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Publish your book with the Ultimate Black/White or Full-Color package today and we will give you 2-times as many authors copies PLUS publish & distribute your free Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble NOOK e-Book Editions absolutely free!

What does the #1 rated self-publisher offer that no one else does?

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“I found working with Outskirts Press to be a completely rewarding experience. The company has a wide range of publisher packages from which to choose and a sophisticated array of tools to help get the job done. I found them indispensable in organizing my materials and making the final proof corrections. The process was outstanding and I was thrilled with the quality of the outcome in all respects.” — Ian Hume, author of From the Edge of Empire

 

Take 15% Off Your Whirlwind Tour of the World

Imagine your book getting exposure at massive events attended by hundreds of thousands of literary industry players from all over the world—without leaving the comfort of your home! With the Global Book Tour from Outskirts Press, you can. Book your “trip” today, and you’ll get 15% OFF this already discounted tour package!

The Global Book Tour is a convenient, economical way to get your book exposure at the four most prestigious international book events: London Book Fair, BookExpo (America), Beijing International Book Fair and Frankfurt Book Fair. For just $993.65, a savings of $175.35 off the already bundled price, Outskirts Press will handle all of the details to register your book for these popular events and you will receive …

  • Prominent, face-out display of your book with select other Outskirts Press titles
  • A representative on-site to personally answer questions and promote your book to interested attendees
  • Valuable industry leads
  • Inquiries forwarded directly to you for follow-up!

To exhibit your book and save 15%, enter promo code GoGlobal-Save15 at checkout when you purchase the Global Book Tour before the offer expires!

 

One Click, Zero Worries: Worry-Free, All-Inclusive Publishing at the Click of a Mouse

You’ve slaved over your manuscript for months and finally you see a light at the end of the tunnel. It won’t be long before it’s off to the presses … right?

Wait! Have you hired a book editor yet? What about your book formatting — have you chosen a layout? Have you nailed down your cover design? What about your book marketing approach? There are so many tasks necessary to take your work from “manuscript” to “published book” to a successfully selling book … and for many, it’s overwhelming.

With a One-Click Publishing Suite from Outskirts Press, a single click of the mouse instantly pulls together everything needed to polish and format your manuscript, send it to print, get the word out and start selling. Even better, One-Click Publishing is designed to tailor distinct services to authors in a variety of book genres. While every package addresses the publishing and marketing needs of a specific genre, every One-Click self-publishing author can count on receiving dozens of priceless benefits:

  • Free author’s copies
  • Professional copy editing
  • Interior formatting
  • Custom cover design
  • ISBN and barcode
  • International Ingram, Baker & Taylor, and Betram wholesale distribution, including Amazon, Barnes & Noble and 25,000 other retail locations
  • One-on-one author support
  • 5 hours of Personal Marketing Assistance
  • Author maintains 100% rights and copyright, and enjoys industry-leading profit margins
  • And many more publishing and marketing services and resources vital to success in your genre!

These full-service packages come preloaded with everything necessary to make your publishing dreams come true at an exceptional value. All you need to do is click the mouse and voila — you’re on your way to becoming a published author. Available genre-specific One-Click Packages include:

While our Ultimate Black and White and Full-Color packages can be enhanced with additional service purchase options for marketing and promotion, One-Click Publishing is truly all-inclusive. They are the only publishing bundles that automatically also include coveted marketing options such as Author Platform Set-up Through Social Media, Google Books Preview, Book Video Trailer, Amazon Author Profile, Amazon Listing Enhancement and much more.

By purchasing a One-Click option, you get peace of mind knowing that you are getting the publishing and marketing options that are essential for the genre you have chosen.

 

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How to Promote a Book Series

Do you have more than one book in a series, perhaps featuring a central character (for example, James Bond), or a common genre (for example, historical fiction)?

If so, marketing your series (and even publishing your series) is a little different from publishing a single non-fiction book, for instance.

Take some cues from runaway success, and Outskirts Press author, Linda Rae Sande, on 3 suggestions to make your series as successful as it can be.

