Congratulations to Our Readers Favorite Award-Winning Self-Publishing Authors!

It’s that time of the year again — the 2020 Readers Favorite Award Winners have been announced. Below is a list of winners whose books are published with Outskirts Press:

CATEGORY: FICTION – MYSTERY – GENERAL


And Come Day’s End — Bronze

CATEGORY: CHILDREN – ANIMALS


Here Comes Ingo — Silver

CATEGORY: CHRISTIAN – DEVOTION/STUDY


Esoteric Christianity Made Simple — Honorable Mention

CATEGORY: NON-FICTION – MOTIVATIONAL


Conquering Life’s Course — Honorable Mention

Again, congratulations to all of our winners! If you want to purchase any of these titles, you can save between 10%-50% by ordering directly from the Outskirts Press Bookstore.

Are you ready to publish your own award-winning book? Let’s get started…

 

Holiday Book Promotion in the Time of COVID

Book marketing has changed due to the coronavirus pandemic, leaving millions sick, jobless, and stuck at home.

Drastic times call for drastic measures and Outskirts Press wants to help. Has the financial uncertainty put a strain on your book marketing budget? Have social distancing measures put a hold on your book marketing efforts? If so, keep reading because there is a silver lining around this corona-cloud.

For many readers, writers, and book marketers, social distancing requirements can offer a lot more free time. Use that time productively by…

  • writing another book, since it is more efficient to market two books than one
  • using the “alone time” productively by completing book marketing tasks that might otherwise seem too time-consuming to be worthwhile
  • researching and entering book contests
  • investigating bloggers who write content similar to your book to write a guest post
  • researching podcasters who record content similar to your book to be a guest

Whatever your tactics are, it is important to have copies (some of them should be signed) of your book available whenever you need them. And now is the time to stock up, especially since holiday printing lead times will be longer than ever before due to the coronavirus (as long as two months). Who needs that extra stress? Stock up on books today!

Hint: Free Shipping Months are PERFECT times to load up on marketing copies and September is FREE SHIPPING MONTH for all Outskirts Press Authors!

Want more ideas? Create gift baskets! For example, if you’ve published a series of spy thrillers, put an AMC Gift Card inside each one (theaters will open up again someday, right??), along with a tin of caramel popcorn and a few Coca Colas, and a DVD of a 007 or Mission Impossible movie. Wrap each gift basket up with a bow. You can either sell your gift baskets outright from your website (for a higher price than all their parts, of course, like say … $39 or $49, depending upon your desired profit margin). Or give them away as gifts to winners of your social media contests or to followers on your blog.

The options are endless. In fact, our authors will immediately receive an exclusive COVID-SAFE Book Marketing Tip Sheet titled 19 COVID-Safe Ways to Promote Your Book During the Holidays and free shipping within the continental United States when they order 50+ author copies during the month of September.

 

Start publishing today and receive $648 of EXTRA services!

If you’re not yet published, this may be the perfect time to take the leap. Outskirts Press is offering the popular Amazon Launch Bundle absolutely free (a $349 value!) with your purchase of the Ultimate Black & White or Full-Color publishing package! Enhanced Amazon marketing can help you get out of the gate with a newly published book in a much stronger selling position with the largest book-buying audience in the world.

The Amazon Launch Bundle is designed to increase visibility with tens of millions of readers browsing the Amazon bookstore. When your book is published, we will expertly boost your presence on Amazon with:

  • Amazon Search Inside the Book — This feature entices readers with preview pages, and we’ll submit it for you for free
  • Amazon Listing Optimization — Your book will perform better in search engine results when we optimize your book’s selling page with strategically chosen keywords, all for free
  • Amazon Author Profile — After we create and/or improve your Amazon Author Profile for you (and for free), you will be able to provide readers with key information about you and your book(s) to build awareness, fan loyalty, and new readers!

And if that’s not enough, start publishing your masterpiece today and we will also publish and distribute an Amazon Kindle eBook Edition of your book for free (a $299 value).
To claim all these additional Amazon extras at no additional cost, simply enter promo code amazonlaunch during check-out when you start publishing your book with either the Ultimate Black & White or Full-Color publishing package today.

So, are you ready to publish your masterpiece with the A+ rated and #1-rated self-publishing company according to the Better Business Bureau and Top Consumer Reviews, respectively? If so, connect with Outskirts Press right now in whatever manner is easiest for you:

“Outskirts Press made it easy for me to get my book published. I could not be more pleased with Outskirts and will definitely use Outskirts again.” – Gordon Docking with David Smale, author of Blake and Me: The Life Lessons I’ve Learned From the Best Teacher I Ever Had

 

Holiday Book Marketing Now? Yes, and Here’s Why …

Believe it or not, this is the time when many high-profile magazines and trade publications — who work months ahead of time — are already filling editorial and advertising space for holiday editions. That means the earlier you get started on holiday book marketing, the better chance you have of getting in front of more potential readers.

