Top 10 Good Reads for Columbus Day

If you’re among the lucky ones enjoying a day off work in honor of Columbus Day, take the day to learn more about the spirit of exploration. In honor of the Columbus Day holiday — and the intrepid Italian explorer, Christopher Columbus, who set sail from Spain on a dangerous journey to find the Americas — we’ve explored the Outskirts Press bookstore in search of books from our talented self-publishing authors that exemplify that enterprising spirit.

Whether you wish to learn about the journey of explorers like Columbus, hear the tales other Italian immigrants, encourage your youngster to explore, or simply discover the cuisine of Columbus’ native Italy, there’s a book on this list for you. Set sail on a journey of your own … a literary journey!

Around the World

Beyond the Ocean's Edge

The Incredible Adventures of Enrique Diaz

Mom Macri's Best Italian Recipes

Momma Lombardo's Recipes

The NewComers

Nobody Washes Me, I'm Italian

Queen Vernita's Visitors

Sins Of A Queen

Sleeping With the Seven Fishes

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Top 10 Self-Publishing Book Marketing Tactics for May 2013


Book marketing is one of the most important pieces of being a successful self-publishing author. Outskirts Press is an industry leader in providing post-publication support, products, and services to its growing family of published authors.

Your book is written. Your book is published. Now what? Our list of Top 10 Book Marketing Tactics can help you prioritize your book marketing efforts by providing you with excellent marketing and promotional tactics you should consider pursuing.

These are the marketing products and tactics determined to be most popular by our authors for the month of May 2013, listed below in alphabetical order:

Amazon Extreme Package: Save 25% on 3 of our marketing services focused on Amazon.com. This package includes a Kindle Edition of your book, participation in the Amazon Search Inside the Book and Amazon Cover Enhancement.
Amazon Kindle Submission Service:  Make your book available on Amazon’s Kindle ebook reading device. More formats on Amazon means more exposure on Amazon, and the Kindle is heavily promoted by Amazon.

Amazon Search Inside the Book: Amazon claims that books participating in this program enjoy “significant” sales improvement, on average, over books that do not.
Barnes & Noble NOOK Submission Service:  Millions of books are available on Barnes & Noble’s NOOK. If your book isn’t one of them, you are missing out on tapping a very important, and growing, market of readers.
Barnes & Noble See Inside:  Barnes & Noble’s answer to Amazon’s “Search Inside the Book” program. Books that participate in this program receive a “See Inside” icon next to their Barnes & Noble cover image, which invites potential customers to electronically “flip” through a small section of the book.
Book Review Submission Service: Securing positive book reviews is the first step toward building word-of-mouth buzz for your book. In addition to receiving a complimentary copy of your book, the reviewers will also receive a professional cover letter, a coy of your press, and your sales sheet. We take care of all of that for you, including sending the review copy!
Custom Press Release:  Have our professional press release writer compose an original, unique press release for your book, submitted to you for your review/approval, and then distributed to our newswire service on your behalf.
Elite E-Book Package: Combine the 3 most popular electronic edition submissions. This package includes formatting and distribution of an Amazon Kindle Edition, an Apple iPad/iPhone Edition, and a Barnes and Noble Nook Edition of your book.
Personal Marketing Assistant: Do you need help developing a book marketing plan? Arranging book signings? Establishing/developing your author platform? Hire your own Personal Marketing Assistant today!
PR Publicist Campaign: Imagine having a publicist handle your custom press release distribution with targeted distribution and phone call follow-up? Imagine receiving the media leads personally and a clipping service that notifies you whenever your book is mentioned on the Internet.

Outskirts Press published authors who are interested in any of these (or many of our other available services) can find further details and ordering information from the Marketing Options page of your author’s center.

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Top 10 Best-Selling Books in Self-Publishing for May 2013

Outskirts Press, the fastest-growing full-service self-publishing and book marketing company, is pleased to announce its top ten best-selling titles for May 2013, according to combined data from Ingram Book Wholesalers and Outskirts Press Direct via http://outskirtspress.com/bookstore. These authors have likely created a solid book marketing strategy and put it into motion either by themselves or with the help of a Personal Marketing Assistant.

In alphabetical order, the top ten best-selling books in self-publishing during the month of May 2013 were:










Congratulations to our best-selling authors for the month of May 2013!

How can you get your book on the bestseller list? While we can’t make any guarantees on sales success, many of our most successful authors invest time and money in marketing themselves and their book. Authors who are in need of a marketing boost often turn to a Personal Marketing Assistant for help.

All of 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%.

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Top 10 Self-Publishing Picks to Celebrate Dad on Father’s Day

There’s just no suitable substitute for Dad. He’s the guy who fixes things when they break, kills bugs when they invade, helps us with our pitching form and offers us words of wisdom when it feels like life is beating us down, and often without thanks he deserves.

