Free Publishing Kit for new Outskirts Press authors

In January we started giving a Publishing Kit to every new author registering for a free Publishing Center Account with Outskirts Press. In the past, we had offered two books: our publishing guide and a book I collaborated with five of our most successful authors on a number of years ago. We wanted to update our offer and also sweeten the deal, so the “two free books” offer was updated to a Free Publishing Kit.  We saw an immediate uptick in new authors so I think it’s safe to say the new Kit is a success.

The new Publishing Kit is available immediately upon new author registration from our website and provides immediate access to all of the following:

  • My latest book, Self-Publishing Questions Asked & Answered
  • Our official publishing guide, Publish Your Passion
  • An introduction to book shepherding, Meet Your Publishing Consultant
  • The 7 Highly Effective Rules for the Perfect Book Title
  • Author Photo & Biography Tip Sheet
  • The Top 7 Marketing Elements to Include in Your Book
  • Two guides: Which Book Format Should I Choose and How to Price Your Book
  •  Samples of all our custom color and black & white illustration packages
  • Our official brochure
  • A self-publishing white paper: Diving Into Self-Publishing

If you’re new to self-publishing, or just to Outskirts Press, you can receive your Publishing Kit instantly without obligation from our website at

Hear Your Book on Amazon

We launch one or two new options for our current and future clients about once a quarter. Some are more exciting than others.  Our new upcoming option falls into the “very exciting” category! This quarter we’re launching our new Audio Book option, which has topped several surveys sent to our client-authors as the most requested service they wish we offered.

As I’ve often said in the past, I’m the “guinea pig” for many of our services, to make sure they provide the necessary value for our authors.  The Audio Book option is no exception.  Allow me to be the first to introduce the new Sell Your Book on Amazon Audio Book, available soon through headphones near you.

You heard it here first!



A new year and some new resolutions

For the first time since 2014, “losing weight” was NOT the #1 New Year’s Resolution, according to Marist College Institute for Public Opinion. The new #1 is “being a better person.”

Losing weight and exercising more tied for 2nd place.

In third place was spending less and saving more money.

And that’s where Outskirts Press can help you, especially if publishing a book is ALSO one of your New Year’s Resolutions, as it often is for many, many people every year.

All month long you can save 17% on the a la carte package of your choice. See all the details here:

Here’s to your great successes in the coming year!



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!

Self Publishing Simplified Infographic

One of the goals of the new & improved Outskirts Press is providing our published authors with even more marketing support after their books are published.  We’ve always been very good at that (as evidenced by hundreds of testimonials to that affect here), but it’s going to get even better for our authors this year and next when the Book Marketing RoadMap and Book Marketing Bookshelf become available for all our published authors who started publishing August 1st or afterwards. More details about those exciting (and free) new marketing offerings will be forthcoming soon.

But, in the meantime, as we were consolidating the marketing support materials we have for our authors, I came across this oldie-but-a-goodie, an infographic from a number of years ago that is just as valid today as it was then:

If you liked the Diamond publishing package…

… Then you’re going to LOVE our new ULTIMATE publishing package!

Last week I wrote a posting comparing our “old” Pearl package with our new & improved Full-Color package. This week I’m going to provide another comparison, this time between our “old” Diamond package and our new & improved Ultimate package.  As you can see, we made the best value in self-publishing even better!

  • More free image insertions
  • More free galley round revisions
  • Updated free cover themes
  • More free publishing tips and marketing tips
  • More free inclusions

Before I get to the comparison, let me share a few “little known facts” about some other perks of the old Diamond, all of which converted over to the new & improved ULTIMATE package.

  • Lower shipping costs. We subsidize the cost of author’s copies shipping prices for the Ultimate (and the Full-Color and One-Clicks, for that matter); it’s not much, but every little bit helps, right?
  • Higher royalties. For every book you sell, you’ll make a dollar more with the Ultimate than you will with the Basic.
  • Lower author costs. For every book you buy, you’ll pay a dollar less with the Ultimate than you will with the Basic.
  • More promotion. The vast majority of books selected to be featured on our blog, social media channels, newsletter, and “New Releases” section of our bookstore are Ultimate books (or Full-Color).

If that’s not compelling enough, through the end of August, we are offering an instant $250 savings on our new Ultimate Publishing Package.   In fact, we are repeating ALL this month’s weekly promotions, which means you can save up to $600 on the Children’s One-Click Suite, which includes 15 original, unique illustrations. Or you can save $500 on the One-Click for Non-Fiction Suite.  See all the promotion codes by clicking here.  They expire on August 31st.

Or scroll down this comparison table to see how our Ultimate publishing package has improved upon the Diamond package in just about every way.

Benefits, Options,
The New Ultimate
The Old Diamond
Format & Trim Choices
Standard Interior Black/White Book Formatting
Previous Book Promotion Insert Yes $99
Customizable Full-Color Cover Themes
Optional Custom Cover Design
Cover Printing Styles Matte or Glossy Glossy
ISBN & Price-Embedded Bar Code
Worldwide wholesale distribution through Ingram, Baker & Taylor, Gardners, UK, etc.
Worldwide retail availability through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Powells, etc.
Spring Arbor Christian Distribution for applicable books
Free Image Insertions
Free Galley Revision Rounds
Publication Press Release w/ Distribution
Audio Excerpt
Digital Download Edition
Author Webpage
Free Author’s Copies
Marketing COACH Emails
Genre Specific
Tip Sheet: 5 Do’s & Don’ts for Formatting, Grammar, and Spelling Yes No
Tip Sheet: Author Photo & Biography Guide Sheet Yes No
Tip Sheet: 7 Highly Effective Rules for the Perfect Book Title Yes No
Tip Sheet: Best Practices for your Author Webpage Yes No
Tip Sheet: Top 15 Steps for Marketing Your Book Yes No
Tip Sheet: Navigating the Social Media Jungle Yes No
Publication Certificate Yes No
Exclusive Publication Kit including Book Launch Calendar Yes No