Celebrating our Authors’ Accomplishments in 2016

2016 has been quite a year for Outskirts Press authors!  For the first time ever, one of our authors has back-to-back wins in our annual Best Book of the Year Awards. Andrew Ceroni followed-up on last year’s win for Snow Men with another win this year with MERIDIAN. He is now leveraging those successes to land a literary agent and a publishing contract.

In fact, so many of our authors win so many awards for their books, it becomes impossible to list all of them. That’s why we have a Pinterest board devoted to all our award-winning books. Take a look!

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And that’s why we interview so many of our amazing authors, like just recently…

Publishing a book is such an empowering experience, and all our authors have such amazing stories to share! Keep an eye on the Self Publishing News blog for even more interviews from, and feature spotlights on, our prolific and award-winning authors in 2017, like…


Dr. Dawn Menge
Who has published 7 children’s books thus far, and each one of them has won at least 3 awards!



Dr. T. Charles Brantley
Who has published 21 books thus far, and counts among our most prolific clients!




Brooke Lewis
Who just published book #2, with many more to come. See her red carpet interview here, and just a few of her many television appearances here and here.


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Nikki DuBose
Who just published book #1, but what a book it is — a tell-all memoir and a bombshell to the modeling industry! See just a few of her many television interviews here and here.

 

But awards and interviews are just a small example of all the amazing accomplishments our authors have enjoyed over the past year. For instance, Landria Onkka’s first of two books with Outskirts Press, The Rooftop Christmas Tree, was optioned for a cable television movie earlier this year and went into production soon thereafter.

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It stars Michelle Morgan and Tim Reid and it is premiered on Up TV on November 27th.  Check out the trailer here and be sure to watch this heart-warming family movie-based-upon-the-book as it airs throughout the holiday season.

There are so many more success stories from 2016 — when you publish around 1500 books a year by around 1000 talented writers, success stories occur daily– and you can read about a newly published author every day here.

Congratulations to them all! And here’s to an equally amazing 2017!

Award-Winning Books by Outskirts Press Authors

In the continuing theme of giving thanks this month, and recognizing the accomplishments of our amazing authors at Outskirts Press, I wanted to bring everyone’s attention to our Pinterest Boards at http://pinterest.com/outskirtspress, particularly the Board that lists our award-winning authors and their books.  We have several boards that do this, including one devoted to our Best Book of the Year awards; but as impressive as that is, perhaps even more impressive is this one, which lists all our award-winning books that we know of (if your book should be on this board and isn’t, please tell us):

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The direct link to our Award-Winning Books by Outskirts Press Authors Pinterest board is at: https://www.pinterest.com/outskirtspress/award-winning-books-by-outskirts-press-authors/

We’ve always said Outskirts Press is where award-winning writers publish award-winning books. And now you can see why…

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

What a year for Outskirts Press authors!

In the spirit of the season, I would like to take a moment to thank our clients for entrusting us with the important task of publishing their manuscripts. Many of us are writers ourselves, so we understand the fear or uncertainty that can sometimes accompany handing over your book to a team of professionals.  Speaking of which, I would also like to thank all the talented people who work tirelessly to publish so many high-quality, professional, and award-winning books for our clients every day.   Just a quick glance at our new releases demonstrates the love and attention we give to every book we publish.

It has been an exciting year at Outskirts Press and 2017 promises to be even better!  For the first time ever, one of our authors has back-to-back wins in our annual Best Book of the Year Awards. Andrew Ceroni followed-up on last year’s win for Snow Men with another win this year with MERIDIAN.

In fact, so many of our authors win so many awards for their books, it becomes impossible to list all of them, but we try our best on our Outskirts Press blog, where you can see all this year’s EVVY Winners,  and interviews with select winners like Ellen Deery Freeman and Marie-Yolaine Williams and Diane M. Bassett.  Keep an eye out for even more interviews from our award-winning authors this holiday season and in 2017.

But awards and interviews are just a small example of all the amazing accomplishments our authors have enjoyed over the past year. For instance, Landria Onkka’s first of two books with Outskirts Press, The Rooftop Christmas Tree, was optioned for a cable television movie earlier this year and went into production soon thereafter.

It stars Michelle Morgan and Tim Reid and it is premiering on Up TV on November 27th.  Check out the trailer here and be sure to watch this heart-warming family movie-based-upon-the-book when it airs throughout the holiday season.  Yes, we’ll be interviewing Landria about her amazing experience, and maybe, just maybe, she will shed a little light on how you can get a movie made out of your book, too!

Of course, that is just a very small sample of all the amazing successes our authors have had in 2016.  Congratulations to all of them. Keep up the great work!

And thank you!

