Children’s Book Week May be Over, But Writing One is Just the Beginning

If you are one of the many writers around the world finding themselves stuck at home with more time to write, you may be one of the many children’s book authors who started writing a new book for kids last week in celebration of Children’s Book Week (May 4-10).

Well, Children’s Book Week May be over, but writing a book for children never grows old because there are SO many possibilities!  And nowadays, children’s books are more popular than ever, what with more lucky parents spending more time with their children.

Children’s books are shorter and quicker to write and edit! They’re easier and faster to publish. They’re simpler to market and promote. And, they’re more popular than ever!  If you’ve never fancied yourself a children’s book author, maybe it’s time to rethink that.

Let’s look at six things to keep in mind when writing and publishing children’s books:

  1. Mind your length. As any preschool teacher or children’s librarian can confirm, reading with children is most enjoyable for both parties when the book in question contains just enough text to carry the story along without exhausting a child’s attention.
  2. Pick a timely subject. Picture books are more likely to be picked up by parents, teachers, and librarians on the prowl if they tackle subjects which these adults want to prepare their children to face. Take advantage!  Talk about a perfect time to write about the “boogy monster” or “having cooties!”
  3. Don’t dumb it down. You heard right—baby talk doesn’t carry as compelling of a story as a book which treats its younger audiences with a rich vocabulary and age-appropriate but sophisticated sentence structure.  Kids who are learning to read are much more accepting of new information than when they become kids who are reading to learn.
  4. Voice morals carefully, and cleverly. Few will argue against picture books as prime tools for teaching sound decision-making skills, but most of these success stories find clever, quiet ways to do so without alienating readers by being too “preachy.”  Use subtle metaphors for larger issues (ahem, like boogy monsters and cooties, for example).
  5. Think about those end materials! Many of today’s best picture books include a few pages at the end which include notes for adults on how to make best use of the book in teaching a skill or an idea to young readers. Hint: this is especially useful to parents grappling with becoming educators as a result of stay-home directives.
  6. Humor them! Children have a keen sense of humor, and often embrace farce and comedy with both zeal and a squeal. While the story itself can’t always be humorous, more often than not, the illustrations can be.

At Outskirts Press, we are here to support you during every stage of the publishing process, whether you’re using our One-Click Publishing suite to publish your next children’s book, or if you need custom-drawn full-color illustrations. We offer a comprehensive list of services which we hope you’ll take advantage of as you work to translate your vision to the page! Your kids, grand kids (and even their friends and family) will thank you!


5 Tips for Keeping Your New Year’s Publishing Resolutions

It’s a new year and, surely, most of us are brimming with good intentions and armed with a laundry list of resolutions to improve our self, health and personal habits. If you’re resolving to finish writing or publishing your book this year, we have some tips to help you keep those resolutions.

  1. Set specific, realistic goals. For example, if you have a book you want to finish this year, rather than resolving to “write more,” give yourself a daily word count goal that will help you complete your book as soon as possible.
  2. Be faithful. Be sure to schedule a specific time to work on your writing each day. The time of the day you choose may be different for everyone: One author may require an early wake-up time to get a job done before he gets busy with other business, while another may be at her most productive just before turning in for the night. Whatever time is best for you, be sure to schedule it and stick to your schedule every day.
  3. Break down resolutions into digestible parts. If your goal is to publish your book this year, think about what mini-goals you must meet to achieve the greater purpose. For example, if you need to finish your book first, set a target completion date and follow steps 1 and 2. If your book is already finished and you haven’t started publishing yet, now is the time so don’t wait. Select your publishing package and set your target date for publication.
  4. Share your goals with others. Letting someone in on your plans to write, publish and/or market a book gets others excited along with you. They cheer you on when you’re discouraged, and silently motivate you when you feel inclined to slack off. Plus, the feeling of accountability to a group will make you unwilling to disappoint your friends and fellow writers.
  5. Start publishing today. Even if your book isn’t finished yet, you can buy your publishing package now and give yourself incentive to get finished so you can dive into the publishing process. And when you’re ready, your Publishing Consultant will be here to help!

Best of luck in all of your writing, publishing and marketing endeavors in 2013 – and Happy New Year!

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Outskirts Press Introduces Professional Ghostwriting Services to its Growing List of a la carte Solutions for Self Publishing Writers

For writers, speakers, entrepreneurs and other busy professionals, Outskirts Press is now the one-stop-shop for publishing the book of your dreams, even if you don’t have time to write it!  Joining the comprehensive selection of a la carte writing, publishing, and marketing services already available comes the new, convenient, affordable Ghostwriting service for authors.

September 21, 2010 – Denver, CO – Outskirts Press, the fastest growing self-publishing and book marketing company, announced an exciting new option for authors that will further expand the company’s reach and reputation as the single, true full-service support firm for writers, artists, speakers, entrepreneurs and other discriminating professionals. 

Outskirts Press now offers professional ghostwriting services for aspiring authors of all walks of life, regardless of whether they are novices or hardened professionals. For anyone who is simply too busy or has been told, “You ought to write a book about that,” the new Ghostwriting Service is the perfect solution to help them reach the monumental goal of publication. 

