Publishing Tips for Busy Writers


You’ve dedicated months, even years, to committing your book to paper. And now, after typing that final, “The End,” a new journey begins: getting your book published and into the hands of as many readers as possible.

Although self-publishing may seem intimidating, and book marketing may seem to be a full-time job…with the Outskirts Press One-Click Publishing packages, it’s not!

The One-Click Publishing packages are all-inclusive, offering the services that every author needs to properly publish and promote a high-quality book.

With (literally) one click of the mouse, you can hand over the reins to a team of
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and promotion professionals and let us handle everything. Our One-Click Publishing packages offer the best value and bring together everything you need to polish, publish, package, and promote your work from start to finish. Sit back and relax while we do all the work, and you collect 100% of your royalties!

All One-Click packages are even specific to particular genres. This means that when you buy, you can rest assured that everything included is just what your book needs to stand out from the rest.

After your book is published, we provide you with support from a top-tier team of marketing professionals to help you reach your post-publication goals—leaving you free to do what you do best: write!

We offer four One-Click packages:

The One-Click Publishing for Fiction package is tailored to provide novelists with all the specific services necessary for successfully publishing and marketing a work of fiction.

The One-Click Publishing for Coaches and Speakers package is tailored to help your career as a speaker, coach, and/or counselor.   A book can build upon your platform, further establish your expertise, and provide an additional revenue stream.

The One-Click Publishing for Children’s Books package is tailored to include all that a successful children’s book needs. This includes custom, full-color illustrations, a full-color cover and full-color printing.

The One-Click Publishing for Spiritual Books package is tailored to provide spiritual writers with all the specific services necessary to successfully publish and market an important inspirational/spiritual work.

See what our convenient One-Click packages can do for you and your book. It simply couldn’t be any easier.

Tactics for Authors to Celebrate Read Across America Day

In 1997, a small reading task force at the National Education Association developed an idea to get kids excited about reading. They called it NEA’s Read Across America, and as March is National Reading Month, the task force chose to kick off the event on March 2nd, Dr. Seuss’s birthday.

Children and teachers embraced the concept with enthusiasm, celebrating the beloved children’s author’s birthday with Seuss-sational school and community events and helping to promote literacy nationwide.

The NEA has partnered with 40 nonprofits and associations all over the U.S. to keep Read Across America alive. They invite schools, libraries, churches, community centers, hospitals, and bookstores to organize events to promote reading for children.

National Reading Month is an opportunity for authors everywhere to benefit themselves and others at the same time. If you’re a self-publishing author, this is the perfect opportunity to contribute to the celebration today and throughout the month of March. Here are some ways you can contribute:

  • Find out if your local community has reading events planned and volunteer.
  • Plan your own event in conjunction with your school or community centers. You’ll find lots of ideas at the NEA website.
  • Contact local media outlets to build relationships as an author and a promoter of Read Across America Day. The more local press the celebration receives, the better.
  • Donate one of your books to your local school or library.

National Reading Month is not limited to children, and many people now participate in activities to encourage reading to both children and adults. What better time for authors to celebrate (and promote!) their own books?

To support your efforts, Outskirts Press has created a list of 31 ways you can promote yourself and your work during the month of March. Truly successful authors market their books on an ongoing basis, and participating in National Reading Month will give you a chance to share your love of reading with others as well. Visit the Outskirts Press Facebook page throughout the month of March to get daily tips and advice that will keep you actively marketing your book all month long.

Most Popular Ways to use your $300 Mad Money Reward

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Are you ready to make your publishing goals come true? There’s no better time than now! If you’ve been dreaming of seeing your book in print (or e-Book!), take advantage of a great incentive from Outskirts Press and make your goal a reality. There’s $300 of Mad Money at stake!

During the month of February, when you purchase the Diamond or Pearl publishing package and enter the promotion code MADMONEYFEB16 upon checkout, you will automatically receive a $300 reward —  Mad Money credit to use toward anything you choose. And there are a lot of options to choose from!

