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Gearing Up for NaNoWriMo!

50,000 words.

Just let that sink in for a moment:

50,000 words!

(That’s a lot of words.)

November is just a few days away, and for some of you, that means National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is approaching with its 50,000 words looming on the horizon.

NaNoWriMo isn’t just a vanity project; this is a chance to tackle many of the thorniest issues related to writing and authorship, specifically as self-publishing authors, that emerge when we settle into a long and sustained attempt to generate material. These issues include (but are not limited to) finding inspiration, maintaining motivation, vanquishing writer’s block, and navigating an author’s complicated relationships to editing.

To help you prepare, we’ve created a to-do list for all self-publishing authors participating in NaNoWriMo!

  • Read a couple of pep talks, all of which are available on the NaNoWriMo website, to boost your motivation to get started–and to succeed
  • Add a NaNoWriMo badge (also available on nanowrimo.org) to your website, as a fun way to let everyone know that you are taking the challenge
  • Spend some time before the writing doing the things which refresh your will to write: listen to music, people watch, drink coffee, and read books!
  • Relax: NaNoWriMo is inevitably hectic, so prepare your mind and body by practicing relaxation techniques such as exercising, meditating, or doing Sudoku
  • Bring your friends and family on board! You will need their support during this process, so remind them of your goals and writing schedule
  • Have fun. NanoWriMo is a fun process, so just enjoy it

Good luck to all of the self-publishing authors who are participating in NaNoWriMo. We can’t wait to see your books in print, and we hope you’ll keep us posted on your progress throughout November if you choose to pursue the project. And, as always, we hope you’ll turn to us if you find yourself looking for encouragement or support.

When it’s time to publish your masterpiece, call an Outskirts Press Publishing Consultant to help you get started. There are three convenient ways to connect:

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Staying at Home or Headed to the Beach? Check out our List of Summer Must Reads!

Despite an unusually eventful spring, we have officially made it to the first days of summer! June 20th marks the summer solstice, and with summer comes a wave of new feelings and new hopes comes rolling in. The damp and chilly days of spring give way to sunshine and a need for new reading material, whether the celebrated “beach read,” a stunning debut, an insightful nonfiction work, or all of the above and more. What’s more, you can also celebrate the work of self-published authors at the same time! We have just the book for you … for all of you … in our recommendations, below.

Science Fiction


Where the Moon Stood Still: From the Janus Project Files
by Brad Anderson


EVVY (Nominee)


IPPY Award (Recipient)

With tech billionaires making the news seemingly every other day, we can’t think of a more fitting book to kick off our list than When the Moon Stood Still, a book which blends aerospace technology with a good thrill, and then adds a good dash of science fiction.

Fiction


Full Circle
by Richard Ellis Shaw


NGIBA (Finalist)


EVVY (Nominee)

If you’re looking less cosmic and somewhat closer to home, you might consider Richard Ellis Shaw’s Full Circle, which tracks a couple moving through life together and apart, navigating personal troubles from college to adulthood.

Short Stories


Short Stories of Life, Love, and Remembrance
by Alexander Rassogianis


EVVY (Nominee)

Rassogianis’ short stories are special, but you might already have guessed that from this collection’s CIPA EVVY Award nomination. It includes sixteen globetrotting gems, each one packed with feeling and emotion, covering everything from childhood to old age. This is a book worth saving.

Self-Help


Conquering Life’s Course: Common Sense in Chaotic Times
by Richard V. Battle


Reader Views Literary Awards (First Place Winner in Self-Help Category)


EVVY (Nominee)

Is common sense really all that common? In Conquering Life’s Course, Richard Battle delivers some extremely timely suggestions for navigating life’s many challenges (which right now seem more challenging than ever). This is a practical book for those looking to take some concrete steps toward realizing a more fulfilling life.

Romance (Fiction)


Too Late the Homecoming: A Gambler’s Love Story
by Fred Preiss


EVVY (Nominee)

What could be more romantic than a gambler going straight for the first time in twenty-five years? A love triangle gone wrong, that’s what! Too Late the Homecoming includes deft notes of the thriller genre, all while diving deep into the complexities of a love come … well … late. But is it too late?

