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Happy New Year! Is your New Year’s Resolution to get published in 2011 and support a good cause all at the same time? Then you may be interested in getting published in our Facebook Anthology.

Outskirts Press is proud to announce an exciting new chapter in social network publishing. Become a fan on our Facebook page by clicking here and then clicking on the “Like” button.

All our Facebook Fans will have the opportunity to get published for free in our first Facebook Anthology, to be published in the first quarter of 2011.

The royalties will go to a charity of our Facebook Fans’ choosing.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Become an Outskirts Press Facebook Fan
  2. Jan 1 – Jan 9: Post your submission on your wall and share it so it posts on our wall.*
  3. Read other submissions and “Like” the ones you are fond of.
  4. Jan 10: Vote among title suggestions to determine the title of the book.
  5. Jan 12: Vote from among charities to determine which charity receives the book’s royalties.
  6. Jan 14: Vote from among cover choices to determine the cover of the anthology.

Follow us on Twitter for reminders throughout the process.

Will your work be featured in our first Facebook Anthology? There’s only one way to find out. Submit your work to your Facebook wall and ours before January 10 for publication in our first Facebook Anthology. Your submission must appear on our wall to be considered. Then, get your friends to “like” your submission. Submissions with the highest votes will help us determine which submissions to accept.

*Important: Each wall posting has a character limit of 1,000, so up to 10 sequential wall postings will be accepted for a maximum character limit of 10,000 per Facebook friend.  This anthology is perfect for short-short stories, poems, jokes, anecdotes, recipes, writing samples, or other short pieces. Of course, you keep all the rights to your submission, but you are granting Outskirts Press a non-exclusive right to publish your submission in the anthology. Read all the details of the Facebook Anthology on our blog at, which will keep you updated throughout the month of January.

Want to publish more than 10,000 characters? Check out our full-service publishing packages by clicking here.

Get Your Free 2011 Author Marketing Calendar
Successful book promotion requires an organized plan. Let the Outskirts Press 2011 Marketing Calendar draw your attention to some of the most important book marketing deadlines and most helpful marketing options in the industry.

Best of all, the calendar is ABSOLUTELY FREE for a limited time for published Outskirts Press authors. It’s just our small way of wishing you a Happy New Year.

Simply enter the following promotion code when adding the calendar to your shopping cart before January 15, 2011: Free2011

Receive $300 of “Mad Money” to spend on publishing options

Fulfilling your New Year’s Resolution to publish a book is now even easier and more affordable than ever. Start publishing with our ultimate Diamond or full-color Pearl publishing package before January 15th, and we will add $300 of “Mad Money” to your account.

This credit line is good for any production or marketing option we offer during the pre-production process! See all the details by clicking here.

This was our most popular promotion in 2010.Just enter the following promotion code when you add the Diamond or full-color Pearl package to your shopping cart before January 15, 2011: 300MoneyJan11

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Self Publishing and Book Marketing Newsletter

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The Highly Effective Habits of 5 Successful Authors Top 5 Headlines

Meet five successfully self-published authors and discover in their own words what contributed to their success.


  • How did Gang Chen earn over $100,000 in 180 days?
  • How has Sally Shields transformed herself from a stay-at-home mom to a #1 bestselling author and book marketing dynamo?
  • How did Ronnie Lee become one of the most prolific published authors in the world?
  • How has Charlotte Endorf turned personal hardships into life-affirming successes?
  • How did Andrew J. Rafkin find the motivation during a boating trip to write not one, not two, not three, but four award-winning novels?
Regardless of whether you are just starting to write your book, or exploring all your publishing options with a completed manuscript in your hands, the personal stories and effective habits of these five authors will surely inspire you!


In the pages of the new book, The Highly Effective Habits of 5 Successful Authors, you will hear the inspirational stories that turned each of them into self-publishing successes, in their own words.
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, you will learn how to get the ebook edition of this new book absolutely FREE on Tuesday, August 17th.


Andrew J. Rafkin is a San Pedro native, a successful entrepreneur,and the current president of Palos Verdes Security Systems. Rafkin has received numerous awards for his books, including the EVVY literary award for Red Sky Morning and a gold, silver, and bronze “sweep” of the Action/Adventure category in the Readers Favorite Awards for his Madness trilogy: Creating Madness, Mediterranean Madness and Mexican Madness.
Charlotte Endorf was recognized as “Toastmaster of the Decade” and is a two-time winner of the coveted “Distinguished Toastmaster” award through her 10-year affiliation with Toastmasters International. She inspires and educates audiences with professional talks designed to complement each of her many books, including By Train They Came, Plains Bound: Fragile Cargo, and Unsung Neighbors.


Ronnie Lee is a Chinese poet and philosopher. He has lived and studied in the United Kingdom, but now resides in Hong Kong, where he is working to establish greater awareness of modern philosophy and poetry.
As one of the most prolific published authors today, his tomes include The Philosophy of Life, The Genius of the Metropolis, and The Meaning of Life, among many others.


Sally Shields is an award-winning pianist, composer, speaker, and author. She is also the #1 Amazon bestselling author of The Daughter-in-Law Rules: 101 Surefire Ways to Make Friends with Your Mother-In-Law! as well as The Collaborator Rules: 101 Surefire Ways to Stay Friends with Your Co-Author!
Gang Chen is a LEED AP BD+C and a licensed architect in California. He is also the internationally-acclaimed author of Architectural Practice Simplified, Planting Design Illustrated and several LEED exam guides including LEED AP Exam Guide, LEED BD&C Exam Guide, and LEED GA EXAM GUIDE.
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I found the staff to be professional and qualified, my author representative outstanding, and my expectations far exceeded! Selecting Outskirts Press as my publisher was one of the best decisions I have ever made.” –

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4 Top Book Marketing Strategies

In the continuing effort to further support self-published authors, here are four recommended book marketing strategies:

1. Add an Amazon Kindle Edition

No matter where you publish, or in what genre you write, you must have a Kindle edition of your book. This is especially true if you write and publish fiction. Finally, the Kindle has resolved the age-old concern that non-fiction is easier to sell.

