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Still mulling over when to publish your book? Fall is the perfect time to turn over a new leaf and get it done. The weather is cool and comfortable — perfect for a marathon writing session on the laptop under a colorful canopy of fall foliage. Summer vacations are in the bag, the kids are in school (and out of your hair) and you’re not bogged down in holiday to-do’s. So why not get ‘er done?

Outskirts Press is making it even easier by helping you rake up savings when you publish. In honor of autumn, we’re offering 15% Off Ultimate or Full-Color publishing PLUS a FREE Amazon Kindle Edition of your book! You don’t even need to be finished writing to take advantage of the discount and free ebook edition. That’s hundreds of dollars in savings you can use for important things like sweaters and cocoa …

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There are so many tools and channels modern self-publishing authors can use to promote a new book that the process can be overwhelming. In fact, many authors say book marketing is even more stressful than the writing itself.

In the interest of saving time — and preserving your sanity — consider enlisting the expertise of an experienced book marketing professional, who comes preloaded with a wealth of marketing knowledge on instant recall. This month, Outskirts Press is taking 10% off its Personal Marketing Assistant service to get you started on the promotional road. More on that in a bit, but here’s how it works.

An Outskirts Press Personal Marketing Assistant, or PMA, is an advisor on strategic marketing and sales with relevant experience in the literary field. They are enthusiastic book fans, dedicated advocates and determined spokespersons. But they’re so much more than cheerleaders!

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Why the Holidays Should Be on Your Marketing Radar Now

For many of us, the red-and-green bling and piped-in Christmas music at the local big box store — usually before the kids’ Halloween candy is even inspected — is the first tip-off that the giving season is around the bend. It always seems ridiculously early to think about the holidays … but is it really?

If you’re a self-publishing author with plans to market a book, it’s certainly not. In fact, it should be on your mind now, even as summer is at full sizzle. Let’s work backward on the calendar to illustrate why.

By Black Friday, the official kick-off for holiday shopping, most print news and magazine organizations have already planned and sold out advertising space in their regular editions, gift guides and other special holiday publications. If you want to reserve ad space on time, you’ll need to think one to three months ahead; this means you should have your holiday marketing ducks in a row even before those trick-or-treaters come knocking.

That brings us back to October. By some estimates, one-third of shoppers are already buying gifts in the fall, taking advantage of Labor Day sales when the fervor is less aggressive. This can be a golden time to grab the spotlight with a print ad or polished social media banners with less competition than you’re likely to encounter in December.

To prepare, you should create marketing pieces or work with a copywriter and/or graphic designer in September to have your materials ready in plenty of time for a Labor Day push. Consider it a dry run — a chance to gather valuable data you can use to refine your approach to Christmas. (Then get started on Christmas, asap!)

In the two months leading up to Labor Day, focus on a marketing calendar and budget. Spend August saving your coins, determining your marketing budget, researching where best to allocate your money and drafting a marketing calendar specifically for the holidays.

So, now that you know how short time really is, start planning! You’ll be way ahead of the competition — and, dare we say, far less stressed — by the time your happy holidays roll around.

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Amazon Featured Book of the Week

Here’s this week’s Featured Book-of-the-Week available now on Amazon.com!


Mind vs. Matter

by Konrad Koenigsmann

(5 Stars – 9 Customer Reviews)

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Konrad Koenigsmann’s “Mind vs. Matter.” The world has been carved into empires after World War III and the mysterious leader of a shadowy organization makes plans to take over the entire planet. A new force emerges, a father and son, who have unparalleled mental capabilities and they begin to use their mental prowess to battle for control of the world. This book is a gripping and thought-provoking award-winning novel.

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Self-Publishing Author Spotlight: Jerry Snodgrass

At Outskirts Press, Inc., we take great pride in celebrating the work of our successful self-publishing authors, and we do so each week through our Self-Publishing Author Spotlight. This week we highlight self-publishing author Jerry Snodgrass, who has published an astounding 9 successful titles!

Learn more about Jerry through this week’s Self-Publishing Author Spotlight.

About the Author:

Jerry Snodgrass was born in Butler, Missouri, in 1938. He was raised and went to school in Indianola, Iowa. He entered the military after graduating from high school in 1957, and successfully fulfilled his dreams of serving in the military and federal service, traveling to exotic locations for over fifty years. Jerry is a Vietnam Veteran and is a Life Member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion. His passion for romance and suspense and the lives of the American cowboy inspired him to write, Night Shadows Over Sandy Creek. He provides exciting reading with a fiction romance novel set in Southwest Texas. Jerry lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife Rosemary and their little Yorkie, Stormy.

Forgotten Honor Book CoverForgotten Honor

From the steamy jungles of Vietnam, to the ancient city of Istanbul, Blake Tanner is a man you want on your side. Follow him as he travels from his home in Colorado to New York City, Atlanta, London, Istanbul, Naples, Athens, and Barcelona in search of clues and answers connected to his friend’s death.

