In Your Corner: Who fills the void left by CreateSpace? Think about Outskirts Press

CreateSpace recently announced plans to soon eliminate positions in its editing, marketing and design divisions. While job cuts are an unsavory step for any company, this move is likely intended to streamline operations and shore up financials.

But what will this mean for self-publishing authors? CreateSpace will continue to print books and authors will still be able to upload and sell their books, but with these cuts there will no longer be the option to purchase copyediting, book formatting, book cover design, marketing or any other professional creative services for authors publishing via CreateSpace. Suddenly, CreateSpace authors will need to navigate the process alone or seek out other self-publishing service providers for help.

Here’s where a self-publishing company–like the one I work for, Outskirts Press–comes in.

Based on company-wide conversations already taking place, I’m confident that Outskirts Press will work diligently to accommodate all writers negatively affected by the service cuts at CreateSpace. We’re proud to have been named the #1 self-publisher by Top Consumer Reviews multiple years in a row and will continue the tradition of excellence for all CreateSpace authors who require more than just an upload. In addition to our printing and ebook publishing services, we provide independent authors with all the same services discontinued by CreateSpace, and then some. Our services include:

  • Professional writing and editing services: Our service to independent authors starts long before publication! Whether you need help starting or finishing the manuscript, or require just the final read-through, we can match you up with a talented professional ghostwriter or editor to help you achieve a professional book.
  • Professional book formatting: A wide selection of the most popular book formats and interior formatting options.
  • Custom cover design: Our talented book cover designers will ensure that you get a cover that sells.
  • Book marketing: A broad menu of marketing options to promote your book your way today.
  • All-inclusive packages: Comprehensive publishing packages that include everything you need to polish, format, publish and market your book successfully.
  • Affordable and flexible: With us, you can start the self-publishing journey for only $35 down!

Are you, or is an author you know, left stranded by the void left by CreateSpace’s cuts? You can find out more about how my coworkers at Outskirts Press can professionally publish your book, distribute it globally (yes, even on Amazon) and support you with affordable options at the same time by visiting our website at www.OutskirtsPress.com.

You know, it’s not every day I am compelled to write a “hard sell,” but when it comes to recent events, I feel the need to be honest: what CreateSpace has done will leave many authors feeling abandoned mid-project, or worse, unaided from start to finish. Self-publishing has (and will) continue to thrive and evolve to provide better services due to the diversification of options available to you, the self-publishing author; watching any company in our industry go through the layoff process is not, in the end, a cheerful experience. We feel for those who now find themselves looking for work, and hope that they, as well as you, find that next good thing speedily.

You can read more about the layoffs here.

You are not alone. ♣︎


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ABOUT ELIZABETH JAVOR: With over 20 years of experience in sales and management, Elizabeth Javor works as the Director of Sales and Marketing for Outskirts Press. The Sales and Marketing departments are composed of knowledgeable publishing consultants, customer service reps and book marketing specialists; together, they all focus on educating authors on the self-publishing process to help them publish the book of their dreams. Whether you are a professional looking to take your career to the next level with platform-driven non-fiction or a novelist seeking fame, fortune, and/or personal fulfillment, Elizabeth Javor can put you on the right path.

Tuesday Book Review: “When A Woman Is In Love With God”

Book reviews are a great way for self-publishing authors to gain exposure. After all, how can someone buy your book if he or she doesn’t know it exists? Paired with other elements of your book promotion strategy, requesting reviews is a great way to get people talking about what you’ve written.
When we read good reviews, we definitely like to share them. It gives the author a few (permanent) moments of fame and allows us to let the community know about a great book. Here’s this week’s book review:

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When A Woman Is In Love With God

by Darnelle Wilson

Publisher: Outskirts Press

ISBN: 9781478778691

Synopsis*:

When a woman loves God, she tries to please Him and do His will through daily studies of the Bible. When times are difficult, she stands on His Word and promises. Her love for Him gives her the strength to weather the storms of life. She has a safe place in the Word of God. When a woman loves God, her position in Him is anointed and appointed by God. She is bought with the precious blood of Jesus Christ. She is neither proud nor envious in her position, and pleases God as she walks in humility. God has placed her in a position to love others, even her enemies. He has given her everything she needs.

