Make Valentine’s Day Dreamy: Receive $300 to Spend Toward Your Self-Publishing Passion

Valentine’s Day is all about passion: finding it, feeding it, indulging it. It’s a time when writers are creating and readers are chasing flights of fancy. What passions will you be indulging during this time of love?

When you’re not reading—and you’re done (or mostly done) writing—Valentine’s Day is a prime time to honor your love for the written word. It’s a time of year when the frenzy of the winter holidays are behind us and summer activities seem so far ahead. It’s perfect for publishing that book in which you poured all your creative energies the year before.

Outskirts Press shares your love for literature—and now, we’d like to help you indulge it during the new Dreamin’ for Dollars Publishing Promotion (a $300 value!). We’re giving authors just like you $300 in spending credit with the purchase our Ultimate or Full-Color publishing package! You can use that chunk of spending credit money toward additional options or upgrades to your package.

Outskirts Press has a number of valuable publishing, book customization options and book marketing services that demonstrate just how far $300 can go, including:

  1. Professional Copy Editing. Ensure a polished manuscript that impresses even the most discerning bookworms.
  2. Custom Cover Design. Reel in readers and increase your odds of selling.
  3. Ebook Publishing. Broaden your selling potential to millions of readers.
  4. Book Video Trailer. Capture imaginations in the virtual realm with an entertaining book trailer.

To claim your $300 credit, simply enter the promo code Receive300 at checkout when you purchase the Ultimate or Full-Color publishing package from Outskirts Press. You will receive a confirmation email when the credit has been added to your account. This is a limited-time offer, so don’t delay!

Not sure which publishing package is right for you? Call a Publishing Consultant at 1-888-672-6657 (OP BOOKS), or chat with us using the live chat option on our website www.outskirtspress.com.

 

A Testimonial by Author Doc Morris

Author E.J. Morris, also known to many as Doc Morris, knew what he wanted from the self-publishing experience … and he wanted outstanding customer service, a straightforward and easy-to-navigate publishing process, and a high-quality finished product. We at Outskirts Press had the privilege of publishing his book, The Modern Day Mr. Mom, in May of 2018. The book, which takes inspiration for its title and theme from John Hughes’ screenplay for the 1983 classic film Mr. Mom, chronicles the sum total of Morris’ experiences as well as the lived experiences of stay-at-home fathers everywhere. While there is no “how-to” template for successfully managing life as a parent and homemaker, The Modern Day Mr. Mom sets out to provide a toolkit for those who maybe need just a little bit of extra encouragement in navigating our busy world and its multitudes of demands.

Morris, who was inspired to write this book by the words and wisdom of his own late father, continued to provide support and encouragement even after the book’s publication in a letter he wrote to thank his Outskirts Press Author Representative, Jamie Rath, and his Publishing Consultant, Kirsten Ringer, for their work on his behalf in ensuring he had the best possible self-publishing experience. With his permission, we are providing the full text of his letter here for you to read, as we believe it represents the best of what Outskirts Press has to offer: an unmatched, personalized, deeply human publishing service.


My Author Representative and Publishing Consultant had gone the extra uphill mile(s) to ensure that my what ifs and oh by the ways were always answered in a timely manner to meet the timelines for my revised review(s) process with a mountain of patience. Needless to say, I never felt as if I were wearing out my welcome. My manuscript from the digital author galley days to the end was “smooth” as a handoff from quarterback Vince Ferragamo to Hall of Famer running back Eric Dickerson. The end product as well, from the official release on Amazon and Barnes & Noble, was also seamlessly coordinated like a baton handoff in the changeover box in the track-and-field one-mile relay world, thanks to Jamie’s attention to detail.

Jamie and Kirsten, on the aforementioned dates, spearheaded what started out as a joke with my bedridden father one day when he asked, while I was taking care of him, “So what do you have going on today?” After a few minutes of running down my laundry list of tasks, appointments, and what I was planning on cooking for my four boys and wife for dinner, he gave me the time-out signal and wrote on his whiteboard: “Information overload, quit.” Although he passed away on Veterans Day in 2015, I kept to my end of the bargain and wrote a book about overcoming a mountain of challenges and tasks once I retired from the U.S. Navy, in a more modern arena as I took the role of Mr. Mom. Five days before he passed away, my father mouthed the words: “Finish that book ….” This was the least I could do after my wife had towed the line raising our four boys alone while I was forward deployed multiple times, eleven years in total away throughout my twenty-year career in the military.

Jamie even quarterbacked some questions that arose while my wife was in the hospital on one occasion. I will never forget that! This ideology of her enthusiasm is what motivated me to press on during the process, even when time was thin. Patience is what builds character, right?