 

 

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Paperback
Format: 6 x 9 Black & White Paperback, 225 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Dec 08, 2007)
ISBN10: 1432718177
ISBN13: 9781432718176
Genre: FICTION / Thrillers / Suspense

 

Moments to Remember 1957 Book CoverMoments to Remember 1957

It’s the summer of 1956, and how teenagers lived and loved and played, when James Dean was the coolest and rock ‘n’ roll was the only music worth listening to, comes to life in Moments to Remember 1957. In a small town in the Midwest, at Indian Falls High School, we meet the greaser and the misfit, the farm boy and the girl next door, and the dreams they thought were “made in the shade.” Here’s a slice of American life – both good times and bad – that will have you digging up your old 45s, sipping on some cherry Coke floats, and wondering what happened to all the friendships that were going to last forever.

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Paperback
Format: 6.14 x 9.21 Black & White Paperback, 130 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Oct 07, 2008)
ISBN10: 1432732803
ISBN13: 9781432732806
Genre: FICTION / General

 

Lone Star Destiny Book CoverLone Star Destiny

It is 1878, as young John Wesley Steel leaves home for the wild Texas Frontier. It is a deadly time in the state’s fledgling history as Indian, Mexican, and white men fight for their beliefs. Wes works as a cowboy and then begins the life of a Texas Ranger, he soon falls in love and marries. But as Steel’s family grows, so do the dangers, and now he must fight to save his dear ones and the land he loves.

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Paperback
Format: 6.14 x 9.21 Black & White Paperback, 311 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Jul 31, 2009)
ISBN10: 1432744151
ISBN13: 9781432744151
Genre: FICTION / Westerns

 

Memories – The Class of 1957
“The Fifties Was a Time of Excitement and Joy”

The story is a snapshot view of the fabulous 50s and the Indianola, Iowa graduating class of 1957. Too much happened during the final five months of the class’s senior year of high school. Also, too many years have passed to present accurate memories of activities and events. The 1950s, and especially the year 1957 was a very exciting decade and still is. It was a time of happiness, individually, and plain good old fun.

 

CASTLE ON THE RHINE
International Suspense

Brady Lane is happy to be retired from the US Army Criminal Investigation Command (CID). He is enjoying life with his second wife, Julie, and his two lovely daughters. But at the age of forty-five, Brady finds he’s not quite ready to retire when his expertise is requested to help solve the murder of his close friend and former partner. Brady and Julie relocate to Germany, where they find themselves enmeshed in an international intrigue, chasing down an arms and drug smuggler whose only motivation is money. This deftly plotted thriller will have you on the edge of your seat as you discover what really goes on beneath the tranquil exterior of the Castle on the Rhine.

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Format: 5 x 8 Black & White Paperback, 195 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Jun 04, 2014)
ISBN10: 1478731192
ISBN13: 9781478731191
Genre: FICTION / Action & Adventure

Crystal Lake Secrets:
Kurt Chapel Book 1

 

Kurt Chapel former CIA operative, Navy SEAL, and mercenary decides to give up his dangerous occupation after the successful rescue of a Croatian politician’s daughter. During the rescue in the countryside near Zagreb, he killed the three kidnappers that were holding her for ransom. Kurt makes the decision to hide his past and relocate to the small central Texas city of Kingston and begin a new life as a novelist. But it isn’t long before he realizes that this pleasant little town is bursting at the seams with corruption and danger. Beautiful blonde realtor Norma Price enlists his help to figure out what her seemingly mild-mannered husband, Bill, has been doing at high-end listings represented by Price Realty. The truth they uncover will catch several people in a web of blackmail and corruption, and Kurt’s CIA connections will be priceless in bringing the criminals to justice. Smart, funny, and fast-paced, this romance/thriller will keep you guessing and leave you anticipating the next book in the Kurt Chapel series.

Product details…
Paperback
Format: 5 x 8 Black & White Paperback, 243 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (May 30, 2015)
ISBN10: 1478757655
ISBN13: 9781478757658
Genre: FICTION / Thrillers / Suspense

More books by Jerry Snodgrass include
WOODCREST 911
Man from the Sea
NIGHT SHADOWS

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Author Poll: Author Rory Smith Wants Your Help With His Cover

Rory Smith is self-publishing a book with Outskirts Press, and he wants your help deciding on his book cover.

Book Summary

The Burning Man Festival in the Nevada desert attracts thousands of people each year. They come to camp out in the middle of a dry lake bed—to “find” themselves, for artistic expression, or just to live a week in a non-monetary trade environment. Rock and his friends simply want to see what all the fuss is about.

Burning Man seems like fun, and the young men meet interesting new people. But what Rock and his friends learn about themselves is mindboggling—and it will change their lives forever…possibly even the world. Follow Rock and his friends, new and old, as they attempt to cheat death and carry the weight of a secret that has been kept for over 2,000 years.

About the Author

Rory Smith is an avid adventurer, dreamer, and world traveler who enjoys seeing new things and experiencing differing cultures, believing in goal-based travel. He is an ex-football player on multiple levels of the sport and is actively involved in the field of nuclear technology and electrical power production. He is a published novelist and has sequels for each of his projects beating on the basement door of his mind in a mad scramble to be put down on paper.

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

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