3 Ways to Give Your Dad the Gift of Self-Publishing

Father’s Day is June 15th, and perhaps you are still looking for the perfect gift to give your dad. Well, if your dad has always wanted to publish a book, self-publishing may just be the perfect present. Here are three ways you can give your dad the gift of self-publishing this Father’s Day.

1. Buy him a publishing package.

Self-publishing companies offer a variety of publishing packages to meet a range of needs. Purchase a publishing package with your dad’s favorite publishing company. Some companies, such as Outskirts Press, actually offer instant gift cards you can order online.

2. Hire a ghostwriter for him.

If your dad has always wanted to publish a book but struggles to write it, consider hiring him a ghostwriter. Whether he simply needs help finishing up a manuscript or needs help from start to finish, a professional ghostwriter can help him write the book of his dreams.

3. Self-publish in his honor.

If you’ve written a book in honor of your dad, now is the perfect time to publish it. He will be deeply touched by the special gift and cherish it forever.

I’d love to know, what are you giving your dad this Father’s Day?

ABOUT KELLY SCHUKNECHT: Kelly Schuknecht is the Vice President of Outskirts Press. In addition to her contributions to the Outskirts Press blog at blog.outskirtspress.com, 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 at http://kellyschuknecht.com.

Self-Publish in Honor of Father’s Day

Whether you are a father or the child of a wonderful father, now is the great time to honor yourself or the man (or men) who’ve made a lasting impression on your life. Here are five tips to help you self-publish in honor of Father’s Day.

1. Tell your story.

If you are a father, consider writing a memoir about your parenthood journey. Every parent has a story to tell. Share what your children have taught you, or write about the obstacles you’ve overcome as a parent. Perhaps you are a special needs father who can enlighten the world on what it really means to parent a unique child. Whatever your story, other people, especially other parents, will love to read it.

2. Share someone else’s story.

Does your father have a remarkable life story? Perhaps your grandfather has an interesting story, or maybe the man who lives next door inspires you? Tell the world how great the important man in your life is by writing a book about him or in his honor.

3. Don’t forget children’s books.

Stories about dads are ideal for young audiences. To get ideas, visit your local bookstore or library and look at all the books about moms and dads. Brainstorm a list of unique ideas. Feel free to use your own young children as inspiration.

4. Share your knowledge.

Parents-to-be love books that give them a glimpse at what their new life as parents will be like and that share practical advice on how to survive and enjoy the wonderful, but often crazy, journey of parenthood. Whether your tone is funny or informative, consider writing a book for fathers-to-be.

5. Plan your marketing.

There are several times throughout the year that are excellent for marketing a book about fatherhood. Obviously, Father’s Day is a prime time for books geared towards dads. Christmas is another peak season. Consider your audience and marketing strategy when estimating when you’d like to complete your project.

I’d love to know, how are you honoring your dad this year?

ABOUT JODEE THAYER: With over 20 years of experience in sales and management, Jodee Thayer works as the Manager of Author Services for Outskirts Press. The Author Services Department is composed of knowledgeable customer service reps and publishing consultants; together, they all focus on educating authors on the self-publishing process in order 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, Jodee Thayer can put you on the right path.

 

5 Reasons to Self Publish a Book in Honor of Your Dad

Yesterday was Father’s Day and many of you celebrated your childhood hero who helped you become who you are today. But why limit celebrating your wonderful father to just one day out of the year? Give him the gift of eternal praise by self publishing a book in his honor. Here are five reasons to self publish a book in honor of Father’s Day.

1) Books last forever.

Father’s Day only happens once a year, but a book is an eternal gift that keeps on giving.

2) Share him with the world.

If you have a fascinating story about your father, why not share it with the world by turning it into a book? There are many inspiring father out there, and readers would love to know their stories.

3) Write a special thank you.

Even if your book isn’t about your dad, you can still dedicate your book to him. In the beginning of your book, write a special note thanking your dad for everything he has done for you and tell him just how much he means to you.

4) Make him proud.

Fathers love to brag about their children, no matter how old they are, and being a self published author is definitely something to brag about. Your dad will love showing off your book to all of his friends and acquaintances, as well as random strangers.

5) Don’t forget yourself.

If you are a father, you owe it to yourself to make your dreams of becoming a self published author come true.

I’d love to know, do you plan to self publish a book in honor of your dad?

 

ABOUT JODEE THAYER: With over 20 years of experience in sales and management, Jodee Thayer works as the Manager of Author Services for Outskirts Press. The Author Services Department is composed of knowledgeable customer service reps and publishing consultants; together, they all focus on educating authors on the self-publishing process in order 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, Jodee Thayer can put you on the right path.

5 Ways to Promote Your Book in June

Summer has begun, but don’t forget to do something every day to promote your book!  Here are five ideas for promoting a book in June:

  1. Flag Day is June14th.  From now until July 4th it’s a perfect time to promote books about America, patriotism, US government or similar topics.
  2. Set up a Twitter account and start networking.  Learn about which hashtags to use and watch in this post: 10 Twitter Hashtags for Self-Publishing Book Marketing.
  3. The Annual Conference of the American Library Association (ALA) is taking place June 23-28 in New Orleans.  To learn more about the ALA, visit www.ala.org.
  4. Father’s Day is June 19th.  If your book is about parenting, fatherhood, family or a related topic, now is a good time to promote your book as a Father’s Day gift idea.
  5. Write a pitch letter to a radio or television producer following these tips: 1) Keep your letter short.  2) Include a “hook” to grab their attention. 3) Use bullet points. 4) Tell the producer what’s in it for them. 5) Be available to respond to his/her interest immediately.  Find contact information for your local radio stations here: http://www.radio-locator.com/

DISCUSSION: How are you planning to promote YOUR book in June?

ABOUT KELLY SCHUKNECHT:
Kelly Schuknecht works as the Director of Author Support for Outskirts Press.  In addition to her contributions to the Outskirts Press blog at blog.outskirtspress.com, 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 at http://kellyschuknecht.com.