amazon Search Inside the Book and Amazon Cover Enhancement.
Amazon Kindle Submission Service Amazon Kindle Submission Service:  Make your book available on Amazon’s Kindle ebook reading device. More formats on Amazon means more exposure on Amazon, and the Kindle is heavily promoted by Amazon.

Amazon Search Inside the Book
Amazon Search Inside the Book: Amazon claims that books participating in this program enjoy “significant” sales improvement, on average, over books that do not.
Barnes & Noble NOOK Submission Service Barnes & Noble NOOK Submission Service:  Millions of books are available on Barnes & Noble’s NOOK. If your book isn’t one of them, you are missing out on tapping a very important, and growing, market of readers.
Book Video Trailer & Distribution Book Video Trailer & Distribution: Be among the first authors anywhere to use online video marketing. The Book Video Trailer is like a movie trailer for your book. It’s cool, it’s hip, it’s NOW!
Elite E-Book Package Elite E-Book Package: Combine the 3 most popular electronic edition submissions. This package includes formatting and distribution of an Amazon Kindle Edition, an Apple iPad/iPhone Edition, and a Barnes and Noble Nook Edition of your book.
Frankfurt Book Fair Frankfurt Book Fair: Get your book exposed to over 250,000 visitors at the most popular book fair and publishing event in Germany.
Google Books Preview Program Submission Google Books Preview Program Submission: An inexpensive and extremely effective way to get your book in front of millions of readers quickly and easily.
Personal Marketing Assistant Personal Marketing Assistant: Do you need help developing a book marketing plan? Arranging book signings? Establishing/developing your author platform? Hire your own Personal Marketing Assistant today!
USA Book News Best Book Awards USA Book News Best Book Awards: Every year USA Book News honors exemplary books from independent self-publishers with the Best Book Award.

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’s center.

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Self-Publishing Author Spotlight: Micheal Andrisano

Outskirts Press features one of our successful authors each week and we want to spotlight Micheal Andrisano, the author of four books through Outskirts Press: Operation Seeding: Rain Rain Go Away Come Again Another Day, and its sequel, Extended Forecast: Global Chaos along with two other books, Harold the High Knight and Princess Megan and Christianity Karma and Reincarnation: A New Message Begins. Learn more about Micheal and his repertoire of work in this week’s Self-Publishing Author Spotlight.


Mike Andrisano is retired, living in New Jersey with his wife. Harold the High Knight and Princess Megan is a story that was developed in and around the countryside surrounding his wife’s family’s ancestral town of Tournafulla, County Limerick, Ireland.

Operation Seeding is a book that was developed over several decades.

With Christianity Karma and Reincarnation, it was through Mike’s own near death experiences he was given a message that he now needs to share with you. Mike has carried this divine secret for more than 62 years, afraid to share it due to fear of persecution. Finally, the fear could no longer outweigh the message. Email the author at or visit

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Operation Seeding: Rain Rain Go Away Come Again Another Day

It had been raining: torrential, miserable, cold wet rain for the last four months. It seemed as if the rain was never going to end. He had already lost his house, his crops in the fields, and his livestock as he watched it all wash away one day right before he himself was rescued. No one could figure out why God was punishing everyone. But God has nothing to do with it. An American company, HT Wetco, quietly reaps the rewards from their life-changing business: cloud seeding. Bob Thurston, past CEO of HT Wetco, knows that countries can be terrorized from the sky – that a change in one global jet stream can cause havoc around the world, that populations can be brought to their knees with snow and rain ruining food supplies. But now someone has caught on to how his technology is being used, and Bob isn’t willing to stand by and let his life’s work be destroyed. He will stop at nothing to make sure that his project is safe. Bob draws a diverse cast of characters into his net of intrigue – including Gunter, a German assassin who begins to suspect that all is not as it seems; Pete Winslow, a former Green Beret whose misguided loyalty to Bob comes from his own blighted childhood; and Juan and Clara, who are determined to expose Bob at any cost. Rooted in real techniques for influencing weather, Operation Seeding deftly explores how greed and corruption can exploit and destroy an otherwise benign force of Nature. This compelling page-turner will change the way you think about what really goes on behind the curtain of global politics. Winner of 2012 Readers’ Favorite Award

Product details…
6 x 9 paperback white, 312 pages
ISBN10: 1432781189
ISBN13: 9781432781187
Genre: FICTION / Thrillers
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Feb 20, 2012)

Harold the High Knight and Princess Megan

Things just haven’t been the same for Harold and Megan since their father mysteriously disappeared. But one night, a ghostly visitor tells Harold that his father is being held captive by a mad gnome from Germania named Gagle the Great. To find the lair of the mad gnome, Harold must solve a riddle. Harold loses all hope; he hates puzzles of all kinds. But a magical box that belonged to his father may hold a clue. When Harold relates his strange tale to his family, his mother refuses to believe it, and thinks Harold is making up stories to console him for the loss of his father. But Megan knows there’s more to it. Against their mother’s wishes, Harold and Megan turn to their classmates for help. But when nobody can solve the riddle, they must convince their mother that their father is in danger, and that they must travel to Ireland to seek the help of his relatives and friends. Little do they know what awaits them on the Emerald Isle: the mad gnome is the enemy of fairy folk, and they receive some special help from the Mayor of the Leprechauns, as well as from a surprise visitor who appears when hope is lost. Will Harold and Megan find their father, and can they rescue him before time runs out? Follow them across the ocean and into a magical world as they explore the realm of enchantment.

