A Sweetheart of a Deal: 20% off Ultimate or Full-Color Packages for One Day Only!

Valentine’s Day may not be an official holiday, but it more than makes up for its lack of official state recognition by being the one day in which love is the central theme of celebrations across the world. What better way to celebrate your labor of love as an author or to show your love for the author in your life than to invest in a self-publishing package?

In addition to the positive associations with the month of love, there are practical reasons to publish in February: It’s the perfect time of year, just past the bustle of the winter holidays and still early enough in the year to publish in time for the summer book-buying rush! Summer provides countless opportunities for marketing, too. So why not think ahead to summer and share the love!

This Valentine’s Day only, we’ll be giving you the necessary leg up on your competitors. How? On February 14, Outskirts Press will be offering a Flash Sale of 20% off the purchase of our Ultimate Publishing package or our Full-Color Publishing package! It’s the ultimate sweetheart of a deal.

Taking part in the Flash Sale is easy … far easier than braving the cold and icy roads for a bouquet of roses. There’s nary a snowbank in sight with this deal. All you have to do to take part is:

  1. Select the Ultimate or Full-Color Publishing package by clicking the “Add to Cart” button on our website
  2. Enter the promo code Sweet-Savings at checkout
  3. Get started on your publishing journey!

For more information on our publishing packages, visit us online at www.OutskirtsPress.com, call us at 1-888-672-6657, or chat with a Publishing Consultant using the live chat option on our website. Just remember, this is a limited-time offer that is valid on February 14 only.

We can’t wait to celebrate your labor of love!

One Outskirts Press Author Will Win a Microsoft Surface Pro in the ‘Show Us Your Love’ Contest

We are excited to hear from our authors always, of course, but we are extra-excited to invite you to join us in sharing those experiences during our 7th Annual “Show Us Your Love” social media event and video contest. All you have to do to be eligible for a win is count the ways you love Outskirts Press!

The annual event, appropriately enough, takes place around Valentine’s Day, and this time around we’re spreading the self-publishing love to you with a fabulous grand prize: a brand-new Microsoft Surface Pro. The deadline to enter “Show Us Your Love” is Feb. 16, 2018.

Showing your love is easy. Here’s how the contest works:

  • Record a brief video between 1 and 3 minutes long that demonstrates your deep and abiding love for your book, your publishing experience and Outskirts Press. The more creative, the better.
  • Email your video file in an .mp4 or .mov format to love@outskirtspress.com. The contest is open through Friday, February 16.
  • Outskirts Press will share your video on Facebook Page, YouTube Channel and Twitter Feed and Google+, increasing exposure for you and your book. (Please Note: By submitting a video for this contest, authors grant Outskirts Press permission to post videos to its social media platforms for promotional purposes.)
  • The three finalists who receive the most “likes” on Facebook for their entries will be selected for a public vote on the Outskirts Press blog from February 19-23 to determine the winner. Be sure you follow us on Facebook, Twitter and elsewhere so you can “like” your favorite videos and visit our blog to vote!
  • The winner of the Microsoft Surface Pro computer will be announced via the blog on Feb. 28, 2018.

Last year’s bumper crop of video submissions displayed a true labor of love. When the dust settled, our friends and followers identified Jackie Fischer, author of The Lost Branch, who showed us all what love looks like ad won a new HP Touch-Screen Laptop in the process. You can see Jackie’s winning video here. Runners up were Patti Reim, author of I like Big Buts and John E. Peltier, author of The Thundering Herd.

We can’t wait to hear the stories you have for us this year, so submit your video as early as you can! The sooner your video goes live, the more exposure you’ll receive and the more “likes” you can collect. Share the link to your video once we post it to our Facebook page with all your friends, family members, fans and social media followers! (And of course, don’t forget to “like” your own video.) Contests such as this one serve as valuable — and free! — promotion for your books, so we hope you have a chance to sit down and whip up a great video in the days to come!

And that’s all the information you need to get started. We’ll be standing by to receive and share your videos, as well as to answer any questions you might have. Swing on by our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/OutskirtsPress or our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/user/outskirtspress to get a glimpse of some spectacular self-publishing love!

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How does Outskirts Press love thee? Let us count 300 ways!

Outskirts Press is showering you with $300 spending money in February, and we think you’ll find lots of exciting ways to spend it. Authors who purchase the Ultimate or Full-Color publishing package this month will be rewarded with a credit of $300 applied to their Outskirts Press shopping cart accounts to purchase or pay down any Outskirts Press service their hearts desire. It’s one of the many ways we show our self-publishing authors our love.

But with so many attractive book publishing, customization and marketing services from Outskirts Press, how do you know which option is “The One?” We’ve made it easier for you by narrowing down the list to four of our most popular publishing, book customization options and book marketing services that will give you the most bang for your buck.