Once Kirsten reassured me my manuscript had a chance with a targeted audience (the modern-day domesticated homemaker), and with Jamie’s assurances as a multitasking Mom herself, I immediately felt more confident that my stories would spark those stay-at-home dads to “get off their rear and volunteer.” Whether helping grade papers for their kids’ school, chaperoning field trips, or just playing tetherball during recess with the other kids, all I was trying to drive home was that in a short few hours out of a dad’s schedule, we all have multiple hats to wear throughout the day. I was able to write about all the variables I overcame with four boys — two of which are living at home while attending college, and two of which have special needs — and being a husband, all the while being a Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) Chairman for my sons’ school district, comprised of twenty-three elementary and middle schools and is combined with the PTA Executive Board.

Though I was skeptical of being a newbie author, Kristen Ringer lightened the load over the time it took to get to my Author Representative, Jamie Rath … and Jamie flawlessly choreographed the next sequence of events in that she always treated me like a person, with genuine dedication and not like a “herd” of cattle, quarterbacking from afar. This was like a mile relay with the handoff of the baton being swiftly executed in the exchange zone, or what we call in the track and field community, the “changeover box.” The changeover box is where the next leg or runner has ten meters to build up speed to take the baton onto the next relay. Kirsten and Jamie did just that. The epitome of Five-Star Platinum Customer Service is at the tip of its spear in Kirsten’s and Jamie’s work ethic and bottom line. They should be the trainers in their industry that others should emulate.

Phone calls and email follow ups … who does that nowadays? Who actually cares to see the end product succeed to the next evolution and in this case to print? Kirsten and Jamie do care, bottom line, no bravo sierra. They are your “real deal” and the epitome of what we hold close to our chest in my community of Warriors: Honor, Courage, and Commitment, hands-down. Only because of their compassion and unwavering genuine determination to assist a new writer, much like a clutch quarterback navigates the football field, would I possibly write a sequel in the future.

Please recognize Jamie Rath and Kristen Ringer at your next board meeting or Outskirts Press function; they unequivocally deserve it. Best regards and thank you for your time.

Very respectfully,

E. J. Morris, U.S. Navy (Ret)


We agree that Jamie and Kirsten deserves great appreciation for the work they do — and so too do all of our Author Representatives, Publishing Consultants, and other expert staff, all of whom work tirelessly on behalf of our Outskirts Press authors to produce the best possible experience and finished products: beautifully designed and marketed books that reflect each author’s voice and desire. And while we all eagerly await a sequel from Doc Morris, we hope that you too will consider publishing a work with us.

You can find Doc Morris’ The Modern Day Mr. Mom on Amazon or in the Outskirts Press Bookstore at www.OutskirtsPress.com/Bookstore.

To learn more about our work, please visit our homepage at www.OutskirtsPress.com, where you can find out more information about us and what we do, as well as use our website’s live chat feature to speak with one of our expert staff.

 

It’s Baaaaaack! Another Chance to SAVE 19% on Your Publishing Package

The New Year is the perfect opportunity to check the resolution to publish off your list and start the year as a published author. So, we’re bringing back your chance to ring in 2019 with 19% OFF the Ultimate or Full-Color publishing package. It’s the perfect way to achieve one of your greatest goals early in the year … and meet a money-saving goal you didn’t even know you had.

To claim your 19% savings, simply enter the promo code Save19Now at checkout when you purchase the Ultimate or Full-Color publishing package from Outskirts Press. It’s as easy as that! Resolve to publish in 2019 and Outskirts Press will be there to help every step of the way.

Best of all, you don’t even need a finished manuscript to take advantage of Outskirts Press publishing sales! In fact, by selecting your publishing package ahead of time, your team of experts will be ready to go the moment your writing is done.

Just remember, this is a limited-time offer, so don’t delay!

Would you like help choosing your best self-publishing option? Connect with Outskirts Press now in whatever manner is easiest for you:

 

Master the Market with the Indispensable Marketing Calendar!

Do you get overwhelmed trying to keep up with all the deadlines? Do you find yourself missing deadlines and wondering how to fix it? For busy self-published authors, it’s easy to lose track of deadlines when literally every day of every week of the year is packed full of opportunities!

This is where our 2019 Author Marketing Calendar comes in. At Outskirts Press, we know that successful book promotion requires organization, dedication, and access to resources. You supply the dedication, and we supply the necessary organization and resources to keep you on track!

