Buy a Great Publishing Package, Get a Better One in Honor of Give Something Away Day

Yesterday was National Give Something Away Day — did you get anything? Well, here’s your chance, because Outskirts Press is keeping the giving going: When you purchase the Ultimate or Basic publishing package during this limited-time offer, we’ll automatically give you a better package for free!

Interested in Ultimate publishing? Pay for Basic instead and get the Ultimate at no extra charge. Or, put the Ultimate package in your cart and receive our top-of-the-line Full-Color package!

It’s a no-brainer. Publish now and you’ll receive hundreds of dollars’ worth of extras that aren’t normally included in the package you purchased, including:

  • additional options for book formatting
  • more professional cover design choices
  • additional author copies
  • greater profit margins
  • other optional products and services that come with the upgraded package

There’s no better time to self-publish. To claim your free publishing package upgrade:

  1. Add our Ultimate or Basic publishing package to your cart.*
  2. Enter the promo code Upgrade-July18 at checkout.
  3. We’ll upgrade your package within 48 hours.

*Need help choosing the right publishing package? Call a Publishing Consultant at 1-888-672-6657 (OP-BOOKS), or chat with us using the live chat option on our website for help selecting the option that fits.

Feed Your Soul by Writing a Cookbook This Fall!

Cookbooks are special, aren’t they? They contain so many disparate elements that it’s almost difficult to conceive of them all making a perfectly unified whole … but they do! Consider the cookbooks you have in your house. It’s likely that you have several, especially if you’re already of the mindset to write one of your own. People who are drawn to write cookbooks often enjoy using them, don’t they? In any case: pick one up and turn it over in your hands, and flip through the pages. What catches your eye?

Very likely, you’ll immediately be able to name several key features. Beautiful pictures or illustrations, easy-to-read text, interesting recipes, and an easy-to-navigate index. There are, of course, exceptions to this rule, including the world-famous More With Less cookbook–a cookbook so famous that it even has its own Wikipedia page. Why would people be so fanatical about a forty-year-old cookbook with no pictures and very little flair to its recipes? Here’s a hint: it has to do with the story behind the cookbook. While images and all those other features we’ve named above are indeed critical elements of a modern cookbook, they must necessarily be accompanied by something more. And that something is the story which you are sitting down to write!

Maybe you’ve already gotten started. Maybe you even have a finished draft, and a manuscript you’re wrangling into shape. Whether you’re just setting out to write the first few recipes or touching up the final backmatter, there are two things to keep in mind about writing a successful cookbook.

It’s all part of a whole. Everything in a cookbook must work to complement the other elements, or else you end up with a confusing cookbook which will frustrate your readers and culinary collaborators. There are a lot of ways to “do it right” when it comes to cookbooks, but one surefire way not to succeed is to provide something messy and difficult to parse. So take the time to trim things down, to simplify and streamline, and to make your cookbook a beautiful, unified whole wherein every element works to support the others.

It’s not ultimately about the food. Well, sure it is also a little bit about the food. In fact, a great deal may be about your food. But it’s also mostly about you and your story and what you bring to the kitchen. Later on, when your book is published and you start to sell it, you’ll be selling yourself and your story as much as you will be selling a beautiful book full of recipes. Knowing this at the outset is vital to writing a cookbook which celebrates your story and makes room for it as a living, breathing part of the aforementioned whole.

And there you have it: two important ideas to keep in mind as you whip up your next cookbook. For more information, visit us online at https://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 cookbooks from many of our published authors, visit our Pinterest page by clicking here.

 

Your Book Can Be a Worldwide Traveler Too!

If you could go anywhere in the world right now, where would you go? What if you could simply travel anywhere you wanted? Imagine the sights and sounds, the incredible locations and cuisine!

Now imagine you could send your book all over the world. All those amazing places you’ve just imagined—and now your book is there! With Outskirts Press, worldwide distribution of your book is no longer a dream, but a reality!

Outskirts Press boasts the most extensive distribution in the industry! You’ll enjoy the luxury of a worldwide market AND circulation of your book with celebrated names, such as: Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Baker & Taylor, Ingram, Bertram and more!

Once you choose to self-publish with Outskirts Press, you can count on us to handle all the thorny details of book distribution, like setting up with each distributor, foreign taxes and more. And the best part is that no matter where in the world customers buy your book, you’ll enjoy 100% of your royalties – no small print, and no strings attached!

Need help getting started? Our Publishing Consultants are ready to help. 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

July Fireworks: Sales Explode When You’re Prepared with Author Copies — Get Them with Free Shipping!

An opportunity to promote or sell your book can arrive at any given time — are you ready to seize the moment? Watch spontaneous sales combust, just by recognizing your opportunities to sell and making the most of them when they arise.

For example, in everyday conversations you’ll find you have common interests with others. Use these connections to offer your book to like minds. Then, instead of hoping your new friend remembers your name and book title long enough to order it later, let them know they can purchase a more covetable autographed copy now!