Are YOU a woman who loves God?

In times of trials and tribulations, when even friends and relatives have turned on you, your love for Him will sustain you. This inspirational book will encourage you to give God your unconditional love so that He will love you right into His Kingdom. Dr. Wilson share her studies on When a woman loves God she pursues to please God and His will through daily studies in the Bible. When times are difficult she stands on His word and promises. Her love for Him gives her the strength to weather the storms of life. When troubles come His love causes her to pursue and not retreat in difficult times. His love has her to remember in the Word of God we’ve got a hiding place. When a woman loves God her position in Him is anointed and appointed by God. She realizes she is bought with a price the precious blood of Jesus Christ. She is neither proud nor envious in her position. She pleases God as she walks in humility with God. God has placed her in position to love others even her enemies. Competition is not a thing for her, because she knows God has given her everything she needs.

 * courtesy of Amazon.com

Reviews

This is beautifully written book that takes a Biblical approach to studying various women of the Bible. It was exiting to read about each woman and their relationship with God. This book provides useful insight into their lives and how we can use them as an example to help us see characteristics of a truly Blessed Woman. A wonderful must read!

– Amazon reviewer Elunda M Geddis

This is a well written book for all genders to read. I recommend this book to the world to read.

– Amazon reviewer Shirley

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Self-Publishing News: 2.19.2018 – New Releases!

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And now for the news!

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Some highlights from this month in the world of self-publishing, specifically new releases written by self-publishing authors and published by independent presses! Today we’ll be featuring brand-new releases in the Outskirts Press Bookstore!

Our first book for the day is Crystal H. Vo’s fantastic new memoir, Finding My Voice: A Journey of Hope. Vo, who had her start as a refugee from Vietnam, made her way to the United States by way of Indonesia while still a teenager. Her childhood was about as traumatic as you can imagine, and she spent years coming to terms with the various sources for the depression which (understandably) resulted. This memoir is a powerful, compelling look at what it means to fight with mental disorders like depression as well as a complicated backstory. A transplant to this country, Vo overcame many struggles to acquire her GED as well as her Associate’s and Bachelor’s degrees, all while acclimating to a new country and raising two children as a single mother. If you like poetry (this book includes several) as well as stories of loss and triumph, Finding My Voice: A Journey of Hope may just be the book to launch you into Spring!

 

Every now and then, there comes along a picture book for kids which has all of the right components: beautiful art, the perfect ratio of text-to-image for young readers, a story that catches the child’s mind, and a package which will entice parents and grandparents to invest in pulling out their wallets. The Ten Brave Squirrels of Bryson City is one of those books, and Rory Smith has given us an absolute gem of a picture book which will appeal to readers of all ages! The story follows the adventures of a group of squirrels living outside of Bryson City (North Carolina), in the Great Smokey Mountains National Park. These squirrels live a safe playful life … or they did, up until their food supply is put at risk by forces outside of their control. The squirrels are tasked with figuring out how to protect their acorns and stave off disaster, making for a spectacular adventure narrative as well as nurturing an interest in our National Parks system and the preservation of these special places.

Sometimes, we really need to hear the voices of those who’ve gone before, who’ve shattered glass ceilings and pushed past all obstacles to carve out successful narratives on their own terms–and that’s what the authors of The Black Pearls Club: A Woman’s Guide to Success in the Workplace have provided us here, with this book chronicling the high points and highlights of their careers as well as advice for readers looking to make their own way. These authors know their stuff, and they’ve seen it all: this book tackles heavy-hitting subjects, including common issues like sexism, racism, and ageism which often shape and limit women’s abilities to reach positions for which they are fully qualified. But this book is more than just an impassioned look at societal evils … it’s also a powerful encouragement, full of positivity and action points for the up-and-coming female worker. We can’t recommend taking a tour of the women’s workplace with these fantastic women authors by your side! Men, that goes for you, too: there’s a lot to learn on how you can be part of the solution and a support to the women in your lives.