Well, not today. Today, we’re tipping our hats to the guy who means more to us than any other: Dad! Outskirts Press celebrates dads everywhere with our top pop-centric books for, about and geared toward fathers, from our self-published authors. In alphabetical order, the Top 10 self-published Father’s Day-themed books written by Outskirts Press authors are:

60 Years in 30 Minutes by Mike Chiarelli

Age-Old Quests(Hunting, Climbing & Trekking) by David A. Lien

Because I'm Your Daddy by Mark D. Hadley

Bury Me in My Waders by Don E. Webster

Daddies Don't Get Snow Days by S.N. Ball and Ellie (Nothaus) Howard

Dad's Words of Wisdom by Tim Read

How Is My Champion? by H. Perry Curtis

On the Hole by Jeff Bacot

Self-Confidence ... for Sporting Excellence by Tony Richards

Sins of the Son by Martin J. Woods

All of these books, along with other Outskirts Press titles, are available from the major online book retailers like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Powell’s, Books-A-Million and others, plus conveniently from the Outskirts Press bookstore.

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Top 10 Self-Publishing Picks to Celebrate Moms on Mother’s Day

Where would any of us be without dear ol’ Mom? She wipes noses, packs lunches and gives out comforting hugs every day, mostly without thanks. Today, however, we heap loads of Mother’s Day praise and thanks upon the special women in our lives.

Outskirts Press celebrates moms everywhere with our top mommy-centric books from our self-published authors. In alphabetical order, the Top 10 self-published Mother’s Day-themed books written by Outskirts Press authors are:

Angela's Baby Wisdom

The Elected Lady--Finding Victory in the ChallengeGod's Messengers for Today's Women

I Love You MORE

 	 Italian Mothers Never Die; They Just Get Louder from the Other Side

I've Had My Baby, Now What?

Mothers to Daughters to Granddaughters

My Seven Sisters From Other Mothers

Permission to Mother

Remembering the Ladies

All of these books, along with other Outskirts Press titles, are available from the major online book retailers like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Powell’s, Books-A-Million and others, plus conveniently from the Outskirts Press bookstore.

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Top 10 Self Publishing Book Marketing Options for February 2013

Book marketing is often revered as the most challenging part of self-publishing a book. There are so many things to do – how can an author decide which options will work best for them? What are other successful self-published authors doing? Wouldn’t it be helpful to get a sneak peek into what others feel works best for their book? What if you had the opportunity to get a “sneak peek” into a list of statistically proven strategies that you put into your book marketing plan right away? Now you can…

These were the most popular book marketing tactics during the month of February 2013, listed below in alphabetical order:


Amazon Extreme Save 25% on 3 of our marketing services focused on Amazon.com. This package includes a Kindle edition of your book, participation in the Amazon Search Inside the Book, and Amazon Cover Enhancement.
Amazon Kindle Edition The Amazon Kindle is a revolutionary wireless reading device that allows its owners to instantly download books and newspapers. Only books that have been submitted to the Amazon Kindle via the required process and in the required format are available for Kindle readers to purchase and enjoy.
Barnes & Noble NOOK Submission Service There are OVER 2 MILLION books available on Barnes & Noble’s NOOK. If your book isn’t one of them, you are missing out on tapping a very important, and growing, market of readers.
Barnes & Noble See Inside Barnes & Noble’s answer to Amazon’s “Search Inside the Book” program. Books that participate in this program receive a “See Inside” icon next to their Barnes & Noble cover image, which invites potential customers to electronically “flip” through a small section of the book.
Book Review Submission Service Securing positive book reviews is the first step toward building word-of-mouth buzz for your book. Don’t have the time to send your own? Take advantage of the convenience of our Book Review Submission service. In addition to receiving a complimentary copy of your book, the reviewers will also receive a professional cover letter, a copy of your press release, and your sales sheet. We take care of all of that for you, including sending the review copy!
Book Video Trailer Be among the first authors anywhere to use online video marketing. The Book Video Trailer is like a movie trailer for your book. It’s cool, it’s hip, it’s NOW!
Custom Press Release Have our professional press release writer compose an original, unique press release for your book, submitted to you for your review/approval, and then distributed to our news wire service on your behalf.
EVVY Award Submission Winning a book award helps separate your book from the rest, especially when it is the coveted “EVVY Awards” and “Book of the Year” award, held annually by Colorado Independent Publishers Association (CIPA).
Marketing Personal Assistant Do you need help developing a book marketing plan? Arranging book signings? Establishing/developing your author platform?
Hire your own Personal Marketing Assistant today!
London Book Fair The London Book Fair is regarded by many as the most important spring publishing event and welcomes tens of thousands of attendees from all over the globe. Capitalize by exposing your book to key industry contacts like acquisitions agents, editors, and translation rights agents.

Outskirts Press published authors who are interested in any of these options can find further details and ordering information by clicking on the name (or image) of the option above. Information about additional marketing options can be found on the Marketing Options page of your Author’s Center.

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Luck O’ the Irish: Top 10 Irish-Themed Self-Published Books

On this St. Patrick’s Day, celebrate the Irish with a self-published book that explores the culture and history of the Emerald Isle. Outskirts Press authors have you covered with scads of self-published gems from Irish history and fiction novels to books with large doses of fairy tales and folklore.

In alphabetical order, the Top 10 Irish-themed self-published books for St. Patrick’s Day are:









All of 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%.

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