But this scenario only plays out in your favor if you’re prepared with hard copies of your book. By staying stocked up before these marketing and selling opportunities present themselves, you’ll make positive impressions, important connections and plenty of unanticipated sales! The simple step of keeping copies with you means you’ll be ready to make the most of:

  • last-minute book-signing requests
  • radio, TV and newspaper publicity offers
  • book award submissions
  • review submissions
  • book giveaways to promote on social media
  • gifts to family and friends

To help you prepare for these inevitable opportunities, Outskirts Press is offering FREE SHIPPING on orders of 50 or more copies of your book within the continental United States all through July. Plus, you can take advantage of high-volume discounts and receive up to an additional 50% off your order — and still get your shipping at no charge!

Here’s how to get free shipping:

  1. Log in to your Publishing Center, select “order books” and place an order for 50 or more copies of your book(s) in a single format before July 31.
  2. Select normal ground shipping with a delivery address within the continental U.S. and proceed with checkout. (No promotion code is necessary. You will see the free shipping offer reflected in your total once you place your order.)

Share with us how you plan to use your author copies in the comments below. Happy selling!

Publish today and your eBook editions are FREE!

The printing press made the written word accessible on a larger scale, but the eBook made entire libraries available to the world at the click of a button! eBooks give your book added exposure online and make your work accessible to millions more readers. eBooks also offer a great alternative to planet-conscious readers who want an alternative to paper.

Now you can make your eBook accessible to a world of readers perusing Amazon and Barnes & Noble bookstores — for FREE! When you purchase the Ultimate or Full-Color publishing package in the month of July, Outskirts Press will throw in Kindle and NOOK versions of your book at no charge.

To take advantage of this offer, simply:

  • Add the Ultimate or Full-Color publishing package to your
  • Outskirts Press shopping cart
  • Enter promo code KindleNook-Free at checkout
  • The free ebook editions will be added to your account within 48 hours

This amazing offer is only available for a limited time, so publish now to receive these valuable eBook editions FREE!

Need help picking a package? Call a Publishing Consultant at 1-888-672-6657 (OP-BOOKS), live-chat with us via our website or go online to schedule an appointment.

Living My Shadows: Dreams Do Come True by Kevin I.J.A. Barnett Sr.

Technology has made it easier than ever to reach wider audiences no matter where they are in the world. All it takes is a little thinking outside the box and you can market a self-published book in creative ways, affordably and impactfully. This is where book tours come in: Tours are a great way to connect with your readers and technology has made them easier and cheaper than ever!

Author Kevin Barnett Sr. is taking his latest book, Living My Shadows: Dreams Do Come True, on tour—a Virtual Book Tour with Outskirts Press. What this means is that Kevin will get his book into the far corners of the globe, all from the comfort of home! Keep an eye out for Kevin’s book as he will be featured on several blogs over the weeks and months ahead so keep your eyes peeled to learn more about him and his book.


Luckily for us, Kevin was kind enough to answer a few questions as the tour was getting started so we could give you a sneak peek into the mind of the creator of Living My Shadows: Dreams Do Come True.

OP: Tell us a little bit about Living My Shadows: Dreams Do Come True. What is it about?

Kevin: It’s about my journey growing up in foster care and the adoption system, and ultimately about joining the Armed Forces and finding my birth parents at the age of 56.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

Kevin: I did this for therapeutic reasons and to help others have hope of finding out who they are—and to never give up their dreams, no matter how big or small they might be.

OP: How did you get your book published?

Kevin: I used Outskirts Press to self-publish as well as market.

OP: What types of readers would be interested in this story?

Kevin: Individuals who would like to adopt or enroll in a foster care parent program, adoptees, foster care children—both adults and youths. Individuals who are searching for parents, or veterans or folks thinking about joining the Armed Forces will also benefit.

OP: What is special about your book?

Kevin: It is written from the heart. The is book is based on real events and it will take one through many emotions.

OP: What differentiates it from other books in the same category?

Kevin: The book is small but packs a big punch of emotions and you can’t put it down.

OP: Have you published any other books?

Kevin: No, this is my first book.

OP: Do you plan to publish more?

Kevin: Yes, I plan to do this again.

OP: Thanks for your time, Kevin! We look forward to learning more about you as you visit other bloggers!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Kevin I. J. A. Barnett Sr. is a retired non-commissioned officer of the United States Army. He has served in Germany, Afghanistan and many stateside tours during his career. He is married to Sharon F. Pelham and does motivational speaking when time permits.

For more information or to contact the author, visit https://www.outskirtspress.com/livingmyshadows

This author purchased the Virtual Book Tour marketing option, which allows self-publishing authors to connect with bloggers and harness the power of the blogosphere by taking their book on the “virtual road.” Learn more about this service by visiting your Publishing Center and reviewing the available marketing options.

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Five Fearless Tips to Market Your Fantasy or Science Fiction Book

For many readers, summer marks the perfect time to slow down and pick up a new book or two to savor, whether basking in the sun on the beach or camping in alpine meadows … or adhering to the same work schedule as always. Book sales in the fiction genre, including science fiction and fantasy, spike at this time of year, and for good reason! Whether readers are looking for their next travel-friendly book or for a way to escape when they’re stuck in place, the fantastical and the technological sublime are the perfect escape valve.

