Amazon Featured Book of the Week

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Continued: Chronicles of John Titor II

by John Titor II

(5 Stars – 9 Customer Reviews)

Price: $30.95

John Titor II’s “Continued: Chronicles of John Titor II.” The destiny of mankind is a closely guarded secret but everyone deserves to know the answer. Will the government disclose the secret programs and future space world colonies? Are these to only save a select few? Civilization is unraveling with a future unknown to the masses.

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The Job of a Book Cover (and How to Get Yours Customized)

Who doesn’t love this time of year? The festive décor, the music, the lights … Oh, and the best part: mysterious stacks of colorfully wrapped packages under the tree, driving you wild with anticipation of what’s inside.

If you think about it, this is the same feeling of wonder an author should create with a book cover. An eye-catching professional cover design entices specific readers to take a closer look at what’s inside. Once you’ve attracted the right audience, your cover must also instantly impart vital information about your book: genre and content, intended audience, and even the quality of the writing itself. If your book cover does all that, your audience is more likely to buy.

So, how do you create a book cover that meets those lofty goals? Publish with Outskirts Press this holiday season and it’s our gift to you! We’ll give you a FREE Custom Cover Design (valued at $399) for your book when you purchase the Ultimate or Full-Color publishing package starting December 10th!

Just place the Ultimate or Full-Color publishing package in your shopping cart and enter the promo code Freecover-December at checkout. Your custom cover will be added to your account within 72 hours.

If you want to more information about this offer, or about our Ultimate or Full-Color publishing packages, 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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Introducing High-Quality Audio Book publishing at Outskirts Press

Published authors, lend me your ears! Professionally-voiced audio book publication is now available at Outskirts Press. You asked for it, and we listened! Readers are listeners, and now it’s easier than ever to target that whole new market.

Contrary to popular belief, e-books are not the fastest growing segment of the publishing industry. Do you know what is? Audio books! Within the next five years, Amazon expects to have over one million audio books available through its partner Audible (up from just over 100,000 a year ago). And between you and me, even that estimate sounds low.

Now that Outskirts Press makes it so easy to turn your paperback or hardback into a professionally-produced audio book, there’s no reason not to add the most exciting format yet to your published arsenal. Approximately 50% of surveyed readers report they have listened to at least one audio book in the past, and those figures are only going to grow.

So which genre is best suited for audio books? Take a look at the top ten bestselling subjects, according to Amazon/Audible:

  1. Mystery and Suspense
  2. Bestselling books in any category
  3. Science Fiction & Fantasy
  4. History & Biographies
  5. Business & Self-Improvement
  6. Children & Young Adult
  7. Inspirational, Spiritual, and Religious
  8. Romance & Erotica
  9. Sports
  10. Westerns

Do you see the genre for YOUR book on that list? If so, now is the perfect time to publish an audio book. And it’s super easy. Just click that button below. We’ll handle the rest.

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Go Big or Go Home with 100% of your Royalties

picture1When authors decide on the best self-publisher for their book, one critical area, royalties, can be an often overlooked aspect. For many authors, the word “royalties” can cause confusion as to what this actually means.

Simply put, “royalties” paid to authors are a percentage of revenue earned on book sales. Publishers determine their profits as what’s left over once your retailer (yes, retailers like Amazon and Barnes and Noble take a cut when they sell your book) and production costs are taken into account, and then they determine their royalties by calculating a percentage of those profits to give back to authors.

Some publishers take a hefty percentage of those profits for themselves and give their authors a small amount and other publishers pay varying amounts based on where your book sold from. Neither scenario is truly beneficial to authors.

At Outskirts Press, however, we do things a little differently. We put our authors first, and we know how important it is to earn a fair amount when your book sells. When you publish with Outskirts Press, you get 100% of your book’s royalties. And Outskirts Press pays 100% author royalties regardless of where the book sells.

We follow the formula of…

Profit = Retail price – retailer profit – production cost

We feel so strongly about authors knowing what royalties they will receive that we even have and easy pricing calculator that you can use at any time-even before you start publishing. We invite you to calculate your royalties, your revenue, or earnings by visiting our easy online Pricing Calculator, which makes it easy to set your retail price and to see what your royalties will be.

Of course, the benefits to choosing Outskirts Press don’t end with the royalties, as important as they are. You also retain 100% of your book rights, unlimited wholesale and retail availability, publishing imprint and ISBN flexibility, and complete print-run flexibility—ensuring that you can print exactly however many books as you want, whether you want one or one thousand.

Our flexibility and adaptability to your needs, coupled with our phenomenal services and staff, is just one of many reasons Outskirts Press was rated #1 among self-publishing companies by Top Consumer Reviews in 2016 and 2017. You can reach out to one of our publishing experts at 1-888-OP-BOOKS or by starting with a down payment on your publishing package. Your professional publishing consultant will work with you to select the best publishing package for your book and will help you with details like your book cover, interior and you guessed it, royalties.

