A Video is Worth a Thousand Words

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With the emergence of YouTube and other video websites, in many ways social media has become a largely video-centric world. Consumers of news, pop culture, marketing and other information, it seems, are digesting more of that information in video format.

That’s not to say the written word is dying out – books do, and will, remain a popular form of entertainment – but Internet users looking for a quick bite of magazine-style information are turning to video in greater numbers.

And why not? Videos offer a number of advantages over the printed word to both the communicator and the consumer.

Consider this: It is fairly easy for a reader to glance over a page and skip to passages they wish to read, possibly ignoring other vital information in the process. That’s less likely to happen with video, which disseminates information in a linear fashion and often in an entertaining way, making viewers less likely to skip around. With video, the communicator has the power to control what information the consumer gets, and when. That’s a powerful tool!

Now is the perfect time to take advantage of the power of video with Outskirts Press. Now through February 28, we’re offering authors sweet discounts on video marketing services. Get 25% off your Book Video Trailer & Distribution when you check out of your shopping cart by February 28 with the promotion code BVFEB25, or you can save 25% every day on our popular Book Blast bundle which includes five of our most popular marketing services, including a Book Video!

Once your video is completed, we will help you kick off your video marketing efforts by distributing it to YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and a number of other popular video sites.

Now through February 28, simply click here to add this option to your cart, enter the promotion code BVFEB25 and you receive 25% off. Don’t delay, this offer isn’t around long!


We are extending the Show Us Your Love contest for one more week!

That means YOU have more time to enter your video for a chance to win a FREE laptop!

Grab your video cameras, smartphones or iPads and record your own 1- to 3- minute video that creatively highlights what you LOVE about being a published author. Send your video to love@outskirtspress.com by midnight February 22nd and you could win a FREE HP Pavillion laptop with Windows 8.

We’ll share your video on our Facebook page, YouTube channel and Twitter. Be sure to share your videos on your own social media channels, too, and have all of your friends visit our Facebook page to “like” your video.

What two examples of what we have received so far:

The finalists with the most “likes” on our Facebook page will be selected for a public vote on our blog the last week in February. The winner of the free HP laptop will be announced on Friday, March 1, 2013.

For full details, visit our blog:

Win a FREE laptop when you Show Us Your Love this February!

Win a FREE laptop when you Show Us Your Love this February

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Outskirts Press is bursting with LOVE for self-publishing authors this February. Would you love to share in the love?

Better yet, would you love to win a free laptop computer with Windows 8?

Here’s your chance to do both: Announcing our 2nd Annual “Show Us Your Love” social media event and video contest.

One talented author will be the lucky winner of this sparkling black HP Pavillion laptop computer!

Outskirts Press authors, grab your video cameras, smartphones, or iPads and expand your artistic creativity by recording a 1-3 minute video that creatively highlights your love for your book & your love for Outskirts Press.

Email your video file to love@outskirtspress.com by midnight on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2013. **Submission deadline has been extended until 11:59pm EST February 22nd.

It’s just that simple!

We will share your video on our Facebook Page, YouTube Channel, and Twitter Feed, increasing exposure for you and your book.  The sooner you submit your video, the more exposure you’ll receive.  Be sure to share your video on your own social media channels, too, and have all your friends and family visit our Facebook page at facebook.com/outskirtspress to “like” your video.

The three finalists receiving the most “likes” on our Facebook page from among all the posted entries will be selected for a public vote on this blog to determine the winner during the last week of February.

The winner of the free HP laptop computer with Windows 8 will be announced on Friday, March 1, 2013.

That’s it!  Happy recording, and good luck!

Here’s the video created by last year’s winner, Patricia A. Hawkenson, author of Magnetic Repulsion:100 Poems From Desire to Disgust:

You can watch many other videos on our youtube channel by clicking here: youtube.com/outskirtspress

Have you written a book that you want to publish? Do you want to love your publisher? Click here to start publishing your book today with Outskirts Press.

Computer Specs:

HP – Pavilion 15.6″ Laptop, Sparkling Black
6-cell lithium-ion battery
65W AC adapter
Software: Microsoft Windows 8 operating system preinstalled. CyberLink Power2Go, CyberLink PowerDVD
AMD A6-4400M Accelerated Processor with AMD Radeon HD 7520G discrete-class graphics
500GB hard drive (5400 rpm)
AMD Radeon HD 7520G discrete-class graphics
2 USB 3.0 ports and 1 USB 2.0 port
Built-in high-speed wireless LAN (802.11b/g/n)
Built-in 10/100Base-T Ethernet LAN
Weighs 5.5 lbs. and measures just 1.4″ thin
Height: 1.4 inches
Width: 14.8 inches
Depth: 9.6 inches

*Authors who submit videos are giving Outskirts Press permission to post videos to our YouTube channel, on our website, and other social media platforms for promotional purposes.