Outskirts Press has released a promotional video that illustrates many benefits the fastest-growing self-publishing company offers to authors who are investigating their book publishing and marketing options. Outskirts Press is a full-service self-publishing and book-marketing company that helps people write, publish and market the book of their dreams.
The beautifully animated, 98-second video follows the story of an author who runs into frustrating roadblocks in his efforts to publish his book before ultimately finding self-publishing success with Outskirts Press.
While the character of John in the video is fictional, the story illustrated in the video is based on actual feedback from authors who’ve had bad experiences elsewhere. There are horror stories about over-paying for almost no support and poor quality. And when all is said and done, they received only a small percentage of their royalties.
There’s never been a better time to self-publish your book. Attitudes about self-publishing are changing every day. What used to be viewed with skepticism is gaining traction and recognition as authors from E.L. James to J.K. Rowling, and hundreds of thousands of others, find success in the self publishing world. What’s more, quality is no longer a concern (as long as you do it the right way).
Self-publishing a book the “right” way is what separates all those amateur self-published books from the high-quality, professional product you want your name on. As such, here are five things to consider when publishing your book.
High-quality. Is your publisher equipped with a stable of qualified, experienced experts in every aspect of book publishing and marketing to assist you in achieving the highest quality book possible? Whether it’s professional copy writing, cover design, or a host of custom marketing options, choose a publisher with the widest variety of services tailored to each author’s needs and delivered by skilled service providers.
Publishing support. Forget the stress of trying to figure out for yourself all the little details that go into properly formatting and publishing a professional looking book. Instead, select a full-service publishing firm with a professional staff of experienced gurus who are always on hand to assist you with the nitty-gritty details, so you can spend your time doing what you do best – writing!
Post-publication support. For many authors, the period after publication is the most challenging, although most authors don’t realize this until after they’re published. This is when 99% of the publishers out there forget all about you. You’ve written and printed your book – now what? Choose a self-publisher that follows through after publication with tons of free advice, a robust social media community, and competitively-priced marketing options to help you boost awareness of you and your book.
100% royalties. Once you publish your book, you should keep 100% of the profits it generates, through paperback sales, hardcover sales, Kindle and Nook sales, etc. Equally important: your royalty shouldn’t vary (in other words, it shouldn’t go down) if someone buys your book from Amazon or Barnes & Noble rather than from your publisher’s own website. 100% is 100%, and there’s nothing better.
Satisfaction. Are other authors satisfied with your publisher of choice? Does your publisher have an active Facebook community filled with satisfied writers? Does your publisher post new comments from recently published authors multiple times a week? Does your publisher have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau?
If your publisher is Outskirts Press, the answers to all these questions is: Yes.
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Get $300 of “Mad Money” with the promotion code below when you choose to publish with our industry-leading Diamond publishing service or our full-color Pearl publishing service. You can apply your $300 of “Mad Money” toward any optional production or marketing option we offer during the pre-production process. And with many of our optional services beginning at just $99, you can get quite a few! Apply it to options such as official copyright registration, custom cover design, the Amazon Extreme package, or many others.
Authors who start with Outskirts Press by choosing the Diamond or full-color Pearl publishing packages will receive this $300 service for free.
In addition to saving the $300 on this option, you’ll also get the following savings 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.
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AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT & SUCCESS STORY
“My Author Representative went the extra mile several times during the initial pre-publication process. Bridget stayed right on top of it and kept me informed until a few technical problems were resolved. I have used Outskirts Press for five books and very pleased with the representation and service.”
Charles L. Fields grew up surrounded by the seaside beauty of Rockport, Massachusetts and the artists who attempted to depict it. His varied and bizarre careers went from banana boat engineer to lobster dealer to chicken hatchery manager and include being an author, poet, sculptor and world traveler. These lifetime experiences enriched his published memoir, Many Lands Many Hearts and add realism and depth to his fictional writing. He is married and divides his time between Massachusetts and Arizona. This book follows Sentimental Me, Canyons of the Soul and Broken Spirit in the Charles Stone travel mystery series.
Do you remember going to the library to borrow a book? I do.