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Conversations : The Best of Royalene Doyle (part 7)

Celebrating the Best of Royalene Doyle

and her fantastic Conversations

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The “Connecting With Experts” Series

Those of us who’ve spent much time in the world of self-publishing will understand instinctively just how difficult it can be to scrape by unassisted. The same is true for many of those who publish traditionally, of course, and who find themselves neglected by publishing houses who tend to focus on their blockbuster successes and not their struggling midlisters. No matter whether you’ve pursued a traditional or a self-publishing path in the past, this series by Royalene may prove revolutionary as you set out to publish your next book!

Here, in her first post for the series, Royalene examines the topic of Ghostwriters and other assistants to the writing process, including Editors and Coaches. As Royalene goes on to explain, plenty of people have great ideas for books, but not everyone has the desire or the confidence to write it alone. For those people, there are experts ready and eager to help–and they can mean the difference between no book and a beautifully-written, finished manuscript ready to publish! How do you know if you’re ready for an editor, a ghostwriter, or some other form of writing assistance? Royalene walks us through some of her own story and some of her own past partnerships as she explains just what makes for the ideal writing relationship.

In this, the second post in her series, Royalene takes a look at Publishing Consultants. When do you need them, and what do they do? Royalene goes on to share some of her own publishing story, a story which showed her she needed “a personal guide who would explain all the publishing options (services) their company offered—someone who would hear what I told them about my book and the audience it could reach—and then help me select the perfect combination of services to achiever my publishing goals.” That person, as it turns out, was a Publishing Consultant (in her case, someone at Outskirts Press)! But this is only the first post in her series ….

In her third post in this series, Royalene zoomed in on Book Cover Designers, those intrepid few who know how and why certain covers make us tick, and how to make more covers which both reach their readers and reflect the content, spirit, and the individual needs of both book and author. That’s a lot of work! And it requires a great deal of skill, skill which truthfully often deserves compensation. A good book cover can be the difference between poor and good book sales, and Royalene walks us through why that’s the case.

Last but certainly not least, Royalene dug into the thorniest of all issues in which writers often require assistance–marketing. How will you know you need help? Well, sales figures have something to do with it. But so too will your own desires and attitudes, and here as always Royalene demonstrates that she truly understood the needs and hopes of those many authors she has walked through the publication process. Marketing is hard, and knowing when and how and who to reach out to for help is even harder. Luckily, we have Royalene’s words to guide us, and in this closing installment of this particular chapter of her writings, we may have one of the most useful guides to seeking marketing assistance out there.

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That’s all for this week! We’ll be back next Friday as we detail more of Royelene’s greatest hits, as determined by our blog’s analytics. You can follow Royalene’s further adventures by checking out her Twitter feed (her handle is @RoyaleneD) or her website at www.DoyleWritingServices.com. We miss you, Royalene! ⚓︎


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ABOUT ROYALENE DOYLE: Royalene has been writing something since before kindergarten days and continues to love the process. Through her small business—DOYLE WRITING SERVICES—she brings more than 40 years of writing experience to authors who need “just a little assistance” with completing their projects. She developed these blogs for Outskirts Press (OP) a leading self-publisher, and occasionally accepts a ghostwriting project from one of their clients. Her recent book release (with OP) titled FIREPROOF PROVERBS, A Writer’s Study of Words, has received excellent reviews including several professional writer’s endorsements given on the book’s back cover.
Royalene’s writing experience grew through a wide variety of positions from Office Manager and Administrative Assistant to Teacher of Literature and Advanced Writing courses and editor/writer for an International Christian ministry. Her willingness to listen to struggling authors, learn their goals and expectations and discern their writing voice has brought many manuscripts into the published books arena. December 2017 marked the end of Royalene’s tenure at Self Publishing Advisor. and we will be spending the next few weeks celebrating some of her all-time hits, her most well-received articles for our blog, in thanks for years of generous service.