1. Make sure the cover design is consistent

Ms. Sande was diligent in ensuring that each of her romance novel shared very specific characteristics on the cover. One need only look at her boxed set to see exactly what we mean. Check out the spines of each book. The title is consistently in the same font and consistently in the same place. Ditto her name, and the “type” of image used both on the cover and the spine.

2. Promote from within

It goes without saying, probably, that readers of one book of your series are bound to be interested in the other books within that same series, right? So don’t miss out on that marketing opportunity. Make sure the front and/or back pages of each book in the series mention all the other books within that same series (including very specific ordering information, maybe a cover image, and certainly any reviews and/or awards that you wish to promote).

We hear what you’re saying: “How can you mention book 2 and 3 in the pages of book 1?” Well, that’s the power of print-on-demand. Publish book 1 as you normally would and while you’re writing book 2, start collecting reviews and awards for book 1. Publish book 2, and within the pages of book 2, insert promotions about book 1 with your accolades. Simultaneously (a writer’s work is never done), work on book 3 as you start to collect reviews and awards for book 2 and continue collecting accolades for book 1. See the pattern here? When the series is complete, make the necessary revisions to all of them to include all of them. Then it’s time to publish the all-important “boxed-set.”

3. Make a boxed-set of your series

Once you have three or more books in your series, create a boxed set that sells of them for a slightly discounted price (see image above for a perfect example). Unlike the convenience factor you experience with the zero-inventory “print-on-demand” aspects of your physical Outskirts Press books, “boxed-set books” are inventory-driven physical products, and as such, they demand a different mentality, and higher level of personal involvement, but it’s worth the effort. Here’s what to consider:

  • BOX DIMENSIONS – Determining the dimensions of the box requires measuring the dimensions of the books to be included. If your box-set is going to include three 6×9 books, for instance, you have two of the required dimensions — the height and the depth. But you also need the width — that is, the size of the “opening” of the cased box itself. Say the spine of each book is 1 inch wide. That means your box must be approximately 3 inches wide. Of course, there is no such thing as “approximately” when producing physical products, so further down we will point you to a printing/manufacturing vendor who can assist you in determining your exact specifications (and produce your boxes for you).
  • BOX DESIGN – Once you have determined your box’s dimensions, you need to determine what the boxed set is going to look like. It’s easiest (and least expensive) to duplicate your cover art on the outside of the box (since that high resolution artwork already exists). But, alternatively, you can produce a unique piece of artwork for the box itself. You’ll need to determine the artwork for the sides, top, bottom, and back of the box. You’ll also determine the “color printing process” to use. 4-Color is the best.
  • BOX PRODUCTION – Like nearly any physical off-set products, the more units you order, the cheaper each unit is, so your printer’s quote will usually provide you with quantity/unit/price breaks. Remember that for each box you order, you’ll need to order enough copies of each of your books to insert into the boxed sets.
  • FINALIZING THE BOX – Once your boxes arrive from the manufacturer and the copies of your books arrive from your publisher, you’re ready to finalize your boxed-sets. This is about as easy as you would expect. You’ll slip one copy of each of your series of books into the box. If your box dimensions are correct, the books should fit snugly inside the box with very little wiggle-room, and just enough space to pull them out one-by-one. You may even decide to produce two different boxed-sets, an “author signed” boxed-set (which is more expensive naturally), and a non-author signed boxed set. You could sign the box itself and/or each of the copies of the books inside.
  • MARKETING THE BOX – Once you have a final boxed set, take several digital pictures of it so you can promote and sell it. People will want to see what your boxed set looks like. Then, upload the image, details and price to your author webpage and/or website. Since you will be handling the fulfillment of those orders personally, you will need to create a merchant account to accept secure online payments and receive notifications of orders. The easiest vendor for this kind of thing is Pay Pal (http://paypal.com) but Stripe (http://stripe.com) is also a good option. Once you have a way of taking and fulfilling orders for your boxed set, your marketing efforts will mimic the marketing steps you’ve taken to promote your books individually — that is, through social media outreach efforts, virtual book tours, promotional materials, blogging, interviews, etc. The advantage of having a boxed set is that for the same effort it takes to promote one single book, you can promote three (or more) books all at the same time, with a much higher price. The higher your price, the more flexibility you have with your margins, and therefore the greater discounts you can provide to your buyers as incentive.
  • SELLING THE BOX – In addition to the Pay Pal and/or Stripe merchant accounts you will need to set-up for collecting orders from your own author webpage/website(s), you will also want to submit your boxed set to Amazon.com. In order to do this, you need to open up your own merchant account, which you can do by clicking here. Once your merchant account has been set-up, it will be in your best interest to also set-up a Fulfillment by Amazon account here. That way, you can send them multiple boxed sets in advance, and then they handle the individual order fulfillment for you, plus they notify you in advance when you need to supply them with more boxed sets. Another bonus: your customers will qualify for free shipping through Amazon Prime, which is something you won’t be able to offer with a simple merchant account.