Most libraries would allow me to borrow a book for 2 weeks, and I would read the book in my own time and return it when I was done. Based on library fee for the year, my total cost to borrow one book was less than 10 cents. But that was in 1990s.
Now, since late 2011, Amazon has kick-started a new venture for digital readers – kdp select.
What is kdp select?
Kindle Direct Publishing project allows self-publishers (and publishers) to distribute books through the Kindle Owner’s Lending Library and reach the growing number of US Amazon Prime members. KDP Select has provided over $6 million throughout $12 million, allowing participating authors to earn royalty through the lending library. The program offers other benefits including:
Promote your book for free to readers worldwide – The newly launched Promotions Manager tool will allow you to directly control the promotion of free books.
Instant feedback – Check real-time performance of your books in the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library.
Enrolling in kdp select is very simple. If you have already published a book to Kindle, you can enroll existing book by visiting the bookshelf. New books can be enrolled during the publishing process. You can simply select the “Enroll this book in KDP Select” option and proceed to publish the book as you normally would.
The catch? Your book has to be available exclusively on Kindle for a period of 90 days. During the period of exclusivity, you cannot distribute your book digitally anywhere else, including on your website, blogs, etc. However, you can continue to distribute your book in physical format, or in any format other than digital.
Recently, I wrote a post about Neal Bogosian, on how his book The Adventures of Chip Doolin reached #8 in Amazon’s paid Kindle store in the baseball category. He tried a unique and innovative approach to add to his fame, and bottom line.
Its time that you should too.
What are you waiting for? Order your Kindle Edition Today and become a bestseller!
Do you want to receive your royalties by direct deposit?
Outskirts Press is pleased to announce that published authors can now receive royalty payments by direct deposit into their United States bank account. This is a complimentary service enhancement for our valued Outskirts Press authors; there is no additional cost for this convenience.
If you are an author published with Outskirts Press, you can change your current royalty payment method (first class check) to this new royalty payment method (Electronic Funds Transfer – EFT) by logging in to your Publishing Center at http://outskirtspress.com/authors.php. Click the “Edit My Profile” link near the upper right corner. Then, in the “Royalty Payment” section, choose the payment method you prefer and provide the required banking information. Double check with your bank if you do not know your account number or bank routing number. Errors in this data can result in delayed payments and may incur additional fees to correct, so double check your input before saving.
If you want to continue to receive your royalties by check, no action is necessary. But the EFT process results in royalties “hitting your bank account” faster than with a check. And time is money.
We hope you enjoy this new enhancement. We value and appreciate your business.
In the wake of news stories about traditionally published authors earning “six figure advances” Outskirts Press author Gang Chen earns six figures in six months and keeps all his rights, which means he can earn another six figures in another six months, long after a traditional advance would be gone.
Self Publishing Author Earns Over $100,000 in Just Six Months with Outskirts Press
Outskirts Press, the fastest-growing full-service self publishing and book marketing company, today announced that one of its authors has earned over $100,000 in author royalties in six short months.
Gang Chen, the self published author of Planting Design Illustrated and LEED AP Exam Guide, will receive a first-quarter royalty check in the amount of $77,611.88 for books sold between January-March. This follows a previous royalty check of $33,679.56 that Chen recently received from Outskirts Press for books sold between October-December.
“Earning $111,000 in six months is an amazing accomplishment for any author, self-published or otherwise,” Outskirts Press CEO Brent Sampson commented. “Of course, publishing with Outskirts Press certainly helps. We extend heartfelt congratulations to Mr. Chen, and also want to thank him for graciously granting us permission to publicize his success.”
Gang Chen, an expert in the field of architecture, with a master’s degree from USC and over 20 years of professional experience, was among the top-five performing Outskirts Press authors in the 4th quarter of 2008 and then went on to double his royalties for the first quarter of 2009. When notified of his earnings, Chen responded, “I’m in the process of publishing my next book in the LEED Exam Guide series through Outskirts Press, along with a book on architecture, so I hope to break this record soon.”