Self-Publishing Questions Asked & Answered

In January, Outskirts Press President Brent Sampson released his latest book involving the self-publishing industry, titled Self-Publishing Questions Asked & Answered: The Official Book Publishing FAQ for Independent Writers Seeking Professional Book Publication.

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The book is comprised of three parts. Part one defines self-publishing and identifies the advantages of self-publishing today. It also describes the differences between independent self-publishing, full-service self-publishing, and so-called “free” self-publishing.

Part two breaks down the publishing process by answering basic questions involving BISAC codes, pricing, editing, ISBNs, copyright, and more.

Part three focuses on book marketing by identifying the important components of a book marketing plan, naming twenty effective marketing tactics, five steps toward getting Amazon book reviews, and a number of highly recommended and vetted book contests.

The book is available in paperback from Amazon and Barnes & Noble for $9.95, and will soon be available on the Kindle and Nook.

Visit the official webpage here: https://outskirtspress.com/SelfPublishingQuestions.


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In 2002, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Semi-Finalist Brent Sampson founded Outskirts Press, a custom book publishing solution that provides a cost-effective, fast, and powerful way to help authors publish, distribute, and market their books worldwide while leaving 100% of the rights and 100% of the profits with the author. Outskirts Press was incorporated in Colorado in October, 2003.
In his capacity as the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Marketing Officer, Brent is an expert in the field of book publishing and book marketing. He is also the author of several books on both subjects, including the bestseller Sell Your Book on Amazon, which debuted at #29 on Amazon’s bestseller list.

Tuesday Book Review: “Let There Be Spring”

Book reviews are a great way for self-publishing authors to gain exposure. After all, how can someone buy your book if he or she doesn’t know it exists? Paired with other elements of your book promotion strategy, requesting reviews is a great way to get people talking about what you’ve written.
When we read good reviews, we definitely like to share them. It gives the author a few (permanent) moments of fame and allows us to let the community know about a great book. Here’s this week’s book review:

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Let There Be Spring

by Lofty Basta

Publisher: Outskirts Press

ISBN: 9781478768777

Synopsis*:

What happened to the “Arab Spring”? Was its derailment inevitable? What is the likelihood that Egypt will recover from her recent travails? Dr. Lofty Basta, now an American citizen, was born and raised in Egypt. Keen on keeping up with current events in his native country, Dr. Basta began documenting his reflections on Egypt’s uprising and political turmoil in 2011, in the form of over fifty articles which he shared with opinion makers in America, Canada, Europe, Egypt, and many others connected to social media. He also conveyed them to Egyptian political leaders, heads of political parties, and ministers in government. Let There Be Spring is a compilation of these articles in their original form, representing the author’s reactions and interpretations of events as they took place. Understandably, Egypt’s citizens are anxious to see the fruits of their uprising, but a new chapter is being written and the story is by no means complete.

 * courtesy of Amazon.com

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Let There Be Spring: Trump is Not the Future of Egypt by Dr. Lofty Basta is a compilation of essays and articles that provide critical insight into the “Arab Spring” revolution in Egypt. It contains the unique observations of a native Egyptian, now an American citizen, with a very keen intellect. These letters follow every major event in the Egyptian people’s struggle for a government that represents their interests and rights. As a member of an Egyptian minority himself, he addresses the need to protect the rights of all people, especially minorities. Dr. Basta clearly illustrates what has happened in Egypt and what the ramifications are for each major event. He presents these in the order that they happened and in a way that everyone can clearly understand.