Get started today, people are waiting for your book.

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Rock the Red Carpet and Save 10%!

Did you publish a book in 2017? Now’s the time to get a head start on those upcoming award submission deadlines for books published in this last calendar year, and the list of to-dos stretches long and far ahead. And while no one disputes that awards are important, and perhaps even vital, to a book’s overall sales, the logistics are indisputably a challenge!

But what if you could ensure that your book is in contention for a number of awards without having to worry about those logistics? And what if you could do so at a really affordable price?

This is exactly what Outskirts Press intends to do for you by offering its popular and fantastic Book Awards Submissions package at a 10% discount in December! After all, you should have the chance to enjoy the incredible benefits of submitting your book for awards without all the hassle.

What are those rewards? When you win an award, you receive third-party validation that your book is worthy. You may win prize money (two of the awards included in the Book Awards Submissions package come with cash prizes). Your book will be featured on the awards website in question. It is also traditional for these awards to send out press releases with winners and finalists included, and you yourself can send out a press release of your own announcing your award … just for that little extra jot of publicity!

Winning an award means you can add a sleek award sticker to your book cover that consumers, librarians, and booksellers will take note of. After all, people really do judge books by their covers … and they buy accordingly! But there are other, less tangible benefits to the awards submission process, including the fact that you gain credibility as a writer and a competitive edge in the self-publishing market, as well as serious bragging rights and a fantastic conversation-starter and linchpin for interviews. It summons an immeasurably great feeling to say “My book is up for an award!” no matter what the context.

If you choose to purchase the Book Awards Submissions package, your book will be submitted to:

  1. The Writer’s Digest International Self-Publishing Book Awards
  2. The USA Book News’ National Best Books Awards
  3. The Next Generation Indie Book Awards
  4. The Reader Views Literary Awards
  5. ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year Awards
  6. The Benjamin Franklin Awards

Each of these awards represents a significant investment of time, energy, and yes, occasionally money in order to submit to. By purchasing the Book Awards Submissions package, however, you get to leave that work up to our talented team of professionals, who will run all the checks and vault all possible obstacles in order to ensure that your book receives the best possible foot up in the awards circuit by managing all of the logistics and individual submissions requirements. And now, for a limited time, you can receive 10% off Book Awards Submissions.

To take advantage of this great deal, log into your Publishing Center, add the Book Awards Submissions package to your shopping cart and enter promo code Book_Awards at check out.

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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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Write, Finish, Edit: A Writer’s Guide to Moving Forward and Finishing

We’ve all pictured the cloistered writer hunched in solitude over a notepad or laptop, furiously scratching out word after glorious word well into the wee hours. The brilliance flows faster than he can capture it on paper until the day he triumphantly types “The End” …

Well, that’s how we imagine it, but it rarely goes so smoothly! Writing a book is a big project and a long process, and the direction is not always obvious or easy. It’s common — even normal — for an author to hit roadblocks. Call it writer’s block, brain cramps or something else, but it gets us all at one time or another.

Let’s face it: We need more than an imagination and determination to get to the finish line. Sometimes we need outside intervention, and it comes in many forms. Here are some writer’s block-breakers you can seek out next time the creative juice stop flowing:

  • Inspiration. It can be as simple as a walk or a favorite song, or as stimulating as a brainstorming session with another writer. Enlist someone you trust to motivate you to think about your story in a different light.
  • Advice. Sometimes the inspiration is there but you just need specific, practical guidance to iron out the wrinkles in your plot, character development or story arc.
  • Unbiased feedback. Enthusiastic cheerleading feels good, but it’s not always what you need. If you’re relying on friends and family for feedback, you’re better off with brutal honesty … but how many people you know are willing to provide it?
  • Editing. Leave this one to a professional. While it’s fine to lean on friends, family and fans for the final proofread for typos, hire or trade services with a professional editor to do the heavy lifting. They’ll not only whip your grammar, syntax, punctuation and spelling into shape, but will also make sure your story is organized optimally for clarity and enjoyment.
  • Help finishing. There’s no shame in handing off your “baby” to another writer. Ghostwriters are a poorly kept secret in the literary world and extremely common. Odds are some of your favorite bestsellers were penned — either wholly or in part — by a ghostwriter. A talented ghostwriter is adept at adapting to your voice and creating a finished work that is everything you envisioned, or even better than you pictured!

When writer’s get stuck, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution. Writing consultants, editors, Publishing Consultants, proofreaders and ghostwriters all fulfill different needs, so figure out how extensive your manuscript issues are before deciding on a path to getting it back on track.

Not sure what you need to get over that writing hump? 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.

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