The Top 10 Reasons to be Thankful for Self-Publishing

As Thanksgiving draws near, it’s time to take stock of everything there is to be thankful for. Family, friends, love, laughter … and being a published author (or the opportunity to be published soon). There’s never been a better time to be a writer. Here are just a few reasons we should all be thankful to be self-publishing in these exciting times:

  1. eBooks. Just having the ability to offer books in an easy-to-order format has opened up a massive sales channel for independent authors. As readers move from hardcopy to electronic books, the ability for anyone to get their book in front of these customers is priceless exposure — and offering an ebook is easy.
  2. Social media. When knocking on doors, making phone calls, buying ads and getting media coverage aren’t on your busy holiday calendar, reaching out to large audiences is still achievable, thanks to social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and more. Author pages can be set up quickly, so you can let others know about your book from the comfort of your home.
  3. Author webpages. An author website can be created for free on many drag-and-drop website building platforms and most full-service self-publishing companies, such as Outskirts Press, provide a webpage to every author who publishes with them. You can easily provide this link to prospective readers so they can purchase your paperback, hardback, eBook, or even your audiobook on iTunes.
  4. Blogging platforms. The advantage of being an author is that you can put your writing skills to great use in your marketing. A personal or professional blog is a great way to raise your profile online, interact with readers and make valuable connections with others in the publishing industry. If you don’t have a blog, start one today for free on WordPress.
  5. Power of the press. Book announcements have come a long way in recent years. In an instant, a press release distribution service can get your book announcement to thousands of relevant news organizations worldwide. Plus, with the internet as a valuable research tool, an author can very quickly gather specific publications and broadcast media to target with personal contact.
  6. Goodreads. Self-published authors can easily make use of many selling tools on the Goodreads platform to foster relationships with readers, promote their books and sell more copies.
  7. Support when you need it. Traditional publishing houses typically provide a marketing push upon a book’s release but withdraw support as time goes on — especially if a book falls short of lofty sales goals. This doesn’t mean the window for success has closed; it only means the publisher no longer supports the author. Many of those authors now have the flexibility to pursue self-publishing when their rights revert back to them from the traditional houses. And they’re discovering that when they’re in charge — as all self-publishing authors are — they have the power to tweak their marketing approach, and keep more of the profits at the same time. It’s never too late to self-publish and market your way to success!
  8. AudioBooks. Back in the day (like 4-5 years ago), eBooks were all the rage. But the Internet never sits still, and what was a rising wave for eBooks just a few years ago has turned into a tsunami for AudioBooks as we enter the third decade of this new millennium. And no wonder! Between iTunes and Amazon, finding and listening to Audiobooks has never been easier, and publishing an audiobook is just as simple.
  9. YouTube. Everyone knows the number 1 search engine on the Internet is Google. But Google also laid claim to the number 2 search engine when they purchased YouTube for $1.65 billion in 2006 (granted, YouTube wasn’t the juggernaut it is today).  Video is quickly overtaking text as the medium of choice on the Internet, and YouTube is leading the way. Fortunately for self-publishing authors, it’s easier than ever to create a book video and upload it to YouTube to grab some of those viewers (and potential book buyers).
  10.  Amazon. Nowadays, the world’s largest retailer may be more concerned with making money than supporting authors (as revealed in this New York Times article), but there is still something to be said when a self-publishing author can be a #1 bestseller on the world’s largest bookselling website.

As this decade comes to a close, it is clear that self-publishing has changed in positive ways over the past ten years. We live in exciting times, indeed. And as we begin our 18th year of helping writers become published authors, Outskirts Press is thankful to be a growing part of this modern publishing renaissance — and thankful for authors like you who are paving the way!

How would you feel about publishing your masterpiece with the A+ rated and #1-rated self-publishing company according to the Better Business Bureau and Top Consumer Reviews, respectively?

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6 Reasons to Be Thankful for Publishing Today

This time every year, we find ourselves counting our many blessings. The self-publishing industry is experiencing many exciting changes, and we at Outskirts Press never forget how fortunate we are to be at the leading edge of those changes.

Our authors are an important part of leading that change. As you go about the frenzied business of readying for the holiday festivities, take a moment or two to give thanks. Take a breath and think about the many blessings that come with striking out on your own as a self-publishing author today:

  1. Research is easy in this Google-centric age. Remember when the simple task of double-checking facts involved multiple trips to the city library? Worse, if the library didn’t have the reference you needed, you might be on the hook for your own research materials. What did we ever do before Google? While it’s true you can’t believe everything you read on the Internet, you can rely on reputable websites for simple date- and fact-checking – in seconds, rather than hours. That time savings gives you so much more freedom to create.
  2. Feedback and empathy is never more than a mouse-click away. When you need feedback from another writer or a trusted friend – or just need to blow off steam for a few minutes before cranking out your next chapter – professional and personal networks are always right at your fingertips via telephone, text, email, Facebook, Twitter and other social networks. When calling an in-person meeting of the minds isn’t practical, an instantaneous virtual chat is the next best thing.
  3. Self-publishing is gaining steam and respect. Once regarded as the proverbial “red-headed stepchild” of the traditional publishing houses, self-publishing is quickly becoming the preferred publishing method for many authors – even ones who once published via traditional means. (Read veteran author Frank Schaeffer’s account of his decision to dump his publisher for Outskirts Press here.)
  4. You enjoy more creative/publicity opportunities than ever before. From NaNoWriMo in November to the scads of writing contests that open up at various other times of year, there’s no shortage of opportunities to display and promote your talent. And, thanks to the convenience of electronic submission, it’s easier than ever to get involved in multiple competitions and awards opportunities, or to promote your book to media outlets.
  5. There are more business freedoms than ever before. There was a time when traditional publishing was the only game in town. Writers desperate to publish were at the mercy of publishers who determined for them when and how their book would be released, what changes it would undergo and what deadlines they needed to meet, as well as how much of the proceeds they would be paid. As a self-publishing author, you chart your own course – and you keep your own profits!
  6. You have a “romantic” pastime or career most others only dream about. You create colorful people, lives and worlds of your own for the pleasure of others – and you do it in your pajamas in the comfort of home, or at a booth in the corner coffee shop (fully dressed, in that case!). Most people only wish they could do what you do. Your talent and your passion is a badge of honor.

