Celebrate National Library Week with Hints from Outskirts Press

Where would we as self-publishing professionals be without the hard work and dedication of library staff and volunteers? We at Outskirts Press ponder this every April during National Library Week! This year, the celebration of this priceless community resource takes place April 9-15 with the theme “Libraries Transform.”

Since 1958, the American Library Association (ALA) has celebrated the contributions of public, academic and special libraries across the country, and promoted library use and support. The second full week of each April, the ALA recognizes library staff, bookmobiles and other library supporters who make the reading, studying and learning experience exceptional for children and adults everywhere.

As an author, you owe your calling, in part, to the work of dedicated library staff. So, how do you recognize this work ‐ and make it work for you?

  • Share your own “transformation” story. Explain to readers of your social media pages or blog how your time at the local library changed your life. Share this story with your local librarian.
  • Host a reading from your book at your local public library, school district libraries and college/university libraries.
  • Donate copies of your book to local libraries. Remember to include ISBNs, a summary and classification information about your book.
  • Host a contest on your social media pages, offering a prize or special recognition to every reader who donates their copy of your book to their local library, or to a reading/literacy program in their area.
  • Host a contest that awards 10 or more copies of your book to the most deserving library nominated by followers of your social media pages.
  • Remember to alert local media of donations to libraries through a press release.

Have we missed anything? Share your National Library Week celebration ideas and transformation stories on the Outskirts Press Facebook page!

Are you working on a book that you hope to see on the shelves of your local library some day? Talk to Outskirts Press for ideas on how to publish or market your book to greater success in 2017. Call us at 1-888-672-6657 to talk to a Publishing Consultant or visit our website at www.outskirtspress.com to chat via our live chat option.

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The British Are Coming … to the London Book Fair, March 14-16!

Tens of thousands of authors, editors, agents, booksellers and other literary industry pros will be converging on London March 14-16 for the annual London Book Fair. Since 1971, the Fair has served as a global marketplace where attendees exhibit, network and negotiate for rights and the sale and distribution of content across print, audio, TV, film and digital channels.

So, why should you care? Because it’s one of the largest literary gatherings in the world … and because Outskirts Press could help you be part of it!

This year, an estimated 25,000 fairgoers from 124 countries will gather in Olympia, West London, to showcase their books before attendees from all corners of the globe and gain valuable exposure. It’s the largest and most popular industry book fair and publishing event in the UK—a place where authors can put their works before legions of fans (and potential fans) and make inroads with powerful industry players. Each year, Outskirts Press represents its self-published authors at the fair, gaining priceless exposure and gathering valuable industry leads.

When you arrange exhibition at the London Book Fair through Outskirts Press, you get the benefit of personal representation without having to book an expensive flight and navigate leads on your own. With our help, authors receive:

  • highly visible, front-facing shelf space with only four Outskirts Press books
  • an Outskirts Press representative who will personally advocate for your book with industry players, and answer vital questions
  • industry leads gathered on your behalf and forwarded directly to you for personal follow-up
  • a full post-fair report with all leads, pictures and a summary of the happenings

It’s a cost-effective way to give your book a huge international marketing boost, without leaving the comfort of your own home! While it’s too late to get involved in the 2017 London Book Fair, Outskirts Press can make sure you’re represented at next year’s event to get the most benefit from every exciting lead!

So, think ahead to 2018 and take your book global at the next London Book Fair with representation from Outskirts Press. Space is limited, so reserve your spot!

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Celebrating Read Across America Day with 20% off Publishing Services!

On March 2, 1998, the National Education Association began celebrating Dr. Seuss’s birthday with Read Across America Day. Since then, this initiative has gained momentum as it encourages readers of all ages to pick up a book and read!

At Outskirts Press we feel there is no better way to celebrate Read Across America Day than to inspire more great literature. That’s why we’re offering 20% off the Ultimate and Full-Color publishing packages through March 3rd. To claim your savings, simply enter the promo code Save20Now at check out.

When you purchase one of these packages, you’ll not only have a team of experts helping you during every step of the publishing process, you’ll also retain 100% of your royalties once your book is available to your audience.

These comprehensive packages include…

  • Customizable Covers
  • Formatting
  • ISBN and Barcode
  • Press Release
  • Free author copies

…and many other features you won’t find anywhere else.

So, don’t wait. Help us celebrate this great day by beginning your own publishing journey. Just visit www.outskirtspress.com, select the Ultimate or Full-Color publishing package, and enter Save20Now when you check out.

Who knows? Maybe someone out there is looking for your book for Read Across America Day.

Let’s get it published your way.

Need help deciding on 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. Just remember, this is a limited time offer, so don’t delay!

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Top 10 Self-Publishing Book Marketing Tactics for January 2017

So, you’re a self-published author—now what? Your journey isn’t over now that your book is published … You still need to get the word out! Book marketing remains one of the most vital elements to your success as a self-publishing author.