Mystery (Fiction)


A Tale of Deceit: A Veronica Howard Vintage Mystery
by E. J. Gandolfo
(Book Three in the Veronica Howard Vintage Mystery series)


EVVY (Nominee)

The third book in the Veronica Howard Vintage Mystery series, A Tale of Deceit takes readers back to a small seaside town north of Boston to the vintage antique shop owned by a now-imperiled Veronica Howard. Not everything is as it seems as she and her boyfriend Harry Hunt set out to solve a repeat robbery mystery. The glittering world of Art Deco Boston and rich descriptions of both setting and clothing lend this series an edge over the competition. If you’ve watched and liked Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, or are in general a fan of strong women in fine clothes taking on the role of a detective, this is a must-read series!

Action & Adventure (Fiction)


Life in the Morgue
by Lance Anderson


EVVY (Nominee)

The morgue turns out to be a fair bit livelier than Greg Benson expected when he took a position as a morgue technician. Murders, strange accidents, and ghosts are just a few of the many hazards he must face if he’s to survive his job, and author Lance Anderson knows what he’s writing about, having worked in a medical examiner’s office for six years, in which time he handled 2,000 cases. (That’s a lot of cases.) With two movie scripts in production, Anderson’s name is one to watch.

Fantasy (Fiction)


Rise of Serpents
by B. A. Vonsik
(Book Three in the Primeval Origins Epic Saga)


Reader Views Literary Award (Honorable Mention)


EVVY (Nominee)

With rave reviews from both Reader Views and Kirkus, the Primeval Origins Saga has collectively won dozens of awards, with Rise of Serpents serving as finalist or winner for 15 of those dozens. As is true for our other series, we recommend either catching up on the latest addition to the series or digging in for the first time. Those who love complicated, conceptually unique fantasy that interrogates very real concerns will love Vonsik’s ambition and scope.

Thriller (Fiction)


Special Means
by Andrew Ceroni


Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Awards
(this author is a three-time winner!)

Another author who knows what he’s about is Andrew Ceroni, whose latest book, Special Means, promises to be a worthy addition to his already repeatedly-award-winning backlist of previous titles. This story follows CIA Agent Dave McClure as he’s dispatched to Denver to determine who is taking out organized street games with suspiciously advanced weaponry. What he discovers places his own life, the President’s life, and the future of the entire country at risk. Thrilling and timely, this is not one to miss.

Biography & Autobiography (Adventurers & Explorers)


Old Man on a Bicycle: A Ride Across America and How to Realize a More Enjoyable Old Age
Don Petterson


Multiple Five-Star Reviews on Amazon

Like many before him, Don Petterson felt the lure of the American West. Unlike many before him, Petterson decided to do so by bicycle. In Old Man on a Bicycle, readers join Petterson on his 3,600 mile journey from New Hampshire to the California coast, enjoying stunning vistas and thoughtful reflections on what it means to be an aging person on a cross-country cycling trip, warts and all. This is a lovely, compelling autobiographical read to fill your summer with inspiration and encouragement.

Leadership (Non-Fiction)


Rise of the Gig Leaders: Why Interim Leaders Are Vital In Today’s Organizations
by Neil Grant


Multiple Five-Star Reviews on Amazon

Speaking of topical experts, Neil Grant is another author worth keeping an eye on. As owner of Focal Leadership, LLC, he and his company consult with leaders in key strategic positions who are in need of their skills in organization development. Rise of the Gig Leaders reflects his expertise, chronicling and explaining the notion of gig economics in language understandable to those not already in the know. What does this project-based, results-oriented world have to say and do in respect to more traditional economics? What opportunities does it offer? Grant is here to tell us exactly what and how gig leaders do what they do.


This may not be just another summer, but then … these is not just another list! These books represent the intersection of high-quality self-publishing options and some of the most exceptional, compelling, and immersive reads that you could pick up this summer. There’s always something exciting happening in the Outskirts Press Bookstore, where you can find all of the titles we’ve mentioned here today, and more, for sale online. And if you haven’t yet published a book yourself, 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!

 

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Did you know that the number of readers over the age of 65 is expected to almost double between 2018 and 2060. That represents a huge opportunity for you and your book.