These are indeed exciting times in which we live (and publish) – and for that, we are most grateful!

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The Amazon Extreme marketing package from Outskirts Press offers self-publishing authors a headstart on book marketing by taking triple advantage of the immense audience of Amazon, the largest online retailer in the United States. This package includes: An Amazon Kindle edition of your book, Amazon’s Search Inside the Book feature and the Amazon Cover Enhancement. These valuable, popular options are free for authors who start publishing in November.

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  • Standard Press Release. $99 value included free when you order your Diamond publishing service today.
  • Audio Excerpt. $99 value included free with your Diamond order today and a great way to share your voice with your readers, literally!
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Give video thanks and you could win a free Apple iPad Mini!

Happy (early) Thanksgiving from Outskirts Press! To get you into the holiday spirit, today we’re announcing the “Give Thanks” social media event for self-publishing authors.

Publishing a book allows you to share your story. Now, Outskirts Press authors can grab their video cameras or video-enabled smartphones and expand upon their artistic creativity this Thanksgiving by recording a 1-3 minute video that “gives thanks” for being a published author.

Why are you thankful for being published? How has it helped your life, career, family, or the lives of others?  Or, alternatively, who do YOU want to thank for being published? Maybe your parents, or a college professor? Maybe your spouse or children? Maybe your author representative or publisher?  Whoever you wish to thank (sure, thank more than one), now is the time to record your thanks, show off your beautiful book, and share your 1-3 minute Thank You video with fellow writers.

It’s easy!

If you are published with Outskirts Press, or currently in the publishing process with Outskirts Press, here is all it takes for your chance to win a free Apple iPad Mini:

1. Record a brief video – between 1 – 3 minutes in length – that creatively shows why you are thankful for publishing with Outskirts Press or who you wish to thank for being a published author. Creativity really counts here – so don’t hold back. Watch some samples below from our “Show us the Love” contest last Valentine’s Day.

2. Email your video file as an attachment to givethanks@outskirtspress.com before midnight on Friday, November 23rd***.

3. We will share the best videos on one or more of our social media channels like Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter, furthering exposure for you and your book (so don’t forget to say who you are in the video and what the title of your book is. Video is a visual medium. Show your book, too!   Just one video submission per author, please.

That’s it!

The sooner you submit your video, the more exposure you’ll receive.  You are encouraged to share your video yourself on your social media channels like Facebook and Twitter, too.

CC Image courtesy of uka0310 on Flickr

What do you win?

Every video submission will receive a free e-book pdf of Outskirts Press CEO Brent Sampson’s Amazon bestseller, Sell Your Book on Amazon.

Among all the entries received, Outskirts Press will highlight select videos on one or more of our social media channels, increasing exposure of your book.

From among all the entries, Outskirts Press will also choose three finalists based in part on the number of comments and/or “likes” each video receives on our Facebook page.

The three finalists will be showcased on this blog on Monday, November 26th*** where everyone will be able to vote for their favorite.

The finalist receiving the most votes before the voting period ends will receive free Apple iPad Mini. We will announce the winner on November 30th***.

Here are some examples from our “Show Us Your Love” contest earlier this year:

 

 

 

 

We can’t wait to see yours! So get started — record your video thanks, email it to givethanks@outskirtspress.com, upload it on YouTube, and share it. It’s REALLY that simple.

*Authors who submit videos are giving Outskirts Press permission to post said videos to our YouTube channel, on our website, and other social media platforms for promotional purposes. Video entries must be new; videos for past contests are not eligible. Only one video submission per author wh is actively published or publishing with Outskirts Press. Void where prohibited.

***These dates have been changed since the original announcement.

Top 11 Self Published Books on September 11 and American Themes

In Remembrance of September 11 …

On this, the 11th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Outskirts Press commemorates the date with a cross-section of books about that fateful day, as well as a selection of patriotic, historic and distinctly American-themed self-published books. In alphabetical order, they are:

We wish all our authors and blog readers a solemn, thoughtful Sept. 11.

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Top 10 Fiction Books in Self-Publishing for Thanksgiving Weekend 2010

Outskirts Press, the fastest-growing full-service self-publishing and book marketing company, today announced its top ten fiction books for Thanksgiving Weekend 2010.  Readers can enjoy the paperback format while relaxing at home over the holiday weekend or the Kindle Edition while waiting in lines on Black Friday.

In alphabetical order, the top ten fiction books for Thanksgiving weekend are:


All these books, and other Outskirts Press titles, are available from all major online retailers like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Powells, Books A Million, and others, plus conveniently from the Outskirts Press Direct bookstore at http://outskirtspress.com/bookstore for discounts ranging from 10% – 55%.  Kindle Editions are also available for all of the books above and that format can be purchased directly through Amazon’s Kindle Store.

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Top 10 Self Publishing Thanksgiving Books

Happy Thanksgiving!

In celebration, Outskirts Press is pleased to announce the Top 10 self-published books that are perfect for Thanksgiving. In alphabetical order, they are:

To all our current and upcoming authors, we wish you a warm and wonderful Thanksgiving Day!

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