The Outskirts Press Author Marketing Calendar is a compilation of the most up-to-date, effective and actionable tactics available to help you market your book. It contains literally hundreds of promotional tips, advertising opportunities, important deadlines, social media recommendations, and information about marketing options and services available through Outskirts Press. It even includes photo opportunities for you to post to increase engagement on your social media sites and ideas on how to market your book when you’re on vacation! All of this information is organized in an easy to follow, month by month format including monthly marketing objectives and recommendations to help focus and direct your initiatives.

The Author Marketing Calendar is just one of many options that we offer to help our authors market their books! If you’ve published a book with Outskirts Press, you can purchase the new and improved 2019 Author Marketing Calendar for just $25, and it will become available for review and download immediately upon placing your order.

You can also visit us online at www.OutskirtsPress.com, where you can view additional marketing options here: Marketing Services.

 

Reach Your Audience(s): Get 4 Ebook Formats FREE When You Publish Now

We’ve said it often, but it bears repeating: The easier it is for people to purchase your book, the more likely they will! In other words, give them as many options to buy as humanly possible. Remember this one selling credo and you’ll instantly increase your sales potential.

While many bibliophiles crave the smell of freshly printed paperbacks and hardcover books, the ebook market continues to expand. Young readers are growing up with e-readers, and older readers continue to embrace new technologies as well. Cater to as many of these reading tastes as possible; each format you offer gives you access to millions of readers in that format or bookstore.

Outskirts Press wants to help you reach your audiences with 4 ebook formats FREE with Ultimate or Full-Color publishing. When you self-publish with this offer, we’ll give you free Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble NOOK, Apple iPad/iPhone and Google Book editions of your book to go with the paperback format that is already part of your publishing package. That’s nearly $1,000 in free publishing options to make your book instantly available to millions of readers worldwide!

To claim your FREE Kindle, NOOK, Apple and Google ebook editions, purchase the Ultimate or Full-Color publishing package while this limited offer lasts and enter promo code 4EbookPromo at checkout. The free ebook editions will be added to your account within 48 hours.

Would you like help choosing your best self-publishing option? Connect with Outskirts Press now in whatever manner is easiest for you:

 

Feel the Power: Choose Your Own Promo for the Perfect New Year’s Savings

If you’re still mulling over plans to self-publish, let 2019 be the year you make it happen—on your own terms.

This January, there’s no need to settle for a deal that doesn’t fit. That’s why Outskirts press is giving you the freedom in this new year to select the best self-publishing savings for you. We’ve resurrected your favorite promotions from 2018 and offered them again—only this time you get to tell us what the deal is. This is your only chance to call the shots!

It’s very straightforward: Purchase the Ultimate or Full-Color publishing package during this limited-time offer, and you can choose the promotion that’s perfect for you:

  • 15% off plus free Kindle Ebook Edition – promo code: 15plus-Kindle
  • Free Kindle/NOOK/iPad ebook package – promo code: Ebooks-Free18
  • $300 spending credit – promo code: 300-Spending
  • 17% off Ultimate or Full-Color Publishing – promo code: LuckyDay
  • Triple author copies – promo code: Triplecopies
  • Free Custom Cover – promo code: Custom-Free
  • Free package upgrade (Buy Basic publishing, receive the Ultimate package. Or, buy the Ultimate, get Full-Color.) – promo code: Upgrade-July18
  • Free Amazon Launch Bundle – promo code: AmazonLaunch-Nov18
  • Free editing down payment plus copyright registration – promo code: FreeCopyEdit
  • Free paperback, hardback and Kindle – promo code: Buy1-Get3

Plus, if One-Click Publishing is more to your liking, here’s one more promotion you can choose:

Go ahead, let all that freedom go to your head—you’ve earned the privilege!

To claim any promotion your heart desires, simply:

  1. Purchase the Ultimate or Full-Color publishing package (or the One-Click Publishing package of your choosing, if that’s more your speed)
  2. Enter the corresponding promo code at checkout

Would you like help choosing your best self-publishing option? Connect with Outskirts Press now in whatever manner is easiest for you:

 

Ten Writing Resolutions to Jump-Start 2019

Why do we put ourselves through this whole “New Year’s Resolutions” process each year? Is it because starting a new year somehow frees us up to do things we weren’t able to do before? Unlikely. One working theory is that New Year’s Resolutions came about as a combination of cultural ceremony and human psychology, wherein people find it useful and perhaps easier to lay the groundwork for big tasks or challenging years if they do it all at once, while they’re in a certain amenable frame of mind. Holidays like the one we’ve just had give us some much-needed emotional perspective on our experiences, past and future, that can be fuel for making plans for change.