Announcing the Outskirts Press Book Launch Kit

Over the past six months we’ve been covering a lot of the new improvements at Outskirts Press on this blog, and nearly all of those improvements came by asking our clients (potential, new, current, previous) what a self-publishing firm should be, what makes Outskirts Press #1 in this industry according to Top Consumer Reviews, and what we can do to make our authors even happier, more successful, and more satisfied.

From their answers came technical updates to our website, changes to our publishing services, and a lot of improvements to our marketing services.

You see, one of the major things we discovered is that while the DIY (do-it-yourself) and full-service self-publishing industry has gotten really good at helping authors publish books, most full-service companies (and basically all DIY platforms) aren’t very good at helping authors market books after publication.

Authors at Outskirts Press are statistically more successful selling books via wholesale channels (like Amazon) than authors from other self-publishing firms. Ingram tells us so!  And we want to continue that trend.

That’s why we’ve just announced the Outskirts Press Book Launch Kit, a free marketing kit that we mail to all our One-Click, Ultimate, and Full-Color authors at the time of publication. Other publishing companies charge hundreds of dollars for their “book launch kits.”

But Outskirts Press authors who started publishing under our new packages after August 1 receive Book Launch Kits absolutely free.

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Each Book Launch Kit includes:

  • An official gold-sealed Certificate of Publication, recognizing and acknowledging your accomplishment
  • The 7 Tactics of Successfully Published Authors, which outlines 7 major marketing considerations
  • A congratulatory letter outlining your next steps and how to take full advantage of all the free marketing assistance in your Publishing Center (like access to the new Book Marketing Bookshelf, which I discussed in a previous post)
  • An example of a custom bookmark, which details on how you can create your own branded marketing materials
  • Details about the Personal Marketing Assistance available at Outskirts Press
  • The 28 Day Book Launch Calendar — The first month of publication can be the most important, and sets the stage for long-term book marketing success, so we tell you exactly what to do every day for the first 4 weeks.
  • The Book Marketing RoadMap – an infographic to hang up on the wall of your office as you check-off important marketing milestones like identifying your audience, creating a marketing plan, hosting a book launch party, acquiring book reviews, attending author events, and so much more.

Nowadays, you can publish your book just about anywhere. But successful, professional, high-quality book publishing & book marketing begins and ends at Outskirts Press.

Don’t just take my word for it. Thousands of writers  say the same thing.

 

Book Reviews in Publisher’s Weekly

Contrary to popular belief, it IS possible to get your independently published book reviewed (for free) by Publisher’s Weekly, as demonstrated by just this small sampling of Outskirts Press titles (click on each cover to jump over to the PW review):

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Since Publisher’s Weekly is an industry news periodical, timeliness is of utmost importance, so the more recently your book was published, the more likely your chances are for a review.  Check out the submission guidelines on their site for more information.

Marketing & Publishing Success

I’ve been quite busy over the past couple months, appearing at the CIPA EVVY Awards, the Colorado Book Festival, the Mountain & Plains Show, and most recently (this past week) at the Author University in Los Angeles.  A premier event for marketing & publishing success (it even says so on its banner!), this bi-annual publishing seminar and trade show educates published and soon-to-be-published authors on publishing, marketing, and publicity options all designed to help writers make great decisions and become more successful.

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There were two common themes at this year’s event:  Change, and author-dependent marketing.

Change:  All the speakers, panelists, and exhibitors agreed that the publishing industry continues to undergo radical changes, and we all recognize the challenges such changes present both service-providers and their clients (authors). While the publishing traditionalists continued to stress the importance of agent-representation and traditional publishing, they were far out-numbered by modern approaches to publishing, marketing, and publicity (as evidenced by the many presenters who focused largely on marketing platforms such as Facebook, Amazon, and YouTube).

Author-Dependent Marketing: In spite of these recognized changes, what we all agreed was not changing was the necessity of an author’s participation when it comes to marketing a book. If anything, this is becoming even more important, as even the traditionalists admitted that without a strong author platform, securing traditional publication (and selling books after-the-fact) is next to impossible.

As such, the publishers that excelled in helping authors market their books after publication were the ones that created the most excitement for all the authors in attendance.

Speaking of which, in follow-up to my last posting, two new Marketing Guides have been added to the Outskirts Press Publishing Center for our published authors in your Book Marketing Bookshelf.

  • The Top 7 Marketing Elements to Include in Your Book – If your book contains one (or more) of these seven common elements, you already have a distinct advantage. Read this white-paper in your Publishing Center to discover what they are and plan accordingly to include as many as you can with your next book.
  • The Book Marketing Guide – The definitive book marketing bullet list that takes the complex exercise of book marketing and simplifies it.

And, of course, as always it was great meeting all our current and future authors in person, including John, Greg, Gina, Francine, Dominic, Ken, Rick, Rita, Roger, and others.

Here’s to your great success!