  1. Professional Copy Editing. One of the smartest partnerships you can enter into is a partnership with a professional copy editor. An experienced copy editor will ensure that you have a polished manuscript that is free of any errors that could destroy your credibility.
  2. Custom Cover Design. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so make sure potential readers behold an eye-catching book cover. Your book cover design can be as important as your content in reeling in readers and increasing your odds of selling your book.
  3. Ebook Publishing. While we all adore being able to see our manuscript in print, remember there are millions of readers who download e-books each day, and the numbers are growing. An e-book edition of your book opens up huge selling potential, so consider it an essential part of your self-publishing plan.
  4. PR Publicist Campaign. Use a professional press release and distribution service to get the word out about your book quickly to thousands of editors and news programmers throughout the U.S. The PR Publicist Campaign disseminates information about your book to decision-makers so they’ll know precisely what makes your book special, how it’s distributed, where to order and how to contact you for interviews.

Ready to self-publish in 2018? Why not do it now and get one of these valuable options for free? It’s a great way to heat up book sales with a higher-quality, more marketable book you can be passionate about! To claim your $300 credit, simply place the Ultimate or Full-Color publishing package in your Outskirts Press shopping cart and enter the promo code Love-300 at checkout. You will receive a confirmation email when the credit has been added to your account.

Learn which publishing package is right for you and claim your $300 spending credit from Outskirts Press. Call us at 1-888-672-6657 to talk to a Publishing Consultant or visit our website at www.outskirtspress.com to chat via our live chat option.

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5 Reasons to Fall in Love With Self-Publishing

Times have changed, haven’t they? And self-publishing has changed the world … and the publishing industry right along with it. There are so many reasons why authors, including those who may have previously been traditionally published, are eschewing the old ways and trying something new, and February is the perfect month to try it out yourself. Once you learn more about self-publishing, you may even find that you love this option, too! Here are five reasons why publishing in the lead up to and in the immediate aftermath of Valentine’s Day might just be exactly what your year needs to kick into gear.

1. Timing

It’s a new year, yes, but it’s also not quite brand new anymore. Which is to say, the hectic holidays are past, and the doldrums of spring are opening up before you. What better time of year to knock out that project you’ve always wanted to? Finishing your book and preparing it for publication takes a lot less time than it used to with the advent of self-publishing. The period between mid-February and Memorial Day is an excellent time to finally complete your manuscript and submit your book for publication … just in time for a late spring or early summer debut!

2. Velocity

Traditional publishing is a slow process. There are the dreaded query letters, the time spent waiting to hear back from agents or editors, and the time spent agonizing revising your manuscript to meet someone else’s editorial suggestions. If your book does get picked up by a firm, it can take over a year to see your book in print … and that’s a best-case scenario! The self-publishing process is often completed within a few months, as we’ve indicated above. Not only does this mean you don’t have to wait to see your book in print, but it also opens up even more doors for writing adaptive, timely, and responsive works that touch upon issues still being actively discussed in the public sphere. You can now publish books that are current and in response to readers’ desires!

3. Rights

When a book is traditionally published, its author may have very little control over the fate of the manuscript. Editors and agents decide if a book is print worthy, while a publishing firm decides upon the book’s cover art, layout, and price point … all without consulting you, the author. Once you hand over your manuscript for a traditional publishing company to publish, you are essentially giving up all rights and control over the final product. Meanwhile, should you choose to self-publish your book, you remain in charge, and you decide when your manuscript is ready to be published. The final outcome and the final product are the product of your singular vision, not publication by committee!

4. Quality

The quality of print-on-demand (POD) books has come a long way since the inception of self-publishing more than two decades ago. In addition to higher quality printing methods and a wider variety of formatting options, many self-publishing companies now offer a variety of professional services such as copyediting and cover design to ensure that your book receives truly top-notch, red-carpet treatment. There are no barriers to a high-quality product anymore, and your book will positively shine in both digital and print formats.

5. Individuality

Traditional publishing is all about making money, and traditional publishing professionals end up choosing to publish “sure thing” bestsellers over unique, specialized works in order to cover their corporate bottom line and satisfy shareholders. To do so, they need books that appeal to the mass market, but not all authors are targeting the mass market. Self-publishing allows you to write for a niche market … and better yet, it allows you to print, distribute, and market for a niche market, as well! In the world of self-publishing, blockbuster success doesn’t have to come at the price of your book’s individuality, its unique voice and architecture. Everything special and unique which wrapped you up in writing can still be there in its final form, and what’s not to love about that?

Yes, February is the month of love, and we hope you take a moment to think what options might best suit the book that you have created as a labor of love! Not sure where to get started? Visit us online at www.outskirtspress.com to chat with a Publishing Consultant or call us at 1-888-672-6657 to learn more about the self-publishing packages and options available at Outskirts Press.