If you’re interested in more marketing tips, there’s never a better time than now to inquire. Visit us online at www.outskirtspress.com and check out our Marketing Solutions menu. You can also access our wonderful Free Marketing Resource Center where you’ll find countless further recommendations to suit your marketing needs!

 

Free Custom Cover Design AND Cover Text Refinement When You Publish Today!

Human beings are visual creatures and your book cover is an important marketing tool. Make sure it has all the ingredients to turn shoppers into buyers. Purchase Ultimate or Full-Color Publishing and we’ll give you a Professionally Designed Custom Cover (a $399 value) AND Cover Text Refinement ($149 value) absolutely FREE!

vWhen you’ve completed a book to which you’ve committed your heart, soul and immeasurable time, it’s important that the cover reflects the same professionalism you gave your words. Readers know when a book just “speaks to them.” In fact, the best covers instantly pique interest with captivating images and riveting copy that communicate the character of your book. No matter who your audience is, readers should get excited the moment they see it on a shelf on online.

To get Free Custom Cover Design PLUS Cover Text Refinement that will help you sell, purchase the Ultimate or Full-Color publishing package and enter promo code Coverscribe at checkout. Your free custom cover and cover text refinement services will be added to your account in 48 hours.

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One Outskirts Press Author Will Win a New Laptop Computer in our “Show Us Your Love” Contest

We are always excited to hear from our authors always but we are extra-excited to invite you to join us in sharing your publishing journey during our Annual “Show Us Your Love” social media event. All you have to do to be eligible to win is count the ways you love Outskirts Press and your publication.

The annual event takes place around Valentine’s Day, and this time we’re spreading the self-publishing love to you with a fabulous grand prize: a brand-new laptop computer. Please note, previous Show Us Your Love contest winners are not eligible to enter the contest within three years with the same book. The deadline to enter is Friday, February 15th.

Showing your love is easy. Here’s how the contest works:

  • Record a brief video between 1 and 3 minutes long that demonstrates your deep and abiding love for your book and your publishing experience with Outskirts Press. The more creative, the better.
  • Or alternatively, take a fantastic photo commemorating your love for your Outskirts Press publication. Creativity counts!
  • Email your video file in an .mp4 or .mov format or your image in a .jpg or .png format to love@outskirtspress.com. The contest is open through February 15th.
  • Outskirts Press will share your video or image(s) on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and, if applicable, Instagram, increasing exposure for you and your book. (Please Note: By submitting a video or photograph(s) for this contest, authors grant Outskirts Press permission to post said videos or photograph(s) to its social media platforms for promotional purposes.)
  • The three finalists who receive the most “likes” on Facebook for their entries will be selected for a public vote on the Outskirts Press blog from February 18th — February 23rd to determine the winner. Be sure you follow us on Facebook, Twitter and elsewhere so you can “like” your favorite videos or images and visit our blog to vote!
  • The winner of the laptop computer will be announced via the blog on Wednesday, February 28th.

Last year’s bumper crop of submissions displayed a true labor of love. When the dust settled, our friends and followers identified Jackie Fischer, author of The Lost Branch, who showed us all what love looks like and won a new Laptop in the process. You can see Jackie’s winning video here. Runners up were Patti Reim, author of I like Big Buts and John E. Peltier, author of The Thundering Herd.