Want proof? Right now, the top 2 best-selling books published by Outskirts Press are fiction books:

New: Now with a Kindle edition, your book can be available on the iPhone! Is the iPhone the “killer-app” the e-book market needs? Perhaps, and in the 4th quarter of 2009, Amazon took a big step in that direction by providing the free Kindle App through the iTunes store. With your Kindle Edition, your book is immediately available for sale on the #1 best-selling product on Amazon (the Kindle) and on the #1 best-selling mobile phone (the iPhone). How valuable is that?

Bonus for published Outskirts Press authors: You keep 100% of your profits from Amazon for your Kindle edition, even if you have us create and submit your Kindle edition for you. You can add the Kindle edition (with iPhone availability) conveniently by clicking here (and save 10% with the Promotion Code: RELAUNCH10).

2. Create a Book Video Trailer

Enter the 21st Century with Book Video Trailers, which are like Hollywood-movie trailers for your book. Depending upon where you publish, a book video can cost anywhere from a few hundred to many thousands of dollars, so do your research when you are picking your publisher.

Equally important is the level of online social networking and video distribution that comes with your video package. Yes, having a book video trailer is important, and uploading it to your author webpage is nice. But to really leverage the power of the Internet, your book video needs to be linked and viewable from all the major social and video networking sites, like:

  • YouTube
  • MySpace
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • …to name just a few…

It doesn’t matter how you go about getting a book video trailer made, and how you go about distributing it, just as long as you make it a part of your overall book marketing strategy. The Outskirts Press Book Video Trailer & Distribution option for our authors includes the creation of a Hollywood-style book video along with distribution to all those video venues listed above, plus others. Here’s an example of a book video trailer for a full-color, fully-illustrated book from Outskirts Press:

Bonus for published Outskirts Press authors: You can save 10% on the Book Video Trailer option by clicking here and entering the Promotion Code: RELAUNCH10 in your shopping cart.

3. Add an Audio Excerpt to iTunes

Speaking of the iPhone and iTunes, it is equally important that you have an audio file distributed through iTunes that either discusses your book or features an audio sample of someone reading from your book. By submitting the audio file through RSS distribution and iTunes with keywords, you increase the chances of potential customers learning about your book (or even stumbling accidentally upon it) in a wide variety of venues and platforms.

For example, select Outskirts Press authors have the option of adding the Enhanced Audio Excerpt with iTunes Distribution. This optional marketing service offers a two to three minute audio recording of a section from the author’s book, recorded by book marketing guru and Blog Talk Radio host Sally Shields. Not only is this option ideal for authors who may not like the sound of their own voice, but the Enhanced Audio Excerpt is distributed and syndicated just like a Podcast, which includes availability on multiple content sites, including iTunes.

Published Outskirts Press authors can save 10% on the Enhanced Audio Excerpt option right now and receive a free 30-minute telephone marketing consultation with Sally Shields. Order from your Author’s Center by clicking here and enter the the Promotion Code: RELAUNCH10 in your shopping cart.

4. Complete a media kit, marketing plan, and promotional schedule – Put it all on a CD that you can mail to the press

Recognizing the value and necessity of live, 1-on-1 marketing consultation, Outskirts Press has also added the free 30-minute marketing call to its CD Media/Press Kit option. The Outskirts Press Personal Marketing Assistant can now help published Outskirts Press authors complete their personalized marketing plans and promotional calendars to be included in the customized CD Media/Press Kits.

Included on the CD are a professionally written press release, an author biography and book summary, a marketing plan and promotional calendar, a high-resolution author image (if provided by the author), and a secure e-book edition of the book.

Even if you have published elsewhere, a media/press kit is an important component to an overall book marketing strategy. If you cannot produce a professional, customized CD like the one available for Outskirts Press authors, at least put the necessary elements on your author webpage.

Published Outskirts Press authors can save 10% on their custom CD Media/Press Kit and receive a free 30-minute telephone consultation with a Personal Marketing Assistant when they enter Promotion Code:RELAUNCH10 at the time of ordering the CD Media/Press Kit.

The 10% discount code for these options will expire in February, so now is the time to order from your secure Author’s Center
by clicking here.

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Top 10 Amazon Kindle Books

The Amazon Kindle introduces a whole new method of reaching new readers. We have recently introduced our new Amazon Kindle Submission Service (for details, click here).

Below are the top 10 Amazon Kindle books from Outskirts Press.

Moonlight by Keith Knapp
Moonlight by Keith Knapp


Not Manifesting?  This Book is for You! by Kathleen Mackenzie
Not Manifesting? This Book is for You! by Kathleen Mackenzie


Pocket of Pearls by Merna D. Throne
Pocket of Pearls by Merna D. Throne


City Within a City by Sherry Clark Thomas
City Within a City by Sherry Clark Thomas


I WANT TO Make Money in the Stock Market by Chris M. Hart, Sr.
I WANT TO Make Money in the Stock Market by Chris M. Hart, Sr.


Planting Design Illustrated by Gang Chen
Planting Design Illustrated by Gang Chen


The End Result by Marc Boyajian
The End Result by Marc Boyajian


West of 16W by Mark Slomiany
West of 16W by Mark Slomiany


The World I Imagine by Debbie Jordan
The World I Imagine by Debbie Jordan


Dark Day of the Soul by Dave Hart
Dark Day of the Soul by Dave Hart

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