Fortunately, Outskirts Press offers an impressive array of book marketing services to help you achieve selling success you never imagined. In fact, we’re an industry leader in post-publication support, products and services to a growing family of self-published authors.

So, with so many choices in book marketing services, how do you choose what’s right for you? Our list of Top 10 Book Marketing Tactics offers an excellent short menu of marketing and promotional approaches you should consider pursuing as you begin or continue your marketing.

Listed below are the marketing services and tactics determined to be most popular by our authors based on sales for the month of January, 2017. Take a peek, then let Outskirts Press help you choose the options that work for you.

Marketing Calendar Author’s Marketing Calendar: The Marketing Calendar from Outskirts Press offers hundreds of important book marketing tips, resources and deadlines to help you make 2017 the best year yet for marketing your book!
Standard Press Release Standard Press Release: The Standard Press Release includes information about you and your book taken directly from information you supply for your webpage during pre-production. It couldn’t be easier.
Amazon Kindle Submission Service Amazon Kindle Submission Service:  Make your book available on Amazon’s Kindle e-book reading device. More formats on Amazon means more exposure on Amazon, and the Kindle is heavily promoted by Amazon.
Audio Excerpt option Audio Excerpt:  Recording a 3-minute audio excerpt is as easy as speaking into the phone. Pique readers’ interest by recording a pivotal passage or explaining more about the book.
Personal Marketing Assistant Personal Marketing Assistant (5 hours): Do you need help developing a book marketing plan? Arranging book signings? Establishing/developing your author platform? Hire your own Personal Marketing Assistant today!
Indie Book Awards Submission Indie Book Awards Submission: Every year the Next Generation honors exemplary books from all publishers with the Indie Book Award. Make sure your book is among the ones being considered.
Amazon Extreme Package Amazon Extreme Package: Save 25% on 3 of our marketing services focused on Amazon.com. This package includes a Kindle Edition of your book, participation in the Amazon Search Inside the Book and Amazon Cover Enhancement.
Google Books Preview Program Submission Google Books Preview Program Submission: An inexpensive and extremely effective way to get your book in front of millions of readers quickly and easily.

Marketing Telephone Consultation (30 minutes)
Marketing Telephone Consultation (30 minutes): One of our Personal Marketing Assistants will contact you to schedule a one-on-one consultation. After your consultation, you will receive a marketing plan with actionable items that can be used right away to get started selling more books.
PR Publicist Campaign PR Publicist Campaign: Imagine having a publicist handle your custom press release distribution with targeted distribution and phone call follow-up? Imagine receiving the media leads personally and a clipping service that notifies you whenever your book is mentioned on the Internet.

Outskirts Press Published authors who are interested in any of these (or many of our other available services) can find further details and ordering information from the Marketing Options page of your author’s center.

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Vote now for the winner of the “Show Us Your Love” video contest and help us decide who will win a new laptop!

It’s time to vote for the winner of the 6th annual “Show Us Your Love” video contest!

We received a lot of really great videos this year with authors expressing their deep and abiding love for their books — and for Outskirts Press. We could only select three finalists, but you can check out all of the videos submitted for the contest in our YouTube Playlist here.

The three videos with the most “likes” on the Outskirts Facebook page from among all the entries submitted this year have been selected for a public vote to determine the winner. The poll ends Monday, February 27th and the winner will be announced on March 1st.

Below are the three finalists for this year’s contest. Watch the videos and place your vote. The author whose video earns the most votes will win a brand-new 15.6 HP touch-screen laptop.

Jackie Fischer, author of The Lost Branch

Patti Reim, author of I Like Big Buts

John E. Peltier, author of The Thundering Herd

With the social media exposure all entrants have received on Outskirts Press’ Facebook Page, YouTube Channel and Twitter Feed, all participants come out winners.

Place your vote now and subscribe to our blog or check back on March 1st to see who wins.

Author Poll: Author Carole Molchany Wants Your Help With Her Cover

Carole Molchany is self-publishing her second book with Outskirts Press, and she wants your help deciding on her book cover.

Book Summary

Dreams really can come true. At the age of ten, the author, Carole Molchany, had a dream of owning her own bike. That dream became a possibility after a grandparents visit, which concluded with a one dollar bill for ice-cream money. Instead, the dollar bill was spent for the purchase of a comic book. The back of the comic book held an advertisement which read, Kid’s Sell This, And Win That! Boxed Christmas cards, that was the pitch, and the grand prize was a bike. This is where the adventure begins.

About the Author

This is Carole Molchany’s second book. Carole is from New Jersey and currently lives in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Please take a look at two possible covers below and then vote on the choice you recommend for Carole.

Click on the thumbnail below to enlarge each cover.

 

Cover A

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Cover B

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Win a free copy of Born-Again Losers from Outskirts Press #AmazonGiveaway

Outskirts Press author, Rick Hoover, is giving you a chance to win a free copy of his book, Born-Again Losers!

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Even if you don’t win one of the free copies, you can still order it from Amazon for an amazing price!

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