Outskirts Press wants to help you reach that potentially untapped market with the introduction of our Large Print Editions. No matter how many formats you already have or want (paperback, hardback, ebook, audiobook, etc.), Large Print Editions are a growing subset of publications that allow savvy authors to market their books to a new audience of readers — all without having to go to the trouble or expense of writing & publishing an entirely new book!

From paper color and font type, to font size, formatting, justification, margins and layout, our professional Large Print Editions adhere to the American National Association for Visually Handicapped’s best practices to ensure the widest possible market for your book.

If you’ve already published a book or two with Outskirts Press, as so many of our satisfied clients have, adding a Large Print Edition is as easy as clicking the button below. We’ll take it from there and handle everything for you while you sit back and relax. Before you know it (typically within 6 weeks), your Large Print Edition will join your other formats and editions around the world via global distribution and availability. It couldn’t be easier!

If, on the other hand, you are publishing an entirely new book with us, you will need to select from one of our available hardcopy publishing packages first by clicking the button below and making your selection. During your consultation, you can notify your Personal Publishing Consultant that you wish to add the Large Print Edition. Or you can schedule that no-obligation consultation right now to get started.

 

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Having extra paperback copies of your book on hand lets you nimbly respond to promotion opportunities, and make plenty of unanticipated sales. Even during social distancing, you will need plenty of paperback copies to send to reviewers and submit to book awards; not to mention giveaways for contests and to family and friends.

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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:

“Thanks to the entire team at Outskirts Press! As a first-time author, there’s been much I’ve learned about getting a book published and I am glad Outskirts Press was recommended to me by an author friend who was published with Outskirts Press. Indeed, my publishing experience with Outskirts Press has been rewarding and positive; and, I received guidance and assistance along the way. The quality of my book in all versions is outstanding.” — Brenda Marie Black, author of The Bella Rose & Dianthus Bobby

 

Children’s Book Week May be Over, But Writing One is Just the Beginning

If you are one of the many writers around the world finding themselves stuck at home with more time to write, you may be one of the many children’s book authors who started writing a new book for kids last week in celebration of Children’s Book Week (May 4-10).

Well, Children’s Book Week May be over, but writing a book for children never grows old because there are SO many possibilities!  And nowadays, children’s books are more popular than ever, what with more lucky parents spending more time with their children.

Children’s books are shorter and quicker to write and edit! They’re easier and faster to publish. They’re simpler to market and promote. And, they’re more popular than ever!  If you’ve never fancied yourself a children’s book author, maybe it’s time to rethink that.

Let’s look at six things to keep in mind when writing and publishing children’s books:

  1. Mind your length. As any preschool teacher or children’s librarian can confirm, reading with children is most enjoyable for both parties when the book in question contains just enough text to carry the story along without exhausting a child’s attention.
  2. Pick a timely subject. Picture books are more likely to be picked up by parents, teachers, and librarians on the prowl if they tackle subjects which these adults want to prepare their children to face. Take advantage!  Talk about a perfect time to write about the “boogy monster” or “having cooties!”
  3. Don’t dumb it down. You heard right—baby talk doesn’t carry as compelling of a story as a book which treats its younger audiences with a rich vocabulary and age-appropriate but sophisticated sentence structure.  Kids who are learning to read are much more accepting of new information than when they become kids who are reading to learn.
  4. Voice morals carefully, and cleverly. Few will argue against picture books as prime tools for teaching sound decision-making skills, but most of these success stories find clever, quiet ways to do so without alienating readers by being too “preachy.”  Use subtle metaphors for larger issues (ahem, like boogy monsters and cooties, for example).
  5. Think about those end materials! Many of today’s best picture books include a few pages at the end which include notes for adults on how to make best use of the book in teaching a skill or an idea to young readers. Hint: this is especially useful to parents grappling with becoming educators as a result of stay-home directives.
  6. Humor them! Children have a keen sense of humor, and often embrace farce and comedy with both zeal and a squeal. While the story itself can’t always be humorous, more often than not, the illustrations can be.

At Outskirts Press, we are here to support you during every stage of the publishing process, whether you’re using our One-Click Publishing suite to publish your next children’s book, or if you need custom-drawn full-color illustrations. We offer a comprehensive list of services which we hope you’ll take advantage of as you work to translate your vision to the page! Your kids, grand kids (and even their friends and family) will thank you!