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How to Know You Need an Editor for Your Next Book

If you’ve spent much time researching the dos and do-nots of publishing, you’ll probably have read a number of different perspectives on editors and the work that they do in helping generate a polished, ready-to-publish manuscript. In fact, you might have read several dozen perspectives, or several hundred. There are, quite simply, thousands of authors and publishing professionals with strong opinions on the matter.

So: how do you know what’s real? And how do you know if you need to hire an editor yourself?

In self-publishing, the burden of editing is on you. Which is to say: it’s up to you to edit your work, or to track down and engage with the professionals who can take care of the various editorial processes for you. Spell check and grammar tools in your word processing software can only get you so far, as their algorithms lead authors astray as often as not. They are fundamentally incapable of recognizing some typos and misused words, and they often “autocorrect” perfectly correct sentences into something mangled and unreadable. They also have no way of noting inconsistencies, plot holes, and continuity errors. Word processors are not, in point of fact, insightful humans with decades of experience and an eye for sense and detail.

The only way to ensure that your manuscript becomes flawless (or even remotely near-flawless) is to hire a professional editor. This individual will be capable of editing your manuscript and providing a fresh set of unbiased eyes to double-check your work. In addition to correcting spelling, grammar, and stylistic bungles, a good and experienced editor will lend a good dollop of professionalism to your manuscript and iron out all glaring errors. These days, it’s entirely possible to find editors with decades of experience within the self-publishing industry. Outskirts Press has a team of experienced editors that we can set you up with.

Every author benefits from using an editor. After all, we all make errors, and it’s fundamental to your future success as a self-publishing author that you be willing to face that fact and take the necessary steps to address your need for an extra pair of unbiased, expert eyes.

So, how do you get started? Easy, visit: www.outskirtspress.com/p/editing and add professional copy editing services to your cart. Or, if you would like help identifying the right publishing options for you and your book, call us at 1-888-672-6657 to speak with a publishing consultant.

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Give Yourself the Gift of Self-Publishing This Holiday Season

The most magical time of year is upon us. The lights are twinkling. The carols are playing. Children are anxiously awaiting the arrival of Santa. And you’re probably hustling around trying to find the perfect gift for everyone on your shopping list. This holiday season, don’t forget yourself (or another fellow writer considering self-publishing). The gift of publishing is priceless.

Just in time for the holidays, Outskirts Press is offering 20% off of our two most popular publishing packages. The Ultimate and Full-Color packages include everything you need and now you can save even more with this month’s 20% off promotion.

The Ultimate and Full-Color publishing packages include…

  • Customizable Covers
  • Standard Formatting
  • ISBN and Barcode
  • Press Release
  • Free author copies

…and many other features you won’t find anywhere else.

To save 20% on either of these two comprehensive packages, simple enter the promo code Sale20Now at checkout.

For more information about self-publishing with Outskirts Press, get in touch with your Publishing Consultant. 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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How To Craft the Perfect Holiday-Themed Book

It’s almost December, and that means one thing is most definitely on everyone’s minds: the holidays. We’re in the final stretch to Christmas, with New Year’s already peeking in over the horizon. And while it may be too late to crank out an entire new holiday-themed book for publication by Christmas, this does make the perfect time to talk about what it is that actually makes for a successful holiday-themed writing project! After all, the good thing about the calendar is that it keeps bringing the good things back around again, year after year.

There are two key things to keep in mind that are specific to writing holiday-themed books: saturation and genre. Genre is important because there are several which are known for holiday-themed installments, particularly romance, non-fiction and children’s picture books. The first two provide opportunities for additions to ongoing series, featuring beloved characters or ideas but with bonus added holiday appeal, while holiday-themed children’s picture books offer bountiful opportunities for rich illustrations! And while any genre can definitely be enriched with a little extra holiday appeal, you will have to choose between writing in a genre where your book will have lots of competition but also a massive built-in readership, and writing in a genre where you will be the innovator and trend-setter. Pick wisely, and with your heart!

Secondly, when we use the word saturation here, we refer to the degree to which the holidays figure in your book. It is vital as you set out to craft a holiday-themed book that you don’t get so carried away including festive imagery and festive language and festive references to Frosty the Snowman and so forth that you forget all of the other vital elements of craft: plot, characterization, style, and voice to name a few. It’s best to set a couple of guidelines for yourself going in, to outline––even if you don’t outline your entire book––the specifics of what will give your book a holiday appeal. Before you pick up your pen or open your laptop.

Keep these two guiding stars in your constellation of inspiration, and you’ll produce a book which has massive sales potential around the holidays––and which will also hold lasting appeal, regardless of the season!

Not sure where to start? It may be time to lean on an expert. If you’re looking to write and publish a holiday-themed book, there’s never a better time than now to inquire. Visit us online at www.outskirtspress.com where you can chat with a Publishing Consultant or call us at 1-888-672-6657.

To see our staff picks of amazing holiday books from many of our authors, visit our Pinterest page by clicking here.