Outskirts Press is offering our annual Holiday Marketing Bundle, including a coveted spot in the New York Times Book Review Holiday Co-op Advertisement that goes out to over one million readers in time for holiday shopping! Your New York Times advertisement is bundled with:

  • A feature spotlight posting on the Self-Publishing News blog
  • Your own book trailer video
  • Annual Book Distribution Fee waived for 2021
  • Amazon Listing Optimization to capture potential sales
  • A custom graphic featuring you and your book cover to use in your holiday marketing efforts (click for an example)
  • 5 hours with a Book Marketing Specialist

But hurry — there are only 6 spots available for this special offer, and spots are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

Publish today for $997 of included extras at no charge

Human beings are visual creatures — so make sure your book has all the ingredients to turn casual shoppers into buyers. Purchase the Ultimate Black & White or Full-Color publishing package today and we’ll give you a professionally-designed custom cover (a $499 value) AND professionally compose your cover text (a $199 value) absolutely FREE!

The best covers instantly pique interest with captivating images and riveting copy that communicate the character of your book. No matter who your readers are, they should get excited the moment they see your book on a shelf or online.

To claim your very own Free Custom Cover Design PLUS Cover Text Refinement right now, simply order your Ultimate Black & White or Full-Color publishing package today and enter promo code coverbonus at checkout. Your free custom cover and cover text refinement services will be added to your account within 48 hours.

When you start today, we will also publish and distribute an Amazon Kindle eBook Edition of your book for free (a $299 value).

So, are you ready to publish your masterpiece with the A+ rated and #1-rated self-publishing company according to the Better Business Bureau and Top Consumer Reviews, respectively? If so, connect with Outskirts Press right now in whatever manner is easiest for you:

“From the day I submitted my manuscript, to the day I received the email that my manuscript was accepted, and most important, the day I received the email notification that my book is published, has been an excellent journey with great support. … This is a day that was long in coming. Thanks to the team at Outskirts Press, that help made my book and official day of publication possible. Today, I add Author to my Vitae and professional credentials. WE MADE IT!” –Kenneth J. Kogut, Ph.D., P.E., author of Words to Live By

 

Five Formats Free. Publish Today for $1,350 of Additional Value

How do bestselling self-published authors sell so many books? Sure, they often use high-quality publishers like Outskirts Press, so their books look great on the inside and out, but most bestselling authors also have multiple formats of their book available for sale. When you have a paperback version, a hardback, an Amazon Kindle eBook, NOOK eBook, and Apple eBook, you provide discerning readers 5 different formats from which to choose. This translates to more availability worldwide, better search results, more browsers, and more buyers.

And right now, all 5 formats are FREE when you publish your book with Outskirts Press. But hurry, this amazing deal, valued at an additional $1,350, won’t last long. Simply publish your book today with the Ultimate Black & White or Full-Color Publishing Package and you will receive:

  • A paperback edition
  • A hardback edition (with or without a dust jacket — your choice!)
  • An Amazon Kindle eBook edition
  • A Barnes & Noble NOOK eBook edition
  • An Apple iBooks eBook edition

Enter promotion code hugevalue in your shopping cart when you place your order now to take advantage of this amazing, limited-time offer.

So, are you ready to publish your masterpiece with the A+ rated and #1-rated self-publishing company according to the Better Business Bureau and Top Consumer Reviews, respectively? If so, connect with Outskirts Press right now in whatever manner is easiest for you:

“I am very familiar with the self-publishing business. I have written and published four prior books using another publisher. But the process with the other publisher was very complicated and at times even painful. I picked Outskirts Press for my last book and it was a great choice. My Author Representatives guided me through the publishing process and the process was the most efficient that I have experienced. And you produced a beautiful book.” – Dale Cathell, author of Pete the Greek: An Entrepreneurial Life

 

[4th of July Publishing Flash Sale] Save 20% when publishing your book instantly!

Maybe you’ve been saving to start publishing—but why wait? Save up to $400 instantly with 20% Off Ultimate Black & White or Full-Color publishing from Outskirts Press!

Order either of these top-of-the-line publishing packages today and you’ll also receive a FREE Amazon Kindle eBook Edition (a $299 value).

Simply order your Ultimate Black & White or Full-Color publishing package now and enter promotion code summersave to save 20% instantly.

Notice all that red, white, and blue? This is our 4th of July special, so act fast, because when the holiday weekend is over, so is this incredible deal on self-publishing your book in 2020!

So, are you ready to publish your masterpiece with the A+ rated and #1-rated self-publishing company according to the Better Business Bureau and Top Consumer Reviews, respectively? If so, connect with Outskirts Press right now in whatever manner is easiest for you:

“From the day I submitted my manuscript, to the day I received the email that my manuscript was accepted, and most important, the day I received the email notification that my book is published, has been an excellent journey with great support. … This is a day that was long in coming. Thanks to the team at Outskirts Press, that help made my book and official day of publication possible. Today, I add Author to my Vitae and professional credentials. WE MADE IT!” – Kenneth J. Kogut, Ph.D., P.E., author of Words to Live By

 

Free Custom Cover, Editing, and Amazon eBook Edition Today!