We can’t wait to hear the stories you have for us this year, so submit your submissions as early as you can! The sooner your submissions go live on our social media accounts, the more exposure you’ll receive and the more “likes” you can collect. Share the link to your submission once we post it to our Facebook and/or Instagram page with all your friends, family members, fans and social media followers! (And of course, don’t forget to “like” your own submission.) Contests such as this one serve as valuable — and free!—promotion for your books, so we hope you have a chance to sit down and whip up a great video in the days to come!

And that’s all the information you need to get started. We’ll be standing by to receive and share your submissions, as well as to answer any questions you might have. Swing on by our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/OutskirtsPress or our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/OutskirtsPress to get a glimpse of some spectacular self-publishing love!

 

 

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Resolutions Every Author Should Have for the New Year!

Structured and manageable goals are important to those of us who consider ourselves works in progress. Well, it’s that time of year when we all start thinking about those goals — in this case, New Year’s resolutions. They’re especially necessary to moving a book from an unknown publication to a chart-topper. It’s a big project!

But, whether you’re just starting to figure out marketing or already a best-selling author, there are simple things you can resolve to do in 2019 that will make you an even better at selling … or simply a better you. Here are resolutions for published authors or anyone bent on self-improvement.

  1. Set goals. “Wait, I thought a resolution was a goal!” Well, yes, it is, in a sense. Ideally, your New Year’s resolution is the culmination of your goals throughout the year. It’s important — and ultimately more productive — to make goal-setting a habit, not just a tradition we do once a year and promptly forget. So set lots of small, attainable goals rather than one insurmountable to-do you never actually do. For example, if your resolution is to sell 2,000 copies, break it down into smaller goals. Resolve to promote one giveaway in January, schedule a book-signing in February, then a book fair in March and so on for the entire year. Or, set a goal to schedule 20 book-signings next year and average 10 sales per event. Way less intimidating, right?
  2. Facilitate goals. If you’ve resolved to sell big in the new year without so much as a marketing calendar in the house, you’ve not facilitated your goals or your year’s resolution. Remove barriers to progress and instate conditions that help you achieve. Buy an entry-level PC for getting on social media to promote or gather a list of bookstores you can call to set up events. Then, resolve to reach out until you get the bookings you need to fulfill your resolution.
  3. Make marketing a priority. Once you’ve divided your marketing resolutions into smaller goals, it’s much easier to give them top priority. Knock out those little to-do’s first thing in the morning!
  4. Read, read, read. Top-notch authors are always top-notch readers. Get to know your genre not just by practicing it but by being an avid consumer of it. That way, you’ll get to know your audience and what appeals to them.
  5. Master the basics of social media. No matter what your stripe, there’s are many others with similar interests on social media. Facebook “friend” other authors and readers, and learn from them. Follow publishers. Rub elbows with book clubs. You’ll find kindred spirits in the virtual world who can enlighten you with real wisdom. Use that wisdom to refine how you communicate with potential readers.
  6. Try something new. Make 2019 the year you branch out. Start a blog. Meet new people with similar interests. These new experiences will all enrich and inform so many other aspects of your life. At the very least, you’ll be a more social and well-rounded person. Hey, you might even discover a whole new audience for your book!
  7. Just do you. Yes, you should be reading a lot, meeting people and making connections that pay off in sales. Ultimately, you’ll assimilate all these influences into a voice that is uniquely yours, and you’ll find your true audience. Don’t fight it — feed it.
  8. Consider “cheating” a little. Many of us are afraid to ask for help. It feels lazy, like we’re cutting corners. Let us put your mind at ease: It’s not cheating to ask for help reaching your marketing goals! In fact, it’s pretty smart, if you ask us. And, if you’ve tried new things, delved into social media and checked off other goals, you likely have crossed paths with new people who may be able to help you get past the hump. Reach out to friends and family to help you get the word out or purchase inexpensive marketing service options to help you reach the goals you set on the road to your resolution. (Even full-time professionals parse out their duties from time to time.)

Whatever your resolution, the important thing is to keep moving, to take whatever steps necessary to move you toward fulfilling the great things you planned for your life.

Need help moving toward your New Year’s resolution? Consider hiring a Personal Marketing Assistant for 5 hours of expertise and a Custom Marketing Plan. You can log into your Publishing Center to see what book marketing options are available to you or chat with us using the live chat option on our website (www.outskirtspress.com).