This week in the world of self-publishing:

How a Shy Former Avon Lady Became the Queen of Self-Publishing

This article shares the story of  Donna Mabry, who, at the age of 72, has the top nonfiction Kindle Direct Publishing book of all time. A seamstress and former door-to-door salesperson nearing retirement age took a job sewing costumes for a Vegas show, and the stories she heard backstage inspired her to trade in her Singer for a laptop. This success story shows the possibilities available to self-publishing authors and will inspire you to self-publish your own manuscripts as well as to get creative in your marketing efforts.

Is Amazon’s New Self-Publishing Pay-By-Page Policy Good For Writers?

Facing negative feedback, Amazon is changing the way people pay for their books by creating a by-page payment system. This article explains Amazon’s latest self-publishing policy. The idea behind the new policy of pay by the page is simple: authors will get paid simply for the number of pages actually read. It’s intended to provide writer’s an incentive to produce quality books and to give authors feedback on their work. As an author, understanding the pros and cons of this new policy is a must because it could impact your work and income.

Want to Succeed in Self-Publishing? There Are No Shortcuts: Tips from an Indie Author

In this Publisher’s Weekly article, successful self-published author Lou Kasischke shares his top self-publishing tips. The tips include there are no shortcuts, awareness is key, and bring your book to market. Learning from authors who’ve already been through the publishing process is a great way to improve your own craft and success.

Outskirts Press Launches Google Books Preview Program for Self-Publishing Authors

Outskirts Press is now helping self-publishing authors take advantage of Google Play’s increasingly popular Google Books bookstore. The self-publishing service provider recently launched its Google Books Preview Program. This is an important service for self-publishing authors because by some estimates, of July 2013 Google Play recorded more than 50 billion downloads.The Google Books Preview Program is an easy, inexpensive and effective way to get a book before a worldwide audience of avid readers.

As a self-publishing author, you may find it helpful to stay up-to-date on the trends and news related to the self-publishing industry.This will help you make informed decisions before, during and after the self-publishing process, which will lead to a greater self-publishing experience. To help you stay current on self-publishing topics, simply visit our blog every Tuesday to find out the hottest news. If you have other big news to share, please comment below.

KellyABOUT KELLY SCHUKNECHT: Kelly Schuknecht is the Executive Vice President of Outskirts Press. In addition to her contributions to the Outskirts Press blog at, Kelly and a group of talented marketing experts offer book marketing services, support, and products to not only published Outskirts Press authors, but to all authors and professionals who are interested in marketing their books and/or careers. Learn more about Kelly on her blog,

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