What are the two most important elements to a high-quality, successful self-published book? Many readers would say professional copyediting and a professional custom cover. And when you start today with the A+ rated and #1-rated self-publishing company, they can both be free!

That’s right, we’ll edit the first 15,000 words of your manuscript for free (which means many children’s books and volumes of poetry receive copyediting for their entire book free of charge, and everyone else gets a big jump on things). And since people DO judge books by their covers, you’ll also enjoy a free professional custom cover design (two actually, so you can choose and modify the one you like best).

That’s over $680 of additional value for free when you enter promo code coveredkind in your shopping cart with the Ultimate Black & White or Full-Color package. When you start today, we will also publish and distribute an Amazon Kindle e-book Edition of your book for free (an additional $299 value).

So, are you ready to publish your masterpiece with the A+ rated and #1-rated self-publishing company according to the Better Business Bureau and Top Consumer Reviews, respectively? If so, connect with Outskirts Press right now in whatever manner is easiest for you:

“Outskirts made the publishing process super easy for me and my Author Representative knew what she was doing and was very helpful!” — Katie Patterson, author of Ride.

 

Publish Your Poems During National Poetry Month

Did you know that the month of April is, among other things, National Poetry Month? This makes April the perfect month to publish that book of poems you’ve been thinking about for a while, and not just because this month provides some great marketing opportunities; it’s also the perfect month to think about the reasons why we write, and the ways in which we put words together on the page. It’s a month to re-envision our craft as wordsmiths!

First, I might point you to the experience of Mirtha Michelle Castro Marmol, whose first book of poems, Letters, to the Men I Have Loved, did more than moderately well … it did so exceptionally well as to remain on Amazon’s bestseller lists for months! Mirtha Michelle Castro Marmol published through Outskirts Press, and in our interview with her on our blog, she said that the most rewarding part of being published “is and will always be” the ability her book had “to touch people.” Said Ms. Castro Marmol, “It’s crazy because I didn’t think people really read books anymore. But for me, having these girls go and buy my book, and spend their twenty dollars or so on Letters … it’s amazing, that someone believes in things still.” Readers have been snapping up copies of her books, both in physical and digital forms, at such a rate as to firmly prove that people still “really read books” … including poetry!

So how do successful poets do it?

Success as a self-publishing poet is all about consistency, commitment, and personal development. To help you become the best poet you can be, here are three ways to improve your writing as well as self-publishing your work.

  1. Read, Read, Read! Any time you want to improve your skills and become more successful, reading can help. Read poetry! Read books and articles about writing and publishing poetry! Read information about self-publishing! Read anything that inspires you to write and become the best poet you can be, but don’t limit yourself to poetry and industry-related books. Read fiction, non-fiction, magazines, newspapers, blogs, and advertisements. Read everything and anything you can get a hold of. You never know what will inspire you!
  2. Stay Committed: If you want to be successful, you need to commit yourself to your craft. Make time to write every day. Look for ways to continue to learn and grow. Figure out what motivates you and include those motivations in your daily life. Share your goals with others so they can help you accountable. Never give up on dreams.
  3. Be Consistent: Whether you are writing, editing, or marketing, be consistent. Work on your poetry every day. Set a schedule for when you will write, edit, or market your work. Set goals for yourself, and make a plan to achieve them. Successful writers don’t write sporadically; they work on their craft in some way every single day.

Supposing that these three suggestions have provided you with the motivation you need, what next? Well, turn this list on its head and consider it a starting point … and a list of tips for starting your next book! The path to publication may not always be smooth, but there are ways to make sure it is well-lit and passable. And that’s why we’re here to provide you with the services and resources you need to move from a grand idea for your next book to a finished, published book of poems for the next generation.

Not sure what you need to get started publishing your poetry? Visit us online at www.outskirtspress.com to chat with a Publishing Consultant or call us at 1-888-672-6657 to find out how to finish your manuscript and get it ready for publication. To see our staff picks of amazing poetry books from many of our authors, visit our Pinterest page by clicking here.

FREE Package Upgrade AND a free Kindle edition!

Make a good buy—get a great upgrade! For a limited time, Outskirts Press will upgrade you to a better self-publishing bundle when you publish today.

Interested in Full-Color Publishing? Pay for the less expensive Ultimate Black & White package and you’ll get everything that comes with the Full-Color package at no extra cost. Did you only budget for Basic Black & White? Buy it today and you can claim all the extras that come with the more inclusive Ultimate Black & White publishing package! Just enter upgradepkg at check-out before this limited time offer comes to an end!

In short, you’ll receive hundreds of dollars’ worth of extras that aren’t normally included in the package you purchased. When you start today, we will also publish and distribute an Amazon Kindle eBook Edition of your book for free.

So, are you ready to publish your masterpiece with the A+ rated and #1-rated self-publishing company according to the Better Business Bureau and Top Consumer Reviews, respectively? If so, connect with Outskirts Press right now in whatever manner is easiest for you:

“I am pleased with my experience with Outskirts Press and I look forward to publishing my next book with the company.” – Robert McNally, author of Life is a Dream: A Journey of Wonderment