After contacting hundreds of traditional publishers for his first book Planting Design Illustrated, Chen finally landed a deal with one major publisher, only to discover that he was dissatisfied with the substantial revisions they were suggesting. He promptly cancelled the traditional publishing contract and decided to publish the book himself. He compared various publishing options and chose Outskirts Press. “Their services do not end after the book is published,” Chen stated. “They continue to provide excellent marketing advice, as well.”
Outskirts Press understands that marketing is a huge part of an author’s success and, unlike most self-publishing firms, offer promotional advice and marketing services extending for years after publication. States CEO Brent Sampson, “Successful authors have the potential to separate themselves from the pack by publishing with a full-service, custom publishing company that provides support before, during, and after publication.”
Outskirts Press, Inc. offers full-service, custom self-publishing services for authors seeking a cost-effective, fast, and flexible way to publish and distribute their books worldwide while retaining all their rights and full 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.
Five Self-Published Authors Earn Over $75,000in Royalties From Outskirts Press in 3 Months
On the heels of Bowkers’ announcement that the quantity of on-demand and short-run publications experienced a five-fold increase in 2007, the fastest-growing full-service publisher in the self-publishing sector, Outskirts Press, today announced that its top-five earning authors combined to gross over $75,000 in royalties in the first 3 months of 2008.
“Bowkers reports that traditional publishing is flat while on-demand self-publishing is growing at a staggering rate,” said Brent Sampson, president and CEO of Outskirts Press. “Even in the shadow of such competition, Outskirts Press authors continue to demonstrate that it is possible to be very successful. And as you can see from our top five authors, some of whom granted their permission to be mentioned by name in this article, your chances increase if you adhere to some basic guidelines.”
Write a good book.
No amount of marketing muscle can overcome a poor book, but a good book can compensate for minimal marketing through word of mouth. The viral and collaborative nature of today’s Internet 2.0 makes anything possible.
Get your book professionally edited.
Either have your book edited before submission, or purchase the optional editing services provided by your self-publisher. Since they strongly recommend professional editing for every book, most self-publishers will feature rates that are typically less expensive than you will find yourself in the open marketplace.
Get a professionally designed custom cover.
Your front cover has three seconds to attract a buyer’s attention; and since the majority of on-demand books are sold on retail websites like Amazon and Barnes & Noble, the cover is more important than ever. Just ask Gang Chen, a top-five author in the first quarter, whose book, Planting
Design Illustrated, features a custom cover from Outskirts Press. The result? His first quarter royalties far exceeded his entire publishing costs. Now it’s nothing but profit.
Control your pricing.
On-demand and short-run publishing is the fastest growing segment of the publishing industry, but only a select few companies allow the author to set their own pricing plan, retail price, and author discount. Does that make a big difference? Just ask Kathleen Mackenzie, whose book, Not Manifesting? This Book is for You! retails for just $9.95, and yet grossed enough royalties in January, February, and March to earn a piece of that $75,000 pie.
Market your book tirelessly!
Your destiny is in your hands and no one else’s. Just ask Joseph H. Trimbach and John M. Trimbach, top-five co-authors of American Indian Mafia. “We are available for speeches and presentations; our book was reviewed in the May/June issue of South Dakota magazine; and we appear live on radio news shows.”
And that’s just for starters. Marketing support like Outskirts Press’ exclusive Marketing
COACH provides Diamond authors with promotion
advice and marketing suggestions via email for years
after publication. Four out of five top-earning authors
published with the Diamond package.
“In this day and age of print-on-demand, people are proving that anyone can ‘print’ a book,” states Sampson. “But what good is that? Successful authors have the potential to separate themselves from the pack by publishing with a full-service, custom publishing company that provides support before, during, and after publication.”
For example, in the first three months of 2008 alone, Outskirts Press introduced three exciting, new marketing services: the Global Book Tour package, the PR Publicist, and the Book Video option, uploaded everywhere from AOL to YouTube. These services are available for published Outskirts Press authors to request at any time from the convenience of their new Author Toolkit in their Author’s Center.
So what do modest authors say when informed they are among the top-grossing authors in the on-demand industry? “How exciting!” exclaims Not Manifesting’s Kathleen Mackenzie, who published with Outskirts Press in less than 6 weeks, kept all her rights, set all her pricing, and is now sharing $75,000 first quarter royalties with four others.