Part coach, part consultant, part writer and editor, a professional ghostwriter from Outskirts Press can help writers or other busy professionals refine their works as well as anonymously compose the entire manuscript if necessary.   The book is then published, either at Outskirts Press or elsewhere, under the author’s name, with or without credit to the ghostwriter– it’s up to the author.  Most “celebrity autobiographies” involve the services of a ghostwriter and now all writers can partake in this convenient and affordable solution.

Ghostwriting is just one of many new writing services available at the new Outskirts Press Version 4.0 website at http://outskirtspress.comAlso extremely popular are copyediting services, full-color illustration packages, and the recently announced Private Label ISBN option.   Outskirts Press recently reached a special agreement with R.R. Bowker, the exclusive ISBN Agency for the United States, to be their official designated agent so that Outskirts Press can request single ISBNs on behalf of and in the name of self-published authors for twenty percent less than those authors would pay R.R. Bowker directly.

“Thanks to our partnership with Bowker and our Private Label ISBN option, Outskirts Press clients who wish to publish their works under their own ISBN can now be assured that they, themselves, will be listed as the publisher of record and no longer need to worry about unauthorized third party ISBN vendors,” said Outskirts Press Director of Author Support, Kelly Schuknecht.

For a listing of all the available services for busy writers, artists, scrap-bookers, children’s authors, and other professionals, visit:

About Outskirts Press, Inc:

Outskirts Press, Inc. offers full-service writing, self-publishing, and book marketing services for discriminating professionals seeking a cost-effective, fast, and flexible way to publish and distribute high-quality books worldwide. Available globally at and located on the outskirts of Denver, Colorado, Outskirts Press represents the future of book publishing, today.

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Article Ghostwriting for Self-Publishing Authors

One of the proven ways to market yourself and your book on the Internet is to write and distribute related articles that demonstarte your expertise in your subject matter.  Even if your article does not blatantly promote your book, your “About the Author” byline section does, including a link to your webpage.  This is also good for Search Engine Optimization for your webpage.

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  • A romance novelist may select an article topic such as “Top Ten Relationship Exercises for Couples”
  • A children’s book author may suggest an article written about “How to Be a Nurturing Parent”
  • A bestselling author of a number of books might choose “5 Steps to Self Publishing Success”

You choose the topic, provide any background information you have available, and we’ll write the 700-1000 word article for you.

Then we distribute it throughout the Internet where bloggers, RSS feeds, XML feeds, article archives, forums, and other websites can “pick it up” for distribution.

Many article websites provide “RSS feeds” for webmasters, bloggers, and newsletter publishers who are looking for content on specific topics. Your article will be blasted to these channels and you may start to see your Expert Article appearing all around the Internet.

We’ll even show you how to see up an electronic “clipping service” so you will get notified by email when your Expert Article is published.

Here’s an example of where “5 Steps to Self Publishing Success” by best-selling author Gang Chen was republished, exposing Gang’s book to all the readers of this website.

Outskirts Press published authors can order the Article ghostwriting and distribution service at any time easily and conveniently from the marketing options page in the Author’s Center.

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Expert Article Ghostwriting Now Added to the Self Publishing Author’s Book Marketing Arsenal

In today’s book marketing battleground, authors are looking for innovative tactics they can use to help them achieve wider exposure for their books.  Outskirts Press has created a new Article Ghostwriting option to help their authors implement a successful marketing strategy that has proven effective for increasing Internet book sales.

April 6, 2010 – Denver, CO – Outskirts Press, an Inc. 500 company and the fastest growing self-publishing and book marketing company, today announced a new Article Ghostwriting service for its authors.  Writing and distributing articles is a proven way to successfully market in the 21st century. That marketing tactic has now been made easier for Outskirts Press authors.   

With the new professionally ghostwritten article service, authors choose the topic of their article, Outskirts Press composes it and then distributes it widely across the Internet by making it available to bloggers, RSS feeds, XML feeds, article archives and the various online forums that exist today.

“The more articles you write,” Outskirts Press Director of Author Support Kelly Schuknecht tells her authors, “the more recognized you will become and the more exposure you’ll be able to achieve for your book.”

On a smaller but similar scale to ghostwriting a book, ghostwriting an article is the ideal solution for authors who find themselves short on time. And it works for all authors, regardless of genre.

A romance novelist, for instance, can choose to publish on a topic such as “Ten Relationship Exercises for Couples”; a children’s book author can write about “Parenting with Love”; an author who has written a series of books could do an article about “Five Steps to Self-publishing Success.”  Even if the author’s book is not mentioned in the article itself, the author’s “Resource Box” that accompanies every article will include a link to the author’s webpage.

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About Outskirts Press, Inc:

Outskirts Press offers full-service, custom self-publishing and book marketing services for authors seeking a cost-effective, fast, and flexible way to publish and distribute their books worldwide while retaining all their rights and full creative control. Available for authors globally at and located on the outskirts of Denver, Colorado, Outskirts Press represents the future of book publishing, today.


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