They’re also, sometimes, difficult books to market. Both science fiction and fantasy qualify as “genre fiction,” and while massive numbers of science fiction and fantasy books are sold each year, those numbers are not, by and large, coming from standard bookstore sales and standard marketing campaigns. If you’ve recently published a work of science fiction or fantasy yourself, you’re probably already aware of the fact that your ideal readers, while incredibly loyal, can be difficult to reach.

So how do you market to them effectively? Here are five fearless ideas to get you started.

1. Publish an ebook edition.

Nothing appeals to readers of genre fiction quite as much as accessibility, transportability, and ease of use. After all, many of your readers are on the move at this time of year, and the others are likely too busy to bother with shopping at physical stores every time they want a new science fiction or fantasy book, which is on average more frequently than readers of pretty much any other genre when you consider the numbers. If you want your book to be easy to find and easy to buy, you absolutely must consider investing in an ebook edition of your book if you haven’t already. You can promote the release of your new ebook edition on your website, blog, and social media sites, and even offer an e-giveaway to boost traffic and engagement on all of the above websites!

2. Get thee to social media, STAT.

It naturally follows that you need to be online, and you need to have a robust digital footprint. Readers of science fiction and fantasy, once they fall in love with a book of yours, will want to engage with you online. And most, if not all, of the top science fiction and fantasy authors are already online, so rounding out your social media platforms isn’t so much giving you a foot up over the competition as it is leveling the playing field. Luckily, plenty of established authors love to network and boost their fellow authors on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and elsewhere, so don’t forget to follow your favorites and interact with their tweets and posts. They are likely to respond, follow you back, and help get news of your latest book out there. Perhaps it’s a legacy from the difficult, hard-boiled bootstrap days that current science fiction and fantasy authors went through in the 1980s and 1990s, but science fiction and fantasy authors tend to be more supportive and collaborative than authors in many other genres. And don’t forget about Reddit! Many of your ideal, technologically-savvy readers are to be found on that website, debating upcoming releases and the details of their current favorites.

3. Make sure your book cover is on point.

Each genre has a kind of shared visual vocabulary, and when you peruse the shelves of your local bookstore or web-based sales platform, it’s easy to see just how the vocabulary differs from one genre to another. Can you guess which of the five book covers we’ve included at the top of this post are science fiction and which are fantasy? Here’s a hint: there’s a lot to do with the font, the imagery, and the prominence given to the title. And here’s the thing: the difference between your average science fiction and your average fantasy book cover is much less pronounced than the difference between covers in these genres as compared to books in other genres, such as crime fiction and romance. When you set out to design your book’s cover, or hire an expert to do so, spend some time analyzing what makes for particularly eye-catching book covers in your chosen genre … and make sure to include some of those same visual cues in yours! In the end, readers do tend to judge a book by its cover, at least a little, especially when they already know what they like and are looking for books which may do something similarly and well.

4. Find your nearest convention.

Here’s the flipside to the whole “ease of access, go digital” coin: many readers in the science fiction and fantasy genres love to discover new books in person, too. And there’s no better way to identify your local genre-lovers than to attend your nearest convention! While many of these are still classified as “comic cons,” most conventions have expanded their offerings to include all things science fiction and fantasy, and many will actively solicit vendors and presenters from creators within these genres. Many of the biggest conventions may be too expensive to afford vendor privileges (including the San Diego Comic Con, Dragon Con, and the Denver Comic Con), there are always plenty of smaller conventions with more reasonable fees taking place around the country at the city or regional level. Hop online and search for events happening in your area, and reach out to the event organizers to inquire about pricing and ways to promote your book. Even if you only break even on sales at one of these conventions, you’ll have raised a great deal of awareness about your book, which can have cascading positive repercussions for your marketing strategy. And most often, you’ll do much better than simply breaking even!

5. Reach out to the genre gatekeepers.

Convention organizers are only one category of important gatekeepers you need to be reaching out to if you truly want to boost sales of your science fiction or fantasy book! Many readers in these genres find their books by word of mouth, and from their favorite online content providers, including pop culture bloggers, vloggers, reviewers, and podcasters. Do some research into the most popular personalities in all four of these categories. And once you’ve identified them, use your social media platforms to engage with them. Once you have established some sort of digital handshake, you can reach out to them to request a shout-out on Twitter or a review of your book. Even if not every one of these genre gatekeepers has the time to do so, it’s likely that at least one of them will be interested if you truly do your research and contact all of the likely candidates. All it takes is one positive response to get the ball rolling!

Still not sure where to start in marketing your book this summer? It may be time to lean on an expert! If you’re looking to market your science fiction or fantasy book, there’s never a better time than now to inquire. Visit us online at www.outskirtspress.com or access our wonderful free resource center at http://anyflip.com/bookcase/mhpb, where you’ll find countless further recommendations to suit your marketing needs.

To see our staff picks of amazing science fiction and fantasy books from many of our authors, visit our Pinterest page by clicking here.