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6 x 9 paperback white, 233 pages
ISBN10: 1432794515
ISBN13: 9781432794514
Genre: JUVENILE FICTION / Action & Adventure / General
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Jan 11, 2013)

Christianity Karma and Reincarnation: A New Message Begins

Many people in the world today are lost, going through their lives with no direction, enduring terrible pain, and inflicting pain on others. Even those who have faith and belief are finding themselves increasingly hopeless. If you feel this way, do not despair. Christianity Karma and Reincarnation is what you have been waiting for. This astounding message from God to mankind reveals why confusion exists in so many lives today. It tells you how to find your path more clearly back to God, and explains why mankind needs to better understand his purpose here in this Garden that is Earth. This powerful book reveals not only what Micheal Andrisano has personally seen, but also what has been told to him as a very special message to mankind. It is a message we need to hear before it is too late. Read the message, and share it—you now have the tool you need to change your life, and the lives of those you love. First Place in 2014 Reviewers Choice Award

Product details…
Format: 6 x 9 hardback w/ jacket, 322 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Jun 28, 2013)
ISBN10: 1478713666
ISBN13: 9781478713661
Genre: RELIGION / Faith

Extended Forecast: Global Chaos: Book Two of The Rain Men Series and Sequel to Operation Seeding

The anti-climate control lobbies are having a field day, their accusations shrieking from the headline of every newspaper, worldwide. It is now accepted as fact that HT Wetco had flown under the radar to single-handedly sabotage the weather around the entire planet. As the repercussions of climate interference spiral out of control, with economies and living conditions impacted around the globe, the trial of the century unfolds. As their largest man made storm Hurricane Susan is bearing down to strike along the eastern seaboard, coincidence, or a deliberate sabotage effort perpetrated by HT Wetco, with the blessings of the US government. As this extreme weather event begins Chinese General Ly N Ming and his men begin their attack in Lorton, Virginia. While unbeknownst to many a former Russian KGB agent, Günter and the Muslim Brotherhood now plot to bring nuclear destruction to America. While Luther and Juan travel From Moscow to Madagascar seeking the whereabouts of the madman Günter. In America Clara, Brad and a new ally Joan Romanski of the Russkaya Mafiya seek the information they need in helping stop the attack. In the center of it all is Todd Thurston grandson and now CEO of HT Wetco. His allies confident in their knowledge that whoever controls the weather will also control the world. A deftly plotted thriller showing you a world that modern technology has created, Extended Forecast: Global Chaos is the second book in the compelling trilogy that began with Operation Seeding, which now has a following around the world. Operation Seeding will be published in an updated edition to coincide with the release of Global Chaos.

Product details…
Format: 5 x 8 paperback white, 337 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Mar 24, 2014)
ISBN10: 1478707003
ISBN13: 9781478707004
Genre: FICTION / Action & Adventure

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The Deadline for the Frankfurt International Book Fair Is Quickly Approaching!

Bar none, the Frankfurt International Book Fair is the largest and most important book fair in the world. While some might top Frankfurt’s 250,000-plus attendance, the multi-hall, mile-long fairground in Frankfurt hosts the largest contingent of publishing professionals of any book fair anywhere.

The Frankfurt International Book Fair is a meeting place for the industry’s experts: publishers, booksellers, agents, film producers and, of course, authors just like you. With more than 7,500 exhibitors from 110 countries, more than 250,000 visitors and more than 10,000 journalists, it is the most important marketplace for books, media, rights and licenses worldwide.

The Frankfurt International Book Fair is held in mid-October annually at the Frankfurt Fair in Frankfurt, Germany. This is your chance to get in on this year’s event, slated for October 14-18.

Register now for the 2015 Book Fair. Space is limited and the show fills up quickly on a first-come, first served basis. The deadline for the 2015 Frankfurt International Book Fair is this Friday, August 7. Click here to get more details or reserve your spot at Frankfurt.

Remember, you can save 25% on 4 major book events throughout the year (London, BEA, Beijing, Frankfurt) with our Global Book Tour marketing package.

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“Try-before-you-buy” sales strategies (i.e. trials, previews, samples) are driven by the undeniable fact that consumers are more inclined to purchase a product when they’ve had the opportunity to test it out first.

By allowing readers to browse your work while they’re actively looking for their next selection, you open the door for them. You welcome readers with a preview, allow their senses to be intrigued by your work, and the buyer develops confidence and certainty to make the purchase.

If you want to turn browsers into buyers, it’s important to offer readers an option to preview your book online. Digital previews, such as the Google Books Preview Program and Amazon’s Search Inside program, allow readers to see a limited preview of your book while making the next step (purchasing the book) as easy as possible. According to Amazon, books participating in the Search Inside program enjoy significant sales improvement, on average.

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Three More Days To Receive 3X Author Copies!

Now is the perfect time to finish up your work and get published today! There is only a few days left to take advantage of the incredible offer of receiving 3X author copies when you order with the promotion code 3XJULY15.

Authors beginning their self-publishing process are eligible to receive three times as many free author copies with their respective self-publishing package. To receive the promotion, simply purchase the Diamond or Pearl publishing package by Friday, July 31, 2015. Each of the eligible publishing packages includes a unique ISBN, standard interior formatting, a variety of professional cover styles, and distribution which includes availability through major online retailers such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

For authors choosing the most popular “Diamond” publishing package, this promotion delivers 30 free paperback author copies when the book is published. Authors publishing full-color books with the popular “Pearl” package can receive 15 free paperback copies.

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