Here are three ways YOU can use Mad Money to make your book stand out among the rest:

  1. Copyediting. Whether you’re a bestselling author or publishing your very first book, having an objective professional carefully go over each line of your book is a crucial step. Unedited books are often labeled as amateur, and the readers you’re hoping to attract will be more willing to hit that BUY button if they’re not distracted by typos and grammatical errors. Why not use your Mad Money toward the cost of an editor? Outskirts Press has some of the best! (Click HERE for more details.)
  2. Go digital! For under $300 you can offer your readers an Amazon Kindle edition or a Barnes and Noble NOOK edition of your book. Having a digital version is a great way to level the marketing playing field. If you want to reach as many readers as possible, releasing a digital version of your book is the way to go!
  3. Your own Personal Marketing Assistant. You’ve written your book, published it, and now it’s time to get people to buy it. For most authors, the biggest hurdle to marketing is time. For others, inexperience in book marketing is a serious stumbling block; and others simply want to get back to what they do best —  writing. Here’s where a Personal Marketing Assistant from Outskirts Press comes in. Your PMA will help you map out a plan to market your book at all the right times and in all the right marketplaces, not to mention targeting all the right book-buyers. Use your Mad Money toward five hours of expert help and sell more copies of your book!

With the Mad Money promotion and the $400 of free upgrades already included with the Diamond package (standard press release distribution, Spring Arbor Christian distribution, streaming audio excerpt on author webpage, and cover photo selection from an image library), we’re talking about $700 worth of inclusions!

The $300 Mad Money reward can also be used toward custom cover design, cover scribing, custom interior formatting, book trailers, celebrity endorsements, writing consultations, and so much more —  all designed to give your book an edge in a competitive marketplace.

But this popular promotion ends soon, so take advantage of February’s Mad Money today and realize your dream! It’s the perfect time to begin the publishing process with Outskirts Press.

START PUBLISHING NOW AND COLLECT A $300 REWARD IN YOUR SHOPPING CART!

The most valuable self-publishing promotion of the year gives back $300 to authors that begin publishing a book with either the Diamond or Pearl book publishing services in February.

During this promotion, authors are rewarded with a $300 credit to use any way they wish. Just enter the promo code of MadMoneyFeb16 during checkout-it’s that easy!

For the full details on our Mad Money promotion, click here.

Don’t miss a chance to receive $300 that you can use to make your book stand out above the rest! Click the button below to order securely online or call 1-888-672-6657 ext. 706 to order over the phone. Publishing consultants will be available by phone through 8 p.m. MST to assist you.

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AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT & SUCCESS STORY

“I would like to express my sincere thanks to all individuals associated with the publishing of my book. It has been a great experience. I appreciate all that was done from the beginning to the publishing stage. May God continue to bless each and every one of you at Outskirts Publishing.”

Debra Davis is married and has 1 son, 2 daughters and 1 granddaughter. Debra is a Substitute Teacher for grades K-12th, in Pittsylvania County Virginia, organizer of a community-based non-profit organization, a community activist and a former Qualified Mental Health Professional Counselor. She is also very active member at her church. Debra spends countless hours volunteering, serving others in need. Debra has obtained an Associate Degree in Business Administration and a certificate in Education.

In fear of being rejected, many youth tend to hide who they are deep inside fearing the pressures of life if the inner person would appear. Teachers feel as though they are overworked, underpaid, babysitters, counselors, and parents to some. Some parents feel as though they are the victims of life, while others soar above life’s challenges. What do you do, when life causes you to substitute the unexpected and you begin to endure the problems that need adjusting? As I share my experiences, personal insight and biblical principles, I pray that you will begin to view life “Through the Eyes of the Substitute.”

– Debra Davis, author of Through the Eyes of the Substitute

Increase Exposure and Take Marketing to the Next Level with the Author Platform Set-up Through Social Media Option

It is vital that self-publishing authors take advantage for the ever-growing social media market as it has become one of the most important aspects of marketing a book. Through social media, authors can reach a broader audience of potential readers all while increasing their overall internet presence and exposure. 404 (1)

As of July 2015, Facebook had 1.49 billion users, Twitter reached 315 million active users and LinkedIn had 400 million registered monthly users. These numbers continue to grow monthly so it is important for an author to get his or her book integrated with the Internet world and in front of these users.

With minimal information from you, Outskirts Press can create a social media and online presence through the Author Platform Set-Up package using the following techniques:

  • Set up social media profiles on each platform (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, WordPress and YouTube)
  • Identify and establish relevant connections with users on each social media platform
  • Assist you in building their unique online presence

Are you ready to take your marketing to the next step with Internet marketing? Start today with the promotion code FreeSocial2016 when you choose to publish with our industry-leading Diamond publishing service or our full-color Pearl publishing service to receive the FREE Author Platform Set-up Through Social Media option. Don’t delay!

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Current Outskirts Press authors can easily and conveniently add the Author Platform Set-up Through Social  option at any time from the Marketing Options screen of the Publishing Center.