And with so many people setting the goal of publishing their next book in 2019, there are some specific resolutions which might be of use to you which we thought we might mention here–ways in which you can achieve your dream of book publication.

  1. Keep writing, and keep it structured. At least, you know, to the extent which is useful. But one thing is certain–no matter when you schedule yourself to write, make sure that you do make it a habit. Publishing means very little if you give up on the thing you love most: writing more books!
  2. Lock in a deadline for your first draft. If you write for an hour a day, you can reasonably expect to finish a first draft within two to three months of steady writing. It doesn’t need to be a full draft, but it does need to capture the main essence of what you’re trying to get at. You can go back and diagnose problems of plot and characterization later, but if you agonize over the details during the drafting stage, you’ll never get it done. We speak from personal experience.
  3. Lock in a deadline for your second draft, too. A second draft is where you fill in all the big blank spaces you left while drafting the first manuscript, and maybe address some of the larger issues of pacing and structure. We recommend allowing another couple of months for this process.
  4. Stop writing … and stop editing, too. Once you have a good second draft in hand, it’s time to leave the writing desk for a little while and look for some outside assistance. Layer your personal crew of early readers–family and friends–with the expertise of a professional editor. We can’t emphasize the importance of this professional help enough! Our friends and family are wonderful, but they tend to be bound by affection in some ways, or they might lead busy lives which prevent them from giving your manuscript their full, expert attention. And we recommend seeking professional advice at this stage because you still have the emotional room to make big edits and changes without feeling as though you’re butchering the text. A copyeditor, later on, can catch your spelling mistakes and so forth, but a true professional edit at this stage will help you fix character flaws, plot holes, and large-scale disorganization.
  5. You guessed it! Schedule your last round of edits. Give yourself that deadline, maybe a month or two out. This will bring you to six months from now–June of 2019.
  6. Read more. Yes, yes, it’s a bit trite to say that “good writers are good readers,” but there is some truth to the matter (as there often is, with trite statements). In general, we find that a deficit in input results in a deficit of output, and for us that translates to: “No reading, no imagination.” We don’t know if it’s the same for you, but we resolve that this year we will dedicate a part of our time to introducing our minds to the minds of others through the written word. (Or, more written words.) As with many things, we recommend trying to remember to practice the “quality over quantity” adage. It’s more important to have an enriching rather than a time-intensive experience!
  7. Try a new format. There are so many formats in which we can publish these days that the list can grow overwhelming — hardcover, paperback, Amazon Kindle editions, Nook editions, e-book editions, .pdf files, audiobooks, and et cetera. This year, resolve to try a new format for a book that you haven’t tried before. Let’s jump into 2019 by making it easier than ever for readers to access our work!
  8. Make more inspiration boards. Ever heard of an inspiration board? Essentially, it’s the practice of putting together a visual display of objects, quotes, and other things that create a focused touchstone for your writing. For example, an author who’s writing a book set in the cornfields of Nebraska might put together an inspiration board that has some pictures of corn fields in various lighting, a couple of quotations about the hardships and rewards of farming, and maybe a song or two that really captures the desired mood or atmosphere of the piece. In this day and age, it’s really easy to make inspiration boards. You can actually put one together physically or you can take advantage of tools like Pinterest. This year, resolve to play around more with this idea of the inspiration board.
  9. Build a community. Much of a self-published author’s success lies in his or her relationship with readers, and in establishing a community of people who are just as invested in consuming good writing as the author is in generating it. Over and beyond just creating more social media platforms to reach more social media users, this year, resolve to build and broaden your community of readers by reaching them where they are at and giving them what they need. Tweak your digital presence and refine your physical outreach to meet your readers’ needs.
  10. Celebrate success. Because writing and self-publishing is a job, not just a hobby, we sometimes fail to celebrate the successes we’ve already achieved. Perhaps you’re this way, too, in that it’s hard to justify taking a moment away from the stacks and stacks of to-dos in order to take pride in what has already been done. So, this year, resolve to celebrate each and every success, as we check items off of our list of resolutions, or bring other goals through to execution. You love to celebrate other people’s successes, so taking a few minutes to practice joy over your own shouldn’t seem like such an outlandish notion. Right?

And that’s it! We highly recommend keeping your resolutions simple and straightforward, and of course … don’t punish yourself if you perceive yourself somehow “falling short.” Resolutions are guidelines and motivators, and should not ever be a source of shame. Use what’s useful, and lose what’s a distraction, and may 2019 be a year of firm resolve for all of us!

For more information and help choosing your best self-publishing options, contact an Outskirts Press Publishing Consultant in whatever manner is easiest for you: