It’s Always Q&A Time at Outskirts Press!

Success in self-publishing requires a powerful, carefully-crafted platform — and at Outskirts Press, we recognize the value in knowing all of your options before getting started. This is why, we make it easy to connect with a publishing consultant!

For the third year in a row, we were rated as the #1 Publisher by Top Consumer Reviews, an award which boils down to two simple words: personal service. No matter what life throws your way, we are here to ensure that you receive the best possible return on your investment by providing top-notch personal service in the form of a Publishing Consultant.

What exactly is a Publishing Consultant? They’re the ones who among other things can help you navigate:

  • Selecting the best publishing package for your book
  • Determining the best options for your book
  • Manuscript submission
  • Designing both the cover and interior of your book
  • Copyediting
  • Creating ebooks and digital trailers
  • Writing and distributing press releases
  • Filing for LCCN and Library of Congress listings
  • Registering for an official copyright, and more!

Other self-publishing companies might offer personal consultation as a part of their services, but Outskirts Press is one of the few that does so before full payment! Even before you pay the $35 down payment which will start you on your publishing journey, you can reach out to a Publishing Consultant via chat on our website or speak with one by phone at 1-888-672-6657.

You can even schedule a meeting directly with a Publishing Consultant via the following link — Schedule a Consultation.

It’s time! You can start getting answers to even the most pressing of questions by speaking with one of our expert staff today!

 

Inspirational Self-Published Book Becomes Inspirational Documentary

It wasn’t too long ago we shared the news that Outskirts Press author Stephen S. Janes had a movie in the works based upon his book, The Prayer Wheel Odyssey; that Skip Stover had a movie in the works based upon his Outskirts Press book, The Ghost of Governor’s Bridge; and that A-list actor Chris Pine had just finished starring in a TNT mini-series based upon author Fauna Hodel’s remarkable memoir, One Day She’ll Darken, initially published by Outskirts Press before being picked up by a traditional publisher in time for the series premiere.

Here we are again, this time to announce another exciting project in the works, this one an inspirational documentary based upon the real-life trauma and triumph of one of Outskirts Press’s most motivating and captivating authors, speakers, and coaches: Amy Jordan.

The full-length documentary is based upon Amy Jordan’s autobiographical self-help book, Dance Because You Can: 5 Steps to Transform Trauma into Triumph, and is nearing completion. It is directed by two-time Emmy Nominee Brian Thomas, who has previously worked with Michael Jackson, Pink, Jaimie Foxx, and Beyonce, among many others.

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Dance Because You Can is a direct pathway to getting through any obstacle and transforming trauma into triumph. Amy Jordan is a critically acclaimed award-winning author, speaker, coach, and choreographer,  and she passionately walks you through her five-step system of D.A.N.C.E.  By the end you have a tool kit that works for pretty much any adversity in life.

Her professional company, The Victory Dance Project, has honored legends of dance and stage including Chita Rivera. Jordan’s work has been featured in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, NY Post, and FORTUNE magazine among others. Amy is an in- demand motivational speaker and coach speaking for groups from ten to ten thousand, including corporations, organizations, youth programs, leadership development, health organizations, and schools.

Her speaking, interviewing, and promotional circuit for both the book and the upcoming documentary is too extensive to list here, but you can find all sorts of interviews, behind-the-scenes showcases, and dance performances on Vimeo, including the trailer for the documentary, which you can watch right here:

What a true inspiration she is, to authors, dancers, and, in fact, to human beings everywhere. Way to go, Amy!  Outskirts Press is with you. Thank you for sharing your amazing story with the world.

 

 

Quality Matters in Self-Publishing—and Outskirts Press Delivers

Readers are a discerning bunch. They take cues on mood, tone and content from a book cover alone, gauge the appropriateness by the cover text, and measure the value of the contents in the sample pages. They complete this assessment with surprising accuracy—and in a matter of seconds!

When you have but a moment to impress, quality matters. It matters in all things related to your book—not just your meticulously chosen words. As the saying goes, “You’re only as strong as your weakest link.” If the quality of your book cover, formatting, cover scribing, editing, book selling pages and marketing materials are less than stellar, your whole presence as an author falls short.

Your reputation as a polished, professional author will be carefully crafted by Outskirts Press. We are in the business of delivering to authors high-quality published books that are indistinguishable from anything produced by a traditional publishing house. We provide self-publishing authors a variety of professional services they need to create a professional book:

  • custom cover art
  • interior formatting design
  • editing and ghostwriting options
  • book marketing services and materials
  • comprehensive publishing packages with everything you need to get published at a discounted bundle price

Book buyers will skip over an amateurish cover in a nanosecond and just as quickly zero in on one with professionally designed art and composition. Typos and formatting irregularities will leap from the page, and poor color rendering, binding and cover material will sour them on what could have been a supremely enjoyable reading experience. Don’t let this happen to you.

Protect your precious investment! Choose the quality you deserve … choose Outskirts Press.

Need advice on how to get quality worthy of your work? Let us walk you through your best options. There are three ways to connect:

 

Tactics for Stretching Your Book Advertising Budget

As a self-publishing author, you’re always looking for ways to get your book in front of new readers, and you’re probably looking for ways to stretch your marketing budget too. At Outskirts Press, our Co-Op Advertising Program is the solution!

The Outskirts Press Co-Op Advertising Program is a powerful, yet affordable tool that gives authors
premium advertising exposure for their book in high-quality magazines or periodicals with other Outskirts Press authors—but at a fraction of what it would cost to run a full-color ad on their own.

Authors marketing their books through the Co-op Advertising Program can secure premium exposure for a minimal amount of money. Each book will occupy a 2″ x 2.5″ space within a full-color, full-page or half-page ad alongside other Outskirts authors. The book’s ad space includes a full-color image of the book’s cover, an abbreviated synopsis, ISBN and retail price, along with all the ordering information necessary to purchase the book.

Outskirts Press offers its authors several options to choose from in the Co-Op Advertising Program. Imagine, YOUR book prominently featured in one of these industry favorites:

  • Foreword Magazine, which reaches over 10,000 librarians, booksellers, agents and other industry professionals
  • Spirituality & Health, which reaches over 200,000 readers exploring the spiritual journey to self-knowledge, authenticity and integration
  • Publishers Weekly, which targets 80,000 booksellers, publishers, librarians, wholesalers, distributors and agents, plus more than 360,000 unique monthly website visitors
  • Bookmarks Magazine, which targets a dedicated and affluent readership of 40,000 and growing
  • New York Times Sunday Book Review. Reach an audience of OVER 4 MILLION book buyers with a co-op advertisement in the go-to guide for holiday book shopping… The New York Times Sunday Book Review. Now is the time to start planning for holiday book marketing so reserve your space today

Space is limited and ads fill up fast … Click below for more details on the Outskirts Press Co-Op Advertising Program and see how easy (and affordable) it can be to promote your book nationwide!

 

The Importance of Custom Cover Design

Regardless of the content of your book, a thoughtful, beautifully crafted cover will play an integral role in the success of your book. Many a self-published author (and many traditionally published authors as well!) lament that, while they poured their soul into every precious word, they didn’t give enough attention to the package. Well, looks matter.

Not convinced? Think about how you make buying decisions in your local supermarket. Perhaps you’re trying a new soup or selecting wine to go with dinner. How did you choose? Odds are it was an eye-catching label that drove you to pick up certain brands. Maybe you read a couple product descriptions, and then you placed the prettiest among them in your cart.

Readers choose books in much the same way. While they usually do read book summaries to help them make a decision, how do they decide which summaries to read in the first place? You got it — the cover! Professional book cover art creates a number of advantages for your book in a crowded buying environment over plain looking covers:

  • Information. Custom cover art conveys important, specific clues to the reader about the content of your book. Clues imparted by color, theme, fonts and more, all tailored to your book, will instantly help buyers determine what your book is about and if it’s a good fit for their reading habits and preferences.
  • Credibility. Professional cover art immediately cues the reader — whether they’re aware of it or not — that the same care that was put into beautiful cover art was also taken in the writing of the book. It sends an instant message about quality — and you’ll want readers to perceive high quality right up front!
  • Visibility. Of course, you know your book is high quality, but if no one notices it, all that pithy content won’t matter. A custom crafted cover gets a potential book buyer to slow down for a second or two, which greatly increases the odds they’ll investigate further. It’s the first and most important step to securing a sale.
  • Targeting. An important function of your book cover is not just to appeal to any reader, but to appeal to the specific type of reader your content is intended to entertain or inform. For example, when creating a custom cover for a romance novel intended for young adults, a professional cover artist will take a vastly different approach than he would when creating a cover for a romance geared toward middle-age readers.
  • Marketability. A book and its cover add up to more than sum of their parts. Compelling content — packaged with an appropriate, targeted and smartly tailored book cover — makes for a marketable book that stands far better odds of selling than a strong book with a weak cover.

A professional custom book cover creates an attractive self-publishing package that readers will want to put in their shopping cart. While there’s never a guarantee that your stunning new artwork will immediately lead to an explosion in book sales a poorly designed cover is all but guaranteed to get passed by time and time again. And, the best part about compelling book cover art is that you don’t need an entire team of marketing gurus to get noticed. One knowledgeable and skilled cover artist can make a huge difference in online traffic to your book — and that makes a huge difference in sales.

 

Get Ready for Independent Bookstore Day

Independent Bookstore Day takes place this Saturday, April 27, and is a nation-wide event celebrated by independent bookstore owners, its patrons, and readers & writers of all ages!  Since independent bookstores are… well, independent, every party/celebration is different! That’s part of the fun, so plan on visiting more than one. At one bookstore you might find authors, singers, and musicians; at another you might experience a scavenger hunt, or a BBQ, or some bouncy houses for young readers.

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As such, it is sure to be a day-long event for all the self-publishing authors and book readers in general who want to celebrate these community epicenters that are owned, run, and cared for by passionate book lovers.

And for you self-publishing authors out there, this may even be an opportunity to get to know your local bookstore owners, perhaps arrive upon a time for a book signing in the future, or drop off several books on consignment.  Or, at the very least, show other members of your household the beauty of books, no matter how they are published.

Need help finding indie bookstores in your area? IndieBound.org can help.

Need help self-publishing your next masterpiece? OutskirtsPress.com can help.

 

 

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Would you like help choosing your best self-publishing option? Connect with Outskirts Press now in whatever manner is easiest for you:

“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