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When you pair the shipping savings with the money you’ll save by placing a bulk order, you have an opportunity to potentially save hundreds (or even thousands) of dollars!

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Top 10 Self-Publishing Book Marketing Tactics for May 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 April 2015, listed below in alphabetical order:

Amazon-Branded Featured Book-of-the-Week: Get your book and cover, along with an easy way to order your book directly from Amazon into the inbox of a wide audience of literary enthusiasts.
Amazon Extreme Package Amazon Extreme Package: Save 25% on 3 of our marketing services focused on Amazon.com. 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.

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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 Review Submission Service: Securing positive book reviews is the first step toward building word-of-mouth buzz for your book. In addition to receiving a complimentary copy of your book, the reviewers will also receive a professional cover letter, a copy of your press, and your sales sheet. We take care of all of that for you, including sending the review copy!
Custom Press Release Custom Press Release: Have our professional press release writer compose an original, unique press release for your book, submitted to you for your review/approval, and then distributed to our newswire service on your behalf.
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!
Self Publishing Virtual Book Tour Blog Tour Virtual Book Tour: Gain an edge in visibility for your book. When you can’t travel from place to place, a Virtual Book Tour ensures that you and your book are still making “appearances” on the blogosphere and social networking sites.

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.

Not yet published with Outskirts Press? Today is the perfect day to start and take advantage of our current publishing promotion.

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Run the Company [Poll]: Help Outskirts Press Choose the Next Book Marketing Option We Launch

Decisions, decisions … Sometimes we don’t relish making them, and other times (like now) we just enjoy bouncing ideas around. That’s why Outskirts Press is asking you for help making a very important decision: What new self-publishing book marketing option should we launch next?

In the past, your input has guided us to introduce things like our Amazon Featured Book-of-the-Week and iPad/iPhone Premium Edition. Once again, we need your feedback to determine what new product or service we might offer this year that is most valuable to you in your book marketing efforts.

Below are five options we have been asked by authors to add to our repertoire of book marketing services. Since every option Outskirts Press releases takes a great deal of time and resources to develop, test and administer, it would be difficult to launch them all at once. So tell us — which of these options do you think we should launch first? Read through them and submit your vote in the poll below.

  1. RTIR (Radio-TV-Interview Report) Ad Placement: Let Outskirts Press help you advance your book marketing efforts by getting your name in front of valuable media movers and shakers. RTIR is a subscription trade publication that goes to more than 4,000 radio and television producers across the United States and Canada three times each month. Each issue lists 100-150 authors and other spokespeople who are available for live and in-studio interviews. Your ad in RTIR will include a contact person and phone number interested radio/TV producers can use to arrange interviews. That kind of publicity can generate great interest in your book!
  2. Publishers Weekly Select: How would you like to have your book cover and synopsis appear in front of thousands of book-sellers, librarians, agents, publishers, film producers and production companies? With your inclusion in Publishers Weekly Select, this is exactly what will happen! Your book will be seen in Publishers Weekly’s print and digital edition, as well as the home page of PublishersWeekly.com and BookLife.com. This is a great way to stand out in a crowded market!
  3. US Review of Books: Receive a guaranteed review and get your book in front of 13,000+ professional book reviewers. Inclusion in the US Review of Books provides inexpensive access to professional book reviewers willing to give consideration to good books that might otherwise get overlooked. These thoughtful reviews provide you with a valuable tool in the subsequent marketing of your book
  4. Pinterest Board Creation: Pinterest has emerged as one of the most influential social media sites for authors. Authors can use Pins to reach out to their readers, to inspire and entertain, while growing their author brand. Outskirts Press will help build your social media presence by setting up/enhancing your existing Pinterest profile, then creating a Pinterest board that features your book cover and synopsis. We will optimize your board through the use of keywords in your profile, board titles and pin descriptions that will help drive traffic to your board.
  5. Goodreads Marketing Campaign: With more than 40 million members, Goodreads is the world’s largest community of readers, and at Outskirts Press, we want to help you connect with those readers. We will help you to claim your author profile on Goodreads and set up a book giveaway to generate awareness and reviews for your book. We will also create an ad on Goodreads that will be seen by readers searching for new books. Custom stats will be available so you can see how many views, clicks, and the number of Goodreads members who add your book. A comprehensive approach to reach Goodreads affluent and educated audience of book readers

It’s up to you now.

This poll closes on June 19, so give us your input before then!

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