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).

 

Resolve to Publish in 2019 – and SAVE 19% on Your Publishing Package

The New Year is the perfect opportunity to check the resolution to publish off your list and start the year as a published author. So, for a limited time, you can ring in 2019 with 19% OFF the Ultimate or Full-Color publishing package from Outskirts Press. It’s the perfect way to achieve one of your greatest goals early in the year … and meet a money-saving goal you didn’t even know you had.

Taking advantage of the convenience of a publishing package is as simple as a few clicks of the mouse. Simply enter the promo code Save19Now at checkout when you purchase the Ultimate or Full-Color publishing package from Outskirts Press.

It’s as easy as that! Resolve to publish in 2019 and Outskirts Press will be there to help every step of the way.

Not sure which publishing package is right for you? Call a Publishing Consultant at 1-888-672-6657 (OP BOOKS), or chat with us using the live chat option on our website www.outskirtspress.com. Just remember, this is a limited-time offer, so don’t delay!

 

It’s the Season of Giving: Give Yourself the Gift of Self-Publishing

The day after Thanksgiving, Black Friday, marks the official launch of the holiday buying rush – and a time we can all be grateful for seasonal sales!

Outskirts Press wants to help you kick off your holiday shopping with big savings on your choice of one of our most popular and comprehensive publishing packages! Starting Black Friday (Nov. 23) through Cyber Monday (Nov. 26), we’re offering $500 OFF any One-Click publishing package of your choice, or 20% OFF the Full-Color or Ultimate publishing package.

And, despite the hustle and bustle of the holidays, this is actually the perfect time of year to self-publish. Think about it: With an inclusive, full-service package from Outskirts Press, you barely have to lift a finger! That means more time to spend shopping, baking Christmas cookies and cozying up with dearest friends and family.

The choice is yours, but there’s no wrong publishing package selection! There’s so much to be thankful for in these comprehensive packages from Outskirts Press: included cover art, formatting, ISBN number, and unlimited wholesale printing, fulfillment and distribution via Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Ingram, Baker & Taylor, Bertram and others. Choose from dozens of formats, plus 20 free image insertions and 3 free rounds of galley revisions.

Here’s how to take advantage of the Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale:

  • Add your choice of the One-Click, Full-Color or Ultimate publishing package to your cart
  • Enter the promo code 500BlackFriday to receive $500 off the One-Click Package
  • OR enter promo code BlackFriday-20pct to receive 20% off the Full-Color or Ultimate publishing package

Check publishing off your holiday to-do list and enjoy the holiday season.

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

 

Fall Savings: Rake up a Big Discount on Publishing and a FREE Amazon Kindle Edition!

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 …

To claim this big discount and free Amazon Kindle Edition, simply add the Ultimate or Full-Color publishing package to your cart and enter the promo code SeptemberSavings-18 at checkout. But hurry — this is a limited-time offer!

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

 

Save Time, Spare Your Sanity—and Trim 10% from Marketing Assistance!

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!

An Outskirts Press PMA is charged with providing every self-publishing author with tangible and practical tools that will help them market effectively for years to come, including:

  • a detailed marketing plan to guide your promotional efforts
  • resources, tips and connections for radio and print promotion
  • a thoughtful and well-developed social media marketing plan
  • outreach and follow-up on marketing campaign leads

If you find yourself lost on how to develop a book marketing plan or struggling to prioritize the book sales strategies, it may be time to consult with a Personal Marketing Assistant. He or she will provide you with a detailed marketing plan that gives you a clear understanding of where, when and how to set your plan in motion, and the confidence that your book sales will never again be at the mercy of directionless fate.

Then, your PMA can relieve you of time-consuming responsibilities, such as arranging your first book signings or interviews, identifying reviewers, reaching out to media or other tasks you don’t have the time or expertise to tackle. It’s a 5-hour jumpstart that saves you weeks of aggravation and lost opportunities!

All you need to do to take advantage of the offer is add the Personal Marketing Assistant option to your shopping cart and enter the promo code PMA10Save at checkout.

Start and finish 2018 knowing with all the confidence of an author in full control of the publishing and marketing processes!

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.

Want to expedite your marketing plan and marketing calendar? Consider purchasing time with an Outskirts Press
Personal Marketing Assistant for help preparing your holiday promotions.