Dr. Lofty Basta’s Let There Be Spring is a fascinating analysis of the ongoing Egyptian revolution. He has vividly described the reality that nation building is neither a fast nor an easy process. He also cautions the world to be patient and reminds us of the rough road the United States had to traverse on its way to the signing of the U.S. Constitution. Let There Be Spring was written by a true patriot who knows and loves Egypt and its people. He also has faith that a nation, that has been for thousands of years the heart and soul of what we now know as the Arab world, will develop into the model for universal human rights. Anyone wanting to clearly understand Egypt and the Arab Spring needs to read this book!

Reader’s Favorite reviewer Robert Kirkconnell

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A different perspective from an Egyptian American author closely and personally familiar with the dynamics of Egyptian politics and the Arab Spring. Provides an alternative view to what has been covered in the American media with a call for a path forward to a new hope which is sorely needed. Highly recommend this book.

– Amazon reviewer Nadia Bishai

The book shows how t he so-called “Arab Spring” turned into a nightmare for the Egyptians, particularly the Christians among them. They saw their homes and churches burned. This caused great numbers. of Christians to flee the country.

Mohammed Morsi, the Muslim Brother, who became President of Egypt, appointed his cronies to all the important positions in the country, changed the constitution to an Islamic one, and was taking the country into the darkness of hatefulness and regressing all aspects of life.

This book is easy to read, The author has depicted the events accurately and faithfully. Excellent job!

– Amazon reviewer Amazon Customer

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Self-Publishing News: 2.12.2018 – The Interviews!

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Some highlights from this month in the world of self-publishing, specifically interviews with or articles written by self-publishing authors and experts!

Self-publishing doesn’t often rate a mention in the Business News Daily, but this week, something extraordinary happened–or should we say someone extraordinary? Meet Payal Kindiger, CEO of Storymakery, a new startup which is changing the way storytelling to children is done. Says Kindiger, “I have always loved creative writing. I was shy during early childhood, so writing became a natural form of expression and way of standing out as a student.” She found ways to preserve and cultivate that love throughout her professional career, even as she jumped from a career in IT management consulting to an IT Services/Software business she co-founded and ran with other partners. While raising her own daughter, Kindiger realized something important was lacking when it came to storytelling services for kids: “This made me think – While there were so many different digital storytelling sites, there wasn’t a platform, or experience, available for kids to self-publish.” How to solve the problem? Become an entrepreneur and invent her own solution! Storymakery came into being with the goal of “elevat[ing] the experience of reading and writing through [an] in-store experience where kids work with staff to create their own stories and illustrations from start to finish,” says Kindiger. And the model seems to be a success! But more importantly, Kindiger’s vision for self-publishing–that there’s room for kids to publish, too–may lead to an even kinder, even more inclusive, model for us all.

John Gray knows the taste of rejection, but he hasn’t let it stop him from doing great things! A regular contributor to the Saratogian in the form of a weekly column, Gray wrote this last week about his personal experience in self-publishing a children’s book designed to help children cope with the loss of a pet. The book, titled God Needed a Puppy, was submitted to and rejected by a number of traditional publishers before Gray settled on a self-publishing company which allowed him to publish his book his way. In a lucky twist of fate, Gray, who had moderated his expectations for book sales accordingly, learned that starting small won’t hold a good book back–and his picture book has gone on to sell more than 10,000 copies. For a sense of scale, 10,000 preorders is enough to land a book on the New York Times bestseller lists. The bigger traditional publishing houses have made an art and a science out of landing their books on these lists (it’s great promotion), but Gray managed to make his sales without preorders and without the benefit of a full-time marketing staff. The rest of his story is equally inspirational! We highly recommend you check out his full opinion piece at the link.

The future of self-publishing is here, and it looks a lot like the dreams we had as teenagers–dreams which self-publishing, with all of its advances, can now make possible. Writes Samantha of the Vindicator, high school students in Struthers, Ohio: “Three students in particular share a love of writing, faith in God and an appreciation for the role models who helped guide them.” They’re doing this on their own terms, and with the full support (and inspiration!) of their families. Fore more on their individual books, we recommend you check out the full article online at the Vindicator.


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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 Monday to find out the hottest news. If you have other big news to share, please comment below.

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